Mizmor – Cairn

Blackened doom is a metal subgenre that has, to my ears, remained mostly untapped compared to other genre-meshing hybrids. Blackened death, death-doom, blackgaze, and blackened thrash all have a list of artists that could be considered legends in each respective camp (dISEMBOWELMENT, Deafheaven, and Destroyer 666/Aura Noir come to mind).…

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Into The Pit – Playlist Swap

Following our mailbag post last week, Pete and I thought we’d get further antiquated with a good old-fashioned Heavy Blog is Heavy playlist swap. We each put together a list of the songs that we thought best defined our personal thrash metal tastes and where we think the genre is…

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Into the Pit: Thrash Metal Mailbag

Hello fellow pit-sters! This month, I thought we could do something a little different. You all know I’ve been playing fast and loose with the schedule of this column, and August will be no different! Fellow thrash Josh Bulleid and I thought we’d introduce ourselves to you all a little…

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Into the Pit – A Semi-Defense of Anthrax…Sort Of

Guys, I really tried with Anthrax. I fully intended to write a defense of Anthrax as a Big 4 band. Ask my girlfriend. Ask the editors. Ask anybody who lets me talk about the blog to them. I really wanted to do that. I had a great plan! I intentionally started the Testament column with “ANTHRAX SUX LOL” because I wanted to write, “And whoever that idiot was who said Anthrax sucks can go play in traffic!” It was going to be so great. Self-deprecating humor is disarming, even if total comment thread dopes can’t understand tongue-in-cheek humor via the written word.

I had listened to some Anthrax records before, so I had some idea of what I was in for. “Sure, there might be some stinkers here, but overall I’ll find what I need.” And then I started listening. And I kept listening. Fistful of Metal. Spreading the Disease. Among the Living. State of Euphoria. When I got to Persistence of Time, a thought occurred to me.

I still can’t defend Anthrax. I just can’t do it.

Goatwhore – Blood For The Master

Goatwhore Blood For The Master   01. Collapse In Eternal Worth 02. When Steel And Bone Meet 03. Parasitic Scriptures Of The Sacred Word 04. In Deathless Tradition 05. Judgement Of The Bleeding Crown 06. Embodiment Of This Bitter Chaos 07. Beyond The Spell Of Discontent\ 08. Death To The…

Absu – Abzu

Absu Abzu 01. Earth Ripper 02. Circles Of The Oath 03. Abraxus Connexus 04. Skrying In The Spirit Vision 05. Ontologically, It Became Time And Space 06. A Song For Ea [10/04/11] [Candlelight Records] Slayer’s Reign In Blood  can be basically defined by two main features: The huge impact it had…