Corpse Machine – Depths of the Abyss

by Brett Stevens
March 31, 2015 –
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Perhaps you hoped that Venom would put out a technical album without losing the energy of its primitive side. Corpse Machine aims for that gap with a heavy metal album dressed up as death/black metal, using mostly old school heavy metal riffs but concluding its songs in the soaring melodic motions which made black metal...Read more

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Ancient Wind – The Chosen Slain

by Brett Stevens
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Properly belonging to the power metal camp that hybridized heavy metal with death metal technique, Ancient Wind plays fast melodic songs with conventional structure in a style influenced by melodic death metal favorites like At the Gates Slaughter of the Soul but also takes its influence from higher-energy bands in that style like Unanimated Ancient...Read more

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Demolition Man (1993)

by Brett Stevens
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Cult movies must take on an attitude similar to heavy metal and horror films: as outsiders looking in at a society whose institutions and ideals are entirely corrupted by what humans wish were true, and populated by humans who refuse to see the obvious because of their socially-defined rules and ideals which deny reality. Every...Read more

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

by Brett Stevens
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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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