Amorphis – Queen of Time (Nuclear Blast, 2018)

As I was preparing to review this album, something occurred to me; In nearly ten years of THKD I’ve never once written about Amorphis (I have no idea why).  It also occurred to me that many readers will probably be surprised to find out that I unabashedly love this band, given that their music is pretty much the antithesis of so much of the other metal I love; it’s proggy, folky, pristinely produced and at times poppy as all hell, yet somehow Amorphis makes all these elements that I’m not always such a big fan of (at least not when it comes to metal) palatable, nay downright tasty.

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Green Druid – Ashen Blood (Earache, 2018)

It seems that not enough people are talking about Green Druid, but they damn well oughta be, because the quartet has released what should rightfully be considered as one of the stickiest of the icky doom metal releases of 2018 in the form of Ashen Blood, out now on Earache Records.

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Oodles of Brutals VII: Fear of a Slam Planet

Bloody hell, has it really been over a year since the last installment of OOB? Seems a little crazy since brutal death metal in all its wondrous guises has long been a major part of THKD’s bread and butter. But rather than lament the fact that these features are few and far between due to the laziness of yours truly over the past few years, let’s delve into what’s new and bludgeoning in the world of brutal death metal, slam, etc…

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The Creatures From The Tomb – The Terrifying Menace (Rotten Roll Rex, 2018)

What’s this?  A goregrind band that doesn’t sing about gore?  Germany’s The Creatures From The Tomb (henceforth referred to as TCFTT) play groovy goregrind in the vein of Cock and Ball Torture, The Day Everything Became Nothing and Cliteater, but their songs are not about zombies or hacking people up or having sex with corpses.  Instead, TCFTT mine their subject matter from classic black and white horror films, such as The Phantom of the Opera and Creature from the Black Lagoon.

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Birdflesh – Night of the Ultimate Mosh (Everlasting Spew Records, reissue 2018)

When I was in college, there were a few instances where I was beyond dirt poor.  Back then, people actually still gave a shit about CDs, so painful as it was, I’d sell off chunks of my music collection so that I could like, pay my bills and eat ‘n’ shit.  One of the CDs I sold was an original pressing of Birdflesh’s Night of the Ultimate Mosh on Razorback Recordings.

That was really stupid of me.

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RIP Frank “Killjoy” Pucci 1969 – 2018

Frank Pucci left this plane of existence for the great beyond on March 18, 2018 at the age of forty-eight.  The man otherwise known as Killjoy was among the founding fathers of American extreme metal; his long-running brainchild Necrophagia is considered to be one of the very first death metal bands to exist on US soil, releasing early demos around the same time as the likes of Death, Possessed and Master.  In addition to being the only constant member of Necrophagia, he would also go on to front a slew of other well-received projects such as Cabal, Killjoy, Wurdulak, The Ravenous and Haxxan.

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