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Moab - Billow

Billow is a peculiar undulation. Like a sprightly psychedelic will-o'-the-wisp it entices those on the watch for regular doom in a direction well off the beaten path, all to experience the short duration of unexpectedly infiltrative riff scuff. Strangely jovial things begin to take shape in the haze, and Moab happily loom over doom with an eagerness to mix an eccentric concoction.

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Posted: Today by R'Vannith | Comments (1)

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Black Moth - Condemned To Hope

Merely hoping for their tunes to be deemed catchy isn't Black Moth's manner of proceeding. Cunningly combining rock 'n' roll energies and a darkly charred stoner metal presentation, it seems that they would condemn passable song writing to deliver catchy tunes by natural force of habit.

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Posted: 19.09.2014 by R'Vannith | Comments (3)

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Gunfire - Age Of Supremacy

Gunfire's first new music in ten years brings all the classic metal you could ever need.

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Posted: 18.09.2014 by R Lewis | Comments (0)

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Midnight Sin - Sex First

Good lord. Sleaze metal revival? Are we actually still doing this? Ugh. Midnight Sin, if this album ever had any value, it's about a decade past it's "best before" date.

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Posted: 18.09.2014 by Doc Godin | Comments (7)

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Irreversible - Surface

Atlanta, Georgia's Irreversible mark a return to the glorious past with their latest release Surface. Gone are the hardcore/alternative elixirs from their last two releases, Ashes and Thorn. Back are the post metal capstones from Sins and Light.

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Posted: 18.09.2014 by tea[m]ster | Comments (5)

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Necrodeath - The 7 Deadly Sins

Italian veterans Necrodeath, like many groups with 30 years and 11 albums to their names, like to play Motörhead roulette with their releases. They adhere to the same formula time after time, breaking ranks for nobody, and the quality of the album lies completely in the thrall of chance.

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Posted: 17.09.2014 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (1)

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Northern Oak - Of Roots And Flesh

Nature-y band name and album title? Equally nature-y album cover with folkloric overtones? Yeah, typical folk metal. In spite of being pretty typical in so many ways, Northern Oak have done a supremely bang-up job with Of Roots And Flesh.

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Posted: 17.09.2014 by Doc Godin | Comments (6)

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Protokult - No Beer In Heaven

If the Korpiklaani fan club was a violent prison gang, the cruel, painful initiation ritual would be to listen to Protokult's No Beer In Heaven.

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Posted: 17.09.2014 by Doc Godin | Comments (3)

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Brimstone Coven - II

Brimstone Coven is one of those bands that is hard for me to not enjoy. Like, really hard.

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Posted: 15.09.2014 by Mattybu | Comments (5)

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Bask - American Hollow

American Hollow is a prime example of what I like in my doom/psychedelic/stoner music today. A foundation consisting of a lively mix of groove and rhythmic sludge/stoner riffs and tremolo picked guitars (not in the traditional black metal sense but from a post-rock angle) to dense bass and squeaky clean drumming to finally, really elegant clean singing that weaves it's way through an atmosphere that's suppressing and haunting.

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Posted: 15.09.2014 by tea[m]ster | Comments (8)

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A Sound Of Thunder - The Lesser Key Of Solomon

A Sound Of Thunder are unusually dynamic for a heavy metal band. Ever active with new ideas, this American quartet demonstrate an individualised determination with each energetic and engaging studio album. What sets them apart is their consistency in demonstrating an unusually high level of creative energy for a style which draws primarily from traditional heavy metal, and it continues to spur them on into new efforts with The Lesser Key Of Solomon.

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Posted: 14.09.2014 by R'Vannith | Comments (4)

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Xerath - III

Harmony of elements can be a truly spectacular thing. While metal and symphony have formed many remarkable unions in the past, Xerath's more modern approach seeks continual refinement in order to leave their own impression on the unison. One would assume some simple math would apply here; I + II = III, ergo this album is more than just another number in a discographical sequence, and is the sum of the band's studio strengths. Yet simple math metal this is not, the polyrhythmic driven effort to meld the two elements in a refreshing way requires more than a simple approach, which leads to the question: is the third time the charm?

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Posted: 14.09.2014 by R'Vannith | Comments (7)

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Firtan - Niedergang

Jesus, "epic" black metal is a sad little world sometimes. Having an uncomfortable amount of synthesizers crammed down your throat is lauded while thoughtful song writing is thrown to the wind. It's nice to hear bands like Firtan still giving a shit about their music.

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Posted: 13.09.2014 by Doc Godin | Comments (0)

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Overcharge - Accelerate

Taking the curt clarity of punk and fusing it with extreme speed metal is, and always will be a really natural mix. It's so simple, yet satisfyingly primal it's pretty hard to mess up, right? Wrong. Despite being an album with the right ideas in the right places, Accelerate is a nifty example of everything that can go wrong with this fusion.

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Posted: 13.09.2014 by Doc Godin | Comments (0)

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Monarch - Sabbracadaver

Drone. What is it exactly that attracts fans so to the gargantuan walls of sound and 20 minute notes that lurk deep within the subterranean caverns of this style? I mean, it's not as if it's accomplished songwriting, right? Any schmuck spending 5 minutes on a guitar could just strum the same note for a half hour. Well, if you're of this sort of mentality, you might as well stop reading. We're about to enter the realm of hooded robes and black monoliths, and your opinions have no validity here.

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Posted: 12.09.2014 by Apothecary | Comments (6)

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Tarnkappe - Tussen Hun En De Zon

Behold, fellow black metallers, for huge Darkthrone vibes are upon us. This is about Dutch act Tarnkappe's debut album Tussen Hun En De Zon, which translates to "Between Them And The Sun". The material is not new, as the same tracks have already been released as a demo under the same name in 2013, now again as their debut album and on LP. So the music is not new, and at the same time it's not even original either. But there is something that makes the songs good, very good and, at times, simply great.

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Posted: 10.09.2014 by Windrider | Comments (1)

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