• Your Favourite Album Covers Are Back…In GIF Form (Part 2)

    Instead of incessantly arguing about the pronunciation, marvel at these awesome animated album covers.

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    January 20, 2017 • Metal, Nerd Shit, Nostalgia Boners • Views: 701

  • Gholas Via Dune Messiah

    After years of putting it off, I finally succame to the will of TovH Power User and all-around rad dude Max; in mid-2016, I began my exploration of the desert world of Arrakis with the Dune series. Thankfully for me, Max is a man of quality and virtue, and his recommendation did not fall flat. In fact, I’d consider Dune one of the best works of fiction I’ve ever encountered. Hungry for more tales of the Fremen and their spartan lifestyle, I voraciously devoured Dune‘s sequel Dune Messiah at the end of the year. Curious to explore Frank Herbert’s universe through other media, I went on my own pilgrimage to discover metal bands that have tackled the heady conceptual world of Dune. There, at the foot of Alia’s Nave, I discovered Gholas.

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    January 18, 2017 • Metal, Nerd Shit • Views: 937

  • Your Favourite Album Covers Are Back…In GIF Form!

    Instead of incessantly arguing about the pronunciation, marvel at these awesome animated album covers.

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    January 18, 2017 • Metal, Nerd Shit, Nostalgia Boners • Views: 855

  • SRiHKAL 2016 – Short Releases I Have Known And Loved (Part Two)

    Around this time last year I ran a four-part series highlighting some of my favourite short releases that I found particularly intoxicating throughout 2015. The format was loosely based on the chemical cookbooks of Alexander Shulgin (TiHKAL & PiHKAL), because in the modern age dominated by the imposition of neo-conservatism, draconian drug laws mean the only legal way to experiment with anything fresh is through music. Thankfully the past 12 months saw another veritable glut of EPs, demos, splits and the like pulse through my bloodstream, often altering my consciousness in an inexplicable manner. As I’m sure you’ve already got on board with many of the more well-known short releases from the likes of Dead Congregation, Gorguts, Deathspell Omega, etc. I’m going to cover some of the bands that I think deserve some (more) coverage. As always, adjust your dose based on your age, weight, tolerance, and fingernail length.

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    January 18, 2017 • Metal, Reviews • Views: 531

  • Talkin’ Meat and the Future with Bill Steer of Carcass

    Carcass is… well Carcass. They are the one and only, the first and the last, the greatest in the world and the oft forgotten. They are unfuckwithable in the purest sense of the term. I got a chance to see them back in August (yes I know I’m behind!) and had the unique opportunity to sit down with Bill Steer and talk with him about everything from vegetarianism to the nature of being in a band. While 15 year old Matt quietly peed his pants I couldn’t help but to be amazed with how collected and downright intelligent Mr. Steer is – a sort of death metal pioneer and visionary who still very much fits in the modern age.

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    January 17, 2017 • Interviews, Metal • Views: 2050

  • Review: Viles Vitae — IV (Spoiler: It Rules)

    It is time to place Iceland on notice: If Portugal ever gets its shit together it just might prove the next geographical hotbed of awesome black metal.

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    January 17, 2017 • Metal, Reviews • Views: 581

  • Review: Gone Is Gone – Echolocation

    I am absolutely pathetic when it comes to keeping track of new releases. I often browse through the Toilet’s numerous posts highlighting such material, making notes to return to various releases on Bandcamp and such and then neglecting to. Inevitably, when the end of the year arrives, which my calendar informs me was quite recently, I scroll through the end of year lists of various Toileteers and remember that I have, once again, failed at keeping up with awesome new music. But alas, new year means new me, right?! To hell with all those posers who are going to spend two months in the gym and then quit. I’ll spend those months in front of computer, actually keeping up with new music…and hopefully I won’t quit. For now at least, I’m still on the horse, and I’m here to tell you my thoughts about the new album, and first full-length, from Gone Is GoneEcholocation.

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    January 16, 2017 • Metal, Reviews • Views: 559

  • Sunday Sesh: Show Us Your Siqqq Album Packaging

    Metalheads are notorious for buying physical media. There are a lot of reasons why we do it. Maybe we want to have a physical backup for our vast digital library. Maybe we want to feel that we’re doing something for the scene. One major reason we do it, though, is to get some of that sweet, sweet album art. Sure, not all of it is good, but album packaging is often rad enough to make it worthwhile. Today, I want to see some of the cool ways that bands have made it special to buy a little more than digital.

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    January 15, 2017 • Metal, Open Swim • Views: 882

  • Shirt Stains: Ozzfest Main Stage

    We’re gunna take you back to the past/To laugh at Ozzfest headliners’ shirts that suck ass. Continue Reading

    January 13, 2017 • Metal, Shirt Stains • Views: 914

  • Bells, Whistles & Blastbeats: A Review of Laster’s Ons Vrije Fatum

    Is it just me or has 2017 already come out of the gates swinging? Isn’t January synonymous with down time? Here I am, still trying to pay due respect to my favorite releases of last year; and here comes Laster, kicking up dust, shaking the walls and rattling the cookware. If you like your black metal with a side of…well, all kinds of other shit, then come on in and help yourself to Laster’s new sophomore album, Ons Vrije Fatum. Continue Reading

    January 13, 2017 • Metal, Reviews • Views: 1205