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Album Review: SKEPTICISM Ordeal

Posted by | September 17, 2015

Despite outlasting their Finnish brethren, who split up shortly after Stream, Skepticism haven’t exactly been the most prolific dudes on the planet. Ordeal is just their fifth full-length album, and the first since 2008, but considering how dense each of their albums are, it’s understandable. It takes time to accumulate as much mass as Skepticism drops on your head with every release.

| September 17, 2015
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Album Review: PENTAGRAM Curious Volume

Posted by | August 26, 2015

You could easily look at Pentagram and see a band whose true value lies not in their music but in their rich, well-documented mythology and the too-fucked-up-to-be-real persona of bug-eyed front man and immortal elf Bobby Liebling. You might think that in a case like that, a band’s actual music just sort of has to exist. Not so bad that you notice but not so good or interesting that it creates actual expectations for them as artists.

| August 26, 2015
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Album Review: OBSEQUIAE Aria of Vernal Tombs

Posted by | May 19, 2015

Minnesota metal troupe Obsequiae’s 2011 debut, Suspended in the Brume of Eos, was a gift from the Metal Gods that deftly managed to satisfy two of the greatest needs of its time. First off, it was a very, very good melodic death metal record at a time when that genre had been written more or less written off. More impressively, it was a quality folk metal album that managed to be catchy and accessible without leaning on eye-roll-inducing genre tropes like fiddles and beer hall chants

| May 19, 2015