Profane Congregation – Apocalyptic Visions [Finland, Raw Black] (2020)

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Morbid Chapel Records | 5-11-20

Full disclosure: This 25 minute full length was released in 2016 on Astral Temple with a tape run of 100 copies. This current distribution is a CD run at 500 copies on Morbid Chapel records. I do not know where to put this as sometimes I bump up the years for releases that never saw the light of day until the next calendar year with a larger distribution. This is a 2016 record but I am sure everyone is hearing it in 2020. If this sort of thing does not bother you and you are just here for longform shredding raw black that swirls like specters around graven monuments, then Apocalyptic Visions is for you. I know it is for me but I just dont know when it is.

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Agonic Death – Under the Mark of the Devil [Chile, Death / Thrash] (2017)

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Self Released | 12-7-17

Let us be entirely honest and say this is not from 2017. Back in September of 2016, 100 tapes of Under the Mark of the Devil EP were released probably to a small group of people. In 2017, the band put out the Ep again with different art to the protest of no one. Actual release dates get murky when you deal on this level and for all intents and purposes, this death/thrash release can occupy two spaces.

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Sulphurous – Demo XVI [ Denmark, Death] (2016)

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Self Released | 09-16-16

Self Released | 09-16-16

Yes. Yes. Yes. Sulphurous has been around for a few years but this is another example of a band who is taking their time. With their third demo released in September of this year, the Denmark based death metal band has three releases to their name with a 7 inch reprint of their most recent demo. It is alright. I can wait. We can all be patient for this type of music. I know you can wait.

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Brainshock – Rehearsal [Norway, Death] (2016)

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Self Released | 12-11-16

Self Released | 12-11-16

Things like this are why I started this blog. I do not do many rehearsals and in fact many rehearsals that are out there are released under the that banner just for the raw credibility as being as far from professional as possible. Brainshock’s Rehearsal is really a practice as you can hear chatter between tracks, uneven audio levels and an air of “let us see how this goes.”Cap this off off with an internet picture of Phillip Channard from Hellraiser II and one has a record that was just put up literally 2 days ago. The reason why rehearsals are still used as an aesthetic is to represent perhaps the raw and baseline potential for a band. If we were going to a projection, Brainshock has the ability to conquer the world.

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East Sherman – Desertification [US, Black / Crust] (2016)

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Self Released | 12-8-16

Self Released | 12-8-16

The intersection between black metal and hardcore punk can be a visceral one. Since the two styles are intertwined at the roots, the exploration of the grey era between punk and metal is a minefield with large craters in the ground with festering water collecting near the bottom. East Sherman is a self proclaimed Vegan Blackened Hardcore outfit out of the Pacific Northwest and Desertification is the band’s loudest debut aside from all those other splits.

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Convulsing – Errata [Australia, Black / Death] (2016)

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Self Released | 11-26-15

Self Released | 11-26-15

Convulsing was a surprise this year for many reasons. First of all it came out of nowhere and second of all, this is the first release from an otherwise unknown solo artist from Australia. With a lot of things working against Convulsing, the artists debut is a furious take on black / death with both grooves and horrid abstractions.

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Maltheist – Maltheist [US, Death / Grind] (2016)

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Nailbat Tapes | 11-12-16

Nailbat Tapes | 11-12-16

I am actually getting sort of mad at the West Coast for having such a gnarly scene of disgusting black and death metal. Out of left field comes another act with little information a loud bite. Where are all of these bands coming from? Do they all Maltheist is from Portland Oregon and their 11 track demo has the consistency of gasoline igniting in a glass bottle.

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