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Harm's Way - Posthuman

New year - new me Harm's Way!

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Posted: 16.01.2018 by Ilham | Comments (4)

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Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs

According to most Orphaned Land fans, the quality went downhill - if ever so slowly - since Mabool... but a masterpiece is hard to top anyway. So, what about Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs?

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Posted: 15.01.2018 by Darkside Momo | Comments (4)

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Summoning - With Doom We Come

Summoning claim to come with doom, but it's still synthy atmospheric black metal, not doom metal. While that would be an interesting turn of events, you cannot blame Summoning for sticking to the formula. You could, however, blame them for the godawful production on this album.

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Posted: 13.01.2018 by RaduP | Comments (18)

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Heidevolk - Vuur Van Verzet

I had Heidevolk on a downward slide when I reviewed Velua in 2015, and the lineup changes that preceded the album only continued in its aftermath; Vuur Van Verzet debuts a new guitarist and is the third album in a row to feature a different vocal team from its predecessor. Given the sudden shift in personnel, overall decline in quality, and the rather lackluster single "Ontwaakt," it seemed that Heidevolk was going to sputter out of existence. Against all odds, Vuur Van Verzet is a sound success for Heidevolk.

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Posted: 11.01.2018 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (3)

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Shining - X - Varg Utan Flock

Niklas Kvarforth is one of the most controversial figures in the metal scene, but even those who dislike his personality and behaviour - myself included - do admit that Shining's music is most of the time top-tier metal to slash your wrists to. However, X - Varg Utan Flock is so much more than just the depressive/suicidal black metal child of a troubled mind.

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Posted: 09.01.2018 by nikarg | Comments (7)

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Ex Eye - Ex Eye

This is a metal album made by jazz musicians. No, they're not Shining.

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Posted: 08.01.2018 by RaduP | Comments (10)

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Netra - Ingrats

New Year's Eve. A gathering with family and friends. New resolutions and hopes for tomorrow. The beautiful lights and playful party music. Reality kicks in in the form of a hangover. Maybe you're alone or you feel like your dreams will eventually succumb to your fears. Wait, no, no. You're fine. Everything is fine… Ah, fuck it.

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Posted: 05.01.2018 by Mr. Doctor | Comments (3)

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Procession - Doom Decimation

Procession is one of the most exciting doom metal bands of the last decade and if you think they reached their peak with the two full-length albums that preceded Doom Decimation, well, you've got another thing coming.

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Posted: 31.12.2017 by nikarg | Comments (1)

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Katla. - Móðurástin

If you want to read this just to see if this is better than the new Sólstafir, you're in luck! It is.

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Posted: 29.12.2017 by RaduP | Comments (9)

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Nortt - Endeligt

From the beginning, Nortt knew how to carve his own spot in the halls of funeral doom with very vivid and authentic images of despair.

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Posted: 23.12.2017 by Mr. Doctor | Comments (2)

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Beast In Black - Berserker

Anton Kabanen has pulled a Megadeth: immediately after his unceremonious ousting from Battle Beast, he went off to form his own band (with blackjack and hookers, presumably): Beast In Black, a band that seems specifically engineered to outperform Battle Beast and tell the world how pissed off Kabanen is. Sure enough, after two years of brewing and stewing, the project's full-length debut is at hand; this strategy worked for Dave Mustaine, but has it paid off for Anton Kabanen?

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Posted: 22.12.2017 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (12)

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Cavalera Conspiracy - Psychosis

I am going to try and write this review without mentioning the name of Sepultura at all (okay, this one doesn't count).

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Posted: 14.12.2017 by nikarg | Comments (11)

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Hetman - Sewn From The Ashes Book

Each track on Hetman's Зшита з попелу книга, or Sewn From The Ashes Book, if you prefer, is like an epic folk odyssey in miniature; every composition exists outside the constraints of its length (though the duration is not inconsiderable), beginning and ending in much different places, striving ceaselessly for a powerful and time-worn sound.

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Posted: 09.12.2017 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (0)

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Morbid Angel - Kingdoms Disdained

When your debut is one of the best metal records ever released, also defining an entire genre, it takes a lot of effort to live up to it through the rest of your career. Morbid Angel have not recorded a death metal album in the last 14 years; they have not recorded a great death metal album in the last 24 years. Kingdoms Disdained is a death metal record through and through. Keep reading to find out if it is great or not.

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Posted: 02.12.2017 by nikarg | Comments (34)

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Mournspire - Liminals Of Profound Loss

So, a couple of weeks ago a little known two man death/doom metal project from Virginia released their debut album.

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Posted: 01.12.2017 by VIG | Comments (19)

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Kawir - Exilasmos

Kawir are hailing from the black metal abyss of the 1990s, but they haven't had the recognition of bands like Rotting Christ, Necromantia or Varathron even though they were born from the same Greek ominous womb. Since 2008's Ophiolatreia, the group has been steadily gaining acclaim and new fans and Exilasmos is, I dare say, their best effort to date.

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Posted: 21.11.2017 by nikarg | Comments (2)