Album Review: Phlebotomized — “Devoted to God”

Phlebotomized is a band I can only describe as ahead of their time, one of the odder underground death metal bands that were already mixing extreme metal with violin and synthesizers before other bands started to catch on. In fact, no one seemed to take notice of this band’s legacy until they reformed in 2013 and released two compilation albums to solidify their return. Since their reformation, the band continues to release music that borders on the extremely avant-garde side of death metal, creating music that stays with you long after you stop listening. Their “death metal with a twist” schtick is one of the main reasons I became so invested in them when I first heard Immense Intense Suspense / Skycontact (context) back in 2017. Although I have only listened to their newer releases since then, I think it’s time we turn back the clock and see how this band got their monumental start with Devoted to God.

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Album Review: Gloam – “Hex of Nine Heads”

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California’s Gloam have been making a name in the underground for themselves since 2012. After releasing an initial demo and the Vanquished EP, the band struck black metal gold with their full length debut Hex of Nine Heads. Initially released on cassette via Caligari Records in an edition of 175 copies, Hex proved to be an instant success, quickly selling out from the label and generating impressive amounts of hype. Enter celebrated underground heavy music label Gilead Media, who were quick to see the potential in reissuing the album on vinyl. With the reissue date fast approaching, now is the best time to get acquainted with this dark and winding album if you somehow missed it the first time around.  Continue reading