Elder – Omens

A new release from a beloved band is a chance to once again reconsider the question of identity. Like any artistic endeavor, an album is, on many levels, an expression of personality and a many-pronged statement of values, method, and taste on the part of those involved in its creation.…

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Hey! Listen to Second-Hand Apes!

Everyone gather ‘round. Uncle Pete has the new sick jams you need in your life. Who reading this would love a little bit of big, thick, fuzzy riffs played at excessively loud volumes? All of you? Hooray! Because that’s what I’ve brought with me today. Your new favorite band is…

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Acid Mammoth – Under Acid Hoof

Big fuzzy riffs with tons of bass and melodically shouted vocals. It’s a style that’s well established for very good reasons. It really connects with a lot of people who enjoy high energy fun with a little spacey vibe. On top of that, it’s great from the music creator’s standpoint,…

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Doomsday – October 2019

A most spooky and haunting greeting unto you all, heaviest of all bloggers! The days are shorter and the nights are longer. You might even be able to fit an entire funeral doom track in an evening at this season. I really love this time of year. First of all,…

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Possessor – Gravelands

Metal and punk are really two sides of the same coin. Both explore the darker side of life and express thoughts using extreme aggression. They differ in the way that they accepted influences and used them for their craft. Punk rejected the idea that you had to have some musical…

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Mirror – Pyramid of Terror

Sometime way back in 2015, Mirror released their self-titled debut long player on Metal Blade Records. Despite being put out by one of the biggest and most consistent and reputable labels in the biz, it flew under the radar. Featuring former Electric Wizard and Satan’s Wrath bassist Tas Danazoglou and…

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Hey! Listen to Tar Pit!

With a name like that, I thought I knew exactly what to expect from Tar Pit and, to an extent, I was right; the guitars, drums, and bass of Tar Pit are covered in the sludge which their name hints at. Things are slow, feedback is high and the overall tone…

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Doomsday – October 2018

Hello, assorted hooded smoky black figures! It is I, Pete Williams, come to darken your doorway! Yes, we all devoutly mourn the loss of our good friend Lincoln (who likes Auburn for some reason no one will EVER understand), but hopefully I can fill his shoes and make him proud.…