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Therapy? - Disquiet

Therapy? is a band with two faces. On the one hand, we have the experimental, non-conformist Therapy? that is willing to go into all kinds of crazy, unusual territory, as evidenced by monuments to quirkiness such as Nurse, Suicide Pact - You First and Crooked Timber. On the other, we have the Therapy? that is constantly trying to recapture the glory of their greatest hit Troublegum with relatively polite and formulaic albums such as Shameless, Never Apologise Never Explain or One Cure Fits All. Alas, in 2015, with Disquiet we find ourselves staring straight at that second face.

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Posted: Today by jupitreas | Comments (0)

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Pyramaze - Disciples Of The Sun

Many of you are already familiar with the awesome progressive power metal of Danish Pyramaze. Yet, others among you may only know them as the band that Matt Barlow joined after his post-Iced Earth absence from metal, only to leave after recording one album, re-join Iced Earth, then quit again. Nonetheless, Pyramaze was great before and they're still pretty damn great. This Disciples Of The Sun, seven years since their last record, is easily their best yet.

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Posted: Today by Susan | Comments (2)

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Waltari - You Are Waltari

When reviewing their previous album, I complained that Waltari is no longer as adventurous and crazy as they used to be in the past. Well, apparently they must have read my review since even they now concede that I am Waltari (yes - ME) and that I am the one who knows best what Waltari should sound like.

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Posted: 30.03.2015 by jupitreas | Comments (2)

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Theories - Regression

There's nothing more satisfying than writing a rant review focusing on the lack of finesse and variety in a grindcore album, and finding another grind release that is so well written it just proves everything previously said to be true.

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Posted: 29.03.2015 by Ilham | Comments (2)

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Whyzdom - Symphony For A Hopeless God

A new symphonic metal album! Hooray! *waits for the audience to leave, apart from the remaining 5 fans of the genre in this site*

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Posted: 29.03.2015 by Ag Fox | Comments (11)

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Downfall Of Nur - Umbras de Barbagia

Few since early Agalloch have written such a stunning soundtrack to your contemplation of the meaning of life, nature, and darkness. Atmospheric, folk-oriented black metal like this can be simultaneously beautiful and ominous. There are things on this earth that are very, very old.

Beware, this music will lead you directly to a life of solitude in the forest, living the bare and contented life of the hermit, brought to dwell on the mountainside. While the folk music is not outwardly dominant, the massive and crushing mood will have you feel the cool air on your cheeks and the icy stream running between your fingers as easily as if you were already outside, far from anyone but the tall trees.

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Posted: 28.03.2015 by Susan | Comments (15)

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Agnostic Front - The American Dream Died

Agnostic Front are back and they're pissed. The American Dream Died and the New York hardcore crew are here to spread the word with a veritable kitchen sink of aggressive heavy music centred on hardcore traditions they helped pioneer over thirty years ago.

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Posted: 28.03.2015 by deadone | Comments (7)

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Chaos Divine - Colliding Skies

The most absorbing aspect of Colliding Skies is that it's a densely textured record in view of its smooth and approachable sound. In instrumentation, every aspect sets a well defined and accessible trajectory in progressive metal. It is a melodic vehicle for expressive vocal arrangements which project an emphasis that readily uplift the listening experience. Above all else, Australia's Chaos Divine surely aim for consistency in this latest effort.

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Posted: 28.03.2015 by R'Vannith | Comments (3)

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Subversion - Animi

In execution, Animi is a style in disarray.

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Posted: 28.03.2015 by R'Vannith | Comments (2)

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Simbiose - Trapped

Who the hell ever complains about grindcore songs being too long?

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Posted: 25.03.2015 by Ilham | Comments (2)

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Domovoyd - Domovoyd

If you've been paying attention to metal coming out of Finland, especially in the past five years, you'd know that the country has seen a considerable increase in the presence of psychedelic bands within the context of the genre. In 2013, Domovoyd proved themselves as willing to get in on this action with their debut, and in 2015, they're looking to solidify their status as formidable within it, an effort at which they certainly succeed.

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Posted: 25.03.2015 by Apothecary | Comments (12)

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Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Short answer: Yeah, it's really great.

Long answer:

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Posted: 25.03.2015 by Susan | Comments (47)

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Dekadent - Veritas

Have you ever wondered what it would sound like if Anaal Nathrakh were a bit more like Devin Townsend? Well, you have now.

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Posted: 24.03.2015 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (8)

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Hate - Crusade:Zero

It's easy to forget about Hate. You could very easily forget that you saw them opening for Overkill, of all bands, a few years back. You could just as easily forget that you were supposed to review their new album a couple of months ago. You might even forget that they opened for Vader ten feet in front of your face two hours ago.

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Posted: 24.03.2015 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (19)

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Evoke Thy Lords - Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms In Your Cellar!

Nearly 25 years ago Jello Biafra (formerly of Dead Kennedys) teamed up with Nomeansno to urge me to "Ride The Flume."

Flash forward to 2015 and now Evoke Thy Lords is back encouraging me to ride the Floom.

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Posted: 24.03.2015 by BitterCOld | Comments (7)

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Minsk - The Crash & The Draw

Nearly four years ago I sadly reported that Minsk was on indefinite hiatus. I also prophesied

But before you ponder seppuku at this news, the band is named after a city which has shown historical resilience to invasions and razing. So who knows, maybe they, too, like their namesake, will return and rebuild. Or at least finish that album they mentioned working on and go out with a (sonic) boom.

Happy days are here again. Roughly four years since that sad news and six years off the (oddly named) With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone they are back with the release of their fourth full-length, The Crash & The Draw, a worthy follow-up to their fantastic back catalog. "Return, The Heir", indeed.

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Posted: 24.03.2015 by BitterCOld | Comments (10)

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