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Everything is Fire

3 May 2010

That’s the title of a 2009 death-metal album by Ulcerate, a quartet from New Zealand.  It’s one of the few metal albums I appreciate more with each listen.  It’s harsh, complex and hard to penetrate, yet it is sublimely rewarding (some technical and mathcore metal albums are complex but devoid of substance, while Ulcerate’s music is dense with it).  It is pitch dark and extremely discordant … yet never before has metal sounded so painstakingly composed, so creatively layered, so mercilessly original, so starkly satisfying.

Yes, it’s an acquired taste.  But I hope this is the future of metal, because it’s new, and rewarding, and it cannot successfully be performed by poseurs.

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