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Exclusive Album Stream: Burials & Exhausted Prayer Split
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Burials and Exhausted Prayer Split

Ladies and gentlemen, have we got a treat for you this week! Geeks of Doom is very proud to offer up the exclusive album stream of the new split release from Burials and Exhausted Prayer. These two west coast bands are among the most exciting and innovative in the metal underground today. Listen here below!

Burials hails from Portland, Oregon, and has evolved over the course of the last eight years from a fairly straight metallic hardcore band into its current amalgam of black metal, death metal, thrash, hardcore, and progressive rock.

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NYCHFF 2016: The “Shorts & Longs” Of Night 2
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NYCHFF 2016 Night 2

After a wildly successful opening night, the NYC Horror Film Festival continued slashing away last night, from the Cinepolis Chelsea in the heart of Manhattan. I took in two more feature horror films, as well as five more incredible shorts. The festival, started by the late Michael J. Hein, is the longest-running horror festival in New York, in its incredible 14th year, and it’s continuing throughout the weekend. Screenings started at noon today, with the highlight being the Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to classic scream queen, Adrienne Barbeau (Creepshow, The Fog). Tomorrow, will bring another set of films followed by the NYCHFF Awards Ceremony.

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Massive Metal Monday: Vader “Prayer To The God Of War”
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Vader Band Photo

Polish death metal titan Vader is set to release the twelfth studio album of its legendary, 33-year career on November 4, 2016. This disc is entitled The Empire.

The record comes via the Nuclear Blast label and harkens back to the thrash sound of Vader’s very earliest days as a band. The first single to be released is the blistering “Prayer to the God of War,” which also happens to be our selection for this week’s Massive Metal Monday.

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Massive Metal Monday: Convulse “God Is You”
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Convulse Band Photo

Convulse hails from the town of Nokia in Finland and originally went by the moniker of S.D.S. They are widely considered to be the forefathers of death metal in their native land. The band was initially active from 1988 to 1994, in which time they released two hugely influential albums. They would sit out 18 years before resurfacing in 2012 and have since released two more critically acclaimed albums in a more progressive death metal style. Their latest album was released March 18, 2016 and is titled Cycle of Revenge.

This week’s Massive Metal Monday track is the second song on Cycle of Revenge. This is “God Is You.” Crank it up and enjoy!

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Black Metal Friday: Vital Remains “Dechristianize”
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Vital Remains Band Photo

Those of you who saw my Massive Metal Monday column for this week may recognize that I’m on a bit of a Glen Benton kick this week. From 2003-2007, the Deicide frontman served double duty as the singer of fellow Florida band Vital Remains. The unholy union would yield two albums worth of some of the most brutal death metal ever recorded — 2003’s Dechristianize and 2007’s Icons of Evil.

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Concert Review: Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Cryptopsy, Abysmal Dawn at The Mayan in Los Angeles 3/8/16
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Cannibal Corpse & Obituary Tour 2016

If you know me, you know that I am a death metal fanatic. So, when legendary bands Cannibal Corpse and Obituary announced that they would be touring North America with Cryptopsy and Abysmal Dawn along for the ride, I was nearly beside myself with joy. I mean, you know… brutal joy… stop judging me!

When the night of the Los Angeles tour stop rolled around (3/8/16), I showed up early because I wasn’t about to miss a minute of this stellar lineup. The show took place in downtown L.A. at the beautiful, historic Mayan theater. If you ever get a chance to see a show in this venue, do not hesitate. It really is one of the nicest venues in the L.A. metro area. The only bummer was having to fly solo for this one, as it was a sold-out show and I was on Cannibal Corpse’s guest list with no plus one. So, I didn’t get to bring my trusty sidekick, my 13-year-old son Jesse.

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Black Metal Friday: Spektralaeon “Deviant Scion”
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Spektralaeon Crushing the Monolith banner

We’ve spoken before in this column about how the upper Midwest is fast becoming a hotbed of U.S. black metal. Reinforcing that notion is this week’s Black Metal Friday featured artist. Spektralaeon is a one-man project from Wisconsin that is preparing to release its inaugural EP Crushing the Monolith on March 3, 2016. The EP was written, recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered by sole member Uraeus with guest Sean Currington contributing some lead guitar work.

The first single from the project is entitled “Deviant Scion” and it showcases Spektralaeon’s brand of blackened death metal. You can check out the track right here below and, as always, if you like what you’re hearing, head on over to the band’s Bandcamp page and help support great, underground metal by pre-ordering “Crushing the Monolith.” You can also pre-order over at Amazon.

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Massive Metal Monday: Decapitated “Veins”
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Decapitated Band Photo 2014

Polish death metal band Decapitated is celebrating its 20th anniversary as a band this year. It is a career that has been filled with major triumphs and devastating tragedies.

Formed in 1996 by 15-year-old guitarist WacÅ‚aw “Vogg” KieÅ‚tyka and his 12-year-old brother Witold “Vitek” KieÅ‚tyka, the band would sign their first record deal before the members were out of their teens. Over the course of their first four albums, Decapitated established themselves as one of the preeminent technical death metal bands in the world.

Sadly, tragedy stuck the band while touring Eastern Europe in 2007 when their tour van collided with a logging truck. Vitek was killed at the age of 23, while singer Adrian “Covan” Kowanek was left in a coma. He has not fully recovered from his injuries to this day.

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Massive Metal Monday: Chthe’ilist “Voidspawn”
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Chthe’ilist Band Photo

The answer is no… I don’t know how to pronounce their name either. What I do know is that Chthe’ilist is a two-man atmospheric death metal band from Canada that formed in 2010 from the ashes of the band Spheres. They released a demo titled Amechth’ntaas’m’rriachth which turned the metal underground on its ear in 2012. Now, nearly four years later comes the release of the duo’s full-length album Le Dernier Crépuscule, which came out January 29, 2016 on Profound Lore Records. Once again Chthe’ilist has grabbed the attention of the entire metal world. The album is absolutely amazing. If you are a death metal fan in any way, shape, or form, I highly recommend giving this record a listen. I played it straight through three times in a row upon first listen.

This week’s Massive Metal Monday track comes from Le Dernier Crépuscule. Check out the crushing track “Voidspawn” right here below and, as always, if you like what you’re hearing, buy a copy to support underground metal.

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Massive Metal Monday: Bloodbath “Hades Rising”
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Bloodbath Band Photo 2009

Bloodbath is a long-running supergroup consisting of a “who’s who” of Swedish death metal musicians. The band has, at various points, consisted of members of Opeth, Katatonia, Edge of Sanity, and Paradise Lost. They have issued four full-length albums, two EPs, and two DVDs since their inception in 1998.

Original singer Mikael Ã…kerfeldt left the band to concentrate on his duties as the leader of Opeth and was replaced by Paradise Lost singer Nick Holmes for last year’s spectacular album Grand Morbid Funeral.

This week’s Massive Metal Monday track takes us back to Akerfeldt’s final album with the band. From 2008’s The Fathomless Mastery, this is “Hades Rising.”

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