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Crowhurst - The Mountain Of The Cannibal Goddess

This is not music.

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Posted: 29.06.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (23)

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Rob Zombie - The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser

Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor improved significantly on the sluggish, oppressively sane Hellbilly Deluxe 2, reinvigorating Rob Zombie with a lighter and leaner take on the typical Zombie sound that still reintroduced a lot of personality. The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Screw It This Is Way Too Long obviously tries to capitalize on the success of Venomous Rat's more radio-friendly numbers, but eschews the real substance of the last album in the process.

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Posted: 28.06.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (6)

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Nervosa - Agony

It's difficult to believe that Nervosa is only a trio. Able to wield the muscle and bulk of a death metal band without taking on too much to weight to cut loose and mosh through most of the album, this latest flag-bearer of the Brazilian thrash tradition has a thick, brutal sound that doesn't entirely save Agony from middle-of-the-road songwriting, but captures attention long enough to get the hooks in.

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Posted: 27.06.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (2)

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Whispered - Metsutan - Songs Of The Void

Finland surpasses every other country on earth in producing folk metal, now to such a fantastic extent that the Finns are taking over for other countries that don't produce enough folk metal bands of their own. For those of you unfamiliar with Whispered, this quartet deals in electrifying extreme power metal merged with traditional Japanese elements, like a colder, more calculated version of Chthonic,* or a Japanophile Winter-san.

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Posted: 24.06.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (9)

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Terra Tenebrosa - The Reverses

There's not much that can be easily understood in the bizarre, nightmarish world of Terra Tenebrosa. Then again, perhaps there's not much that's really meant to be. After two full lengths and an EP, fans of the band may eagerly be wondering what the next step is, and if The Reverses provides any clues that make the picture these eerie Swedes paint any clearer. Come, children, and we shall find out by traveling through the rabbit hole yet again. And by "rabbit hole," I mean vortex.

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Posted: 24.06.2016 by Apothecary | Comments (6)

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Dakesis - The New Dawn

Crystal clear, energetic power metal, light on symphonics, heavy on guitars, and topped with a very strong, mid-range voice. So, what went wrong?

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Posted: 19.06.2016 by Susan | Comments (1)

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Voidless Form - I, Nihilist

As the ardent fan can tell you, there's something about the drone genre that is fundamentally paradoxical. To the outsider it appears as a somewhat pointless formula: formless music with no real sense of guidance or structure. But what if, in some inexplicable way, the lack of a structure demands the exploration of new, rather atypical ones, thereby fueling the creative process? Enter Voidless Form, a band committed to sailing these uncharted waters.

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Posted: 15.06.2016 by Apothecary | Comments (6)

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Gutter Instinct - Age Of The Fanatics

It may come as a surprise, but the south of Sweden is not swamped with metal like Gothenburg or Stockholm are. Sure, we have a good few acts but the scene is mostly filled with crust and hardcore punk (which I love) but also a shit-ton of non-threatening bad cop/good cop vocals over endless and tedious djenty breakdowns (you know the kind) So with no exaggeration, I must say I'm extremely pleased to see another extreme metal band hailing from my region.

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Posted: 31.05.2016 by Mr. Doctor | Comments (5)

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Mob Rules - Tales From Beyond

Have you ever wondered what Andi Deris (Helloween) would sound like singing Iron Maiden songs? Me neither, but Mob Rules have given us just that. The Iron Maiden part? Most definitely. I am quite shocked at how much Tales From Beyond sounds like Maiden in their Brave New World comeback era form. It really works though and Tales From Beyond is an impressive power metal album that never drags or feels padded out with filler.

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Posted: 30.05.2016 by Belegûr | Comments (4)

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Almanac - Tsar

From the opening seconds of Tsar, it's clear that Victor Smolski is involved. Smolski was of course a prominent member of Rage from 2001 to 2015. Fans of Rage will know that Smolski basically took control of songwriting and his focus on heavy technical riffs, orchestral flourishes and solos I can only describe as slightly insane, helped Rage develop a signature symphonic sound in later years. It's of no surprise that he now has total control over Almanac and fans of his sound and songwriting should be find something to enjoy in Tsar.

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Posted: 30.05.2016 by Belegûr | Comments (3)

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Virus - Memento Collider

What is the nature of a virus, exactly? It attacks stable, living cells and replicates itself, to spread to other locations and keep gaining in power. So the music of Norway's Virus follows suit, as it attacks your fragile, stable body, gaining power as it makes it bounce, backflip, and behave in other delusional ways it ordinarily wouldn't. Is your body having a party? Is it being stricken by disease? It could be both. It could be neither. That's just part of the beauty of the Virus.

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Posted: 30.05.2016 by Apothecary | Comments (10)

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Votum - :Ktonik:

Observing the path of a band's musical growth can be a trying experience, with the truly rewarding moment arriving when they approach the crux of their development. Moments hinting at their full potential are often both fleeting and sparsely scattered, growing increasingly frequent and convincing with each release. Generally speaking, there is a point in every band's discography that one can point to and say, "that's where it happened," a point which arrives after a consequence of steady improvements between releases. As such, Votum's sudden and unexpected maturation came as a welcome surprise. The embodiment of this immense growth and the realisation of the band's potential is their fourth studio release, titled :Ktonik:.

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Posted: 29.05.2016 by LeKiwi | Comments (9)

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Graves At Sea - The Curse That Is

How does a cult status band confined to a demo and a few EPs strike powerfully with their first full length album? Holy shit, ladies and gentlemen, Graves At Sea appear to be providing an answer to this philosophical conundrum.

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Posted: 28.05.2016 by Apothecary | Comments (7)

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Six Feet Under - Graveyard Classics IV: The Number Of The Priest

You know what? It's not the worst album I've heard this month.

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Posted: 28.05.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (27)

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Axel Rudi Pell - Game Of Sins

To me, Axel Rudi Pell epitomizes generic power metal: trite and nonspecific lyrical content, pleasant (if commonplace) operatic vocals, and songs raised by the Euro-flower hegemony but born of hard rock and the synth-laced pop music of generations past. Game Of Sins does nothing to ameliorate my image of the band, but neither does it contain anything worthy of heavy disparagement.

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Posted: 22.05.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (1)

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Autokrator - The Obedience To Authority

"Autokrator" is a term, Greek in origin, which roughly translates to "self ruler," or "one who rules by self." It is an epithet that conveys raw, unrestrained power and authority. Fittingly then, the sophomore effort from the French Autokrator gives listeners a fine lesson in such authority.

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Posted: 21.05.2016 by Apothecary | Comments (5)

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