The Metal Mortuary July, 2019

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It has been an amazingly long time - almost two years - since I’ve recorded one of these podcasts! I am back making them now, but I don’t know what the schedule will be like for new episode releases. As I cobble together enough music, I’ll put out new casts.

Furthermore, I am going to make a greater effort to put these up on iTunes. It was denied last time I tried, but I’ll investigate further in the upcoming weeks.

Anyways, let’s get to the brutality!

Crushing Hate
Unholy Shit
Band Camp

Hatesong crush with classic crust-punk/ black metal reminiscent of Darkthrone. Their uncompromising attitude explodes through every song on their 4 song EP, Unholy Shit! If you’re into brutal, satanic shit, Hatesong is for you.

Check them out live in Indianapolis at State Street Pub, July 24th 2019


Band Camp

8 songs of Midwestern anger fueled by classic Speed Metal, Sabbathian heaviness, and D-Beat. Recorded at Earth Analog in Tolono, IL by Matt Talbott (Hum) & mastered by Dan Randall (Ghoul) at Mammoth Sound.

Check them out July 22 2019 at State Street Pub
with Black Knife and Crisis Actor 


Internet Tough Guy
Generation Coward

Band Camp

Undisputed kings of the grindcore underworld, PHOBIA return with a devastating new track titled "Internet Tough Guy," taken from the band's upcoming 7th album Generation Coward. After nearly 30 years of grinding skulls into dust, PHOBIA are still as pissed-off and lethal as ever.

Willowtip Records will release
Generation Coward August 9 on CD, LP and digital.


Day of the Dead

Four years after the release of their 5th LP, The Worst, in 1996, Sarcófago once again entered the studio. This time, though, to record an EP. With only four tracks and clocking in at a little over 11 minutes, Crust went on to become one of the band’s most extreme and sought after releases. This release would also go on to be the band’s last, as soon after the end of the recordings the band officially disbanded. After many years of never giving in to any musical trend, Sarcófago bowed out leaving one of the most significant legacies in all of extreme metal having influenced a plethora of bands including stalwarts such as Mayhem, Beherit, Darkthrone, and so many more.

Phanton Hawk 
Band Camp

are a German metal five-piece who batters like classic Tank and dazzles like early Iron Maiden.
Just over a year after the release of their well-received self-titled debut EP,
Pulver emerge with the Kings Under the Sand full-length, an album loaded with eight taut, memorable, but gritty classic metal cuts.

Vultures Vengeance
Lord of the Key
The Knightlore
Band Camp

From the Italian underground comes Vultures Vengeance, a heavy epic metal quartet that defends the realm of the obscure on their first full-length album, The Knightlore. The album consists of eight tracks of diverse and challenging epic metal. Vultures Vengeance (who are rounded out by co-lead guitarist Tony L.A. and new drummer Matt Serafini) have not only captured the spirit found on their first two EPs, they have expanded upon it. The album’s eight songs provide the band the perfect platform to showcase their penchant for storytelling and sterling songcraft.

Death’s Head in Crown
Band Camp

The UK’s LVCIFYRE have re-emerged with Sacrament, a 23-minute extended-play offering of cacophonous and wretched death metal savagery. Where relentless and violent death metal riffing meets chaotic and claustrophobic atmosphere, Sacrament is a delve into the corner of death metal fringe that many fear to explore.

Warmarch Anthem
Death Conquers All
Band Camp

Boris Records is excited to announce the reissue of 2011's Death Conquers All from Atlanta Black Metal Horde HELLGOAT.
With a half dozen years having passed since the release of
Hellgoat’s first full-length album, Blasphemy from Serpent Tongues in 2005, Death Conquers All was motivated by the same infernal zeal as its predecessor.

Seven Scars
Cyber Metal
Band Camp

Veteran west coast metallers SKELATOR has signed with Gates Of Hell Records for the release of their fifth studio album, “Cyber Metal.”
Formed in 1998, SKELATOR has capably flown the flag of never-say-die true metal, harnessing Jason Conde-Houston’s stratospheric vocal range, dueling guitar harmonies and battle-tested rhythms.

Pestis Inferos
Beyond the Veil
Band Camp

Brace yourselves for the ferocious debut EP from USBM trio PESTIS INFEROS. Beyond the Veil of Light contains five furious statements of blasphemous intent. The approach is relentless, the atmosphere fetid, and the attitude fueled by the fires below. PESTIS INFEROS give new meaning to "scorched earth," as the audio violence on the band's debut EP is intended to leaving a lasting, albeit scarred, impression on those listeners brave enough to withstand the onslaught. No fixes, no edits. Pure fury and pain.

The Metal Mortuary Podcast Mid October, '17

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Efforts were made, but very little were made to make THIS podcast. If you're into gaming, nerdy stuff or anything Vampire: the Masquerade related, check out some of our other podcasts. Otherwise, listen to metal below. 


Chaotic Devotion
Boris Records
19 September 2017

Lexington, Kentucky-based trio TOMBSTALKER will unleash a 7-inch platter of insanity later this month. 
Boris Records will release Chaotic Devotion on September 19. The EP features two new songs – “Scared to Death” and “Treads of War.” 
Established in 2008, these champions of chaos have been harnessing their unique blend of Black and Death Metal fury and are prepared to conquer all in their path. Following a string EP’s, demos and splits, Chaotic Devotion is the follow up EP to their 2015 debut full-length Black Crusades and features two brand new molten slabs of war crushing death musick.

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Spectral Voice
Eroded Corridors of Unbeing
Dark Descent Recods
13 October 2017

After no less than five demos/rehearsals and two splits, Colorado's SPECTRAL VOICE are finally crossing the Styx and delivering their first proper full-length...and it is gigantic.
While things appear quite straight-forward on paper (the band has never hidden their love of roughly mixing early and down tuned Finnish death metal with extreme doom in an acid bath) there's something quite unique about them. Instead of weakening their impact, their rawness and vast sound only emphasizes their genuine thirst for darkness.
Like a lurker oozing with evil intentions, SPECTRAL VOICE like to remain in the shadows. There, they've patiently learned from their elders, only to regurgitate their own brand of extreme death/doom. For instance, 'Visions of Psychic Dismemberment' is an eleven-minute long trip into the darkest regions of our collective mind, where UNHOLY's trippiest moments join INCANTATION for a dance around the fire. The opening blast beat sequence in 'Lurking Gloom' on the top of bleak arpeggios will fire up most DISEMBOWELMENT freaks.
Far more than just a sum of its parts, Eroded Coridors of Unbeing is a unique and claustrophobic voyage, cavernous yet full of clarity. Here, SPECTRAL VOICE is the sound of one's soul going further down the abyss...and they're taking you with them.
Dark Descent Records will release Eroded Corridors of Unbeing on CD, vinyl, cassette and digital formats on October 13.


7 August 2017

Costa Rican Extreme Prog Metallers NOSTOC will self-release their stunning debut album ÆVUM on August 7. One spin of ÆVUM and you'll be floored at the realization that this is NOSTOC's first full-length album, as the musical dynamics and musicians recalls band's that have spent years honing their craft. Blasting extremity meets progressive composition and melodic sensibility, packaged in a way that is cohesive, penetrating, and utterly unforgettable.

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Pavement Entertainment
4 August 2017

Copenhagen-based modern hardcore group Psy:code has teamed with Pavement Entertainment for the release of MØRKE. Psy:code is a band driven by a desire to reach beyond its own boundaries. The band’s first two releases, Delusion and Cause and Neglect, were met with critical acclaim by critics worldwide. The praise was not met with complacency and Psy:code set the bar higher when writing their third album. 
MØRKE is a natural progression, while remaining grounded in the roots planted by its predecessors. Over the years Psy:code has supported several major acts, including Slayer, Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Trivium, Gorefest, Illdisposed and Artillery. The band has toured extensively in their native Denmark and throughout Europe. 
Psy:code has a series of videos planned in the months following the release of MØRKE. Tour dates in support of the album will be announced soon.

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I Klatus
Nagual Sun
13 October 2017

Chicago Doom/Sludge eclectics I KLATUS will release Nagual SunOctober 13 on digital and analog (cassette) formats. The highly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s Kether is the band’s third full-length album (and fifth release overall). The overall sound of Nagual Sunmaintains the gritty roots for which I KLATUS is known, while at the same time launches the group into new and more fully fleshed-out dimensions of weirdness.
Tom Denney is the primary soothsayer behind I KLATUS. Denney, whose background is steeped in the visual arts, has provided artwork and monsters for a laundry list of signed metal acts in the community (KYLESA, BLACK COBRA, SAMOTHRACE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, CEPHALIC CARNAGE and RWAKE just to name a few). His guitar squalls hard against the shores of this stoner metal effort, but also manages to rise above the storm in melodic hymns. Denney trades growling vocals with bass player, John E. Bomher, Jr. (BURY THE MACHINES, YAKUZA), who keeps things grinding nicely, while also providing some sweeter tones when they let songs open up and sweep across more ethereal planes. 
Bomher doubles as the band’s producer with his extensive experience in the studio; his work on the album sets this release head and shoulders above their previous efforts in terms of production quality. The drums are championed by Chris Wozniak (LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR, EARTHEN GRAVE, SERPENT CROWN) who metes out doom in guttural timing. Wozniak just pounds and pounds, hitting that sonic-pocket, which gives the stoner/doom genre its feeling of lift and expansiveness. Some noises and textures by former member, Robert Bauwens, are also tucked into the nooks and crannies of these tracks.


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Execution of Violence
Redefining Darkness Records
13 October 2017

Denver Death Dealers BLOODSTRIKE have announced the October 13 release of sophomore album Execution of Violence on Redefining Darkness Records.
Execution of Violence takes the ferocious Old School Death Metal of 2015 debut In Death We Rot (released on Redefining Darkness Records) and ups the annihilation ante! Armed with 10 new tracks of focused brutality, on Execution of ViolenceBLOODSTRIKE is prepared to spread their reign of terror to more unexplored territories at home and abroad.
The album was produced by BLOODSTRIKE and recorded by Jeff Alexis. Mixing was done by John Bart Van Der Wal and mastering by the mighty Dan Swanö.

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Ghastly Music
5 May 2017

Italian Death Metal band INTEGRAL has a sound that can be summarized as the merging point of melodic death metal riffing, brutal blast beats, harsh vocal lines, deathcore groovy breakdowns, and mellow fusion openings. That is exactly what one gets from the 10 tracks on the band’s debut album Resilience, along with introspective and inner conflict-based lyrics. Mixed and mastered by Ettore Rigotti (Destrage, Disarmonia Mundi, Babymetal…), the album also features Steffen Kummerer from OBSCURA and Tommy Talamanca from SADIST.
A recommended choice for fans of THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BEYOND CREATION, THE FACELESS, GOROD, and technical death metal in general.


Plains of Decay
Dark Descent Records
29 September 2017

Greece's own rotten Death Metal savages NECROVOROUS are set to release Plains of Decay September 29 on Dark Descent Records. A vinyl LP version of the album is also in the works.
Known for their undying adoration for everything sleazy, macabre and genuinely disturbing, the NECROVOROUS ghouls have risen from their crypt after years of hibernation and are staring at you with bloodshot eyes while brandishing scepters made of human bones.  The world's best attempts to keep from waken the beast have failed miserably. Proceed with cauthon, as the death metal equivalent of Jörg Buttgereit flick “Plains of Decay” is coming to melt with your brain.  To avoid fainting, keep on repeating …”It’s only a record… It’s only a record… It’s only a record…”


I Am Warhol
A Riff Through Time
released April 3, 2017

Recorded just outside of Chicago in the first quarter of 2017, I Am Warhol's "A Riff Through Time" EP is a return to form of 3 friends jamming in a room together for the first time since the George Dubya presidency.


The Metal Mortuary Podcast February '17

Welcome once again to the Metal Mortuary Podcast. Pardon the length since the last podcast. I promise to make an effort to put one of these together every couple of weeks. Right now, with the other two podcasts we do over here at the Labs, time is very restrictive. Anyways, enough belly aching, here's metal for your face! 

Lantern - Lucid Endlessness
II: Morphosis 
Dark Descent Records 
17 March 2017

Aborted Fetus - Burning at Stake
The Art of Violent Torture 
Comatose Music 
28 April 2017

Invasion - Approaching Cauldron of Horror
Destroyer of Mankind 
Abyss Records 
17 February 2017

Mutilator - Paranoic Command
Immortal Force
Greyhaze Records 
14 January 2017

Desecrate the Faith - Predatory Implant
Unholy Infestation 
Comatose Music 
3 March 2017

Lunar Shadow - The Kraken
Far from Light
Cruz Del Sur Music 
10 March 2017

Gorephilia - Hellfire
Severed Monolith
Dark Descent Records 
3 March 2017

Omnizide - himmelstrasse
Carnal Records / Daemon Worship Productions 
16 December 2016

Temptation's Wings - to Forge a Legend
Skulthor Ebonblade 
10 March 2017

Epoch - Vision Absolute
Lavadome Productions 
31 January 2017

Killing Addiction - Extinction Agenda
Shores of Oblivion 
Xtreem Music 
25 November 2016

Grafvitnir - Serpents Blood
Obeisance to a Witch Moon 
Carnal Records / Daemon Worship Productions 
16 December 2016

The Metal Mortuary Podcast Late October 2016

Welcome to the all new, moderately improved Metal Mortuary. This is the very first edition of the reboot podcast that I'll be assembling and releasing on some form of schedule. What that schedule is, I can't say yet, but there will be one. Anyways, it's October, which is perfect for some Death and Black Metal. Check it out, download the podcast and share it with your friends. Most importantly, go support these bands. More than any other thing I do on this site, this is for the creators. The little amount of work I might do putting this together PALES in comparison to those creating the content and busting their asses to make the most underappreciated and most maligned music out there.  
Support Metal. Support the community. Buy a record. 

Decomposed - Submerged
Swedish Death Metal
"Wither" available 10/03/2016 on Chaos Records
Purchase here




Dehumanized - PCCR
NY Brutal Death Metal
"Beyond the Mind" available 10/28/2016
Purchase here





Vultures Vengeance - And the Wind Still Screams His Name
Italian Heavy Metal
"Where the Time Dwelt in" available October, 2016
Purchase here


Face of Oblivion - Irreconcilable Differences
Technical Death Metal from Mn. 
"Cataclysmic Desolation" available 11/11/2016
Purchase here





Northern Crown - With Malicious Eye
Epic Doom Metal from Fl. 
"The Others" out now!
Purchase here





Old Chapel - Leaving a Body
Death Metal from Russia
"Visions From Beyond" out 11/07/2016
Purchase here


Narthraal - Million Graves to Fill
Old School Death Metal from Iceland
"Chainsaw Killing Spree" ep. out now!
Purchase here




Vimur - Memory of Heathen Reign
Black Metal from Atlanta, GA
"Exegsis" 12" ep. out now!
Purchase here


Blasphemer - Antichristian Extremism
Brutal Death Metal from Italy
"Ritual Theophagy" out now on Comatose Records
Purchase here


Hellgoat - Inner Sanctum Ablaze
Black Metal from Atlanta, GA
"Eden in Flames" ep. out now!
Purchase here


Cretus Interview

Recently, I had the chance to catch up with the mysterious and elusive Louisiana-based band, CRETUS. Their new EP, Dux Mea Lux just dropped Sept. 4th, on Pavement Entertainment. While very little is known about this masked collective, it was my hope to shed a little light on this enigmatic ensemble.   

According to their press information:
"While it is unknown exactly when or where CRETUS formed, they began publicly spreading their message through music in 2014, with the group rapidly gaining strong support after their first show opening for legendary metal band DOWN in New Orleans. Devout followers of CRETUS pack into shows wearing the group's signature black masks and cloaks, bobbing their heads in support as hypnotic lights pulse and dense fog surrounds them, becoming a raving heavy metal congregation unable and unwilling to escape the dark energy emanating from the speakers. Multi-sensory performance rituals such as sacrificial demonstrations and strange pagan rites add an even more ominous tone to the already frightening spectacle of the four masked figures destroying the stage. Heavily symbolic imagery, esoteric subject matter, and poetic lyrics give listeners something deeper to latch onto with CRETUS, and Pavement Records is proud to be releasing their debut EP Dux Mea Lux, worldwide on September 4, 2015."

Needless to say, after listening to their newly released EP, I was profoundly curious to know a bit more about CRETUS. Without further ado, here's our conversation:

Utility Muffin: I’ve investigated Cretus online, and there’s an obvious shroud of mystery that surrounds your band. For the uninitiated, please explain how and why your band came about.

Cretus: Cretus is a group that has been around for many years in the United States.  The band is a new form of outreach that will enable us to spread our message to people of a similar intellect on a much wider scale than in the past.  Traditionally we have been very selective with sharing our knowledge, but we feel it's important, especially with the current state of things, to take a much more aggressive approach to spreading the message.

UM: Tell me why you’ve chosen to keep your identities obscured, and how the symbolism you’ve chosen plays into the message you’re trying to send.

C: Individuality is ego. Ego is meaningless. We do not wish to achieve celebrity. Those who seek fame do not seek truth. We only wish for our message to be heard. Our message is really about the search for truth. As for our symbolism, it has much to do with nature and the nature of the Universe. We are just animals in this world, each representing a different truth about the natural order of things.

UM: Have you noticed any backlash from religious groups because of your image or message?

C: It is not our duty to make the unwilling become willing. There will always be those who do not understand. Only those that seek out the truth may find it.

UM: Tell me about how your geographical location has played into the sound of your music, as well as how it may have played into the iconography and ideology of your movement.

C: Our land is beautiful, full of life and vibrancy while at the same time, next to the edge of destruction and extinction. Our music is similar to that natural truth, as are a lot of other groups from this area. We do find most musicians and groups have similar thoughts as us, a common ideology, even if they do not embrace our exact followings.

UM: Tell me, if you could, about – What’s going on in the woods of southeast Louisiana?

C: We all make our own decisions. This is truth.

UM: Tell me a little bit about the production for your music video for “The Price of Immortality.” How did that video come about, and was it a difficult process to create?

C: CRETUS, as a whole, is very pleased with the video. We were only asked to perform in it for the musical performance. Director Andrew Michael Stubbs took some liberties with his portrayal of CRETUS obviously, but we recognize the entertainment value and necessity in this day and age to capture a young audience’s attention. If it helps with our outreach program we are willing to participate.

UM: How do you, as a band/group/collective, reconcile science with spirituality? Generally, for most people, the two tend to be vastly distinct entities unto themselves. How is this different for Cretus and your collective concepts of “known truths?”

C: As long ago as Avicenna's Floating Man experiment humans have been capable of understanding that consciousness and the body are independent of one another.  Understanding their relationship and purpose is key to understanding all truth.  How could you look at one without the other and claim to have any sort of knowledge of the world?  Those who are seeking more may begin their search in the "Resources" section of our website,

UM: You’ve said in a recent interview that “We’ve been misunderstood and our words taken out of context, so we are very hesitant to whom we speak with about this program…” when asked about your production process. Can you elaborate on how you’ve been taken out of context, or perhaps set the record straight on these misunderstandings?

C: You cannot tell the history of a tree simply by looking at its bark.  You've got to cut it open and kill it to count the rings, don't you?

UM: Can you share the names of any bands you’d want to tour with, that perhaps may have an ideology you’d find consistent with your own?

C: We have many favorites, but we welcome any chance to play with any band or group as long as they are open to us sharing our message with the audience.

UM: Finally, do you have any plans to tour nationally, and can you share any information about how fans can learn more about your music and message?

C: Yes, we are setting up outreach dates now for 2016. You can learn much about our universe at

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Used with permission C/O Clawhammer PR

Used with permission C/O Clawhammer PR

Nihilstinen Barbaarisuus – The Child Must Die

Used with permission C/O Clawhammer PR 

Used with permission C/O Clawhammer PR 

Forged out of the icy wilderness of the north, this beast of Helsinki/Philadelphia composes odes of cold subsonics and frigid atmospheres. Inspired by founder Mika Mage’s Finnish heritage, the band showcases Ambient Black Metal visuals and atmospheres. Cold, grim, and strangely uplifting, Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus are masters of melancholy...

Before I start this review, I want to say, I’m a sucker for physical media. I just received my copy of The Child Must Die today. First, I love the Digipak and the vivid artwork. The front and back cover are illustrated with evocative imagery that harkens to early classic Black Metal albums like Emperor’s In the Nightside Eclipse and Dark Funeral’s Secrets of the Black Arts. It’s filled with deep purple, green and blue hues, invoking that feeling of something dark and ancient. The cold color scheme has to be intentional, because it’s a subtle advisory of what’s to be found in the music within.

The Child Must Die is basically, from my understanding, a concept album. With the exception of the title track, the lyrics are adapted from The Kalevala, a compilation of epic poetry from Finnish oral folklore and mythology. This is serious North American Black Metal that is deeply rooted in the thematic concepts of Northern European paganism and heathen creation myth.

 Lyrical concepts aside, this is a velocious, frigid and ferocious album.

 Many black metal bands use or have used keyboards, synths and other atmospheric tools to varying degrees of success (including this band in previous releases). Quite a few bands only manage to detract and distract with atmospheric keyboards. As I listen to The Child Must Die, I only hear it improve the frigid textures of the music.

 These songs are hard, bleak and forceful. This album starts with the song, Wondrous Sampo, which without warning, thrusts the listener headlong into aural abuse. Väinämöinen, in particular, throttles forward with blistering blast beats, while the keys help to evoke a rich layer of atmosphere. These elements perfectly complement the stark, throaty wails of the vocalist, Joel Robert Thompson. The production of this album craftily combines a classic, raw style, with a crispness that belies the skill and musicianship of Mika Mage’s obvious perfectionism.  

I don’t know if this album is going to break new ground for any black metal fans, and I don’t know if it needs to. This album does exactly what it’s supposed to do: be really fucking brutal Atmospheric Black metal. In that sense, it is a work of perfection. The Child Must Die is unmistakably unique in that this album doesn’t sound like anyone else, but it still fits comfortably within the confines of the genre.

If you are a fan of raw, cold, atmospheric Black Metal, Nihilstinen Barbaarisuus’ the Child Must Die is required listening. It’s a savage, 33 minute journey that will beg additional listens. This is my favorite release so far this year, and one of the best USBM albums I’ve heard in a while. Do yourself a favor and get a copy.