Entering the Underground #24: Cryptworm’s Vile Death Metal is “Spewing Mephitic Putridity”

Cryptworm caught my attention right from the beginning. I can’t recall anymore, some five years later, how I first came across their original eponymous demo (though I suspect it was by following the label that released that demo on tape, Goatprayer Records) but I can certainly remember the impact that it made. Filthy and threatening inContinue reading “Entering the Underground #24: Cryptworm’s Vile Death Metal is “Spewing Mephitic Putridity””

Autopsy’s Sickening Death Metal Lives On in “Morbidity Triumphant” (Interview with Eric Cutler)

Autopsy are a household name with sick horror freaks worldwide, and are widely regarded as one of the most influential bands in all of death metal history (as I noted in an article celebrating the 30th anniversary of their sophomore album Mental Funeral). As a genre that was initially spawned largely by weirdo teenagers, most bandsContinue reading “Autopsy’s Sickening Death Metal Lives On in “Morbidity Triumphant” (Interview with Eric Cutler)”

Ravenous Death Talks Crafting Death Metal Hellscapes On “Visions from the Netherworld” (Interview)

Ravenous Death’s strong potential has been evident since their 2017 debut short-length Ominous Deathcult, but I don’t feel that it was truly realized until now. That debut was a solid slab of straightforward, catchy death metal that didn’t vary much from a standard old and evil death metal template. It was equal parts Floridian and SwedishContinue reading “Ravenous Death Talks Crafting Death Metal Hellscapes On “Visions from the Netherworld” (Interview)”

Seven Sevens: 7 7″ Vinyl Records For a New Heavy Metal World

The 7” single has a long history in the heavy metal world, and its importance as a format continues in the underground to this day. One of the best ways to lose money is to get into old NWOBHM singles, and many of the most expensive obscurities out there are highly limited 7”s that haveContinue reading “Seven Sevens: 7 7″ Vinyl Records For a New Heavy Metal World”

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/