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Akercocke, "Antichrist" Akercocke
Antichrist
Earache Records
2007
For all the genre experimentation going on in modern music, the more extreme reaches of death metal have remained relatively unaffected. Indeed, some groups have come to prize their resistance to change as a positive trait, and those that do branch out are subject to much skepticism. It follows, then, that England’s Akercocke would choose the completely opposite approach for...
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Akercocke, "Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone" Akercocke
Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone
Earache Records
2005
Akercocke have decided to expand on the arsenal that brought us some truly crushing albums over the past few years. These mad Brits have decided to show off a more progressive side in a move that reminds me of Enslaved's last three albums. Sadly the similarities between this album and those three masterpieces ends there. There is...
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Akercocke, "Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone" Akercocke
Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone
Earache Records
2005
Akercocke’s fourth album Words that Go Unspoken, Deeds that Go Undone shows this bizarre, British quartet striking out even further into the weirdness that comprises their material. Much like previous releases the band has captured a haunting, cult-like vibe in their music and woven blast beats, inhuman animalistic vocals along with thrash and death metal guitars into it to...
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Akercocke, "Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone" Akercocke
Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone
Earache Records
2005
Experimental, technical, progressive, beautiful, brutal; all words that can be used to describe the unique amalgam that is Akercocke. Fusing death metal, black metal, and progressive elements certainly isn't a new thing, but Akercocke certainly put their own spin on things, sounding fresh yet familiar. Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone is a slightly different beast than past Akercocke...
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Akercocke, "Choronzon" Akercocke
Choronzon
Earache Records
2003
A naked chick and a demon on the cover of an Akercocke album? It's about as predictable as those new-school horror flicks that keep coming out these days, but I'm not about to complain about either one. If you study the artwork on this British band's albums, you'll come to the conclusion that Akercocke are highly...
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Anata, "The Conductor's Departure" Anata
The Conductor's Departure
Earache Records
2006
Sweden's Anata is a welcome addition to the death metal scene (although they've got a handful of records out already...let's just say they're a welcome addition to my little corner of the death metal realm). At a time when so many bands are rehashing Gothenburg or playing death metal for kindergarteners, along comes Anata with The Conductor's Departure and injects...
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Anata, "The Conductor's Departure" Anata
The Conductor's Departure
Earache Records
2006
Anata took the metal world by utter surprise with Under a Stone with No Inscription. The disc took everything that Anata had done right on their first two releases and magnified it until it was almost too big to fathom. The band now has the nearly insurmountable task of following that monstrous release, yet their attempt in The...
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Anata, "The Conductor's Departure" Anata
The Conductor's Departure
Earache Records
2006
Anata is one of the few modern death metal bands that has a distinct and original sound that can easily be distinguished. When an Anata song comes on, you know it’s Anata. There’s something about their mix of progressive metal, melody, and brutal death metal that is completely their own, and for that they immediately have my kudos. The fact...
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At the Gates, "Slaughter of the Soul" At the Gates
Slaughter of the Soul
Earache Records
1995
And with a change of labels, and a change of intent, At the Gates unleashed their meisterwerk. Gone is the beauty, gone is the melancholy, gone is the deparation. In their place is a sharpened thrash intensity pouring through a heart of ice and delivered with murderous intent. Through the Fredrik Nordstrom genre-defining moment of production, riffs become hatchets, drums...
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Beecher, "Beecher" Beecher
Beecher
Earache Records
2005
Four bonus BBC Radio One Rock Show session tracks, an exclusive song, and a remix of another of the band's songs highlights the "re-appraisal" of Manchester, England's Beecher's debut album, Breaking the Fourth Wall. Treading a thin line between a Raging Speedhorn brand of hardcore and Thrice's The Illusion of Safety, Breaking the Fourth Wall utilizes melody and screams, along...
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Beecher, "This Elegy, His Autopsy" Beecher
This Elegy, His Autopsy
Earache Records
2005
Beecher, quite simply, have impressed me more than any other hardcore act I've heard from this year. I missed out on the first album "Breaking the Fourth Wall", which is finally seeing a Stateside release, so I was unfamiliar with the Beecher way of doing hardcore. During the initial listen, I kept trying to think of...
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Biomechanical, "Cannibalised" Biomechanical
Cannibalised
Earache Records
2008
This is the most overblown thing I think I've ever heard. The first song, Fallen in Fear is so overdone that it is almost comical. The musicianship is top shelf no doubt; sadly they are more interested in showing how much they can play in four minutes that they forgot to write an actual song. The overly...
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Blood Red Throne, "Come Death" Blood Red Throne
Come Death
Earache Records
2007
If you'’ve heard one Blood Red Throne album and liked it, you’ll like all of their stuff. If you don’t like it, you’ll probably accuse the band of sounding exactly the same from track to track and album to album. I’m of the former group, and I revel in every filthy groove, disgusting lyric, brutal death grunt and...
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Blood Red Throne, "Altered Genesis" Blood Red Throne
Altered Genesis
Earache Records
2005
Norway’s Blood Red Throne aren’t trying to create death metal that will stun you into epiphany by being the freshest, newest, most unique stuff out there. All they’re doing is kicking a lot of ass with a solid, tight straight-forward old-school attack. Their third full length, Altered Genesis, is exactly what fans of the band would want: more...
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Cadaver Inc., "Discipline" Cadaver Inc.
Discipline
Earache Records
2001
Spawned from the ashes of classic Norwegian death metal band Cadaver (early 90's, don't feel bad if you are unfamiliar with Hallucinating Anxiety or In Pains, they were kind of obscure), Cadaver Inc. is here to kick some ass and clean up some crime scenes (?). On Discipline, the band's debut, they play mean, raw,...
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Callisto, "True Nature Unfolds" Callisto
True Nature Unfolds
Earache Records
2005
Earache made waves as a label when Cult of Luna released Salvation last year. Now they have found Callisto and guess what; they have an uncanny resemblance to Cult of Luna. I bet the band is probably sick of the comparisons to Cult of Luna but it is undeniably present. Listening to True Nature Unfolds reminded me immediately of Cult...
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Carcass, "Choice Cuts" Carcass
Choice Cuts
Earache Records
2004
Well here it is folks, Carcass finest moments as brought to you by Earache. I just want to say thank god for the hard to find Peel Sessions at the end of the disc or this would have been totally worthless and yet another reissue by Earache. The track selections are decent although there isn't enough off of...
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Carcass, "Choice Cuts" Carcass
Choice Cuts
Earache Records
2004
So here it is, the second posthumous compilation of Carcass tracks Earache has put out in honor of the oft-lamented gods of gore and masters of melodic death, Carcass. The question you're asking is, what makes "Choice Cuts" have that was missing from "Wake Up and Smell the Carcass?" Well, for starters, this release isn't the veritable plethora of B-sides...
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Carcass, "Choice Cuts" Carcass
Choice Cuts
Earache Records
2004
How do you talk about Carcass' best-of album without undermining the band's accomplishments? They're one of the best bands in the history of death metal; pioneers of gore metal as well as one of the first to play melodic death metal "the right way." So how the fuck do you talk about an album full of...
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Carcass, "Wake Up and Smell the Carcass" Wake Up and Smell the Carcass
Earache Records
2002
Carcass are on of the most influential of death metal bands, starting the whole gore subculture of metal with their lyrics by Gray's Anatomy combined with a sense of humor bordering on the psychotic. An unholy combination that has not been rivaled in the decade since their last medical dictionary inspired album "Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious," also my favorite death...
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Carcass, "Heartwork" Carcass
Heartwork
Earache Records
1993
Words can't convey the magnificence of Carcass' Heartwork album. Let me put it this way: I have 600 metal albums that I think are worth owning, I've probably listened to three times as many metal albums all told, and I've only found one that is possibly better than Heartwork. That album is At the Gates' Slaughter of the...
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Carcass, "The Heartwork EP" Carcass
The Heartwork EP
Earache Records
1993
Singles are something of a rarity these days in the Earache catalog. The company seems to continually re-release their discs with extra songs on them, or create a best-of compilation with every rare track the band has ever made. On Carcass' Heartwork EP every track can be found either on their magnificent Heartwork album...
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Carcass, "Necroticism - Descanting the Insalubrious" Carcass
Necroticism - Descanting the Insalubrious
Earache Records
1992
On their third full-length release, Carcass finally begins to drop the gore metal sound and starts experimenting with a slightly more accessible, guitar-oriented approach. Though the lyrics are much the same as before, the songs are now a fair amount longer (as a result, the album only has eight of them) and lead work and...
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Carcass, "Tools of the Trade" Carcass
Tools of the Trade
Earache Records
1992
The predecessor to Carcass' splattered masterpiece Necroticism ? Descanting the Insalubrious comes in the form of this now out-of-print EP called Tools of the Trade. The four songs contained herein are similar in style to Necroticism, and can now be found on that album's reissue through Earache. There's something good to be said about...
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Cathedral, "The Serpent's Gold" Cathedral
The Serpent's Gold
Earache Records
2004
So here it is, the best of Cathedral. I have always found these guys to be maddeningly inconsistent. In one way it is nice to be unable to predict what an album will be like from a certain band, but on the other it is hard to excited when you know it is quite possible you're going to...
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Cathedral, "The Serpent's Gold" Cathedral
The Serpent's Gold
Earache Records
2004
Cathedral is and has always been pure doom. They may have started out with the maliciously bottom heavy sludgy tunes reminiscent of Sabbath on ludes and steroids, and they may have chosen a more stoner rock path with their last few releases, but the fact remains that their music is still 100% doom. What sets the...
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Cathedral, "The Serpent's Gold" Cathedral
The Serpent's Gold
Earache Records
2004
Cathedral need no introduction for those infatuated with all things doom; they're legends of the scene by now, after fifteen years of pounding the daylight out of every skull within earshot. This compilation, a best-of from their years on Earache, is getting only half a review because, unfortunately, I've only got the first disc. But...
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Cathedral, "Endtyme" Cathedral
Endtyme
Earache Records
2001
Do you believe in the power of doom metal? Do you? Well if you don't, I think that Cathedral's newest album, Endtyme, will change your narrow mind. Whereas these Brits have chosen to write faster, slightly more up beat songs on past albums, those on this disc are generally sour, slow and heavier...
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Cathedral, "Caravan Beyond Redemption" Cathedral
Caravan Beyond Redemption
Earache Records
1998
One of the best parts about listening to a Cathedral album, especially Caravan Beyond Redemption, is that the band knows when not to take itself seriously. On top of that, these Britts are undisputedly the kings of pre-stoner-rock doom metal and they know it and play it. In case this is gibberish to you,...
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Cathedral, "Supernatural Birth Machine" Cathedral
Supernatural Birth Machine
Earache Records
1996
Sometimes even bands that are very experienced and have tons of great albums under their belts manage to create a disc that just doesn't quite cut it. Cathedral's problem on Supernatural Birth Machine is that after a few really great tracks, the album just runs out of gas. The songs sound rather uninspired, routine,...
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Cathedral, "The Carnival Bizarre" Cathedral
The Carnival Bizarre
Earache Records
1995
The Carnival Bizarre is a bit of an annoying album because it contains some of Cathedral's most hard hitting, best overall songs, and alongside them some of the most annoying, long, pieces of shit as well. But to be fair, it really is good because the songs that are awesome outnumber those that blow. ...
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Cathedral, "Hopkins (The Witchfinder General)" Cathedral
Hopkins (The Witchfinder General)
Earache Records
1995
Just how much psychedelia can you deal with? Well if you think you can manage more than the average person, and you also like Cathedral's doom/stoner style, go for the Hopkins EP. It is 100% weirder than anything else they have made. Though the first track comes from The Carnival Bizarre, the rest...
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Cathedral, "Cosmic Requiem" Cathedral
Cosmic Requiem
Earache Records
1994
A take-it-or-leave-it mini album that came out between "The Ethereal Mirror" and "Carnival Bizarre". They've got a nice reworking of "A Funeral Request" from their debut, "Forest of Equilibrium" and two of the originals - "Cosmic Funeral" and "Hypnos 164" - are pretty good, but "The Voyage of the Homeless Sapien" is a total wash. It sounds something like this...
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Cathedral, "The Ethereal Mirror" Cathedral
The Ethereal Mirror
Earache Records
1993
This is the transformation nearly complete. Cathedral has almost completely forsaken their death and doom roots in favor of Sabbathian grooves and an Austin Powers meets White Zombie goofiness. Thankfully, they've still got the touch for writing some killer heavy insane speed demon flaming car wreck hooks, as seen in the chorus of "Enter the Worms". One has to wonder...
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Cathedral, "The Ethereal Mirror" Cathedral
The Ethereal Mirror
Earache Records
1993
I remember reading a review of The Ethereal Mirror that said something to the effect that Cathedral had really fucked up with this release. They had lost their edge, etc., etc. I don't know what kind of drugs the reviewer was on, but he couldn't have been more wrong. Now, I understand that...
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Cathedral, "Soul Sacrifice" Cathedral
Soul Sacrifice
Earache Records
1992
Hands down, this is my favorite Cathedral album. Released directly after "Forest of Equilibrium," it's only four songs, but it captured something so so unique for the time that it really frustrates me that the ideas weren't followed on subsequent Cathedral recordings. Basically, Cathedral kept all the morose themes, melodies and attitudes of "Forest..." and just kicked up the pace a...
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Cathedral, "Forest of Equilibrium" Cathedral
Forest of Equilibrium
Earache Records
1991
Lee Dorrian leaves the screeching train wreck that was Napalm Death in 1991 and forms....a doom band? Yep. Cathedral came out as the world's slowest band in direct response to the clicky-fuzz speed devils that were concurrently ruling in Florida. "Forest of Equilibrium" is sluggish at it's most active, wallowing in thick pits of inertia, bound, held and suffocated...the failing...
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Cult of Luna, "Somewhere Along The Highway" Cult of Luna
Somewhere Along The Highway
Earache Records
2006
On their fourth record, Somewhere Along the Highway Sweden's Cult of Luna have crafted yet another album of luminous beauty and crushing dissonance. Continuing in the same direction of 2004's Salvation, Somewhere Along the Highway sees the band expanding their artistic vision even further with more delicate textures and vast, instrumental seagues than ever before. These drifting, expressive passages are...
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Cult of Luna, "Salvation" Cult of Luna
Salvation
Earache Records
2004
People say that patience is a virtue, which means for you to really get what Cult of Luna is doing on Salvation, you'll either have to be a fucking saint or somehow be required to listen to it until something coherent emerges from the music. I'm no saint, but my obligation to review this CD has had me listening...
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Cult of Luna, "The Beyond" Cult of Luna
The Beyond
Earache Records
2003
Sweden's Cult of Luna is the first band I've ever heard to play atmospheric hardcore. The music so cold and devoid of emotion that the 74-minute opus that is The Beyond is nearly unlistenable. The disc is the aural version of what it's like to be slowly buried alive in sand. Reflect on...
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Deadbird, "The Head and the Heart" Deadbird
The Head and the Heart
Earache Records
2005
Neurosis has finally started to make its mark on the music world in terms of imitation being the sincerest form of flattery. Isis and Cult of Luna are the two bands that have really taken the mantle of being the second wave of Neurosis. I have no idea what genre they belong to. They are simply Neurosis....
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Deadbird, "The Head and the Heart" Deadbird
The Head and the Heart
Earache Records
2005
First it was Cult of Luna, then Callisto, now Deadbird have joined the Earach and Earache-affiliated roster of bizarre, sludgy hardcore/doom. With the latter’s album, The Head and the Heart, I’ve come to realize that I no longer find this scene that cool. Sure, Cult of Luna have done some amazing, genre-expanding things with their last two releases,...
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Decapitated, "Organic Hallucinosis" Decapitated
Organic Hallucinosis
Earache Records
2006
Once hailed as the whiz-kids of death metal, Poland's Decapitated carry right on down their musical path with this, their fourth album. The engineering is "modern" sounding, so expect triggered drum sounds and a very digital vibe. "Day 69" is a great track, thanks in no small part to some dissonant bent riffing by serpentine guitarist Jacek. "Post Organic"...
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Decapitated, "The Negation" Decapitated
The Negation
Earache Records
2003
Poland's youngest (probably no longer) death metallers, Decapitated continue to take the path forged with Nihility on their third release The Negation. The music is clean, fast, full of energy, thrashy and technical death metal. They kick things off with the best song on the disc "The Fury" which would be dangerous to listen to while...
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Decapitated, "Nihility" Decapitated
Nihility
Earache Records
2002
If you read my review of Decapitated's debut Winds of Creation you wouldn't be surprised to hear that I was absolutely drooling over the release of their sophomore effort Nihility. Well, like many the delusions that float through my mind, the reality of Nihility is far less impressive than my idea of it. I imagined that this young...
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Decapitated, "Nihility" Decapitated
Nihility
Earache Records
2002
Before I got to listen to Nihility, I saw reviews claiming that it was the second coming of death metal. Well, this is definitely awesome, but it's not the second coming yet. The mind-fuck riffs, a balanced use of tempo and complex arrangements are what make this album so rich in technicality. The vocals don't do anything different and were...
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December, "Praying Hoping Nothing" December
Praying Hoping Nothing
Earache Records
2003
Ok, I was fairly impressed when this band released The Lament Configuration which had its own unique take of noise, grind, melody and a fair amount of core (like metalcore y'know?) thrown in. So when I put this new one in there why am I hearing the band throw all the good elements out the window and revert to a...
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December, "The Lament Configuration" December
The Lament Configuration
Earache Records
2002
Have you ever heard really pissed off music before? If so, you might want to compare it to December's The Lament Configuration and see if it holds a candle, because this Vegas band is fucking angry about something. Playing hardcore-ish metal in a similar vein as Lamb Of God, December grabs the listener by...
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December, "The Lament Configuration" December
The Lament Configuration
Earache Records
2002
A few months ago I read that Devin Townsend was producing an album for December. I knew the band name but I had no clue what they sounded they like. But it did get me interested. And now I hold December's latest, The Lament Configuration in my hands. Earache claims that December are a mix of Lamb of God and...
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December Wolves, "Blasterpiece Theater" December Wolves
Blasterpiece Theater
Earache Records
2002
A bizarre and almost terrifying wall of sound incorporating a lot of black metal influence. That's what this is; nothing more, nothing less. It may sound diabolical and twisted for the first two minutes but after that it all just sounds flat and monotonous. The countless number of samples and layers and layers of static don't help either. Most songs...
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Deicide, "The Stench of Redemption" Deicide
The Stench of Redemption
Earache Records
2006
‘The Stench of Redemption’ marks part two of Deicide’s comeback combo. Though legends and pioneers within the Floridian Death Metal scene, most of their middle albums were scoffed at by critics and dismissed by fans. However, once their contract with Roadrunner was up, they signed with Earache and made a strong bid with ‘Scars of the Crucifix’ to reinstate themselves...
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Deicide, "The Stench of Redemption" Deicide
The Stench of Redemption
Earache Records
2006
Everyone has undoubtedly heard all the drama/gossip surrounding the line-up changes involving this band by now. If not, the information is readily available through a variety of sources. Bottom line is that Deicide has two new guitar players to replace the departed Hoffman brothers. Musically, there now seems to be more of a focus on melody and harmony than...
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Deicide, "Scars of the Crucifix" Deicide
Scars of the Crucifix
Earache Records
2003
Well as a veteran of the death metal scene I have to say I was curious about this album from the moment I heard that Deicide had joined forces with Earache. Two giants of the 90's who had run into their share of troubles. It made perfect sense really. I was also hoping that having a good...
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Deicide, "Scars of the Crucifix" Deicide
Scars of the Crucifix
Earache Records
2003
A few things come to mind when I look at the cover of Deicide's Scars of the Crucifix. 1) Fuck, these guys are still at it? 2) That's some awesome artwork, maybe Paul Booth will do my next tattoo, 3) I sure as hell hope this disc is better than the shit that followed Once Upon the...
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Entombed, "Out of Hand" Entombed
Out of Hand
Earache Records
1994
This is a fun Earache single featuring one of Entombed's coolest songs. The other two are covers of Kiss and Repulsion. Both are good as well and done in the Wolverine Blues style. Three good songs, one single, nothing more to be said. ...
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Entombed, "Hollowman EP" Entombed
Hollowman EP
Earache Records
1993
The music on Hollowman was my introduction to Entombed. Due to this, these six songs have a special little place in my heart. Granted, only four of the songs are really any good, and the title track exists on Wolverine Blues, but the truth is, the other three songs are worth it. Fitting...
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Entombed, "Wolverine Blues" Entombed
Wolverine Blues
Earache Records
1993
Wolverine Blues is a great album. Entombed really managed to pull it off even after having just released the masterpiece Clandestine. Unfortunately, after this album, the band slipped into the quagmire of mediocre death n' roll, so this disc is the last glimpse of the band at its best. Now, down to business....
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Entombed, "Stranger Aeons" Entombed
Stranger Aeons
Earache Records
1992
This single contains the title track and b-side recordings from the Clandestine recording session. The two new tracks can now be found on Earache's reprinting of Clandestine. Regardless, this little single is just a taste of the greatness that Entombed was when they recorded that album. ...
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Entombed, "Clandestine" Entombed
Clandestine
Earache Records
1991
Anybody know why Entombed is such a big name in death metal? The answer is because Clandestine is a fucking classic, and no matter how much the band screws up with releases like Same Difference, their second album is what they will always be remembereds for. From start to finish, it is a solid,...
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Entombed, "Crawl (Single)" Entombed
Crawl (Single)
Earache Records
1991
This is a three song single recorded right around the time Entombed was in the studio for Clandestine. It contains the killer title track and two others that I believe can be found on Earache's Entombed self-titled album, which contains most of their b-side songs. On this single, Entombed uses session vocalist Orvar Safstrom,...
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Entombed, "Left Hand Path" Entombed
Left Hand Path
Earache Records
1990
Though the Sunlight Studios, early Swedish death metal sound of Entombed's debut, "Left Hand Path" is neither the most interesting material, nor the best death metal around, it does have its virtues. First and foremost, the music on this disc is far better than that of country mates Grave and Dismember, who were also recording their first albums in the...
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Evile, "Enter The Grave" Evile
Enter The Grave
Earache Records
2007
I will admit, I think the name is a little silly. But being a child of the early ‘80’s, this is one motherfucker of a Thrash album. This is worship to Testament like Warhammer is worship to Hellhammer. Matt’s vocals aren’t yet as powerful as Chuck Billy, but if you have ever heard early Slayer bootlegs when Tom is still...
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Ewigkeit, "Conspiritus" Ewigkeit
Conspiritus
Earache Records
2005
What if Depeche Mode had discovered Satan back in the early '90s? They'd probably have released a crazy new album with crunchy guitars and minor scales added to the mix. Of course, the guy with the English accent and the drum machine would be there front and center to carry the whole thing. I mean, it's dance music after all,...
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Ewigkeit, "Radio Ixtlan" Ewigkeit
Radio Ixtlan
Earache Records
2004
Take a cup of black metal, mix with a pinch of industrial, and for good measure add a tablespoon or two of abrasive electronic noise (can be found on the spice rack next to Nine Inch Nails' The Downward Spiral), and voila, you've got Ewigkeit's Radio Ixtlan. The disc is a spacey, two-faced black metal/radio-frequency-surfing noise with some catchy...
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Ewigkeit, "Radio Ixtlan" Ewigkeit
Radio Ixtlan
Earache Records
2004
Ewigkiet (the German word for "eternity" - thank you promo kit info) is a decade old solo project by James Fogarty (who also goes by the moniker "Mr. Fog" and did a record with The Meads of Asphodel) and "Radio IXTLAN" is his fourth release. The CD is a mix of chugging metal riffs, death and black vox, hints of...
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Exmortem, "Nihilistic Contentment" Exmortem
Nihilistic Contentment
Earache Records
2004
Denmark's Exmortem unload their ten-song aresenal of Nihilistic Contentment with plenty of piss and vinegar. The disc lasts a mere half hour, but it's full of calclulated, rageful blasting death metal with a touch of blackness. There are a couple big problems, though. The first and foremost is the huge "so-what" factor here. Plenty of bands...
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Exmortem, "Nihilistic Contentment" Exmortem
Nihilistic Contentment
Earache Records
2004
Braving the higher realms of contemporary death metal where only the likes of Hate Eternal, Rebaelliun (RIP) and Myrksgog dare tread, this Danish trio still manages to write songs of substance while overflowing with conviction, a balance not always accessed by the bands who attempt it. "Black Walls of Misery" is an evocative title for the sick song that...
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Godflesh, "In All Languages" In All Languages
Earache Records
2002
Here I am taking my first crack at the world of DVD reviewing, although it's basicaly the same as reviewing a CD, except you need to keep the eyes involved too, otherwise you're no bloody good at all, now are you? This is a very short DVD, clocking in at just under 25 minutes. It contains only the four promotional...
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Godflesh, "In All Languages" Godflesh
In All Languages
Earache Records
2001
Ok, this review is not as long as appears, because the first CD is a best of Godflesh, up to "Us and Them." So, I am only going to discuss the choice of songs for the first disc. When I say "discuss," of course, I mean, "rant at length." First of all, there is only one track from the first...
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Godflesh, "Us and Them" Godflesh
Us and Them
Earache Records
1999
Ever since I started listening to metal, Godflesh has been something of an enigma to me. I never quite understood the appeal of electronica infused in a metal framework. The music was interesting, but it was difficult to absorb due to its overall simplicity. On the band's most recent album, Us and Them, the band further pushes...
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Godflesh, "Us and Them" Godflesh
Us and Them
Earache Records
1999
Here we have the follow-up to one of my favorite albums ever, "Songs of Love and Hate." This album fits in the same category that "Selfless" does to a degree, namely it is a much better album than I remember. Unlike "Selfless," there are a few down moments on here that aren't remix related. The biggest of these moments to...
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Godflesh, "Love and Hate in Dub" Godflesh
Love and Hate in Dub
Earache Records
1997
As I am sure you have noticed by the fact that I have reviewed all of the Godflesh catalog except Hymns, as it was done before I got the idea to do this, I am a big Godflesh fan. This is what makes this review all the more painful to do. For reasons I personally do not understand, Godflesh decided...
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Godflesh, "Songs of Love and Hate" Godflesh
Songs of Love and Hate
Earache Records
1996
Yep, another Godflesh review from yours truly. What surprises do they have in store on this album? First of all we have the first time Godflesh used a live drummer as well as a machine. It was a good move too, as I think they had done all they could with just the machine. As much...
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Godflesh, "Selfless" Godflesh
Selfless
Earache Records
1994
Did you ever hear an album that you don't think is that great and discover that it in fact rules the world at a much later date? I have, it is Selfless by Godflesh. I remember listening to this when it came out and all I thought is; it's a rehash of Pure. This isn't to say...
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Godflesh, "Merciless" Godflesh
Merciless
Earache Records
1994
This is actually the Merciless that came with the re-release of Selfless, (I know the idea of an Earache re-release might shock you but stay with me here). This means it comes with two alleged bonus tracks. I say this because they are remixes of Crush My Soul and Xynobis from Selfless. If you are reading these...
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Godflesh, "Pure" Godflesh
Pure
Earache Records
1992
Godflesh were at an interesting crossroads in the early 90's. Their last two albums could not have been anymore disparate. Streetcleaner was an odyssey into dirge and destruction while Slavestate was bordered on club music, though not without a touch of nastiness just to remind you whom you were dealing with. However now...
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Godflesh, "Cold World" Godflesh
Cold World
Earache Records
1991
This EP was the follow up to the "Pure" album, though it is techically two songs and two remixes, and not four songs, so this review will end up being rather brief. The two songs in question are rather different in style. The first song,"Cold World," is kind of in the same vein as "Slateman," though not nearly as powerful....
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Godflesh, "Slavestate" Godflesh
Slavestate
Earache Records
1990
This is one of the great musical mysteries of all a time. How did this album come out after Streetcleaner? Do not think I'm dismissing this as bad, just a strange follow-up. This was almost akin to Slayer trying to follow up on Reign In Blood by adding Prodigy to the band. ...
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Godflesh, "Streetcleaner" Godflesh
Streetcleaner
Earache Records
1989
This album should have been called Earcleaner, because if you had anything in there, it got blasted out. I've had this one in heavy rotation for well over a decade now and with good reason, this is the Reign in Blood of industrial sludge metal, and I do NOT use Slayer comparisons lightly. ...
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Godflesh, "Godflesh" Godflesh
Godflesh
Earache Records
1988
Right now you are reading a review of the first Godflesh album, it also happens to be the first industrial metal album I ever heard, so this is more of a fond recollection than a review. The first time I heard this was after a friend, who I later found out just wanted me to hear them, recommeneded this to...
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Hate Eternal, "I, Monarch" Hate Eternal
I, Monarch
Earache Records
2005
I’ve always afforded Hate Eternal my respect from afar. Their first two albums were so insanely heavy, technical and fast that ripping the band a new one for making their songs hard to follow would be missing the point. The point on these discs was simply to drown our ears in what quite possibly was the most organized...
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Hate Eternal, "I, Monarch" Hate Eternal
I, Monarch
Earache Records
2005
To say you know what to expect from Hate Eternal would be an understatement. Either you completely adore the relentless battery in all its lack of dynamic glory or you get increasingly bored with each blast and octave slide. I can get into Hate Eternal to an extent because I acknowledge that their goal is to be as...
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Hate Eternal, "King of All Kings" Hate Eternal
King of All Kings
Earache Records
2002
If you've been following the Florida death metal scene recently, you'd probably know all about Hate Eternal, it's lineup and its reputation for creating some of the most uncompromising, technical, mindsplittingly heavy death metal around. On the band's second album, "The Derek Roddy Show", oh, wait...I mean, King of All Kings, Erik Rutan, Jared Anderson and Derek Roddy squeeze...
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Hyatari, "The Light Carriers" Hyatari
The Light Carriers
Earache Records
2005
I have no idea what to call Hyatari, but I know one thing, this isn't music. That doesn't mean I don't like it, but it isn't music. It's more like some bizarre offshoot of Tribes of Neurot or Bastard Noise combined with older Godflesh. Yes I am aware of how redundant the idea of a bizarre offshoot...
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Insision, "Revealed and Worshipped" Insision
Revealed and Worshipped
Earache Records
2004
Sweden, though known for melodic death metal, sure has some heavyweight contributors as well. The first of which always to come to my mind is Deranged, but after having digested Inisison's Revealed and Worshipped, I'll have to make room for two. There's nothing new, stealthy or even wildly innovative about this album, it's just heavy as fuck and...
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Insision, "Beneath the Folds of Flesh" Insision
Beneath the Folds of Flesh
Earache Records
2002
One of Earache's new crop of death metal bands, Insision delivers on their promise of brutal fucking death on Beneath the Folds of Flesh. World Impaled starts things off right with a really catchy octave chord riff and some tight guitar play. The vocalist sounds like a mix between Immolation and Skinless, and the drummer is definitely not shy about...
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Linea 77, "Available for Propaganda" Linea 77
Available for Propaganda
Earache Records
2005
So here we have the latest album from Italian pop metal maestro's Linea 77, who has been kicking around Torino for the last twelve years and oh yeah, conquering the world in the process with their so-called "happy-core". Ah, sweet website hyperbole! "Happy-core"? Okay, call it whatever you want... to me it sounds like Linea 77 are...
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Lost Soul, "Chaostream" Lost Soul
Chaostream
Earache Records
2004
To make it in the metal world these days, a band must find something that they're better at than 95% of the other bands out there and totally exploit it. For Poland's Lost Soul it's all about the execution. On Chaostream the group makes the Vader/Decapitated/Behemoth sound seem fresh and new again. They're doing nothing truly inventive...
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Lost Soul, "Chaostream" Lost Soul
Chaostream
Earache Records
2004
Man, you just know without even checking that Lost Soul couldn't hail from anywhere but Poland. Extremely technical and totally uncompromising, listening to "Chaostream" calls to mind such greats as Behemoth and Vader without sounding derivative of them. Tracks range from about four to seven minutes in length and never feel dragged out, an impressive feat considering the monotony usually...
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Lunaris, "Cyclic" Lunaris
Cyclic
Earache Records
2004
Norway's Lunaris definitely have their own niche in the metal scene. It wasn't completely apparent on their debut, The Infinite, but with the release of Cyclic, they have emerged as the premier ultra-technical black metal band in the genre. The music ranges from tight, well-played black metal with an assortment of tricks including clean vocals and keys, to...
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Lunaris, "Cyclic" Lunaris
Cyclic
Earache Records
2004
Here is the latest detour from the majesty that is Spiral Architect. Why are the members of said band doing this to us? I mean how many Vintersorg, Satyricon, Borknagar and now Lunaris albums are we going to have to sit through before these guys get their shit together? Some of those (well maybe one) of those...
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Mistress, "In Disgust We Trust" Mistress
In Disgust We Trust
Earache Records
2005
Mistress may be a strange name for a crust band, but this English five piece is setting new standards in the genre with their third album, In Disgust We Trust. The songs are decently long, the music is surprisingly multidimensional, there are even some clean vocals and melodic guitar passages (that make the song “Static” fucking phenomenal!), yet they...
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Mistress, "In Disgust We Trust" Mistress
In Disgust We Trust
Earache Records
2005
How does one describe Mistress? This is the question I had before me after listening to this album. This is not because they do anything transcendently better than all bands before them, but because this is one of the most chaotic albums I've heard in some time. There are elements of death, grind, crust, hardcore, rock n...
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Morbid Angel, "Heretic" Morbid Angel
Heretic
Earache Records
2003
This is a Morbid Angel record, so by all counts the last thing it is going to do is suck. But, as far as being a top notch Morbid Angel record, that is a battle all but lost. Let me rant: first off, WHAT THE FUCK is wrong with Trey Azagthoth? I read liner notes, I don't know if you...
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Morbid Angel, "Heretic" Morbid Angel
Heretic
Earache Records
2003
Morbid Angel are on the rebound. Operating as a three piece for the first time since "Covenant", and with Steve Tucker once again handling bass and vocals after a short 'sabbatical', Morbid Angel have written their best batch of songs in a long, long time. Gone are the droning sections that go nowhere, and roaring back to the fold like...
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Morbid Angel, "Heretic" Morbid Angel
Heretic
Earache Records
2003
No history lesson is necessary when introducing Morbid Angel. On the band's 2003 release, Heretic, we see the music moving forward in a straight line, as the whole disc is pretty much the same, quality death metal as always. It's heavy, proficient, fast and still has the strange guitar production values?but that's what makes them Morbid...
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Morbid Angel, "Blessed Are the Sick" Morbid Angel
Blessed Are the Sick
Earache Records
1991
Let's just assume you know all about "Blessed Are the Sick" by now, and I don't have to tell you what it sounds like and how influential, important and special it stands in the history of death metal. This review will be a little different, because this album was my christening to all that is truly heavy. Way back in junior...
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Morbid Angel, "Altars of Madness" Morbid Angel
Altars of Madness
Earache Records
1989
The first official release from Morbid Angel was - and is still - fast, vicious, and catchy. Even though most of the Morbid Angel trademarks were established on "Altars of Madness", there were still some rather friendly riffs that seem almost happy. There are several big choruses to latch on to, some sing-along vocal chants and plenty of air guitar...
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Mortiis, "Some Kind of Heroin" Mortiis
Some Kind of Heroin
Earache Records
2007
Really people, someone tell the former members of classic Black Metal bands that techno is not the way to go in the future. The first couple of albums that Mortiis did had some interesting things going on. I also happen to be a fan of ambient soundscape pieces, so much of his early solo work was right up my alley....
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Mortiis, "The Grudge" Mortiis
The Grudge
Earache Records
2004
Why Mortiis is still promoting himself via the metal community is beyond me, as he hasn't done anything metal in eons. However, here he is again with another new CD in another style that has little (if anything) to do with metal. If you're lookin' for pure blood metal, rest assured you can continue to ignore Mortiis. For those of...
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Mortiis, "The Grudge" Mortiis
The Grudge
Earache Records
2004
Mortiis is one weird character. I don't understand the guy, and I really, really don't understand the image he's working on. Fuck it, because this is metal and all we should care about is the music, right? Well then, I don't understand the reason why Mortiis made The Grudge. This disc sounds like the missing link...
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Municipal Waste, "The Art of Partying" Municipal Waste
The Art of Partying
Earache Records
2007
Channeling the likes of DRI, Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus, Richmond, VA's Municipal Waste are arguably at the forefront of the American thrash metal resurgence, this time returning with The Art of Partying, the follow-up to 2005's critical success Hazardous Mutations. Featuring 15 quick and to-the-point party anthems (the titles to "Pre-Game," the title track, "Beer Pressure," "Chemically Altered" and "Born...
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Municipal Waste, "Hazardous Mutation" Municipal Waste
Hazardous Mutation
Earache Records
2005
God damn! Where did this come from? Relentless hardcore mixed with 80s thrash metal, done right! Not quite like Wasted Youth or Suicidal Tendencies but more in the vein of D.R.I.'s Crossover record, this shit simply slays. Most songs on this mother are fast as fuck anthems to boredom and good times yet, with a clear political message. Some may...
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Napalm Death, "The DVD" The DVD
Earache Records
2002
So, you're in the mood for two straight hours of Napalm Death but wish to keep the eyes occupied too, not just the ears? Lucky for you, the fellows at Earache records heard your impassioned cries for such a thing and came forth with Napalm Death, "The DVD." This is a pretty big thing here, clocking in at two hours...
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Napalm Death, "Fear Emptiness Despair" Napalm Death
Fear Emptiness Despair
Earache Records
1994
Fear Emptiness Despair featured an excellent crushing sound for some of Napalm's most uninspired work. The occasional killer riff shows up, as in Armageddon x7 and Twist the Knife Slowly, but for the most part, they sound kinda bored. Glad to see that they broke out of their funk in the last few years. ...
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Rabies Caste, "Let the Soul Out and Cut the Vein" Rabies Caste
Let the Soul Out and Cut the Vein
Earache Records
2001
Israeli trio, Rabies Caste is one unique beast. One might try calling their music stoner rock, but that would be ignoring the band's sludgy, noisier tendencies. You could try putting them in the same category as Godflesh, but then you'd be overlooking the fact that Rabies Caste is not very industrial. The closest comparison I have for...
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Rabies Caste, "Let the Soul Out and Cut the Vein" Rabies Caste
Let the Soul Out and Cut the Vein
Earache Records
2001
Rabies Caste is a three-piece band playing out in that subtle grey area between Today is the Day and Eyehategod and their approach to overamped garage metal is a surefire way to suffer a headache. Bass lines are swollen and drunk, steamrolling along with the drummer's massive grooves and the guitarist's sinewy single note riffs and odd-time...
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Severe Torture, "Sworn Vengeance" Severe Torture
Sworn Vengeance
Earache Records
2007
Technically, this is the bands fourth full-length release not counting the live album and all the 7” and MCD’s that have come out. For me, Severe Torture will always hold a special spot. This is the band that convinced me that classic Swedish style Death Metal was still worth listening to. There was a point prior to this band’s first...
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Severe Torture, "Fall of the Despised" Severe Torture
Fall of the Despised
Earache Records
2005
Severe Torture's Fall of the Dispised is a 10-song game of "name the band that played this before." These guys make a lot of noise for as little as their music says. The disc is perfectly produced, has wonderfully rendered artwork and the band executes every song with precision, but what they're playing simply doesn’t mean shit to...
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Severe Torture, "Fall of the Despised" Severe Torture
Fall of the Despised
Earache Records
2005
Continuing on with their tried and true brand of neo-Swedish death metal, Severe Torture unload another great group of songs on "Fall of the Despised". Things seemed to come to a boil just before the middle of the album with "Unconditional Annihilation"'s superior riffage and the near-Brazilian assault of "Consume the Dying". Perhaps having band members who have played different...
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SSS, "Short Sharp Shock" SSS
Short Sharp Shock
Earache Records
2007
Quick! Name an old school crossover thrash revivalist band on Earache records. You probably said Municipal Waste, right? Well, now there is another. SSS aren't exactly the same as the boys in Waste though; they are British, a little bit more in the punk/hardcore realm, and don't have a hard-partying gimmick. In short, SSS take themselves a little more seriously...
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The Berzerker, "Animosity" The Berzerker
Animosity
Earache Records
2007
When The Berzerker released ‘World of Lies’ back in December of 2005, I hazarded a guess that the shedding of their masks and the addition of some new members would slow their rate of output. The quick reply comes in the form of ‘Animosity’, the band’s fourth full length, proving me wrong with characteristic blunt, relentless force. Although initially familiar—monochromatic...
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The Berzerker, "World of Lies" The Berzerker
World of Lies
Earache Records
2005
When Australia's The Berzerker released their eponymous debut, it seemed that these techno-wielding Carcass worshippers were a mere novelty act. When they loosed "Dissimulate", the metal scene began to take them seriously. Once these guys unleash "World of Lies", the world will be privy to a whole new level of gore/grind/death and many will bow in submission as...
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The Berzerker, "World of Lies" The Berzerker
World of Lies
Earache Records
2005
How many Aussies does it take to make a grind album? Six in The Berzerker's case. It doesn't really make sense to me, because listening to this CD I can only pick apart four instruments a human might be playing: guitar, second guitar, bass and vocals. I refuse to believe there's a human behind those drums. It sounds too much...
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The Berzerker, "Dissimulate" The Berzerker
Dissimulate
Earache Records
2002
A couple years ago this messed-up Australian band named The Berzerker burst into the scene with its self-titled debut. The album was soaked in gore, tempered in electronics and chock-full of B-movie sound bytes. Though it wasn't the best release ever, it was surely a decent way to become known in the genre. Some said that The Berzerker sounded...
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The Chasm, "The Spell of Retribution" The Chasm
The Spell of Retribution
Earache Records
2004
As much as I may lament stating the following, it has to be said. The ultimate cataclysmic irony at hand; metal is dying, and a real, “true” metal band has brought me to such terms. Let me put it another way, an analogy perhaps. Remember when it took terrorists trying to blow us the fuck up to bring out the...
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The Haunted, "One Kill Wonder" The Haunted
One Kill Wonder
Earache Records
2003
Whether you know it or not, The Haunted's self-titled debut is the single best thrash album since 1990 (and if you don't agree with this statement, it means you're fucking delusional). The songwriting, execution and overall heart that this quintet had is still unmatched by possibly all bands currently in metal. The music was...
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The Haunted, "Made Me Do It" The Haunted
Made Me Do It
Earache Records
2000
When The Haunted released their self-titled debut a couple of years ago many people claimed that they were the best thrash band in the business. Their style was unique, containing killer lead work, amazing riffs, a flawless rhythm section and vocals that resembled hardcore and had great range. Today, having undergone a lineup change...
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The Haunted, "Made Me Do It" The Haunted
Made Me Do It
Earache Records
2000
Made Me Do It is the second release from this Swedish band, comprising of ex- At The Gates and Witchery member[s]. With this release, the listener finds a more mature band exploring different aspects of heavy rhythmic music, as The Haunted brings a more melodic, groove-oriented approach into their songs. Tracks such as Trespass, Hollow Ground and The World Burns...
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The Haunted, "The Haunted" The Haunted
The Haunted
Earache Records
1998
If you asked a group of metal heads What the most important thrash album ever released was, you're bound to get a couple of answers, with Metallica's "Master of Puppets" and Slayer's "Reign in Blood" vying for that particular award. If you asked what the best thrash album ever recorded was, the same two would again dominate the polls, with...
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Unfold, "Aeon-Agony" Unfold
Aeon-Agony
Earache Records
2005
Neurosis might be the only band with a time-delay on all of its successors. I say this because The Word as Law came out 15 years ago and this is the first record that I've heard that sounds like its heir. Souls at Zero never sounded like it to me since it was so radically different. One...
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Urkraft, "The Inhuman Aberration" Urkraft
The Inhuman Aberration
Earache Records
2006
Denmark thrashers Urkraft unleash The Inhuman Aberration with their teeth bared and knuckles ready for use. The disc is an unrepentant hellride through 10 blistering songs reminiscent of what Illdisposed would sound like if they did their most serious job covering The Haunted and Hatesphere. Midpaced to fast, Urkraft assault us with round after round of catchy guitar...
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Usurper, "Cryptobeast" Usurper
Cryptobeast
Earache Records
2004
Chicago's Usurper have been around for a hell of a long time, bashing out old school death/thrash. Until their 2004 album Cryptobeast, I have been rather entirely unimpressed with their efforts. The music was too often poorly recorded, simplistic to a fault and full of childish riffs. Thankfully, on this disc Usurper has done more with their music and...
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Usurper, "Cryptobeast" Usurper
Cryptobeast
Earache Records
2004
This is the first record from Usurper that I've heard, though I've certainly heard of the band. The group can be filed in the "Love' em or Hate 'em" area of the metal vault, judging by the reviews that I've read in the past (which kept me well away from their earlier releases), and by listening to this CD (which...
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Usurper, "Twilight Dominion" Usurper
Twilight Dominion
Earache Records
2003
Usurper's always been a band I've wanted to like. The problem has always been, though, that they've never been that interesting. Sure, the glory days when Celtic Frost ruled the scene were great times, but that's now two decades ago, and metal has really, really evolved since then. Usurper's unhealthy, obsessive need to recreate that style of...
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Usurper, "Twilight Dominion" Usurper
Twilight Dominion
Earache Records
2003
OK, who loves Celtic Frost? I do, as do Usurper. I expected this to be another this album to steam towards To Mega Therion, but I got a bit of a surprise. This album isn't nearly as frosty as their earlier stuff. It's damn good don't get me wrong on that,...
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Various Artists, "Thrashing Like a Maniac" Various Artists
Thrashing Like a Maniac
Earache Records
2008
With the sudden, perhaps unexpected, resurgence of thrash metal the likes of which Gary Holt and Exodus probably never once fathomed, comes Thrashing Like A Maniac, a collection of 16 thrashers from the new breed of breakneck-speed thrash metal. Alongside more seasoned thrash vets like Municipal Waste, Dekapitator and Toxic Holocaust, Earache also offers up cuts from some of the...
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With Passion, "What We See When We Shut Our Eyes" With Passion
What We See When We Shut Our Eyes
Earache Records
2007
Weep not for Metalcore, even as it lies dead before us. For it has taken new life, new form, and now those same plug-earringed, swoop-haired, hoodie-wearing youths who, at this time last year, were alternating breakdowns and D-beats (I think) with off-tune crooned choruses about, like, mascara and dead friends and stuff, have now all changed their tunes and are...
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With Passion, "What We See When We Shut Our Eyes" With Passion
What We See When We Shut Our Eyes
Earache Records
2007
With Passion has been a band since around 2002, but in 2005 the band lost all but two members. Coincidentally, another band vocalist Shaun Gier was in (Conducting From the Grave) also lost the bulk of its lineup, so the remaining members the two bands condensed and stuck with the With Passion moniker. What We See When We Shut Our...
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With Passion, "In the Midst of Bloodied Soil" With Passion
In the Midst of Bloodied Soil
Earache Records
2005
Sacramento’s With Passion prove to the metalcore community that boundaries can be bent and broken on their debut In the Midst of Bloodied Soil. They also show us that there’s much more to making a good album than being technically resourceful with your instruments. Unfortunately, this lesson comes with a price for With Passion’s material. The majority of this...
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With Passion, "In the Midst of Bloodied Soil" With Passion
In the Midst of Bloodied Soil
Earache Records
2005
What to say in a review of a metalcore record that Peter Johnston already hasn't is a tough call given that all metalcore releases are devastatingly similar, but I will say that these guys are much more prone to foolish wankery then their breakdown-addicted peers. And although I never thought I'd say this, after enduring this Excedrin headache of...
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Wolverine, "Cold Light of Monday" Wolverine
Cold Light of Monday
Earache Records
2003
Interesting one, this. Fittingly, I'm writing my review on a cold, wet, miserable Monday. Wolverine are from Sweden and have been plying their craft since 1995, first as a melodic death metal band but morphing into a more progressive metal/darkwave outfit by the time of this, their third release (and their first on Earache/Elitist)....
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Wolverine, "Cold Light of Monday" Wolverine
Cold Light of Monday
Earache Records
2003
Wolverine follows up "The Window Purpose" with their Elitist debut "Cold Light of Monday", and it seems sort of like a change in the group's direction. Whereas the prior release was pretty easily categorized as typical progressive metal, this disc is more reminiscent of Opeth's "Damnation" but far quirkier and a bit detrimentally experimental. The whole CD is...
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