About the site

OnlyDeathIsReal.rip – exploring the dark, hard underbelly of the music underground since 2019. From the extremest of extreme metal to the most esoteric of neofolk, from the most psychotic psychobilly to the most vile horrorcore rap, OnlyDeathIsReal.rip covers all kinds of hard, dark, extreme and obscure underground music past and present.

About the reviews

We no longer assign a numerical score to the reviews, as of summer 2021. Older reviews have a numerical rating system, described below:

The point scale in them 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.

Newer reviews have a summary at the end, which aims to give a single-sentence crystallization of what we thought of the release – read the actual review for the full deets.

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.