Best Of British - Tea and Antipathy
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by Phil Knock
2d ago
Britain has not been a particularly pleasant place to reside over the last few years. Brexit was a ridiculous idea that has unsurprisingly been an unmitigated disaster. Covid was handled with all the grace and competence of a pig performing open heart surgery. We’re now on our second publicly un-elected Prime Minister in two years, the first of which plunged the country into a financial death knell (which we’re still recovering from) within weeks of getting the job. Don’t even get me started on the utterly illegal and insane policy of sending immigrants to Rwanda. So, it’s a good thing we’ve ..read more
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Release Day Roundup: 2/16/24
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by Joshua Bulleid
5d ago
Top Picks Eternal Storm – A Giant Bound to Fall (progressive mellowdeath) I had never heard of Eternal Storm until vocalist Danny R. Flys joined Persefone last year and, while that has proved a rather fruitful combination so far,  listening to A Giant Bound to Fall, it seems like a bit of an odd fit. Rather than the bright and bombastic approach of Fly's new outfit, Eternal Storm—as their name suggests—wallow instead at the bleaker end of the progressive metal spectrum, drawing their closest comparisons to the muted palettes of bands Be'Lakor, Insomnium and more recent Swallow the Sun, w ..read more
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Kvlt Kolvmn // February 2024
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by Jonathan Adams
5d ago
We’re back, baby. The end of year bonanza is fun as hell but always takes a lot out of yours truly. From revisiting records to writing them all up, it’s a pretty significant effort on everyone’s part to get those columns across the finish line. But it’s 2024 now. The old is behind. The new is ahead. If January is any indication… we’re in for a filthy year. Feast your ear holes on some premium black metal, friends. Let us know in the comments what your favorite releases of the past month were. And, as always… stay frosty. -Jonathan Adams Winter’s Crown Cave Sermon - Divine Laughter Confession ..read more
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Kvlt Kolvmn // January 2024
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by Jonathan Adams
1w ago
We’re back, baby. The end of year bonanza is fun as hell but always takes a lot out of yours truly. From revisiting records to writing them all up, it’s a pretty significant effort on everyone’s part to get those columns across the finish line. But it’s 2024 now. The old is behind. The new is ahead. If January is any indication… we’re in for a filthy year. Feast your ear holes on some premium black metal, friends. Let us know in the comments what your favorite releases of the past month were. And, as always… stay frosty. -Jonathan Adams Winter’s Crown Cave Sermon - Divine Laughter Confession ..read more
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Rotten to the Core // February 2024
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by Heavy Blog
1w ago
The new year has kicked off just as strongly as 2023 finished, with already a number of standout releases dropping from the whole spectrum of -core related genres. It's always a challenge come December at comparing these January releases to newer albums that you've only had weeks or a month to digest, yet I think it's fair to say I wouldn't be surprised to see a few of these stand the test to make some end of year lists. The -core side of metal is thriving and showing no sides of slowing down, and neither will we. -Trent Bos The Wall of Death Knoll - As Spoken (blackened deathgrind)  Ten ..read more
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Spectral Voice - Sparagmos
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by Jonathan Adams
2w ago
Sparagmos. The act of rending, tearing apart, or mangling a living sacrifice (human or otherwise) as Dionysian rite. An appeasement to a god of excess, chaos, and irrationality through brutality and consumption of flesh. Ritual via destruction. Worship through violence.  One might expect a decent amount of audio punishment from an album with such a grisly title. Given that it just so happens to be the sophomore full-length outing from Denver death-doom masters Spectral Voice, those assumptions would not be unfounded. With their skygazing debut behemoth Eroded Corridors of Unbeing, the ba ..read more
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Release Day Roundup: 2/9/24
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by Joshua Bulleid
2w ago
Top Pick Chapel Of Disease – Echoes of Light (blackened post metal, rockin' prog) I don't know much about Chapel of Disease. Apparently they used to be a pretty straight-forward death metal band who went all proggy on their last album (which has a very long, silly name) and have wound up coming out the other end sounding like mid-period Nachtmystium if they preferred psychedelics to depressants.* What I do know is that Echoes of Light absolutely owns. Its floaty, hypnotic rhythms are good on their own, but it's the harmonic, Thin Lizzy-like leads that really seal the deal. The guitar heroics ..read more
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Editors' Picks // January 2024
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by Eden Kupermintz
2w ago
And so, a new year begins! You might notice that this time around, we didn't take February off but instead bounced right off of our End of Year content and into 2024. Why? Probably because we did enough to slim down the fat and make things work better with the blog so we're not all extremely burnt out. Good stuff! Or it might be because 2024 is shaping up to be one of those years that just slaps us in the face with amazing music right from the get go; there are seriously several album of the year contenders on this list. So, enjoy! Please insert here some metaphor about rebirth, cycles, and m ..read more
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Release Day roundup: 2/2/24
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by Joshua Bulleid
2w ago
Top Picks Persefone – Lingua Ignota: Part I (progressive metal) You say Spiritual Migration (2013), I say Aathma (2017). Something we can hopefully both agree on though is that Persefone's previous outing, Metanoia (2022), came and went without much fanfare or staying power, to the extent that I had completely forgotten it existed until Lingua Ignota was announced—something which its three or so 5-minute+ instrumental interludes it contains might have something to do with. Lingua Ignota, on the other hand, is a much more concise and impactful package that is sure to stick with fans of the ban ..read more
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Dissimulator - Lower Form Resistance
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by Bridget Hughes
3w ago
While 2023 could be broadly summarized as the year of death metal (read our Top 25 list if you don’t believe me), 2024 is already shaping up as the year of thrash. Early and exciting releases are promising 12 months of razor sharp riffs, energetic grooves, and maniacal vocals. Case in point: the newly released debut album from Montreal sci-fi death/thrash metal trio Dissimulator.  Dissimulator may be an unfamiliar name, but the background of the band stretches across an impressive array of metal subgenres, with members cutting their teeth in groups like atmospheric brutal death punishers ..read more
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