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Comecon: A Retrospective An under-appreciated Swedish metal band gets some love.

It’s not exactly the stuff of legends: a name derived from a Soviet-era economic pact, two musicians (Rasmus Ekman, Pelle Ström) who handle guitar, bass, a drum machine and other instruments across three full length albums with three different singers on each album. But that’s COMECON. Most of us can name-check Swedish metal bands like Entombed, Unleashed, Dismember, Hypocrisy, At The Gates, Arch Enemy or Amon Amarth. Comecon isn’t a exactly as well known, having…

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Cannibal Corpse, “Butchered at Birth” (1991)

Imagine for a minute that you grew up in the musical suburbs, in an unpretentious little subdivision called Death Metal; you know, right down the road from Thrash Town but a long way away from Rock City and on the other side of the freaking country from Country Burg and the glittering excess of Discolopolis. Just a few houses down from where you live are the guys who like to play a lot of fantasy-based…

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Immolation / Jungle Rot / Gigan — Live, October 10, 2011

First, a bit of disclosure. There was a black metal band on first. I only caught maybe one song and frankly cannot recall their name to save my life. This isn’t nearly enough of a sample for me to discuss them fairly so I’m going to decline comment. Sorry guys, I was running late and needed to get dinner. Gigan followed this and it was the second time I’d seen them in a month as…

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Desultory, “Counting to Infinity” (2010)

Given that virtually every metal band from the early ’90s whose members are yet living has decided to reunite, it’s no surprise that death metal cum rollers (but let’s not talk about that) Desultory have also thrown their hat into the ring. Their newest record bears the disconcertingly angsty title Counting Our Scars, but lays all fears of modernization to rest with a raw, popping snare, vintage vocals that fans of Tompa will adore, and a…

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Dawn in the Eternal Forest

In some circles, the not-quite-household name of Dawn is as highly regarded as that other mid-90s Swedish black metal band that starts with a ‘D’ (hint: not Dark Funeral). Dawn’s 1997 LP Slaughtersun (Crown of the Triarchy) is a maelstrom of strophic, almost apocalyptic black metal that falls somewhere between the seminal Storm of the Light’s Bane and rather less feted but comparably icy Far Away From the Sun, by Sacramentum. Aside from a titular…

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Disincarnate’s “Soul Erosion” Demo

Disincarnate’s “Dreams of the Carrion Kind” didn’t make much of a splash with me when it was released at the end of winter in 1993. James Murphy was a household name in death metal but for some reason, I (and apparently a lot of other people) didn’t hear what Murphy was trying to tell us with those 9 tortured hymns. I kept going back to the album every year or two and while I held…

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