The Oxford Coma: “Paris Is Mine” Album Review by Megan Elliott!
Jul31

The Oxford Coma: “Paris Is Mine” Album Review by Megan Elliott!

The Oxford Coma are ridiculously cool. I could begin by discussing the genre of the band and attempt to pigeonhole the trio from Arizona, but that task is not possible in this instance, so I’ll just settle for “cool.” The Oxford Coma are cool because, since 2011, all of their releases have been recorded live and with minimal production leading to tracks that are gritty, raw-sounding and just completely off the grid. The band used this...

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Kraanium: “Chronicles of Perversion” Review by Basti!
Jul30

Kraanium: “Chronicles of Perversion” Review by Basti!

Maybe the shock factor has slightly worn off of death metal after 20-plus years. If someone says “Kraanium have released a new album,” I’m fairly certain you can close your eyes, draw the album cover, name the songs, even hum the music, and chances are you wouldn’t be far off at all. Okay, so it isn’t ground-breakingly original or particularly cerebral (no pun intended), but is Chronicles of Perversion...

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Nile: “What Should Not Be Unearthed” Album Review by Megan Elliott!
Jul29

Nile: “What Should Not Be Unearthed” Album Review by Megan Elliott!

There are some folks out there who might be of the opinion that the days of delivering evil technical death metal are drawing to a close for South Carolina’s Nile. Well, What Should Not Be Unearthed is their eighth studio album, and there are no signs that they are slowing down anytime soon. This latest installment is set to destroy souls. Opening with “Call to Destruction,” Nile pulls listeners out of their seats and thrusts...

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Kataklysm: “Of Ghosts and Gods” Album Review By Jason Z!
Jul28

Kataklysm: “Of Ghosts and Gods” Album Review By Jason Z!

Kataklysm have been death metal staples for almost a quarter century. Over time, their music has shifted to a more classic, thrashier version of death than on their earlier releases, but you won’t hear me complaining. And they have upped the ante on their newest, Of Ghosts and Gods. The songwriting and composition might be their best ever, and the production is flawless. They have clearly shifted into high gear here....

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Kronos: “Arisen New Era” Album Review by Basti!
Jul27

Kronos: “Arisen New Era” Album Review by Basti!

Remember Kronos? Don’t worry, you will. As a long-established pillar of the genre, their music has always been slightly reserved for tech-death connoisseurs. But with the arrival of Arisen New Era, don’t be surprised if they start dethroning the big dogs for a place on Mount Olympus. Even though they may be pandering to the masses (i.e., those who take their death metal with pristine production and epic CGI album covers), Kronos just...

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Death Angel: “The Bay Calls for Blood – Live in San Francisco” Review by Jamie Lee!
Jul24

Death Angel: “The Bay Calls for Blood – Live in San Francisco” Review by Jamie Lee!

Death Angel may have found itself in the outer orbit of the Big 4 of thrash, but their body of work and their influence far exceed their stature. They may have been even bigger had a tour bus crash in 1990 not disrupted their momentum. While less recognized than Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax, they are responsible for a slew of notable contributions, and a live show that bristles with energy. That live show has now been...

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