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Evil Invaders - Pulses Of Pleasure

People who know a thing or two will have a considered opinion on the whole thrash/speed metal/old-school-in-general revival movement. There are those who see it as an image-centered, hero-worshiping kind of thing, and then there are those who don't, when it comes down to it, care if music is experimental or not and take songs at face value strictly.

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Posted: 20.03.2015 by wormdrink414 | Comments (2)

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Armenia - Lopsided Moon

The term "lopsided moon" is sometimes applied to our moon in that it is not perfectly spherical and may have absorbed a second moon long ago during a slow collision. A higher-speed collision would have likely formed a crater, while a slower collision could easily have fused two bodies together in an asymmetrical fashion. The side of the moon which is constantly Earth-facing appears round and spherical, potentially due to the Earth shielding that side of the moon from celestial debris and further impacts.

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Posted: 16.03.2015 by Susan | Comments (5)

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Callisto - Secret Youth

I've said this a few times in previous reviews/comments… I just don't see innovation or nothing very interesting with post-metal anymore. After the originators and other pioneers left their works for us to admire, almost no one tried to develop from there… But here's the new album by Callisto and they are elbowing their way to the first lines.

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Posted: 15.03.2015 by Mr. Doctor | Comments (2)

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Neal Morse - The Grand Experiment

It's a well-balanced meal. These are not my words. They are Mike Portnoy's. Now, bare with me as I try to explain what's not entirely right with this statement and probably contradict myself along the way.

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Posted: 15.03.2015 by Ivor | Comments (4)

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U.D.O. - Decadent

Some people just live and breathe heavy metal, and none more so than Udo Dirkschneider, lead vocalist of U.D.O., who dispels any notion that old age results in mandatory mellowing out. Indeed not many of the 1970s vintage metal pioneers still crank out meaty slabs of heavy metal, other than maybe Udo's old band, Accept.

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Posted: 13.03.2015 by deadone | Comments (1)

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A Forest Of Stars - Beware The Sword You Cannot See

You know those people, somewhat pessimistic types, who say of music that "nothing is original anymore," and "everything's been done"? Well, they clearly haven't heard A Forest Of Stars yet, now have they?

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Posted: 11.03.2015 by Apothecary | Comments (30)

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Galar - De Gjenlevende

Norway's Galar are melodic black metal first and foremost with their features of Nordic folk giving them their own face in the crowd, a crowd best represented by the likes of Vintersorg or Borknagar in their early days. De gjenlevende, the band's third album, takes its time in laying down its melodies, and nothing is short and sweet in these tunes epic and wintry.

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Posted: 09.03.2015 by R'Vannith | Comments (0)

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Yonder Realm - The Old Ways

With Wilderun on the precipice of their sophomore album and Thrawsunblat probably doing something kick-ass right this very second, North American folk metal is alive and well. Aw, hell, let's go ahead and make it a trio. New Yorkers Yonder Realm have just released a sweet debut.

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Posted: 07.03.2015 by Susan | Comments (3)

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Psycroptic - Psycroptic

An innate capacity of Psycroptic is their stability in studio variance. No record is a replication of those which preceded it, and each successively demonstrates the band's evolution without compromising the core integrity in their technical approach to death metal. A self-titled sees no change to this, yet it lacks the vigorous edge expected from an album bearing the band's own name.

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Posted: 07.03.2015 by R'Vannith | Comments (85)

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Ethereal Shroud - They Became The Falling Ash

I like walking around my new home of Asuncion at night. After dark the city takes on a different feel. Opting to meander in new directions through new barrios is very intriguing and, at times, tinged with a little danger. I think with They Became The Falling Ash I've found the soundtrack to my next few explorations.

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Posted: 04.03.2015 by BitterCOld | Comments (6)

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Leviathan - Scar Sighted

Any devout follower of black metal should know the name of Leviathan, a project that has helped to give America a significant presence in the genre's international scene time and time again. After a four year absence, and dealing with a few of life's many curveballs, Jeff Whitehead is back on the music scene, assaulting our eardrums with a new album from his twisted offspring. Beware: things are about to get ominous, and there's no playing it safe here.

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Posted: 03.03.2015 by Apothecary | Comments (25)

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Muck - Your Joyous Future

Nothing generic can come out of a country that produced Björk.

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Posted: 03.03.2015 by Ilham | Comments (6)

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Enslaved - In Times

Let no one ever have to question the consistency of the Norsemen in Enslaved. From the icy black metal of their debut, right down to the more complex nature of their recent material, the band have garnered a well deserved reputation as mature and innovative songwriters. 2015's In Times is a slightly more accessible mark in their discography, one that, while good, also feels as though it could have gone a little bit deeper.

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Posted: 03.03.2015 by Apothecary | Comments (42)

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Dysrider - Bury The Omen

Formerly known as Trophallaxy, these Swiss players changed their name for the new record. Bury The Omen features symphonic metal, yes, but also a large death and melodeath quotient. It's really an interesting combo because sometimes one style is more clear and other times it's bundled into this sticky ball of genres-be-damned goo. Quite cool.

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Posted: 28.02.2015 by Susan | Comments (1)

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Satan's Host - Pre-Dating God Part 2

Posted: 28.02.2015 by Doc Godin | Comments (9)

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Satan's Host - Pre-Dating God Part 1

Satan's Host - hosting a bunch of cool sounds with little clue how to arrange them.

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Posted: 28.02.2015 by Doc Godin | Comments (2)

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