Antichristian Phenomenon

As I mentioned in my introduction, I only saw one concert in 2020: Canadian grindcore heroes Wake back in January. Everyone else was in the same boat; we all had plans to see so many bands play, but all plans and hopes were dashed to the point now where we don’t even know if there’ll […]

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The Best Albums of 2019, #19

19. Gatecreeper, Deserted (Relapse) After deliberately distancing myself from “extreme metal” in 2016-2017, it was interesting to see what aspects of that music would click with me again. The last couple years have marked a triumphant, joyful return to death metal for me, especially the groovier, slower stuff reminiscent of Swedish bands like Unleashed and […]

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Honourable Mentions of 2018

The best of the rest, in alphabetical order: Amorphis, Queen of Time (Nuclear Blast) I’ve said it plenty of times before, but Finland’s Amorphis have become one of the most enduring metal bands of the last quarter century, and they continued their sterling post-2005 run with a 13th album that showcases their strengths masterfully: dynamic […]

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