1. Belphegor - Conjuring the Dead (Nuclear Blast, 2014)

    Belphegor – Conjuring the Dead (Nuclear Blast, 2014)

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    If there is one thing metal critics hate, it’s consistency.  Satan forbid a band should find a sound that works for them (not to mention their fans) and stick with it, dooming their albums to forever be referred to in print as “more of the same” “a rehash” “nothing you haven’t heard before” etc, etc.  Luckily, I’m not a critic, and I love it when bands I enjoy give me exactly what I want. Such…

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  2. Harassor - Into Unknown Depths (Dais Records, 2014)

    Harassor – Into Unknown Depths (Dais Records, 2014)

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    One of my favorite things about digging into the metal underground is when one great band leads me to another great band.  That’s exactly what happened when Lord Time mastermind Andorkappen (aka Sandor GF) turned me on to Harassor, the LA black metal trio he plays drums for.  They’ve just released their fourth full length, Into Unknown Depths, via Dais Records and it’s a damn fine slab of…

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  3. Finally got the stereo hooked up, so time to christen the apartment w/ some Heavydeath. Still need to track down their 2nd tape but it seems to be sold out everywhere…

     
  4. Finally got the stereo hooked up, so time to christen the apartment w/ some Heavydeath. Still need to track down their 2nd tape but it seems to be sold out everywhere…

     
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  6. Backlit 3 / Summer 2014 issue out now!

    Backlit 3 / Summer 2014 issue out now!

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    After much trial and tribulation, I am excited to announce that the Summer 2014 issue of Backlit zine is alive.

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  8. 7 H. Target - 0.00 Apocalypse (Sevared Records, 2014)

    7 H. Target – 0.00 Apocalypse (Sevared Records, 2014)

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    What the hell is going on over in Russia?  Over the past several years, the country has become a hotbed for slam/brutal death metal, as evidenced by the likes of Abominable Putridity, Traumatomy, Disfigurement of Flesh and Katalepsy.  But as good as they are, none of the aforementioned bands could have prepared me for the awesomely bizarre 7 H. Target, who specialize in schizophrenic/futuristic

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  9. Gloam - Vanquished (self-released, 2014)

    Gloam – Vanquished (self-released, 2014)

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    I first encountered Santa Cruz’s Gloam a while back thanks to the band sharing a guitarist with Fiends at Feast, another Santa Cruz-based outfit I’ve been shouting about for quite some time.  But in spite of this connection, Gloam is assuredly a very different animal.  The quartet’s debut demo was a rather stunning piece of atmospheric black metal, but with Vanquishedthey have surely surpassed…

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  10. THKD t-shirt sale updated list 8/3/14

    THKD t-shirt sale updated list 8/3/14

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    I still have a ton of good shirts left for sale. Most are like new and some have hardly ever been worn. All shirts are $8.00 each unless otherwise marked. Don’t like the prices? Make me an offer and we’ll work something out. I ship all packages with tracking numbers via well-packed flat rate USPS mailers. USA customers only, please.  If you’d like to see pictures of any of the shirts, please…

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