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Album Review: Iceaxe – El Diente

You know what happens when a bunch of bunnies get together? They multiply. Denver’s Nauseating Whiff Records has become a bunch of metal musicians bred a lineup of bands from a small handful of people. They multiply alright, but more along the lines of Gremlins.

My point being, I’m here to tell you about a Thomas Horror blackened doom production, Iceaxe and the debut album, El Diente. Horror plays in Rasha’im, Skeið, Iceaxe, and like 10 other projects, he is the DIY label, top to bottom. So where does Iceaxe fall into this picture?

Taking parts from Ulver, Moonsorrow, Drudkh, Horror’s newest project fills in the gap between the barbarian black metal Skeið and a strictly instrumental act like Fourth Seal. This is mountain metal, stuff that was also inspired by the Lizardhead summit in Continue reading “Album Review: Iceaxe – El Diente”

Album Review: Danzig – Black Laden Crown

Oh… Danzig. How I’m always conflicted about you and what you’re doing.

Straight up, I’m a huge Danzig fan. All The Misfits stuff, all the Samhain stuff, those first four Danzig albums (and Deth Red Sabaoth) are so fucking good. SO fucking good. So when he got into shit territory starting with Blackacidevil I’ve been longing for a return to form, or at least to hear him fucking sing like he meant it again. That didn’t happen again until what? 2010. Fourteen years after Blackacidevil with Deth Red Sabaoth an album I think is easily as good as those first four and is the real “Danzig 5” in my mind. Somehow his voice was back, the songs were on point, and Danzig was fucking killing it again. I love that album.

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Album Review: Excommunion – Thronosis

I’ll admit up front I am not a huge death metal fan, my vest would easily prove this as well. I could probably count on close to two hands the number of death metal acts I have on my near and dear old fucking iPod. The ones I listen to regularly, Death, Gorguts and Blood Incantation, are not exactly influences on the newest album from Excommunion, Thronosis. But here I am because of yet another Naas Alcameth band.

Released a week ago (officially), Thronosis is dark and cavernous. I keep hearing Morbid Angel kicked around, one of the only other names I am familiar with enough to say “I can hear that.” But you do not necessarily need to look back on influences to appreciate what came of them. Excommunion kicks ass in their own regard. Their last album, Superion, goes just as hard.

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Album Review: Hellripper – Coagulating Darkness

Come with me to Scotland and the UK where the one man Hellripper will filet your face with his crazy throwback blackened thrash-speed metal. While Aberdeen, Scotland has their fair share of metal bands I can’t name a one, but I know of James McBain’s Hellripper.

After a handful of splits with similar styled American metal acts and an EP, Hellripper has a debut album with Coagulating Darkness that came out April 14. And does it ever rip.

Is this the most original thing you’ve ever heard? No, but if you’re playing what is essentially throwback speed metal with a current blackened sound, do you expect true diversity? Forget it. Continue reading “Album Review: Hellripper – Coagulating Darkness”

Album Review: Bestia Arcana – Holókauston

Naas Alcameth had a busy last week with two releases from his bands Nightbringer and Bestia Arcana. Nightbringer was expected, but Bestia Arcana was the surprise of the week as the second album, Holókauston, had a later release date.

Then a portal from Hell opened and spewed forth two albums near simultaneously.

If you heard Bestia Arcana’s first album, To Anabainon ek tes Abyssu, you know what to expect. But brace yourselves for an even better follow-up. I like To Anabainon but I am feeling Continue reading “Album Review: Bestia Arcana – Holókauston”

Album Review: Stoned Crone – Out of the Drink EP

Nauseating Whiff Records, Denver’s purveyors of indie, DIY metal have added a different band to their lineup of black metal, sludge and noise projects. They recently brought into the fold, Stoned Crone, a sort of psychedelic, bluesy, stoner … we’ll just call it stoner rock. That’s what they play.

They released their first EP, Out of the Drink, earlier this month.

Ok, so this isn’t metal, but it’s still fucking cool if you can jam on some Jefferson Airplane crossed with Black Sabbath and Purson. Vocalist Pepper Lohikäärme at least names the latter two as influences. All you’ll find here are three songs by four people that rock pretty well. Opening with “Fire Unleashed,” my favorite of the EP, Lohikäärme belts out the opening before Continue reading “Album Review: Stoned Crone – Out of the Drink EP”

Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist

So yeah, not much to say this week. Metal rules and all that. Try something new. You should know this by now!

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Mastodon – Emperor of Sand
It doesn’t matter what Mastodon does people will either love or hate them. “It’s not metal enough”, “it’s too metal” blah blah blah. I like Mastodon for what it’s worth, and I like their current sound and style probably more than the old stuff, but I don’t have much invested in this band.

Heretoir – The Circle
It’s a shame bands like Deafheaven are giving this post/black gaze genre such a bad name because there are bands out there making tremendous music with the style. One, and possibly the current best, is Heretoir. Though I feel like most bands in this genre, Heretoir has moved a Continue reading “Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist”

Album Review: In the Company of Serpents – Ain-Soph Aur

Friday, In the Company of Serpents -Denver’s purveyors of sludge- dropped their new album, Ain-Soph Aur, and unleashed a slight change in their music. No, they didn’t start playing Babymetal covers or become a re-thrash two-piece. Grant Netzorg didn’t change his vocals, but he is playing his guitar slower and with a bit more twang, which was becoming apparent a couple years ago when he was playing some of these new songs live. And I’m digging it.

The opener “Middle Pillar” is pretty standard ITCOS, a bit slower, but this is still ITCOS for a solid 8 minutes. It starts picking up the last half of the song, building towards the end … and Continue reading “Album Review: In the Company of Serpents – Ain-Soph Aur”

Album Review: Havok – Conformicide

I have to admit I wasn’t very excited about this new Havok album. I liked their first two albums quite a bit but on the third album they left me a bit cold, falling victim to the redundancies of playing a throwback style of thrash, a style that is already so rooted in nostalgia. That and more ground-breaking acts like Vektor and Power Trip sort of put all these retro-thrash bands in their place. However, Havok upped their game this time around. Maybe moving to Century Media Records and the inclusion of new bassist Nick Schendzielos breathed some new inspiration into the band but they sound more crucial than on their last outing.

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