Missing Pieces: The Best Of What We Missed In 2020 So Far, Volume 2

Surely you checked out Volume 1 of this feature, but if you didn’t, to catch you up now, we’re revisiting some jewels that we stupidly didn’t cover during the first six months of the absolute

Missing Pieces: The Best Of What We Missed In 2020 So Far, Volume 1

So much music, so little time. Even though we do our damnedest to stay current and hit the high points (and sometimes the low ones, too), it’s inevitable that some musical jewels will fall through

Track Premiere: Deadlight Sanctuary – “Deadlight Sanctuary”

Before black metal was so often equated to frozen winds, icy tundras, and frosty landscapes, it was a style of fire. Sarcófago, Blasphemy, and the earlier works of Beherit evoked a humid, claustrophobic atmosphere seared

VoidCeremony – Entropic Reflections Continuum: Dimensional Unravel Review

“Why do these silly guitarists get all the glory? I can slay just as many notes as they can!” Presumably, this is the driving thought behind any person learning to play a fretless bass. Damon

Thætas – Shrines To Absurdity Review

[Artwork by Paolo Girardi] Let’s gather ’round and throw a few more reams of newspaper and some decayed office chair cushionry into the burning barrel and speak of sprinklers, “The Jacket” episode of Seinfeld, and

Neptunian Maximalism – Éons Review

The Belgian collective Neptunian Maximalism is not, apparently, interested in half-measures. Éons, their full-length debut, spools its more than two hours’ worth of music across three conceptually separate discs which span genres and blend improvised

Descend ‒ The Deviant Review

Metal may have sprouted from just a few places on the globe, but it’s been decades since it became a truly global phenomenon. As it grew and spread, clearly identifiable sounds and scenes popped up

Magick Touch – Heads Have Got To Rock’N’Roll Review

The year was most likely 1968. I was working as a traveling salesman in the Bible Belt, selling vacuums and encyclopedia sets to unsuspecting Southerners. Sales weren’t great; I am not going to lie to

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