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Album Review: Cultural Warfare, “Warmageddon”

With an audible passion and intensity, off we go on a thrash metal ride with Cultural Warfare and their debut long-player, Warmageddon. The first single on Warmegeddon, “Divided We Crawl,” speaks of how society continues to have a divisional rift. My choice track, “Eyes of the Land,” features frenetic riffing by axemen Billy Garoutte and Kevin Doughty. It is forceful, brilliant,

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Album Review: Subtype Zero, “The Astral Awakening”

Subtype Zero, formerly known as Cringe until a legal challenge led to a name change, are delivering intense thrash metal out of Ohio. The Astral Awakening is their first full length since their formation in 2014, although they previously released an EP, Through the Mist, and a split with Crypt Rot. JB Van Der Wal (ex-Aborted, DOOL) mastered the album. The musicians are

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EP Review: Psykopath, “Primal Instinct”

Thrash metal is a symphony to my senses. It has forever caressed me with its crescendo of mayhem, lightning fast riffs, raging drums, and frantic notes churned into an intoxicating cocktail. With this in mind, I was not disappointed by Primal Instinct from Norwegian thrashers Psykopath. Primal Instinct features only three songs, and damn, I want more. Produced by Yngve Andersen

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EP Review: Archaeobeast, “Manifesting The Antichrist”

After playing Archaeobeast‘s EP, Manifesting the Antichrist, several times, one thing comes to mind: old school death metal perfection. Hailing from Virginia, Archaeobeast deliver everything one likes to hear in a versatile little death metal album: twisted, prominent riffs; labyrinthine song structures; a subtle sense of melody; a grim hint of doom, furious, varied leads; and the insidious vocals of

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Album Review: Return To Void, “Memory Shift: The Day After”

Return to Void, a Finnish metal band with progressive elements, formed in 2015 and started as an acoustic tribute to Bruce Dickinson’s solo material until they decided to take their own original path. Memory Shift: The Day After is their second album, and it will be released on August 10 via Pitch Black Records. I was quite taken aback by the

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Satori Junk - The Golden Dwarf

Satori Junk: “The Golden Dwarf” Album Review

From just the album cover, I knew this Satori Junk’s The Golden Dwarf was going to be a unique piece of work. Formed in Milan, Italy, in 2012, this marks their second release, and it’s an eccentric work that is memorable and difficult to classify. Like a rolling black mist, the music flows around your senses and is a mutant

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Superstition: “Surging Throng Of Evil’s Might” Album Review

The word superstition brings to mind childhood tales of misfortune that would await you if you broke the rules. In this case, the New Mexican death/thrash metal band Superstition break sonic barrier rules with their latest release, Surging Throng of Evil’s Might. “Death’s Fuming Passage” introduces this onslaught with raw-throated bellows surfacing from the murky depths and further punctuated by thunderous

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Ghostblood, honey i raised the dead

Ghostblood: “Honey, I Raised The Dead” Album Review

From America’s former grunge capital of Seattle, Washington, come a trio of death/thrash metal musicians known as Ghostblood. The musicians – Adam (bass/vocals), Dave (drums) and Arlo (guitar) – make self-described “gore-splattered ghostly thrash-blackening death-blood music,” and I have to remember this the next time someone asks me my musical interests. If you ask these ghoulish gentlemen the question of

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Nekrokraft: “Servants” Album Review

Nekrokraft are described as “Swedish blackened thrash,” and they rage in full of force with their debut album, Servants. The themes of the lyrics are based on Babylonian and Scandinavian folklore as heard on the song “Mouth ov Ahriman,” the evil, destructive spirit in the dualistic doctrine of Zoroastrianism. It’s a decent enough track but just lacks that something that

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Morgengrau: “Blood Oracle” Album Review

When reviewing an album, I’ll occasionally do a thing whereby I won’t look at the biography or band site. Instead, just listen first and get a feeling. Blood Oracle was just the album to do this with, and I will say why afterwards. Morgengrau hail from Texas and formed in 2010. This new album was produced by Harris Johns (Celtic

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Nekrokraft - Servants - Cover

Nekrokraft: “Servants” Album Review

Nekrokraft are described as “Swedish blackened thrash,” and they rage in full of force with their debut album, Servants. The themes of the lyrics are