Aaron Lariviere

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Hierophant – “In Decay”

I love when bands cut to the chase, don’t bury the lede, and just whip it out, slapping the thickest of riffs on the table…
Aaron Lariviere | October 19, 2016 - 10:35 am

Blood Incantation – “Chaoplasm”

SPACE: the great unknown; the uncaring abyss, threatening death and brutal indifference, always and forever. DEATH: the only thing more awful and unknowable. Drawing on…
Aaron Lariviere | June 29, 2016 - 1:40 pm

Stream Zealotry The Last Witness

Death metal: the purest form of extreme metal, the least friendly to new listeners, the final destination of any true metallic journey (at least for…
Aaron Lariviere | April 26, 2016 - 12:07 pm

Vektor – “LCD (Liquid Crystal Disease)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Vektor's forthcoming third LP, Terminal Redux, is pure fire: unreal thrash riffs ripped through the veil of space-time, like a last-ditch transmission from a dying…
Aaron Lariviere | April 21, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Blizaro – “Nemesis Pt. 1 – Daughter Of The Scarab” (Stereogum Premiere)

It's high time John Gallo got the recognition he deserves. Generally unknown outside a few underground blogs and forums, Gallo is an unsung legend of…
Aaron Lariviere | March 17, 2016 - 11:56 am

Palace Of Worms – “Nightworld” (Stereogum Premiere)

"Nightworld" starts with a feint -- a gnarly uphill-trudge of a riff, suggesting an entirely different kind of extreme metal -- but in less than…
Aaron Lariviere | March 9, 2016 - 1:28 pm

Nucleus – “Dosadi” (Stereogum Premiere)

"Generations of a tormented human-alien people, caged on a toxic planet, conditioned by constant hunger and war ... "
Aaron Lariviere | March 3, 2016 - 1:15 pm

Draugnim – “As In Hunger, So In Demise” (Stereogum Premiere)

There's a certain type of majestic, haunting melody that can rip you right out of reality -- Draugnim know it well. Set to barreling drums…
Aaron Lariviere | February 22, 2016 - 11:12 am

NOX Formulae – “Hidden Clan NXN – Pt. A. Eleven Rays Of Sorat, Pt. B. Black Magic Assault”

Underground black metal has a notorious penchant for strange obsessions, as seen in the unorthodox title of NOX Formulae's first single: "Hidden Clan NXN -…
Aaron Lariviere | February 9, 2016 - 9:46 am

Sacral Rage – “En Cima Del Mal” (Stereogum Premiere)

Heavy metal is many things to many people. Adolescent power fantasies, calculated noise, fetishized religious subversion, a cry for social justice ... you name it.
Aaron Lariviere | February 23, 2015 - 1:21 pm