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posted a review of Morgirion - None Left To Worship. over 5 years ago
That is totally a hand drawn cassette cover which has been photocopied. I know it. I love it. There is nothing much more to say about this cover as it fits perfectly the music inside. Morgirion is a Connecticut based black metal band who has already has ... See full review
posted a review of One Master - Live In The Castle Of Quiet. over 5 years ago
This is my very first introduction to the ferocious black attack that is One Master, and given that it’s a live, on air, performance and it’s this profound, deafening, and unwieldy? Now that says a lot about a band when they can completely intoxicate ... See full review
submitted One Master - Live In The Castle Of Quiet. over 5 years ago
submitted Morgirion - None Left To Worship. over 5 years ago
posted a review of Satanic Dystopia - Double Denim Shotgun Massacre. over 5 years ago
"There's so much talk of "real" and "true" in heavy metal these days, in particular within Black Metal. Nowhere else in the world of music is the integrity of musicians called into question so often, and it's always more so within Black Metal. I can ... See full review
submitted Satanic Dystopia - Double Denim Shotgun Massacre. over 5 years ago
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submitted Nightbitch - Peculiar Worship. over 6 years ago
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submitted Vein (7) - Into The Vein. over 6 years ago
posted a comment on Slumber Room - Slumber Room Ep. over 6 years ago
Slumber Room are a duo featuring M. Krutsinger (ex- In Memorium) and M. Nihilist (ex- In Memorium, Lord Gore, Abazagorath) who have come together as like minded artists to create something that is not only different from their usual territiory, but also ... See full review
submitted Slumber Room - Slumber Room Ep. over 6 years ago
submitted Ninika - Ninika Ep 2012. over 6 years ago
posted a comment on Death Factory (2) - Maschinen Unter Kontrolle. over 6 years ago
Death Factory – Machinen Unter Kontrolle (No Visible Scars)
JANET WILLIS NOVEMBER 25, 2012

Bass/feedback rumble sounding like a building collapsing beneath the screeching metallic whirring and analog loop effects which suddenly stop for a creepy ... See full review
posted a comment on Vestal Claret / Ungod - Vestal Claret / Ungod. over 6 years ago

"This is a review of a split cassette between Connecticut's Vestal Claret and Germany's Ungod which was released by No Visible Scars in 2012 and we will start off the review with Vestal Claret a band that plays ... See full review
posted a comment on Abazagorath - Abazagorath. over 7 years ago
"One rad thing about (extreme) music is that it’s not bound to country borders and time. A good song is now a good song as it will be in 5, 10 or 20 years. A gnarly band is a gnarly band no matter what continent, country or state it comes from. So ... See full review
posted a comment on Abazagorath - Abazagorath. over 7 years ago
"Well here's a band I haven't heard a sound from in ages, although the reason is obviously my own. I have their full length from 1997, Tenebrarum Cadent Exsurgemus, but while I slept they continued on to produce a few more releases. This is their latest ... See full review
posted a comment on Abazagorath - Abazagorath. over 7 years ago
"I've quite taken to the more experimental and progressive breed of black metal grown so rapidly in the past decade, worshiping bands like Enslaved and Klabautamann to no end. Such groups have evolved a genre not known for its technical courage to new ... See full review
posted a comment on Abazagorath - Abazagorath. over 7 years ago
"Abazagorath were on of the forerunners of the US Black Metal scene and their latest EP does their legacy justice. This is a true work of absolute evil which is being released by No Visible Scars on the 27th Feb (Moved forward from early April due to ... See full review
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posted a comment on M.Todd/L.Kerr - Beyond The Threshold. over 7 years ago
"I recently summed up the current listening habits, so that in combination the likes and the developments of the last two or three years - and I was as straight Inade s Incarntation of the Solar Architects , ran clear what immense importance and ... See full review
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posted a comment on M.Todd/L.Kerr - Beyond The Threshold. over 7 years ago
8 tracks of purely malevolent and murky darkness - minimal and claustrophobic tonal drifts emanating from the shadows of the crypt, akin to Archon Satani, early Lustmord, and Yen Pox. What's not to like? Malignant On-line catalog.
posted a comment on Death Factory (2) - Chilling Impressions. over 7 years ago
One of my absolute favorites, it perfectly blends epic industrial with grindhouse/horror films. Each side is a 15 minute drop out into psychosis, stalkers, serrated blades, blood splatter, cold dead eyes filled with hate staring at you over a back drop ... See full review
posted a comment on Flesh Coffin - Seeing Things. over 7 years ago
“Seeing Things” is a harsh noise entry by Flesh Coffin, and while this cassette doesn’t do much to deviate from a pretty typical harsh noise sound, “Seeing Things” has a nice dichotomy between cold, unrelenting harsh noise and lonely, isolationist ... See full review
posted a comment on Four Flies / Wallkeeper / My Black Gloves - Giallo Duro Muro Rumore E Sadomasochismo Elettronica. over 7 years ago
“Giallo Duro Muro Rumore E Sadomasochismo Elettronica”(or Giallo Harsh Noise & Sadomasochist Electronics) is a two tape compilation that brings together two HNW acts & one death ambient/ harsh noise act to sonically celebrate Italian Giallo films, and ... See full review
posted a comment on Mania (4) / Custodian - Mania / Custodian. over 7 years ago
Side A: Mania
Oh, the things an emotionally disturbed mind can create through random white noise. I’ve always been a sucker for the true industrial/experimental where the buzzing of chainsaws, clanking of metal rods and chains, and the manipulation of ... See full review
posted a comment on Mania (4) / Custodian - Mania / Custodian. over 7 years ago
While it’s impossible to divide any musical genre along binary lines, the majority of harsh noise artists plant themselves firmly into one of two camps: those trying to push the boundaries of what harsh noise can sound like, and those who feel that harsh ... See full review
posted a comment on Flesh Coffin - Seeing Things. over 7 years ago
This is all destruction. Flesh Coffin's "seeing things" sounds like the inside of a tornado. Broken metal lawn furniture, giant uprooted trees, millions of shards of glass all swirl around you. It's unrelenting and intense until you get a short break. ... See full review
posted a comment on Flesh Coffin - Seeing Things. over 7 years ago
"Excellent stuff. As grim and frostbitten as it gets."
http://hammersmashedsound.blogspot.com/
posted a comment on Death Factory (2) - Chilling Impressions. over 7 years ago
"Yet another great release from the No Visible Scars label. Somehow they manage to keep churning out some of the best death industrial that I’ve heard released lately and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. With Chilling Impressions Death ... See full review
posted a comment on Death Factory (2) - Chilling Impressions. over 7 years ago
"Nightmare industrial meets John Carpenter soundtrack. So i guess, if I am getting this correctly, that the artist here decided to make two pieces dedicated to some awesome 70's horror films. Not so much soundtracks but almost audio love letters. Still ... See full review
posted a comment on Death Factory (2) - Chilling Impressions. over 7 years ago
"Deep, pulsating, factory industrial sounds that come in massive waves on one side, then washes of scuttering, bulldozing analogue frequencies on the flip side, with some '70s keyboard atmospherics mixed in "
Malignant Records
posted a comment on Death Factory (2) - Chilling Impressions. over 7 years ago
"Industrial/power electronics with fine atmospherics. 29 minutes of creepy music providing the soundtrack toyour scary movie nightmares." Hammersmashed Sound
posted a comment on Mazakon Tactics - Adorable Atrocities. over 8 years ago
Reviewed via digital copy.

Sascha Mandler of Namazu Dantai brings us a half hour cassette of bleak power electronics focused on whispery electronics, clanking metal, looping industrial rhythms, and guttural growls. On Adorable Atrocities, Mazakon ... See full review
posted a comment on Blessed Offal - Blessed Offal. over 8 years ago
"If you are feeling dramatic, you could say death metal has of late been dragged screaming through the mud (not in a metal way either) by the tech and slam metal that has replaced it in the minds of the general public. I’d say you should maybe relax a ... See full review
posted a comment on Blessed Offal - Blessed Offal. over 8 years ago

"Old school death metal is back with a vengeance, and I personally couldn’t be happier about it. Someone’s got to stand up for the heavy shit, especially in the face of 2011′s djent invasion, deathcore’s stubborn insistence on existing, and tech death’s ... See full review
posted a comment on Blessed Offal - Blessed Offal. over 8 years ago
"Do you like your death metal grim and unforgiving? Then I think Blessed Offal might be the band for you. I have heard the name of this band muttered around the interwebs before but I never took the time out to actually listen to them until now. Holy ... See full review
posted a comment on Blessed Offal - Blessed Offal. over 8 years ago
"What is my favorite dish? I really love lasagna, grilled meat and baked potatoes but men, if I have to pick the winner of my all time hit parade of epic meals, I have to go for fried offals. So, receiving a tape of a band called Blessed Offal touches my ... See full review
posted a comment on Elders Of The Apocalypse - The Law Of Iron. over 8 years ago

"Ok, let’s go back to middle 80′s, in an era made of sweating thrasher with long hair, denim vests full of patches or leather jackets and flying V guitars used without shame. Take three of those fuckers, dress them like a county medieval fair and force ... See full review
posted a comment on Elders Of The Apocalypse - The Law Of Iron. over 8 years ago
"Shake your fucking preconceptions off. If your poor-witted self was quick to pin this American trio as European power goofballs just because the cover artwork of The Law of Iron looks like the low resolution print out of a Manowar B Side, shame on you. ... See full review
posted a comment on Elders Of The Apocalypse - The Law Of Iron. over 8 years ago
Ok, let’s go back to middle 80′s, in an era made of sweating thrasher with long hair, denim vests full of patches or leather jackets and flying V guitars used without shame. Take three of those fuckers, dress them like a county medieval fair and force ... See full review
posted a comment on Over - Over. over 8 years ago
So the story goes, Connecticut’s NoVisible Scars, a DIY label that peddles in severly limited extreme metal and noise cassettes, received an unsolicited CDr through the post in late 2009 from a previous customer hoping to be considered for release. It ... See full review
posted a comment on Elders Of The Apocalypse - The Law Of Iron. over 8 years ago
This is a very raw, in-your-face disc of Blackened Thrash metal by a band from Knoxville of all places. This has some good points, like a lot of riffs, frenetic energy, and a cheap-assed, raw recording job that suits this kin d of stuff just fine. The ... See full review
posted a comment on Blessed Offal - Blessed Offal. over 8 years ago
Now this is a killer little demo, or EP rather. Blessed Offal are a Boston-area band who play guttural, sledgehammer-heavy Death Metal that draws a lot of influence from old Entombed and Dismember albums. These guys play heavy as fuck, but they aren't ... See full review
posted a comment on Blessed Offal - Blessed Offal. over 8 years ago
You have to admire labels that still release cassette tapes. I mean you see this here and there in Europe still, where some release on multiple formats including cassette, but cassette only releases in the US is unheard of. That is some pretty impressive ... See full review
posted a comment on Elders Of The Apocalypse - The Law Of Iron. over 8 years ago
Thrashy black war metal from Tennessee's Elders of the Apocalypse. Despite the cheesy-looking cover, this is actually pretty good. An all-out assault on humanity and everything peaceful. Chaotic, aggressive and over-the-top loud. Everything you can want ... See full review
posted a comment on Blessed Offal - Blessed Offal. over 8 years ago
This AMAZING CS EP from Massachusetts death/grind band Blessed Offal. None of the frills of some of the more recent death metal, this is straight ahead brutality, the way death metal is "meant" to be. The thick, pounding bass and percussion renders this ... See full review
posted a comment on Blessed Offal - Blessed Offal. over 8 years ago
Before I start the review I just want to get one thing out of the way… I don’t like the Name Blessed Offal. That’s probably what kept me from checking out this band the most. But I was told their stuff was right up my alley so I was willing to give it a ... See full review
posted a comment on Elders Of The Apocalypse - The Law Of Iron. over 8 years ago
Take one look at the cover of this cassette-only release and you might get the idea that this some sort of Manowar-style cheese metal, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. This is some very raw and bloody black/death/thrash hybrid. So raw, in ... See full review