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Voivod – Dimension Hatr
by Cosmo Lee
Last weekend marked the 20th anniversary of Voivod's Dimension Hatröss. The core of Voivod's golden era trilogy, it bridged Killing Technology's departure from prior Motörhead worship and Nothingface's prog polish. The record remains revelatory today. Tha…
The Endless Blockade – Primitive
by Jess Blumensheid
The day The Endless Blockade aren't pissed, there will be no god. (Ed. note: Or there might be one.) They live up to their name by instilling extreme wrath for human trash, wasteful lifestyles, and the fear of god in every release
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RIP Cursed
Bad news from Canada's Cursed. Say it ain't so, Joe.
Yeah, you heard. Apparently, it gets even worse. That's all I know or even want to know for now. We got robbed at the very end of tour in a totally unreal, extremely sketchy series of events that still makes no sense at all, only …
Howl, Mendozza
Howl
In the current issue of Decibel (#44, Iron Maiden cover), I've done the "Throw Me a Frickin' Bone!" column, which reviews demos and unsigned records. Some of them are actually good. The two of note this time are by Howl and Mendozza. Both are hairy and sound like i…
Nadja, Russian Circles
Nadja seem to have emptied their hard drive onto CD's, sent them out, and gotten signed to 10 labels simultaneously. By the end of 2008, they will have put out 15 releases in two years. That's too much. But it's about right if you consider each album as a song
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Devin Townsend, DEP, Dub Trio, and more
Devin Townsend
I've published 22 pieces since my last update a month ago. I've also started to write for Pitchfork. Both are somewhat ridiculous propositions, I realize, so I don't even know where to start. Just look at the sidebar and see if anything appeals to you
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Senate – The Great Northern Scenekill
Contrary to what its title might suggest, The Great Northern Scenekill (self-released, 2006) has nothing to do with Pantera. It's modern thrashy melodic death metal, and quite aggressive - think Darkane or Darkest Hour. This Canadian band features Martyr drummer Patrice Hamelin (who's touring with…
Pholde – Aperture of the Internal Surface
Afe Records is one of my happier discoveries this year. This Italian dark ambient/experimental label, run by Andrea Marutti, stands for both quantity and quality. Its discography is enormous, yet each release comes in awe-inspiring packaging - limited edition CD-R with pro-printed A5 sleeve and hi…
3 Inches of Blood, Fugazi, Ministry, and more
3 Inches of Blood
Some new writing up - at Metal Injection, I have reviews of film buffs/metalcore-rs Killwhitneydead and Relapse retro thrashers Dekapitator. At Stylus, I have a look back at Fugazi's most underrated record, Steady Diet of Nothing, as well as reviews of the Speed Kills...
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Icewind – All Is Dust
For the first time in my life, I'm into power metal, and I think I know why. In the course of moving, I don't have any speakers right now except for the crappy ones on my laptop. Thus, atmospheric stuff like black or doom metal doesn't translate, but bright, shiny melodies do...

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