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A little over a year ago, I had a subscription to Decibel
magazine. Occasionally, that subscription led to me finding out about awesome underground metal bands I might not have heard otherwise, but largely the magazine frustrated me. For example, the first issue I received had Deftones on the cover. Plus, this J. Bennett guy
has a monthly column, and he's pretty much insufferable. The subscription expired sometime in early 2008.
Presently, I'm giving the magazine another chance, and last week's issue came with a CD promoting upcoming albums from Nuclear Blast and Sumerian Records. By and large, with the exception of a couple of tracks, the 18-song sampler sounds like the same band. That's a problem with a lot of underground metal: much of it doesn't suck but holds absolutely no distinction whatsoever.
But one of the exceptions on this disc just so happens to be a Nashville band. The track by Enfold Darkness
rips, and Our Cursed Rapture
will be released on Sumerian Records. The band impressed the writers over at the MetalSucks
blog, which naturally led to shit-talking in the comments, so they must be doing something right, right?