Gorefest – Rise to Ruin – Review

October 19, 2007

Pretty much La Muerte Part Two, meaning that it’s classic Gorefest: Simple but punishing riffs, varying tempos, political lyrics, and bad-ass breakdowns.

Abigail Williams – Legend – Review

March 18, 2007

Five-song EP from a Gothenburg-style Phoenix four-piece. Thrash gallop and blastbeats, blackened shrieks, keys of terror, and guitarwork like Emperor.

Pro-Pain – Age of Tyranny – Review

March 1, 2007

15 years deep, and Age of Tyranny is quite possibly their most interesting release in years. I heard harmonies, I heard elongated solos, I was impressed.

Blut Aus Nord – Mort – Review

November 20, 2006

Nightmarish soundscape black metal. Sounds like a horror movie from a room away on a stormy night, and the music often sounds like a cat walking across a piano.

Sinister – Afterburner – Review

July 7, 2006

Blood-gushing blast beats, inventive riffs with plenty of weird pull-offs and note intervals, counter rhythmic grooves that shake the senses.

Ihsahn – The Adversary – Review

June 9, 2006

Peccatum crossed with Emperor, stitched together by the occasional and brief prog metal tendencies of either of those that might be described as mainstreamy.

Scum – Gospels for the Sick – Review

March 3, 2006

Puree of Casey Chaos (Amen), Samoth & Faust (Emperor), Cosmocrator (Mindgrinder), and Happy Tom (Turbonegro) tastes sour, when it should be extreme metal gold.

Enslaved – Isa – Review

September 30, 2005

Heaps of praise for this forward-thinking original Norse black metal “Viking” band, Enslaved, now with three beloved, multi-dimensional albums in a row.

Entombed – Unreal Estate – Review

June 13, 2005

In 2002, much respected-metal veterans Entombed played as the pit orchestra for some kinda fuckin’ ballet. This is the CD document of that live extravaganza.

Debris Inc – Review

March 28, 2005

Stoner doom too stoned to try very hard or produce very well. Respected musicians from St. Vitus, Trouble, Eyehategod/Superjoint/Crowbar, Goatsnake/Obsessed.

Slumber – Fallout – Review

March 16, 2005

Doom, with no apologies for atmospheric keyboards, angelic counterpoint to the monster bellow, and piano and acoustic guitar tinkering amidst droning guitar.

Zyklon – Aeon – Review

March 8, 2004

Samoth and Destructhor have created a record where the songs have self-contained logic, the guitar tones are robust and bottom-heavy, and where Trym’s drum vibe is thick and warm.

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