Xenobiotic – Mordrake

Every year, it seems like there’s one particular death metal album released in the early months of the year that sets my quality standards for the next several months. Last year in January, Alterage’s The Approaching Roar hit me like a brick to the temple, while in 2018 Portal’s Ion…

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Hey! Listen to Stoned God!

This year is already shaping up to be a monumental year for heavy music. It seems like there’s been more great releases in these first couple of months than the entire first half of 2019 combined. Moreover, even with all the outstanding big-name resales, it’s largely been the smaller, up…

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Vatican – Sole Impulse

Over the past few years (and specifically in 2018), I’ve been taken aback by the critical affinity with metalcore. It’s not just because of the music itself, though I’ll admit that I’m not particularly fond of recent critically acclaimed albums from bands like Code Orange and Vein. No, what really…

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Despised Icon – Purgatory

Deathcore. The metal subgenre everyone loves to hate. Often decried as the lizard brain of extreme metal, deathcore has garnered a reputation for relentless chugs, mindless breakdowns, and lyrical inanity that is only rivaled by the current scene snob consensus on metalcore and nü metal. It’s not necessarily an incorrect…

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Thy Art Is Murder – Human Target

Thy Art Is Murder are extremely good at what they do. With each album, they effortlessly prove that they have the consistency and skill to strike with absolute precision while adding just a little bit more to the formula to keep them from getting complacent atop their duly earned throne.…

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Humanity’s Last Breath – Abyssal

Summertime. The living may be easy, the fish jumping and the cotton high, but Humanity’s Last Breath couldn’t give a shit about that. As Europe is broiled by a particularly ferocious heatwave, the Swedes prepare to deliver a relentless blast of bleak and uncompromising gloom on harsh Scandinavian winds.  Abyssal,…

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Of Modern Architecture – Matricide

Like their previous release, which we also covered on the blog, Of Modern Architecture’ Matricide is an aggressive whollop in the gut. One part modern, heavy, chuggy metal that borders the lines between deathcore and djent, one part progressive experimentation and unexpected, spastic structures, Matricide just keeps on hitting. The…

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