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I’m Listening to Death Metal #10: Cynic and Bloodbath

Two distant poles on death metal's open range, connected by human flesh, mind and body; in this installment, Langdon tears open his assembled self to discover an impossible synergy.

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I’m Listening to Death Metal #9: Gorguts’ “Colored Sands” and “Pleiades’ Dust”

Langdon sprawls himself across Gorguts' esoteric discography, dissecting the meaning of ambition and charting the progressive influences of a band who wields death's sonic hammer like no other.

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I’m Listening to Death Metal #8: Morbid Angel’s “Formulas Fatal to the Flesh” and “Kingdoms Disdained”

Morbid death, morbid life: Langdon dissects Morbid Angel while uncovering the nuances of interior darkness as it, only sometimes, can cede way to light.

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I’m Listening to Death Metal #7: Pissgrave’s “Posthumous Humiliation”

Langdon unweaves the tangles of taste and terror riled up by the depiction of mutilated human remains on Pissgrave's latest album.

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I’m Listening to Death Metal #6: Morbus Chron’s “Sweven”

Death metal's dreamscape became lucidly lush with Morbus Chron's second (and final) full-length "Sweven" -- in this edition of his column, Langdon Hickman dives into his dreams and analyzes this landmark release.

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I’m Listening to Death Metal #5: Tribulation’s “The Children of the Night”

This month, Langdon explores the intersection of spirituality -- religion, faith, heaven, and hell -- with Tribulation's third full-length album, citing his personal experience along the way.

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I’m Listening to Death Metal #4: Gojira’s “L’Enfant Sauvage”

In this edition of his column, Langdon journeys us through his vivid experiences with Gojira during tough, trying times. Metal is pain, but metal is also life.

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I’m Listening to Death Metal #3: Ulcerate’s “The Destroyers of All”

Langdon returns this month with another analytical installment of his column where he explores the interwoven meanings of Ulcerate's mind-boggling death metal in relation to growing up and being heard.

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I’m Listening to Death Metal #2: Atheist’s “Unquestionable Presence”

The second installment of I'm Listening to Death Metal, or the joys of jazz death metal.

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I’m Listening to Death Metal #1: Opeth’s “My Arms, Your Hearse”

Writer Langdon Hickman reflects on death metal's multidimensional (and ultimately personal) meaning, including a foray into Opeth, in this inaugural edition of his new column.

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