Monthly Archives: January 2015

Autopsy – Tourniquets, Hacksaws And Graves (2014)

Legendary old school band Autopsy show young upstarts a thing or two on their third post-reunion album. Working within a limited template consisting of at least 30% punk variants and utterly unpretentious, grave-robbing death metal making up the rest, Autopsy … Continue reading

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Morgengrau – Extrinsic Pathway (2013)

For an album talked up by those in the know, and by the band themselves, Morgengrau‘s debut Extrinsic Pathway¬†is a bit of a disappointment. Lifting riffs from Slayer is not exactly an unpraiseworthy vocation but Vader made a career out … Continue reading

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Pseudogod – Deathwomb Catechesis (2012)

Marty Friedman, in his excellent guitar tutorial Melodic Control where he illustrates following chord progressions accurately and soloing over them with corresponding arpeggios instead of staying in one key throughout as is the studied norm, talks about the importance of … Continue reading

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Famous metal bands playing concerts in India won’t improve the scene

Only the gullible believe that the glut of popular metal bands that have made their foray into India will improve the quality of the native heavy metal scene. Over the last eight years, bands the likes of Iron Maiden, Megadeth, … Continue reading

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The devil in the notes: Tritone in metal

  Employed by metal bands since Black Sabbath‘s eponymous song in 1969, and by classical musicians for much longer, the tritone or the diminished fifth or the augmented fourth is nothing but a chord formed by spanning three whole tones … Continue reading

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The metal eye and Prosanctus Inferi

If a piece of music can be thought of in terms of a series of causes and their effects, how far back in time does one have to travel to arrive at a semblance of first cause? As fascinating a … Continue reading

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Cardiac Arrest: Primitive, pummeling death metal

Overbearingly heavy and uncompromising, Cardiac Arrest from Chicago specialize in a strain of death/grind that, for better or worse, has crawled back into the obscurity it initially arose from, after a brief resurgence in the early 2000s. Inspired by the … Continue reading

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