Album Review: Suffocation – …Of The Dark Light

New York’s very own Death Metal pioneers, Suffocation, are back with their signature neck-breaking brutality and mind-bending technicality on their latest full-length album entitled “…Of The Dark Light.” With seven full-length albums and over two and half decades of experience under their belt, its needless to say fans have high expectations for a band that effortlessly is both a backbone in the roots of Death Metal and continues to be a driving force in modern extreme music. With so many classics and memorable albums throughout the years, we are left to contemplate how well “…Of The Dark Light” holds up in comparison to the rest of the Suffocation discography. Continue reading

Show Review: Metal Alliance Tour 2016 at The Orpheum

The Metal Alliance Tour is a fan favorite tour that comes around once a year with a bill that’s always packed with great acts. In recent years we’ve seen the bill to be a good mix of metal subgenres, a good chunk of black/blackened metal, a very thrash-oriented lineup and more. This year we seem to have a very death metal related lineup with modern death metal legends Dying Fetus headlining. Support came from The Acacia Strain, Jungle Rot, Black Crown Initiate, and Systemhouse33. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend the Tampa, Florida date of The Metal Alliance Tour 2016 at The Orpheum. How did 2016’s show hold up to the history of The Metal Alliance Tour?

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Aborted releases music video for new track “Divine Impediment” Ft. Travis Ryan!

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Belgian Death Metal group Aborted have just premiered their music video for a brand new track titled “Divine Impediment” which features guest vocals from Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation! The track is off their upcoming new album titled “Retrogore” which is out April 22nd on Century Media Records! View the video below.

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Death Metal: Violent Sexism and Why Race Matters


(TW: Sexual Assault, Rape)

By now, everyone’s heard about the release of Kanye West’s most recent output, The Life of Pablo, and while many are divided on the quality of its musical content, there are also plenty of people who are, in a world that is increasingly aware, pointing out some of the blatant sexism that is, and has been, evident in Kanye West’s lyrical work.

In itself, this is not an issue. It says a lot that more and more people are getting fed up with the way women are portrayed and defamed in these songs. It’s a good thing. However, the issue arises when people continue to criticize black artists, mostly in Hip-Hop, about the sexism in their lyrics, while failing to criticize or even acknowledge the even more rampant and dangerous misogyny in other genres which, as a matter of fact, are primarily white. I’m referring, in particular, to varieties of Death Metal music, namely Grindcore and Brutal Death Metal, as well as related genres.
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