Editors’ Picks – June 2020

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought of closing down the blog. It’s kind of a secret but not really; I’ve spoken about it in Facebook groups before but I don’t think I’ve ever written about it on the blog itself. The reasons are many: listening to so…

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Vampire – Rex

Sweden’s Vampire are a band that play a critically lauded style of music incredibly well, but for some reason have eluded the critical spotlight. Oft compared to their fellow purveyors of blackened thrashy goodness Tribulation, Vampire have shockingly received far less coverage and hysteria, which is a damned shame. Since…

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Release Day Roundup – 6/19/20

Editor’s Note: Longtime reader Remi VL is a regular guest contributor to our Release Day Roundup posts! He submitted several of the albums listed below. Join his Facebook group for more recommendations. 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…

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Death’s Door – The Month in Death Metal

2017 is shaping up to be a banner year in the recent history of death metal. Quality releases abound, and we thank our infernal overlords for their bountiful provision. April, however, was a very strange month for our beloved deathly noise. Though strange may not be the best word to use here. Let’s try, maybe, weird? Yeah, weird seems right. This month we got a lot of robots. Also ingurgitation (look it up), some extreme (fucking) death, and Vampires, too. Lots to digest. But regardless of the whack-a-doodle nature of this month’s death metal output, April has been one of the best months for the subgenre in recent memory. Two album of the year contenders surfaced to wage a war of the weird against our ears, and it was a sight to behold. Good, old fashioned traditional death metal saw its fair share of releases as well, so never fear if you find yourself outside of fandom of the brutal noodle. Regardless of your persuasion, death metal is in fine health in the year of our dark lord 2017, and that is worthy of celebration.