Music & Merch

Playlist Notes, Friday July 26, 2018 New Atrocity, Six Feet Under, Coroner reissues & more.

Been a bit of a dry year for OSDM but summer’s finally hot and everything’s turning up deliciously rotten. Press play and read below. Spotify  Apple Music The New Shit DRAWN AND QUARTERED have a new album called “The One Who Lurks” (Krucyator Productions) and ATROCITY came out of nowhere with a killer followup to 2013’s Okkult and while there’s a bit goth in the choirs and bombastic bits, it’s a death metal record…

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Music & Merch

Find our curated playlist on Apple Music & Spotify A rotating hour of new works by the old masters and classic pre-millennial death metal.

A while back, I started making playlists on Apple Music and filling them with any new death metal that fit the SV mold of being either: Reissued music originally released before 2000 New music from bands that were around before 2000 (ex: new Broken Hope) New music from newer DM bands featuring members who were in DM bands before 2000 (ex: new Gruesome) Three months in, it’s still fun and seems sustainable so I’m going…

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Articles Reviews

Comecon: A Retrospective An under-appreciated Swedish metal band gets some love.

It’s not exactly the stuff of legends: a name derived from a Soviet-era economic pact, two musicians (Rasmus Ekman, Pelle Ström) who handle guitar, bass, a drum machine and other instruments across three full length albums with three different singers on each album. But that’s COMECON. Most of us can name-check Swedish metal bands like Entombed, Unleashed, Dismember, Hypocrisy, At The Gates, Arch Enemy or Amon Amarth. Comecon isn’t a exactly as well known, having…

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Articles

The Golden Years of British Extreme Metal: The Other Guys Of pubs, pain, and pulverizing power.

Much ink has been spilled about the blossoming of extreme metal around the world. The United States – particularly the Florida scene which spawned so many great bands – has been well represented. Sweden/Norway gets plenty of love, from the chainsaw guitar tone to the unchained hedonism. That’s all fine and good as those were the blood-stained birthing grounds of our beloved genre. What about England, then? In those glorious pre-Internet days of tape-trading and DIY promotion, metal…

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News

Mercyless tease new album Something wicked this way comes...from the land of wine and cheese.

France’s MERCYLESS don’t get a lot of love, but that’s only because they had a short window of awesomeness before shooting themselves in the foot with an ill-advised genre shift. In that short window of good times however, they released 3 demos and 2 back-to-back albums of unpredictable, pummeling, semi-technical death metal — Abject Offerings (1992) and Coloured Funeral (1993) — which cemented their reputation as the real deal. At least it did until the band pivoted to a…

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Thursday Three: Cadaver & Friends Mid-tempo, adventurous & weird.

Here’s a three of mid-tempo death metal-bordering-on-thrash that exchanges brutality and violence for something a bit more cerebral. There’s something to be said for taking your time. Cadaver — “Into the Outside” from …in Pains (1993) Coroner — “About Life” from Mental Vortex (1991) Inner Thought — “Words” from Perspectives (1995)

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Firespawn release video for “All Hail”

Sweden’s FIRESPAWN (originally named Fireborn and fronted by L. G. Petrov of ENTOMBED / ENTOMBED A.D. fame) have released a new video in support of their 2015 effort, “Shadow Realms” (Century Media). Can’t say I love it, but Century Media certainly put some dollars into the production, which is nice to see. If nothing else, perhaps it will turn people on to this solid slab of death clean, well-produced death metal that flew under a lot people’s…

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Reviews

Cannibal Corpse, “Butchered at Birth” (1991)

Imagine for a minute that you grew up in the musical suburbs, in an unpretentious little subdivision called Death Metal; you know, right down the road from Thrash Town but a long way away from Rock City and on the other side of the freaking country from Country Burg and the glittering excess of Discolopolis. Just a few houses down from where you live are the guys who like to play a lot of fantasy-based…

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