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Nordvrede – State of the Art (Darker Than Black)

It’s time again for another onslaught of Darker Than Black (and affiliated label) releases, one of my favorite times for doing reviews because they (DTB) make it so Fucking easy with great releases such as this newest one from Nordvrede. Hailing from Norway and continuing to carry the spirit of the original Norwegian scene in [&hellip

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Grieving Age – Merely the Fleshless We and the Awed Obsequy… (Solitude Productions)

Quarterly this Russian label sends me a shrink wrapped pile of their recent releases, and due to the depth of the content of those releases it’s not always easy to get them processed into my neurological system and reviewed in a timely fashion, but every so often the pack contains a few that are either [&hellip

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Noothgrush/Coffins – Split 12” (Southern Lord)

I remember Noothgrush from long ago, they were just so Goddamn loud and obliterating they even out bombed the Melvins in my opinion, that I didn’t really know what to think as I was stunned like a deer in the headlights when I first heard them. I was probably 13 or 14 and, aside from [&hellip

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Beastmilk – Climax (Magic Bullet Records)

I stupidly ignored this band with their two initial 7”s just because I thought the name was retarded, plus I didn’t really pay much attention to them given the PR thing flooding my inbox…I thought it was another kitschy metal thing and left it at that until a really good buddy of mine was like [&hellip

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Grim Funeral – Abdication Under Funeral Dirge (Avantgarde Music)

The general reaction I get while listening to Abdication Under a Funeral Dirge is somewhere along the lines of ”Shit…this is some REAL black metal craftsmanship right here…”, it’s just so unmistakably  mysterious and spectral  while simultaneously intense to the point of electrifying. If you don’t get a jolt from some of the hysterical bursts [&hellip

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Bereavement – Verses of Decay (Asgard Musik)

The band, Bereavement, are one of many underground powerhouse black metal acts hailing from Australia that come across the listener as emotional, hostile, hypnotic, and traditionally black metal all at once and are extremely essential to experience for any level black metal fan. With Bereavement what stands out instantly is their use of distorted melody [&hellip

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Archaic Winter – Esoteric Doors (WarHell Records)

I first heard Archaic Winter last year when a friend of mine passed me a copy of their 2008 release The Psychology of Death, which took me by surprise as I gave it a listen while working on some stuff around the house and found myself inadvertently repeating it, it seemed to catch my undivided [&hellip

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Thaclthi – …Erat Ante Oculos (Avantgarde Music)

Trying to describe this album is like trying to describe experiencing a head on collision that suddenly segways into a freefall through a surrealistic/hallucinatory wonderland of awkward sonic bliss spattered with down pours of despair and anger, sort of like astral traveling as a drifting non-physical entity that suddenly gets pelted by a hail of [&hellip

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Vomikaust – Punishment of Existence Demo cassette (Primal Vomit Records)

I usually don’t buy short cassettes, the ones that are less than 20 minute in length, but given that Vomikaust is a noxious plume of black/thrash filth piffed out of the anuses of some minions associated with OV, Ill Tolerance, Ives, No Pleasure in Life, it’s basically an essential own and it certainly does rip [&hellip

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Wine From Tears – Glad to Be Dead (BadMoodMan)

Wine From Tears is one of those bands within one of those genres that results in a love-hate relationship caught within a love-hate relationship for me, in other less confusing words, it’s not my thing but yet I can’t find much fault with it either. At times WFT are very dramatic and almost cliché with [&hellip

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