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Lesbian - Forestelevision

LESBIAN “FORESTELEVISION”

If you’ve seen the HBO series True Blood (and I am sure you have), then you have surely been subjected to the disturbing opening montage, complete with a time-lapse video of maggots eating a fox carcass, the pale parasites decimating the dead animal with intensity. Lesbian’s debut, Forestelevision, is analogous to this eerie scene. One 40-plus-minute song comprises this album,

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MELVINS “EVERYBODY LOVES SAUSAGES”

Melvins are right … (almost) Everybody Loves Sausages, and everybody loves a good cover. The sludge pioneers throw a full-blown costume party with this all covers album, but even when assuming the identities of Queen, Ram Jam, and Venom, among others, they manage to allow plenty of frontman Buzz Osborne’s gray frizz to show. Queen’s “Best Friend” is extremely melodic

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ORANGE GOBLIN “A EULOGY FOR THE FANS”

Orange Goblin know how to party, and they prove it 12 times on the live album, A Eulogy for the Fans … Orange Goblin Live 2012. Recorded during last year’s installments of Bloodstock Open Air Festival in England and Hellfest in France, this marks the first live release for the British metalers and it showcases the full-throttle stoner, doom, and

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PURSON “THE CIRCLE AND THE BLUE DOOR”

Saying that Purson isn’t metal in the first sentence of this review will likely turn diehards away just as quickly as the pastoral opening track of their newest release, The Circle and the Blue Door. In fact, the most metal thing about these Londoners is their label, Metal Blade. But don’t disregard Purson; they are quite the musical force. They

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KYLESA “ULTRAVIOLET”

Songwriters Laura Pleasants and Phillip Cope make it no secret that Ultraviolet, Kylesa’s fifth album, came from a darker place than past releases. But as they have worked the press in anticipation of the May 28 release of the album on Seasons of Mist, they have been mum on exactly what cast this darkness. Whatever it is, it is clear

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WARBEAST “DESTROY”

It’s been 25 years since Bruce Corbitt and Rigor Mortis cemented their place in the annals of metal with their eponymous album, and age hasn’t diminished the singer’s aggression which he unfurls with full-bore authority in Warbeast Released on Phil Anselmo’s Houscore label, Warbeast’s sophomore effort, Destroy, finds the quartet on its haunches and ready to pounce with feral thrash.

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THY ART IS MURDER “HATE”

If I owned Thy Art Is Murder’s newest release, Hate, on vinyl, the grooves would be worn slap through. Sadly, it isn’t because I simply can’t get enough of the Australian quintet’s rage, but, rather, I’ve struggled to figure out what is wrong here. Granted, there are plenty of  guttural vocals and hoopty-bomb bass breaks that are staples of deathcore.

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DEVIL TO PAY“FATE IS YOUR MUSE”

Devil to Pay’s brand of heavy music recalls grunge forefathers like Alice and Chains and Soundgarden, among other ‘90s heavy alternative classics; it is polished, anthemic, and built upon classic metal influences infused with sludgy elements. Impenetrable guitar spires stand tall on Fate Is Your Muse, the Indianapolis quartet’s fourth long-player. The 12-song set does  harnesses plenty of aggression (“Ten

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VOIVOD “TARGET EARTH”

Those who know Voivod know that as soon as the needle hits the record, its go time; time to blast off into the twisted, sci-fi atmosphere they have championed for decades. Target Earth,  Voivod’s 13th album – the first with the lineup of founding members Denis Bélanger (Snake), Jean-Yves Thériault (Blacky), Michel Langevin (Away), and newcomer Daniel Mongrain (Chewy) –

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GRUESOME STUFF RELISH “SEMPITERNAL DEATH GRIND”

“I’ll have my tapas with the Gruesome Stuff Relish,” isn’t something you will ever utter to a nimble, Spanish waiter. But the gore-grind quartet by this name is fine with force-feeding, so it doesn’t matter if you ordered it or not. You’ll eat it, and you’ll like it. Sempitermal Death Grind is a brutal, bombastic collection from the Spanish quartet.

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Lesbian - Forestelevision

LESBIAN “FORESTELEVISION”

If you’ve seen the HBO series True Blood (and I am sure you have), then you have surely been subjected to the disturbing opening montage,

MELVINS “EVERYBODY LOVES SAUSAGES”

Melvins are right … (almost) Everybody Loves Sausages, and everybody loves a good cover. The sludge pioneers throw a full-blown costume party with this all

KYLESA “ULTRAVIOLET”

Songwriters Laura Pleasants and Phillip Cope make it no secret that Ultraviolet, Kylesa’s fifth album, came from a darker place than past releases. But as

WARBEAST “DESTROY”

It’s been 25 years since Bruce Corbitt and Rigor Mortis cemented their place in the annals of metal with their eponymous album, and age hasn’t

THY ART IS MURDER “HATE”

If I owned Thy Art Is Murder’s newest release, Hate, on vinyl, the grooves would be worn slap through. Sadly, it isn’t because I simply

DEVIL TO PAY“FATE IS YOUR MUSE”

Devil to Pay’s brand of heavy music recalls grunge forefathers like Alice and Chains and Soundgarden, among other ‘90s heavy alternative classics; it is polished,

VOIVOD “TARGET EARTH”

Those who know Voivod know that as soon as the needle hits the record, its go time; time to blast off into the twisted, sci-fi