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Korpiklaani - Noita

You'll be shocked to learn that Noita sounds like all Korpiklaani. It's almost as though they've been doing the same thing for the lastů always.

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Posted: 10.04.2015 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (15)

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Stormwitch - Season Of The Witch

Stormwitch sound remarkably spry for a band entering its 36th year. As one of those bands that burst onto the scene with an unforgettable debut in the '80s and then petered out with a series of on-again, off-again reunions, their sporadic stream of follow-up albums under varying lineups has been subject to a gradual decline in quality. The decline has been mercifully slow, however, and their last two albums (in 2002 and 2004, respectively) held their own. Even now, 11 years since Witchcraft, Stormwitch have enough fire in the belly to come up with something still listenable; but it isn't quite a glorious comeback.

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Posted: 04.04.2015 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (1)

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Dødheimsgard - A Umbra Omega

Few have given the word crazy as much meaning in metal as Dødheimsgard. We call this avant-garde for a reason. This is a band deliberately pushing into the far corners of their musical realm to create a sound that is as comforting as it is alienating, as attainable as it is bizarre. Eight years after their last effort, they are back more powerful than ever. This album is a true display of artistic momentum and musical craftsmanship. And while it is far from me to equate production time with artistic or musical quality, this particular case is a display of time working very much in favor of the work. Or to state it more clearly: this time they delivered.

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Posted: 04.04.2015 by corrupt | Comments (16)

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Ufomammut - Ecate

Italy's three-piece doom/stoner/psychedelic group Ufomammut have returned with their latest offering of spacey, quirky, heavy-as-hell brand of ritualistic sludge metal. Ecate is another benchmark in Ufomammut's timeline, arriving on the heels of their latest magnum opus, the two-disc epic journey Oro. Ecate is a bit different in that it's very accessible; a barrage of quiet, ambient phases tied together in a rudimentary way with mind-melting, dense, and crushing dynamics.

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Posted: 03.04.2015 by tea[m]ster | Comments (6)

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Therapy? - Disquiet

Therapy? is a band with two faces. On the one hand, we have the experimental, non-conformist Therapy? that is willing to go into all kinds of crazy, unusual territory, as evidenced by monuments to quirkiness such as Nurse, Suicide Pact - You First and Crooked Timber. On the other, we have the Therapy? that is constantly trying to recapture the glory of their greatest hit Troublegum with relatively polite and formulaic albums such as Shameless, Never Apologise Never Explain or One Cure Fits All. Alas, in 2015, with Disquiet we find ourselves staring straight at that second face.

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Posted: 31.03.2015 by jupitreas | Comments (1)

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Pyramaze - Disciples Of The Sun

Many of you are already familiar with the awesome progressive power metal of Danish Pyramaze. Yet, others among you may only know them as the band that Matt Barlow joined after his post-Iced Earth absence from metal, only to leave after recording one album, re-join Iced Earth, then quit again. Nonetheless, Pyramaze was great before and they're still pretty damn great. This Disciples Of The Sun, seven years since their last record, is easily their best yet.

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Posted: 31.03.2015 by Susan | Comments (7)

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Waltari - You Are Waltari

When reviewing their previous album, I complained that Waltari is no longer as adventurous and crazy as they used to be in the past. Well, apparently they must have read my review since even they now concede that I am Waltari (yes - ME) and that I am the one who knows best what Waltari should sound like.

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Posted: 30.03.2015 by jupitreas | Comments (4)

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Theories - Regression

There's nothing more satisfying than writing a rant review focusing on the lack of finesse and variety in a grindcore album, and finding another grind release that is so well written it just proves everything previously said to be true.

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Posted: 29.03.2015 by Ilham | Comments (5)

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Whyzdom - Symphony For A Hopeless God

A new symphonic metal album! Hooray! *waits for the audience to leave, apart from the remaining 5 fans of the genre in this site*

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Posted: 29.03.2015 by Ag Fox | Comments (11)

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Downfall Of Nur - Umbras de Barbagia

Few since early Agalloch have written such a stunning soundtrack to your contemplation of the meaning of life, nature, and darkness. Atmospheric, folk-oriented black metal like this can be simultaneously beautiful and ominous. There are things on this earth that are very, very old.

Beware, this music will lead you directly to a life of solitude in the forest, living the bare and contented life of the hermit, brought to dwell on the mountainside. While the folk music is not outwardly dominant, the massive and crushing mood will have you feel the cool air on your cheeks and the icy stream running between your fingers as easily as if you were already outside, far from anyone but the tall trees.

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Posted: 28.03.2015 by Susan | Comments (20)

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Agnostic Front - The American Dream Died

Agnostic Front are back and they're pissed. The American Dream Died and the New York hardcore crew are here to spread the word with a veritable kitchen sink of aggressive heavy music centred on hardcore traditions they helped pioneer over thirty years ago.

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Posted: 28.03.2015 by deadone | Comments (7)

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Chaos Divine - Colliding Skies

The most absorbing aspect of Colliding Skies is that it's a densely textured record in view of its smooth and approachable sound. In instrumentation, every aspect sets a well defined and accessible trajectory in progressive metal. It is a melodic vehicle for expressive vocal arrangements which project an emphasis that readily uplift the listening experience. Above all else, Australia's Chaos Divine surely aim for consistency in this latest effort.

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Posted: 28.03.2015 by R'Vannith | Comments (3)

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Subversion - Animi

In execution, Animi is a style in disarray.

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Posted: 28.03.2015 by R'Vannith | Comments (3)

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Simbiose - Trapped

Who the hell ever complains about grindcore songs being too long?

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Posted: 25.03.2015 by Ilham | Comments (2)

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Domovoyd - Domovoyd

If you've been paying attention to metal coming out of Finland, especially in the past five years, you'd know that the country has seen a considerable increase in the presence of psychedelic bands within the context of the genre. In 2013, Domovoyd proved themselves as willing to get in on this action with their debut, and in 2015, they're looking to solidify their status as formidable within it, an effort at which they certainly succeed.

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Posted: 25.03.2015 by Apothecary | Comments (12)

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Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Short answer: Yeah, it's really great.

Long answer:

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Posted: 25.03.2015 by Susan | Comments (54)

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