After 20 years we still worship Swedish death metal. We revere the seminal releases and uncover the second tier demos for reissue. We witness a slew of retro bands paying homage and others that mix the classic sound with hardcore, sludge and blackened crust. In this spirit, Edge of Sanity’s origins should be unearthed and celebrated. Discussion of Edge of Sanity often turns to masterworks like ‘Crimson’ and ‘Purgatory Afterglow’. The band advanced rapidly and their pure death metal beginnings gave way to progressive and varied sounds including a focus on melody and clean vocals. But how about refocusing on Edge of Sanity’s early sound? ‘Suspendead’ picks at the well-preserved remains of this era. Fortunately, many of the earlier tracks have been remixed and remastered by legendary frontman and recording guru Dan Swanö. Edge of Sanity’s classic Swedeath proves timeless as if suspended like a zombie cryogenically preserved to live dead again. The cover borrowed from Dan Seagrave’s collection compliments the theme. You can't live forever, but can you be dead forever?

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Edge of Sanity - Suspendead
01 In the Veins / Darker Than Black
02 The Dead
03 Livin' Hell
04 When All Is Said
05 Immortal Souls
06 Maze of Existence
07 Beyond The Unknown
08 Dead But Dreaming
09 Tales . . .
10 Everlasting
11 On the Other Side

For more Edge of Sanity and other Dan Swanö material, be sure to check out Swanö's 'Bleeding Shadow' also from Barking Chicken Productions.



Lost in space, but not forgotten, Denmark’s Gas Giant created incredible psychedelic jams until they simply disappeared. We can only hope they are lost in the space-time continuum and a wormhole will bring them home. In the meantime, our equipment is picking up a distant signal which we are making available to you as ‘Greetings from Deep Space’.

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Gas Giant - Greetings from Deep Space
1 Embrace
2 Never Leave This Way
3 Egoplanet
4 Back On The Headless Track
5 All Creatures
6 Storm of My Enemies
7 Dragon’s Cave
8 Deep Space
9 New Day Rising



The most distinctive voice in death metal returns with a career-spanning retrospective including tracks from Pestilence, Comecon, Hail of Bullets and Asphyx. Prepare to be krushed by the throat shredding legacy of Martin Van Drunen. This is true death metal, you bastards!

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Van Drunen – The Krusher
01 Subordinate to the Domination (Pestilence)
02 Out of the Body (Pestilence)
03 The Trauma (Pestilence)
04 The Sickening Dwell (Asphyx)
05 Pages in Blood (Asphyx)
06 The Krusher (Asphyx)
07 Last One on Earth (Asphyx)
08 Bleed / Burn (Comecon)
09 Ordered Eastward (Hail of Bullets)
10 General Winter (Hail of Bullets)
11 Scorbutics (Asphyx)
12 Eisenbahnmörser [The Railway Mortar] (Asphyx)
13 Operation Z (Hail of Bullets)
14 Kamikaze (Hail of Bullets)
15 We Doom You to Death (Asphyx)
16 Deathhammer (Asphyx)



In early 2011, Steven Wilson recorded ‘Grace for Drowning’. Around the same time, Michael Åkerfeldt’s Opeth recorded ‘Heritage’ with engineering and mixing assistance from Wilson. Shortly thereafter, the two collaborated on a project called ‘Storm Corrosion’. Says Wilson of Storm Corrosion, "If you'd asked me three months ago about the music, I would have said, 'Expect the last thing you would expect.' But actually, now that ‘Heritage’ and ‘Grace for Drowning’ have come out, I don't think it's going to be that much of a shock to people, because it's almost like a third part of the trilogy, in a way. If anything, it's even more orchestral, even more stripped down, even more dark, twisted and melancholic . . . but it certainly feels like it comes from the same place as ‘Heritage’ and ‘Grace for Drowning’, which indeed it does because it was written during the same period.” ‘Åkerfeldt Wilson Synergy’ pulls material from all three albums and reconfigures it to harness the full spectrum of these related projects creating a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

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Åkerfeldt Wilson Synergy
01 Folklore
02 Deform to Form a Star
03 I Feel the Dark > Sectarian > Hag > Sectarian > I Feel the Dark
04 Storm Corrosion
05 Raider Prelude > Famine > Raider II



This Barking Chicken Production was inspired by Decibel’s review of Paradise Lost’s latest LP ‘Tragic Idol.’ Scribe Chris Dick nailed it when he suggested that the album lacks "that mandatory full-length rules-all feel." I agree. Since this site is dedicated to the album-as-art concept, I took on the challenge of trying to re-sequence the material in an effort to build a more cohesive record. After further thought, I decided against limiting it to ‘Tragic Idol,’ but to drop the material that doesn’t fit as tightly and include select material from its stylistic forerunner, ‘Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us.’ The strengths of these albums combined anew make for a mind-blowing front to back listen.

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Paradise Lost – Tragedy United
01 To the Darkness
02 First Light
03 Fear of Impending Hell
04 Tragic Idol
05 The Rise of Denial
06 Last Regret
07 As Horizons End
08 In This We Dwell
09 Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us
10 Worth Fighting For
11 The Glorious End



Napalm Death is among the most influential bands in the history of extreme music. They are credited with inventing and defining the grindcore genre by incorporating elements of hardcore punk and thrash metal with short songs, fast tempos, deep guttural vocals and sociopolitical lyrics. Napalm Death was formed near Birmingham, England in 1981 by Nik Bullen and Miles Ratledge while still in their early teenage years. The duo had been playing in amateur bands since 1980 as an extension of their fanzine writing, and went through a number of names before choosing Napalm Death in mid 1981. The band was initially inspired by the early wave of punk bands, particularly the anarcho-punk movement. The band's debut album 'Scum', released in 1987 by Earache Records, had a huge impact on the global metal community. Over time, the band was influenced by death metal even as they helped shape its future. Interestingly, today's Napalm Death includes no original members. In the early years, a talented cast of characters passed through the band's ranks including Justin Broadrick (Godflesh), Bill Steer (Carcass) and Lee Dorrian (Cathedral). As seen in the chart below, the reach of the band's family tree is rivaled only by its influence. While the founding members are all long gone, the lineup of vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway, bassist Shane Embury, guitarist Mitch Harris and drummer Danny Herrera has remained consistent since 1991. Relentlessly they grind it out.

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Give Us This Day Our Daily Grind (Part 1)
01 Scum
02 The Kill
03 Siege of Power
04 You Suffer
05 Deceiver
06 Lucid Fairytale
07 Unchallenged Hate
08 From Enslavement to Obliteration
09 Social Sterility
10 Walls of Confinement
11 If the Truth Be Known
12 The Chains that Bind Us
13 Suffer the Children
14 Mass Appeal Madness
15 The World Keeps Turning
16 Judicial Slime
17 Contemptuous
18 Hung
19 Plague Rages
20 Armageddon X 7
21 Antibody
22 Greed Killing
23 Diatribes
24 Breed to Breathe
25 Low Point
26 Next of Kin to Chaos
27 The Infiltraitor

Give Us This Day Our Daily Grind (Part 2)
01 Blunt Against the Cutting Edge
02 Taste the Poison
03 Next on the List
04 Can’t Play, Won’t Pay
05 Blows to the Body
06 Continuing War on Stupidity
07 Right You Are
08 Sold Short
09 Morale
10 Silence Is Deafening
11 When All Is Said and Done
12 Warped Beyond Logic
13 Rabid Wolves (For Christ)
14 Deaf and Dumbstruck (Intelligent Design)
15 Puritanical Punishment Beating
16 On the Brink of Extinction
17 Work to Rule
18 A No-Sided Argument
19 Diktat
20 Blank Look About Face
21 Orders of Magnitude
22 Errors in the Signals
23 Collision Course



OverKill was one of the first thrash bands, combining punk with traditional metal before the term was even coined. Formed in 1980 in New Jersey, the band has released 16 studio albums and kept up a rigorous touring schedule over the past 30 years. OverKill’s mascot, Chaly, is a winged skull who has appeared on most of their album covers. Along with Chaly, vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D. Verni are the sole remaining founding members. Through many lineup changes OverKill has stayed true to their original sound, bucking all trends without relenting and without compromise. This Barking Chicken Production is a trip down memory lane, or a flashback to the gutter as the case may be.

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Killektion I
01 Death Rider
02 The Answer
03 OverKill
04 Feel The Fire
05 In Union We Stand
06 OverKill II (The Nightmare Continues)
07 Deny The Cross
08 Fuck You
09 Drunken Wisdom
10 Hello From The Gutter
11 OverKill III (Under The Influence)
12 Playing With Spiders / Skullcrusher
13 Elimination
14 E.vil N.ever D.ies

Killektion II
01 Coma
02 Horrorscope
03 Nice Day . . . For A Funeral
04 Soulitude
05 Spiritual Void
06 Weight Of The World
07 Where It Hurts
08 Bastard Nation
09 Gasoline Dream
10 Battle
11 Burn You Down / To Ashes
12 The Cleansing
13 Half Past Dead
14 It Lives

Killektion III
01 Necroshine
02 Black Line
03 Bleed Me
04 Death Comes Out To Play
05 I Rise
06 Struck Down
07 Crystal Clear
08 Within Your Eyes
09 A Pound of Flesh
10 Devils In The Mist
11 Endless War
12 Ironbound
13 Bring Me The Night
14 Drop The Hammer Down
15 Electric Rattlesnake

Mix it up, throw it down
We came to play, not to mess around
We don't care what they say,
We'll be there tomorrow like we're here today
Don't do it for the money
Do it for the thrill
True to life is what you get
We're livin' for the 'Kill!
- from Drunken Wisdom



 OSI is an American progressive experimental supergroup formed by Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos in 2003. The name refers to the short-lived US government agency Office of Strategic Influence which was established shortly after 9/11 to manufacture and promote pro-US propaganda in domestic and foreign media. Initially intended to be Matheos's solo project, the sound took a turn when keyboardist Kevin Moore (Dream Theater, Chroma Key) was recruited. The skill sets of these two main members forms the foundation of a unique sound that blends keyboard-based electronica with tasteful progressive metal guitar. Fans of free range chicken should give this a spin.

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OSI – Manifest Destiny
01 Hello, Helicopter!
02 Go
03 Radiologue
04 Terminal
05 Kicking
06 Head
07 Home Was Good
08 When You're Ready
09 Bigger Wave
10 Invisible Men
The Escape Artist
12 Our Town



Formed in New York City in 1975 by guitarist Mark Reale, Riot is one of the forerunners of power and speed metal. Influenced by the likes of Budgie, UFO, Deep Purple and Judas Priest, Riot took the heaviness of those bands to a whole new level, while still maintaining an American hard rock sound. Riot’s 1977 debut album was by far the hardest rocking thing in the states during its time. Often cited as one of the earliest speed metal songs, “Warrior” was committed to vinyl a year before Judas Priest’s influential “Exciter”. Despite being overlooked and underrated, Riot enjoyed a long-running career marked by a string of solid releases and punctuated by moments of brilliance.

On January 25, 2012, Mark Reale died of complications related to Crohn's disease. He was 56 and had battled Crohn's disease for most of his life.

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Riot - Steel Life Portrait
01 Warrior
02 Hot For Love
03 Fire Down Under
04 Swords And Tequila
05 Restless Breed
06 Wings Of Fire
07 Heavy Metal Machine
08 Thundersteel
09 Black Leather And Glittering Steel
10 Dance Of Death
11 Fight Or Fall
12 Magic Maker
13 Nightbreaker
14 Glory Calling
Snake Charmer > On The Wings Of Life
16 Wings Are For Angels
17 Riot



In 2011, Night In Gales resurrected a spotty career with one of the most compelling melodic death metal albums of the year. This is a remarkable feat considering it had been 10 years since their last full length. This Barking Chicken Production takes a look at the band's full body of work to sort the moments of brilliance from the failed experiments. The end result is a diverse collection of neck snappers that together form a career highlight. Go.

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Night In Gales - How To Eat A Scythe
01 Tragedians
02 Through Ashen Meadows
03 Darkzone Anthem
04 How to Eat a Scythe
05 Blackfleshed
06 The Last Livin' Song
07 Get Killed or Die Trying
08 The Dustcrown
09 Blades to Laughter
10 Days of the Mute
11 Filthfinger
12 Five Scars
13 This Neon Grave