Exploration: Oþalan – De norröna sederna (2016)

This is another awesome find shared with me by my buddy Brain Smasher, and I'm fairly certain he discovered this band from that massive Summoning tribute album In Mordor Where the Shadows Are that came out last year or the year before.... Continue Reading →


Darkified – A Dance on the Grave (1995)

And we're off to Sweden again top unearth some obscure death metal madness in the form of Darkified. Darkified is a band that existed for the entirety of a year. Their only two releases, a demo and an EP came... Continue Reading →

Exploration: Sargoth – Lay Eden in Ashes (1998)

Oh fuck yes. A hyper melodic, Swedish, black metal band from the 90's with only one album ever released? My fucking sweet spot. Sweden has an unending supply of these and you know what, they're all fucking killer. Sargoth in... Continue Reading →

Review: Agrimonia – Awaken

This was near the fucking top for most anticipated album of the year for me based solely on how incredible their last album was and like I hoped, and knew it would be, Agrimonia’s Awaken is a fucking triumphant return... Continue Reading →

Exploration: Marduk – Dark Endless (1992)

It's easy to dismiss Marduk nowadays with their ridiculous faux-drama and their machine like devotion to blast beat insanity, but Marduk was once a crucial and masterful band. I know they've had their ups and downs and lineup changes vast... Continue Reading →

Gates of Ishtar – The Dawn of Flames (1997)

Sigh... Here we go again. Another fucking band that I can't even fathom why I slept on for so long. Especially this band because 1; they're melodic death metal from the mid 90's, 2; they're Swedish, and 3; they fucking... Continue Reading →

Merciless – The Awakening (1990)

Sometimes you want metal to hear some metal that is distilled to it's purest forms without the pretense of genre or labels or anything ground breaking or progressive. Sometimes that primal desire is what makes metal so enduring and Sweden's... Continue Reading →

Dimension Zero – Penetrations from the Lost World EP (1997)

This is a quick little EP that boasts some heavy weight players. Mainly members of In Flames (from when they were fucking good), fucking Crystal Age, fucking Cardinal Sin, and fucking Darkified (more on them another time) so there's some... Continue Reading →

Nominon – Monumentomb (2010)

In the latest version of the awesome book Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal & Grindcore there's a section in the back breaking down the author's "must hear" death and grind albums of any given year from the 80's all... Continue Reading →

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