[Feature] Fallen Empire

Fallen Empire Records is a Portland, Oregon label that specializes in black metal. Founded on 18 June 2011 and operated pretty much entirely by just one guy, Fallen Empire has made a name for itself among message boards and in the experimental underground as a label known for harsh and raw metal in a variety of styles and geographic locations. […]

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Horrendous – The Chills

Recommendation: 🐺🐺☁ Horrendous is an American death metal band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that’s part of the recent trend in new-school, old-school death metal. The Chills features a crunchy guitar tone with somewhat lo-fi and loud production, which moderately reproduces the Morrisound production that characterized a lot of big death metal releases in the early nineties. Released in 2012, The Chills […]

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Order from Chaos – Stillbirth Machine

Recommendation: 🐺🐺☁ Blasphemy, Conqueror, and Sarcófago get a lot of attention, but there’s one band in particular without whom the concept of war metal would be forever different: Order from Chaos. This Midwestern band started up in Kansas City, Missouri in 1987 and released three blistering full-lengths and a ten EPs/demos over an eight-year run. The band was fronted by […]

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AOTW | 30 October – 1 November: Anubi – Kai pilnaties akis užmerks mirtis

The featured album for this year’s SUNNbleach is a somewhat obscure black metal release from Lithuania called Kai pilnaties akis užmerks mirtis. This is the only full-length release from the band Anubi, whose frontman Lord Ominous died in a boating accident in Lake Michigan in March 2002. Coming out in 1997, Kai pilnaties akis užmerks mirtis merged the styles of […]

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Bride of SUNNbleach

This is SUNNbleach, the alter ego of Sunbleach in which we discuss extreme metal music, media, and culture. SUNNbleach originally ran the weekend of April Fool’s Day 2017, and it now takes over the site every year for Halloween. This year, SUNNbleach will run from 30 October through 1 November, after which it will return to regularly scheduled programming. This […]

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Lurker of Chalice – Lurker of Chalice

Recommendation: 🐺🐺☁ Lurker of Chalice is a project by black metal artist Wrest, who is most known for making music through the depressive/suicidal death metal of Leviathan. The only extant album from Lurker of Chalice was released in 2005, although Wrest has stated that other material has been recorded. In contrast to the high-contrast, high-treble screeching tones of Leviathan albums […]

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Discordance Axis – The Inalienable Dreamless

Recommendation: 🐺🐺🐺 The Inalienable Dreamless rivals Jane Doe by Converge in its ugliness. In only twenty-three minutes, the grindcore trio that is Discordance Axis reveal one of the most technical and progressive albums in the genre – and without a bassist, too. The perceived stillness of The Inalienable Dreamless by the sea on the cover artwork obfuscates the horrifying yet […]

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