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Trollfest - Kaptein Kaos

Listening to Trollfest is kinda like getting a mead with your cotton candy in between rides on shitty, dangerous traveling carnival equipment.

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Posted: 01.04.2014 by wormdrink414 | Comments (7)

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Benighted - Carnivore Sublime

We're here! We're queer! Get used to it!

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Posted: 31.03.2014 by Troy Killjoy | Comments (16)

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Lux Occulta - Kołysanki

It's curious to see what long absences from the music scene can do to bands when they finally hop back into it, either resulting in them losing momentum and slowly crumbling, or, on rarer occasions, being reborn into a completely different, though just as potent entity. This year, with Kołysanki, Lux Occulta are giving us quite a stunning example of the latter case.

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Posted: 30.03.2014 by Apothecary | Comments (25)

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Ancient Ascendant - Echoes And Cinder

Do you remember a time when blackened death metal was exciting? No doubt you do if the recent Behemoth's your thing, in which case your excitement over their new record, or even your disappointment, may have you looking for other spins within this area of metal. Although of an entirely different breed Ancient Ascendant do things very differently, blending the old elements in a new way. They worship not Satan, but, with their sound firmly founded in a melodically inflected death metal, they worship the blackened fires of thrash.

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Posted: 28.03.2014 by R'Vannith | Comments (10)

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Words Of Farewell - The Black Wild Yonder

With Words Of Farewell we can say goodbye to limp and lifeless melodic death metal as The Black Wild Yonder is an incredibly robust record.

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Posted: 27.03.2014 by R'Vannith | Comments (14)

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Lacuna Coil - Broken Crown Halo

Where to begin with this review? Let's first evaluate the feelings you had for Dark Adrenaline. If you liked it, then examine what your expectations are for another Lacuna Coil album. If you projected the band would follow their trend, then this is exactly what you will get; Broken Crown Halo is an accessible modern metal album employing the formula "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

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Posted: 27.03.2014 by D.T. Metal | Comments (12)

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Bast - Spectres

Blackened doom has always been my favorite fusion of any two metal subgenres. Why, you ask? It's quite simple really: combine the two subgenres that are typically the most gloomy and melancholic in the entire metal spectrum, and you're in for one hell of a result. This year, the Englishmen of Bast are hitting the scene full force with Spectres, and they're ready to show us how it's done.

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Posted: 26.03.2014 by Apothecary | Comments (29)

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Animals As Leaders - The Joy Of Motion

"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Posted: 26.03.2014 by Introspekrieg | Comments (7)

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Iron Savior - Rise Of The Hero

"In the beginning was the Riff."

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Posted: 24.03.2014 by R Lewis | Comments (0)

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Eldritch - Tasting The Tears

Eldritch's thrash fuelled sound isn't your garden variety power metal, and they've never really seemed to fit any of the stereotypes of the genre, always presenting albums which are significantly heavier and more progressive than the norm. A unique band with a distinctive sound is what they are, which they continue to present on album in their latest record Tasting The Tears, albeit to mixed results.

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Posted: 24.03.2014 by R'Vannith | Comments (0)

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Conan - Blood Eagle

You might know Conan better as the given name of a certain barbarian, or a red-headed American talk show host. Stoner doom metal fans will also be starting to associate the name, if they haven't already, with this steamroller of a band from the UK. Despite the title for their latest album, Blood Eagle doesn't see their sound soaring to new heights, and why? Because it's too damn heavy to lift off the ground.

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Posted: 24.03.2014 by R'Vannith | Comments (3)

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A Storm Of Light - Nations To Flames

This cover depicting rebels surrounded by flames in front of a burning flag totally warns you about what you'll hear inside: this is some dark stuff, full of raging, destructive fires and smoldering embers.

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Posted: 23.03.2014 by Darkside Momo | Comments (9)

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Benevolent - The Covenant

Cartographers take heed - Benevolent are here to put the Middle Eastern metal scene on the map.

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Posted: 22.03.2014 by Troy Killjoy | Comments (11)

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Random - Pidanoma

I was almost starting to get disappointed in the fact that there hadn't really been any particularly bizarre releases thus far this year to satisfy my inner experimental whore. Thankfully, Random's sophomore album has proven me wrong. Dead wrong.

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Posted: 19.03.2014 by Apothecary | Comments (29)

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Suicidal Angels - Divide And Conquer

By now, I'm sure many of you have long been sick of this whole thrash revivalist thing. I don't blame you, as much as I love some popular offenders; these younger bands are more bent on re-writing the standard albums than the bands who wrote them in the first place. If modern thrash isn't your scene, feel free to keep scrolling.

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Posted: 19.03.2014 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (9)

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Metsatöll - Karjajuht

It's bands like Metsatöll that are exceptions to the currently dwindling state of folk metal. Less and less bands seem to be springing out of the woodwork to present anything particularly unique or individual and thankfully Metsatöll are there for fans as they maintain their distance from this trend, and continue to colourfully folk up the scene with their latest album Karjajuht.

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Posted: 18.03.2014 by R'Vannith | Comments (0)

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