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Album Review: Skeleton – Ordainment Of Divinity [EP]

After a bucketful of EPs, compilations, a live album and a full length debut (2020’s Skeleton, natch), the Austin, TX hardcore-cum-black-cum-thrash trio (also SKELETON) unleashes a peepshow booth’s-worth of grime in the less than 15 minutes of Ordainment Of Divinity. I suppose one could refer to ‘Skeleton – Opening Rites’ as an intro, but, as it’s the second-longest track on the damned EP, it seems rather cheapening. Granted, what we’re given is marching, and also granted, I normally loathe the fuck out of me an intro, but the mental image this rhythmic tread gave me is of films such as […]

VATICAN SHADOW: Justin Broadrick-Mastered Persian Pillars Of The Gasoline Era LP By Prurient Architect Dominick Fernow Out On 20 Buck Spin

20 Buck Spin releases Persian Pillars Of The Gasoline Era, the new LP from Prurient and Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement architect Dominick Fernow, under the VATICAN SHADOW signature. One of the most prolific underground artists of the 21st century, living his art down to minute detail, Fernow’s penchant for seamlessly spanning underground subcultures finds VATICAN SHADOW now aligned with 20 Buck Spin for the first time, the project’s first album to be released on a domestic label after a very prolific decade of existence. For a decade now, VATICAN SHADOW has blurred the lines of rhythmic industrial, ambient, and soundscapes to […]

Album Review: Atramentus – Stygian

Though members of CHTHE’ILIST, FUNEBRARUM, and other acts comprise Longueuil, QC’s ATRAMENTUS, the quintet is very much its own beast from the start. Opener ‘Stygian I – From Tumultuous Heavens… (Descended Forth The Ceaseless Darkness)’ reveals a band certainly in no rush to get anywhere with great speed, yet more layered than FUNEBRARUM, less ribaldly feral than CHTHE’ILIST. We move through vast tundra wastes at times, lean against blizzards that howl through the bones others, but always, always alone. Solitary. While certainly beholden to its genre forefathers, who need not be named except as reference points for all that came […]


SPIRIT ADRIFT are a band who refuse to slow down. On their new album, Enlightened In Eternity, guitarist/vocalist Nathan Garrett alongside drummer Marcus Bryant have created yet another monument to the timelessness of heavy metal. While Enlightened In Eternity builds on the sizable foundation established by the band’s previous albums, it also sets itself apart in formidable new ways, widening the scope of what SPIRIT ADRIFT can be. Listen to the album’s powerful first single ‘Harmony Of The Spheres’ HERE SPIRIT ADRIFT have mastered the ability to invoke the power of metal’s past, whether it be the ’70s, ’80s or […]

Album Review: Bedsore – Hypnagogic Hallucinations

Lovers of both oddball death metal and weird psychedelia might find something to catch their interest here. BEDSORE is an Italian bunch who sure don’t follow in any of the rigid death metal tropes. They aren’t the usual Swedish DM knockoff or the typical slamming deathfest or any of the “cavernous” INCANTATION-inspired stuff. They aren’t “normal” in any way, shape or form, and that’s a big advantage in these days when most bands are slavishly obedient to preset “rules”. Psychedelic and prog rock play big parts in BEDSORE’s make-up. Italy used to be known for a lot of weird horror-prog […]

Album Review: Ulthar – Providence

ULTHAR proves their 2018 debut Cosmovore was no fluke or one-and-done episode. They return to the fray with Providence (the hometown of H. P. Lovecraft…coincidence?) and they are back to mangle minds and reap souls with a whirlwind of fierce and technical death metal. There’s very little primitive gloom here. This is the fast and nasty side of the beast, touching on such primal sources as MORBID ANGEL, PESTILENCE, IMMOLATION and lesser known entities like ANATA and MERCYLESS. There’s also a touch of blackness to the affair, especially in the ripped throat vocals. Highlights are many, but I would bring […]

Album Review: Cauldron Black Ram – Slaver

The piratical goons of CAULDRON BLACK RAM are one weird bunch, and that’s exactly why I love this oddball Aussie band. They certainly aren’t prolific (Slaver is their first record in 6 years), and perhaps that also helps them to stand out. They have brewed up another grimy, greasy and rancid potion of extreme metal carnage that defies classification. Slaver may be even rawer and filthier in sound than their previous record Stalagmire, which is no mean feat. The music is an unpredictable assault of strange riffing that ranges from sludgy doom to mid paced chug to swaggering fast (but […]

OBSEQUIAE: The Palms Of Sorrowed Kings Title Track Now Streaming; Album To See Release Through 20 Buck Spin Later This Month

With the release of The Palms Of Sorrowed Kings, the third LP by cherished Minnesota medieval metal act OBSEQUIAE, nearing release later this month through 20 Buck Spin, the title track to the album has been posted. For the third time in a decade, a new dawn rises over the castle ruins. OBSEQUIAE once more lowers the gates and emerge from the keep, to regale the townsfolk with tales of another age via heroic hymns of majesty and high adventure on The Palms Of Sorrowed Kings. The most immersive and hyper-focused album from OBSEQUIAE to date, The Palms Of Sorrowed […]

Interview: Tomb Mold

Our planet is in peril. Does it have its own consciousness, its own voice? Perhaps it speaks to us through music. If Canada’s TOMB MOLD are the conduit for this planetary mind, then the voice of the world is more of a scream of rage and horror. That is what TOMB MOLD captures on their new album Planetary Clairvoyance. The band has been one of the most talked about in death metal circles for the last few years. Few bands can capture both sickness and technicality like TOMB MOLD can. They also have a cosmic/science fiction edge which gives their […]

ULTHAR: Bay Area Death Cult Announces Fall US Headlining Tour; Cosmovore Debut Out Now On 20 Buck Spin

Bay area death cult ULTHAR will take to the streets again this fall on a near-two-week US headlining tour. The journey will commence on November 7th in Los Osos, California and punish ten cities upon its conclusion November 16th in Portland, Oregon. See all confirmed dates below: ULTHAR: 11/07/2019 Sweet Springs – Los Osos, CA 11/08/2019 Lexington – Los Angeles, CA 11/09/2019 Yucca Tap Room – Phoenix, AZ 11/10/2019 Sister Bar – Albuquerque, NM w/ Oryx 11/11/2019 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO w/ Nightfell 11/12/2019 Diabolical Records – Salt Lake City, UT 11/13/2019 The Shredder – Boise, ID 11/14/2019 Old Nick’s […]