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 →

Altarage – Nihl (2016)

Of all the different shades and subtleties found within extreme metal there're some bands that go even further to the extreme and delve into the surreal and dismal. Bands like Portal, Desolate Shrine, and Spain's Altarage are purveyors of such... Continue Reading →

Denial of God – Death and the Beyond (2012)

This Danish black metal band has been steadily releasing demos and eps since 1992 and only in the 2000's did they get down to making some albums, Death and the Beyond being their second. This one starts with one of those melodramatic,... Continue Reading →

Entrails – Tales From the Morgue (2010)

I'm not really all that into the gore genres of metal, or the bands who deal with a lot of gore obsessed imagery. Like all outlying metal genres I do like a few of the bands and Entrails is one... Continue Reading →

October 31

I'm sure you've noticed that today is in fact Halloween. My Halloween spirit is near zero this Halloween but that doesn't mean the rest of you can't enjoy the happenings, and I'm here to help. For me, music plays a... 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 →

Carach Angren – Lammendam (2008)

I recently saw Carach Angren live with Rotting Christ (more on them another day) and while I’m a casual fan of Carach and their silliness, they’re live show was pretty fucking engaging and I have to give them kudos. It... Continue Reading →

Tartaros – The Grand Psychotic Castle (1997) & The Red Jewel (1999)

And here we have Tartaros, a short lived Norwegian symphonic black metal band consisting of one member, Charmand Grimloch (if that name doesn’t give you a hint of where this is going…) who played live keyboards for Emperor. My buddy Ben... Continue Reading →

Helstar – Nosferatu (1989)

80′s American power metal is a never ending well. Most of the best stuff has risen to the top but the further you go down, the more elusive and grimier albums are hiding from the light. Helstar fits somewhere in... Continue Reading →

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