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Torture Rack- Primeval Onslaught
All in all this is the band’s best offering thus far. There’s no shelter. There’s no safety.
Dødsferd – Asphyxiating Late Night Sessions: Collaboration with Sarvok
Wrath and m.Sarvok have birthed a masterpiece into the world in Asphyxiating Late Night Sessions. Don’t let it slip past you.
EXCLUSIVE TRACK PREMIERE: Perfumed Saturnine Angels – Bow Down to Your Black Hole
Skronky riffs ride the bass like a cowboy on a bull, except it’s the cowboy (guitars) that is wild.
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Citizen Rage – Walls
The video itself feels vintage, like it could have come from MTV in the 80s.
DRUM PLAYTHROUGH: Instigate – Embrace the End
Relentless power roars forward throughout Unheeded Warnings of Decay, like a tsunami headed toward shore, with equal measures of imminent destruction.
Derhead – The Gray Zone Phobia
Be prepared to have your hackles raised, to look often over your shoulder at illusory suggestions of danger, to walk in a mounting sense of unease.
A Heavy Trip Down Memory Lane with Static-X
Grand Rapids showed up for their stop on the Rise Of The Machine Tour! Cultus Black, Dope, Fear Factory, and with Xero replacing the late Wayne Static as frontman, Static-X played to a sold out main room at The Intersection. A standing room show on a Tuesday night...
Project: Roenwolfe – Project: Roenwolfe
The album has incredible staying power, both in terms of earworm riffs that stay with me throughout the day, and the urge to listen repeatedly, even back to back.
Fogweaver – Magelight
Magelight is an embrace of gentle magic.
EXCLUSIVE TRACK STREAM: Atemporal – The Great Warding
Not only are the riffs sharp and interesting, but they are often incredibly strange, coming out of left field, but fitting incredibly well in the fabric of the album.
EXCLUSIVE TRACK PREMIERE
The track is both grief stricken and rage filled at the horrors of humankind. It’s an absolute gut punch, full of the darkness of the decay of modern society.
Prognan – Naši životi više ne postoje
Prognan’s “Naši životi više ne postoje” delivers a fantastic mixture of harrowing wartorn black metal with cinematic folky grandeur.
EXCLUSIVE TRACK STREAM: Ignominy – Visceral
Their patient building of terrifying atmosphere set them apart from contemporaries and make them well worth thirty-five minutes of your time.
Allfather – A Violent Truth
These six tracks hit much like the sledgehammer in the hands of the Punisher in season 2 of that show – violently and repeatedly, with devastating effect.
Nhomme – 種の過音
For something so off kilter, the three tracks are incredibly fluid, with a subtle beauty.
EXCLUSIVE FULL ALBUM STREAM: 71TonMan – Of End Times
Layering sludge metal with noise and subtle blackening, 71TonMan join a very select few in creating a soundscape of palpable nihilistic dread.
Drunk MFers – The Drunk Sessions
The Drunk Sessions is not nearly as heavy as what I normally write about, but the five tracks are still emotionally hefty.
INTERVIEW + REVIEW: The Giant’s Fall – The Giant’s Fall
Creating a dark atmosphere with careful, patient percussion, bass lines that seem to hum with the very vibrations of the earth, and creative riffs which run through several variations of doom metal.
EXCLUSIVE TRACK STREAM: Decipher – Altar of the Void
Lead guitar work adds nasty flourishes to a mesmeric track, while the rhythm section keeps everything moving the way raging waters keep the rapids moving.
Burden of Ymir – Heorot
This is music for singing along in drunken voices, for rousing the spirit of warriors before battle, or for dancing, full of glee, through the moshpit.
Zebulon Kosted – ...how important can living be when everyone is doing it... (Single)
Ghafur channels his inner prog and gives us a single more reminiscent of Voivod than anything else.
INTERVIEW + REVIEW: Transgressive – Extreme Transgression
Band - Transgressive Album - Extreme Transgression Country of Origin - USA Genre - Thrash Metal Release Date - March 4, 2023 Label - Independent Release Author - Hayduke X On Extreme Transgression, Transgressive comes out of the gate like a Molotov cocktail...
EXCLUSIVE TRACK STREAM: My Hair Is A Rat’s Nest – Callous
Acoustic sounding parts are included in a few places to contrast the melancholic and dissonant riffing which divides the rest of the album into a frothing sea of emotion.
EXCLUSIVE TRACK STREAM: Cicada the Burrower – Herald Of Lions
if you love exploration in music, different artistic expressions, strange genre blends, and various other avant garde approaches, then this is a must listen.