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Wednesday, February 12 2014

‘Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult’ Is Hellishly Illumniating

Black metal is often reduced to a slew of clichés, but Black Metal unpacks the genre’s history in its true form via a huge cast of characters.


Wednesday, January 8 2014

Melt-Banana: Fetch

Fetch marries the lupine, atypical grindcore of their mid-'90s output, with the lunatic pop sensibility of 2007’s Bambi’s Dilemma with results powerful enough to destroy entire continents.


Tuesday, December 17 2013

Ragnarök: 2013 Gloomy Awards: The Most Interesting Metal Albums of 2013

Every year a slew of great albums from the louder spheres are missed, misplaced, or overlooked on those end of year lists. Ragnarök's Gloomy Awards seeks to redress that imbalance.


Wednesday, October 9 2013

A Path Beyond Premonition: An Interview with Luc Lemay of Gorguts

Technical death metal luminary Gorguts recently released their first album in 12 years and we discuss its concept and creation with band leader and Canadian metal legend Luc Lemay.


Thursday, September 19 2013

Ulcerate: Vermis

You could write a doctoral thesis on death metal band Ulcerate's complex musicality, and the band's latest album, Vermis, is another stunning mix of science run amok, organic madness, and clinical brutality.


Tuesday, September 17 2013

Oranssi Pazuzu - “Vino Verso (Askew Sprout)” (stream)

Fans of unorthodox and ingenious trajectories would be well advised to seek out Oranssi Pazuzu's cosmically gazing black metal.


Friday, September 6 2013

Watain: The Wild Hunt

The Wild Hunt sees the Swedish sinners simultaneously confront their songwriting skills and our definition of what Watain should sound like, while upholding the thrash/death/black metal amalgam they had honed into a sharp scepter on Lawless Darkness.


Thursday, August 22 2013

Exhumed: Necrocracy

Necrocracy is playful, while also feeling legitimately demented.


Wednesday, July 17 2013

Coffins: The Fleshlands

Returning after Buried Death and a seemingly endless jag of compilation appearances and vinyl splits, Coffins rises again


Monday, July 15 2013

Lantern: Below

Below, the debut from Finnish duo Lantern, is a grand reminder that the first rotten beat of death metal's heart still has plenty of relevance and resonance in 2013.


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System Divide: The Conscious Sedation (Capsule Reviews) [1.Nov.10]
Sybreed: The Pulse of Awakening (Reviews) [11.Oct.10]
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