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Cavalera Conspiracy - Psychosis

I am going to try and write this review without mentioning the name of Sepultura at all (okay, this one doesn't count).

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Posted: Today by nikarg | Comments (4)

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Hetman - Sewn From The Ashes Book

Each track on Hetman's Зшита з попелу книга, or Sewn From The Ashes Book, if you prefer, is like an epic folk odyssey in miniature; every composition exists outside the constraints of its length (though the duration is not inconsiderable), beginning and ending in much different places, striving ceaselessly for a powerful and time-worn sound.

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Posted: 09.12.2017 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (0)

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Morbid Angel - Kingdoms Disdained

When your debut is one of the best metal records ever released, also defining an entire genre, it takes a lot of effort to live up to it through the rest of your career. Morbid Angel have not recorded a death metal album in the last 14 years; they have not recorded a great death metal album in the last 24 years. Kingdoms Disdained is a death metal record through and through. Keep reading to find out if it is great or not.

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Posted: 02.12.2017 by nikarg | Comments (27)

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Mournspire - Liminals Of Profound Loss

So, a couple of weeks ago a little known two man death/doom metal project from Virginia released their debut album.

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Posted: 01.12.2017 by VIG | Comments (19)

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Kawir - Exilasmos

Kawir are hailing from the black metal abyss of the 1990s, but they haven't had the recognition of bands like Rotting Christ, Necromantia or Varathron even though they were born from the same Greek ominous womb. Since 2008's Ophiolatreia, the group has been steadily gaining acclaim and new fans and Exilasmos is, I dare say, their best effort to date.

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Posted: 21.11.2017 by nikarg | Comments (2)

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The Body - Ascending A Mountain Of Heavy Light [Collaboration]

If you're not a fan of fucked up music, you may as well want to stop reading this review.

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Posted: 18.11.2017 by Apothecary | Comments (6)

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Moonspell - 1755

Moonspell have returned with a concept album sung entirely in Portuguese language and focusing on the massive earthquake that took place in Lisbon in 1755, resulting in a devastating number of human casualties and a city turned to rubble. But you already know all that because the band has made quite an effort to promote these certain traits of their new album and this is called good marketing. The question is if 1755 lives up to the great expectations it created as soon as it was announced.

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Posted: 16.11.2017 by nikarg | Comments (11)

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Elvenking - Secrets Of The Magick Grimoire

All right, I give up; I've noticed you, Elvenking.

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Posted: 12.11.2017 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (10)

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Dreadrealm - The Essence Of Winter

Most of you probably aren't familiar with Dreadrealm, a new atmospheric black metal, one-man band from Estonia, for which the music, lyrics, vocals, instrumentation and production are handled exclusively by Metren Angerjärv. The Essence Of Winter is his project's debut and let me now tell you why you should do yourself a favour and get to know Dreadrealm sooner rather than later.

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Posted: 10.11.2017 by nikarg | Comments (51)

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Steven Wilson - To The Bone

This is not a good album, and not just taken at face value. However, this is a Steven Wilson album. Given that, you could expect me to go on a long-winded argument with a favourable conclusion, praise and a cherry on top. Here's the deal, though. It's just not a good album. For all sorts of reasons. While there's more to it than meets the ear, in the end the pieces just don't fit together.

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Posted: 09.11.2017 by Ivor | Comments (12)

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Cannibal Corpse - Red Before Black

The task of writing an original and attention-grabbing review for a new Cannibal Corpse album is almost as hard as trying to make out the sick lyrics Corpsegrinder pours out. Nearly thirty years into their career, the band's sound evolution makes Motörhead look like the pinnacle of variety and diversity. Red Before Black is, as you might have guessed already, the 14th episode in a predictable series of aural horror.

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Posted: 05.11.2017 by nikarg | Comments (14)

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Sons Of Apollo - Psychotic Symphony

Sons Of Apollo is progressive metal mixed with Americana and retro sounding rock brought to you by insanely accomplished musicians. Read that again, that is what they are all about.

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Posted: 04.11.2017 by Demonic Tutor | Comments (4)

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Almyrkvi - Umbra

Iceland. For a time there were several hints suggesting that this tiny Arctic island of fjords and volcanoes was about to host the next major black metal explosion. Now those hints seem closer to reality than to any sort of word of mouth whispers.

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Posted: 01.11.2017 by Apothecary | Comments (3)

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Wintersun - The Forest Seasons

I can't believe I nearly missed one of the biggest releases of 2017. I totally lost track of time. Here I am, three whole months late, and I'm only just getting to the new Wintersun. Oh, man. How embarrassing, right, guys?

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Posted: 30.10.2017 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (14)

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Cyhra - Letters To Myself

Cyhra brings Peter Iwers and Jesper Strömblad of In Flames together with erstwhile Amaranthe vocalist Jake E, backed by drummer Alex Landenburg (of many projects, including Mekong Delta) and guitarist Euge Valovirta (formerly of Shining). That's an impressive array of credits. Some might call this a supergroupů perhaps before they've listened to it.

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Posted: 26.10.2017 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (0)

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Forefather - Tales From A Cloud​-​Born Land

Tales From A Cloud-Born Land is the Forefather half of the English Steel split released earlier this year, a joint venture with The Meads Of Asphodel. Forefather, the world's premiere (perhaps only?) Anglo-Saxon folk metal band, has been quietly dominating its own little corner of the metal world for a number of years now, and this release, half a split EP it may be, is further proof that no one will ever dethrone them.

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Posted: 24.10.2017 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (5)