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Darkthrone - Old Star

Whatever your opinion is on Darkthrone, you have to acknowledge that this duo only churns out music that they like listening to themselves. With Old Star they keep doing exactly that and, moreover, it seems they couldn't care less about common promotional practice, since no one had a copy of this album before its release for reviewing purposes.

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Posted: Today by nikarg | Comments (0)

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Rainer Landfermann - Mein Wort In Deiner Dunkelheit

Rumors of Rainer Landfermann's return to Bethlehem proved to be greatly exaggerated, for which I will throw a question mark in Jürgen Bartsch's general direction, but to our great fortune we have nonetheless been granted a visitation by the supreme Landfermann this year.

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Posted: 25.06.2019 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (1)

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Andavald - Undir Skyggðarhaldi

The Mystískaos collective released three albums on the 6th of June, when they pretty much officially took over what was left of Fallen Empire Records. One was the eagerly awaited Wormlust/Skáphe collab, Kosmískur Hryllingur (review here). The other was an LP re-release of Délirant's self-titled debut (review here). More enigmatic than the ones named so far were Icelandic group Andavald, whose Undir Skyggðarhaldi is the toughest listen of the bunch.

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Posted: 23.06.2019 by RaduP | Comments (4)

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Wormlust - Kosmískur Hryllingur [Collaboration]

Five plus years of partnership in crafting swirling black metal madness between Alex Poole and HV Lyngdal has led to this.

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Posted: 23.06.2019 by Apothecary | Comments (3)

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Jess By The Lake - Under The Red Light Shine

This is the solo project of Jess from Jess And The Ancient Ones and this is not a metal record. You've been warned!

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Posted: 20.06.2019 by RaduP | Comments (3)

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The Meads Of Asphodel - Running Out Of Time Doing Nothing

Running Out Of Time Doing Nothing marks the longest gap between full length albums from The Meads Of Asphodel yet. Has this time off slowed down their momentum as artists though? You can bet your arse that it hasn't.

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Posted: 19.06.2019 by Apothecary | Comments (4)

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Rammstein - Rammstein

Rammstein have been, in a sense, on ice for a while now. Sure, they've been touring, played some festivals, had a few special releases - they weren't dead - but their last album was ten years ago, and all the Oomph!s, Eisbrechers, Megaherzes, Ruoskas, Raubtiers, and Turmion Kätilöts in the world couldn't fill that void. We needed Rammstein.

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Posted: 18.06.2019 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (13)

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VLTIMAS - Something Wicked Marches In

VLTIMAS is a death metal supergroup that consists of an extreme metal all-star team. Guitarist Rune "Blasphemer" Eriksen (ex-Mayhem, Aura Noir), drummer Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy) and vocalist/bassist David Vincent (ex-Morbid Angel) are familiar names to any metalhead, unless you've been living under a rock.

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Posted: 17.06.2019 by nikarg | Comments (2)

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Esoctrilihum - The Telluric Ashes Of The Ö Vrth Immemorial Gods

France has had a reputation as a land of top shelf, quality black metal for a good period of time now. But it's been a while since a band as downright excellent as Esoctrilihum has come along.

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Posted: 15.06.2019 by Apothecary | Comments (3)

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Chalice Of Suffering - Lost Eternally

This is the third doom release by Transcending Obscurity Records I'm reviewing this year, after Eremit's Carrier Of Weight and Illimitable Dolor's Leaden Light, and I'm really having a hard time deciding which one is more transcending.

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Posted: 12.06.2019 by nikarg | Comments (5)

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Misþyrming - Algleymi

At this point, we have had enough Icelandic black metal sophomore albums to see some sort of pattern.

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Posted: 09.06.2019 by RaduP | Comments (9)

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Earth - Full Upon Her Burning Lips

"The earth has music for those who listen." Perhaps George Santayana wasn't actually referring to Earth in his quote, but in his defense, he wasn't alive to hear it.

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Posted: 07.06.2019 by RaduP | Comments (10)

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Brymir - Wings Of Fire

Guitarist Joona Björkroth joined Battle Beast in the wake of Anton Kabanen's unceremonious departure, the point at which some fans began to despair that the Finnish sextet had become too poppy, that the "Beast" was gone. Well, first of all, shut up, because the new stuff is good, too [read: better]. But if No More Hollywood Endings is still too Hollywood for you, Brymir can offer five times the Beast.

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Posted: 06.06.2019 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (5)

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Bus - Never Decide

BUS ( Better Under Substances?) Is a stoner outfit hailing from Athens, Greece who opted for cover art featuring giant chickens going all Godzilla over some small town America. Being stoner doom/rock from Athens, I poured myself a glass of aguardiente, Colombia's ouzo approximation, and attempted to achieve the mental state of everyone's favorite bus driver, Otto Mann, before delving in.

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Posted: 05.06.2019 by BitterCOld | Comments (5)

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Death Angel - Humanicide

Death Angel belong to a very small and elite list of thrash bands that never fell flat on their face. I mean, how many times have you really been disappointed by them?

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Posted: 04.06.2019 by nikarg | Comments (5)

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Verwoed - De Val

Hey, the Dutch have an interesting black metal scene. Who would've thought?!

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Posted: 01.06.2019 by RaduP | Comments (12)