CANTO: Khemmis, Sabaton, Pestilence, and More

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My body hurts. That’s about all I got for today.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Kataklysm, Lamb of God, Skeletal Remains, and More

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“Blindly consuming mass manufactured faith, mankind is a festering parasite. Relentlessly draining its host dry, nailing belief to a cross of genocide.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Ihsahn, Varathron, Black Sabbath, and More

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“She spoke to me like hope was real, that peace was something I could feel.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Album Review: Hail Spirit Noir — “Eden in Reverse”

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The breadth of what constitutes “heavy music” continues to expand in ways that infuriate some listeners even as it brings new ones into the fold.  For every band pushing gain and clipping, blast beats and screaming to new extremes, there are an equal number challenging the notion of what it means to compose and execute heavy music, and Hail Spirit Noir, long leading that charge on their previous progressive black metal opuses, have with Eden in Reverse cast off all remaining shackles of expectation and created a revelation of psychedelic progressive rock that stands as both a natural evolution of their sound and a reinvention of what that sound is. Continue reading

Initial Descent: May 24 – 30, 2020

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Centinex (photo courtesy of Jelena Sulce)

New metal, long list, you need it, we got it, let’s do it. Alright then, if you had to ask yourself who that is in the header image…FOR SHAME! It’s none other than Centinex who’ve been around for 30 years now and who continue to be a freaking PILLAR of death metal on their eleventh full length—just do it. Violent Hammer couldn’t have picked a better band name since the sound on their war/black/death full length debut hits like a damn hammer, Adzes take the all in approach with their sludge, noise, post-alot, gazey sound but it works and amazingly so, and Sorcerer shed the doom by numbers approach on their third full length and opt for the epic approach and, yes indeed, it works. There it is, four rotundly killer releases to kick things off AND we’ve got so much more hiding just below. Go now and drop all the cash on all the metals. Continue reading