Album Review: Extremity – “Extremely Fucking Dead”

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It should be no surprise that death metal and black metal are the two genres I frequent the most, yet what draws me to death metal artists and what draws me to black metal artists are often completely at odds. As I have mentioned previously, my favorite black metal bands tend to be those that take basic the formula of the genre and move it in a different direction, adding their own unique spin and often incorporating disparate elements in the music. With death metal, however, the more complex the music gets, the more I feel like it loses its soul. Give me boneheaded riffs with no frills and no junk and I’m a happy man. So when I say that Extremity‘s debut Extremely Fucking Dead is some of the most satisfying death metal I’ve heard in a long time, you should know what you’re getting into. But it is most definitely something you want to get into.   Continue reading

CANTO: Khôrada, updates from Ozzy and Mastodon, and more

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“Hide my fears and kill my doubts, whatevers in my way. Poppin’ pills and drinkin’ booze,
smokin’ everyday. Stoned and drunk completely gone, my world is here to stay.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

CANTO: Opeth tour, the end of The Acheron, Neurosis updates, and more

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“Listening to you as you say your prayers – Evil bears with deadly stares. Ripping you apart to protect what’s theirs – There is no escape from the furious bears!”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

Album Review: VHÖL – “Deeper Than Sky”

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It’s so satisfying when a record reveals ever more layers of remarkable traits after repeated listens. The latest release from the Pacific Northwest-based quartet VHÖL, “Deeper Than Sky,” is just such a beast – and this is a record that will  demand repeated listens. From the circle pit-worthy crust punk gallops to the sharp and beautiful black metal sections; from the way that Mike Scheidt’s singular metal-operatic yowls and shouty growls carve out their own space next to the intricate and mighty thrash guitar twisters created by John Cobbett, this second record by VHÖL is very likely going to be record of the year for many. Continue reading