Eternal Champion : The Armor of Ire

2016 : No Remorse Records Format : LP / CD Cut to late teens Jeff, driving a tanker truck, working insane hours hauling water to drilling rigs in the Sahara-like heat of the West Texas oilfields. You’d get about 30 minutes of downtime with each loading and unloading of water, so most of us read.…

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White Chamber : Pale Tears

2017 : Heiðrunar Myrkrunar Format : 7″ It never really went away, but with the success of projects like Survive and the Stranger Things soundtrack, bands cranking out 80’s themed, John Carpenter-esque themes are at an all time high. Take a quick gander at eBay for “vintage synths” or hell, even companies like Moog reissuing classic analog…

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Wülfskol : Hellshock

2017 : Heretic Thorns Format : CD For a lot of us into “extreme metal”, the forefathers that shaped our listening habits are pretty well entrenched as legends in the overall music landscape: The Misfits, Samhain, Danzig, Motörhead, Slayer, Bathory, et al, what I guess the youngins now call Dad Rock, but fuck all of those…

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Dreadlords / Miss Parker : Split

2017 : Désordre Nouveau Records Format : 7″ File this one under “out of left field” for me, it’s one of those splits your not sure how or why came together, only glad that it did. For those that don’t know, Dreadlords is basically the flipside to the Black Industrial unit TOMB. Make no mistake, it’s…

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Anji Cheung : Daughter of Fortitude

2016 : Aurora Borealis Format : Cassette/Digital I’ve been a fan and ardent follower of Anji’s work since stumbling across it a couple of years back. I’ve featured her on the podcast, asked her to contribute to our yearly “best of” (which she’s so graciously complied), but I’ve never actually reviewed one of her releases.…

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Best of 2016

MMXVI Yes, 2016 was a dumpster fire, but the flames are not burning any hotter or reaching higher than the ones before…or the ones to come. Politicians are a corrupt lot and most answer exclusively to mega corporations. Few, if any, hold our best interests at heart. We live in a world where religious extremists kill…

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King Dude : Sex

2016 : Ván / Not Just Religious Music Format : LP / CD / Digital As 2016 (thankfully) comes towards it’s end like a mountain troll, dragging it’s club behind it, every day I look at my shortlist of “Best Of’s” and think, “I should really write a review for that”. Unfortunately I usually end up in…

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