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FIRST – Marduk: Memento Mori

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One of the first black metal bands I discovered on my journey scraping the surface of the style’s world back in the day was the legendary Swedish act Marduk. More specifically it was their 1999 album Heaven Shall Burn… When We Are Gathered. While it may have been the earliest, it wasn’t necessarily one that captured my interest. It wouldn’t be until 2004’s Plague Angel that a true appreciation would be found. With the exception of Viktoria, I stayed on top of the group’s material, so I was anxious to tear into their upcoming full-length Memento Mori the moment I saw it sitting in my inbox courtesy Century Media. These are my initial thoughts that left me asking “What the actual fuck?”.

FIRST – Tymo: The Art of a Maniac

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A recurring theme with this site anymore is a focus on death and black metal releases. Truthfully, these styles are what mostly grace my inbox on any given day. While I do love the two, I love me some solid trash as well, which my diet has been sorely lacking as of late. So, whenever one creeps in as an unread promo invitation I typically gravitate towards it without much hesitation. With a little time to spare before family comes to visit I happened on The Art of a Maniac by Tymo waiting to be accepted. You clearly know what happened next…

FIRST – Sepulchral: From Beyond The Burial Mound

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After two demos and an EP, Spain’s trio known as Sepulchral have signed a deal with Soulseller Records to unleash their debut full-length album. Which just so happened to cross my inbox from the awesome folks at ClawHammer PR. Intrigued by the black and white artwork supplied by Jaime P.S, I hit play expecting just another underground or “cavernous” black/death metal group to cast into the pile. My expectations, thankfully, were greatly mistaken.

FIRST – Lord Mantis: Universal Death Trip

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The underground sensation Lord Mantis was regarded as one of the more important new acts in the sludge community. The blackened touch they brought to their performances stuck out like a sore thumb in all the right ways until the band split in 2017. Fast forward about two years and differences have been mended, a new line-up forged, and the fire re-lit to reform and remind everyone who they are with a long overdue new album that sadly does not include founding member and former drummer Bill Bumgardner. It’s evident there is honor to his contributions, but what Universal Death Church lacks in his presence it more than makes up for with the inclusion of the turbulent history that brought the beast down to its knees once before. All of this takes little time to pick up on within just the first few minutes of your first spin, but those first impressions can be a bit deceiving. I know this due to multiple impressions in one sitting…

GAMING – Apoch Plays: PROJECT RIP

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A title that has been on Apoch’s wishlist for a little while now, Project RIP has finally dropped on Steam. The first-person shooter title pits you as a hired gun to go out and harvest the souls of the undead, a description prime for live streaming. Right? Well, a few nights ago, Apoch gave it a shot and was left shouting “Bring out your dead!” during this half of the live stream.