Century Media re-issues Gorguts Obscura and From Wisdom to Hate

by Brett Stevens
April 20, 2015 –
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Century Media Records has recently re-issued the death metal classics Obscura and From Wisdom to Hate by Canadian band Gorguts. The 2015 editions of these records were created in close cooperation with guitarist and songwriter Luc Lemay, who describes the history and context of these releases in accompanying liner notes. The re-issues are dedicated to...Read more

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The historical background of MetalGate

by Brett Stevens
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From a recent interview with our editor: You and the other reviewers are notorious for having incredibly harsh reviews. What would you say are your favorite metal albums of all time? These metal albums have stayed in weekly rotation over the years: Massacra – Final Holocaust Slayer – Show No Mercy Incantation – Onward to...Read more

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Grotesque In the Embrace of Evil plus At the Gates Gardens of Grief re-issue

by Brett Stevens
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Hammerheart Records will re-issue Swedish black/heavy/death metal band Grotesque In the Embrace of Evil plus the first release of the band which shortly succeeded it, At the Gates Gardens of Grief. These will be released on vinyl on August 21, 2015. Grotesque, like Merciless, Morbid, Slaughter Lord, Tormentor (Hungary) and Sarcofago, represented an interstitial state...Read more

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Should metal be a hobby or a career?

by Brett Stevens
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A recent article on Gene Simmons observed the following: Rock star Gene Simmons says that when it comes to making money he is like a great white shark. And that despite being worth more than $300m (£200m), he will never stop wanting to make more. …”I’ll never stop hunting more money, I’ll never have enough.”...Read more

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#metalgate: SJW-controlled Metal-Archives.com censors realist reviewers

by Cory Van der Pol
April 19, 2015 –
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SJW-controlled site Metal-Archives.com, famous for its desire to regulate what is “metal” and exclude non-leftist viewpoints from the site, has deleted user “bitterman” who gained notoriety for his realistic, masculinized reviews which expressed extreme intolerance of insincere, manipulative and mediocre metal. All of the writings of this person are now removed with no chance for...Read more

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Thantifaxath – Sacred White Noise (2014)

by Cory Van der Pol
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The audience for this album are the same people who are fooled by magic shows at carnivals, speak in tongues at revivals, buy the latest iGadget sight unseen, and smoke in bed. If you claim to like this album, you are either not paying attention or merely a fool. Like every sell out, it is...Read more

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A brief history of the Death Metal Underground

by Brett Stevens
April 18, 2015 –
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In response to recent questions, I present the following (brief) history of the Death Metal Underground: The predecessor of the Death Metal Underground, the Dark Legions Archives, started as the project of a hacking group back in the 1980s of which I was a member. Most people did not use computers and saw them as...Read more

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Wülfskol Hellshock 7″ released for Record Store Day

by Brett Stevens
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Imprecation composer/vocalist David Herrera unleashes his new project, Wülfskol, with a 7″ entitled Hellshock which has been released in time for Record Store Day (today). To kick off the release, the band is handing out free copies of a CD version of their songs at local record stores in their hometown of Houston, TX. If...Read more

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Molested Blod Draum and Stormvold reissues inbound

by Brett Stevens
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The classic releases from pre-Borknagar death metal band Molested will see re-issue on Dark Symphonies Records in their original form. The 2009 re-issues on Galgenstrang Produktionen and Ars Magna Recordings provoked criticism for their modern, compressed and loud sound that some felt reduced the clarity of the original. Known for being a boutique label that...Read more

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Vexilla Regis Prodeunt Inferni – Vexilla Regis Prodeunt Inferni (2012)

by William Pilgrim
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To make meaningful commentary on a band like Vexilla Regis Prodeunt Inferni, or any other band walking the old death metal tightrope for that matter, one has to hear them in context with the specific niche in time that their sound occupies. Execute a bit of nifty time-travel in the mind and place the band...Read more

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