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Chemia - The One Inside

Chemia are just like your hometown band, that one that plays in that pub down the street every Saturday night. Catchy, easy-listening and not so heavy, they're the stereotype of the band you'd want as a background while enjoying a beer with friends.

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Posted: 23.07.2014 by R Lewis | Comments (1)

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The Conjuration - Surreal

Writhing madness and a morbid fascination for jerking the listener around with savagely nonsensical song structures. It's all so Surreal.

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Posted: 23.07.2014 by R'Vannith | Comments (24)

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Herod (SUI) - They Were None

Inspired by the bitterly barren and cold regions of the Scandinavian north, Herod slam the adjective "heavy" with an equally chilling new meaning.

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Posted: 23.07.2014 by R'Vannith | Comments (8)

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Slugdge - Gastronomicon

You really can get away with a lot in the realm of metal. The sheer number of different themes central to various bands and genres is part of what keeps metal interesting for me. Whether it's a depressing retelling of nautical literature at the hands of Ahab or a tale of dragon-slaying told by Rhapsody Of Fire, there will always be a huge variety of sounds to be heard and stories to be told throughout the metal universe.

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Posted: 23.07.2014 by Mattybu | Comments (19)

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Karnivore - In The Halls Of The Wicked

Ranging from death-thrash to blackened thrash, Karnivore's second album, In The Halls Of The Wicked, is a vicious assault of frosty destruction.

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Posted: 22.07.2014 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (3)

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Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

Fallujah have undergone quite the evolution since their debut EP. Beginning life as an out-and-out deathcore band with nothing more than inventive riffs and a few blackened passages to set them apart, they have introduced more progressive and atmospheric elements with each release. The Flesh Prevails marks a true change in Fallujah, from better-than-average players in a populous scene to innovators of a rising and complex one.

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Posted: 22.07.2014 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (13)

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Wolvhammer - Clawing Into Black Sun

Here we go again with this blackened sludge thing. As any style evolves and gains more practitioners, it inevitably becomes more varied in its delivery, and Wolvhammer are standing as an example of this. Separating themselves from more filthy contemporaries such as Coffinworm and Dragged Into Sunlight, these Americans are a lot less harsh than some of their peers, a fact that, in regards to their latest album, can be both pleasing and displeasing.

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Posted: 20.07.2014 by Apothecary | Comments (5)

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Siaskel - Jatenentolpen Thejin

Sometimes logistics can be both a bitch and a blessing. Siaskel was formed way back in 2003 and the recordings for their debut were already done by 2011, and now it has finally been released. Just in the same way, I've been listening to this black/death mix for quite a while already and only now do I feel compelled to write about them. Both waits seem to have given positive results.

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Posted: 19.07.2014 by Mr. Doctor | Comments (3)

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Overkill - White Devil Armory

Pyromania is a serious condition and suffice to say, Overkill know their way around a thrash flint. Within the modern state of the genre where there's smoke, there's a bunch of seniors laying waste to their youthful contemporaries with ridiculous ease and an undying delight for incineration. These veterans always go in blazing.

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Posted: 19.07.2014 by R'Vannith | Comments (9)

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Goatwhore - Constricting Rage Of The Merciless

Goatwhore is that scuzzy childhood friend. He's a little predictable, and sure, maybe he's the type of person who would put his own mother in a chokehold for a klondike bar, but he's dependable. In need of a thorough shower or not, he always knows how to show you a good time.

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Posted: 17.07.2014 by Doc Godin | Comments (13)

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Eluveitie - Origins

So here we are again, fellow folks. Eluveitie, kings of Celtic metal, are back with two new members and sixteen new songs. Hopefully no one expects something different than your usual folkish fiddle metal for this is exactly what you get here, once again. But seriously, those Swiss guys have always been great at what they do and especially after Ensiferum's last effort we all know that things can go wrong if you change too much. So now that we worked out our expectations, the rest is about distinguishing good and bad not-so-good songs while having a look at the overall sound on Origins.

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Posted: 17.07.2014 by Windrider | Comments (8)

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Taatsi - Amidst The Trees

Atmospheric black metal has never seemed to be devoid of a diversity of sound, with even some of the most popular bands having a fair degree of distinction amongst themselves, and it can be interesting to see how each band formats their songwriting approach. Particularly, does the black metal take precedence, or do the atmospheric elements? In the case of Taatsi, it's fortunately a little of both.

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Posted: 16.07.2014 by Apothecary | Comments (3)

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Judas Priest - Redeemer Of Souls

Quietly setting aside the musty orchestrations and unfamiliar, off-putting theatrics that suffocated Nostradamus, Judas Priest have once again decided to ditch all excessive trappings for a "good, old-fashioned" sort of album.

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Posted: 15.07.2014 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (23)

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Sleepmakeswaves - Love Of Cartography

Imaginative and inventive post-rock is really hard to come by these days, so when a band with a bright future delivers on their promise I want to get the word out. I want to let others know that even though the genre as a whole seems to be fizzling out, there are bands today that are trying really hard to keep hope alive for post fans.

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Posted: 14.07.2014 by tea[m]ster | Comments (8)

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Nokturnal Ritual - Ushering A New Era Of Agony

Nokturnal Ritual...with a "k", just to differentiate. That will surely separate them from every other bedroom black metal project on the planet. To make it truly distinct, they really should have added something unique to their logo like a pentagr...Oh wait, never mind.

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Posted: 12.07.2014 by Doc Godin | Comments (16)

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Novembers Doom - Bled White

When blood runs freely it can quickly result in death. Lose enough blood and you lose colour in the flesh and life draws to a close. Bled White is a loss of sorts for death/doom act Novembers Doom; it's not all speedy in its progression, but doom continues to be bled out and death draws ever closer. That's actually where the strength of their latest record lies; in its death throes.

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Posted: 12.07.2014 by R'Vannith | Comments (4)

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