Nyogthaeblisz – Abrahamic Godhead Besieged by Adversarial Usurpation (Hells Headbangers, 2019)

Followers of the mysterious Texan black metal cult known as Nyogthaeblisz have been anticipating their debut full length ever since it was first announced several years ago; it had gotten to the point where many were questioning whether or not it would ever see the light of day, especially given the lack of regular updates and the “controversy” that has swirled around the band in the intervening years.  But on December 27, 2019 the duo at last dropped the sickening slab of extreme noise terror that is Abrahamic Godhead Besieged by Adversarial Usurpation.

Continue reading “Nyogthaeblisz – Abrahamic Godhead Besieged by Adversarial Usurpation (Hells Headbangers, 2019)”

Skinlab – Venomous (Art Is War Records, 2019)

Hard to believe it’s been a decade since we last heard from Bay Area post-thrashers Skinlab; the band that gave us groove metal classics such as Bound, Gagged and Blindfolded and Disembody: The New Flesh went into hyper-sleep not long after releasing The Scars Between Us to seemingly little fanfare in 2009.  But if there’s one thing that metal history has taught us, it’s that you can’t keep a good band down and at last a reactivated and rejuvenated Skinlab have returned with Venomous, their fifth full length overall and first for Art Is War Records.

Continue reading “Skinlab – Venomous (Art Is War Records, 2019)”

Ceremonial Culling: THKD’s Top 5 Metal Albums of 2019

In terms of new releases, 2019 was pretty damn dire.  But in spite of the rampant mediocrity, I did manage to find a small handful of releases that were truly outstanding and can more than hold their own against the best this dying decade has to offer.  So without further ado and in no particular order, here are the five albums that stuck with me throughout the year…

Continue reading “Ceremonial Culling: THKD’s Top 5 Metal Albums of 2019”

Cockroaches and Creep Diets: A Beginner’s Guide to Alex Newport

Born on September 12th, 1970 in Wolverhampton, UK, guitarist/vocalist Alex Newport is responsible for some of the most unique and interesting heavy music of the 1990s and early 2000s.  Although his discography is far from vast, what it lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in quality, encompassing metal, hardcore, noise rock, industrial and beyond.  As a producer, mixer and engineer he went on to work with popular acts such as Death Cab For Cutie, At The Drive-In and The Mars Volta, but there was a time when Newport was an underground innovator, responsible for some of my favorite heavy music of all time.  So without further ado, let’s take a quick look at the discography of the man who convinced me to go on a creep diet and never look back…

Continue reading “Cockroaches and Creep Diets: A Beginner’s Guide to Alex Newport”

Die Krupps – A Tribute to Metallica (Hollywood Records, 1993)

One of the things I miss the most about the nineties is the willingness major record labels had to release totally off-the-wall shit.  From Reprise unleashing the Boredoms’ utterly mind-fucking Pop Tatari on the unsuspecting masses to Columbia striking a deal to market and distribute Earache’s catalog full of ear-shredding death metal and grindcore records, major labels in the nineties exhibited a bizarre fearlessness that was oftentimes downright shocking, flying in the face of the notion that they were corporate, soulless, blood-sucking musical widget factories where underground bands went to sell out, get screwed over and die.

Continue reading “Die Krupps – A Tribute to Metallica (Hollywood Records, 1993)”

Oodles of Brutals X: In Space, No One Can Hear You Slam

Devourment for Relapse Records, January 17, 2019.

Well friends, it’s been nearly eight months since the last Oodles of Brutals, which means we’re long overdue for another deep dive into the world of all things brutal and slamming.  So without further ado…

Continue reading “Oodles of Brutals X: In Space, No One Can Hear You Slam”