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These sisters show no mercy: 7″ by Doomsisters

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , on December 7, 2011 by Underneath A Dying Sun

Wow, I just dropped the needle and a few seconds later it’s all over! Well, not really, but French Grindcore outfit Doomsisters keeps the pedal to the metal most of the time.

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Monumental Sludge from Little Rock, AR: “Rest” by RWAKE

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , on October 25, 2011 by Underneath A Dying Sun

Melancholic, yet playful melodies herald another very interesting Sludge Metal release by Relapse Records, hitting the shelves this autumn. Little Rock, Arkansas, based RWAKE (pronounced Wake, according to vocalist C.T.) manage to come up with an almost progressive sounding album; in terms of Sludge Metal progressiveness, that is…

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Neckbreakers Delight: “Conjure And Command” by Toxic Holocaust

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , on October 14, 2011 by Underneath A Dying Sun

YES!!!! All guns blazing ’til the speakers come blasting out of the rack! Toxic Holocaust celebrate on Conjure And Command Thrash Metal in its purest form. Everything from wrecking ball riffing to throttled, but nonetheless brutal grooves is present on this li’l platter. It’s their 4th album in total (besides lots of splits and EP’s) and the 2nd one on Relapse.

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Music to Smash Some Heads to: “Cracking The Sledge” by Basanos

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , on October 13, 2011 by Underneath A Dying Sun

Basanos, hailing from Vienna, Austria, are one of the big Thrash surprises I came across this year. After somewhat withdrawing from the scene in favor of new genres and bands like Mastodon, Isis, Kylesa or Black Tusk, I’m very pleased to discover that the genre is still alive and full of exciting bands like this four-piece.

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Depressive Art for Lost Souls: “Barbarian” by Valborg

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , on October 12, 2011 by Underneath A Dying Sun

A rainy day: dark, cold and grey. In one word: depressing. This really puts me in the right mood for Valborg’s 2011 effort Barbarian.

For the uninitiated: Valborg are part of the Zeitgeister community from Bonn, Germany. It’s a collective of highly creative and skilled musicians and features bands like Klabautamann and Woburn House  (check out the reviews for The Old Chamber and Sleep Summer Storm respectively) , to name a few. Mostly the bands/projects are settled in the Postrock and Ambient Black Metal genres.

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New Norwegian Hatred: Livstid’s Full-Length!

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , on October 6, 2011 by Underneath A Dying Sun

With Black Metal shifting to countries like the USA (Wolves In The Throne Room) or getting mixed up with shoe-gazer elements in France (Alcest) and TRBNGR in its death throes (seriously: a new singer???), Norway’s music scene needs some fresh blood again. Enter Livstid (“Lifetime”).

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Pray to the Flesh of God!

Posted in Obscurities with tags , , on October 6, 2011 by Underneath A Dying Sun

Time for some “retro-stuff”! While working at Drake Records, I discovered this little gem: the Slateman 7” by the infamous Godflesh.

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