Carcass – Despicable (2020)

This EP could serve as a demonstration of the futility of postmodernism and pluralism, since riffs from hard rock, speed metal, death metal, and progressive rock happily coexist in these songs, but with each pulling in its own direction, songs have no center and tend to ramble between moments of clarity before drifting away.

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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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Void Rot – Descending Pillars (2020)

Entering the already crowded field of doom metal, Void Rot take a minimalist version of the glacial Skepticism or Thergothon approach and add a little more death metal and some of the post-rock open chord picking that gives atmosphere, creating a grating monolith of slowly moving sound which varies motifs as a form of texture.

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