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REVIEW: Revocation – Great Is Our Sin

Revocation isn’t a band that spends a whole lot of time dawdling between albums.  They’ve been pumping out releases every one-to-two years since 2008’s Empire of the Obscene.  It seems like 2014’s Deathless just came out yesterday, and already they’re back with 11 new tracks of vicious aural onslaught.

What’s so astonishing about Revocation’s attendance record is not only how solid each record is…

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REVIEW: Gone is Gone – Gone is Gone

Supergroups can be sort of a hit-or-miss venture.  They always generate a lot of excitement from fans, but tend to put out only one record just so they can be quickly forgotten.  Of course there are some exceptions, but this has certainly proved to be true for supergroups such as Storm Corrosion or T.R.A.M.  It’s not necessarily that these groups are always bad, some are actually quite good, but they usually lie in such a deep realm of experimental that the music can’t be accessible to larger audiences…

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REVIEW: Whitechapel – Mark of the Blade

Whitechapel front man Phil Bozeman has been making a stink over metal elitism lately.  Their newest album, Mark of the Blade, even goes so far as to target this type of behavior in a song titled “The Elitist Ones.”  As a band carrying around the “deathcore” label, Whitechapel hasn’t won over the death metal community and it seems as though Bozeman has grown tired of trying to be accepted…

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REVIEW: White Zombie – It Came From N.Y.C.

For music fans, one of the most intimate aspects of fandom is getting to dive into an artist’s origins.  There’s a chance to see where they came from, and how they unfolded and evolved.  There’s a certain raw connection that comes with this exploration, a primal interaction and understanding of the artist that gives new perspective to their entire body of work.  In the metal world…

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REVIEW: Dark Funeral – Where Shadows Forever Reign

After a lengthy break and a couple of lineup changes, black metal veterans Dark Funeral are back with Where Shadows Forever Reign, the seven-year follow-up to their 2009 release, Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus (that’s Latin for “Angels Burned for Eternity,” for those that were wondering.)

What all is there to say regarding Dark Funeral?  One of the early Swedish bands to branch out from Norway’s thriving black metal scene…

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REVIEW: Death Angel – The Evil Divide

There’s always a tinge of skepticism that comes when any old-school thrash band comes out with a new record in the modern age.  Well, to be fair, maybe this is true for any classic band.  It’s been a long time since the 80s, and for many legendary rock bands, new material doesn’t tend to hold up to the high bar set by its predecessors.  This can be for a lot of reasons.

In many cases the band is simply trying to adapt to the times by adopting the sounds of newer, popular artists…

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