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Exploration: Rusting Sun – Far from All Light (2013)

Kudos again to my buddy and metal guru Brain Smasher for knowing exactly what's going to blow my brains all over. Despite both of our interest in the band Odal, I didn't know that their main two members were also... Continue Reading →

Exploration: Phlebotomized – Immense Intense Suspense (1994)

I'm so used to being under a barrage of media that's all just part of the same constant hum of sameness that when I see something, or hear something, that eschews that monotony I cling to it like grim death.... Continue Reading →

Exploration: Sculptured – The Spear of the Lily is Aureoled (1998)

Lately I've really been looking for metal bands that did (or are still doing) something different, or Satan forbid, original. As much as I love metal even the most dedicated ears need a change of pace and one of the... Continue Reading →

Exploration: Sirius – Aeons of Magick (2000)

Whenever I see the word "Sirius" in a metal context I'm always reminded of the Therion album Sirius B. I don't even particularly like that album that much but it was one of the first "extreme" metal albums I ever listened... Continue Reading →

Exploration: Portal – Swarth (2009)

This Friday (Jan. 26th, 2018) will see the spewing forth of a new Portal album and I can't wait to get by grime-covered hands on it. SO, for those of you who aren't in the the knowing about Portal I... Continue Reading →

Review: Abigor – Hollenzwang – Chronicles of Perdition (2018)

You may recall I mentioned briefly last year that in 2018 I was going to diversify the blog a bit. One way I was going to do so was to do brief reviews of new albums, particularly when there's a... Continue Reading →

Zeal and Ardor – Devil is Fine (2016)

While the nation, and the world, are taking about all sorts of aspects involved with diversity, and we see clear enemies trying to stomp it out, the metal community is having their own conversations about diversity. This isn't new territory... Continue Reading →

Covenant – Nexus Polaris (1998)

When I reviewed Covenant's first album In Times Before the Light a couple years ago I never bothered to follow up with any of the rest of the bands career because the would eventually rechristen themselves a Kovenant and move into a... Continue Reading →

EbonyLake – On the Eve of the Grimly Inventive (1999)

I recall hearing EbonyLake's 2011 album In Swathes of Brooding Light but now I can't really recall what it was like. Especially after hearing their previous debut album from twelve years earlier. This will give me good cause to revisit Brooding Light, but until... Continue Reading →

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