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San Francisco progressive black metal trio ION have self-released their towering sophomore LP A Path Unknown early this year, and it’s a mesmerizing gem of shapeshifting blackened metal like none other. With three monstrous songs clocking in at a staggering 30, 17, and 20 minutes respectively, you know what is awaiting

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If you’ve never heard of X-acto, the hardcore band from Portugal, I guarantee that you are definitely missing out. Or at least were, at the time. Not only because they were good, but also because – to a lot of kids at the time – they were legendary. In fact,

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Blackened death thrashers Steel Bearing Hand are yet another jewel in the massive treasure trove of Texas metal. Fast, loud and a toxic blend of their influences, from Celtic Frost and and Mercyful Fate to Autopsy and Deicide, they are very much a product of the glory days of metal.

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For centuries, American culture has been that of recklessness and carelessness for fellow humans; agree or disagree, the facts are the facts. I could give you examples until my dying day and never run out of the evidence of how we Americans have destroyed things for financial or other selfish

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Blink and you’ll miss it, but Hassan Amin recently appeared in a cover story on the mighty Converge.  In the pages of the print scene stalwart Decibel, he spoke eloquently of the band’s legacy and impact. What caught me, however, was how he spoke of alienation, of chaos, of suffocating

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Hailing from the always intriguing and ever-changing pool of dark sonic exploration that one can always find thriving and growing in Portland, OR, LOWERED are a dismally dark and bleak death-doom/blackened crust band who’s about to release their harrowingly dense and shapeshifting self-titled debut album through Spain’s Throne Records. With lyrics dealing

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