Mütiilation – Vampires of Black Imperial Blood

by Aaron Lynn
March 1, 2015 –
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In the 1990s, there dwelled a cabal of musicians in France called Les Légions Noires which specialized in basic, raw, occult black metal. Many of the LLN releases were superb, most however, were significantly less than appealing. One of the more exceptional records to be served out of this French cauldron is Mütiilation’s debut album...Read more

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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

by Brett Stevens
February 28, 2015 –
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Often movies address a need for some voice to explore a certain idea, even if the implementation might be a bit shoddy. This movie attacks a necessary topic but does so in a way that while proficient in technique misses an opportunity to make the story come alive. As many know, screenwriting possesses its own...Read more

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Housebound (2014)

by Brett Stevens
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Combining comedy with horror takes a deft touch or the result rapidly veers into the leering variety show that Hollywood has adored since its earliest days but that strikes an audience with deep existential dread rooted in unacknowledged devastating boredom. A film can either be a horror film with a sense of humor, or a...Read more

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Proxy (2013)

by Brett Stevens
February 26, 2015 –
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The genre of psychological horror often gets ignored because it does not deliver the tangible impact that sheer horror does, but unsettles the watcher as in the coming days that person contemplates what he has seen. Proxy attacks psychological horror by combining Swedish introspective cinema with the type of suspense found in movies like Psycho,...Read more

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Listening guide for Burzum The Ways of Yore

by Brett Stevens
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Controversial Burzum mastermind Varg Vikernes gained a new method of being divisive, which is that his recent tracks “Mythic Dawn” and “Forgotten Realms” are sparser and more circular than his earlier work. This invokes criticism of his ambient music work, specifically his most recent album, The Ways of Yore. While this album strikes me as...Read more

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Has heavy metal sold out?

by David Rosenberg
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The Carcass guys, who started out as grindcore but mutated into heavy metal disguised as death metal, gave an interview in which the topic of motivations came up. Frontman Jeff Walker argued that perhaps heavy metal has sold out: I think if you’re going to play music, your reason for doing that should be solely...Read more

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Pale Existence posts “Dark Tranquility” demo (1994)

by Brett Stevens
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San Jose underground metal band Pale Existence has posted its 1994 demo, “Dark Tranquility,” for those who missed the original tape to hear. Clocking in at just over 20 minutes, it shows influences from death metal, grindcore, the nascent black metal scene and doom metal, all without sabotaging any one of those by trivializing it,...Read more

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Sadistic Metal Reviews 02-25-15

by Staff
February 25, 2015 –
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What is the human problem? Everything we do is insincere, and any time someone rises above that standard, they are torn down out of the fear that their excellence might offend those who are mediocre, who (conveniently) comprise the majority of humanity. We separate mediocre conformity from people who make realistic, sincere and inspired art...Read more

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Burzum unleashes new track “Forgotten Realms”

by Brett Stevens
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One-man black metal inspired ambient music band Burzum has released its latest track, “Forgotten Realms,” a rough cut from an upcoming album. Using many of the same effects as last year’s The Ways of Yore, the new track shows a slow descent into a reality that more mysterious than dark. Dreams have swept me away....Read more

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Experiencing Rush: A Listener’s Companion by Durrell Bowman

by Brett Stevens
February 24, 2015 –
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Canada’s Rush keeps its fingers in many worlds, including that of 70s heavy metal, and as a result often attracts metalheads. Durrell Bowman attempts to explain the appeal of this band through perhaps the best method possible, which is to analyze the music itself and only secondarily and sparingly reinforce what is learned with extracts...Read more

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