Gus
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Gus

A suburban nihilist whose minivan always blasts the most brvtal tunes.

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2017 was a great year for metal. I don’t think I could settle on a personal favorite release or even settle on what label had the best run. However, there’s no doubt in my mind that Fólkvangr Records had the strongest DEBUT year for a metal label. Not only did

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Our world is full of cracks; its surface littered with dark crevices both shallow and deep. As much as we rush about trying to cover the landscape with pavement and spackle and paint, as much effort as we put into sanding and smoothing over the roughness of the world’s terrain,

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If you like your metal putrid, grimy and free of frills, then you owe it yourself to fully immerse your mind in the bowels of Headsplit Records’ catalog. For over a decade, it’s been home to some of the most satisfying extreme metal releases in recent years, almost all of

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California’s Gloam have been steadily pushing the USBM envelope for over five years. Their early 2012 demo and 2014 Vanquished EP were strong efforts, but relatively standard fare. Their 2015 album Hex of Nine Heads upped the ante considerably, showing a refreshing take on black metal production and composition. They’re

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Buzzsaw. It’s doubtful there’s ever been a single word more on-the-nose for describing a guitar’s tone. It metaphorically captures the violent brutality of the music associated with it, but at the same time literally describes the timbre and pitch of the tone. And though the word goes hand-in-hand with Swedish

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This is about as stacked as a death metal show can get: four killer bands, each with new material either just out or in the works, each playing sets just long enough to show off the variety of their respective material without overstaying their welcome. Originally slated for North Portland’s

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