Dark Castle – Surrender to All Life Beyond Form

July 6, 2011

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Profound Lore 5/31/2011 The second full-length by Dark Castle is a collection of sludgy doom jams boasting blast beats, psychedelic chants and isolated acoustic flourishes, played by a chick and dude duo who manage to create more cacophony than many bands twice their size. Jack and Meg they are not. Maybe a bit like Jucifer, […]

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Tombs – Path of Totality

July 2, 2011

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Relapse 6/7/2011 Never mind that the cover of their sophomore full-length bears more than a passing resemblance to Through Silver and Blood, or that guitarist/vocalist Mike Hill slices off a killer piece of Matt Pike-ish riffage on instrumental jam “Constellations”; Tombs have finally shaken the remainders of the Neurosis and High on Fire comparisons applied […]

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Aurvandil – Yearning

June 26, 2011

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Eisenwald 7/11/2011 Upon first inspection, Aurvandil have all the trappings of a bitchin’ modern black metal horde. They’re from France, that recent hotbed of innovation in the genre. Their namesake was a giant in Nordic folklore whose frozen toe Thor broke off and placed in the sky as a star, which is, y’know, epic. And […]

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Loss – Despond

June 17, 2011

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Profound Lore 5/31/2011 As prepared as we may think we are, the death of someone close to us is always difficult. Though I knew he was old and in failing health, I wasn’t ready for my grandfather’s passing when I was eight. And I certainly wasn’t prepared for the sudden death of a friend last […]

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Rotten Sound – Cursed

June 10, 2011

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Relapse 3/15/2011 As grindcore continues to expand and merge with other sub-genres, steadily increasing in technicality and the proficiency of its musicians, a band like Rotten Sound is a welcome reprieve. Barring the ridiculous chops of former drummer Kai Hahto, the Finnish quartet largely ditches the instrumental wizardry prevalent in the genre’s modern incarnation for […]

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Wolverine – Communication Lost

June 7, 2011

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Candlelight 6/21/2011 No, their bones are not fused with adamantium and they have nothing to do with Hugh Jackman (sorry, ladies). About the only thing they have in common with Entombed’s classic death ‘n’ roll album is their mutual homeland of Sweden. Instead, this Wolverine jams some pretty accessible progressive rock/metal à la Porcupine Tree […]

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Inevitable End – The Oculus

May 25, 2011

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Relapse 5/24/2011 Not sure if it was the grainy, computer generated cover art or the pseudo-scientific album title, but I was expecting sterile Sumeriancore on Inevitable End’s sophomore outing. What I got instead was refreshingly unhinged noisegrind owing a pretty sizable debt to Converge, with a few twists here and there. A saying involving some […]

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