Mo’ynoq – Dreaming in a Dead Language

Some music has urgency; it feels like the notes have to keep coming or you’re going to suffocate but the more of them that sound, the more buried you feel. Black metal is the genre which most often elicits this feeling, probably because it’s so fast and abrasive. Something about…

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Sarah Longfield – Disparity

As I’ve mentioned several times now, mostly when discussing Rivers of Nihil, getting to fully connect with an artist you were always almost on board with is a great feeling. It can elevate the work that makes that connection even higher than the music by itself can, adding a layer of catharsis…

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Feral – Flesh for Funerals Eternal

I’ve stated it many times before, and it bears repeating here: Swedish death metal and I have a complicated relationship. Some of my all-time favorite death metal releases originated from bands like Entombed, At the Gates, and Dismember, so I would never claim that the style itself is utterly bereft…

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Cerebrum – Iridium

There’s plenty that needs saying regarding solid workmanship. Think about that ridiculously comfortable couch that’s been at your parents’ place for ages and, though worn, still manages to handle jumping grandkids and afternoon naps with ease. Or that old truck your buddy bought when he was 16 that still runs…

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Sulphur Aeon – The Scythe of Cosmic Chaos

There are few literary universes that have been plundered as deeply by metal bands as that of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. While there are many other fictional worlds that have received their fair share of attention within the genre (Tolkien’s Middle-Earth being the most obvious and popular example), few if…

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Karg – Dornenvögel

I’ve written before about black metal’s love affair with the idea of the auteur, most at length in one of my favorite pieces, my longform essay on black metal and Romanticism, where I discussed the idea of the tortured artist/genius figure. To borrow what I said there, “the figure of…

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Venom – Storm the Gates

Not every band kills it with every release. A friend and I were recently discussing a question: how many bands can you think of that have 5 objectively good albums? It’s a tough question even if you get past the discussion of what qualifies as “objectively good.” Very few bands…

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Plague Years – Unholy Infestation

It’s that time of year again. The middle of December when you remember you haven’t done your holiday shopping so you’re packing it all in at the last minute. Sometimes you’re early enough where you get it all done in time and everything’s perfect. Other times, you were just a…

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