Necrot – Mortal Review

Can death metal mature? Perhaps not like a fine wine but more like an angsty teenager who finally put down the Noxema and decided to work on their insides because that’s what is truly important

Gorgatron – Pathogenic Automation Review

Ten years ago, I reviewed Gorgatron’s Torturetorium album, and that was the last thing I’ve heard of theirs, which means that I apparently missed 2014’s Inner Supremacy entirely. My review wasn’t a brilliant piece of

Self Hypnosis ‒ Contagion of Despair Review

Contagion of Despair, the first full length from the UK’s Self Hypnosis, is a huge, sprawling album in more ways than one. Most obviously, it pushes 80 minutes in length, which would seem very long

Panzerfaust – The Suns of Perdition – Chapter II: Render Unto Eden Review

[Etching by the great Kathe Kollwitz] “COME RENDER THE SALAD UNTO CAESAR!” That is a quote from a great, noble man. Panzerfaust’s fifth full-length The Suns of Perdition – Chapter II: Render Unto Eden, a

Havukruunu – Uinuos Syömein Sota Review

Oh, Great Warrior. Wars not make one great. -Yoda Anyone who’s seen The Empire Strikes Back at least once remembers this classic line — the sharp quip from the Jedi master to Luke when he frustratingly explains

Staff Infections – August 2020

Welcome to another edition of Staff Infections, friends. Unfortunately, it’s still 2020, and 2020 is still piling on the bullshit. If an ongoing global pandemic wasn’t enough to deal with, there was a recent devastating

Atramentus – Stygian Review

[Artwork by Mariusz Lewandowski] Many enthusiasts of heavy metal expect or even demand progression as a qualifier before vaulting a new release into “essential” status. To an extent, it’s an understandable optimism—progression is exciting, and

Ingested – Where Only Gods May Tread Review

Death metal was born relishing in the raw, the murky, the crusty and the generally ugly. Ever since Suffocation created effigies of something or other (I forgot what), the brutal and slam scenes have done

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