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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Hesitation Wounds – Chicanery

“I listen to music to get away from politics”. A common comment found on just about every major publication’s share of nearly every band with an actual message outside of “hur hur Cthulu” or “heartbreak is pain and you’re a bitch”. No one takes these people seriously. Especially not Hesitation…

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Wear Your Wounds – Rust On The Gates Of Heaven Review

Jacob Bannon’s ostensible “solo project” Wear Your Wounds has come a long way in a short time. Since the project’s first release, 2017’s WYW, vocalist, bandleader and principal songwriter Jacob Bannon has added multiple collaborators to the project, chief among them former The Red Chord guitarist Mike McKenzie, Cave In…

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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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NAG – Nagged to Death

The extreme music well of Norway is so much deeper than black metal and the kvlt krew that follow it so adamantly. Since this summer, Heavy Blog has covered hardcore, post-metal, and grind bands from the frozen Northern country, eschewing the typically glum and grim corpse-painted faces of lo-fi blast…

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Kvlt Kolvmn – August 2018

Greetings once more, lovers of the black. Welcome to Kvlt Kolvmn. The time is ripe for another fresh batch of black metal selections hellbent on freezing your blood and pulverizing your heart into a fine pulp. Thankfully, August offered an abundance of such releases, particularly in the experimental camp. If…