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Leviathan - Scar Sighted

Any devout follower of black metal should know the name of Leviathan, a project that has helped to give America a significant presence in the genre's international scene time and time again. After a four year absence, and dealing with a few of life's many curveballs, Jeff Whitehead is back on the music scene, assaulting our eardrums with a new album from his twisted offspring. Beware: things are about to get ominous, and there's no playing it safe here.

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Posted: Today by Apothecary | Comments (1)

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Muck - Your Joyous Future

Nothing generic can come out of a country that produced Björk.

Before jumping at my throat, I have nothing against Björk, wacky music, or Iceland. I just love to joke. Still, y'all up there seriously have sniffed way too much volcanic ash.

At times rather traditional sounding with d-beat intros and furious straightforward aggression, and sounding like complete maniacs at others; Muck don't surprise the most with the use of their dissonance or their geyser-like sudden bursts of violence. What makes this album so interesting is their unique sense of style, which instead of making you want to align numerous specific sub-genres to look all cool and knowledgeable, makes you feel all shitty for not being able to pin-point all the influences. For reviewing purposes, and to ease the suspense, I decided to go for mathcore to describe (most of) their sound, but Muck are one of the most coherent and refreshing mash-up of numerous rock, punk, and hardcore music I've heard in a little while.

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Enslaved - In Times

Let no one ever have to question the consistency of the Norsemen in Enslaved. From the icy black metal of their debut, right down to the more complex nature of their recent material, the band have garnered a well deserved reputation as mature and innovative songwriters. 2015's In Times is a slightly more accessible mark in their discography, one that, while good, also feels as though it could have gone a little bit deeper.

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Dysrider - Bury The Omen

Formerly known as Trophallaxy, these Swiss players changed their name for the new record. Bury The Omen features symphonic metal, yes, but also a large death and melodeath quotient. It's really an interesting combo because sometimes one style is more clear and other times it's bundled into this sticky ball of genres-be-damned goo. Quite cool.

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Posted: 28.02.2015 by Susan | Comments (1)

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Satan's Host - Pre-Dating God Part 2

Posted: 28.02.2015 by Doc Godin | Comments (9)

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Satan's Host - Pre-Dating God Part 1

Satan's Host - hosting a bunch of cool sounds with little clue how to arrange them.

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Posted: 28.02.2015 by Doc Godin | Comments (2)

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Lords Of The Trident - Frostburn

Lords Of The Trident are doing for heavy metal what Gloryhammer do for power metal: play cheesy music in costumes with axes and make it completely serious and awesome.

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Posted: 28.02.2015 by Susan | Comments (3)

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Feed Her To The Sharks - Fortitude

Feed Her To The Sharks's Fortitude is a solid metalcore record from a band bringing renewed passion to the genre. While the songs follow a simple formula, the band's driving rhythms and unstoppable energy set it apart. The aggression is impeccable and the melody is heartbreaking.

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Posted: 25.02.2015 by Susan | Comments (1)

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Burweed - Hide

Hide is initially reticent about its atmospheric sludge, and only toward its end will its basis become apparent.

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Posted: 23.02.2015 by R'Vannith | Comments (0)

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An Autumn For Crippled Children - The Long Goodbye

Guess which made up metal genre term I'm not going to mention once?

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Posted: 22.02.2015 by tea[m]ster | Comments (28)

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Halshug - Blodets Bånd

The person who tells me what is happening in this picture will be rewarded 20 euros. I'm serious.

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Posted: 21.02.2015 by Ilham | Comments (23)

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Scanner - The Judgement

It's not every day that an ancient German speed metal band returns from the dead. Guitarist Axel "A.J." Julius has brought Scanner back into the studio after a lengthy period of inactivity for The Judgement, their first album in 13 years - the first since 2002's relatively unusual Scantropolis. 13 years is a long time - since then, I've learned how to drive, tie my shoes, andů well, that's about it. But what have Scanner learned?

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Posted: 20.02.2015 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (0)

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Melechesh - Enki

Hails unto Enki, he whose home is water. Patron of Eridu, creator and mischief-maker. Blesser of the holy Melechesh.

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Posted: 20.02.2015 by Apothecary | Comments (17)

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Elder - Lore

If Elder have a lesson for their listeners in Lore, it's to keep on moving. There isn't anything profound in this, they'll just never stop for long and lay a riff to rest in a stagnant position, leaving it idle to overstay its welcome. Ineffectual repetition is skilfully bypassed, and, consequently, their third full-length effort features five elongated tracks with a high level of stoner metal detail and continuity.

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Posted: 20.02.2015 by R'Vannith | Comments (11)

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Finsterforst - Mach Dich Frei

It seems common now that the pagan genre directs its view onto modern themes and problems. The most popular examples include Varg or Equilibrium. And while mentioning those two, it's most convenient to change topic to the new Finsterforst album, which is best described by a mixture of the aforementioned bands. Mach Dich Frei is the fourth studio album of the neo-pagan warriors from the black forest, after which the band is named. And indeed, it is a worthy one.

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Posted: 19.02.2015 by Windrider | Comments (3)

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Thrashless - Cult Of Fear

Thrashless might have missed the popular thrash revival bandwagon as it sped popularly by in the past several years, but leaving it all at that would be to miss the general point of the popular thrash revival you know. Namely, popular thrash had been revived, so the point was that thrash had never died, it just wasn't very popular. That is to say that "popular" thrash just wasn't a very popular genre for a couple decades, and so on.

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Posted: 19.02.2015 by wormdrink414 | Comments (2)

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