Sam H.S.
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Sam H.S.

Sam resides in Seattle, Washington. He is the founder and editor of the Pacific Northwest metal zine The Sentinel.

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Unless you are a stranger to CVLT Nation, you are not a stranger to the bestial death metal war machine that is London, England’s QRIXKUOR! Since the release of their infamous Consecration of the Temple demo in 2014, the band has bolstered a well-deserved and loyal following… and if you’ve

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It’s 2016, and atmospheric black metal bands are a dime a dozen. Any willing individual has the means to recycle a Cascadian riff, edit an eerie nature photo for a cover, and release their compositions to the world. This is not to say that the scene is bogged down –

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My initial exposure to San Francisco’s old school death metal overlords NECROT was, fittingly, the most old school introduction possible. Flicking through the cassette sale bin at the record store near my house, I stumbled across a gruesome looking tape with an impaled, armored skeleton on the cover and some

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For some time now, this CVLT has monitored a black metal presence residing in Bielefeld, Germany, that operates under the name of UNRU. Their maiden utterance earned a spot among our Top 6 Demos of 2013, and we reviewed one of the two stellar split releases that followed here. The

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If you involve yourself with the underground metal community in or around Seattle, Washington, chances are that by now you’ve heard rumors of a band called HISSING. As far as their Facebook page lets on, they’ve been together since last year and have played with some seriously incredible local and

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D – beat punk is one of those genres, like grindcore or depressive black metal, that takes a lot of flak for being overly formulaic. Usually, the accusations come from kids outside the scene, since those of us who actually listen to this stuff do so because we enjoy the

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SEIGE COLUMN is a seemingly brand new entity out of New Brunswick, New Jersey, that expelled its first utterance early last month. Fifty hand-dubbed copies of NOCTURNAL ATTACK FORMATION have been made, and we’d better get busy on ‘em, because once the metal underground catches wind of this band they

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Seattle’s Endorphins Lost have been manning the frontlines of the Pacific Northwest grindcore scene for years now, and Cvlt Nation is proud to be giving away a pair of tickets to their next live assault: Tuesday, August 11 at The Vera Project! Support will be provided by Spokane hardcore mainstays

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Sacral Regicide, the debut offering from black metal titans Eigenlicht, was released early this May and praised by CVLT Nation shortly after. According to their Encyclopaedia Metallum page, they’ve only been a band since last year, but have lent their presence to some pretty notable live bills since and are

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Funeste’s debut EP was released less than two months ago, and in that time the band has received an unheard-of amount of press, via Robex Lundgren, Tape Wyrm, Forever Slain Zine, and Invisible Oranges. In fact, you may have caught wind of the Montreal duo on CVLT Nation earlier this

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Photos by Tobias Roberts Bands that come onto the scene and completely change the game are few and far between. The ones that continue to do so throughout their career, seemingly throwing elitist metal fetishism a different curveball with every release, are almost unheard of. No matter what one may

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Photos by Alan Hunter Those of you who frequent this site know that we’re all big fans of Black Breath, and in the seven years since they released debut EP Razor to Oblivion they’ve rightfully become a household name. In brief, if you’re looking for heavy, infectious anthems to please

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