Soulmass – Principality Of Mechanical Violence Review
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by Spencer Hotz
1w ago
[Cover art by Samuel Nelson] When I reviewed Soulmass’ previous album, Let Us Pray, and when I named it to spot number 20 on my best-of list last year, I mentioned that while part of my enjoyment of the album was the source material that inspired their theme, you needn’t be interested in the game Bloodborne to enjoy that 50 minutes of fantastic death doom. Well, Soulmass decided to test me on that theory by releasing an album inspired by Mobile Suit Gundam, which I know next to nothing about. In fact, when I saw references to colony drop, I thought they might be talking about that syndrome tha ..read more
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Spectral Voice – Sparagmos Review
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by Josh Heath
2w ago
Ah, fear—a souvenir for the living. Fear, in and of itself, is subjective. However, certain situations and experiences fall into the “objective” category. For example, suppose you find yourself the victim of insects burrowing, bulging, and crawling beneath your skin, or with the sudden knowing—while sitting in an empty room—that you’re not actually alone. But let’s look at the glass half full, friends: the sight and sensation of a little pest sneaking its way below your dermis or a dreadful encounter with an entity from another plane of existence, at the very least, remind you that y ..read more
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Dissimulator – Lower Form Resistance Review
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by Lone Watie
3w ago
[Artwork by Jesse Draxler] Being three heavy metal fans from Montreal, Quebec, Dissimulator grew up listening to Voivod, who is the most obvious influence at play on the band’s debut album, Lower Form Resistance, and evident in every aspect of the album from that art to sound and style to song composition. Of course, they listened to lots of other great heavy metal, too, and were clearly drawn to the darker and heavier side of things, as clearly reflected in the other music they make as members of Chthe’ilist, Atramentus, and Worm, but also the very technical side in Beyond Creation, First Fra ..read more
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Engulf – The Dying Planet Weeps Review
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by Josh Heath
1M ago
There’s a consensus among the extreme music faithful that death metal is more popular than ever before. If you’re a sadomasochist and enjoy the torture of social media, just keep an eye out. These opinions ring out like the snare on Bathory’s Octagon or on Metallica’s St. Anger. But in terms of its global exposure, it may actually be true. Although I’m too lazy to find the numbers, surely statistics exist to back that point up—merch numbers, ticket sales, streaming, and so on. I will say, however, that the notion that death metal paralleled Tom Hanks in Cast Away after the ’90s—stran ..read more
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King – Fury And Death Review
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by Josh Heath
3M ago
Fire and ice have always entangled themselves in a tug-of-war, a relationship as old as time. Together, fire, the more aggressive, grandiose element, and ice, the solid, more submissive counterpart, create a symphony of symbiosis. Upon the flames, ice sizzles away, transitions into vapor, drifts with the wind and is set free. In 2019, Australian melodic blackened death metal outfit King followed up their debut full-length Reclaim the Darkness with their sophomore effort Coldest of Cold. While Coldest of Cold was a significant improvement, this isn’t to say Reclaim the Darkn ..read more
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In Crust We Trust: Vol 31 – Part 2
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by Craig Hayes
3M ago
Kia ora, comrades. Every month, In Crust We Trust rounds up the harshest punk, hardcore, and metalpunk releases. Dis-charged or dis-cloned, if it sounds horrible, it’s a contender. Enjoy the ruckus, and thanks for stopping by. A Note About Lists, Crows, Black Labs, and Råpunk. Gidday, talofa, and kon’nichiwa. This is the second edition of ICWT for November, and the reasons for a bonus edition are twofold: life is tough, and you deserve a treat there’s been a mountain of gnarly music released recently Before I go any further, I hope you’re doing okay, given the world seems intent on self-dest ..read more
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In Crust We Trust: Vol 31 – Part 1
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by Craig Hayes
3M ago
Kia ora, comrades. Every month, In Crust We Trust rounds up the harshest punk, hardcore, and metalpunk releases. Dis-charged or dis-cloned, if it sounds horrible, it’s a contender. Enjoy the ruckus, and thanks for stopping by. A Note about Love, Hate, and Painkilling Punk. This month’s ICWT is a two-parter. Why? Well, there’s been an avalanche of new releases recently, and a single edition won’t cut it. But you also deserve a treat for showing a massive amount of resilience in the face of everything. The world is awash in horrible happenings, and life is indescribably tough. I wouldn’t blame y ..read more
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Death Metal Dossier – Remix
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by Sir William Of Ur-Sag
7M ago
[Photo by Artem Sapegin] Welcome to Death Metal Dossier: Remix edition. Dark were the times in between our last published missive and the publication of this declaration. Men have battled. Men have lost. Men have lost blood. Men have lost their lives. But from the ashes arose a new powerful knight wielding a two-handed sword that is nigh thirteen feet in length and seven feet in girth. The blade dipped in the poison lakes of Ur-Sag, tipped with a deadly elixir that only one man can withstand. That man is Ryan. For long did Sir William of Ur-Sag do battle with mere mortals before coming upon th ..read more
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Moral Collapse – Divine Prosthetics Review
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by Spencer Hotz
9M ago
[Cover Art by Manisha Mohnani] In 2021, Moral Collapse released their self-titled debut album, seemingly out of nowhere. Better than a surprise debut, is really damn good surprise debut and that’s precisely what Moral Collapse delivered. In fact, Moral Collapse was my #3 overall album in 2021, and because I write alongside lovely, intelligent people, it made our collective #19 spot as well. The band’s bruising amalgam of subtle groove, swirling guitars and the right touch of technicality gave the whole affair a fascinating man-versus-machine feel. The industrial production paired with loose pl ..read more
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Soul Void / Brainwave / Dole Bludger: More New Zealand Noize.
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by Craig Hayes
9M ago
Below are a couple of noisy releases from the far-flung (and increasingly cyclone-battered) shores of Aotearoa New Zealand. Generally, when I write about metal or punk from my neck of the woods, I start by unpacking NZ’s image as a clean green paradise free of many of the wider world’s concerns. I do that to provide context and to note the circumstances influencing underground music in Aotearoa. But also because it’s always fun to call bullshit on the myths (aka transparent lies) that NZ sells to the rest of the world. The truth is, we’ve got it all down under; rampant homelessness, a cost of ..read more
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