Album Review: Porta Nigra – “Kaiserschnitt”

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Porta Nigra provide not only a heaping portion of black metal, but also a heaping portion of experimentalism, fearlessness and fun. The band’s new album, Kaiserschnitt includes influences from industrial, hardcore, black metal, electronic and rock—and in short, it rules. Porta Nigra have once again fearlessly embarked on a concept album, another period piece, and they hit the ball right out of the park. Continue reading

Album Review: Death Karma – “The History of Death & Burial Rituals, Part I”

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Death. We’ve all heard of it; we’ve all had it affect our life in some way. Heck, we spend most of our lives fearing and trying to avoid it. Every culture deals with death differently and some of those rituals are fascinating—particularly to Death Karma vocalist, bassist and guitarist Infernal Vlad. Thus, the groundwork is lain for Death Karma’s first LP, The History of Death & Burial Rituals Part I, a six-track concept album that seeks to reveal the rituals surrounding death & burial in Slovakia, Madagascar, Mexico, Czech Republic, India and China. Musically, it’s blackened death metal with elements of symphonic black metal, thrash and OSDM—and aside from a very digitally-compressed and tinny production standard, it’s generally a thoroughly effective album. Continue reading