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Gutter Instinct - Age Of The Fanatics

It may come as a surprise, but the south of Sweden is not swamped with metal like Gothenburg or Stockholm are. Sure, we have a good few acts but the scene is mostly filled with crust and hardcore punk (which I love) but also a shit-ton of non-threatening bad cop/good cop vocals over endless and tedious djenty breakdowns (you know the kind) So with no exaggeration, I must say I'm extremely pleased to see another extreme metal band hailing from my region.

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Posted: 31.05.2016 by Mr. Doctor | Comments (5)

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Mob Rules - Tales From Beyond

Have you ever wondered what Andi Deris (Helloween) would sound like singing Iron Maiden songs? Me neither, but Mob Rules have given us just that. The Iron Maiden part? Most definitely. I am quite shocked at how much Tales From Beyond sounds like Maiden in their Brave New World comeback era form. It really works though and Tales From Beyond is an impressive power metal album that never drags or feels padded out with filler.

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Posted: 30.05.2016 by Belegûr | Comments (4)

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Almanac - Tsar

From the opening seconds of Tsar, it's clear that Victor Smolski is involved. Smolski was of course a prominent member of Rage from 2001 to 2015. Fans of Rage will know that Smolski basically took control of songwriting and his focus on heavy technical riffs, orchestral flourishes and solos I can only describe as slightly insane, helped Rage develop a signature symphonic sound in later years. It's of no surprise that he now has total control over Almanac and fans of his sound and songwriting should be find something to enjoy in Tsar.

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Posted: 30.05.2016 by Belegûr | Comments (3)

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Virus - Memento Collider

What is the nature of a virus, exactly? It attacks stable, living cells and replicates itself, to spread to other locations and keep gaining in power. So the music of Norway's Virus follows suit, as it attacks your fragile, stable body, gaining power as it makes it bounce, backflip, and behave in other delusional ways it ordinarily wouldn't. Is your body having a party? Is it being stricken by disease? It could be both. It could be neither. That's just part of the beauty of the Virus.

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Posted: 30.05.2016 by Apothecary | Comments (11)

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Votum - :Ktonik:

Observing the path of a band's musical growth can be a trying experience, with the truly rewarding moment arriving when they approach the crux of their development. Moments hinting at their full potential are often both fleeting and sparsely scattered, growing increasingly frequent and convincing with each release. Generally speaking, there is a point in every band's discography that one can point to and say, "that's where it happened," a point which arrives after a consequence of steady improvements between releases. As such, Votum's sudden and unexpected maturation came as a welcome surprise. The embodiment of this immense growth and the realisation of the band's potential is their fourth studio release, titled :Ktonik:.

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Posted: 29.05.2016 by LeKiwi | Comments (9)

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Graves At Sea - The Curse That Is

How does a cult status band confined to a demo and a few EPs strike powerfully with their first full length album? Holy shit, ladies and gentlemen, Graves At Sea appear to be providing an answer to this philosophical conundrum.

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Posted: 28.05.2016 by Apothecary | Comments (7)

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Six Feet Under - Graveyard Classics IV: The Number Of The Priest

You know what? It's not the worst album I've heard this month.

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Posted: 28.05.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (27)

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