AN NCS PREMIERE: TROLL — “LEGEND MASTER, BOOK 2: THREE EVIL WORDS”
This is another day when newcomers to our site will become confused, or will complain about “bait and switch” tactics. For those folks, let’s be clear up-front that we do make exceptions to that rule brandished in our site’s name. It doesn’t happen often, and when it does it’s well-earned, as it is in [...]
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AN NCS PREMIERE: JOHN, THE VOID — “CURSED”
In their first two releases, a self-titled EP in 2014 and an album entitled II in 2016, the Italian band John, the Void explored conceptual themes rooted in science-fiction and visionary experiences. Their new album, III Adversa, follows a different path. As they have described, each track represents a different feeling, “based on a [...]
AN NCS PREMIERE: DEFECRATOR — “CONFRONTING CHORONZON”
With each new release, I’ve become increasingly transfixed by the music of Sacramento-based Defecrator. That’s saying something, given that I was knocked down pretty hard by their very first recording, the 2015 demo Tales of Defecration (reviewed here). But they’ve moved from strength to further strength, through their 2016 EP Satanic Martydom (reviewed here) to [...]
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AN NCS VIDEO PREMIERE: GLOSON — “USURPER”
In fairly short order the Swedish sludge/post-metal band Gloson have plowed a massive furrow through the landscape of metal — and not the kind of furrow in which pliable earth has been turned, but more like a deep, jagged track carved through granite. We’ve had the pleasure of watching this happen from the beginning, [...]
WHITECHAPEL: “THE VALLEY”
(This is Andy Synn‘s review of the new album by Whitechapel, which will be released by Metal Blade Records on March 29th.) While we don’t always cover the so-called “big name” releases here at NCS, on those special occasions when we do we always try write something that actively adds to the conversation, rather [...]
A CLINICALLY PERFECT CASE OF OBSESSIVE/COMPULSIVE DISORDER