Profile: William Bigcrow of Deathgrinders Narcissistic Necrosis

For any brutal death metal/deathgrind fans that missed out on Narcissistic Necrosis’ debut full length, The Art of Deformity last August, now is a good chance to rectify that. This entity got its start as a one man death machine back in 2014 but has slowly evolved into a full fledged-band but not before founder, vocalist, and guitarist William Bigcrow had all the songs written for what would become said debut. Their lyrical topics range from religious hypocrisy, narcissism, and misanthropy to name a few, and their music perfectly aligns to the cavalcade of spikes present in each of those topics. Over the course of ten tracks and just over thirty minutes, the band leaves an indelible mark with blasts, wails, guttural anomalies, and barbed grind. We recently posed our set of Profile questions to William for a bit of backstory so head directly below to see how it went down.

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Receiving the Evcharist: Lament Cityscape and Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Christmas Ale

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Hello friends!  Happy Friday and Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate.  Christmas is a wonderful day to partake in a boozy beverage whether you are with family/friends, or keeping it tight in quarantine.  I was determined to find a Christmas-related libation for this column, and I was able to do just that!  This week’s offerings:  Lament Cityscape‘s The Old Wet and Great Lakes Brewing Company‘s Christmas Ale.  Enjoy and have a happy, healthy holiday!

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Profile: Laura Vargas of The Inferno Doll

The Inferno Doll

Sacrifice is more than just a follow up EP to The Inferno Doll‘s 2015 full length Dollmination it also continues the story of the main character being possessed by an alter ego with no vision of which one is the enemy. This time out, the character is awakened and summoned by a High Priestess who controls the element of fire and offers a second chance. For this story to play out, the music must match not only the occult at work here but the battle at hand. And it does, in spades. This is dark, gothic metal at its theatrical and evil best. The slow burn enchantment of the title track crashing head first into the gnashing teeth of Land of the Lords shows just how talented vocalist and songwriter Laura Vargas is at bringing this all to successful, albeit dark, fruition. Sacrifice saw digital release back in October and as of this month has seen a physical release. Just behind this particular release we had the chance to pose our Profile questions to Laura in hopes of finding out more about the project and the artist. She opens up with a ton of info so head below to see how it went down.

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Initial Descent: December 20 – 26, 2020

Beaten To Death
Beaten To Death

Today, it’s officially winter and while I’m no fan of cold temps, I am strangely at peace with whatever winter brings this time around. There’s something about the serenity a hard snow brings BUT where I live that won’t happen soooo. Anyway, it’s the last full week of the year which means the new release lists for the next two weeks will be slim, but still a few nuggets to be found if you take the time. This week we’ve got another new one from grinders Beaten to Death who’ve been insanely busy this year with a handful of releases, and we’ve got a goat assault from Bestial Warfare because who doesn’t like a goat assault in December? As always, there’s more below, but not many. Oh and Merry Christmas to those who celebrate and to those who don’t, Merry Friday. 

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Album Review: Oldblood — “Arms to the Sky”

A blinding flash of light scans across the sky, arriving with it, an explosion of heat so intense that destruction ensues immediately, leaving only smoke in its wake.  London’s Oldblood released their debut EP, Arms to the Sky which is themed around the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.  There is most certainly a dark, crushing, heaviness to this album given the subject matter that is reflected both in the lyrics and music.  Arms to the Sky is a skillfully done production that is powerful, moving, gritty, and brings so much intense blackened doomy goodness to one four-track EP.

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