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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Valkyrie – Fear

Since their 2006 debut, Valkyrie have been something of a known commodity in the metal community. Some real what-you-see-is-what-you-get kinda shit, which is cool. Like many other proto-metallers, they have a penchant for the old-school sound. Bands like Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Mountain, Molly Hatchet and the ilk are all…

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Hey! Listen to Mindforce!

When asked to name classic heavy metal bands, the ones that come to mind are Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Cirith Ungol, Mercyful Fate and Mindforce right? Wait, Mindforce the hardcore band? Ok, maybe not in the true sense when mentioning heavy metal but these gentlemen from New York sure go…

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Hazzerd – Delirium

There are few things in the metal world that range as wide as thrash metal. Thrash runs the gamut from the serious to the silly. Progressive and technical thrash bands write sprawling epics about deep emotional, sociological, or political ideas, and there are crossover thrash bands who spit on the…

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Atlantean Kodex – The Course of Empire

The sound of epic doom has fallen by the wayside a bit. Scores of upcoming bands heed the clarion call of 80’s/90’s revivalism within metal and new groups are churning out excellent death metal, speed metal, and heavy metal albums by the minute. Dormant giants reawaken as Cirith Ungol and…

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