Basilysk – Emergence

Cracking the code to a successful debut is no cakewalk. Few are those who can define themselves well enough or crystallize their sound over the course of a few demos or EPs that their LP can stand out from the crowd in a sea of half-baked, messy introductions. To be…

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52 – Wow, It’s Been A Year

We’re a year old now! So, we just do news like regular, then some opinion time. Also, bullshit philosophy time is back! Topics: Anthony Fantano on Meshugggah, Vader, Entombed, Red Fang, Car Bomb, Issues, Trivium, In Flames, Thrawsunblat, Ophidius, Avenged Sevenfold. This Metalsucks article on punk and comedy, then this thing about a certain luthier who is too good for pop music. Underrated album of the week: VOLA – Inamazes. Then we talk about why we got rid of review scores here at the blog. Enjoy!

Hate – Crusade: Zero

Like Sweden and Norway, Poland has a very distinctive sound when it comes to its death metal output. Bands such as Behemoth, Vader and (earlier) Decapitated perfectly embody this sound, as does another, perhaps lesser-mentioned band: Hate. Hate emerged around the same time as Behemoth, who are by far their closest contemporary. Whereas Vader and…

Decapitated – Carnival Is Forever

Decapitated Carnival Is Forever 01. The Knife 02. United 03. Carnival Is Forever 04. Homo Sum 05. 404 06. A View From A Hole 07. Pest 08. Silence [07/15/11] [Nuclear Blast Records] No one ever said being in a death metal band would be easy, but no one should ever…

Hate – Erebos

Hate Erebos 01. Genesis 02. Lux Aeterna 03. Erebos 04. Quintessence Of Higher Suffering 05. Trinity Moons 06. Hero Cults 07. Transsubstance 08. Hexagony 09. Wrists 10. Luminous Horizon [Listenable Records | 11/15/10] 2010 is apparently Hate’s 20th anniversary as a band and while it was thought that the band…

Dimmu Borgir – Abrahadabra

Dimmu Borgir Abrahadabra 01. Xibir 02. Born Treacherous 03. Gateways 04. Chess With The Abyss 05. Dimmu Borgir 06. Ritualist 07. The Demiurge Molecule 08. A Jewel Traced Through Coal 09. Renewal 10. Endings And Continuations [Nuclear Blast | 10/12/10] Abrahadabra (loosely translated: “I will create as I speak”), was…