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Mercyless tease new album Something wicked this way comes...from the land of wine and cheese.

France’s MERCYLESS don’t get a lot of love, but that’s only because they had a short window of awesomeness before shooting themselves in the foot with an ill-advised genre shift. In that short window of good times however, they released 3 demos and 2 back-to-back albums of unpredictable, pummeling, semi-technical death metal — Abject Offerings (1992) and Coloured Funeral (1993) — which cemented their reputation as the real deal. At least it did until the band pivoted to a…

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Thursday Three: Cadaver & Friends Mid-tempo, adventurous & weird.

Here’s a three of mid-tempo death metal-bordering-on-thrash that exchanges brutality and violence for something a bit more cerebral. There’s something to be said for taking your time. Cadaver — “Into the Outside” from …in Pains (1993) Coroner — “About Life” from Mental Vortex (1991) Inner Thought — “Words” from Perspectives (1995)

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Firespawn release video for “All Hail”

Sweden’s FIRESPAWN (originally named Fireborn and fronted by L. G. Petrov of ENTOMBED / ENTOMBED A.D. fame) have released a new video in support of their 2015 effort, “Shadow Realms” (Century Media). Can’t say I love it, but Century Media certainly put some dollars into the production, which is nice to see. If nothing else, perhaps it will turn people on to this solid slab of death clean, well-produced death metal that flew under a lot people’s…

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Memoriam sign with Nuclear Blast Past and current members of Bolt Thrower and Benediction retaliate.

This slipped under the radar! Apparently, back in January, Karl Willets (vocals; Bolt Thrower) and Frank Healy (bass; Benediction, Sacrilege) started a new band with Andy Whale (drums; ex-Bolt Thrower) to “jam out some cover versions of old classic songs that had influenced us in the past along with some cover versions from the bands we had played with over the years, and maybe eventually do a few low key gigs” in the wake of…

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Gruesome are visiting the (un)holy land! Cuz where's more fun than Florida in August?

DEATH worshippers GRUESOME are hitting the road to support their new EP, Dimensions of Horror, out now on Relapse Records. Their 10-date European run is preceded by what will no doubt be 3 suitably swampy August shows in the home of gators, sweltering humidity and inexplicable behavior: Florida. North American Dates Aug 4 Tampa, FL New World Brewery Aug 5 Winter Park, FL The Haven Aug 6 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Kreepy Tiki European Dates Aug…

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60% of Entombed are back together! Reunited and it feels so uuuurrrrrrgh!!!

Decibel Magazine broke the news a couple weeks ago that the mighty ENTOMBED is back in action with 3 original members: Guitarists Alex Hellid & Ulf Cedarlund and drummer/writer/driving force/sometimes secret vocalist Nicke Andersson! Plans on the table at the moment are Close-Up Magazine’s Båten cruise in late October and a performance of Entombed’s 1991 classic Clandestine with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra on November 12.

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Interviews

Interview with Ted Tringo of The Crypt How does one label reissue so much killer death metal from 20+ years ago?

I became familiar with The Crypt label a couple years back when I discovered Chicago’s long-defunct death metal  Morgue and went fishing for a physical copy of their sole album, “Coroner’s Report.” As it turned out, The Crypt had just announced their upcoming vinyl reissue of that very same album. It took a while for the reissue to see the light of day but it was very much worth the wait. The amount of care that went…

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Incantation Summer 2016 Tour

Incantation are set to play some select US dates and a solid European run this summer, kicking off with an appearance at the Obscene Extreme fest in the Czech Republic. June US Dates Jun 24 Columbus, OH O’Shecky’s* Jun 25 Crest Hill, IL Bada Brew* Jun 26 Lansing, MI Mac’s Bar* July European Dates Jul 14 Obscene Extreme Festival – Trutnov (CZE) Jul 15 Neudegg Alm Abtenau – Salzburg (AUT) Jul 16 Elyon Club –…

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Thursday Three: Latter-Day Unleashed Sure we love the classics, but what have you done for me lately?

Unleashed has had a remarkable career. Exploding out of the gates with “Where No Life Dwells” (1991) (reviewed here and recently reissued on vinyl (again)) and “Shadows in the Deep” (1992), the Swedish killers settled into more sustainable mid-tempo groove for “Across the Open Sea” (1993), “Victory” (1995) and “Warrior” (1997). They took a bit of a break after “Warrior”, but came back in 2002 with the half fun, half dreadful “Hell’s Unleashed” which kicked off…

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