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Thy Art Is Murder - Holy War

Everyone stop reproducing.

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Posted: 05.07.2015 by Ilham | Comments (8)

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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 (18)

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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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Damnation Angels - The Valiant Fire

Damnation Angels defies stereotypes.

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Posted: 03.07.2015 by Ag Fox | Comments (4)

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High On Fire - Luminiferous

High On Fire are one of a few select bands in metal, or even in the music industry. Six albums out and none of them suck. Not too many bands you can say that about now, are there?

Luminiferous marks their seventh studio release and some highly flammable straw men might have been worried that they'd run out of ideas or Matt Pike's sobriety might fuck up their awesome dynamic…

Bitch, please.

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Posted: 02.07.2015 by BitterCOld | Comments (7)

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Civil War - Gods And Generals

Civil War is a history buff's dream. Finally, a metal anthem dedicated to Lord Nelson! Someone else in the world dug up the story of the USS Monitor! And who could not but respect the musical memorialization of Oskar Schindler? Sweden's second-favorite library-bound power metal venture never fail to impress - in terms of lyrical content, anyway. Unfortunately, as the saying goes… history repeats itself.

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Posted: 02.07.2015 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (15)

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Powerwolf - Blessed & Possessed

"I've put on the last album by mistake." These were my initial thoughts when I started listening to Blessed & Possessed; that is just how similar the opening track, "Blessed & Possessed," is to "Amen & Attack" from the previous album, Preachers Of The Night. Unfortunately this feeling of déjà vu continued throughout the rest of the album.

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Posted: 02.07.2015 by Belegûr | Comments (17)

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Antigama - The Insolent

Within the often rigid confines of grindcore, the Polish Antigama has carved a unique identity for itself, sticking true to the genre perhaps, but also coming to weave all kinds of unusual shapes and sounds around it. 2015's The Insolent, however, sees the band easing up on the weirdness factor a bit and opting for a more straightforward approach.

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Posted: 01.07.2015 by Apothecary | Comments (10)

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Guardians Of Time - Rage And Fire

Norway isn't well-known for power metal when compared to neighbours Sweden, but Guardians Of Time are more than capable of matching the quality of just about any power metal band on the scene today. This is the fourth studio album, released after their return in 2011, and it is easily a contender for power metal album of the year. A Beautiful Atrocity showed a change in style for the band, with a more progressive quality to the music. However it would be completely wrong of me to say that the band has ever written generic power metal as I think they have already created a signature sound that makes them instantly recognisable over many other bands in the genre. Rage And Fire isn't as progressive as their previous effort, but it is heavy, melodic and catchy from start to finish.

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Posted: 26.06.2015 by Belegûr | Comments (19)

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Cradle Of Filth - Hammer Of The Witches

It must be tough to be Dani Filth right now. The voice of your early career has left you and the one thing you can still properly sing is some gentle gothic metal as last seen on the Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder album. However, for this kind of music your chief songwriter has just left you. The departure of Paul Allender was both sad and promising. He is a great guitarist, yet most fans can agree that the band was in bloom at the times he wasn't around. That is why I personally had some hopes. But as it often turns out in the end, he should not have left.

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Posted: 26.06.2015 by Windrider | Comments (45)

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Dreadnought - Bridging Realms

In 2013, I reviewed Dreadnought's Lifewoven debut and compared it to a massive sandwich with an overwhelming number of ingredients. Keeping the metaphorical train a-rolling, one could then say that this year's follow up, Bridging Realms, is more of a fine glass of wine: not quite as heavy, but still flavorful, and more smooth and relaxing.

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Posted: 25.06.2015 by Apothecary | Comments (17)

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Rosetta - Quintessential Ephemera

Quintessential Ephemera is a record which streamlines Rosetta's sound at a time of creative independence. It marks the band's second self-release and is a stabilising work which assures of their ability to make music free from label demands.

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Posted: 22.06.2015 by R'Vannith | Comments (2)

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Coathanger Abortion - Observations Of Humanity

This is a review for Coathanger Abortion, and it felt exactly like one.

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Posted: 16.06.2015 by Ilham | Comments (11)

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Sirenia - The Seventh Life Path

Ahh… Sirenia. A band I've always felt quite attached to as it's one of the first discoveries I'd made back when I first joined this site, around the time when The 13th Floor was released. Ailyn was definitely the main reason that got me hooked. Admittedly, I'm hardly the most loyal fan because I turned my back on her upon listening to the pedestrian effort named The Enigma Of Life.

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Posted: 15.06.2015 by Ag Fox | Comments (9)

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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody - Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus

Since the split of the original "Rhapsody" into two bands, both have been somewhat disappointing in their efforts so far. Rhapsody Of Fire produced a completely forgettable effort in Dark Wings Of Steel, whereas Luca Turilli's Rhapsody didn't do that much better with Ascending To Infinity. It is quite remarkable that we now have two bands, but neither can produce the magic of the original band. This trend continues with Prometheus: Symphonia Ignis Divinus, which succeeds as a "cinematic metal" album, but fails at being very memorable.

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Posted: 12.06.2015 by Belegûr | Comments (24)

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