Best of 2009

Well folks, it’s that time once again: Album of the Year content is just ahead of us and the list-making engines have already been watered with the blood of magazines and blogs who think the year ends in November. As for us, we’re only getting things arranged and calculated out.…

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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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Burial Remains – Trinity of Deception

Last night, I made myself a grilled cheese sandwich for dinner. I’m no chef, so this was most certainly not a gourmet affair. Cheddar, wheat bread, and some salsa for dipping (yeah, try it and wait for your head explode). That’s it. Not an elaborate or complex meal in any…

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Burial Remains bring that sweet, sweet old school death metal with “Trinity of Deception”

Ah, friends. Do you smell it? The rot of decaying flesh? The smoke from buzzsaw guitars slicing through arms, legs, and ears? It’s the sweet stench of premium old school death metal, and there’s nothing else like it. For fans of death metal’s crustiest, nastiest, and HM-2iest of sounds, there’s…

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The Anatomy Of – NYT LIV

There’s something gorgeous happening in Denmark. It seems you can’t throw a guitar into a crowd without hitting great new hardcore and metal bands from the Nordic country – Copenhagen, in particular, is the home of many of these talented, tuneful new acts, forcing me to drastically consider a music-centric…

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Feral – Flesh for Funerals Eternal

I’ve stated it many times before, and it bears repeating here: Swedish death metal and I have a complicated relationship. Some of my all-time favorite death metal releases originated from bands like Entombed, At the Gates, and Dismember, so I would never claim that the style itself is utterly bereft…

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