Nyogthaeblisz – Apex Satanist (Iron Bonehead, 2016)

To say that Texas’ Nyogthaeblisz exists on the outermost fringes of black metal would be an understatement.  Their highly corrosive, blown-out sound has a lot more in common with an album like Venereology or Inner Mind Mystique than it does with Transilvanian Hunger. There very well might be something resembling traditional black metal lurking under the layers of distortion, but it is buried so deeply that it becomes something completely and utterly alien in Nyogthaeblisz’s hands.

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Previews & Predictions: WWE Royal Rumble 2017

The Royal Rumble has been my favorite Pay-Per-View since I was a little kid.  It’s easily the most fun event of  the year, and I always get a kick out of the surprises and unpredictability that comes with throwing thirty pro wrestlers in the same ring at the same time. The rest of the card for this year’s event doesn’t really thrill me, but I will always love the Rumble match.  So without further ado, let’s break it on down…

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Previews & Predictions: NXT Takeover San Antonio

Hot on the heels of Wrestle Kingdom 11 comes another mega pro wrestling event in the form of WWE’s Royal Rumble weekend.  But, before we get to the Rumble itself, NXT will be putting on yet another TakeOver event the night before.  So without further ado, let’s break it down match by match…

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Sepultura – Machine Messiah (Nuclear Blast, 2017)

I can think of few bands that have managed to battle their way back from the edge of oblivion the way Sepultura has, yet get so little credit for doing so.  It’s no secret that following a major lineup change, the boys from Brazil spent several years in the wilderness, but what isn’t talked about is their defiant return to relevance after many had written them off.  Their comeback began as early as Dante XXI, but with 2011’s crushing Kairos they regained much of their lost footing, and by the time the woefully underrated The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart rolled around in 2013, Sepultura were once again firing on all cylinders.

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Born from the Unholy Fire: A Werewolf Records Roundup

Werewolf Records, the label founded by Werwolf of the infamous Satanic Warmaster (among tons of other bands) has recently entered into a partnership with Hells Headbangers.  The label is kicking off 2017 with a slew of interesting releases as a result of this recently forged alliance, so without further ado, let’s take a closer look.

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Hunting for Heavy Metal #1

Every year, I buy tons of music.  Some would say way too much, but hey, there are way worse things to be addicted to.  I thought it would be fun to start a semi-regular column where I share a little about my latest scores, especially since many of them are older albums that don’t warrant full reviews due to their age.  So w/o further ado, I present the the first installment of Hunting for Heavy Metal.

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Aftermath: NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11 and New Year Dash

The world of professional wrestling just witnessed a phenomenal two days of events in the form of Wrestle Kingdom 11 and New Year Dash. There were a lot of key takeaways that will help shape the coming year for New Japan Pro Wrestling, with all of the company’s titles but one changing hands over the course of January 4th and 5th, but there are several major developments in particular that are bound to have major repercussions throughout 2017.

[WARNING: Spoilers ahead]

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