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Album Review: Eximperitus – Sahrartu

This is my first experience with BUNDLE OF STICKS from the troubled land of Belarus. Oh, wait, their name is Eximperituserqethhzebibšiptugakkathšulweliarzaxułum. BUNDLE OF STICKS is better. OK, let’s shorten it to EXIMPERITUS. Better yet!With the ridiculous name and logo, I was prepared for crappy goregrind, but instead my eyes and ears are opened to some amazing Egyptian-sounding death metal that is as heavy and imposing as the pyramids themselves. In a year full of great death metal, here is another winner. The comparisons to NILE are unavoidable, but EXIMPERITUS is so good at what they do, they actually surpass their […]

PSYCROPTIC premiere music video for the title track off upcoming EP, The Watcher Of All

Australia-based, tech-death masters PSYCROPTIC reveal a music video for the title track off their new EP The Watcher Of All, which comes out this Friday, November 27th on Agonia Records (physical release) and Prosthetic Records (digital release). The video was filmed by Wilson Bambrick and is available at THIS LOCATION Tasmania is recognized for two unique entities; the Tasmanian Devil and having generated one of the innovative leaders of the modern death metal scene, PSYCROPTIC. Since their formation in 1999, the band have constantly evolved and broken through the boundaries that the genre can sometimes impose upon itself. Never fearful […]

Album Review: Wayfarer – A Romance With Violence

My search for something new brings me to the dusty plains of the mythical American West, where we find WAYFARER spinning tales of gunslingers, railroads and sudden death. The bloody true history of the West, and the more romanticized version of movies and TV offers a lot of fertile ground for an enterprising metal band to explore. With WAYFARER we get something that’s part Morricone and part PRIMORDIAL, part Americana and part raging metal. It’s a sound that I may not always be 100% into, but for sure it’s carved out its own territory, which is nothing to sneeze at. […]

FOURTH ANNUAL ALLMAN FAMILY REVIVAL IN CELEBRATION OF GREGG ALLMAN’S BIRTHDAY

THE RYMAN | NASHVILLE, TNDECEMBER 11, 8PM CT Featuring THE ALLMAN BETTS BAND and special guests Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie), Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), Shannon McNally, Alex Orbison, JD Simo, Patrick Sweany and more to be announced The Allman Family Revival will be returning for its fourth year in celebration of Gregg Allman’s birthday, This year the show will take place in Nashville, TN at the iconic Ryman Auditorium. Tickets will be on sale beginning Friday, October 13 at 10am central. There will be limited and socially distanced in person attendances, as well as streaming ticketing options available. Purchase […]

Album Review: Serpents Of Secrecy – Ave Vindicta

Formed by members current and past of the mighty SIXTY WATT SHAMAN, KING GIANT and more, Baltimore’s SERPENTS OF SECRECY has Maryland Doom in its rattling bones from the start, the fuzzed out bass of dear, departed bassist Rev. Jim Forrester leading the slow and low charge in the title track. Fluid yet fang’ed, elements of bands as varied as SOLACE and FOGHAT (who were actually a pretty heavy live band) show up in ‘Heel Turn’, which carries on through the syrupy sludge of ‘Time Crushes All’, the early Cornell tinting to vocalist Mark Lorenzo’s delivery dripping over the tune […]

WEDGE: new song ‘Across The Water’ available for streaming

Berlin-based classic rock specialists WEDGE have recently announced the release of their third studio album, Like No Tomorrow, on Heavy Psych Sounds. To follow with roaring first single, ‘Computer’, the trio reveals a second single with ‘Across The Water’. “Although the new album is packed with straight-forward rock songs like our first single ‘Computer’, there are also a few somewhat mellower tunes with a psychedelic touch. ‘Across The Water’ is one of them. An electric piano played through a rotating Leslie cabinet, harmonized vocals, tremolo and fuzzy tape-delayed backwards guitars are building the dreamy soundscape of this song.” says the […]

Album Review: Mortiferum / Hyperdontia – Split 7″

I use the phrase “short, sharp shock” a fair amount. I try not to, but I’ll admit to it popping up more than I’d like. Besides, it doesn’t really fit this release. Two bands, two songs. Get in, get rabid, get out. Back in the day, those Maxell or TDK 60-90 minute cassettes we’d get in the mail from writing addresses in the back of metal magazines to trade bands and hear music were treasure troves. Yeah, of course there were some clunkers, but more often than not, you’d come away with at least a handful of new (to you) […]

SAVIORSKIN sign to Horror Pain Gore Death Productions; Omnipotence Of The Absolute set for release on December 18th

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions have signed Houston Texas’ industrialized Gothic Doom/Death Metal act SAVIORSKIN. The new album Omnipotence Of The Absolute is up now for pre-order and will be released December 18th on CD and Digital formats, along with merchandise and bundles. Omnipotence Of The Absolute features guest appearances by Kam Lee (Massacre / Death) and Rogga Johansson (Paganizer / Ribspreader / Ghoulhouse). SAVIORSKIN return to HPGD with the new album Omnipotence Of The Absolute! Hailing from Houston Texas, SAVIORSKIN formed in 2018 and perform Industrialized Gothic Doom/Death Metal. Omnipotence Of The Absolute showcases eight morose hymns, each one […]

Album Review: Starcrazy – Played For Suckers [EP]

Sydney, Australia’s STARCRAZY make their play for the spotlight early next year with this EP, Played For Suckers but, what with the promo sheet espousing such legendary influences as HANOI ROCKS, BOWIE and MOTHER LOVE BONE, I felt we were setting the bar a bit high, perhaps. The just shy of 2-minutes opener, ‘Rise’, wasn’t that great of an idea as a lead-off, as it’s basically an instrumental build to what would, in other times, have been that moment when the backlit stage bathes ‘n’ blinds legions of die-hard fans, the band kicking off their show in grand style. As […]

Portuguese grind maniacs BESTA return with new single, ‘Dissector’

Times are tough and strange, and we decided within the band to give our contribution to whom most need more than ourselves, so we decided to donate THIS SONG for Hardcore Help Foundation alongside our label Lifeforce Records. ‘Dissector’ is a brand new unreleased song, post-Eterno Rancor from 2019. The song was mixed and mastered by Argentinian/Belgian producer Martin Furia (Nervosa, Evil Invaders) for Somma Prods at LoudBeast Studio, Antwerp, Belgium and recorded by FOH engineer and producer Nuno Loureiro, cover artwork was design by renowned artist José Mendes. In the meantime, the band is working on a new full […]