Album Review: Barghest / Thou Split 10″

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With more than 37 releases since 2005, Thou is one of the most prolific bands in heavy music. Four full-lengths, ten EPs, splits, collaborations, demos; Thou does not know how to rest. The amazing thing is that with all of these releases under their belt, the quality doesn’t suffer. The band continues to evolve and push themselves to create increasingly harrowing heavy music. Their sludgy doom is unrivaled. Barghest, meanwhile, attacks metal from a different angle, mixing black metal with a touch of death. These two Baton Rouge, Louisiana bands have finally teamed up to release a split 10-inch on Elder Magick. Continue reading

Album Review: Wormed – “Krighsu”

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Wormed’s new full-length Krighsu was recently described to me on Twitter as “the soundtrack to a nanobot oligarchy colonizing our collective subconscious,” and “the sound of every computer performing an illegal operation at the same time,” so that’s it. That’s all you need to know. Review done. Seriously, just go listen to it. Why are you still here? Continue reading

Album Review: Ritual Chamber – “Obscurations (To Feast On The Seraphim)”

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Numinas (Dario Derna) has played black metal as the one-man band Krohm since 1995. You may be familiar with his work as the keyboardist in the doom/death metal band Evoken from 1995-2002. He also played drums in Drawn and Quartered from 2002-2012. He returns this year with the debut full-length release Obscurations (To Feast on the Seraphim) from Ritual Chamber, another one-man project that he started in 2013. Ritual Chamber released a roiling demo in 2014 titled The Pits of Tentacled Screams. Obscurations (To Feast on the Seraphim) continues where that demo left off, pounding you with death metal tinged with doom and black metal tremolo picking. Continue reading

Album Review: Conan – “Revengeance”

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Conan the Cimmerian began his tale in 1932 when Robert E. Howard wrote him into existence. Pulp Magazine Weird Tales published the early stories of a sullen, blue-eyed fighter that was literally born on the field of battle. He was a celebrated warrior by the time he was fifteen, and later made himself ruler of Aquilonia by strangling its tyrannical ruler Numedides on the steps of his own throne. Conan was at times a pirate, mercenary, thief, and always an adventurer. He came to be known as the Barbarian, the Destroyer. Continue reading