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Acid King - Middle Of Nowhere, Center Of Everywhere

Retro-sounding female fronted psychedelic stoner doom… but before you dismiss them as another Janey Come Lately, do realize Acid King have been kicking out the jams for more than 20 years.

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Posted: 20.04.2015 by BitterCOld | Comments (3)

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Heidevolk - Velua

Though co-lead vocalist Joris Boghtdrincker departed from Heidevolk a couple of years ago, they could not in good conscience abandon their trademark vocal harmonies, and so the barrel-chested tag-team remains intact with the new addition of Lars Vogel. At least their signature sound hasn't changed with the line-up, but Velua is a very slow starter.

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Posted: 18.04.2015 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (4)

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Skyforger - Senprūsija

To be honest I had some reservations reviewing a folk black metal band. Given that the closest I get to either genres is Bathory one can understand my trepidation. Then to my surprise it turns out Skyforger's new album Sensprūsija offers a more multifaceted approach including large chunks of heavy and thrash metal circa 1988!

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Posted: 16.04.2015 by deadone | Comments (1)

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Santo Rostro - II: The Bleed

"Spanish bongs in Andalucia… Stoner jams rawk balls for 39" minutes*. Pardon the intro. If it makes sense to you, you earn dos puntos frescos. If not, be sure to check out The Clash… but only after getting sonically plowed by Santo Rostro.

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Posted: 16.04.2015 by BitterCOld | Comments (5)

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Three Steps To The Ocean - Migration Light

Three Steps To The Ocean are a four-piece instrumental band from Italy. They have been around for quite a while, having released three records since 2007. They play a specific style of atmospheric post rock/metal with some sludge, doom and experimental touches. Migration Light is the fourth title in their catalog, continuing what has been one of more remarkable "fly under the radar" kind of rides I have ever seen. It's been a very secretive trudge through the desensitized network of post rock/metal for Three Steps To The Ocean, and they may be one of the best bands doing it that you've never heard of.

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Posted: 15.04.2015 by tea[m]ster | Comments (1)

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Six Feet Under - Crypt Of The Devil

Chris Barnes ruins everything.

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Posted: 15.04.2015 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (22)

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Sorcerer - In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross

Crawling out of the depths of history come Sorcerer, the Swedish epic doom band whose story is similar to that of recent successes Hell; they came into being back in 1988, but disintegrated shortly, leaving only a handful of demos and compilations to trickle out periodically over the decades. In 2010, vocalist Anders Engberg and bassist Johnny Hagel resurrected the band with some new blood, eventually getting around to recording a proper album. It might be 27 years overdue, but In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross constitutes Sorcerer's official full-length debut; unlike Hell, however, Sorcerer have chosen to let their old demos stand as they are, opting instead to fill their first true album with all-new material.

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Posted: 15.04.2015 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (4)

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The Gentle Storm - The Diary

A full-album collaboration between Anneke and Arjen is something that's been eagerly anticipated ever since Anneke sang the part of Egyptian in Ayreon's Into the Electric Castle, which features probably one of the most emotional and beautiful Ayreon tunes ever written with her on vocals: the folkish "The Valley of the Queens." That was about 17 years ago, give or take. Apart from another appearance close to 10 years later, you could say that something like The Gentle Storm is long overdue.

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Posted: 12.04.2015 by Ivor | Comments (11)

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Pombagira - Flesh Throne Press

Pombagira have been around now for some years and released several albums yet. While they always showed a preference for long albums with very few and very long songs, it seems they couldn't contain themselves this time. Flesh Throne Press does feature many songs, 13 to be precise, however they didn't go down in song length much and that's why they now ended up with an 87 minute album. And the best part is... it doesn't get boring! Well, at least if you are into that type of music.

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Posted: 12.04.2015 by Windrider | Comments (3)

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Royal Thunder - Crooked Doors

One of the most truly captivating albums I've heard in a long time, Royal Thunder unleashes a stunning and very personal sophomore record. Sharp in both its simplicity and range, this amazing blues/rock/groove concoction is summed up in one word: intimate. Even on the first listen, before all lyrics are absorbed, vocalist Mlny Parsonz's stories of loss invoke specific experiences, memories, and emotions. She absolutely plumbs the depths of the human experience with her wailing voice.

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Posted: 11.04.2015 by Susan | Comments (14)

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UFO - A Conspiracy Of Stars

With all the nose-breaking, face-stomping, spine-snapping, dragon-slaying, brutal heavy metal-ing that goes on around here, it's important to occasionally take a break and rediscover what a good, ol' rock'n'roll record sounds like.

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Posted: 10.04.2015 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (4)

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Korpiklaani - Noita

You'll be shocked to learn that Noita sounds like all Korpiklaani. It's almost as though they've been doing the same thing for the last… always.

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Posted: 10.04.2015 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (15)

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Stormwitch - Season Of The Witch

Stormwitch sound remarkably spry for a band entering its 36th year. As one of those bands that burst onto the scene with an unforgettable debut in the '80s and then petered out with a series of on-again, off-again reunions, their sporadic stream of follow-up albums under varying lineups has been subject to a gradual decline in quality. The decline has been mercifully slow, however, and their last two albums (in 2002 and 2004, respectively) held their own. Even now, 11 years since Witchcraft, Stormwitch have enough fire in the belly to come up with something still listenable; but it isn't quite a glorious comeback.

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Posted: 04.04.2015 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (1)

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Dødheimsgard - A Umbra Omega

Few have given the word crazy as much meaning in metal as Dødheimsgard. We call this avant-garde for a reason. This is a band deliberately pushing into the far corners of their musical realm to create a sound that is as comforting as it is alienating, as attainable as it is bizarre. Eight years after their last effort, they are back more powerful than ever. This album is a true display of artistic momentum and musical craftsmanship. And while it is far from me to equate production time with artistic or musical quality, this particular case is a display of time working very much in favor of the work. Or to state it more clearly: this time they delivered.

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Posted: 04.04.2015 by corrupt | Comments (16)

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Ufomammut - Ecate

Italy's three-piece doom/stoner/psychedelic group Ufomammut have returned with their latest offering of spacey, quirky, heavy-as-hell brand of ritualistic sludge metal. Ecate is another benchmark in Ufomammut's timeline, arriving on the heels of their latest magnum opus, the two-disc epic journey Oro. Ecate is a bit different in that it's very accessible; a barrage of quiet, ambient phases tied together in a rudimentary way with mind-melting, dense, and crushing dynamics.

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Posted: 03.04.2015 by tea[m]ster | Comments (6)

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Therapy? - Disquiet

Therapy? is a band with two faces. On the one hand, we have the experimental, non-conformist Therapy? that is willing to go into all kinds of crazy, unusual territory, as evidenced by monuments to quirkiness such as Nurse, Suicide Pact - You First and Crooked Timber. On the other, we have the Therapy? that is constantly trying to recapture the glory of their greatest hit Troublegum with relatively polite and formulaic albums such as Shameless, Never Apologise Never Explain or One Cure Fits All. Alas, in 2015, with Disquiet we find ourselves staring straight at that second face.

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Posted: 31.03.2015 by jupitreas | Comments (1)

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