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MetalMatters: January 2020 - One Year Anniversary

The new year, and the new decade, kick things off in the most promising way possible as a combination of newcomers and established acts produce amazing works across death, black, metalcore, power and thrash metal.

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Portal's Carnage Continues with 'ION'

Australian extreme experimental alchemists Portal pursue a different approach to their devastating blend of death metal brutality.

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Hooded Menace Stake Their Claim Atop the Death Metal Pantheon with 'Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed'

Finnish doom/death overlords Hooded Menace return with Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed which reaffirms their position in today's metal pantheon.

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Distill the Swarm: The Top 20 Extreme Metal Debuts of 2017

Pay no heed to what the curmudgeons say as there are plenty of fascinating sounds being forged annually by new metal bands. 2017's swarm has been distilled…

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From Recession to Progression: An Interview with Process of Guilt

Process of Guilt's dogged DIY survival during harsh economic times in a country not particularly well-known on a global level for its metal is proof that if you continue to stubbornly follow your passion good things can happen.

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Darkest Hour: Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora

No matter your take on Darkest Hour, the D.C. outfit reminds us that passion is nine-tenths of metal law on its newest effort.

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Obituary: Ten Thousand Ways to Die

Is it a single with live bonus material or a live album with studio tracks? Either way, Obituary still kicks major corpse with Ten Thousand Ways to Die.

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Revocation: Great Is Our Sin

Shredding eardrums with the mastery of technical death metal.

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Black Mass Murder: Extreme Metal and the PMRC

A mainstream metal band like The Black Dahlia Murder is more explicit than anything the Parents Music Resource Center sought to regulate in 1985.

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Black Breath: Slaves Beyond Death

The Washington band take one giant leap forward on their latest LP and prove that they're one of the best bands of their kind.

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Cretin: Stranger

If you're looking for a pretty sick and twisted metal record, here you go.

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Abysmal Dawn: Obsolescence

If you bemoan the fact that the metal genre is getting more and more unlistenable due to groups trying to push beyond music into something else entirely, then this will fit the bill.

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Ghoulgotha: The Deathmass Cloak

This metal album is the sound of a few people just entertaining themselves without regard to what it takes to satisfy an audience.

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Desolate Shrine: The Heart of the Netherworld

Desolate Shrine offer bone crushing riffs along with more graceful periods of exposition, and the polarities swirl around each other, creating a dark vortex of beautiful and expressive material.

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Obituary: Inked in Blood

On their ninth album, Obituary continue to deliver ash-blackened riffage and unintelligible, swamp-creature squeals straight from the bile sac.

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Tombs: Savage Gold

Savage Gold proves extreme metal to be a race to the bottom that no one wins.

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Cara Neir: Portals to a Better, Dead World

The stygian, genre non-conforming hybrid of black metal and punk on Cara Neir's latest makes for a hard-to-pigeonhole, easy-to-love album that might just be the best metal record put out all year.

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Seidr: Ginnungagap

Ginnungagap, the latest album from doom and death merchant Seidr, is an utterly beautiful and brutal flight through the stars.

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Grave Miasma: Odori Sepulcrorum

Grave Miasma's debut full-length, Odori Sepulcrorum, speaks of ages past, but not with any sense of love or fondness. The band is here to prove that quintessentially evil death metal has never gone out of fashion.

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Temple Nightside: Condemnation

Condemnation, the debut full-length from Australian death metal duo Temple Nightside, is an unrelenting assault of pitch-black, lo-fi nastiest. Fiendish fun guaranteed.

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Nile + Ex Deo + Svart Crown

Tonight Nile are relentless in their Ithyphallic onslaught.

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The Sound the Earth Makes While Vomiting the Grotesque

In underground metal, ritualized hymns are brought to the boil in the catacombs of the psyche, pointing to the malevolence that awaits in the darkness of the cosmos, linking the baleful depths of the Earth directly with the ominousness of galaxies overhead.

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Gloria Morti: Lateral Constraint

Gloria Morti will appeal to those who like their death metal produced with a polish, and set about a firm melodic base.

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New Zealand Metal 101: Filth, Squalor and Noise from the Antipodes

New Zealand has some very pretty scenery, but don't let that fool you, the nation is replete with filth and squalor. In this month's Ragnarök we look at the best of that corruption, with New Zealand Metal 101.

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Death: Spiritual Healing

Spiritual Healing hacked and exploited gaps in the boundaries of death metal. It was brutal and toxic, yet replete with unorthodox, cleaner shadings. On this reissue, it sounds as visceral and vital as the day it was originally released.

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Abiotic: Symbiosis

Abiotic offer predictable, break-down obsessed deathcore that fails to deliver the goods.

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Dragged Into Sunlight: Widowmaker

Dragged Into Sunlight's Widowmaker dispenses with the frivolity of song titles and leans on the nightmarish artwork and the music itself to fracture brittle psyches.

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The Faceless: Autotheism

Autotheism is audacious in its quest to move away from the hyper-technical death metal that the Faceless have, up to now, based their career on.

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Evoken: Atra Mors

The suffering that Evoken has put to dispiriting use over its two-decade existence gnaws at the fibers of self-doubt long after the band's songs have finished.

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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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Cattle Decapitation: Monolith of Inhumanity

Seven albums and 15 years into its career, Cattle Decapitation proves just how efficient hate can be as fuel.

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Martyrdöd: Paranoia

Martyrdöd, Sweden's long-time practitioner of crusty metal and d-beat, returns in blazing militant form with Paranoia.

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Marilyn Manson: Born Villain

Populist, processed, and weirdly conservative, Marilyn Manson's eighth studio album is just plain bland. It proves, if nothing else, that Manson is no longer top dog in the controversy department.

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Black Breath: Sentenced to Life

It's all there in the cover art: A sledgehammer shattering a pane of glass.

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Goatwhore: Blood for the Master

For an album firmly planted in a genre known for its heaviness and brutality, Blood for the Master is striking for its lack of power.

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Napalm Death: Utilitarian

Napalm Death has released many classic albums over its long career, and Utilitarian is easily on par with its very strongest work.

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Spawn of Possession: Incurso

Spawn of Possession's third album, Incurso, is a painstakingly assembled example of ridiculous levels of virtuosity and complexity, and like the band's previously celebrated releases, it contains zero material likely to appeal to anyone desiring undemanding music.

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