Tag Archives: death metal

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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Dr. Shrinker – Contorted Dioramic Palette (2015)

“The Doctor is in” Back in the ’90s, the American Midwest was home to some of the most individualistic death metal in the underground. DIY in aesthetic and genuinely creative as a spill over from that spirit of independence, bands … Continue reading

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Daemoniac – Spawn Of The Fallen (2017)

Daemoniac from Italy release a galvanizing, no-bullshit death metal debut in Spawn Of The Fallen. An album that initially seems marred by atrocious production on the cymbals gradually works its way in by strength of character and composition; midway through, all … Continue reading

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Mortem – Deinós Nekrómantis (2016)

Mortem are among two handfuls of extant bands still versed in the art of riff-based death metal. No synthetic asides are to be found in their oeuvre; mood and atmosphere are instead created through perpetual motion, and an innate aversion … Continue reading

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Retrospective: Marduk’s Dark Endless is an underappreciated death metal classic

Like Darkthrone, Marduk started off as a death metal band, before switching styles to the infamous “norsecore” sound of the 90s. Unlike Soulside Journey, however, Dark Endless has never met real acclaim, but I believe the time has arrived to appreciate … Continue reading

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In praise of The Chasm

We spurn that which lies under our nose but don’t know its value until it’s gone. It has always seemed a little bemusing to me that The Chasm‘s credentials have been open to debate; not because debate is bad but because the … Continue reading

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Kever – Eon Of Cycling Death EP(2013)

Eon Of Cycling Death is one of the finest death metal EPs in recent memory. Having escaped virtually all notice in the two years since its release, probably for reasons aligned more with insufficient promotion than any kind of intentional slight, … Continue reading

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The break of metal songwriting

Darkness Eternal‘s 2001 album, Satanchrist, liberally employed the kind of breaks that Immolation patented on many of their classic album closers, albeit without the latter’s knowledge of placement. This record, though a little muddled in the way it arranges diverse … Continue reading

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Condemner – Omens Of Perdition demo (2015)

Condemner – Omens Of Perdition (2015) Writing long dark death metal songs of the style Condemner do on their demo is no easy feat. As a general rule, the longer the song, the harder it becomes to retain its context … Continue reading

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Discreation – Procreation Of The Wretched (2015)

Is there such a thing as a distinctly German aesthetic in death metal? What unites bands like Fleshcrawl, Purgatory, Fearer, Anasarca, and Obscure Infinity, with this Discreation album? Granted; Fleshcrawl excepting, none of the others have released a genuine classic, but … Continue reading

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