First look at the new Demoncy fold-out Joined in Darkness digipak

by Brett Stevens
March 31, 2015 –
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Forever Plagued Records has licensed Demoncy Joined in Darkness and issued it with an inverted-cross fold-out digipak, in addition to giving the album a remastering that may enhance the original recording. The label has posted the first pictures of the inverted digipak and it is likely that it will inflame some Hessian aggression. Not only...Read more

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#metalgate defies critics, continues growing

by Brett Stevens
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SJWs tried to deny #metalgate at first. “There’s no censorship. You’re writing about a non-issue.” Then at some point, the articles kept piling up. In them, SJWs — who seem to share membership in music journalism and record labels to a disproportionate degree relative to bands and fans — continually attempt to coerce metal fans...Read more

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First impressions: Kaeck (NL)

by Brett Stevens
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Composed of members of Kjeld, Noordelingen and Sammath, Kaeck is a new style of black metal that upholds the intensity of war metal but infuses it with the elegant melody of classic black metal. The result is a surging malevolence on the surface with an inner core of transcendent beauty. To the experienced ear, comparisons...Read more

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Dark Descent Records plans US death metal compilation

by Brett Stevens
March 30, 2015 –
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Dark Descent Records has announced plans to unleash a compilation of US death metal bands which will accompany an upcoming issue of Legacy magazine from Germany which will be themed around death metal. Bands confirmed so far: Morpheus Descends Thevetat Blood Incantation Spectral Voice House of Atreus Grave Ritual Imprecation Blaspherian Horrendous Father Befouled Dark...Read more

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Hells Headbangers unleashes free digital compilation Compilation Volume 8

by Brett Stevens
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Underground survivalist label Hells Headbangers has released a free digital music compilation entitled Compilation Volume 8. Featuring cover art by maniac visualizer Antichrist Kramer in clear homage to Blasphemy Fallen Angel of Doom, the compilation provides free listening to introductory tracks to a number of bands from new and old undergrounds alike. Hells Headbangers described...Read more

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Deceased completes work on Cadaver Traditions

by Brett Stevens
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Speed/death metal band Deceased has gradually been drifting toward its heavy metal roots over the past two decades. Its personnel went on to create Doomstone and October 31, the former trying death vocals and guitars with traditional heavy metal, and the latter launching full-on into the old school of the old school. After Doomstone Those...Read more

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Graveland works around mass media, opens own store

by Brett Stevens
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Despite being one of the premiere third wave black metal bands, Graveland have long been excluded from mainstream media and most distros as much for their esoteric music as their rumored controversial beliefs. Now, to work around that blockade, Graveland has opened its own web-store: Graveland store Graveland has also announced a split CD with...Read more

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Floating Tomb: Black Metal Theory released

by Brett Stevens
March 28, 2015 –
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If you do not assert the truth, idiots come in and talk endlessly about their vision of it, which other idiots accept as truth, and soon a circle jerk starts where just about everyone thinks the lie is the truth. This is what happened to writing about black metal. As the genre attempts to recapture...Read more

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Morpheus Descends releases From Blackened Crypts compilation

by Brett Stevens
March 26, 2015 –
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Early death metal band Morpheus Descends is back in the action, with future tours lined up and a re-issue of its complete recordings heading to stores. The compilation From Blackened Crypts combines the full-length Ritual of Infinity with the two EPs that followed, Chronicles of the Shadowed Ones and The Horror of the Truth along...Read more

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Heathen Call – Volume IV

by Brett Stevens
March 25, 2015 –
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In the early 1990s, before Wikipedia and Metal-Archives destroyed knowledge by standardizing it, zine editors were like guerrilla truth-fighters. At their day jobs, they stood in front of copiers while a colleague nervously kept watch, running off thousands of sheets that they then stayed up until dawn stapling and preparing for mailing. Everyone who could...Read more

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