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Third Island - Omelas

Hailing from Limerick, Ireland, Third Island play a post-rock/metal with Omelas being their debut release.

The album is conceptually based upon Ursula K. Le Guin's "The One Who Walks Away From The Omelas", following the joy of discovery, pride in their utopian city, discovery that it's not all it's cracked up to be (DEATH TO FALSE UTOPIAS!) and finally isolation.

The trio's approach is starting off with a "post" base which sits somewhere straddling post-rock and post-metal, but not that SSDD (Same Shit Different Dudes) Post-it note stuff. They don't sound like Explosions In The Sky for half the song before someone stomps on a distortion pedal and everyone beats on their instruments while the vocalist screams at you.

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Posted: 10.05.2018 by BitterCOld | Comments (1)

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Møl - Jord

Being a blackgaze band or just any band of a genre that is past its prime will warrant some suspicion and disinterest from the public. The only way to reverse the tide is to make sure that you're a notch above the over-saturated rest. Møl do just that.

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Posted: 10.05.2018 by RaduP | Comments (2)

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Augury - Illusive Golden Age

Canada is especially known for its tech death scene, one that has managed to put out great albums since the mid-'90s and manages to stay relevant today, but a few of the bands are still somewhat active despite not putting out material in a long time. That is no longer the case for Augury.

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Posted: 09.05.2018 by RaduP | Comments (0)

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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 (57)

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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)