Rambo: Last Blood (2019)

Gore, horror, and revenge cinema converge on a single idea: the ability of the normal protagonist to snap out of the sleepwalk of civilization, recognize a problem beyond which socially-mediated language can address, and overcome moral qualms in order to address it with absolute certainty. Rambo: Last Blood comes straight from the middle of this genre.

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Mentors / Elbow Deep – Trash Party (2018)

Hanging out on the edge of the thrash genre with MOD and SOD, the Mentors represented the side of thrash that took thematically after punk; most thrash either placed metal riffs in punk songs (Cryptic Slaughter, Suicidal Tendencies, Fearless Iranians From Hell) or punk riffs in metal songs (DRI, Dead Horse) and took after one of the two thematically, but the Mentors kept the party and sleaze side of punk alive.

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Shibalba – Nekrologie Sinistrae (Orchestral Noise Opus I) (2020)

Industrial music means pounding machine-like rhythm and city noise, but to that Shibalba add keyboards and ritual patterns to make a disturbing but pleasant soundtrack for all of your anti-modern experiences. This is both the strength and weakness of this music: it makes for good but sparse listening, better as background than focus.

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Brain Corrosion / Ripped to Shreds – Exhumed From Eastern Tombs (2020)

This split album showcases high intensity grindcore and old school death metal with a speed metal pace, with Brain Corrosion demonstrating an inventive approach toward varying conventional grindcore patterns and working in touches of melody, while Ripped to Shreds sounds like Nunslaughter executed by Slaughter Lord, using a high-energy approach to a crossover between traditional heavy metal and fast death metal.

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