Bask - American Hollow
Review by tea[m]ster
8.1
American Hollow is a prime example of what I like in my doom/psychedelic/stoner music today. A foundation consisting of a lively mix of groove and rhythmic sludge/stoner riffs and tremolo picked guitars (not in the traditional black metal sense but from a post-rock angle) to dense bass and squeaky clean drumming to finally, really elegant clean singing that weaves it's way through an atmosphere that's suppressing and haunting.

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A Sound Of Thunder - The Lesser Key Of Solomon
Review by R'Vannith
8.0
A Sound Of Thunder are unusually dynamic for a heavy metal band. Ever active with new ideas, this American quartet demonstrate an individualised determination with each energetic and engaging studio album. What sets them apart is their consistency in demonstrating an unusually high level of creative energy for a style which draws primarily from traditional heavy metal, and it continues to spur them on into new efforts with The Lesser Key Of Solomon.

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Xerath - III
Review by R'Vannith
8.6
Harmony of elements can be a truly spectacular thing. While metal and symphony have formed many remarkable unions in the past, Xerath's more modern approach seeks continual refinement in order to leave their own impression on the unison. One would assume some simple math would apply here; I + II = III, ergo this album is more than just another number in a discographical sequence, and is the sum of the band's studio strengths. Yet simple math metal this is not, the polyrhythmic driven effort to meld the two elements in a refreshing way requires more than a simple approach, which leads to the question: is the third time the charm?

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Firtan - Niedergang
Review by Doc Godin
7.5
Jesus, "epic" black metal is a sad little world sometimes. Having an uncomfortable amount of synthesizers crammed down your throat is lauded while thoughtful song writing is thrown to the wind. It's nice to hear bands like Firtan still giving a shit about their music.

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Overcharge - Accelerate
Review by Doc Godin
6.3
Taking the curt clarity of punk and fusing it with extreme speed metal is, and always will be a really natural mix. It's so simple, yet satisfyingly primal it's pretty hard to mess up, right? Wrong. Despite being an album with the right ideas in the right places, Accelerate is a nifty example of everything that can go wrong with this fusion.

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Monarch - Sabbracadaver
Review by Apothecary
8.0
Drone. What is it exactly that attracts fans so to the gargantuan walls of sound and 20 minute notes that lurk deep within the subterranean caverns of this style? I mean, it's not as if it's accomplished songwriting, right? Any schmuck spending 5 minutes on a guitar could just strum the same note for a half hour. Well, if you're of this sort of mentality, you might as well stop reading. We're about to enter the realm of hooded robes and black monoliths, and your opinions have no validity here.

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Tarnkappe - Tussen Hun En De Zon
Review by Windrider
8.3
Behold, fellow black metallers, for huge Darkthrone vibes are upon us. This is about Dutch act Tarnkappe's debut album Tussen Hun En De Zon, which translates to "Between Them And The Sun". The material is not new, as the same tracks have already been released as a demo under the same name in 2013, now again as their debut album and on LP. So the music is not new, and at the same time it's not even original either. But there is something that makes the songs good, very good and, at times, simply great.

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Fórn - The Departure Of Consciousness
Review by Boxcar Willy
8.2
Fórn is a relatively new band from Boston (read BASTAAAN) Massachusetts. The five piece plays a sludgy mess of doom and black metal. The riffs are heavy, the music is nasty and it's just what you are looking for.

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22-26 January 2015

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Khthoniik Cerviiks - Heptaedrone
Death/Black

Another poach from Fenriz's Band of the Week thing here. Totally raw, totally good album.

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Progventure Part 9: Green Carnation - Another Night Under The Dam, Åseral, Norway, 31.07.2014 01.09

It seems that my Progventure prog searching trips are not only a convenient excuse to travel new places, or more often the only way of seeing bands I like I wouldn't otherwise get to see, but in some cases they are turning out to be events of a fairly unique kind. Another Night Under the Dam - the Green Carnation reunion show at the Åseral dam number 3 in Norway was unique in more ways than one. And it most definitely was special. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
 
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Haapsalu is a small and beautiful Estonian resort town by the sea. Each July its quiet is disturbed by an invasion of owners and admirers of the American car industry. Shining cars, roaring engines, burning rubber, cruising, and a drag race on the airfield strip - American Beauty Car Show has got it all. If you're into all that, it's the place to be. Naturally, this also calls for musical entertainment of varied sorts, which somehow managed to grab my attention for the first time with only one name - Amaranthe. Just because I happen to like them. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
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