semblance ov death

Reviews 24
Approval 88%

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News Articles 21
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Album Edits 116

Album Ratings 25
Objectivity 63%

Last Active 09-21-16 10:29 am
Joined 04-04-14

Forum Posts 50
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Average Rating: 4.02
Rating Variance: 0.90
Objectivity Score: 63%
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Auroch Mute Books3.0
The band continues honing a style that they're good at but isn't a great style to be good at.
Chthe'ilist Le Dernier Crépuscule2.5
At least the biggest disappointment of the year has gotten itself out of the way early. I wanted to fall in love with this so badly, but it just feels so empty.
John K. Samson Winter Wheat3.0
'Postdoc Blues', 'Winter Wheat' and 'Virtute At Rest' are among Samson's best work. 'Virtute At
Rest' especially is the beautiful and powerful closure we wanted for Virtute's story, but the other
piece in the story, '17th Street Treatment Centre', while explaining the story from the angle of
Virtute's owner, feels...forced, and empty. And the rest of the album is inconsequential,
wandering, boring. Nothing special happens, every moment seems either overwrought or under-
thought, and none of it sticks, sadly.
Jenny Hval Blood Bitch4.0
Really lovely record, tastefully conveyed concepts and overall just an easy and wonderful listen
Dark Millennium Midnight In The Void1.0
I like to pretend this band never made anything after the debut. Especially not this. Possibly one of the worst albums I've ever heard.
Zealotry The Last Witness2.5
Another mammoth disappointment this year, along with the new Chttkjtt''ksisjsllksishest record.
Desecresy Stoic Death4.5
And again, Hawks is W R O N G, don't let his falses reviews cloud your mind. This band makes
unique and chasmically transcendental death metal with atmospheric leads, rotten vocals and
heavy, catchy riffs that slay for days. Play this loud over speakers to fill your house with devouring
atmosphere. Not at all meant to be an Ulver, Convulse, Infester or Morbid Angel album. Hawks is
an idiot. This has been a PSA.
Morbus Chron Sweven3.5
This album was a letdown after A Saunter Through The Shroud. I didn't gel with this at first and even now I still need to be in the right mood, since this cuts out almost all the savagery in place for a cleaner sound and some very poorly paced music that gets repetitive quickly. Sometimes the payoff for all their pot-boiling on this album isn't worth it, but other times it's just the ticket.
Morbus Chron A Saunter Through The Shroud5.0
Morbus Chron were always a band that never really impressed me. Their early work was some solid horror dm but I always felt something was a little lacklustre. This EP was a revelation, some of the most brilliantly savage vocals in the genre along with the psychedelic death n roll vibes and the raw production made this a vicious package and held so much promise.
Asphyx Incoming Death4.0
Asphyx release their best album since Last One On Earth. Don't listen to Flug's poserisms, Van Drunen still provides the best death metal vocals around and this album makes death metal cool again
Nicolas Jaar Sirens4.0
A lot to take in on a first listen. Not sure if I enjoy it as much as his first album but there's a lot to love here.
Hikrahe Lily (The Wilt)4.0
Wonderful stuff.
Asphyx Last One on Earth5.0
God, has a more alien or just straight up abnormal guitar tone ever been recorded? Guitars sound the best when they don't even sound like guitars anymore, just krushing noise. You'll never hear death metal that sounds like this in this day and age.
Barrow Wight Kings In Saurons Service4.5
Equal parts epic heavy metal, first wave black metal, punk-infused speed and progressive/heavy psyche, this album is an incredible and essential listen for 2016.
Eternal Champion The Armor of Ire4.5
Probably the best heavy metal album of the year, gives Spell and Wytch Hazel a run for their money.
Washer Here Comes Washer4.0
A wonderfully catchy and achingly familiar indie rock record that ticks a lot of boxes in all the right ways.
AUM Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum4.0
When primitive caveman death metal finds spiritualism. A beautiful thing.
Preoccupations Preoccupations4.5
Preoccupations is the sound of dissecting every rotten feeling. An immediately familiar hood
hangs from its trappings and sullen, dancing monochromatic beats. From the opening drones of
'Anxiety', there's a brightly coloured ambiance that sounds as if dulled by some kind of blemish-
removing Instagram filter. I can't tell if it's triggered some kind of nostalgia, or if the album has just
tapped into some well of mundane, bare and utterly relatable ugly emotion.
Darkthrone Arctic Thunder4.5
Rules, as expected. Arctic Thunder culminates all of Darkthrone's styles over the years into one insanely good record, with some new doses of slow and dark doom metal that Ted and Fenriz have injected into the mix.
Liers In Wait Spiritually Uncontrolled Art5.0
I AM YOUR FUCKIN' OVERLORD. This album is twisted and chaotic, full of dynamic riffs, atmospheric keys and just crazy music. Definitely one of my favourite death metal albums, it's just a shame the project was so short-lived. This is some of the most deadly death metal there is.
Nox Formulae The Hidden Paths to Black Ecstasy4.5
Brilliant Hellenic black metal. From the mastermind behind Serpent Noir, once again showing us the true sound of occult black metal and basically making all other bands in 2016 irrelevant.
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree5.0
dear fucking lord this is the most devastating album i've heard
Pestilence Malleus Maleficarum5.0
Bordering chaotic thrash metal and devastating death metal, Malleus Maleficarum is Pestilence's first full length and their most unabashedly brutish, heavy and wild album. They'd go on to hone their death metal style on Consuming Impulse, but without the haphazard thrash hooks and Van Drunen's raspy unique shouts, which turned into howling and wobbly growls.
Blood Incantation Starspawn4.5
There's an ambiance underlying the record that elevates it as a listen. Throughout its short
runtime, it captures the essence of mystery, horror, and the cosmos perfectly. Your mind could
wander all day with the imagery, nostalgia and general feeling that Starspawn provides within its
unrelentingly beautiful and chasmic folds.
Ghoulgotha To Starve the Cross4.5
Death metal isn't supposed to progress, nor is it supposed to remain stagnant. Stagnancy is
unchanging, it's boring. Progress is growth. Death metal isn't supposed to grow; it's supposed to
rot. Much like a corpse will decay and change, for its namesake, death metal needs to retain that
character. I feel like many people will disagree with this position. I don't care. Ghoulgotha
represent the eminent decay of death metal.

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