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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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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Castigu – Castigà (2020)

History will not remember war metal well, since it took aspects of black metal and intensified them but in doing so, missed the point of the atmosphere and sense of a world changing in parallax, where it drifts backward as time thrusts us forward, that black metal captured.

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SMR – Will the Madness Ever End?

Peripheral Cortex – God Kaiser Hell
Various Necrophagist riffs arranged in a mathcore style with no rhyme or reason as everything is thrown into the kitchen sink. Vocals are annoying shouts that devolve into nonsensical off-key singing. The best parts are the genuine carnival breakdowns featuring random saxophones as they are less annoying than the Epitaph ripoffs. The gimmick here is “creative freedom” but by doing it in such a random manner, all creativity is lost and what we are left with is a collage of unrelated music packaged into an album.

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