Lunar Shadow – The Smokeless Fires

The anxiety of waiting for a sophomore album from a band that put out a great debut is unlike anything else on the planet. There is no other cocktail that blends excitement and trepidation in quite the same measures, and the more one loves that first taste, the more potent both emotions become. We’ve spoken on the site many times before about this exact phenomenon, and we’ve come up over time with a pair of methods that seem to be the usual ways by which good follow-ups come about: bands either branch out and do something different, trying to completely…

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Hey! Listen to Enthroned!

When you’ve been listening to metal for a significant period of time, it becomes harder and harder to be genuinely surprised. Sure, debut records drop from out-of-nowhere every once in a while to blow our collective minds, but the moments where the music we love genuinely blindsides our sensibilities become fewer and farther between as time progresses. Belgium’s Enthroned, however, presented yours truly with a case of pure befuddlement and shock. Not only was I immensely surprised and delighted by the quality of their latest record, Cold Black Suns, I was also somewhat ashamed. I’d never heard of them as…

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Vulvodynia – Mob Justice

Vulvodynia burst into the death metal scene five years ago and have since grown exponentially. You can get the bands merch printed on just about any item or surface imaginable – from backpacks to shower curtains, on sandals and your new child’s birth certificate. Probably. They’ve also put a handful of LPs and EPs, more importantly to the purpose of this review. 2016’s Psychosadistic Design saw the band hit a brutal death metal stride that seemingly disregarded their relative freshness to the genre, and now, three years on, and several more releases from the members’ side projects, the South African’s are back with Mob Justice.

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Trip Over This Video For Gridfailure & Megalophobe’s “Agoraphobic Claustrophobia”

Being conservative with the stats, let’s say 90% of music videos today are garbage. Straight up. Garbage. We don’t care that you and your band have worked out how to synchronise your wardrobe and headbangs. No one does. Thankfully, the music video we’re debuting for you today couldn’t be any further from your local bands’ metalcore warehouse performance clip. Pairing acid-washed visuals with their collaborative digital hellscape “Agoraphobic Claustrophobia”, experimental acts Gridfailure & Megalophobe step away from noise and industrial clichés and deliver a troubling, dizzying multimedia assault on all six of your senses. This doesn’t have a content warning,…

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VIDEO PREMIRE: Watch Alarmist Get Weird On Top Their “Bronntanasaurus”

File under: track names which are going to be annoying to repeat. But also under, videos I’m glad I got to premiere since they give me an excuse to talk about sick bands. Alarmist are the latest jazz-y craze from the brilliant people over at Art as Catharsis and Small Pond Records, two of our favorite labels in operation today. As expected from the pedigree, Alarmist’s music runs the gamut between weird electronics, dexterous groove sections, and a penchant for the contrast between the muscular and the atmospheric. It’s like if Three Trapped Tigers crashed into Sun Ra or Aiming…

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