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Cellar Darling - The Spell

It's odd that Anna Murphy's druidic side should emerge more fully post-Eluveitie. Cellar Darling's debut pulled from the occultic weirdness that she had explored more with Lethe, Nucleus Torn, and other projects, lashing these macabre tendencies to a deceptively heavy rock skeleton. The Spell sounds tighter and more confident in exactly the way a sophomore album should.

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Posted: 19.03.2019 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (1)

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Fallujah - Undying Light

There's something really satisfying about discovering a promising band early on in their career, and then seeing them develop and mature into something special. The flip side to that is the disappointment that comes when said band ruins all that hard work and releases a complete let-down, which is sadly the case here.

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Posted: 18.03.2019 by musclassia | Comments (12)

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Pensées Nocturnes - Grand Guignol Orchestra

Never forget to spice up your musical journey with honest and pure silliness.

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Posted: 18.03.2019 by Mr. Doctor | Comments (5)

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Funereal Presence - Achatius

"Wherein Black Metal Is Inspired"

- a fellow user and reviewer who was clever before I was.

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Posted: 17.03.2019 by RaduP | Comments (6)

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Wheel - Moving Backwards

Yeah, they sound like Tool. So did Soen and look at Soen now, defiantly having the highest rated album of 2019 on Metal Storm. So don't downplay Wheel. At least they got the idea that they should name their band with one simple word that names something vaguely useful to humans.

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Posted: 17.03.2019 by RaduP | Comments (5)

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Rotting Christ - The Heretics

In the review of Rituals, I expressed my expectation wishful thinking that Rotting Christ would move towards a darker direction closer to tracks like "Cine Iubeşte Şi Lasă" and/or "Ze Nigmar". They didn't.

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Posted: 12.03.2019 by nikarg | Comments (25)

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King Apathy - Wounds

This band used to try to blend black metal and post-punk as Thränenkind. That didn't work out as well as it ideally should have, so now, under a new name, King Apathy makes a post-black metal album about how awful the human race is.

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Posted: 10.03.2019 by RaduP | Comments (8)

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Herod (SUI) - Sombre Dessein

So Meshuggah and The Ocean had a child.

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Posted: 10.03.2019 by RaduP | Comments (2)

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Sanhedrin - The Poisoner

It was about time, with all the '80s nostalgia lately, that we had some heavy metal that actually sounds like '80s heavy metal.

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Posted: 10.03.2019 by RaduP | Comments (5)

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Eremit - Carrier Of Weight

Colossal. Monolithic. Thick. Crushing. How many times have you seen adjectives like these used to describe the sound of bands that belong to the more extreme end of the doom metal spectrum? And how many of those bands actually deserved it? Doom/sludge lovers, metalheads fascinated by earthquake-inducing tone and obscene heaviness, I present to you Eremit's debut or, in other words, a wrecking ball dressed up as music.

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Posted: 06.03.2019 by nikarg | Comments (4)

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Dream Theater - Distance Over Time

Dream Theater have trimmed down and are back with a punch.

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Posted: 05.03.2019 by musclassia | Comments (19)

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Sordide - Hier Déjà Mort

Black metal has had a good long run and it has evolved in a myriad of new directions. Sordide is a black metal band signed to Throatruiner Records. If you know who that is, you're probably licking your lips by now.

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Posted: 03.03.2019 by RaduP | Comments (11)

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Avantasia - Moonglow

This album features Hansi Kürsch.

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Posted: 03.03.2019 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (9)

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The Moth Gatherer - Esoteric Oppression

The Moth Gatherer have developed quickly over their first couple of releases; A Bright Celestial Light was an accomplished debut, but one that clearly displayed its influences from the early efforts of the post-metal pioneers, bringing to mind albums such as Celestial by Isis and Cult Of Luna's The Beyond. By the time they got round to album two, The Earth Is The Sky, the volcanic, crunching, sludgy post-metal riffs began to dominate the sound less and less, with multiple quiet, melodic, electronic-driven instrumental songs and the emergence of clean vocals, whose prominence grew on the subsequent EP The Comfortable Low. Now we arrive at full-length effort number three, and based on their current trajectory, presumably we can expect an even greater emphasis on quiet moments and melodic vocals? Nope.

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Posted: 03.03.2019 by musclassia | Comments (4)

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Kaleikr - Heart Of Lead

The Icelandic black metal scene has been all the rage for the past few years. Cosmic, dissonant, melodic, you name it. But it feels like the death metal side of things has been pretty much ignored. Kaleikr can still be somewhat called black metal, but they feel like a denser Icelandic black metal version of Opeth. And more.

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Posted: 02.03.2019 by RaduP | Comments (10)

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Thornbridge - Theatrical Masterpiece

Last week I reviewed a thrash metal album. Well, fuck it - might as well review a power metal one too!

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Posted: 28.02.2019 by RaduP | Comments (4)