Category Archives: Death Metal

Retrospective: Horrified, Chemical Exposure, Altars of Madness, and I.N.R.I.

A fine test of whether you take yourself altogether too seriously is to stay locked up in a room and play the four titles mentioned in this post’s header. If you can’t contain yourself from running around with mad abandon … Continue reading

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Why Blood matters

Death – a world of pain lies in this world Death – is eternal sleep Death – is a silent man, But he conquers everyone Every step in life is a step towards death Nobody escapes death if he hadn’t … Continue reading

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Two promising demos from 2017: Sickness (Finland) and Moenen of Xezbeth (Belgium)

    Extreme metal should have always remained lo-fi, a sentiment previously expressed and one to abide by. In a technologically advanced age, however, a tendency such as this could be construed as mere gimmick if the grime doesn’t in fact … Continue reading

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Phrenelith – Desolate Endscape (2017)

As Incantation slide further into impressionistic senility, Phrenelith appear on the scene seemingly well-equipped to carry the baton forward. Techniques from that school are found in abundance on Desolate Endscape, be it the scaffolding riff lines rooted in chromaticism, the … Continue reading

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Engulfed – Engulfed in Obscurity (2017)

An absolute, instrumental death metal album and the changes which this shift in paradigm would necessarily induce in core songwriting remains fascinating to think about. Tonal consistency and eventual unity across the album, much after the manner of classical composition, … Continue reading

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Retrospective: Morbid Angel’s Gateways to Annihilation (2000)

I demand to know the light of a promised land I demand to see this corrosion wiped away – Morbid Angel, ‘Summoning Redemption’ Morbid Angel evolved without pause until Heretic, developing technique and songwriting in a manner that had no … Continue reading

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Neocaesar – 11:11 (2017)

Year 2017 presents an interesting clash between former cohorts in death metal. Sinister, containing only Aad Kloosterwaard from the original lineup, have released Syncretism; Neocaesar, on the other hand, are a band formed from some of the most significant personnel … Continue reading

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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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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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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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