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Disma – Towards the Megalith

August 21, 2011

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Profound Lore 7/19/2011 If you’re reading this and you’re in a death metal band set to release an album this year, pack it in. Seriously, don’t bother. Disma have rendered whatever you were writing or recording obsolete. What, was it some ultra-technical torrent of notes? Maybe you all met at Berklee and bonded over a […]

Isolation – Closing a Circle

August 14, 2011

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Eisenwald 7/11/2011 Alright, I’m out of guesses and these guys are out of hints. What the hell is this? I’m all for bass in my black metal. Drudkh’s last few albums are some of my favorite works from the Ukranian recluses, and Nick McMaster’s increasing role in Krallice is to the act’s benefit. I even […]

Toxic Holocaust – Conjure and Command

August 8, 2011

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Relapse 7/19/2011 One-man grindcore? Most definitely. Solo black metal? One of the genre’s most enduring visages is a lone corpsepaint warrior surrounded by various instruments in the isolation cell he calls a room. But thrash metal? It’s communal. Tales abound of bands from both the old guard and the revival leaving studios in states of […]

Falloch – Where Distant Spirits Remain

July 21, 2011

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Candlelight 9/27/2011 Yep, the band name and typeface on the cover art made me double take, too. Even more damning is that the music within pulls a pronounced influence from a certain Northwest dark metal squad. Well, maybe damning isn’t the right word, considering Marrow of the Spirit’s ranking as the finest album this young […]

Pestilence – Doctrine

July 13, 2011

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Mascot 7/19/2011 Yesterday afternoon at work, I listened to Carcass’ Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious. It’s not uncommon for me to jam some old school death metal to break the monotony of the sundry paper pushing and office ephemera that comprises the majority of my day job. Call it my 5-hour Energy, without the questionable […]

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, […]