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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.
Hayduke’s Top 50 of 2022
Welcome back to another edition of Hayduke's top 50. I want to remind everyone that musical taste is entirely subjective. I do not claim that these are the best releases of 2022, only that they are my favorite 50. Also note that this is a snapshot in this moment and...
EXCLUSIVE TRACK STREAM: Frozen Dawn – Wanderer of Times
Band - Frozen Dawn Album - The Decline of the Enlightened Gods Country of Origin - Spain Genre - Black Metal Release Date - February 10, 2023 Label - Transcending Obscurity Records Author - Hayduke X Wanderer of Times takes a few seconds to work up to it, but...
Soulmass – Let Us Pray
Drenched in bloody violence, with horror infused pain dripping from musical wounds, Let Us Pray is a tour de force of emotional riffs, attacking rhythms, unsettling dynamics, and terrifying vocal delivery.
Glyph – The Time of Peril
Band - Glyph Album - The Time of Peril Country of Origin - United States Genre - Black Metal Release Date - January 27, 2023 Label - WereGnome Records/Fiadh Productions Author - Hayduke X The shadowy individual known as the Keeper of the Glyph is set to release...
EXCLUSIVE TRACK PREMIERE: Veilburner – Ruin
This one feels off-kilter, like it’s always about to tip over and crush the listener.
Barrel Bones – Shake-Rattle-Roll
…the band I most think of in comparison to Barrel Bones is one of my favorites, namely The Gaslight Anthem.
EXCLUSIVE TRACK PREMIERE: Dysgnostic – Eternal Recurrence
Like a serpent slithering forth from some dark corner, Scar Echoes crawls forth, reptilian and threatening.
EXCLUSIVE TRACK PREMIERE: Devenial Verdict – The Contemptor
Listening to these eight tracks requires a willingness to enter a harsh world, but the payoff is worth it.
TAPE TRADE REVIEW: Had – Had
…an entrancing, yet murky doomed out death metal sound, as if some horror of hell has managed to crawl forth from the sewers and is now hunting for flesh.