RIP Burke Shelley (1950-2022)

On January 10, Burke Shelley — bassist, songwriter, and pathfinder of NWOBHM-prog hybrid outlier Budgie — passed away in his hometown of Cardiff, Wales. A hybrid that sounded like Black Sabbath, Grand Funk Railroad, and Yes in an infernal three-way, Budgie possessed its own style and vision of the world, leading to an enormous influence on much of metal and rock to follow.

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Sadistic Metal Reviews: Forever January 6, 2020 Edition

It is now painfully clear that modern society has entered its endgame. Our agricultural miracle based on fossil fuels has reversed itself, no one trusts the sham elections, intelligent people are not reproducing, our infrastructure has rotted, technological development has stalled, most people have gone insane, and hope-cope has replaced solid thinking as we try to rationalize the decline.

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Seax – High on Metal (2012)

To appreciate metal means that to a degree one appreciates its roots and constituent influences, sometimes even when they incorporate elements of newer subgenres. Seax makes classic heavy metal in the Iron Maiden or Judas Priest style as if it were Master covering it: stripped down, uptempo, and riff-powered.

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TAL – Sapiduz (2022)

Comprised of medieval-style choral music sampled, distorted, looped, and layered, Sapiduz approaches the listener like ice forming on a lake, taking the free-form and slowly building structure out of it through interruptions as much as consistency.

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Best Death Metal of 2021

As the socialized world of love and trust winds down in revealing its own incompetence and corruption, we turn toward the dead genres of underground metal, hailing the few who carry on a message no one understands for the sake of speaking clarity into the howling void of sense that is human activity.

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