• 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 …

    • Suffocated Humanity

      Suffocated Humanity

      To understand death metal merely as a sound, as a standard of aggression and brutality for two guitars, bass, drums and vocals, is to understand …

    • Friends of Death

      Friends of Death

      Human marks a turning point in the life of death metal, standing as it does at the juncture of the old and the new. Up …

    • Soundscape Painting

      Soundscape Painting

      Melodic Death Metal may be a tired genre at this juncture but there was a time when this was not true. Of course, you say, …

  • 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.

    Leprous Garden – Tonight at 7:00

    Join us tonight for the latest installment of the Leprous Garden radio show on WGXC fm. Tonight we’ll hear from Sahadows Fall, Strapping Young Lad, Death and more, we’ll have another installment of “Blast(beat) from the Past” in which we’ll sample from Dying Fetus’ early EP Grotesque Impalement and we’ll have this month’s Metallurgy, “Tomb Raiders”, which will explore albums that evoke the ancient past through word and sound, a journey that will take us through the world’s of Nile, Morbid Angel, Demilich and Behemoth. As always the show can be heard locally on 90.7fm or streaming at www.wgxc.org from 7:00 –

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    A Satanist’s Redemption

    Published on August 11, 2014, in Meditations.

    When they began their switch to a predominantly death metal rather than black metal sound, Behemoth’s music came to be associate with terms like grandiose and epic and Nile was perhaps the most frequently cited comparison act. And indeed their songs had a feeling of grand scale and fanfare, with symphonic touches, vast, thematic riffs and Inferno’s ubiquitous drumming giving the music a kind of infinite, eternal foundation. There were times when this all came together and the promise of monumental metal was fulfilled, such as “Sculpting the Throne ov Seth”, from Demigod, with its combination of sprawling double bass

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    Leprous Garden on the Radio

    Published on August 2, 2014, in Radio.

    Get ready! The next Leprous Garden show on WGXC fm will be this upcoming Tuesday, the 5th of August, at 7:00 p.m. The show will feature some of the best death and extreme metal around as well as Metallurgy, the study of Metals, this month featuring death metal Titans Morbid Angel. Be sure to tune it at WGXC.org and support the only public radio station I know that plays death metal or anything close. See you then.

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    Interview with Luc Lemay

    Published on August 2, 2014, in Conversations.

    This interview is now old but, fortunately, is full of lots of goodies that don’t spoil. I spoke to Luc at The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY over the winter when Gorguts were on tour with Origin and Nero di Marte. He and his label were nice enough to speak to us despite the fact that we have no experience or credentials, and after thanking them sincerely we’re just going to chalk it up to the camaraderie and integrity of the death metal scene. I spoke to Luc first at the bar before the doors opened – the conversation began off-mic

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    All I Want for Christmas Is My New Grunt Leads

    Published on July 21, 2014, in Meditations.

    I’ve always loved Origin. And I’ve always hated their vocalist. He, James Lee, just wasn’t right. He had the shrill frenzy to match the music but not the gravitas to overcome John Longstreth’s absurd vibrations and the general immensity on display. Antithesis, in particular, with it’s non-stop blasting, suffered mightily from Mr. Lee’s disappearance beneath the sonic mass; his shrieks were simply drowned out. The point was driven home on Entity when the two stringers and backing vocalists took over for him and were basically just as good. Still, there was a void in between Paul Ryan’s insane guitarslaughter and

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    Pestilence Walketh into Darkness

    Published on July 11, 2014, in Meditations.

    Though news posts are generally beyond the walls of this Garden, there are always those insistent outsiders that will dig their way in and today just such an intruder has found its way in – so I pass along the news of the demise of Pestilence, as reported by founding member, guitarist and vocalist Patrick Mameli. This news is not quite bittersweet, rather something more like bemusing. On the one hand we are witnessing the end of the second iteration of Pestilence, a version that ran from 2008 to 2014, an end about which I am nearly totally indifferent. I

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    Origin – Entity

    Published on July 5, 2014, in Short Takes.

    Origin is not a complicated band. As hard to digest as their music may be, they’ve been doing pretty much the same thing for a decade now, pummeling our eardrums with a hailstorm of notes all building into massive breakdowns. And we love them for this. For me, at least, Origin is the “crazy” band, the group that best exemplifies the flurrious technicality, overwhelming brutality and manic energy that death metal has evolved in this century. Yes, there are technical bands that I prefer, and yes it is difficult to make it through 45 straight minutes of this, but Origin

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