Luck of the Corpse: THKD’s top 5 albums featuring actual cadavers on their covers

If there’s one thing Metal Twitter™®© is good for, it’s manufacturing non-controversies within the scene.  The latest of these flare-ups occurred when Philly-based death metallers Pissgrave unveiled the cover art for their new album Posthumous Humiliation, set to be released March 1st via Profound Lore.

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Born from the Unholy Fire: A Werewolf Records Roundup

Werewolf Records, the label founded by Werwolf of the infamous Satanic Warmaster (among tons of other bands) has recently entered into a partnership with Hells Headbangers.  The label is kicking off 2017 with a slew of interesting releases as a result of this recently forged alliance, so without further ado, let’s take a closer look.

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Brujeria – Pocho Aztlan (Nuclear Blast, 2016)

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It’s been sixteen long years since we last got a full length from Brujeria, but with presidential candidate/racist fruit loop Donald Trump threatening to build a wall between Mexico and the good ol’ U-S-of-A, there’s no time like the present for everyone’s favorite south of the border Satanic drug lords to come out of hiding.

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Scrotoctomy – From Torture to Putrefaction (Gore House Productions, 2014)

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Opening things up with a sample from Hostel, Mexico’s Scrotoctomy get right to the point with their debut EP, From Torture To Putrefaction.  They are the first Mexican slam band I’ve encountered, but their overall approach reminds of Japanese bands; sounding totally committed with great vocals and slightly wonky production.  This is the genre at its purest, and the slams are huge; not quite as sludgy as say Gorevent, but still in very much the same vein, just totally gnarly and decimating.

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Professional Wrestling ist Krieg

I’ve been watching professional wrestling (or wrasslin’ as my grandpa called it) since I was old enough to understand what was happening on TV.  In many ways, I think the “sport” may have had a hand in preparing me for heavy metal when I got older.  If you think about it, there are a lot of similarities between the worlds of wrestling and heavy metal.  Both are rife with drama, theatricallity, posturing, machismo and the desire to create a world and persona outside the doldrums of our everyday existences.  There are also visual similarities; hell, sometimes it’s even difficult to tell the wrestlers apart from the metal musicians…
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Xibalba – Demo 2010 (Nuclear War Now!, 2010)

There’s something that’s flat-out wrong about Xibalba’s Demo 2010.  It’s a queasy, warped atmosphere that sounds like the product of fried ‘n’ frazzled minds bending the black metal paradigm to their twisted collective will, whilst in the throes of a hallucinogen-fueled trip to Mictlan.  The result is some very bizarre music, a metallic apocalypse that starts with a boombox playing a half-melted cassette copy of A Blaze in the Northern Sky at half speed while projectile vomiting peyote out of its speakers.
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