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With a name like Stellar Death, one would be forgiven to assume the band is something along the lines of a death metal outfit. In all actuality, this is a two-piece post-metal and prog rock duo from Washington, DC, focusing around soothing, thematic compositions with or without a hue of gazing at the night time sky. Both members have worked together for nearly fifteen years [according to the press release] in the band Brave, boasting plenty of promise in their ability to weave truly enjoyable creations. But does this lineage make for a “stellar” new venture, or is it far from as moving as experience as many would like you to believe?

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Fans of blackened thrash are more than likely aware of the smaller two-piece based out of Finland called Flame. The band has been active since 1998, but their discography is fairly small. Thankfully that doesn’t represent the quality of their releases. Much of their legacy is composed of demos, eps and splits. However, two full-lengths have emergenced, spaced quite far from one another. Into the Age of Fire dropped in 2005, and March Into Firelands in 2011. The duo find themselves still working with Primitive Reaction, unleashing their latest EP Ignis Spiritus in August of 2020. Is it one worth the lengthy wait, or is this new session better left in the depths of obscurity?

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All hail the return of ARSEBREED! The Netherlands’ resident death merchants will release BUTOH October 13 on Brutal Mind. A lyric video for album track “Recomposed” is available.

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Six Feet Under have not had the best of receptions from many over recent years, and justifiably so in some cases. It’s been thirty-five years now since Haunted, their debut outing, had dropped. If the band has been anything it’s been consistancy in maintaining relevancy by putting out new material in a timely manner. That said, we’re looking at their seventeenth full-length effort Nightmares of the Decomposed through Metal Blade Records to round out 2020 and, of course, the bandwagon of tearing the album apart was in full force once again. However, is this new effort one worth the hate, or is it something much more promising than most are willing to let on?

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Calgary, Canada’s Black Pestilence formed back in 2008, and the three-piece has been lurking and evolving through the underground ever since. What initially started as a noise black metal trio with their 2009 debut Vice has evolved with each new album, branching out to various other styles including (and primarily focusing on) punk and crossover. They also have remained independent as of late, issuing each release on their own as opposed to putting their faith in a label following the release of their 2013 effort In Defiance through Fungi Records. This tradition continues with their sixth studio album, Hail the Flesh. Has the group continued to grow, or is this just more of the same old blackened punk we’ve been subjected to since the style’s revival a number of years prior?