Monthly Archives: March 2017

Death Metal Battle Royale Round 2: Format

For Round 2 battles, I’m tweaking the format a little. Head-to-head comparisons between albums will now be made based on a series of objective/subjective criteria. Depending on how the albums fare against each other in this regard, a point will … Continue reading

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Was Bölzer’s Hero inspired by Vangelis?

  Vangelis‘ third studio album Heaven And Hell greatly contributed to popular and, as it turns out, underground consciousness; ‘Movement 3‘ is the immortal theme to Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, while the liturgical ‘12 O’ Clock‘ is the introduction used by … Continue reading

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Death Metal Battle Royale Round 2: Demigod’s Slumber of Sullen Eyes vs The Chasm’s Deathcult for Eternity: The Triumph

   On we march to Round 2. Slumber of Sullen Eyes continues appreciating with time, and is one of the most exquisitely written death metal albums ever. It runs into a sentimental favorite in The Chasm’s Deathcult for Eternity. Who … Continue reading

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Eternal Champion – Armor of Ire (2016)

A good song sung with conviction never goes out of fashion. Eternal Champion craft very good heavy metal songs indeed; in their slower moments reminiscent of post-reformation Manilla Road, as heard especially on Atlantis Rising and The Spiral Castle, in … Continue reading

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Death Metal Battle Royale Round 1: Infester’s To The Depths, In Degradation vs Vader’s De Profundis

   Impressionistic appraisal: Infester’s To The Depths, In Degradation (1994) To The Depths, In Degradation is the finest album from the sub-strain I like to call Backwoods Brutality Death Metal. Grainy of texture and uniformly joyless in tenor, a coagulation … Continue reading

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Funebrarum – Exhumation of the Ancient EP (2016)

For smart money, Funebrarum have done the Finnish style of raw death metal better than the rest of the resurrectionary guard. Sophomore album The Sleep Of Morbid Dreams skipped over geographic boundaries and adopted a distinctly Swedish styling, but this … Continue reading

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Death Metal Battle Royale Round 1: Deicide’s Legion vs Revenant’s Prophecies of a Dying World

   Impressionistic appraisal: Deicide’s Legion (1992) Many years have passed since I first heard Deicide, years in which the band themselves have gone on to become a parody of their once ferocious selves; but I refuse to believe I’m alone … Continue reading

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