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Fallujah - Dreamless

The Flesh Prevails marked an extraordinary change in Fallujah. Soaring leaps and bounds beyond the confines of genres and all preconceived assessments of the band's potential, Fallujah created a true masterpiece that fused atmosphere, heaviness, and technicality seamlessly. Had Fallujah crafted a successor that mimicked The Flesh Prevails perfectly, no one would have complained, but The Flesh Prevails itself proved that this band has no desire to rest on its laurels. Dreamless diverges enough from its predecessor to demonstrate the band's further development, but nevertheless lives up to the impossibly high standard that Fallujah set back in 2014.

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Posted: 23.04.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (11)

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October Tide - Winged Waltz

Under the moniker October Tide, Fredrik Norman and Jonas Renkse released two iconic albums in the mid-1990s. Both had a dark connotation and created a parallel musical path from their main band Katatonia. While the latter band and Renkse have moved on, piling album after album of quality gothic rock since the departure of the influential Norman brothers in 2009, October Tide and Norman have retained the gritty death doom metal sound that most people identify with Sweden despite a 10-year hiatus and many lineup changes. In 2012, after the release of A Thin Shell, gone were Tobias Netzell and Pierre Stam, both from In Mourning. Alexander Högbom took over on vocals while Fredrik's younger brother Mattias filled in on bass. After 2013's Tunnel of No Light, now gone is drummer Robin Bergh replaced by Jocke Wallgren. October Tide's fifth studio album is entitled Winged Waltz.

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Posted: 22.04.2016 by Demonic Tutor | Comments (5)

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Entombed A.D. - Dead Dawn

Entombed lives.

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Posted: 20.04.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (1)

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The SLoT - Septima

Aside from the time they literally made the same album twice, The SLoT has never made the same album twice. Even 14 years in, Cache and ID still have new ways to challenge themselves and their bandmates into broaching new territory. Now officially nine-for-nine, The SLoT once more answers the question of how perfection can be improved upon.

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Posted: 17.04.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (19)

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Sinbreed - Master Creator

Sinbreed, now short one Marcus Siepen, breaks off another chunk of that heavy-speed-power freight train it has been farming for years. Master Creator offers no divergence from its predecessors - startlingly little, in fact, to the point that the tracklists of all three albums are fairly interchangeable. Unlike Shadows or When Worlds Collide, however, Master Creator lacks strong singles to anchor the album and drive it home.

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Posted: 13.04.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (3)

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The Foreshadowing - Seven Heads, Ten Horns

The Roman band The Foreshadowing has had enough success since its inception to be touring with the likes of Moonspell and Swallow The Sun. With three solid albums, they have endeared themselves to gothic metal aficionados worldwide. When they announced the departure of long-time drummer Jonah Padella in 2013, I was concerned. But then the same announcement mentioned that their close friend and producer Giuseppe Orlando of Novembre fame was taking over. Immediately I knew their next album would be something special. After two years of silence, their new opus entitled Seven Heads, Ten Horns will be available this week.

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Posted: 11.04.2016 by Demonic Tutor | Comments (8)

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Camel Of Doom - Terrestrial

Hailing from the UK, the wonderfully named Camel Of Doom hammer, bash and spit out, as their name implies, doom. Like the sands of the Sahara, a slow-moving crushing wave that will slowly engulf all… except the camels which traverse them. Or something.

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Posted: 09.04.2016 by BitterCOld | Comments (5)

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Textures - Phenotype

The way I see it, there are two variants of math metal. There's the relatively subdued kind that's easily deciphered within a few listens and compatible with headbanging. Then there's the kind that always seems to purposely go out of the way to seem random and continues to feel that way irrespective of the number of times you spin it. Textures is a band very familiar with walking that fine line. With their latest release, Phenotype, they have decided to put their fans' numeracy to the test.

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Posted: 09.04.2016 by LeKiwi | Comments (9)

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Babymetal - Metal Resistance

Is it possible to review a band like this without becoming mired interminably in the comically astronomical depths of controversy that dog any and all assessments of them? No, I suppose it isn't. Babymetal are not reviled - they are super infinity-plus-one polarizing to a degree that defies precedent, enough to make dimethyl sulfoxide look like hexane. But now that we've acknowledged as much, let's discuss this album like adults, shall we?

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Posted: 01.04.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (107)

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