• 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 …

    • 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 …

  • 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.

    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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