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Album Review: Graveward by Sigh


a4227779154_10Italy is known for many things: Food, culture, food, friendly people, food, women, food, wine, food, fashion, food, beautiful seas and landscapes, and food.  If you happen to be a fan of cinema, Italy also has got you covered there, especially if you happen to be a fan of the horror genre.  From Dario Argento and Joe D’Amato to Lucio Fulci and Mario Bava you could almost say that gore and suspense were practically invented on the Big Boot.  Italy is also home of two of the most controversial horror/suspense flicks ever made (Cannibal Holocaust and Salò: 120 Days of Sodom, neither are safe for life).  If you have ever seen the Fulci classic Zombi (or known as Zombi 2 and Zombie Flesh Eaters in some places, same movie, it’s confusing, roll with it) you no doubt remember one of the finest scenes in horror movie history, Zombie vs. Shark in a battle to the death.  What makes that scene so special goes beyond its ridiculousness and it’s shot straight-faced.  It creates this unique dynamic of art house, horror, and comedy that modern Zomedy directors could only wish to achieve.  With this particular approach to horror/suspense it’s always amazed me that metal bands rarely channel this particular sect of horror, especially given its massive influence on the genre that maybe too many metal bands take their inspiration from.  Enter Japan’s Sigh, a band that has not even once followed anything close to ‘normal’ or ‘conventional’, and their new record Graveward.

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Mini Reviews: Antigama, Cadaveria, Infinita Symphonia, Death SS


smg106_webI didn’t realize I was going to start off my morning being assaulted by the sounds of Antigama.  I didn’t know quite what to expect when I hit play and what I was exposed to was brutal to say the least.  In a vein much like Napalm Death, Antigama’s concoction of Grindcore comes complete with all the viciousness you should expect, but this Polish outfit has a unique flair to them…almost like Napalm Death meets Voivod, just heavier on the Grindcore.  Meteor is released on 28 May 2013 and the 11 songs in its entirety conclude after about 30 minutes.  The songs are short, sweet, and utterly wicked with the longest song, Turbulence, chiming in at just 3:33.  It is also an instrumental song featuring some electronic and atmospheric elements.  Several of the songs are utterly bone crushing such as Meteor, Fed By The Feeling, and Crystal Tune.  Overall, Antigama is nothing less than uncompromising.  Need a Grindcore fix?  Look no further.

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