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Review: Ascension — The Dead of the World

Review: Ascension — The Dead of the World

Meat-and-potatoes atmospheric black metal might sound like an oxymoron, but Germany’s Ascension pull it off perfectly. With disharmonious guitar leads and whirlwind blast beats, the band creates a sense of the grandiose and apocalyptic that will satisfy fans of Marduk and Belphegor who are looking for something to scratch their basic itch. While not necessarily […]

Live Report: King Diamond at The Paramount in Denver, Colorado

Chris Krovatin is the author of multiple young adult novels, including Heavy Metal & You, Venomous, and Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones. He also fronts the New York metal band Flaming Tusk. He is a contributing writer for Revolver and generally comes off as a good-natured pain in everyone’s collective ass. This column represents his opinions–and […]

Review: Abysmal Dawn — Obsolescence

Review: Abysmal Dawn — Obsolescence

One can’t expect to be too surprised by an Abysmal Dawn record. On their fourth full-length, the L.A. death metallers chug forward with their traditional mixture of speed, technicality, and twisted melody, reminiscent of Origin, Gojira, and The Black Dahlia Murder. While the album’s opening cuts sometimes sound similar-bordering-on-repetitive, later tracks like “One Percent Incomplete” […]

Review: Godflesh — A World Lit Only by Fire

Review: Godflesh — A World Lit Only by Fire

Unlike many comeback records, Godflesh’s 2014 album—the industrial-metal pioneers’ first new full-length since 2001—manages to both satisfy the hunger for the band’s signature sound and take that sound to a new level of confidence and power. In particular, the production of ‘A World Lit Only by Fire’ thankfully does away with the chalky, tinny tonality […]

Review: Cannibal Corpse — A Skeletal Domain

Review: Cannibal Corpse — A Skeletal Domain

For record No. 13, Cannibal Corpse have switched things up. After three critical successes with producer Erik Rutan, America’s favorite gorehounds have moved to Mark Lewis at Audio Hammer Studios. The resulting album may not have the crispness of 2012’s ‘Torture,’ but possesses the depth and ambiance of Corpse classics like 1996’s ‘Vile.’ Barrett and […]

Take Over and Destroy Premiere Brutal New Song, “Vacant Face”

Take Over and Destroy Premiere Brutal New Song, “Vacant Face”

August 19 marks the release of ‘Vacant Face,’ the sophomore album from Phoenix, Arizona, six-piece Take Over and Destroy. Mixing ’70s acid rock with early ’90s black metal, the band creates a sound of foreboding and bizarre sound that is simultaneously six feet in the dirt and soaring up into the reaches of space. Their […]

Review: Mutilation Rites — Harbinger

Review: Mutilation Rites — Harbinger

While many black-metal bands try hard to sound frostbitten, the second release from Mutilation Rites comes in blazing hot. Building on the sound of 2012’s scathing ‘Empyrean,’ the quartet has created a record that is both engrossing and mean, a satisfying mixture of methodical dark sorcery and not giving a fuck. Menacing guitar harmonies and […]

Live Report: Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate in New York City

Live Report: Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate in New York City

Chris Krovatin is the author of three young adult novels, Heavy Metal & You, Venomous, and Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones. He is currently working on multiple new writing projects, as well as new material with his local New York metal band Flaming Tusk. He is a contributing writer for Revolver and generally comes off as […]

Live Report: Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts, and Noisem in New York City

Chris Krovatin is the author of three young adult novels, Heavy Metal & You, Venomous, and Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones. He is currently working on multiple new writing projects, as well as new material with his local New York metal band Flaming Tusk. He is a contributing writer for Revolver and generally comes off as […]

Review: Triptykon — Melana Chasmata

Review: Triptykon — Melana Chasmata

With their second full-length, Triptykon—led by Hellhammer/Celtic Frost mastermind Tom Gabriel Fischer—have crafted an epic monument to darkness. ‘Melana Chasmata’ mixes the cutthroat drive of thrash, the blasphemous rage of black metal, and the crushing misery of doom to create a unique flavor of metal that brims with both brutality and shadowy atmosphere. Fischer and […]