“Condemned by Primal Contact,” Sijjin Continues a Legacy of Horrific Death Metal (Early Track Stream+ Interview)

One of the strongest carriers of the torch after the original wave of death metal was the mighty Necros Christos, who dominated the world for 20 years across three albums, several EPs, and a variety of splits with cult bands like Teitanblood, Goat Molestör (who would later change their name to something more recognizable, GraveContinue reading ““Condemned by Primal Contact,” Sijjin Continues a Legacy of Horrific Death Metal (Early Track Stream+ Interview)”

Concrete Winds Subject Listeners To “Noise Trepanation” (Early Track Stream + Interview)

Concrete Winds is the most vicious band in death metal right now. I don’t say that lightly; even on their parent label, Sepulchral Voice Records, there are some astonishingly violent bands such as Sijjin (whose upcoming debut album Sumerian Promises is a real doozy) and the mighty Degial. The brutal intensity and nerve-wracking cacophony that Concrete Winds createContinue reading “Concrete Winds Subject Listeners To “Noise Trepanation” (Early Track Stream + Interview)”

Taste the “Temptation Steel Scourge” of Tempter’s Sacrament (Early EP Stream + Interview)

Pre-downtuned ‘80s style death metal primitivism is a special field of underground warfare that will never be properly in fashion. It’s too antithetical to what the average metal fan wants; not pleasing enough to the ear, never commercial for a second, and too damn raw. As much as a certain brand of death freak worships TheContinue reading “Taste the “Temptation Steel Scourge” of Tempter’s Sacrament (Early EP Stream + Interview)”

Entering the Underground #16: Diabolizer Deals Out “Khalkedonian Death”

Everlasting Spew Records basically came out of nowhere. They didn’t exist until 2016, and weren’t on my radar until probably 2018, but despite their recent start they’d already picked up notable bands like Birdflesh and Galvanizer by the first time I came across one of their releases. More recently they’ve picked up well known bandsContinue reading “Entering the Underground #16: Diabolizer Deals Out “Khalkedonian Death””

Nocturnal Wanderer Bestows Upon Us The “Gift of the Night” (Early Album Stream + Interview)

When I was offered an early release promo of the upcoming Nocturnal Wanderer album Gift of the Night, I jumped on the chance to premiere it. The Pacific Northwest project’s music is absolutely otherworldly, with a mesmerizing blend of some of black metal’s finest melodic underpinnings, classic heavy metal, and the dirty romping fun ofContinue reading “Nocturnal Wanderer Bestows Upon Us The “Gift of the Night” (Early Album Stream + Interview)”

Ghastly Treads The “Mercurial Passages” Of Delightfully Bizarre Death Metal (Interview with Ian J. D’Waters)

There are many pathways that death metal can follow, and most of them are oft-treaded ground by this point. The bands that choose to follow their own path are always a love of mine, and especially bands that eschew conventions regarding heavy rhythms or song structures. Ghastly is one of those very special bands that pursues aContinue reading “Ghastly Treads The “Mercurial Passages” Of Delightfully Bizarre Death Metal (Interview with Ian J. D’Waters)”

“At One With None”: Portrait’s Powerful Heavy Metal Remains Peerless (Interview with Guitarist Christian Lindell)

One of the best and most consistent bands in heavy metal, Sweden’s Portrait started more than fifteen years ago and immediately established themselves as titans of the genre. Youth and a lack of interest in sticking to established waters could not hold the band back, and by their second album they had signed to theContinue reading ““At One With None”: Portrait’s Powerful Heavy Metal Remains Peerless (Interview with Guitarist Christian Lindell)”

Entering the Underground #15: Decrepisy Rises In The Pacific Northwest

Geographic change can be hard for musicians. After moving to a new country or state, some people never really recover from losing the support network and creative compatibility from their oldest, closest friends and musical compatriots. Unlike so many other people, Kyle House, formerly of Vastum and Acephalix (among other bands), made the big moveContinue reading “Entering the Underground #15: Decrepisy Rises In The Pacific Northwest”