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Death Metal

So what happens when a bonafide metalhead figures out a way to turn his passion into what he does for a living? The thing is, Jason Puder is not driven by money, but by his love for the music. If you ask many touring and local bands that come to the city

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Defecrator hails from sunny California, but you wouldn’t come to that conclusion after hearing the band’s recent salvo care of Transylvanian Tapes, called Tales of Defecration. Fans of heavy music will like this four-track terror on cassette tape. The guitars are shoved way upfront and the mix is raw. Defecrator

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The black metal spirit is strong on this one. UK four-piece Funeral Throne (will be appearing @ this years Covenant Festival II ) are well-studied but not content to worship the best of black metal’s second wave. On their second full length, Threshold, the band brings bombastic black/heavy metal that begs to be played

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Crushing black/death metal isn’t about blasting end-to-end. Neither is it about doing predictable blast-and-stops. Ritual Chamber’s Obscurations (To Feast On The Seraphim) is highly recommended because they write proper, atmospheric dark death metal that provides the listener solid songwriting and quality instrumentation all album long. The nine tracks of fresh

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Let me start off by saying I feel that most death metal bands have fallen into a rut. They’ve followed the same formulaic path for a while because it’s successful, good, but most of all, because it’s safe. I had yet to find a true death metal band (one that doesn’t

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How can music this visceral, hostile and negating manage to put a grin on my face? It’s a phenomenon I can’t wrap my brain around. All I know is that it tends to happen most often when listening to to punk-indebted metal. Something about that crossover lends itself well to

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Back in 1996, SubArachnoid Space were releasing their debut album, beginning a great career that would span the next fourteen years, a journey that ended in 2010. However, that was not the end for Melynda Jackson, who channeled her creativity through her next project, Eight Bells, suitably named after the

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Iron Bonehead Productions heads to New Zealand, land of sheep, to unearth this next release for 2016. The band is Veneficium and their self-titled release is a hodge-podge of styles most notable for dark swirling tremolo riffs black/death metal style. They also feature a lot of slow doom sections. It’s

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Oh, how I’ve waited for this. I’ll never forget how blown away I was a few years ago when I was fortunate enough to come across Chthe’ilist and their mind blowing debut demo Amechth’ntaas’m’rriachth. Sounding something like a modern day interpretation of Finnish Death gods Demilich, Chthe’ilist have finally unleashed

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Unholy awesome, it’s about to really fucking go down in Portland at this year’s Famine Fest. All of  the raging fun starts on Feb. 19th and goes until the 20th. The line up is totally off the chain: here is just a taste of the bands that will be hitting the

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Jacksonville, Florida locals present the sludgy, oppressive, and abrasive force to be reckoned with that is YASHIRA. Massive and sincerely unrelenting is their new two song release, We Find Ourselves In The Grief Of Others. Being stably guided to fruition, their sound is molded by bassist Luke, drummer Seth, guitarist

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January of last year, I wrote a feature called “I Wish This Band Didn’t Break Up! Featuring: ACEPHALIX!” Then, on Aug. 16th, 2015, they reunited for their first show in 3 years. Now ACEPHALIX is about to embark on a brief PNW tour with a show at this year’s Famine Fest (the line

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