OFF THE BEATEN PATH: STRIGOI, PIERRE NOIR, ALFAHANNE, DOLORE, HELLHOOKAH
I had originally planned to post most of this collection (all but the opening song) nearly two week ago. I obviously didn’t get it finished then, and other obligations and ideas have kept pushing it side in favor of other posts since then. As the days have passed, a couple hundred other interesting songs [...]
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AN NCS EP PREMIERE: OKTAS — “OKTAS”
Genre hybrids within the general ambit of extreme metal tend to be hit-or-miss affairs, and perhaps more miss than hit the further the hybridized ingredients differ from each other. Yet when the creative splicing of divergent ingredients and tonalities truly succeeds, the experience can stand out in ways that don’t often happen in the [...]
ALTERNATIVE RELEASE DAY ROUNDUP
Apparatus (Andy Synn presents an extra-large Friday round-up of highly recommended new releases, from Apparatus, Consummation, Crypt Sermon, Eternal Storm, Foscor, Haunter, Soheil Al Fard, Toadeater, Weight of Emptiness, and Witch Vomit.) Inundated and overwhelmed with new releases as we are here at NCS it’s no surprise that a lot of albums this year [...]
HIGHER CRITICISM: SLAYER (PART 4) — “REIGN IN BLOOD”
(This is the fourth installment in an extensive series of posts by TheMadIsraeli devoted to a retrospective analysis of the discography of Slayer. Links to the preceding installments are at the end of this post. Our plan is to continue posting the remaining Parts on a daily basis until the series is completed. NOTE: [...]
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DARKEND: “SPIRITUAL RESONANCE”
(Here’s DGR’s review of the new album by the Italian black metal band Darkend, which was released by Dark Essence Records on September 13th.) This website’s fascination with Italian black metal group Darkend began in 2016 with the release of their cameo-packed third album The Canticle Of Shadows. It made a handful of our [...]
SAVAGE AND SEDUCTIVE SOUNDS SINCE 2009