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With Death Revenge, Exhumed have crafted a fun, worthwhile listen, especially with Halloween just around the corner. I'm especially impressed with the historical inspiration, which gives it some more weight than the usual slasher fest.
Relentless Mutation is a great step forward for Archspire, as the writing is vastly improved and more consistent than on previous records. And it’s a great step forward for death metal as well, especially the tech death-side of things. Never mind our worries about the robots replacing us. The robots should be afraid of Archspire replacing them!
Songs like “Rites of the Locust” and “Les Sepulcri” represent the band at their best, with massive riffs and a perfectly honed atmosphere that places them right alongside classics like “Unholy Massacre” and “Essence Ablaze.” These are the songs John McEntee was born to write and perform.
On their album, Paradigm of Chaos, Nexul blends black and death metal in a noisy, reverb-heavy way, but remain mostly coherent. Great metal to listen to in the dark: bring the candles and see if anything interesting pops into the shadows.
Howling is a magnificent triumph. If you like dark, heavy music of any kind, you must listen to this album.
Darkthrone’s 1993 album, Under a Funeral Moon, represents the true essence of black metal. You can largely determine how you feel about black metal by how you respond to this album. Its 39 minutes of morbid darkness contains everything devotees love about 2nd-wave black metal, and thus represents everything its detractors hate.
Mayhem brought the sold-out show a stirring performance of their classic 1994, with Inquisition and Black Anvil providing the perfect black metal support.
What is one record we can point to that signals that crucial mid-80s shift in hardcore? Turns out Southern Lord has just re-issued that record with Uniform Choice's Screaming For Change.
For many people, the legendary black metal bands of the early 1990s are like characters from a horror movie or…
This album gets to the heart of what extreme music is: an artistic expression of the dark, ugly side of existence (whether in this world or the next, if you believe in that sort of thing).
You Will Never Be One of Us is brief, brutal and devastatingly effective. It’s everything an extreme music fan could want.