Sxuperion – Omniscient Pulse

Some metal albums contain atmosphere elements. Some metal albums ARE atmosphere. I’m thinking about releases like Spectral Voice’s thrilling debut full-length, or Darkspace’s four part ambient black metal opus. These kinds of records are not designed with a piecemeal atmospheric aesthetic in mind, but are instead composed and performed with…

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Death’s Door – August 2019

Welcome, Hellions, to Death’s Door. Grab a blood-filled goblet and pull up a bone throne. It’s about to get loud in here.  August continued death metal’s string of quality releases, featuring names both big and small making waves in an already overstuffed landscape. While I remain somewhat disappointed by the…

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Editors’ Picks – August 2019

It’s been one year since we first had the idea to invite a staff member to participate in this column. On this occasion (which, of course, doesn’t actually mean anything beyond my brain’s love for round numbers) I’d like to take a brief look with you behind the scenes and…

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Release Day Roundup – 8/2/19

Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure…

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Mylingar – Döda Själar

Sweden’s Mylingar make legitimately terrifying music. If the most debilitating nightmares of your most dread-filled childhood nights took physical form, Mylingar would be their voice, retching decay and misery directly into your brain. Theirs is a sound that provide no protection from the horrors slinking broken and hungry through the…

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Abyssal – A Beacon in the Husk

I’m a sucker for the kind of discordant, dissonant, technically adventurous death metal that leaves you simultaneously baffled and awed. Think Portal and their utterly unhinged songwriting, Ulcerate and their fire and blood approach to technical death metal, and Mitochondrion’s relentless, blisteringly paced barrage of audio brutality. It’s a sound…

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