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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Playlist Swap // 5/6/2020

Even a cursory glance of our biweekly playlist updates will reveal that there is a great deal of variety among our staff’s musical tastes. Due to this, we brainstormed the idea of Playlist Swap, where two of our contributors pick their favorite track from each of the nine albums in their grid…

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Hey! Listen to Like Rats!

Like Rats sound like Black Breath – except if Black Breath sounded more like Obituary than Entombed – and, if that sounds like something you might like then you’ll probably like Like Rats. There isn’t a whole lot of nuance to Like Rats’ sound. Death Monolith is one of those…

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Nightfear – Apocalypse

Recently, I’ve been handed a term by a friend and I’ve found myself using it a lot. That term is “Pringles metal,” which they used to describe death metal stalwarts Cannibal Corpse, who have built a 30-year career on a credo of reliability and a penchant for turning out an…

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Gatecreeper – Deserted

It’s been a good while since death metal has seen a significant pull toward mainstream recognition. The genre’s heyday is rife with stories of monetary success and cultural recognition (just look up the histories of Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, and Morbid Angel for vindication), but more recent iterations of death metal…

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Death’s Door // June 2019

Welcome to Death’s Door, Hellions. Pop a squat on a bone throne and get comfy. There’s plenty of premium content to be had in the world of death metal, and Scott and I are here to deliver unto thee the goods. I’ve been doing quite a bit of complaining about…

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Anatomy of Black Mass

If there’s one thing the world needs more of, it’s blackened thrash. In some ways, it’s the original black metal sound. It’s chaotic and raucous, just like we all love our metal. However, it’s also overtly dark and evil sounding, a constant grind on your senses that still has its…

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Coffin Birth – The Serpent Insignia

When reviewing the new Bloodbath album, I suggested that simplistic, straight-forward death metal might not be enough to stand out in a year that has seen the genre well and truly dominated by more forward-thinking, progressive acts. Now I’m thinking I merely may have given the record far too much…

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Can This Even Be Called Music? October Edition

Every month is a good month for music, if you pay attention. Here’s what gems October brought. Released in October [bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=3366933524 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small] &therisk is a unique project from Germany who convincingly merges the faraway realms of post-rock and mathcore into a coherent and…

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