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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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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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Death Metal Battle Royale Round 1: Necrophobic’s The Nocturnal Silence vs At the Gates’ The Red in the Sky is Ours

   [Paul Bacque of now-defunct death metal band Condemner was kind enough to offer an incisive, preliminary analysis of the ongoing Battle Royale match-up between these two hard-to-score classics. I have added brief comments in italics below his.] Despite both … Continue reading

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Death Metal Battle Royale Round 1: Immolation’s Here In After vs Demilich’s Nespithe

   Impressionistic appraisal: Immolation’s Here In After (1995) A demonic manifestation expressed through death metal of unprecedented baroque flourishes, Here In After seethes with violent emotion and incomparable forward momentum. Immolation when on song presented a seductive counterpoint to the bludgeoning … 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: 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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Death Metal Battle Royale Round 1: Timeghoul (Discography) vs Incantation (Onward To Golgotha)

    Impressionistic appraisal: Timeghoul Discography (1992-1994) “I am a God, the prime being. I shall impale you on the crumbled pillars of the millenia“. Not just fighting words; Timeghoul‘s demos go a long way, perhaps farther than any death metal … Continue reading

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Death Metal Battle Royale

The Death Metal Battle Royale is a face-off between thirty-two of the finest death metal albums ever made. We all have our favourites, but rarely do we consider them in juxtaposition with a field as extensive as this. This will … Continue reading

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