Death’s Vault // Master – On the Seventh Day God Created… Master

Last week we premiered the outstanding “Stand Up and Be Counted” from Master’s forthcoming thirteenth full-length Vindictive Miscreant. Now we take a look back at their long-forgotten second album, On the Seventh Day God Created… Master (1991)—a hidden gem, buried among some of death metal’s finest and most foundational records.…

Horrendous – Idol

It feels inappropriate to categorize anything in the death metal world as “darling”, but if there is such a group of musicians and songwriters that fit that colloquial moniker it would have to be Horrendous. With coverage and praise in heaps coming from mainstream music publications as well as the…

Death’s Door – August 2018

Greetings, my Hellions. Welcome to another installment of Death’s Door. There’s no point in the typical pleasantries. This place is so covered in blood from the absolutely insane amount of deadly death metal released this month that we may not ever be able to clean it. So grab a bone throne and get cozy. You have hours of listening ahead of you.

Convulsing – Grievous

Death metal, on the whole, is a fairly hateful genre of music. So much so that I often wonder why I enjoy it as thoroughly as I do. Its sonic textures, lyrical themes, and visual aesthetic are frequently driven toward the excessively violent, emotionally morbid, and the downright macabre. None…

Hey! Listen to Fleshmeadow!

December is a shocking month to release music in. If you’re thinking about doing so, don’t. Most publications have already settled on their end-of-year list, and if they haven’t been published yet they’ll be coming soon. Music journalists are going into shut-down mode as they give themselves some time off and try to recover from the mountain of listening they did in preparation for their end-of-year list. Listeners are on holidays and are enjoying their time off with loved ones. If they’re listening to music it’s going to be their personal favourites and not some new record that’s dropped. What this all means is that albums released in December are likely to get lost, falling into an abyss from which escape is near-impossible even for those with a formidable PR machine behind them. When you’re independent you’ve almost got no chance. That’s my theory for how an album as great as Fleshmeadow’s debut Umbra slipped through the cracks in late 2016 and why they’re still a largely unknown quantity. But we’re trying to fix that because these blackened death metallers are ready to rip your face off.

Jesus Piece – Only Self

Trying to convince some of the staff at Heavy Blog that hardcore can be great isn’t the nightmarish task it probably could be. Thankfully, outside of the rare shitpost thread, opinions and feelings about genres are shared genially; almost lovingly, at times. Everyone knows not to try and beat a…