About the site

OnlyDeathIsReal.rip – musings on underground music (and other topics) since 2019, with a focus on extreme metal, death and black metal in particular.

About the reviews

The point scale in the reviews is from 0 to 5 with 0.5 point intervals, eg. 0, 0.5, 1, 1.5 and so on. 2.5/5 indicates an average album that is neither good nor bad, just perfectly average and quite characterless. Anything above 2.5 means we like it, anything below 2.5 means we don’t like it.

About submissions

Yes! We do accept submissions for reviews. We accept both digital and physical material (CD, CDr, tape, vinyl). For digital material, we request a download; we will not review streams (for example Soundcloud or Spotify). When queuing material for review, physical items will always have precedence over digital items.

You can get in touch via the contact form or patchaki@gmail.com

About the author

J. is a guy in his mid-to-late thirties with more than 15 years of experience in writing about music with a large range: from underground metal to post-industrial to punk to rockabilly, country and roots music. Currently regularly contributes to Finnish music media Imperiumi.net and Big Beat, both leaders in their own fields. His musical tastes range from Hank Williams to Hellhammer, Big Bill Broonzy to Black Sabbath, Toots & The Maytals to Those Poor Bastards, Ice-T to Incantation.