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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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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Savage Deity – Decade of Savagery (2021)


by Ton Basileion

Working within the flutterstrum-tremolo tradition of early death metal, Savage Deity rip and tear through several anthems to violence on their latest release. Songs follow the “skeleton” of death metal established by Slayer, with an introduction followed by alternating verse and chorus riffs, then give way to variations in the second half of each piece before returning to the initial themes. This in turn creates the kaleidoscopic effect that the best of death metal is (in)famous for.

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