Defeated Sanity – The Sanguinary Impetus

It’s been such an incredible period for death metal’s expansion and proliferation over the past five years that one could be forgiven for just now entering the field and discovering bands that have long been held as legendary to those in the know, particularly since so many “household” names suffer…

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Valkyrie – Fear

Since their 2006 debut, Valkyrie have been something of a known commodity in the metal community. Some real what-you-see-is-what-you-get kinda shit, which is cool. Like many other proto-metallers, they have a penchant for the old-school sound. Bands like Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Mountain, Molly Hatchet and the ilk are all…

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Skeleton – Skeleton

As I progress through this weird journey that is metal fandom, I’ve increasingly found my enthusiasm for lengthy records fading. Sure, every once in a while a two hour behemoth of an album will keep me enthralled from start to finish (go listen to Paysage d’Hiver’s latest revelation for a…

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Netherlands – Zombie Techno

Some bands you keep coming back to because you know exactly what you’re going to get. And that’s great! Consistency is an important thing in life. But it’s important to keep a few bands in your rotation that can surprise you every single time, even if you’ve heard multiple albums…

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sleepmakeswaves – These Are Not Your Dreams

After sleepmakeswaves, my all time favorite post-rock band, somehow followed Love of Cartography with the excellent Made of Breath Only, I thought I couldn’t love them anymore than I do. The follow-up was another energetic step into their sound, taking them away from the more somber beginnings of the various…

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THÆTAS – Shrines to Absurdity

Like 2019 and 2018 before it, 2020 is A Year of Death Metal. Obviously death metal isn’t the only metal subgenre seeing great releases at the moment –  a cursory look at our Best-Of lists from the past couple years or our Reviews section will prove that – but the…

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