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Dead in the Dirt: The Blind Hole

The debut LP by the sonic malefactors behind Dead in the Dirt, The Blind Hole, is an ugly, wretched thing—in all the right ways. The overarching grindcore sonic is given life by potent injections of doom, crust, and hardcore, not to mention the trio's vegan straightedge philosophy.

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Pig Destroyer: Book Burner

It may be painful to admit it, but Book Burner is the sound of your conscience unguarded. Incendiary and intelligent, it is an album that propels an already lauded band into the realms of the truly legendary.

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Splitsville: What Makes a Truly Great Metal Split?

The domain of the heavy metal full-length is a thunderously powerful realm, but so too is the sphere of its more compendious cousin, the split release. This month's Ragnarök investigates five recent releases, exploring the whys and wherefores of what makes a truly great metal split.

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Murder Construct: Results

Results is an exceptional half hour of bludgeoning and furious metal. A flawless rendition of all that is breathtaking about grindcore -- honestly, this sort of supersonic hostility and will suck the oxygen right out of your lungs.

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Split Cranium: Split Cranium

On the surface, Split Cranium is just one in a tired tradition of crust punk bands, but before tossing this record in the trash, give it another listen. Far from parroting of subgenre clichés, Split Cranium affectionately reinterprets them through an artist's lens.

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