PREMIERE: Brace Your Peripheral Cortex for this Cover of Necrophagist’s “Dawn and Demise”

Earlier this year, I raved about the eccentric death metal on God Kaiser Hell, the debut album from Peripheral Cortex. I praised the German quartet for their eclectic approach to songwriting, which recalls the lean-and-mean, OG deathcore of Animosity, general weirdness of The Dillinger Escape Plan, and tech death wizardry…

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Titan to Tachyons – Cactides

Sometimes, the only soundtrack for my present moment is an album that can do all the talking. By that, I mean the kind of records full of dense jams that are effortless to vibe along to, especially since each new listen always seems to offer a new perspective. If you’ve…

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Imperial Triumphant – Alphaville

When an artist breaks the mold such as Imperial Triumphant have, there’s often a ripple effect. Yet in the wake of 2018’s Vile Luxury, few bands have achieved the grandeur and scale of Imperial Triumphant’s aural world building. Short of a handful of releases over the last few years – most notably 2019 HBIH…

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Hail Spirit Noir – Eden In Reverse

With music, as in every facet of life, expectation creates a breeding ground for disappointment. Albums often clear the bar fans continuously raise, of course, but they can also hit it straight on or miss the mark entirely. I’m not suggesting that we can’t hold the artists we love to…

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Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin Kynsi

Black metal, love it or hate it, is nearly unassailable as a primordial and evolutionary force in the metal world. From its bleak conception and incendiary public introduction/popularization to its evolution as a standard bearer in the genre’s long-gestating march toward more experimental manifestations of its established sounds, black metal…

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Tech Death Rapidfire – Sutrah & Svengahli

There are a few things I’m excited to accomplish with this post, beyond highlighting yet another couple of excellent death metal releases. First, from a practical standpoint, this is an efficient means of covering two short EPs that are still absolutely worth your time. It’s the same reason I created…

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Lychgate – Also sprach Futura

The semantic field which lies between the Gothic, the future, metal, and the avant-garde is fertile with meaning. First, the Gothic, which we define here as the literary or “artistic” Gothic. It’s a sub-genre or modifier which deals with death, anxiety, and the body. Frankenstein is of course the prime…

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