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Two dudes talking about black metal, death metal, war metal, hardcore, grindcore, and anything that connects -- from Danzig to Dead Can Dance. We do in-depth reviews focused on songwriting, sound, and spirit, and open-ended, conversational interviews that go beyond the usual round of questions. On our regular midweek show, we cover 4+ new releases from the global underground, with a special emphasis on emerging North American scenes. In our patrons-only weekend content, we cover older bands ...
 
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A few months ago, out of the blue, Terminus received a bold and brazen email to the effect that we would interview Cromlech. What had we done to deserve this? Cromlech is the brother-band of Into Oblivion, whose Winds of Serpentine Ascension placed #1 on the Terminus Aggregate Top 10 for 2020. The Norns ordained our paths would cross, and so they d…
 
In this shimmering and vast episode of Terminus, your intrepid hosts venture into a block of advanced, high-concept black metal laced with elements of Orthodox, post-black, post-punk, electronic, ambient, neofolk, and just about anything else you can think of- after some oldschool death metal, if you're into that sort of thing. Long-running Indones…
 
In this bold and haughty episode of Terminus, we bring you two strong new entries in the field of Medieval / folkloric black metal, continue tracking the development of the post-black niche, and reevaluate the legacy of a mainstay of 00s kvlt BM. The Black Metal Guy draws first blood with Hanternoz, the brutal folkblack collaboration of Hyvermor (V…
 
In this week's abominable, two-headed episode of Terminus, we bring you a maximally Terminal lineup -- first TBMG with two slabs of massive central-European mountain music, then TDMG with two barrels of thoroughly illegal uranium-plated ultradeath. TBMG takes the first half, leading off with Odal, Thurinigan forefather (and mother!) of modern heath…
 
On this throbbing and tumescent episode of Terminus, we bring you five bands with distinctive hybrid sounds, each drawing on a wealth of reference points that don't usually go together. The Death Metal Guy leads off with what must be the best-selling underground (now, by accident, overground?) black metal record of all time -- that one with the dud…
 
Back on T37, we delved into the sophisticated songwriting of The Visceral Sovereign, the debut of a brutal death project named, unforgettably, "Anal Stabwound." Needless to say, The Death Metal Guy had to get in touch with sole mastermind Nikhil T., also known for his guitar and drum covers on Youtube. In an all-killer no-filler 45 minute conversat…
 
In this twisted, maddening parody of a Terminus episode, we review only brutal death metal and raw pagan black metal. If you like elegant tremolo leads, immersive atmospheres, or vast, epic compositions, you are shit out of luck -- here you will find only viscous desolation and savage blades. For once, we let The Death Metal Guy off the leash at th…
 
On this regal and abundant episode of Terminus, we bring you one record in a style we talk about way too much, and three others in styles we rarely cover. Perhaps one will strike your fancy.... We begin with the return of Sielunvihollinen, standard-bearers for the stern and stomping "street" variant of Finnish black metal, and an old favorite of TB…
 
In this (relatively) short but high-ABV episode of Terminus, we bring you a fresh bouquet of the new spring's finest flowers -- albums about death, meth, swords, and burning boats. Exhale the rot of last year, and breathe in the smoke on the wind. To lead off, The Death Metal Guy checks in with the captains of Danish Nautical Black Metal (DNBM), Il…
 
On this megalithic episode of Terminus, we finally bring you a well-balanced roster -- two black metal bands and two death met- ok, sorry, one is basically deathcore, but it's not like the other deathcores, we promise. The Black Metal Guy leads off with one of the final works of Lam -- Unseen Forest Patriot, recorded under the battle-mask of Zaraba…
 
On this auspicious, equinoctial episode of Terminus, your hosts battle through Sunday-night braindeath to bring you.... the show, featuring three bands that gravitate towards slower tempos without being "doom," and one band with lots of punk beats and songs about owls. The Black Metal Guy leads off with that one, the self-titled debut from Vermont'…
 
Back on T37 we got all fired up about Returned to Life, the long-awaited return to life of Victoria, BC's Altered Dead. Now, the complete lineup of Mic (guitars/vox) and Julian (drums/vox) joins The Death Metal Guy for a Terminus interview as chill as it is high-spirited. TDMG and guests are very much on the same wavelength, so after a few brief fo…
 
On this week's episode of Terminus, we try out a new format. Sort of by accident, we ended up with two EPs and a very short full-length, plus a fan submission and a debut album. We're thinking that every month from here on, we should do a roundup of demos, EPs, and maybe some full-lengths by very new projects. Let us know what you think.... Anyway,…
 
As winter hurtles headlong into slushy spring, and the collective ABV of the northern hemisphere rises a couple points, we return with Terminus 41. This time, we've got another uniformly strong lineup, all black metal, with two very typical picks from each of us. Prepare yourselves for Total Termination. The Black Metal Guy leads off with the long-…
 
After dedicating 2020 almost entirely to reissues, Dutch black metal cornerstone Heidens Hart is back with two major new releases -- Sagenland's Oale Groond (see T35) and Kjeld's Ôfstân (out today, March 5 - review forthcoming). Since The Black Metal Guy spends a lot of time geeking out about the Dutch scene, and this label in particular, he figure…
 
On this week's bright, shiny, punctual episode of Terminus, we've got a bit of a role reversal for you. The Black Metal Guy gets the first half of the show, with some uncharacteristically polished, modern-sounding, death-metal-ish stuff. On the second half, The Death Metal Guy brings you an interesting sampler of.... raw black metal? TBMG leads off…
 
A week after our review of Silvanthrone's debut LP, Forbidden Pathways to Ancient Wisdom, The Black Metal Guy calls up guitarist and songwriter Spellbearer to learn the band's story and shoot the shit about songwriting. Over the course of this relaxed but high-density conversation, Spellbearer discusses the uphill battle to record Forbidden Pathway…
 
In this long-awaited (sorry!) episode of Terminus, your hosts explore the outer limits of death metal, refine the contours of a new subgenre they've just named (see Elegiac segment in Ep. 38), and sing the praises of really loud drums (that's bands #2-4, and the snare on #1 isn't bad either).The show lurches off to a gronkulated start with Ad Nause…
 
In this bracing late-winter blast of Terminus, we review four really cool bands in two distinct halves, each pointing "beyond metal" in the way we've been talking about lately. In Part I, The Black Metal Guy brings two prime examples of the bright but rough-edged sound that's come to characterize the best of USBM, and floats a new term to capture w…
 
On this august 37th episode of Terminus, we bring you one of our most eclectic lineups in a long while, including not one, but two, or maybe even three death metal bands -- depending on how you count. The Death Metal Guy leads off with a flattening second record from Altered Dead, who immediately join Pneuma Hagion and Sepulchral Curse in the Termi…
 
Greetings, Terminators. On this glorious and exalted episode of Terminus, we dedicate the first half to the black/death avant-garde, and the second half to skillful work in established black metal traditions. To lead off, we wander the tangled waterways of Mefitis' second LP Offscourings, a gray and misty realm where sophisticated 90s DM and sinist…
 
"We invoke thee, Black Podcast of Chaos.We evoke thee, O mighty Terminus.Awaken now from your aeonic slumber - rise up from the abyss!Podcast of forgotten lore - let your Chaos rule forever more.Cohosts - Raise your double heads! Let your opinions.... rule again!"*And lo, we have answered your evocations, returned from the hoary winter's deep with …
 
Here it is, our belated Xmas / Yule present to all you loyal Terminators -- our most epic patrons-only bonus show yet. In this relatively long-awaited episode, The Black Metal Guy does something he's been putting off for at least a decade -- he actually listens to Emperor's In The Nightside Eclipse and Morbid Angel's Altars of Madness in their enti…
 
In this last show of the year, The Black Metal Guy and The Death Metal Guy take turns rolling through their top 20 lists, arguing over rankings, and reviewing the year in extreme metal. It takes 4.5 hours, so pour yourself at least 4.5 drinks, put on your special lucky Rites of Thy Degringolade pajama set, and get ready to burst a vein in your fore…
 
In this special episode of Terminus, The Black Metal Guy speaks to Kari (vocalist) and Jaakko (guitarist) of Finland's mighty Sepulchral Curse, whose debut album Only Ashes Remain is one of the finest death metal releases of 2020 (reviewed on T12). This interview will give you some insight into the band's history, and how their uniquely sombre, rip…
 
It's our final regular episode of the year, just one week until our long-awaited Terminus Year-End Show, and the revelation of the equally long-awaited Terminus Year-End Lists.... Today we've got two massive surprise releases for you, each a likely year-end pick for the guy bringing it to the table. The Death Metal Guy jump-starts the show with the…
 
On Episode 32 of Terminus, we've got another quintessentially Terminus lineup -- some true Finnish BM, some Russian DSBM, some stomping Yorkshire boot-black, aaaaand some technical brutal death metal. We lead off with an in-depth review of Horna's massive new monument, Kuoleman Kirjo, their first record in 5 years and their most ambitious in 11. We…
 
Today we've got something special for you! It just so happens that Warg from desertified black/death metal band Heretical Sect is a longtime Terminus listener, so he's come on the show to crack a few very loud beers with the boys, and give us some insight into Rapturous Flesh Consumed, out today on Gilead Media. In this free-flowing but focused con…
 
As the days grow short and the nights grow long, The Black Metal Guy drags himself out of bed to Storm of The Light's Bane and Welcome My Last Chapter, pulls up the hood on his wizard's cowl, and prepares for a Terminus write-up..... Though this week's show tends towards all sorts of swirling, low-end chthonic gloom, we lead off with a flash of sun…
 
Damn, well, it's the 30th installation of Terminus. That means 30 x 4 reviews / wk for a grand total of 120, plus a few 5-band shows and what we've started covering in Terminus News. Oh yeah, and the bonus episodes and interviews. At this point we're well out of The Shire, wandering towards Moria on our ill-advised quest to detonate the all-seeing …
 
On Terminus 29, we named Pneuma Hagion's Voidgazer one of the best death metal albums - maybe the best death metal album - of 2020. On this special episode of Terminus, The Death Metal Guy sits down with his old friend R., core member of Pneuma Hagion (and Intestinal Disgorge, and The Howling Void, ad infinitum), to try and trace the origins of thi…
 
It's almost Thanksgiving in the USA, and to celebrate we've brought you a rich bounty of big new releases! If you listen exclusively for the cryptic demos, don't worry -- we've got one of those for you, too. The Death Metal Guy fires up the festivities with something that knocked us both on our asses. If the somnabulant haze of 2013 gave us Sunbath…
 
In Episode 27 of Terminus, we reviewed Forbidden Rites, the debut full-length of a band called only "Trash." Their chugging Florida-man thrash metal sounds like no single other band, but makes surprising connections between all manner of 80s and 90s filth. On this special episode of Terminus, The Death Metal Guy shoots the shit with frontman Zach. …
 
In Part I, the Black Metal Guy takes new releases from Germany's Azketem and England's mysterious Isenscur as examples of a sinister, "nocturnal" strain of paganish black metal, recalling the earliest days of the genre before the various themes were teased apart. Azketem conjures up moonlight mushroom journeys, while Isenscur sparks "holy fire" fro…
 
As the Samhain moon wanes and the comet Atlas crosses Orion, trailing the doom of kingdoms in its wake, we're back with another sick, dank, crushing episode of Terminus! This one is a bit of a world tour. In Part I, The Death Metal Guy leads us from Tasmanian desolation to American "working class bleakness." First, he introduces The Black Metal Guy…
 
If you've been with us since the beginning, congratulations, you're a half-year older and the world is still ending! It's our 26th regular episode and, quite by accident, one of our heaviest, most ambitious yet. The Death Metal Guy is going through some shit right now, so he's absolutely shitcanned throughout -- but remarkably coherent!We start off…
 
One of our patrons-only bonus videos, originally published September 8, 2020. Here The Death Metal Guy and The Black Metal Guy get each other into two forgotten classics of "trenchcoat-era" Norwegian black metal, each with an outsize influence on contemporary sounds. In the process, we discover some unexpected connections between these two very dif…
 
On this ripping new episode of Terminus, The Black Metal Guy and The Death Metal Guy run through a trio of new BM releases, from the polished to the raw to the utterly primitive, and some BM-friendly brutal death to boot. We lead off with what is probably our favorite major-label release of the year - Hinsides Vrede by Sweden's Mork Gryning, venera…
 
In this special bonus episode of Terminus, we speak with Josh, the man behind the webzine Grizzlybutts, who has been kind enough to propagate our gospel of insanity through his site. We talk about his long history of music writing, from his early days writing hypernegative reviews in punk zines, to his current work writing long-form metal criticism…
 
At last, your daylong wait is rewarded with this sprawling and eclectic episode of Terminus. Today, we review not four, but *5* goddamn records back to back. We warm up with a special "Terminus reacts" segment on the new compilation of noise, industrial, and minimalist black metal by K.V.N.T. Kolektiv, longtime supporters of the show. Then, in a ra…
 
In this long-awaited episode of Terminus, The Black Metal Guy speaks with Reese, the robust ruralist behind Old Mill Productions, a label we've been tracking since the early days of the show. The water-wheel of the Old Mill is driven by an esoteric current of "folk metal," far removed from the amplified accordions and sweaty crowds of festival LARP…
 
On this week's full-throttle, three-hour marathon episode of Terminus, we come face to face with some of the black metal questions that have haunted us from the beginning of the show. The Black Metal Guy begins with Denmark's Ildskaer and Quebec's Cimetiere, both of whom draw on the beloved "Franco-Finnish" guitar style. Is this smoothly-flowing, e…
 
On this fine new episode of Terminus, we focus on a trio of bands returning to pre-00s roots, reactivating the potential of ancestral styles. And then.... as always.... some brutal death! In the first half of the show, we focus on two bands formed by honored veterans of their respective scenes. The Black Metal Guy leads off with Sweden's Trident, d…
 
Right after recording the Serpent Column interview, we hurled ourselves into Episode 21. We lead off with a vast, majestic 50-minute review of Into Oblivion's vast, majestic new EP, Winds of Serpentine Ascension. If you've wanted to hear a whole new style of riffing and song-construction, pointing death and black metal toward a glorious New Dark Ag…
 
In this Terminus exclusive, the core songwriter of Serpent Column joins your hosts to take stock of his six-part cycle, now drawing to a close with Kathodos and its forthcoming followup EP. This interview will not give you a guided tour of the album, or an archive of key influences. It will not give you a behind-the-scenes look at the recording pro…
 
In this festive 20th episode of Terminus, each one of us leans into his personal subgenre specialties and finds a year-end pick! We warm up by hopping on the "Six Feet Under 'Zodiac' reaction video" trend, and keep the loose and riffy vibe going throughout. In Part I, The Black Metal Guy leads us through the majestic golden fields of Slavonic Heath…
 
On Episode 16, we reviewed the ripping new record by Oldowan Gash, whose punkish, Western-outlaw black metal captures all the strengths of the emerging North American underground. In this followup interview, we knock back some e-beers with sole member Forlorn Spirit, who walks us through his deliberately intuitive songwriting process, his wide-rang…
 
On this week's Terminus, we bring you some properly gnarly and eccentric sounds, punctuated by what may be the most catchy, accessible record we've yet covered. And as with Ep. 17, the whole batch gets the Terminus seal of approval! The Death Metal Guy leads off with Evaporated Sores' industrial-grade skronk attack, a serious bid to up the ante in …
 
After two episodes of virtually nothing but sword-and/or-sorcery-oriented pagan black metal (no bad thing!), we're back to a more eclectic lineup. The Death Metal Guy sets the tone with a couple great choices, both black metal bands remaining faithful to the basic impulse of the genre while pushing toward weird new horizons -- exactly the kind of o…
 
This week on Terminus, we continue reaping this fall's bumper crop of pagan black metal, punctuated by some extremely catchy brutal death. And it's one of those rare shows where we both really like every record! We start by singing the praises of the new Macabre Omen, which easily transcends its unusual format -- one vast but tightly-woven epic, pl…
 
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