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'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.

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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.

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Mixturam Metallum VII: Fall 2013 Metal Releases

Welcome to another edition of Mixtarum Metallum. Heavy tunes aplenty have their best features amplified and illuminated here, and there's sure to be something to add to the naughty list just waiting to be discovered.

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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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Sisters Of... - 'Follow Me As a Ghost' EP (stream) (Premiere)

PopMatters is proud to premiere Follow Me As a Ghost, the debut EP from experi-metal titan, Sisters Of…

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Wooden Shjips: Back to Land

Back to Land, the latest release from minimalist motorik four-piece Wooden Shjips, isn’t likely to be the album you were expecting. But it is one to prove that the band’s free spirit still reigns.

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Beastwars - "Realms" (video)

New Zealand sludge titan Beastwars has had a pretty damn good year all round.

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Aqua Nebula Oscillator: Spiritus Mundi

Wig-outs, freak-outs, and tripped-and-fuzzed-out rock 'n' roll is accepted from French trio Aqua Nebula Oscillator. But, in keeping with the band's enigmatic persona, it's pulled a sinister swerve on its latest album, Spiritus Mundi.

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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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Various Artists: An Anthology of Noise and Electronic Music 7

An Anthology of Noise and Electronic Music 7 ends label Sub Rosa's seven volume series of experimental compilations a high, albeit ear-splitting, note.

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Mountaineater: Mountaineater

Dunedin, New Zealand might be famed for its jingling and jangling indie pop bands, but as Mountaineater’s self-titled debut reminds us, the city has plenty of gigantic and jagged riffs to be discovered too.

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'Evay and 'Earty Birthday Wishes to Rise Above Records

In 1988, Lee Dorrian founded UK record label Rise Above. A quarter century later, the label is one of the ‘eavisest and ‘eartiest around, filled with as much tuning in and dropping out as doomy drop-tuning and whigging out.

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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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Loss of Self: Twelve Minutes

Twelve Minutes, the debut EP from Loss of Self, might not be providing anything new, but if the band continues to refine its blending of black metal with other genres, it might well strike a point of real difference.

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Kevin Hufnagel: Ashland

Kevin Hufnagel is a musician who generally deals in intense, steely and complex riffs. However, on his new album, Ashland, he steps right off the metal pedal, producing a set of baritone and eight-string ukulele instrumentals.

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Richard Pinhas: Desolation Row

French avant-rock and electronics trailblazer Richard Pinhas has been making noise for four decades. And his latest album, Desolation Row, is as fulfilling as ever.

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A Good Death

All heavy metal bands burn out eventually, but when and how they end matters most. A good death counts for a lot in the genre, because it marks the final point in a band's quest for immortality.

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Dying of the Light - "Monolithium" (video)

The end of days are drawing nearer, and New Zealand industrial duo Dying of the Light look and sound enthused about soundtracking their arrival.

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Raspberry Bulbs: Deformed Worship

Round two from Raspberry Bulbs is just as aggressive as round one, but stepping up a weight class with the band's new members has given it more room to swing and experiment with a few new punches.

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White Hills: So You Are... So You'll Be

Played at deafening volume, with the lights turned low and incense lit, mind-expanding journeys have been guaranteed from White Hills in the past, but the band's latest release, So You Are… So You’ll Be, finds the group dropping from its cosmic trajectory for a more controlled burn through the atmosphere.

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Oathbreaker: Eros|Anteros

Oathbreaker's decision to exhibit more range on its sophomore album, Eros|Anteros, isn't a unique artistic statement in metallic hardcore. But it's one that many bands of its ilk ignore in favour of "stamping on a human face, forever".

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A Very Dirty Lens: How Can We Listen to Offensive Metal?

Some people think that heavy metal's too filthy a lens to gaze at the world through, but most fans don't care who finds metal lewd, crude, or otherwise.

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