Mercyless – The Mother of All Plagues (2020)

The big three of French Death metal were Massacra, Agressor and Loudblast. Behind them and unfairly discarded were Mercyless. The band’s early output featured Death metal of a spontaneous nature that took the high octane elements of Pestilence and Morbid Angel and pushed them against dissonant chords that culminated into soaring melodies. Their late 90s material saw the band experiment with various sounds in a confused Post rock derived mess. The band has somehow managed to return to form and continues to release a slow stream of enjoyable yet confused albums.

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Triptykon featuring The Metropole Orkest – Requiem (Live At Roadburn 2019) (2020)

This album will make waves because it is going to divide audiences based on who will give it a chance and who will categorically ignore it; this, like trolling, is the pure provocation that forms a necessary part of Art as opposed to Entertainment. The album possesses a fatal flaw, but makes up for it with some of the more interesting experiments within the notion of doom — dark, melancholic, sentimental, but not self-pitying — sounds, going beyond metal and rock in composition.

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Monstrosity Millennium: The Pinnacle of Technical Death Metal


Guest article by Svennerick

Released in August of 1996, Monstrosity’s second effort Millennium is an album I personally hold in very high regards, considering I nearly spent eight months listening to it multiple times a day. This is an addictive album and each new listen made it clearer why this album stands head and shoulders above anything released under the term “technical death metal.”

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Xtreem Music Announces Release Of Incantation “Demo #1” Via 10 Inches of Deathcult

Xtreem Music continues to unearth the past via their 10 Inches of Deathcult Series, and has announced plans to re-release the 1990 demo entitled Demo #1 by longstanding death metal veterans Incantation. Demo #1 features early versions of classic tracks that would eventually find their way onto Onward to Golgotha and features Mortician founder and vocalist Will Rahmer on vocals.

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That Glorious “I Believe In The Dark Lord” Sample From Necrophobic “Unholy Prophecies” (The Nocturnal Silence)

Every now and then, someone says (or writes) something so inane that the only proper response seems to be to quote the archly disturbing rant sampled in Necrophobic “Unholy Prophecies” from their 1993 melodic Swedish death metal album The Nocturnal Silence which goes something like this:

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Internal Decay – A Forgotten Dream

Internal Decay are a Swedish band that can be categorized as part of the microgenre famously mixed by Dan Swanö but actually recorded at the legendary Sunlight Studios. While sounding like a lot of the later imitators, Internal Decay’s full length precedes that of Dissection’s, Dawn and Sacramentum’s full lengths. The band exist in a bizarre paradox where taking from the Speed elements of the past pushes them closer to the rehash bands of the future rather than the originators.

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Impiety – Versus All Gods

Impiety return silently with Versus All Gods that finds the band treading more or less the same territory but without much of the flair that made this band an enjoyable curiosity. On Ravage and Conquer the band displayed some fascinating ideas like the contrapuntal yet intense ending of “Weaponized“. While these moments were rare, there was potential for the band to realize that such fleeting moments if fully exploited could open much more possibilities for them.

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