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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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Xpus conjure old school death metal mastery in “Of Purity, Chastity and Temptation”

Over the past several years, death metal has experienced a renaissance of epic proportions, fueled by movements of radical innovation (propelled by bands such as Ingurgitating Oblivion, Pyrrhon, Alkaloid, Artificial Brain, and a host of others) and adherence to the genre’s most cherished and essential elements (think early Horrendous, Blood…

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Umbra Vitae – Shadow of Life

Let me get this out of the way up front: I can count on one hand the amount of “supergroups” that met or exceeded the expectations laid on them by the collective success of their individual parts. Most supergroups are, in my opinion, either time-wasting cash grabs or light, inconsequential…

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AMA (Ask Metal Anything) – April 2020

AMA is Heavy Blog’s monthly community Q&A column, where readers ask questions across the gamut, and we are legally required by the universal laws of “AMA” to answer them! These are edited and excerpted transcripts. To see full transcripts and participate in future conversations, join the Heavy Blog Facebook Community…

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Odious Mortem – Synesthesia

It’s fitting that my first review of 2020 should be for a spicy technical death metal rebirth. I’m of course referring here to the resurgence of death metal legends Odious Mortem, who return to we the needy many after an 11-year hiatus with their third full-length effort Synesthesia. Comebacks are…

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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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