146 – Title Doesn’t Matter

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Title doesn’t matter because blogs don’t matter! Apparently. Other than that, we have the obligatory Threatin conversation, then discuss some new #content like Archspire, Born of Osiris, Sarah Longfield, Aenimus, Postwax, Slipknot and Soen. Then we do cool people on Cam, Call of Cthulhu (the game), Homecoming, Total Warhammer 2 Vampire Coast, and Peter Watts’s The Freeze-Frame Revolution. Enjoy!

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Beyond Creation – Algorythm

Seems it was just yesterday when Beyond Creation emerged from the ever-bountiful wellspring of Quebecois technical death metal, fully formed, boasting an impressive level of technicality and confidence on 2011 debut The Aura. But 2014 brought a vastly different album in followup Earthborn Evolution, which maintained the core sound the band had established,…

Irreversible Mechanism – Immersion

Man, technical/progressive death metal’s really been having somewhat of a boom at the moment, huh? Rivers of Nihil, Obscura, Alkaloid, Monotheist, and Augury have all put out great albums this year, and 2017 saw some landmark drops as well with the likes of Archspire, NYN, Artificial Brain, and Cytotoxin. And as much as I enjoy name-checking bands to remind…

Hadal Maw – Charlatan

Hadal Maw have been one of the most promising acts to emerge from the tech death underground in recent years. They’re also one of the most frustrating. The Melbourne outfit seem forever poised upon the precipice of greatness. However, now two-and-a-half albums into their career, it’s starting to seem like…

The Aftermath – Vermine

Nuclear explosion footage is a fascinating and horrifying historical artifact: A massive mushroom cloud, houses within the blast radius being completely vaporized, unconscionable heat melting down everything in its path. We’ve all seen the footage. It’s a common and mortifying set of images that draw us back to humanity’s recent…

Dead Empires – Designed to Disappear

The passion that drives progressive metal, especially extreme progressive metal, has to be a multicolored and multilayered thing. Otherwise, progressive metal just falls into the trap of “more variation = more good” and that’s easily disprovable; just because you’ve approach a single theme from several different directions that doesn’t necessarily mean that your album will be interesting. Instead, great progressive metal bands focus on getting across several different atmospheres and vibes on one album, changing both the destination and delivery point to create interest. Consider Opeth’s blend of anger and sadness on My Arms, Your Hearse or Howling Sycamore’s excellent and recent foray into both hallucination and internal power. These kind of varied intonations is what Dead Empires went for with Designed to Disappear and they mostly pull it off.

Death’s Door 2017 // Death Metal’s Year in Review

Welcome to the final installment of Death’s Door in the Year of Our Nefarious Overlord 2017! Wipe your feet on the mat, remove that stupid holiday-induced smile from your face, and prepare yourself for ultimate year-end audio brutalization. Because, quite frankly, 2017 was one of the best years for death metal in decades. A bold statement indeed, and thankfully one with plenty of data in the form of amazing records to back it up. The overwhelming number of releases in this dirtiest of metal subgenres, coupled with the breadth of quality releases in each of the branches of the death metal tree, all accumulate to create one of the most impressive lists of death metal albums in a given year since the early 1990s. 2017 presented us with exceptional records at such an alarming clip that it was often a full-time task to keep track of them. Death metal this year was in equal measure mind-numbingly technical, socially forward-thinking, compositionally adventurous, and reverent of the past, generating albums that displayed with full clarity all that makes this music the metal behemoth that it is. What a time to be alive. In our final segment of Death’s Door for the year, we will be highlighting the trends and movements within death metal that we found to be the most significant, as well as our own personal top 15 death metal records on the year. Prepare yourself. Madness awaits.