Bedsore – Hypnagogic Hallucinations

Old-school death metal (or OSDM) has been having a bit of a moment lately, thanks in part to the work of indie labels such as Dark Descent and 20 Buck Spin who have done much of the groundwork in promoting and popularizing the movement while emphasizing bands who lean into the more weirder and more progressive sounds the genre has to offer, with bands such as Horrendous, Tomb Mold, and last year’s critical darling Blood Incantation taking the sounds of acts like Death and Incantation into new places. As the movement proliferates, bands on the fringes are moving ever outward, soaking up black metal, sludge, doom, and prog and leaning away from the meat-and-potatoes approach where possible, particularly when it comes to the labels at the core of the renaissance.

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Death’s Door – June 2020

Welcome once more to Death’s Door, Hellions. Wipe your feet on the mat and pull up a bone throne. Death metal had one doozy of a month in June. Every time I write one of these my initial thought is to comment on how this month has surpassed each subsequent…

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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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Hey! Listen to Earthdiver!

Like everybody else in the world with a lick of sense, I was hanging out at home the other day and just flipping through Bandcamp. I’ve gotten this new habit of poking through the new releases and top sellers and just listening to a song or two if I like…

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Editors’ Picks – May 2020

As I am writing to you today, the world burns. Melodramatic, right? But, if we’re being honest, I could open this post with these words every month. Hell, I could open every single post like this because every single day, the world burns. Amidst this burning, there are a lot…

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Xpus conjure old school death metal mastery in “Of Purity, Chastity and Temptation”

Over the past several years, death metal has experienced a renaissance of epic proportions, fueled by movements of radical innovation (propelled by bands such as Ingurgitating Oblivion, Pyrrhon, Alkaloid, Artificial Brain, and a host of others) and adherence to the genre’s most cherished and essential elements (think early Horrendous, Blood…

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Black Curse – Endless Wound

Denver, Colorado is a beautiful city. There are dozens of gorgeous parks, plenty of great restaurants and bars, fantastic local beer and whiskey, a vibrant outdoor culture, and all situated about 45 minutes from one of the largest and most magisterial mountain ranges on earth. I’ve lived in its metropolitan…

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Afterbirth – Four Dimensional Flesh

Brutal death metal, especially in its more technical manifestations, has been experiencing something of a renaissance as of late. Devourment, Wormed, Organectomy, Infant Annihilator, Unfathomable Ruination, Disentomb, and a host of others dropped albums in 2019 that could easily be counted among their finest work, setting the table for a…

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