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Disarmonia Mundi - Cold Inferno

Determined to let the world know that Italy can still produce some high-quality Gothenburg metal, Disarmonia Mundi is back after a 6-year hiatus. The Turin-based twosome is comprised of instrumentalist extraordinaire Ettore Rigotti and vocalist Claudio Ravinale. Björn Strid from Soilwork and Christian Älvestam also provide some vocal work.

In this much coveted market of melodic death metal, it has always been virtually impossible to avoid comparisons. Earlier in their career, the band was likened to Soilwork. Of course hiring Björn Strid on 2004's Fragments Of D-Generation did not help. What it did though was bring them to the forefront of the scene. 2009 rolled around and the emergence of a more modern sound was showcased on The Isolation Game. All of a sudden Disarmonia Mundi was being compared to later days In Flames for obvious reasons. Undeterred by criticism, the duo just released their 5th offering, Cold Inferno.

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Posted: 26.07.2015 by Demonic Tutor | Comments (5)

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Gyre - Moirai

Ah. Youth.

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Posted: 26.07.2015 by Ilham | Comments (14)

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Sacred Oath - Ravensong

So it turns out the metal gods do in fact listen to our prayers. Ask for a ballsy, melodic heavy/power metal album that's not overproduced and not rooted in Helloween clichés and the metalgods grant not one but two such albums in the form of the new Armored Saint as well as the album in question, Sacred Oath's Ravensong. But are the gods truly generous or just a bunch of fickle tricksters who give with one hand only to take with the other?

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Posted: 26.07.2015 by deadone | Comments (5)

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Third Ion - 13/8 Bit

In case you've been living under a rock, supergroups are all the rage now, and they are popping up quicker than you can count them. Third Ion may not be as "super" in terms of fame, but this collaborative effort is still very much on my radar because members of Into Eternity and The Devin Townsend Project are on board.

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Posted: 25.07.2015 by Ag Fox | Comments (7)

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Autokrator - Autokrator

Those not particularly accustomed to the drone genre may be surprised to discover the incredible amount of variation lurking within it. As a fundamentally structure-less genre, its very nature leaves the door for invention wide open, in turn leading to many different interpretations of the drone sound. This year, French newcomers Autokrator are ready to put their own spin on this principle, with some interesting, though perhaps unexpected influences.

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Posted: 17.07.2015 by Apothecary | Comments (2)

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Kataklysm - Of Ghosts And Gods

Kataklysm is surely one of the constants in death metal: releasing an album every few years, maintaining their line-up for almost two decades and only changing on the drums, and being a guarantee for some quality music. With their latest release, Waiting For The End To Come, they let some dynamics return to the otherwise so heavy style, and that was pretty refreshing overall. Now it's time to prove that they can hold onto that path. Of Ghosts And Gods is here to please all fans of their latest stuff.

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Posted: 16.07.2015 by Windrider | Comments (8)

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Black Space Riders - Refugeeum

In theme as much as sound, Refugeeum is an album concerning escape and dislocation from the rather aggregate arrangement of prior Black Space Riders records, and it's an active attempt at something more specific.

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Posted: 14.07.2015 by R'Vannith | Comments (2)

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Ruby The Hatchet - Aurum

Aurum is a recap of the successes that brought Philadelphia's Ruby The Hatchet to their latest release in Valley Of The Snake. As a compilation, it is comprised of the band's choice tunes from their debut record Ouroboros placed between the two taken from their following EP entitled The Eliminator. In essence, it's an energised stoner rock summary when compared to the new material of their sophomore.

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Posted: 14.07.2015 by R'Vannith | Comments (3)

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Armored Saint - Win Hands Down

Armored Saint have had a fairly liminal existence for a while now. After the untimely death of guitarist Dave Pritchard in 1990 and the subsequent release of showstopper Symbol Of Salvation, the band slowly ground to a halt; John Bush got tapped by Anthrax to replace Joey Belladonna, Joey Vera became involved with both Fates Warning AND Arch/Matheos, and Armored Saint fell by the wayside. Now, after a few attempts and a lot of stalling, it seems like they are finally back.

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Posted: 14.07.2015 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (6)

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Xibalba (USA) - Tierra y libertad

This is deathcore made by a band who did not forget what death metal is.

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Posted: 13.07.2015 by Mr. Doctor | Comments (7)

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Symphony X - Underworld

After 4 years of waiting since the release of Iconoclast, Symphony X return with Underworld, an album that may divide fans of the band depending on the expectations placed on this 9th studio effort.

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Posted: 13.07.2015 by Belegûr | Comments (30)

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Pro-Pain - Voice Of Rebellion

Everyone's got limits.

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Posted: 10.07.2015 by Ilham | Comments (12)

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Thy Art Is Murder - Holy War

Everyone stop reproducing.

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Posted: 05.07.2015 by Ilham | Comments (11)

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Sunset In The 12th House - Mozaic

There can be very little denying that Edmond Karban and Christian Popescu (of Negură Bunget note) have come a long way in developing and perfecting their sound. First masters of atmosphere in Negura, they have since departed, forming the equally (if not more) impressive Dordeduh in 2009. But the ball's not stopping its rolling there, folks. Get ready for Sunset In The 12th House.

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Posted: 04.07.2015 by Apothecary | Comments (19)

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Vattnet Viskar - Settler

If there was an award this year for "most ambiguous album cover," it would probably have to go to Vattnet Viskar's Settler. Although the image itself reveals almost nothing about the music within, the image that it recreates has powerful implications of blissful unawareness of a fast approaching doom, somber themes that Vattnet Viskar seem to capture with their heavy and airy sound.

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Posted: 04.07.2015 by Apothecary | Comments (10)

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Deathhammer - Evil Power

It was bumping into tables, repeating anecdotes repeatedly, hitting on old women sloppiness that made Onward To The Pits so memorable.

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Posted: 04.07.2015 by wormdrink414 | Comments (3)

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