Reverend's Bazaar - Epidemic of Decay →
The Fortnight in Heavy Metal. This was published just moments before everyone freaked out over Judas Priest’s appearance on the American Karaoke Championships; so, for the record, that shit probably sucked, too. (I can’t be certain, because I don’t watch American fucking Idol. Priest or no Priest.) Additionally, my man Zach Duvall requested a red arrow for Prosciptor’s...
Karma To Burn - V →
When Karma To Burn left us in 2003, instrumental metal was a different beast. Options were limited. Today, vocal-free acts are popping up with increasing frequency, and their compositions are of steadily increasing quality. Upon their return to the scene, Karma To Burn has some serious competition. Unfortunately, they’re way past their prime.
Corpsessed - The Dagger and the Chalice →
Another day, another old-school death metal release. This time, it’s a six-track EP of Finnish brutality that culls from the usual suspects. Two of the five proper tracks exhibit some serious vitality, but this is niche stuff for diehards only. I’m becoming increasingly annoyed with this trend, but the majority of the bands plying the trade are extremely competent. Thus, it’s...
Liturgy - Aesthethica →
Along with Jim Brandon, I take a look at one of the most vapid releases of 2011: The sophomore album from Brooklyn’s absurdly polarizing Liturgy. Indeed, the band is easy to hate. Frontman Hunter Hunt Hendrix is, undeniably, packed to the corneas with horseshit. His well-documented verbosity, on it’s own, is painfully grating; when it’s thrown to ravenous metalheads that are...
Valborg - Barbarian →
A review of Valborg’s latest crypt-crawler, Barbarian. “Dissecting a Valborg release—or Valborg in general—is a daunting dask. Unquestionably, they’re one of the weirdest bands in metal; but not in that bullshit, pseudo-avant-garde, watch-us-set-ourselves-on-fire! Unexpect vein. No, Valborg deploys their oddity far more subtly, but that doesn’t make them any...
Reverend's Bazaar - Economic Strife is a Bitch →
The fortnight in Heavy Metal. Glacial news week; resorted to picking apart easy targets like Victory Records and Machine Head. The most important highlights from this past edition: Instrumental djent is fuckin’ legit, and Nader Sadek’s debut should not be missed. Oddly, the not-so-subtle hint at the new Morbid Angel album’s impending shittiness seems to be lost on most…