Wizard Rifle – Self-titled

Even if you took a group of the most scholarly sludge punks and fed them a steady diet of Lightning Bolt, Neurosis, and Sonic Youth for years and years, it’s not likely they’d produce anything as unconventional as Wizard Rifle. Their tone and style is the connective tissue that convincingly…

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Infinity Shred – Forever, A Fast Life

A few weeks ago, when we were premiering the latest single from Infinity Shred, I mentioned the wide range of emotions which the track evoked. Little did I know that this was just the tip of the iceberg. Whereas earlier releases had a definite dark edge to them, focusing mostly…

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Horseburner – The Thief

While I hate to write a review for a band in context with other bands, it would be difficult not to mention our current sludgy overlords of Mastodon and Baroness with Horseburner. It’s interesting to see how a previous generation of metal darlings has a strong influence on rising musicians.…

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Book of Wyrms – Remythologizer

There’s a very cool and underrated niche in which the psychedelic and the fantastic meld together. Instead of the Tolkien-esque aesthetic which has come to dominate much of our fantasy (an aesthetic I am a fan of but which can also get a bit too much), this kind of fantasy…

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Envenomed – The Walking Shred

Envenomed have been positioned as the next big thing in Australian thrash metal for a while now. The Melbourne band offer a brighter and more melodic alternative to their often more extreme and aggressive (read: Slayer-influenced) brethren. They’ve remained an entertaining live staple within the Melbourne scene since their inception.…

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Cerebral Rot – Odious Descent into Decay

Look, you guys know by now what my deal is with death metal. I love that shit. Cannot get enough, ever. In many ways, it’s the perfect genre of metal: unusually tight stylistic constraints in terms of instrumentation, vocal style, production, and theme come together to form a musical, tonal,…

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Hippie Death Cult – 111

What I like best about getting my paws on a debut record is experiencing the twofoldness of the statement that is made on this introduction. The record simultaneously says “this is definitively us” and “this is just the beginning.” (Well, hopefully it’s not the end so soon, right?) Portland quartet…

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