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Swallowed Whole - Megalomania

Extreme doom, one of my absolute favorite areas of the metal spectrum, often seems to be an area where crafting truly engaging, standout releases is proving increasingly difficult for musicians.

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Posted: 08.05.2018 by Apothecary | Comments (8)

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Bong - Thought And Existence

For the first time in their history, Bong took three years to make a new album. And, boy, what an improvement in every field, with lush instrumentation, a blend of new influences, riffs galore and even blast beats and a Migos feature. Or nah, it's just a good old shamanic transcendent Bong album.

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Posted: 06.05.2018 by RaduP | Comments (7)

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Ihsahn - Ámr

Ihsahn, the turtleneck-wearing manbun-sporting god of progressive black metal, is no stranger to alienating his fanbases. Whether alienating fans of Emperor by abandoning most of his black metal sound on later Emperor releases and his solo career or fans of his avantgarde phase by releasing the much more conventional Arktis. Now comes Ámr to build upon its predecessor.

One quick thing to notice about Ámr when comparing it to Arktis is that there's a lot less musicians accompanying Ihsahn. Whereas Arktis had additional vocals and saxophone and keyboards, this record only has a guitar feature from Fredrik Åkesson of Opeth, other than that it's just Ihsahn and Tobias Ørnes Andersen on drums. This does alter the sound pallet a bit, leaving all the dynamism to be performed by one person.

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Posted: 06.05.2018 by RaduP | Comments (3)

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Convocation - Scars Across

A duo with members from Desolate Shrine and Dark Buddha Rising delivering crushingly oppressive doom from a country known for delivering crushingly oppressive doom.

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Posted: 05.05.2018 by RaduP | Comments (1)

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Blood Tsunami - Grave Condition

Grave Condition is the fourth full-length album by Norwegian thrashers Blood Tsunami, but it was initially intended to be a 7" with only four songs. Among countless empty beer cans, scratched Slayer vinyls and denim jackets with large The Exploited patches, the band found some older unreleased material in their basement; suddenly they realised they had an album.

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Posted: 03.05.2018 by nikarg | Comments (1)

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Dimmu Borgir - Eonian

This is just Nightwish with Emperor Palpatine on vocals.

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Posted: 01.05.2018 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (54)

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Solstice - White Horse Hill

In 2013, Solstice - that is to say guitarist Richard M. Walker and a cadre of new players - returned from a lengthy drought with Death's Crown Is Victory, a half-hour EP that marked the first substantial offering made by the band since 1998's New Dark Age. Now, the gap between albums has been lengthened to 20 years, but Death's Crown Is Victory made such extravagant promises that the extra wait seemed a small price to pay.

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Posted: 30.04.2018 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (1)

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Exlimitir - It Weighed Itself In Silver

Tired of tech death? What about tech death that is esoteric and transcendental?

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Posted: 26.04.2018 by RaduP | Comments (3)

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Et Moriemur - Epigrammata

Epigrammata (or Επιγράμματα, as it is written on the cover) is the third full-length album by Et Moriemur from Czech Republic and I have to admit that the band had completely slipped under my radar until about a couple of months ago when I came across their latest release. Better late than never though and I feel very lucky for stumbling upon this fantastic record.

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Posted: 25.04.2018 by nikarg | Comments (3)

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Wrekmeister Harmonies - The Alone Rush

Whoa, there, that's a big fucking rating; certainly a paid shill wrote this, right?

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Posted: 23.04.2018 by RaduP | Comments (18)

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Wallachia - Monumental Heresy

Now before you accuse Wallachia of meddling too much in older sounds and late second-wave black metal influences instead of furthering the genre, just know that they've been around for quite a while. So that explains it.

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Posted: 23.04.2018 by RaduP | Comments (1)

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Cruachan - Nine Years Of Blood

Ever read Irish history? A barrel of laughs it ain't.

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Posted: 22.04.2018 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (4)

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Vallendusk - Fortress Of Primal Grace

This may have something to do with the fact that they hail from Indonesia, but Vallendusk's Fortress Of Primal Grace is among the warmest black metal albums I've heard.

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Posted: 21.04.2018 by RaduP | Comments (2)

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Barren Earth - A Complex Of Cages

It took a while for Barren Earth to find their own identity beyond a supergroup sounding like Amorphis covering Opeth, but the biggest step came when Jón Aldará joined in 2014 as a vocalist and now A Complex Of Cages is his second album with the band. What gives?

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Posted: 17.04.2018 by RaduP | Comments (9)

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Crematory - Oblivion

"Please welcome Crematory."

This is how the Germans begin their 14th studio album, a release that has had more media coverage than any other in their entire career, unfortunately for all the wrong reasons.

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Posted: 16.04.2018 by nikarg | Comments (18)

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Rolo Tomassi - Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It

Light and dark. Black and white. Yin and yang. Balancing the dark is something often searched for and Rolo Tomassi's fifth album does it.

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Posted: 14.04.2018 by RaduP | Comments (6)