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Abstracter’s – Wound Empire + Review

The music of Abstracter always seems to have an underlying melancholic tone, which is mainly derived from their use of ambiance. In tracks such as “Open Veins,” this aspect of the band becomes instantly apparent, without meaning that melancholy is the only weapon in their arsenal. The manner in which they build up anticipation with the creeping start of “Lightless,” and the more unearthly perspective of Abstracter in songs such as “Cruciform,” reveals the depth to which this act can travel in terms of sonic versatility.

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Serpents Lair – Demo MMXIV
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Some of you may remember when Serpents Lair was featured on CVLT Nation after the release of their Demo MMXIV. The demo, comprised of two songs, features a lengthy runtime without having convoluted arrangements meant to sound epic. The songs don’t sound like they range from six to eight minutes, but in fact sound just like raw black metal played with a much shorter runtime.

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Album Review: Xothist – Simulacrum

Xothist don’t just add layers of white noise to their tremolo riffs – the riffs sound like a cheese grater is being used to tremolo pick the strings. Their album Simulacrum is a dense wall of sound.

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Ghoulgotha – Prophetic Oration of Self Review + Stream

Al Necro here. Ghoulgotha in the house, meatheads! Dark Descent Records just recently released Ghoulgotha’s full-length for 2015 after the band released two quality EPs this past year. One of which is up for review right here, right now – a 7” EP called Prophetic Oration of Self.

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Rotten Fixation… Combat Knife Review

Combat Knife’s five song demo is an angry display of very raw and energetic punk with elements that align closely with 80’s hardcore to give it an extra boost of “fuck you.” Combat Knife isn’t the band you book when you want a well-behaved crowd, they are the band you book for full blown chaos and destruction.

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Fuck-Ushima – First Come, First Served Review + Full Stream

Fuck-Ushima closed 2014 with their third release, the nine-track album First Come, First Served, and it is quite an interesting release for sure. Following last year’s Selfbeated and 2012’s Reel 1, this Finnish five-piece plays music of no discernible style, gravitating from hardcore to sludge to grindcore with a fervor that ranges from fluid to clumsy.

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Human Bodies – No Life Review + Full Stream

Black metal infused punk, or punk infused black metal, is nothing new; however, the style has never sounded as fresh as it does coming from Boston’s Human Bodies. No Life, their third output overall, released back in August, surprises me in that it didn’t make it on at least the honorable mentions sections of some year end lists (at least that I’ve seen).

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Whip Hand – Dungeon Master Review + Full Stream

Hardcore punk maniac? DIY fan? Trendkiller? If you say all of the above, you’ll love Whip Hand! No clean singing. No tech-riffage. No fear. Whip hand rock and jam like they don’t care what you think.

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Exclusive Stream + Review: Smoke – Het Laatste Ordeel

On this here review, we take on the venerable noise, black metal, punk vitrolic band known as Smoke and their latest release, the Het Laatste Ordeel LP. From the get-go, we’re swathed in a dense curtain of necro noise. The guitar sounds like discordant bass, and the cymbals are loud. It’s hard to tell the riffs apart, as they sound like they were recorded in a sewage tank.

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Mausoleum Exclusive Stream+Review

Sewn together from the rotting remains of Incantation, Disciples of Mockery, Morpheus Descends and Gorephobia, Mausoleum have been butchering their way across the underground circuit since 2001. Over the course of their fourteen year career, they’ve put out two full lengths, numerous splits and also managed to emit their decaying, plague-filled sound into such acts as Engorge, Morpheus Descends and Typhus.

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Album Review: Garrotting Deep/For – Void Asceticism

You’re in for the ride of your life on this split album if you’re taking this with you on a road trip cutting through desolate towns in the central United States. In fact, playing this in your Mustang while getting gas at a pump somewhere in the fringes will upset the locals so much, you’re probably not coming back home very soon.

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Keeper / Sea Bastard Split – Review + Stream

Both dealers in misery and purveyors of the downtrodden, the two bands’ consummate pairing makes this release all the more impressive. Whereas Keeper are the sound of a tortured, agonised soul, Sea Bastard are the vehement pain-dealers, gloating in the presence of their comrades’ manacled, broken bodies and basking in their collective anguish – the tormented and the tormentor.

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