Reviews Archive

The Mezmerist – The Innocent, The Forsaken, The Guilty (Shadow Kingdom Records)

U.S. cult metal phenomenon The Mezmerist have been somewhat of the lochness monster of obscure metal finds…some have heard them or of them, others may have believe in their existence (but out of hope because they did garner some pretty high praise amidst the shrouds of lore surrounding them), but others just don’t believe (never [&hellip

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Forbidden Magazine presents: Nate of the Living Dead’s “Best of 2013”

Personally speaking, 2013 was one hell of a moody beast to contend with. It was indeed a year full of heart-swelling ups and nerve-shattering downs, new experiences (spanning the spectrum from amazingly good to horrendously nightmarish), and the glorious accomplishment of a few life milestones. That being said, I’m glad to be able to wave [&hellip

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Ad Hominem – Slaves of God to the Gallows – The Preemptive Strike 0.1 Reworks (Darker than Black Records)

This year DTB established a sub label, Stallpakt, to unleash some more industrial and black metal fusion type of releases and this was the first (I believe) on that sub label. The basis for this album, or at from what I gather from listening to it and a little bit of info I’ve been given, [&hellip

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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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Reptilian Death – The Dawn of Consummation and Emergence

I won’t bother going into all the typical factual nonsense that often accompanies my reviews with this release from Reptilian Death. All right, most of them, anyway. I mean, you will just forget where the band is from, what other 3 bands the drummer has toured with, et cetera. What should concern you is whether or [&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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