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Author Archives: Jeff Podoshen

Solstafir’s ‘Endless Twilight of Codependent Love’ is a melancholy masterpiece

Posted by on October 20, 2020

  Iceland is home to many bands and musical acts and once boasted about having the “highest number of musicians” per capita. There are indeed so many great bands in Iceland, but none of them are as good as Solstafir. If you don’t believe me, after you listen to Endless Twilight of Codependent Love, you […]

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Mork Gryning’s ‘Hinsides Vrede’ is worth the fifteen year wait.

Posted by on October 8, 2020

  Main man Goth Gorgon took a breather from extreme music for a while back in 2005 and with the massive amount of listens I’ve already given to Hinsides Vrede, I wish to sincerely thank him for coming back. Hinsides Vrede is a breathtakingly diverse and masterful record that is fast, epic, and at times, quiet […]

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Vital Spirit’s debut ‘In the Faith that Looks Through Death’ is an EP you definitely need to listen to

Posted by on September 16, 2020

  Every once and a while I take a listen to a new band I’ve never heard anything from. I receive, literally, hundreds of new metal releases each month from across the globe and the vast majority of them are rather pedestrian. With that in mind, having never been introduced to Vital Spirit before, I […]

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Baroness’ livestream of ‘Gold & Grey’ was perfect

Posted by on September 15, 2020

  I don’t know if there’s one record I have been listening to more from start to finish in the past two years than I have Baroness’ Gold & Grey. And, without any doubt, Baroness live is a treat. I was just experiencing this summer without any live music and without any Baroness when I […]

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Uada’s ‘Djinn’ is, quite frankly, the most important record of the year

Posted by on September 14, 2020

  If you’ve been reading my work here for the past number of years you know where I stand on free speech and free expression. The nauseating politics of cancel culture have tried to ruin the global metal scene for years now, and thankfully, bands like Uada have persevered in the shadow of misguided hostility. […]

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Napalm Death’s ‘Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism’ brings back the groove

Posted by on September 8, 2020

  It’s been about five years since Napalm Death released Apex Predator – Easy Meat and in those five years Napalm has clearly honed their sound. Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism is a fresh sounding record that mixes speeds, experiments a bit with sound and requires the listener to appreciate, at times, a […]

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Ihsahn’s ‘Pharos’ is the ying to ‘Telemark’s’ yang

Posted by on August 31, 2020

  If you haven’t had the chance to listen to Ihsahn’s Telemark yet, you really should. In fact, it’s one of my favorite records of 2020. While Telemark was very much a cold (with the exception of those oh-so-warm horns) black metal record focused heavily on Norway and Ihsahn’s experiences in the northern Scandinavian forests, […]

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Darkened’s ‘Kingdom of Decay’ is not to be missed

Posted by on August 13, 2020

Pan-international quintet Darkened may not exactly be a household name in the metal community, but they will be soon. While the band itself may only be slightly more than a year old, the collective experience of the band members is pretty incredible. Here’s the lineup for their debut LP: Drums:  Andy Whale (ex Bolt Thrower/Memoriam) […]

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Prosanctus Inferi’s ‘Hypnotic Blood Art’ is hypnotizingly good

Posted by on August 12, 2020

  Hypnotic Blood Art is Prosanctus Inferi’s third LP. Hailing from Ohio, this band has been creating extreme black/death metal for nearly a decade and a half. Their latest record is very tight and well-crafted but without missing a beat in terms of its brutality. “Dark Scarp of Hell” is the perfect opener to this […]

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Valkyrie’s ‘Fear’ is masterfully genuine hard-edged rock and roll

Posted by on July 14, 2020

  If you read the pages here at Metal Insider you know we’re big fans of Baroness. And if you, like me, have been craving some new tunes that aren’t far off from the Baroness sound, you definitely want to check out Fear, by Valkyrie, which releases on Relapse Records. Valkyrie, as you may already […]

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