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Mourning Sign: “Contra Mundum” Album Review

Contra Mundum in Latin means to defy or oppose everyone else. We all know that is the essence of our beloved metal genre. Mourning Sign are a Swedish progressive death metal outfit that have been around for quite some time. They formed in 1992, and their previous discography includes their debut, Last Chamber; Alienor, 1993’s mini CD; a self-titled album in

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Anger As Art: “Fast As Fuck!” Album Review

After 13 years of performances and with their sixth album, Anger as Art prove that thrash will never cease. Fast As Fuck! is their first live album featuring 16 tracks, three of which are new studio cuts, including a cover of “Matriarch” by Montrose. It is done very well, I might add. I am not usually a fan of live

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Technical Damage: “The Introspect” Album Review

Listening to this album, I got the same feeling I got when I first heard Gojira or Obscura. Technical Damage deliver both clarity and finesse with The Introspect. Formed in late 2016, Technical Damage hail from Vancouver, British Columbia, and like Gojira, the melodies and rhythms flow all over you. And yet the vocals have enough of an acerbic bite giving

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Album Review: Solium Fatalis, “Genetically Engineered To Enslave”

Solium Fatalis originate from New Hampshire, quite possibly the best and most gorgeous state in New England. They are described as melodic blackened death metal, which is way too many words to describe a genre I simply love and refer to as heavy metal. Genetically Engineered to Enslave is Solium Fatalis‘ fourth album, and it features guest vocalists Matt McGachy (Cryptopsy)

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Album Review: Unholy Baptism, “Volume I: The Bonds of Servitude”

From the northern region of Arizona, Unholy Baptism blend their own form of black metal with hints of the 2000’s new wave of black metal melded with the early Norwegian scene. Formed in 2008, we have Mantus (vocalist, bassist, guitarist, drum programmer) and Moloch (guitarist, drum programmer), and Volume I: The Bonds of Servitude is their follow up to On

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Album Review: Downpour, “Downpour”

I will always have a penchant for New England-based metal. Perhaps its because our harsh climate adds teeth to a genre bursting at the seams with endless talent. Hailing from Massachusetts are Downpour, featuring members from Unearth and Shadows Fall, who deliver a self-titled debut that blends varied metal interests into a seriously fucking potent album. Originally recorded over a four month

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Draghkar: “The Endless Howling Abyss” EP Review

Draghkar formed in 2016  as a nod to the foregone Finnish death metal days. This California-based trio put out their first demo as a cassette (remember those?) in 2017, entitled World Unraveled. In early 2018, they had two split albums done with Desekryptor and Ossuarium. This latest EP, The Endless Howling Abyss, will be released by Craneo Negro Records with

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Bookakee: “Ignominies” Album Review

Bookakee are described as “Montreal’s answer to GWAR,” and you can bet your ass they aren’t kidding. Well-known for garnishing full body makeup and gory stage props, Bookakee deliver extreme metal with a fusion of styles incorporated in the bestial release Ignominies. Formed in 2007, they won the 2011 “Metal Academie” battle of the bands in their hometown, and they’ve

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Angerot: “The Splendid Iniquity” Album Review

South Dakota? OK, if you say so … Angerot‘s new album, The Splendid Iniquity, feels like classic Swedish death metal. Guttural vocals that I’m guessing are a call to Satan, whiplash guitar riffs that come at you like frozen Scandanavian winds, and a feeling that you are being dropped into the bowls of Hell, itself. And their from South Dakota.

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Sol De Sangre: “Sol De Sangre” Album Review

Out of Colombia comes the self-titled album by Sol de Sangre. Or, Blood Sun. And, once again, we learn that no one does death metal like South Americans. Sol de Sangre is an assripper in the best possible way. Even if you don’t speak Spanish, you get the gist. Imagine Sepultura turned up to 11. The musicianship on this record

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Album Review: Downpour, “Downpour”

I will always have a penchant for New England-based metal. Perhaps its because our harsh climate adds teeth to a genre bursting at the seams

Bookakee: “Ignominies” Album Review

Bookakee are described as “Montreal’s answer to GWAR,” and you can bet your ass they aren’t kidding. Well-known for garnishing full body makeup and gory