Review: Rawhide – Murder One

Review: Rawhide – Murder One
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This is raucous death-flected RnR monster, which clutches at its NWOBHM and D-Beat influences with equal aplomb. The band’s a semi-mystery, with precious little information available online.  … read more

Reviews: Centuries – Taedium Vitae

Reviews: Centuries – Taedium Vitae
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Floridan Swedeath-ers play at misanthropy with latin song titles, stark imagery and the hum-drum casserole of D-beat, doom and crust topping most bearded blogger “best of” lists.  … read more

Review: Strike to Survive – Yesterday’s News

Review: Strike to Survive – Yesterday’s News
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Drums and guitar high in the mix with jagged vocals buried a little beneath makes for a compelling listen, sort of similar to Drive Like Jehu or maybe even the first Bronx album (check the Refused-via-Stooges riffing on the title track). … read more

Review: The Reserves – Made in Tennessee EP

Review: The Reserves – Made in Tennessee EP
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This is blue collar rock n’ roll from the Volunteer State. If nothing else, Made in Tennessee holds the marked distinction of featuring a punk cover of the old folk standard “Oh Shenandoah.” … read more

Reviews: Ranger – Knights of Darkness

Reviews: Ranger – Knights of Darkness
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Once that squealing twin lead intro gives way to the cranium-crunching chug on the title track, the landscape of Knights of Darkness comes into focus: NWOBHM fully re-imagined through the lens of teutonic thrash. … read more

Review: Panikk – Unbearable Conditions

Review: Panikk – Unbearable Conditions
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Aping a classic Yankee sound with precision, finesse and a smattering of rough-hewn technicality, Slovenian (!) rippers Panikk pay bleary-eyed tribute to the golden age of Reagan-era noggin shakers, ante-upping “party thrash” contemporaries with fretboard frenetics. … read more

Review: Cannabis Corpse/ Ghoul – Splatterhash Split

Review: Cannabis Corpse/ Ghoul – Splatterhash Split
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Yeah, they’ve got that whole “weed pun” thing cornered, splicing kief-crusted metaphors into trad-death metal fare, but slagging them as a cloying stoner parody is a serious oversight to their technical greatness. … read more

Local Review: Rule Of The Bone – Self-Titled

Local Review: Rule Of The Bone – Self-Titled
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Rule of the Bone Self-Titled Self-Released Street: 02.28 Rule of the Bone = Bon Scott–era AC/DC + BTO + Fu Manchu This is three brothers and a drummer who transplanted

Review: Wartorn – Iconic Nightmare

Review: Wartorn – Iconic Nightmare
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Iconic Nightmare doesn’t fail to entertain, what with the leads in “No Sanctuary, No Salvation” and the barking crustoleum of “Permanent Blackout” and “Knee Deep in Blood,” but it’s certainly not leading the charge into territory that hasn’t already been exhaustively mined by the same label (Martyrdod? Wolfbrigade?).  … read more

Review: Chapel – Satan’s Rock ‘N’ Roll

Review: Chapel – Satan’s Rock ‘N’ Roll
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Production-wise, Satan’s Rock ‘N’ Roll excels with hellish bass tones and an insistent drum punch, and no one’s denying the implicit draw of a title track that pledges allegiance to the Horned One via rock n’ roll. However, the litany of clichés and “been dones” comprising the unmemorable riffs and stylistic rehashing is hard to shake. … read more