Album Review: Aura Noir – “Aura Noire”

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Heavy music has some peerless blends, from black / death metal to stoner / sludge. Though strangely less common, the black / thrash metal subgenre boasts plenty of iconic performers. It’s a wide and debatable net that scoops up acts as divergent as Bathory, Voivod and Slayer in its universe.

Aura Noir, one of the forefathers of the sound, is owed some credit for lighting that flame and, to a degree, keeping it going. Especially with their latest Aura Noire. However, such can’t necessarily be judged by quantity, but rather quality. Continue reading

Album Review: Blasphemer – “Ritual Theophagy”

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The entire metal universe might still be suffering from whiplash after Blood Incantation’s vaunted old school technical death metal album Starspawn released earlier this year. I praised this album exuberantly and declared it a shoe-in for my top ten end of year list for metal albums in 2016. But enter Blasphemer’s Ritual Theophagy and memories of tech death’s yesteryear come back like a bullet aiming for my cranium. Similar to the way Iniquity’s Five Across the Eyes once did for me back in high school, Ritual Theophagy merges old school tech death with modern ideological death metal. Continue reading