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  • Review: Gnaw Their Tongues — Hymns for the Broken, Swollen and Silent

    Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will . . . uh . . . cast out demons. Continue Reading

    December 1, 2016 • Reviews • Views: 1253

  • You Are Hearing A Mental Breakdown: An Interview with Lord Sar

    Last year, I became entranced by the bleak and sorrowful world of Sar Nath‘s Sorrow and Psychopathium Consummate. This was an otherworldly place of noise and fear, one sculpted by a very particular mind. Intriguingly, I began to notice Sar Nath’s sole member, Lord Sar, interacting with our Facebook page, so I reached out to him to discover what makes him tick. I expected the interview to be interesting, but I was very pleasantly surprised by Lord Sar’s glib and approachable nature. What follows is an unfiltered conversation on mental health, scene politics, and everything in between.

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    February 3, 2016 • Interviews • Views: 1281

  • This Toilet Tuesday (12/1/15)

    Welcome to another round of new releases on This Toilet Tuesday! With winter nearly upon us, the metal has grown noticeably icier, with frosty black metal being the dominating force on this week’s roundup. That’s not to say that there’s nothing else to enjoy; there’s plenty of doom, power metal, and even a couple folk metal bands thrown in there this time. With this much variety, there’s no excuse for not finding something you don’t like. Get at it!

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    December 1, 2015 • New Stuff • Views: 1512

  • Extra! Extra! Hot Metal News Fresh Off The Presses!

    Here is some metal news you can use. Just be sure to clean off the applicator when you’re done. Continue Reading

    November 9, 2015 • Metal, News • Views: 1160

  • Groundbreakers: Ministry – The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste

    In an earlier edition of Groundbreakers, we inducted Fear Factory‘s Demanufacture into our very own hall of fame. As important as that album was to the development of heavy metal, it itself owes much to today’s inductee, Ministry‘s The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste. Along with other machinist stalwarts KMFDM and Godflesh, Ministry helped spawn the subgenre that would come to be known as industrial metal, one that still exists today in various fashions. Moreover, the legacy of Ministry’s most pivotal release can still be found in the deepest, darkest reaches of extreme metal.

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    May 28, 2015 • Groundbreakers, Reviews • Views: 1725

  • Community Post: Best Songs ov 2014

    2014 has been a banner year in heavy metal. Dissonant death metal is on the rise. Black metal, in its multifarious forms, continues to seethe and boil over in the underground. An entire army of technical death metal bands unleashed their widdlies, and more traditional stalwarts stood firm. Amid all the chaos of year-end listmania, you may be facing severe option paralysis. Perhaps you don’t have the time to listen to all of the albums we’ve listed and are in dire need of a few songs to help you decide how to spend your precious, fleeting grains in the hourglass. Well never fear, because I polled the writers and members of our little community, and each of us has presented our single favorite song of 2014. If you have a suggestion for the single best song of 2014, drop it in the comments. Let’s get this done!

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    December 15, 2014 • Listmania, Opinion • Views: 2107

  • The Best Albums of 2014: TovH Editor’s Picks

    Today your friendly editors are sharing their picks for the best of 2014. Ch-ch-check it.

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    December 11, 2014 • Opinion • Views: 4068

  • TovH’s Best of 2014: HessianHunter, Guacamole Jim, Leif Bearikson, & Stockhausen

    The Toilet ov Hell’s writers are running down their favorite releases of 2014. Today HessianHunter, Guacamole Jim, Leif Berikson, and Stockhausen are sharing their top 10 lists. Let’s publicly mock them together:

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    December 10, 2014 • Listmania • Views: 2803

  • Edward’s Best Albums Of 2014

    A lot happened in music in 2014. In heavy metal, 2014 was dubbed the year of “hideous sludge” early on, but like 2013, death metal played a major role in the year’s best albums. Death Grips broke up. People were saddened, not many were surprised. In popular music, record sales were barely a blip, again, not many people were surprised. Personally, I listened to a metric shit ton of new albums this year, as well as a lot of new-to-me albums from past years, without hearing nearly everything I wanted to. I wrote my first-ever article about music for this very website; cries of POSER and LIFELOVER rang out across the Deep Web and into the Void. Electronic music, strangely, came back into my musical diet in a big way in the form of heavy and harsh noise.

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    December 8, 2014 • Listmania, Metal, Nerd Shit, Opinion • Views: 2594

  • Music as a System: The Evolution of Metal Drumming

    Greetings and welcome back to Music as a System. In the last two editions of this feature, we’ve discussed how to apply lessons from systems external to the music business to improve or analyze issues within the world of metal. In this edition, I’m going to take a slightly different tack and explore the origins of certain elements within metal music and frame these in a similar vein to how science progresses.

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    November 20, 2014 • Opinion • Views: 1962