The Anatomy Of – Valence

I’ll be honest with you: I don’t really vibe with instrumental progressive music all that much. Like all your average Internet Metal Nerds, I used to listen to my fair share of the stuff; there’s something in the emphasis on technicality that appeals to pasty kids looking for an escape,…

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Magic Circle – Departed Souls

2019 is still young, but there’s a few things you can say about music releases so far this year. There have been very few big releases so far, but there are a few trends you can see. Traditional sounding metal bands are making some big waves this year with huge…

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Doomsday – March 2019

Greetings unto thee, heaviest of Heavy Bloggers! Welcome to the end of Q1 for Riff Lords, Inc. I am Pete, here as always with your monthly presentation of doom economics. 2019 has slowly been ramping up the releases, but now we’re in the midst of what could possibly be on…

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Anatomy of Black Mass

If there’s one thing the world needs more of, it’s blackened thrash. In some ways, it’s the original black metal sound. It’s chaotic and raucous, just like we all love our metal. However, it’s also overtly dark and evil sounding, a constant grind on your senses that still has its…

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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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Alastor – Slave to the Grave

Let’s face it; the specter of Black Sabbath also has and always will haunt metal and rock n’ roll. I use “haunt” here in the full Deleuzian sense. To quote the great philosopher, “the time is out of joint”. What better example is there of this then the insistence of music to often…