Album Review:  Behemoth — “Opvs Contra Natvram”

Sensational satanists and extreme metal trailblazers, Behemoth, are back with their twelfth studio release Opvs Contra Natvram.  Each of the ten tracks brings hellfire with face melting riffs, abrasive vocals, killer drumming, and all the energy and attitude of a live performance.  The album title meaning “going against the current” perfectly summarizes the intent of this release which is to give a big “fuck you” to the destructive propensities in popular culture and social media.  It would not be a Behemoth album if it didn’t raise a few eyebrows from passersby and act as an righteous piece of rebellion.  This release is something only Behemoth could have created and it is not to be missed.

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Album Review: Hissing — “Hypervirulence Architecture”

How does one properly describe a band like Hissing; a band whose entire mission statement is expertly defying categorization and pushing the very limits of what constitutes music itself?  For the first time in a while, I find myself almost at a loss for words as to what to say to kick this thing off, so maybe we should just get into it: Seattle, WA’s Hissing are back with their sophomore release Hypervirulence Architecture, and if you’ve never checked out this band before, you literally have no idea what you are in for, but I would argue that’s a feature, not a bug.

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Receiving the Evcharist: Cave Bastard and Greater Good

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Hi again, after a couple weeks off due to… dumb stuff… I’m back! As a reminder, Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly, but not-at-all-weekly, feature where I consume both a new metal album and usually some form of bougie craft beer. It’s fun, I promise. Mostly for me. My cup of heresy runneth over this week with: Wrath Of The Bastard from Cave Bastard and DDH Pulp Daddy from Greater Good. Do they pair up nicely… read on to find out!

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Embracing the Descent: September 5 – 11, 2021

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Been awhile since we did one of these. Extra day off, extra time, all that jazz. Whatever. You know how this rolls, we pick a fresh batch of albums that struck a chord and you go binge on them. Simple, right? We don’t need to tell you but will anyway; 2021 has given us some gems and will continue to do so and for that we all need to thank the dark lord that bands are even still making music after the shit everyone has been through and still going through. New favorites are coming out every week with no end in sight. This week we’ve got five that struck like lightning; two of them are from last week, but demand your prompt attention. Head inside to see what’s in store and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent.

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Video Review: Nasum — “Blasting Shit To Bits”

Nasum. For grindcore fans worldwide, this is a name that will live in infamy and a name that will be whispered for evermore. Between their four full lengths, Inhale/Exhale, Human 2.0, Helvete, and Shift, these Swedes became a household name for those of us looking for that extra bit of extreme that the far corners of metal offered if one was willing to seek out. However, with the 2004 tragic Indian Ocean tsunami incident that took the life of frontman Mieszko Talarczyk, the band went silent and rightfully so. They had lost a major piece of the puzzle in a tragic way and struggled with this loss. But, in 2012, what would’ve been the band’s 20th anniversary, they decided to hit 60 cities in a last blast sort of way with Rotten Sound’s Keijo Niinimaa on vocals and Director Michael Panduro capturing their final performance in October of the same year. The results are nothing short of exemplary but no surprises there as Nasum were always exemplary. This is a Christmas gift like no other and I’m giving you all the links below so do yourself a solid and BUY IT. Thank me later.

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