Album Review: Chopping Mall — “Mauled By A Magical Bear With Scalding Hot Liquid Cheese Spraying From Its Eyesockets”

Look, at this point you already know everything you need to know in order for me to sell you on this record.  The band is called Chopping Mall.  The name of this album is Mauled By A Magical Bear With Scalding Hot Liquid Cheese Spraying From Its Eyesockets.  That in and of itself should be enough to make you go and purchase this immediately, but I guess if, for some reason, you need more convincing, there’s more under the cut.  But seriously, if you’re not sold by now there might be something wrong with you. Continue reading

Album Review: Ergodic — “Ergodic”

Raleigh, NC tech-death newcomers Ergodic released their debut self-titled EP this week to much fanfare, and I’m super excited to be able to cover it.  Unlike certain people on our staff, I’m not afraid of the technical side of death metal, but with no back catalog and not a lot of history to delve into, I can’t wax poetic about this one like I normally do with album reviews.  So, I thought I would try something a little different and throw out my semi-unfiltered thoughts track by track, so you can get a good idea of what these lads are bringing. Continue reading

Album Review: Burial in the Sky – “Creatio Et Hominus”

burial in the sky - creatio et hominus

It feels like a decade ago, but back in November of 2016 I reviewed my first record for Nine Circles, the debut full length from Pennsylvania’s progressive/technical metal outfit Burial in the Sky.  In that time I’ve (hopefully) grown in my ability to convey a sense of what to expect with a given release, mirroring the sense of growth and experimentation the band seemingly underwent that resulted in sophomore effort Creatio Et Hominus. The album finds a new iteration of the band further stepping away from pure technical death metal to encompass more space and open passages, achieving in their best moments a sense of expansiveness and invention that continues to set them apart from their peers.   Continue reading

Album Review: Burial in the Sky – “Persistence of Thought”

Burial In the Sky - Persistence of Thought

In a world where multi-adjective sub genres are multiplying like, well…sub genres (“Hey! Check out my new porno-grind-tech-ambient-electro-doom band! It djents!”) you can forgive the alarm bells when you read about a band straddling the line between progressive and technical death metal. Am I getting a quintillion notes at 260 bpm over a drum that sounds like ADHD pencil tapping? Or am I just getting some keyboards? Somewhere between the two lie an ideal, and debut full length Persistence of Thought by Pennsylvania’s Burial in the Sky nails it, exercising restraint and emphasizing melody without sacrificing the ridiculous chops that are par for the course with this music.

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Album Review: Hollow Leg – “Crown”

Hollow Leg - Crown

On Hollow Leg‘s third full length Crown, the band’s steady diet of sludge and stoner fueled southern metal sees yet another go around. But the upfront aggression heard on their previous works has been dialed back to allow room for a blues based sound. Most of these songs find a slow to mid paced speed and unerringly stick to it. Not a bad thing at all in this case as this four piece knows how to write some molasses thick riffs and catchy tunes. Compared to their last two, if anything, this is the sound of a band hitting a comfortable and assured level of maturity. Continue reading