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MetalMatters: The Best New Heavy Metal Albums of October 2020

Mr. Bungle re-record their thrash demo, Anaal Nathraak solidify their stature as one of the most extreme black metal acts, Sumac carry on their free rock infestations, and Armoured Saint with Spirit Adrift stand as torchbearers to heavy metal's past and future.

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Sumac: What One Becomes

What One Becomes finds great musicians doing occasionally great passages during experimentally structured 10-minute songs with death growls that sound like belches; in other words, Sumac is a mixed bag.

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Sumac - "Rigid Man" (Singles Going Steady)

Contrary to its title, "Rigid Man" is a flaccid letdown of a metal song, with a lot of wasted potential to boot.

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Blood and Thunder: Metal Is for the Children

Both the underrated '80s drama River's Edge and the recently released Metalhead reflect on the importance of metal to the existential struggles of adolescence.


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