Cauchemar’s Heavy Majesty Blossoms on “Rosa Mystica” (Early Album Stream + Interview)

Metal with a reduced tempo is the single oldest sonic niche in this great genre, going all the way back to Black Sabbath’s mighty 1970 debut. Regardless of the specifics behind the way that bands play doom metal, age and experience seem to be a unifying theme in how well modern bands understand these ancientContinue reading “Cauchemar’s Heavy Majesty Blossoms on “Rosa Mystica” (Early Album Stream + Interview)”

Phrenelith’s Mutated Death Metal Spawns a “Chimaera” (Interview)

Phrenelith floored the world with 2017’s Desolate Endscape, which was at once atmospheric and hideously ferocious. It was an instant favorite in the larger death metal community and the band’s status as perhaps the finest newcomer in the scene was solidified across a series of demos, EPs, and notable live shows. Anticipation for a follow up wasContinue reading “Phrenelith’s Mutated Death Metal Spawns a “Chimaera” (Interview)”

The Highway Corsair Zine #4 + Obliteration 7″ OUT NOW!

After nearly a year waiting, The Highway Corsair Zine Issue #4 is finally out now! This time the zine comes with an exclusive live in the studio 7″ from Obliteration (Nor) recorded for a Norwegian radio show, and has interviews with bands like Cianide, Nocturnus AD, Slough Feg, Nasty Savage, Eternal Champion, and many more!Continue reading “The Highway Corsair Zine #4 + Obliteration 7″ OUT NOW!”

Mexican Death Metal in the 1990s: An In-Depth Look at a Dawning Scene

There is an odd propensity within the death metal world to ignore bands that come from south of the United States border. This is particularly egregious when considering the sheer depth of the scene from Mexico, which had many of the best and most creative bands in death metal. While it’s understandable why financial, lingual,Continue reading “Mexican Death Metal in the 1990s: An In-Depth Look at a Dawning Scene”

OUT NOW! Cassette reissues of Drawn and Quartered’s “Hail Infernal Darkness” and “Return of the Black Death”

Out now on Nameless Grave Records- cassette versions of Drawn and Quartered’s Return of the Black Death and Hail Infernal Darkness! If you’re not familiar Drawn and Quartered are Seattle death metal legends that have been going constantly since 1992. These will appeal to fans of Immolation or Dead Congregation. https://www.namelessgraverecords.com/https://hailinfernaldarkness.bandcamp.com/

Anatomia and Undergang Form Another Deadly Alliance On 12″ Split (Early Album Stream)

It’s always a great day when gods of death team up, and for Japanese death metallers Anatomia and Danish beasts Undergang, this isn’t their first time. Not satisfied with the devastating results of 2017’s 10” crusher collaboration (released in both Danish and Japanese, which is a really cool gimmick!), they’re back some five years later with a secondContinue reading “Anatomia and Undergang Form Another Deadly Alliance On 12″ Split (Early Album Stream)”

Entering the Underground #20: Luzifer Breaks The “Iron Shackles” Of Strait-Laced Traditional Metal

Something that’s largely missing from the modern heavy metal scene is bands that do a good job of mixing the silly, spooky fun that King Diamond had with the actual musical and writing chops that his bands always brought to the table alongside it. Most bands seem to have one or the other, but neverContinue reading “Entering the Underground #20: Luzifer Breaks The “Iron Shackles” Of Strait-Laced Traditional Metal”

Entering the Underground #19: “Fell Sorcery Abounds” on Morgul Blade’s Towering Debut

Genuine improvement with metal bands these days doesn’t feel as common as it should be. A debut demo or EP often signals how the album will be–a decent demo means a decent album, and a great demo means a great album. More uncommon still are bands that are more interested in pursuing their own pathContinue reading “Entering the Underground #19: “Fell Sorcery Abounds” on Morgul Blade’s Towering Debut”

Entering the Underground #18: Wanton Attack’s Debut Evokes Vintage Insanity

As much as many musicians play relatively safe to the standards of their genre, either when playing in an established style or even when pushing boundaries, there have always been those that are not content to be anything less than properly mad. In the 1980s heavy metal scene, those musicians played in bands like DeepContinue reading “Entering the Underground #18: Wanton Attack’s Debut Evokes Vintage Insanity”

Outre-Tombe Plunge into Deadly Depths on “Abysse mortifère” (Interview)

Even with a late entry (a spooky Halloween release!), Abysse mortifère was an easy lock for my 2021 year-end list. Ferociously opposed to any sort of modernity in their ancient assault, Outre-Tombe take things to the next level with what is surely their best record yet: catchier songwriting, bigger riffs, and dirtier production combine to form a record that standsContinue reading “Outre-Tombe Plunge into Deadly Depths on “Abysse mortifère” (Interview)”