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Thrashless - Cult Of Fear

Thrashless might have missed the popular thrash revival bandwagon as it sped popularly by in the past several years, but leaving it all at that would be to miss the general point of the popular thrash revival you know. Namely, popular thrash had been revived, so the point was that thrash had never died, it just wasn't very popular. That is to say that "popular" thrash just wasn't a very popular genre for a couple decades, and so on.

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Posted: 19.02.2015 by wormdrink414 | Comments (2)

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Primitive Man - Home Is Where The Hatred Is

Primitive Man makes music of the sort that primitive men probably would have made if they had access to big amps and, in this case, some Relapse recording facilities. Maybe that won't be a shock considering their name, but it is rare that a band's name fits as well as theirs does. Slayer, I mean, or Mayhem? Aura Noir, which isn't even English, Jeff Loomis, Cro-Mags etc. Primitive Man fits Primitive Man though. They play like they hunt and gather to survive and will die in some way involving teeth, their own or otherwise.

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Posted: 19.02.2015 by wormdrink414 | Comments (1)

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Ur Draugr - The Wretched Ascetic

Ur Draugr certainly know how to draw a punter in. Indeed, who can resist wanting to listen to a release with a cover featuring what looks like a giant creepy grown up foetus doing some weeding by pulling up entire trees from the ground. And couple that with a cool title like The Wretched Ascetic and one instantly thinks "this has to be good." Yet, as we all know, judging anything by its cover is a path fraught with risk.

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Posted: 18.02.2015 by deadone | Comments (6)

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Volahn - Aq'Ab'Al

The Black Twilight Circle… They are onto something. Something good. Something unique.

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Posted: 18.02.2015 by Mr. Doctor | Comments (9)

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0 X í S T - One Eon

Doom metal is a nice genre that manages to breathe fresh air every now and then, although the concept behind it is older than in most other styles. On the other hand, there is the heavy and dragging approach that it has always been, which is exactly what you get when listening to 0 X í S T's new album One Eon. A deep bass together with melancholy laden guitars, slowly punching drums and both harsh and clean vocals. So basically you get the idea: it's doom.

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Posted: 18.02.2015 by Windrider | Comments (1)

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The Agonist - Eye Of Providence

Simplifying a style is typically seen to be a detrimental process. The Agonist would prove otherwise with Eye Of Providence, their first effort without Alissa White-Gluz, who moves on to Arch Enemy fame and fortune. As good fortune favours The Agonist, they aren't at a loss but a difference with a new vocalist in Vicky Psarakis, who finds her own zone and fronts the band's most direct and focused record to date.

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Posted: 18.02.2015 by R'Vannith | Comments (6)

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CDC - End

"God is in the detail".

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Posted: 17.02.2015 by Ilham | Comments (1)

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Subterranean Masquerade - The Great Bazaar

I had an idiotic smile on my face as I was listening to The Great Bazaar for the first time. The reason was simple. It was a smile of relief that the fears of this album being a disappointment were unfounded. Following up on something as brilliant as is Suspended Animation Dreams, is no easy feat. To some extent, Subterranean Masquerade have succeeded even though it took them 10 years to accomplish that. However, there's a but. There's always a but in such cases...

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Posted: 15.02.2015 by Ivor | Comments (10)

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Hacavitz - Darkness Beyond

Careful what you wish for.

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Posted: 15.02.2015 by Ilham | Comments (16)

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Keep Of Kalessin - Epistemology

Everyone's favorite EuroVision contestants are back for the first time in nearly five years with Epistemology, playing more of that epic extreme metal or whatever it is they do so, uh, doingly.

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Posted: 14.02.2015 by BitterCOld | Comments (21)

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Wells Valley - Matter As Regent

Leaving an individual impression in post-metal is often a considerable challenge for many bands that attempt to navigate a genre prone to influence and avoid direct derivation. Portugal's Wells Valley manage this admirably for a fresh outfit, pursuing sounds that are of original design in a debut entitled Matter As Regent.

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Posted: 13.02.2015 by R'Vannith | Comments (2)

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Aktor - Paranoia

Two Finns and an American walk into a time warp…

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Posted: 13.02.2015 by R'Vannith | Comments (0)

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Unrest - Grindcore

When a band gets the official "NASUM GRIND SEAL OF APPROVAL", you know you have to check it out.

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Posted: 11.02.2015 by Ilham | Comments (6)

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Ensiferum - One Man Army

We all know how Unsung Heroes turned out (probably best left… unsung). Such a reception always creates a great deal of apprehension over the successor. Now, I don't want to become embroiled in a hype war and claim irresponsibly that Ensiferum really put their noses to the grindstone and hit one out of the park… but let's just say that One Man Army shows a marked improvement.

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Posted: 10.02.2015 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (24)

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Torche - Restarter

I'd really like to share a cup of coffee with the lads from Torche. Actually, I'd really like to share a coffee plantation with them. Yes, an entire plantation.

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Posted: 10.02.2015 by BitterCOld | Comments (9)

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Fimbulvet - Frostbrand - Eines Bildnis Tracht

Frostbrand - Eines Bildnis Tracht comes straight from the mouths of Fimbulvet, who themselves come from the mouth of Germany - home of many fabulous black-ish, pagan-ish, folk-ish bands like Black Messiah, Finsterforst, and Falkenbach. Fimbulvet's fourth installment is no masterpiece, but it stacks up to their countrymen pretty well.

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Posted: 09.02.2015 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (0)

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