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, OnlyDeathIsReal.rip covers all kinds of hard, dark, extreme and obscure underground music past and present.

About the reviews and scores

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, roughly like this:

5: perfection,
4.5: a classic-to-be with only minor flaws
4: a very strong and even impressive album, but still leaves something to be desired for it to be one for the ages
3.5: well above average and a worthy release, but not jaw-droppingly outstanding
3: flawed, but still above average
2.5: smack dab in the middle, neither good nor bad, and quite uninspiring
2: not hopeless, but too weak to be worth it unless you’re a fanatic
1.5: a bad release with the occasional better moment
1: a bad release with maybe just a hint of some redeeming value
0.5: a bad release, plain and simple
0: if anything ever receives this score, it’ll set a new standard of how low you can go.

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.