• Hell’s Jaws Now Open Wide

      Hell’s Jaws Now Open Wide

      Music can affect us in many ways: it can make us feel something, put us in a certain mood, calm or invigorate us, remind us …

    • Muted Tones

      Muted Tones

      In general, death metal is a dark, bleak world. This is, of course, by design, as the perpetrators of the music have crafted their harmonies, …

    • Mythic Proportions

      Mythic Proportions

      Things have a way of complicating themselves - metal is no different. In the past twenty years death metal has become faster, busier, fusionier and …

    • Clinical Incisions

      Clinical Incisions

      We humans tend to like things that are simple, or perhaps more accurately like to make things simple, especially when they’re not. Thus we love …

  • What Could Have Been

    Published on July 21, 2015, in Meditations.

    I’ve written about Martyr before – the primal barking they used in place of a typical growl spurred me to search for some other examples of husky vocals. That was one of a few observations about the Canadian ensemble that led me to think of them as an oddity. In the first place, they’re not well-known, not widely spoken about. In the second place, they manage to produce a distinctive product without utilizing any unorthodox ingredients. There’s nothing revolutionary or even adventurous about Martyr’s work, but it’s also clearly not the death metal we’ve been inundated with, that has proliferated

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    Many Hevy Devy

    Published on May 10, 2015, in Meditations.

    One thing I’ve never heard Devin Townsend accused of is that he’s forcing things; I guess if you can write and release thirty albums in twenty years across 4 full time projects you’re not the type to be lacking in motivation. And, aside from the sheer scope of it, Devin’s discography is really a remarkable thing. Spanning bands and solo endeavors of varying solitude, often overlapping, no two albums are redundant, yet the whole undeniably bears the mark of its creator. Death metal is an easy place to lose your identity and a site of proliferous banality, so to make

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    New Is Old

    Published on February 19, 2015, in Meditations.

    So I’m a little late on this one, but I guess less late than usual – Arch Enemy have a new vocalist. Normally, this would be irrelevant. For example, I could, more topically, tell you they also have a new guitarist, the immense and immensely popular Jeff Loomis. This is much more interesting news since Jeff is one of the most proficient and well rounded guitarists in metal right now. But, the truth is, Arch Enemy has had a maestro of solos in Michael Amott for years, and they’ve also been making the same insipid, uninspired “anthemic” metal for years.

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    Unconscious Disturbance – Shooting at the Moon

    Published on December 5, 2014, in Short Takes.

    With young bands, we always want to know the same thing. We ask what “kind” of band they are but we want to know more than what they sound like: what we really want to know is how they set themselves apart. Perhaps this is just a quirk of our “post-” society, always searching for something new or a novel gimmick to resurrect something “old”. But even if this is true, it’s still an important question: we listen to music for stimulation, but aural stimulation is only one facet of this. We also want to be stimulated in our minds, whether

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    Leprous Garden – Tonight at 7:00

    Published on December 2, 2014, in Radio.

    Join Mantas tonight for the final Leprous Garden radio show of 2014. As usual we’ll begin with some of the best the death and extreme metal worlds have to offer, including works by Malevolent Creation, Atheist, Blood Red Throne and of course, the masters, Death, as well as many more. To finish it off we’ll turn to Metallurgy, the Study of Metals, which will look at the best albums released this year. If you listened to the latest episode of the Leprous Garden podcast you’ll have some ideas about what that will entail, otherwise you’ll have to tune in to

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    The Leprous Garden Podcast Episode 2

    Published on November 29, 2014, in Uncategorized.

    The long-awaited second edition of the Leprous Garden podcast is finally here! Mantas and Voltorb Ziltoid talk about the recent slew of comeback efforts by big name bands, metal bands covering metal songs and Martin Lopez, among other things, and listen to songs from At the Gates, Soen, Sithu Aye, Cannibal Corpse and Nocturnus. Also included are some hints at the upcoming epidsode of the Leprous Garden Radio Show and, of course, more.   Download or stream to enjoy, and bear with us as we work on making this a more regular occurrence.

    Higher Aspirations

    Published on October 8, 2014, in Meditations.

    I read somewhere recently that Krimh had left Decapitated – I like to read things months after they actually occur. He’d been gone since 2012, just a few months after the release of his lone contribution with the band, 2011’s tedious Carnival Is Forever. When I read this I was surprised – Decapitated had reconvened in 2009 but needed a drummer to replace the iconic Vitek, and I had assumed whoever took on that role would want to stay with the band, one of death metal’s biggest and most visible outfits; joining Decapitated is every aspiring drummer’s dream, right? Of

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    Leprous Garden – Tonight at 7:00 p.m.

    Published on October 7, 2014, in Radio.

    Tune in tonight for October’s Leprous Garden show on WGXC fm. As usual we’ll be hearing from some of the best death and extreme metal, commercial free, until 9:30. This month’s show will feature music from Amon Amarth, Carnage, System of a Down, Meshuggah and many more plus we’ll hear some live recordings from Gojira, Death and Opeth. There will be no Metallurgy this month, so if you like your metal without commentary this is the show for you, just music and more music. See you then. As always the show can be heard live on-the-air on WGXC 90.7 fm

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    The Price of Power

    Published on September 13, 2014, in Meditations.

    Death Metal has, since the beginning, had a curious and formative relationship with production. In the beginning, as an unknown and uncouth musical entity, it was difficult to procure studios, equipment and assistance that would have yielded good sound. Indeed, most early death and extreme metal bands made their names known by trading around their demo tapes, collections recorded in the garage or basement by the bands themselves that (to most of us) sound terrible. There are the occasional nice demos out there, especially by the turn of the decade, but that was later. So bands like Death and Morbid

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    The Leprous Garden Podcast Episode 1

    Published on September 4, 2014, in Radio.

    The first Leprous Garden podcast arrives! Join Mantas and Voltorb Ziltoid as they sample the new Opeth and Fallujah records, listen to Kevin Hufnagel play baritone ukelele, check out a couple technical death metal tracks from Gorod and Hannes Grossmann and more. If everything is working you should be able to subscribe to the feed, find us on iTunes (though that might take a little bit to go through), download the file or listen here on this very page. We’ll be trying to bring these to you at least once a month if not more, so stay vigilant. Enjoy.

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