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DEATH RATTLE #5

As the Winter hung around for a bit longer this year--winding up being my favorite seasonal spectacle—the promise of Spring seemed to have been just that, a promise that would never come to fruition. But, goddamn, that first day smelled like life (that smell that has been forgotten in the icy banks) it was impossible […]

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DEATH RATTLE #4

Cold wind biting means only one thing and that is that it is goddamn cold out there… at least in this part of the country that has seasons. As the nights get blacker and bleaker (how about that Solstice/lunar eclipse, huh?) so does the metal… and that is a wonderful occasion. Where I celebrated thrash […]

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DUM DUM GIRLS I Will Be CD/LP

Hype can destroy any band. While pushing up sales to the general public, the seasoned listener (though such seasoning should anticipate any short-comings of the product) will almost always be let down. Enter the Dum Dum Girls. Helping the hype was their history (originally as a one woman project but now fully fledged) of releasing […]

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UNEARTHLY TRANCE V CD/LP

Brooklyn's Unearthly Trance has crawled the Earth since 2000 but it was 2006's The Trident (Relapse) that brought them to a much wider audience. The droning feedback and trudging beats coupled with Ryan Lipynsky's deafening howl perfectly. Time changes abounded, as did genre hopping from sludge into a cacophonous grind and then everything in between. […]

Black Tusk

DEATH RATTLE #3

With the sunshine-y days waning and bowing to the lengthened nights and the Harvest Moon well behind it is time to shut oneself in for lengthened periods of time and delve deeper and deeper into our favorite homestead habits. For myself, as you may have guessed, that means the music input is doubled and the […]

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DEATH RATTLE #2

Though summers can be either harsh or mild the one constant for me has been the overwhelming presence of thrash and death on my sunny play lists. As the recent resurgence of each has been both celebrated (by music fans) and lamented (by music purists) the fact remains that gems are sprouting up all the […]

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SHRINEBUILDER s/t CD/LP

Anyone remotely familiar with the underground metal scene, most notably doom/stoner/sludge/yadda, yadda, should, by now be familiar with this project. It has been critiqued, pined for, drooled on, and expected to be the best thing to happen to metal since the Nü sub-shit-genre disappeared. The reason for the hubbub? Any doom fan shits them self […]

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DEATH RATTLE #1

Greetings and welcome to the inaugural edition of Death Rattle, the new bi-monthly Your Flesh column showcasing the best and worst of all things metal.