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Author Archives: Chip McCabe

Dissident Aggression: Sulphur – Omens of Doom

Posted by on May 13, 2016

Black and death metal have been kissing cousins for longer than anyone would probably care to admit. Even when the corpse painted legions of Scandinavia took over as the underground’s flavor of the month in the early to mid 90s, while death metal seemed to, in general, take the proverbial back seat, the two genres […]

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Dissident Aggression: Sun Worship – Pale Dawn

Posted by on May 5, 2016

Worshiping of the sun has been practiced for literally thousands of years and across various regions of the globe. The Ancient Egyptians obviously saw a large chuck of their religion revolve around that big, fiery ball in the sky. Various Native American tribes in North and South America held the sun in high importance, including […]

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Dissident Aggression: Coffin Dust – Everything Is Dead

Posted by on April 29, 2016

Once upon a time, genre descriptors mattered much less than they do today. Even now, when some folks look back on metal from its earliest days the music gets tagged with genres that simply didn’t exist at the time. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact it can help those in search of a […]

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Dissident Aggression: Howls of Ebb – Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows

Posted by on April 22, 2016

There are dozens of death metal bands these days taking the genre on long, strange trips into a world of atmospherics that are almost cinematic in scope. Instead of just simply growling and blasting away about all things dark and frightening, this new generation of bands wants to personally take you there, hand-in-hand, down the […]

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Dissident Aggression: Curse The Son – Isolator

Posted by on April 15, 2016

The history of doom metal is one that runs deep and basically parallel with metal itself. From the first lumbering notes that emanated from Tony Iommi’s fret board, doom metal has been able to trace its roots right back to the genesis of it all. While it may have waxed and waned in popularity over […]

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Dissident Aggression: Necrot – The Labyrinth

Posted by on April 1, 2016

As death metal continues its decade-long rebuild from the ground up, more and more acts are taking the genre on long and strange trips, often times, making highly successful forays back to whence it once came. Enter Oakland’s Necrot and their new (not so new) album The Labyrinth. Not so new because it’s been culled […]

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Dissident Aggression: Cult of Luna and Julie Christmas – Mariner

Posted by on March 25, 2016

Sometimes worlds collide, and sometimes two already amazing entities transform into one. Sometimes the most provocative and most profound results can be achieved by the union of two seemingly unlikely sources. Such is the case with the stunning new collaboration between Sweden’s Cult of Luna and American vocalist Julie Christmas. Since their first studio album […]

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Dissident Aggression: Suspiral – Delve into the Mysteries of Transcendence

Posted by on March 18, 2016

Spain may not be the hottest of metal hot beds, but the once former champion state of all things Catholicism has spat forth their fair share of musical blasphemy. However there may be no Spanish bands more blasphemous, none more downright savage in their musical leanings as the relatively new outfit, Suspiral. Fresh off the […]

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Dissident Aggression: Ritual Chamber – Obscurations (To Feast On The Seraphim)

Posted by on March 11, 2016

While the one-man black metal jam, usually playing the lowest of the lo-fi, became a somewhat popular trend in the 90s, the concept of putting together an album all by your lonesome remained a very large anomaly in other extreme genres. But as time and technology moved forward the idea of putting together something completely […]

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