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Entombed: Crawl EP

Just three songs here, and the only three Entombed songs with Orvar Säfström (Nirvana 2002, an early death metal band on par with Nihilist) on vocals.  Lars Petrov wasn’t around, so Orvar stepped in to record a teaser for the upcoming Clandestine album, which listed Johnny Dordevic as the singer but in reality all the songs were sung by Nicke Anderson.  Confused yet?  Welcome to the revolving door of Entombed’s vocalists. So yeah, a teaser…

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Defiance: Beyond Recognition

Man I’m struggling to think of the last time I even LISTENED to this tape, because nothing on here sounds even vaguely familiar.  This isn’t Defiance the punk band, or the acoustic protest duo, or whatever—this is the thrash metal band. No death metal here but some very fine technical thrash with a high level of musicianship, shifting time sigs, clean vocals, jazzy interludes, trussed up in a bunch of furious riffing.  Now these dudes…

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Obituary: The End Complete

According to someone who knows more about this shit than I do, this is the Obit’s biggest seller to date, having moved more than 100K copies since coming out in 1992.  There was a glut of good releases that year: Napalm Death (Utopia Banished), Cannibal Corpse (Tomb of the Mutilated), Nocturnus (Thresholds), etc.  Of course this was also when Whitney “Wack Crack” Houston tore up the charts, Varg burned a church, Hetfield walked into the…

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Demolition Hammer: Epidemic of Violence

  In the spirit of the old school, I pulled out some tapes from a box labeled “Open only in case of musical emergency”.  Now I’ve got a stack of interesting nuggets to nosh upon.  I’m just grabbing at random with no plan of attack. So first up is Demolition Hammer with Epidemic of Violence, their second release after Tortured Existence, which I thought was bad ass at the time.  I have that one in…

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Death… is a new beginning.

Back into the maelstrom, back into the fray, once more into the breach, to stare unflinching into Death’s gaping maw!  How could I return from the endless incarnadine seas to once again yakkety-yak about death metal? It didn’t take much. Muxlow dug my corpse out of the earthen grave (!), kicked it in the ass and I was ready as ever. I was very interested when death metal began to appear on the scene, back in…

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