Exploration: Cirith Gorgor’s Onwards to the Spectral Defile (1999) and Unveiling the Essence (2001)

I've been so entrenched in death metal and new releases as of late that I forgot just have fucking satisfying blistering black can be. Enter Cirith Gorgor. Yes, another Lord of the Rings named band, this time named for the... Continue Reading →

Exploration: Alas – Absolute Purity (2001)

When I started to get seriously into metal and was just haphazardly trying everything out some of the first stuff my unrefined palette fell on was symphonic metal. Bands like Nightwish, Epica, Delain, After Forever, helped loosen my presupposed ideas... Continue Reading →

Angelcorpse – Iron, Blood & Blasphemy (2001)

If you haven't heard Angelcorpse by now, you should probably rectify that fucking right now. Like, seriously, right now. Go and get Exterminate and The Inexorable and strap yourself in for some of the most furious, well executed, nasty, filthy, punishing... Continue Reading →

Ancalagon – First Age: Entering Legenda (2001)

My buddy and metal guru Ben sends me Facebook messages with Youtube links often without any preface or description of what said video is, but I know that whatever it is, it's going to be fucking awesome. Ancalagon is fucking... Continue Reading →

Green Carnation – Light of Day, Day of Darkness (2001)

Green Carnation, another band I'd not heard that was shared in a pile of other music from my buddy, seems like a band I would have heard by now, mostly because they're the band that proceeded and followed the In... Continue Reading →

Iced Earth – Horror Show (2001)

Time for a little Halloween fun around here. I don't think Iced Earth are obscure or overlooked, though they might be starting towards the path of obscurity as they fade from relevance (that's neither here nor there) nowadays. They aren't even... Continue Reading →

Mutant – The Aeonic Majesty (2001)

Holy fuck, Sweden. You’re the metal gift that keeps on giving. Speaking of holy fucks, Mutant’s one and only full-length is full of them.  Mutant is probably the perfect name for this band as they take black metal, add some... Continue Reading →

Silencer – Death-Pierce Me (2001)

My buddy Ben and metal guru, who always knows just what I’ll like, will occasionally drop me a bunch of music and bands I’ve never heard ,and like I hinted at before, it’s always fucking killer. This Monday morning I... Continue Reading →

Dark Fortress – Tales From the Eternal Dusk (2001)

I was chatting with my buddy and he asked if I’d listened to any Dark Fortress. I vaguely remembered listening to their 2014 album Venereal Dawn but it must not have stuck with me. He shared a link to their first... Continue Reading →

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