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I can think of a few musicians whose huge discographies resemble like the beginning stages of a battle plan. Their metal archives pages extend downward and downward. They intend to run a subgenre or local scene itself through lateral integration. These musicians are like magic gears that can replace any part of a metal machine. I refer to people like Kevin Talley, who will competently sit behind the kit for any band. This year Jonny Petterson (above with the magnificent beard) joins those ranks. The multi-instrumentalist will release at least four albums this year, each in different groups: Pale King, Henry Kane, Ursinne and Ashcloud, whose new record Kingdom of the Damned will be released via Xtreem music on the 20th of this month. Petterson can play most instruments but he functions in a single mode: gutted Swedeath. Like a microbrewery specializing in one variety of beer, the beauty in Pettersson's oeuvre comes from appreciating the different small varieties of flavor he peels out of one basic recipe. Whereas, say, Pale King is more ornate, and Wombbath is more immediate, Ashcloud offers a good balance between the two. Taker "The Serpent King" streaming below, for instance. The song begins with feedback and mosh beats, but expresses more melodic layers later on.

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