Firelink – Firelink

I like video games. I like metal. But what about when the latter draws its inspiration from the former? In the world of consumer media, video games + anything typically stands synonymous with absolutely horrendous quality. Film in particular has had a rough go in bringing video games to life…

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Vampire – Rex

Sweden’s Vampire are a band that play a critically lauded style of music incredibly well, but for some reason have eluded the critical spotlight. Oft compared to their fellow purveyors of blackened thrashy goodness Tribulation, Vampire have shockingly received far less coverage and hysteria, which is a damned shame. Since…

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Sxuperion – Omniscient Pulse

Some metal albums contain atmosphere elements. Some metal albums ARE atmosphere. I’m thinking about releases like Spectral Voice’s thrilling debut full-length, or Darkspace’s four part ambient black metal opus. These kinds of records are not designed with a piecemeal atmospheric aesthetic in mind, but are instead composed and performed with…

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Obscene – The Inhabitable Dark

There are many cornerstone elements that congeal to make metal the incredible music it is. I think about the punishing drum work, guitar-based pyrotechnics, growled/screamed/wailed vocals, distorted tones, and aggressive themes that pervade some of metal’s most celebrated releases. But even this description, however generic it may be, is fraught…

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Protest the Hero – Palimpsest

In prog metal circles, Protest the Hero are held in high regard as being incredibly influential, with at least two albums comfortably sitting in the rank of being outright masterpieces. 2005’s full length debut Kezia was a compelling conceptual record telling the story of the eponymous protagonist being tried and…

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Pyrrhon – Abscess Time

There’s no doubting or debating it at this point. Pyrrhon are among the most creative, chaotic, and thoroughly intense bands in extreme music. Their pedigree is unblemished and unassailable.  Over three full-length records and a host of EPs, the band has created their own thoroughly unique sonic gospel, blending technical…

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Aversions Crown – Hell Will Come For Us All

Deathcore isn’t dead. You may wish it was, but if the much-maligned subgenre’s output over the past few years has been any indication, deathcore on every level is alive, well, and thriving. Staples like Fit For An Autopsy, Thy Art Is Murder, Infant Annihilator, Carnifex, Despised Icon, and Whitechapel have…

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Them Moose Rush – Dancing Maze

As a reviewer, some of the most entertaining bands to cover have an eclectic list of apparent influences. It’s fun to flex my rolodex of bands and genres to describe an artist’s sound. More importantly, they tend to produce some of the most unique, creative music in their respective genre(s).…

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