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Beherit – Engram
Beherit has always been about the primitive. The Oath of Black Blood and Drawing Down the Moon pulverized black metal into lo-fi scree. H418ov21.C and Electric Doom Synthesis, solo projects of mastermind Marko Laiho, were ham-fisted amalgams of Casio tones and TR-909 percussion
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Hooded Menace – Fulfill the Curse
Death doom metal seldom receives the attention it deserves. A few prominent names hold this genre together, such as Mythic, Funebrarum, and Coffins. This sound is more than just Slayer-meets-Black Sabbath. Low-end slow parts, speedier grooves, and constipated grunts make up death doom
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Cast Iron – Leather & Metal
Darkthrone's MySpace blog is, ironically, a good place to find out about other bands. Each week Fenriz posts a "band of the week." His tastes are simple: any metal that sounds old (i.e., pre-'90s), whether it be black, death, thrash, or true
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RIP Miika Tenkula, Sentenced
Miika Tenkula, lead guitarist and main songwriter of Sentenced, passed away last week at the age of 34. Evidently, he had had problems with drinking. His bandmates put together a poignant memorial photo gallery - see above. Many didn't like the band's evolution from death metal to gothi…
Rotten Sound – Cycles
by Cosmo Lee
Released in Europe earlier this year, Cycles (Spinefarm, 2008) has finally hit the States. And hit it does. The record is a full-length exposition of ideas set out by 2006's Consume to Contaminate EP: bulldozing grindcore, smooth shifting between tempos, a brief experiment with ce…
Azaghal – Omega
Azaghal have come a long way since their primitive 1999 full-length debut. They've sharpened their knives to the point that Omega (Moribund, 2008) evokes the same rush as when I first heard 1349 - storming, belt-fed black metal with riffs that flow like lava
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Horna / Behexen – Split
Capitalizing on the generally well-received and umlaut-infested Ääniä Yössä, Moribund is reissuing three Horna releases - Haudankylmyyden Mailla (Solistitium, 1999), as well as splits with Musta Surma and Behexen. The latter originally came out on Grievantee in 2004, and fe…
Gloomy Grim – Tapetum Lucidum
The Bells Toll My Name
Self-Released2007
My first impression of the cover of Tapetum Lucidum was "Gravediggaz" (with "Paul Wall" and "Goldie" close behind). Turns out I wasn't far off - Gloomy Grim plays self-styled "horror movie met…

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