Trenchant – Martial Chaos (2018)

Something like war metal happens to your genre when the innovators create a framework and then the herd rushes in to make its own versions of the new music, coincidentally making it sound like everything else since that is the music that panders to herd tastes. “Post-metal” is basically emo, and war metal is the counter-revolution.

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Human Mass Extermination – Under Extraterrestrial Domain (2019)

Many of us missed an entire generation of metal because millennials came after the rise of hip-hop and rap-influenced acts like nü-metal and Pantera, so it was almost an entirely different genre. At the core of deathcore like Human Mass Extermination beats a heart of groove, and with it, the influence of rap/rock on death metal and grindcore.

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Fourth Monarchy Releases “The Rebirth of the Fourth Monarchy”

With the full album appearing sometime in 2020, Fourth Monarchy released their track “The Rebirth of the Fourth Monarchy” in 2019, making it a good time to remind our audience of this important band. Following more of a Sentenced/Dissection fast melodic death/black metal attack, the new track showcases some odd vocals but tight improved songwriting.

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