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All Pigs Must Die- Hostage Animal Review

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You ever get the urge to punch yourself in the face? Or grab a bat and redecorate your house? Did you ever think that this sort of senseless act of violence needed a soundtrack? Well my dear friends you are in luck, All Pigs Must Die, outa the great state of Massachusetts are about to release an album that will feed your destructive needs. Southern Lord will release Hostage Animal on October 27, 2017.
All Pigs Must Die for those of you living under a rock since 2010 are somewhat of a super group, featuring members from Converge, Trap Them, The Hope Conspiracy, amongst others.  They have been doing their Crust fueled Death (ish) Metal since their self-titled ep was released on Nonbeliever. These fuckers destroy everything in their path, from note one on Hostage Animal you know you’re in for a senseless act of violence. The album kicks off with the title track and fuck me does it ever rip, Ben Koller beats on those drums as if someone is holding a gun to his head. The whole record is a d…

Monolord- Rust Review

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As I am quite certain I have firmly established, I dig the heavy, I dig blood and guts, I dig music that quite frankly repulses a lot of people.  What people don’t know (unless you listen to the podcast?) is that I am an extremely big advocate for marijuana aka I’m a fucking pothead!  With this territory comes some epic music, call it Stoner, call it Heavy Psych, call it what you will, but sometimes you just gotta relax, roll one up and crank the tunes.  September 29th, 2017 our good friends at RidingEasy Records will bring us the highly anticipated new album “Rust” by Swedish Stoner Titians Monolord.
For those of you that don’t know, Monolord is a trio out of Gothenburg Sweden; they have been doing their Stoner Doom style of Rock n Roll since 2013.  The new record “Rust” is their 3rd full length record and these boys are an absolute force to be reckoned with.  From the first note on this record you know exactly what you are in for, an epic brand of Psychedelic charged Rock n Roll.  …

Malokarpatan- Nordkarpatenland Review

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2017 is officially three quarters of the way over, releases are coming in at a crazy pace and I can barely keep up with the email flooding into the Malphas Vault inbox.  It has become a regular occurrence for me to listen a couple minutes of a record and promptly delete it, now this may seem harsh or like I am not giving all the records a fair shake, but god damn, I’m only one man, and the other deadbeats that are a part of Malphas Vault certainly aren’t going to do it! (Love you guys) So I am left with records that right off the jump sucks me in, records that have that certain something that makes me not immediately roll my eyes and hit the delete button.  One such record was recently sent to me by our friends at Invictus Productions, they in conspiracy with The Ajna Offensive will bring us a record this Halloween that defies genre, and is as brutal as it is beautiful.  Malokarpatan will release Nordkarpatenland and ladies and gentleman, we may have just found album of the year.
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Vassafor- Malediction (P)Review

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Sometimes a band comes along that is a force to be reckoned with, a band that’s sole purpose it to instill fear and conjure up visions of chaos and destruction deep inside everyone who listens.  Since 1994 Vassafor has been spreading darkness and destruction through their uncompromising form of Black Metal, all the way from Auckland, New Zealand, not exactly the place where you’d picture this type of depraved Metal to hail from.  For the uninitiated Vassafor is a 2 man Black Metal project known for blending the tremolo picked, lo-fi chaos of Black Metal with elements of Doom and Death Metal to create a form of Metal that is as hard to categorize as it is for some people to swallow.  October 13th, 2017 will see them release their second full length “Malediction” on Iron Bonehead Productions, and Debemur Morti Productions

When the new Vassafor album hit my inbox last week, I immediately was taken back to 2012 when “Obsidian Codex” Vassafor’s first full length came out.  It was pure fuc…

Acephalix- Decreation Review

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There is a myriad of bands that I wish would have never called it quits, be it a band that couldn’t keep it together internally, or bands breaking up at their peak.  Far too often bands that we love call it a day leaving the masses disappointed and wanting more.  San Francisco Crust-Death Metal merchants Acephalix were on a great run of sick demos and crushing full length when they abruptly called it quits in 2012, and depression set in for their listeners.  Fast forward to 2015 and rumors started surfacing of these Crusty Death Metallers giving it another shot, and on September 22 2017 the wait for new music will finally be over, 20 Buck Spin Releases Decreation.
This bad mother fucker doesn’t just grab you by the throat straight away; it punches you straight in your face!  The riffs, my lord the riffs, every god damn song on this bad boy leaves you wanting more and so much more.  It’s definitely got the HM-2 style to it, and for this guy that’s a big plus, these boys could go toe t…

3 for 1 Record Review: Runespell, Purtenance and Poison Blood

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So I keep racking my brain as to how I can keep up with this blog, my family and my full time job, I know what you are thinking, quit your job!  Believe me it crosses my mind every god damn day, but until someone wants to pay me for my insane ramblings about metal (anyone?) I do believe I have it figured out.  I am going to do the good old fashioned album dump, basically take a bunch (3 this time) of upcoming albums that the great labels have been kind enough to send me, and review a bunch of them in the same article.  I’m not 100% sure if this is going to make anything actually easier, but fuck it; works in my head, here is the inaugural album dump from your good friends at Malphas Vault.


Runespell- Unhallowed Blood Oath:
Kicking it off is a killer record from the man whom I am told is the busiest man in OZBM (Australian Black Metal) Nightwolf is the creative force behind such bands as Eternum and Blood Stronghold, if you haven’t checked out either of those bands do yourself a favor…

Antiversum- Cosmos Comendti Review

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Some people might say Death Metal and Black Metal is inaccessible forms of music, for some people like myself this is a good thing, we don’t want our scene to be overtaken by people looking to get rich off what might be trendy for a time and discard it just as quickly.  There are still a great number of bands striving to make music for a very small percentage of the population, bands that still believe in the Evil that has been tied to metal all these years.  Every so often a band comes around that takes this to unexplored depths, a band that makes a record that is so dark and depraved that when you finish the record you are left wondering what the fuck just happened.  Prepare yourself for an earfucking like none other kids, September 29th 2017, Antiversum will unleash Cosmos Comendti on the masses, you’ve been warned.
In 2015 a demo surfaced by a Swiss metal outfit by the name of Antiversum, there wasn’t much initial hype surrounding its release, but the hype to follow was something…