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HOLLOW PROPHET – Hellhole

What do you get when you combine members of Shadow of Intent, Slaughter to Prevail, Acrania, and Within Destruction? The answer is Hollow Prophet, whose debut EP dropped at the end of last month. With some serious star power in the underground scene, just how exactly did this turn out? “Infernal Cleansing” opens up with a face ripping intro, with every member going at 110% to make it heavy. This song sets the tone for the record, its heavy, distinctly […]

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MORBID ANGEL – Kingdoms Disdained

Floridian outfit Morbid Angel are one of the most well-known, established, influential, memorable and important death metal bands to ever step foot into the realms of extreme music. With Kingdoms Disdained being the ninth full-length album after a 6 year wait prior to 2011’s Illud Divinum Insanus which was critically panhandled by many fans as the direction the album took was extremely skeptical and uncomfortable. But did Kingdoms Disdained came back to a return of form that Morbid Angel fans […]

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NECROTTED – Worldwide Warfare

Brutal death metal is a genre that can be pretty boring. However, when done right, it can be one of the most enjoyable metal genres there is, and fortunately for Necrotted, they’ve delivered a top notch, brutal album that fans of the genre will enjoy. While this album doesn’t take any major risks, and does feel a same, those flaws are buried under the solid writing, good production, and vocals that are not only good, but can be understood. “Worldwide” […]

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DZÖ-NGA – The Sachem’s Tales

With a name like Dzö-Nga, and the style of music that they play, you’d expect this group to be from Europe, however, the group hails from Boston, and has managed to put out one of the most captivating black metal releases of the year. By combining folk elements with atmospheric black metal, their recent album “The Sachem’s Tales” is a very unique, well-conceived, and very underrated album. “Midewiwin Lodge” acts as the intro for this album, having rain and wolf […]

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AUDN – Farvegir Fyrndar

Not very often does an album not only convey a certain emotion, but make you feel that emotion deep down. Icelandic band Audn have managed to do that, and in a way that feels organic, like the music was written by the artists’ emotions themselves. The drums of “Veröld Hulin” start this one off. Then come the melancholic guitars, giving the sadness an embodiment, along with the haunted growls that populate this album. One thing to note early on is […]

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HORDE CASKET – Xenopocalypse

Brutal death metal and sci-fi combine once again with the latest effort from Horde Casket. Their effort from 2017, entitled “Xenopocalypse”, attempts to use rough production, brutal music, and intense vocals in order to impress fans of the brutal death genre. Spoiler alert, they succeed. “Earth Will Bleed” is the intro to this, and is the usual sci-fi intro of machinery noise, with someone talking over it. This leads directly into “The Plague of Humanity”, which begins very brutally, and […]

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ABATED MASS OF FLESH – Eternal Harvest

Everyone has those bands that they sleep on, and finally listen to, and really enjoy. One of those bands for me is Abated Mass of Flesh. Hailing from Tennessee, this brutal death metal band’s 2017 release, “Eternal Harvest”, is a demonstration in not only how to make great brutal music, but also how to make a major impact in only 22 minutes. “Premonitions of the Infected” kicks this one off, and sets up the riffs and chugging that populates this […]

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HARVEST MISERY – Harvest Misery

Alien and science fiction themes in metal have really taken off in the past couple of years. Harvest Misery, hailing from South Africa and featuring Vulvodynia’s Duncan Bentley, is another band that tackles those lyrical themes, and damn, they do it well. Their self titled 8 track EP, the bands first and so far only release, is, at its heart, a death metal release. But it pulls in many different influences. Slam/deathcore influence is apparent on this album, but does […]

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FALLS OF RAUROS – Vigilance Perennial

Maine’s folk black metal band Falls Of Rauros takes many musical inspirations for their compositions with the lyricism reflecting on nature, misanthropy, uncertainty and anarchism. Three years later through Blindrune Recordings we have the latest chapter from the band titled Vigilance Perennial. Clocking in around approximately 44 minutes in duration and consists of five tracks, Vilgilance Perennial incorporated progressiveness, Cascadian black metal inspired instrumentals and established a naturalistic expression to see where their taking the music to whole new spiritual […]

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NOVEMBERS DOOM – Hamartia

Chicago’s death doom metal band Novembers Doom are certainly without a doubt a very artistic, stylistic and well visualized bands in the scene. With Hamartia being the last chapter to these musicians they’ve borrowed elements from 2005’s The Pale Haunt Departure and made some fresh progressive structures alongside the way while micromanaging stronger and heart-wrenching musical deliveries. Musically, lyrically and progressively Hamartia is a wonderfully designed album portraying a story so insightful that these tracks are delivering the listener to […]