Municipal Waste – Electrified Brain Review

When you get into middle age, some combination of social convention (“you’re too old for this”) or real-world responsibilities (kids, job, life) or simple physical limitation (it just fuckin’ hurts) will usually tell you that

Fellowship – The Saberlight Chronicles Review

Because Fellowship’s self-titled EP struck such a chord for many, The Saberlight Chronicles’ arrival feels a long time coming. There was something strikingly earnest and unapologetically spirited and fun about “The Hours of Wintertime,” “Hearts

Protector – Excessive Outburst Of Depravity Review

In the pantheon of Teutonic thrash, Protector occupies a somewhat interesting place. On one hand, they’re a truly oft-unsung and overlooked outfit, rarely if ever mentioned alongside the Holy Trinity of that particular scene, or

Defect Designer – Neanderthal Review

Here’s an undeniably sexy way to start a review of some heavy metal music: sometimes what ends up shaping one’s impression of a piece of music is dictated much more by the frame of reference

Diamonds & Rust: Ludicra – Another Great Love Song

[Artwork by Aesop Dekker, Eric Radey, and Ross Sewage] If you’re one of those people who still enjoys reading think pieces concerning old records, chances are pretty good a meaningful level of music nerdery is

Bekor Qilish ‒ Throes Of Death From The Dreamed Nihilism Review

In music (and all art), there’s generally a distinction between things that are blatantly, intentionally strange or just end up that way because the people making it are weirdos. Even just within the “avant-garde” tag,

Charlie Griffiths – Tiktaalika Review

In Tiktaalika, Haken guitarist Charlie Griffiths has deftly weaved together near equal amounts progressive, thrash, and extreme metal to craft a charming, quirky, and pretty darn delightful debut album. I’d forgive you for thinking that

Blast Rites #12: Deterioration – Retaliatory Measures Review

Lyrics? Who needs ‘em. Drums other than a kick and snare? Who needs ‘em. Subtlety or melody? Who needs ‘em. This is Deterioration, baby. And this is how to grind. After three EPs, two splits,

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