Tag Archives: Death

A note on dissonance and Adversarial’s latest

Dissonant chords are called dissonant for a reason. As opposed to conventional death metal atonality built on floating key relationships but not without a sense of melody, dissonance lacks a harmonic center. When used tastefully and when supplemented with more … Continue reading

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Extreme metal, old and new

Originally written for deathmetal.org A reader recently posted a comment asking my opinion on modern extreme metal bands like Teitanblood and Ascension. We often take it as an article of faith that modern metal is a fallen genre that parted … Continue reading

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Pitting Scream Bloody Gore against Severed Survival

It is often forgotten that Chris Reifert drummed on the first Death full length before going on to form the hugely influential Autopsy.┬áSevered Survival has always seemed a companion album to Scream Bloody Gore, and while a certain amount of … Continue reading

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Prosanctus Inferi – Noctambulous Jaws Within Sempiternal Night (2013)

This duo from Columbus, Ohio bring a nimble, complicated twist to the black/death style of extreme metal. On first appearances, little more than a homage to the same old Incantation-derived school of basement death, this has far more in common … Continue reading

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