Caput Mundi / Swiebodnosc

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Malchus / Pospolite Ruszenie

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This full-length split is comprised of 7 songs from up-and-comers Malchus and 3 from newcomers Pospolite Ruszenie, adding a significant addition to the folk metal repertoire – and 2 thoroughly different takes on it as well. Malchus take their heavy, gothic-tinged form of extreme metal and add just a touch of folk in the melodies and song structures. For them, folk is an influence, not a defining characteristic. They have gotten heavier, too, since we last heard from them on Didymos. Pospolite Rusznenie, on the other hand, take a handful of Eastern European folk sounds (both bands are from Poland) and a handful of heavy metallic rock and combine them in equal measure. Does it work? Let me just say I dare you to put this disc on and not dance around the house like medieval minstrel-cum-warrior! [Nocturnal Mass] Loyd Harp


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The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.


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HM Magazine Turns 35

In 1985, Doug Van Pelt photocopied a letter-sized sheets of paper, bound them together, and handed them out in person on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It's all digital now, but, along the way, Van Pelt stirred up quite a few waves, played some seriously heavy music, and made a few friends along the way. Here: A quick look back at the magazine's 35-year history with Van Pelt and new owner, David Stagg.


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