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Ihsahn - Arktis.

As the solo career of Ihsahn progressed, it seemed as though this versatile multi-instrumentalist was gradually pushing his work more and more towards bolder, unexpected territories. It was a trend that arguably started with After, and that came to a peak with Das Seelenbrechen, an ambitious voyage into dark lands of the surreal and borderline Avantgarde. As a bit of a disappointment, Arktis now comes this year from a much more accessible direction, feeling like something of a ball drop after all that progress.

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Posted: 21.05.2016 by Apothecary | Comments (57)

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Metal Church - XI

XI proves Metal Church still worthy of its name - perhaps more worthy than it has been in many years.

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Posted: 21.05.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (2)

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Death Angel - The Evil Divide

Too many people out there treat Death Angel as a "really good" thrash band; not enough regard this legend as a truly great thrash band. These guys must have a serious geis on releasing subpar albums.

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Posted: 20.05.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (8)

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In Mourning - Afterglow

Sweden's In Mourning have earned being called a premier band in the field of progressive melodic death. Often stamped as Opeth's successors, even more so since Akerfeld and his revamped horde have veered off into some kind of progressive rock experience, the musicians from the city of Falun are set to unleash Afterglow on the metalsphere. And it is something quite special.

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Posted: 20.05.2016 by Demonic Tutor | Comments (7)

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Kitties Of Death - Valley Of The Dead

Somewhere along the line, Kitties Of Death made some creative decisions that doomed this album to an untimely death. We'll gloss over the name "Kitties Of Death" for now and just take the issues with that as read. For today, the primary stumbling block with which we must contend is the interesting fact that Kitties Of Death was simply the wrong band to record this album.

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Posted: 15.05.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (8)

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Suidakra - Realms Of Odoric

Arkadius Antonik has been successfully steering the ship of Suidakra for over 20 years. The German band has received plenty of praise for their folk-enriched melodic death metal, especially during the time guitarist Marcel Schoenen was on board. The classic and epic albums The Arcanum and Emprise To Avalon, the more brutal Signs For The Fallen, the more folk-oriented trilogy of Caledonia, Crógacht and Book Of Dowth. And more recently, Eternal Defiance. Three years have passed and Realms Of Odoric shall make its presence know soon through AFM Records.

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Posted: 15.05.2016 by Demonic Tutor | Comments (3)

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Grand Magus - Sword Songs

Grand Magus's career has always been predicated on the recapitulation of longstanding metal tropes and, occasionally, the search for creative ways in which to achieve that. I'm typically unfazed by the band's obvious indebtedness to so many clichés, and I'd even call the stylistically pedestrian Triumph And Power my favorite Grand Magus work so far. Sword Songs follows similar formulas, though the album does introduce a few atypical elements from time to time.

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Posted: 06.05.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (3)

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Skuggsjá - A Piece For Mind & Mirror

Folk music and, more specifically, music played with locally traditional instruments has a long and colourful history in metal. It is probably the most tolerant subgenre when it comes to the acceptance of bands that aren't actually heavy in any way or don't use electric instruments. When we're speaking of Skuggsjá today, it's safe to say that their debut album, A Piece For Mind & Mirror, contains about half-electric and half-acoustic music, while not all the electric stuff can be considered metal, too. However, in recent years many bands showed that this can come out well, and Skuggsjá are not an exception to this.

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Posted: 30.04.2016 by Windrider | Comments (6)

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Glorior Belli - Sundown (The Flock That Welcomes)

Glorior Belli: purveyors of what can only be described, quite simply, as Southern fried black metal. Ever since their 2009 output Meet Us At The Southern sign, the band have been putting forth quite a peculiar sound, demonstrating a willingness to fuse black metal together with a bluesy, groovy Southern rock twist. 7 years and three albums later, Sundown sees the band returning to their roots in a sense, but also demonstrates that they've learned a few tricks from their Southern flirtations as well.

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Posted: 30.04.2016 by Apothecary | Comments (3)

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