Monthly Archives: October 2016

Death Metal Battle Royale Round 1: Sepultura’s Morbid Visions vs Adramelech’s Psychostasia

   Impressionistic appraisal: Sepultura’s Morbid Visions (1985) Morbid Visions, and the Bestial Devastation EP preceding it, are the albums that brought death metal one step closer to being regarded as a viable, distinct, and more extreme, offshoot of speed metal. … Continue reading

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Death Metal Battle Royale Round 1: Sinister’s Cross The Styx vs Molested’s Blod Draum

  Impressionistic appraisal: Sinister’s Cross The Styx (1992) Intro ‘Carnificina Seclesta‘ may as well carry Dante Alighieri’s subtext: “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here“, for what follows is one of the most “satanic” death metal albums ever recorded. If … Continue reading

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Death Metal Battle Royale Round 1: Morbid Angel’s Altars Of Madness vs Obituary’s Cause Of Death

   Impressionistic appraisal: Obituary’s Cause Of Death (1990) Cleaner and roomier than the sounds of the sewer that was Slowly We Rot, Cause Of Death, and indeed the music of Obituary, belongs to the dreamtime of the genre, and therefore … Continue reading

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Death Metal Battle Royale Round 1: Suffocation’s Pierced From Within vs Demigod’s Slumber Of Sullen Eyes

   Impressionistic appraisal: Suffocation’s Pierced From Within (1995) From a previous post: “Pierced From Within…is the music of an age where humans have ceased to exist or, at the very least, have been reduced to a pathetically subservient role before … Continue reading

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Death Metal Battle Royale Round 1: Gorguts’ The Erosion Of Sanity vs Atrocity’s Todessehnsucht

   Impressionistic appraisal: Gorguts’ The Erosion Of Sanity (1993) A Dan Seagrave drawing depicts H.R. Giger’s varmints in some kind of interdimensional, cubist snapshot, transposed on a familiarly dystopian landscape. Seagrave’s canon is the stuff of death metal legend, forming … Continue reading

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Sound of silence, or the nature of music

This is a short story I wrote, based on what the nature of music might mean to the aurally impaired. It can be downloaded here

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Synchronicity, melancholy pessimism, and a wonderful life

I was sifting through Dark Horizon Records’ Summer Solstice sale some time ago, and came across a copy of Czech spazz-grind band Melancholy Pessimism‘s 1999 album Inconsistent World going for $3. I’ve had the CD for a long time, but it … Continue reading

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Death Metal Battle Royale Round 1: Atheist’s Piece Of Time vs Massacra’s Final Holocaust

    Impressionistic appraisal: Atheist’s Piece Of Time (1989) A soft synthesizer forming a dark, compound-chord progression plays as soundtrack to the breaking surf, announcing the beginning of this special album. On the cover stands a grand, cosmic hourglass, pouring time … Continue reading

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Death Metal Battle Royale Round 1: Cryptopsy (Blasphemy Made Flesh) vs Monstrosity (Imperial Doom)

  Impressionistic appraisal: Cryptopsy’s Blasphemy Made Flesh Mutant christ, loving christ Know me with thine naked eyes Holy christ, one tenth the size So unlike the other christs Feral, rabble-rousing extreme music that tries to create the violence of grindcore … Continue reading

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Death Metal Battle Royale Round 1: Autopsy (Mental Funeral) vs Asphyx (The Rack)

  Impressionistic appraisal: Autopsy’s Mental Funeral (1991) Psychologically devastating death metal, like walking in from the winter snow, into an abattoir, floor slick with the unidentifiable entrails of once-living organisms. Impressionistic appraisal: Asphyx’s The Rack (1991) ‘An Ode To A … Continue reading

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