Algaion – Exthros

by Cory Van der Pol
December 19, 2014 –
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Black metal has been taken over by cocktail parties. I used to be able to say, “You know, everything but black metal is a copy of a copy at this point,” and the point would drop. Now people start digging out their Prada notepads and Christian Dior iPhone cases and rattle off a list of...Read more

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Fanisk – Noontide

by Cory Van der Pol
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Normally I refuse to review NSBM because in my view, if your politics must be understood to like the music, the art has failed and we have ventured into propaganda. Nonetheless I attempted to listen to Fanisk because so many people swore by its value, including those I respected. Let me quickly set your fears...Read more

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#metalgate calls us to action

by Cory Van der Pol
December 18, 2014 –
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By now, the rage over #metalgate has subsided as #shirtgate, #gamergate and #metalgate converge on a single movement that spans many genres: opposition to the censor police who, using political correctness as an excuse, have invaded multiple genres with mediocre options while declaring them enlightened. They have used this indirect invasion to take over media...Read more

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Rock music hates metal and wants to assimilate it

by Brett Stevens
December 17, 2014 –
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has again slighted heavy metal by including musicians from all genres except metal while some of metal’s longest-running, widest-selling and most-acclaimed acts go unnoticed. As one metal writer pointed out: “This is a symptom of the disrespect across the board toward hard rock and heavy metal,” says Trunk....Read more

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#metalgate helps put Hatred back on Steam

by Cory Van der Pol
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You probably don’t yet know this, but it’s ideological warfare out there. “Politics” no longer exists in the realm of voting and reading the Editorial page only. It is now part of every aspect of life, and the movement is only accelerating. This occurs because the people in our society are divided by what type...Read more

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The Ouroborean Circle declares its presence

by Brett Stevens
December 16, 2014 –
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Metal spills over into other areas of life. Every person has a philosophy, and if they are attracted to metal, it is that personal worldview that drives them toward it and not the other way around, although certainly metal further informs that worldview. As a result, metal finds similarity in other ideals that generally seek...Read more

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Exhumed to release Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998-2015

by Brett Stevens
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Exhumed released its debut of Carcass-influenced bouncy death metal, Gore Metal in 1998 with a bounty of crepitant grindcore riffs and death metal surging power. Almost two decades later, Exhumed returned to the studio to re-record its first album as Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015, which will see release this February via Relapse...Read more

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Destroying Divinity – Hollow Dominion

by Cory Van der Pol
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Cross Immolation Here in After with a modern brutal technical death band like Deeds of Flesh and you have arrived at the starting point for Destroying Divinity, who specialize in a barely controlled chaos of exuberant ripping and high-speed charging Krisiun-style riffs channeled into violent and athletic songs. Hollow Dominion clocks in at just over...Read more

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“On the right side of history”

by Cory Van der Pol
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The arrogance of someone proclaiming themselves on the right side of history still takes my breath away. As if after all this time, there are simple solutions to human problems that involve a totalitarian presence, which is control of all that we say and thus what we think. This issue defines #metalgate and explains why...Read more

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Digging further into Abscession Grave Offerings

by David Rosenberg
December 15, 2014 –
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As the title suggests, Grave Offerings has a lot to give. In a metal world bloated with copycats, have-beens, hipsters, cultural appropriators invading the genre, imitators and true-blue kvlt types, it is rare to hear an album that is not only competent but has its own personality. While most metal musicians focus exclusively on having...Read more

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