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Dark Forest (UK) - Beyond The Veil

Yeah, I like classic Elvenking, too.

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Posted: Today by Susan | Comments (5)

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Lascaille's Shroud - The Roads Leading North

You know that Lascaille's Shroud is a great band because I'm not pissed off that I had to sit through over two hours of album just to hear The Roads Leading North a single time.

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Posted: 21.07.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (10)

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We Are The Catalyst - Elevation

Spoiler alert: it kicks ass. In fact, this is exactly how to present a sophomore album:

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Posted: 19.07.2016 by Susan | Comments (6)

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Mistur - In Memoriam

Mistur excels at creating atmosphere. In Memoriam is lousy with layers of instrumentation that never cease building on each other, and the results are monstrous in scale.

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Posted: 16.07.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (1)

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ADX - Non Serviam

For a band in its fourth decade of existence, ADX sounds surprisingly spry and spirited. No, scratch that - for any band, ADX has a lot of heart, a lot of charisma, and a clear, powerful sound that seems to be quite rare in today's speed and thrash circles.

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Posted: 15.07.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (6)

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Kognitiv Tod - Eternal Return

Psychedelic black metal. There's something about this bizarre union of genres that actually works a lot better than most would probably expect. Black metal, as hypnotizing and otherworldly as it often is, seems to be an almost ideal partner for the dreamlike realms of psilocybin, ego death, and spirit guardians. The inclination towards pushing boundaries in both genres has led to a pleasant diversity of sounds among psychedelic black metal bands, some very dark and chaotic, others embracing a more mellow, "floating" type feeling. Kognitiv Tod opts for the latter formula.

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Posted: 13.07.2016 by Apothecary | Comments (3)

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Zeal And Ardor - Devil Is Fine

Once in a while there comes a time when new ways open up for music. Frontiers are being torn down and ideas can stream freely, going on a journey that takes them through many discussions and lets the creator experience both hatred and admiration. It always takes its time until a new sound is essentially established and the occasions where one can witness the birth of a new style are rare. So we are truly fortunate drunkards to live in the time where Zeal And Ardor release their second album to date, Devil Is Fine.

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Posted: 08.07.2016 by Windrider | Comments (36)

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Abbath - Abbath

Seven years and a blizzard of litigation have passed since we last heard the batrachoid gnarring of Immortal frontman and painty-faced Boston terrier Abbath. Amidst internal struggles and various controversies, what was supposed to be a glorious return to fame quickly descended into an uncomfortable mistake. Frolic at the heart of winter for too long and you're bound to catch cold.

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Posted: 08.07.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (38)

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Serenity - Codex Atlanticus

As somebody who takes the utmost care not to stray into the symphonic genre on most occasions, I looked upon Serenity as a rose in a minefield when I discovered War Of Ages in the 2013 MS Awards. It's a pleasure to have the band reappear on my radar with Codex Atlanticus, a delightful reassurance that no genre entirely lacks appeal, even to those utterly bored with the concept.

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Posted: 03.07.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (9)

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Fates Warning - Theories Of Flight

Fates Warning's brand of progressive metal is quite unique. Instead of trying to impress the listener with their instrumental prowess in every song (you know which band I have in mind), they focus on creating an interesting and engaging musical experience. Their incredible skill clearly shows, but it's not so in-your-face, nor does it ever become the goal in itself.

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Posted: 02.07.2016 by Daniell | Comments (9)

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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 (38)

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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 (7)

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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 (11)

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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 (8)

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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 (2)

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