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Necrodeath - The 7 Deadly Sins

Italian veterans Necrodeath, like many groups with 30 years and 11 albums to their names, like to play Motörhead roulette with their releases. They adhere to the same formula time after time, breaking ranks for nobody, and the quality of the album lies completely in the thrall of chance.

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Posted: 17.09.2014 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (0)

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Northern Oak - Of Roots And Flesh

Nature-y band name and album title? Equally nature-y album cover with folkloric overtones? Yeah, typical folk metal. In spite of being pretty typical in so many ways, Northern Oak have done a supremely bang-up job with Of Roots And Flesh.

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Posted: 17.09.2014 by Doc Godin | Comments (2)

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Protokult - No Beer In Heaven

If the Korpiklaani fan club was a violent prison gang, the cruel, painful initiation ritual would be to listen to Protokult's No Beer In Heaven.

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Posted: 17.09.2014 by Doc Godin | Comments (3)

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Brimstone Coven - II

Brimstone Coven is one of those bands that is hard for me to not enjoy. Like, really hard.

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Posted: 15.09.2014 by Mattybu | Comments (5)

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Bask - American Hollow

American Hollow is a prime example of what I like in my doom/psychedelic/stoner music today. A foundation consisting of a lively mix of groove and rhythmic sludge/stoner riffs and tremolo picked guitars (not in the traditional black metal sense but from a post-rock angle) to dense bass and squeaky clean drumming to finally, really elegant clean singing that weaves it's way through an atmosphere that's suppressing and haunting.

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Posted: 15.09.2014 by tea[m]ster | Comments (6)

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A Sound Of Thunder - The Lesser Key Of Solomon

A Sound Of Thunder are unusually dynamic for a heavy metal band. Ever active with new ideas, this American quartet demonstrate an individualised determination with each energetic and engaging studio album. What sets them apart is their consistency in demonstrating an unusually high level of creative energy for a style which draws primarily from traditional heavy metal, and it continues to spur them on into new efforts with The Lesser Key Of Solomon.

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Posted: 14.09.2014 by R'Vannith | Comments (4)

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Xerath - III

Harmony of elements can be a truly spectacular thing. While metal and symphony have formed many remarkable unions in the past, Xerath's more modern approach seeks continual refinement in order to leave their own impression on the unison. One would assume some simple math would apply here; I + II = III, ergo this album is more than just another number in a discographical sequence, and is the sum of the band's studio strengths. Yet simple math metal this is not, the polyrhythmic driven effort to meld the two elements in a refreshing way requires more than a simple approach, which leads to the question: is the third time the charm?

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Posted: 14.09.2014 by R'Vannith | Comments (7)

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Firtan - Niedergang

Jesus, "epic" black metal is a sad little world sometimes. Having an uncomfortable amount of synthesizers crammed down your throat is lauded while thoughtful song writing is thrown to the wind. It's nice to hear bands like Firtan still giving a shit about their music.

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Posted: 13.09.2014 by Doc Godin | Comments (0)

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Overcharge - Accelerate

Taking the curt clarity of punk and fusing it with extreme speed metal is, and always will be a really natural mix. It's so simple, yet satisfyingly primal it's pretty hard to mess up, right? Wrong. Despite being an album with the right ideas in the right places, Accelerate is a nifty example of everything that can go wrong with this fusion.

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Posted: 13.09.2014 by Doc Godin | Comments (0)

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Monarch - Sabbracadaver

Drone. What is it exactly that attracts fans so to the gargantuan walls of sound and 20 minute notes that lurk deep within the subterranean caverns of this style? I mean, it's not as if it's accomplished songwriting, right? Any schmuck spending 5 minutes on a guitar could just strum the same note for a half hour. Well, if you're of this sort of mentality, you might as well stop reading. We're about to enter the realm of hooded robes and black monoliths, and your opinions have no validity here.

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Posted: 12.09.2014 by Apothecary | Comments (6)

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Tarnkappe - Tussen Hun En De Zon

Behold, fellow black metallers, for huge Darkthrone vibes are upon us. This is about Dutch act Tarnkappe's debut album Tussen Hun En De Zon, which translates to "Between Them And The Sun". The material is not new, as the same tracks have already been released as a demo under the same name in 2013, now again as their debut album and on LP. So the music is not new, and at the same time it's not even original either. But there is something that makes the songs good, very good and, at times, simply great.

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Posted: 10.09.2014 by Windrider | Comments (1)

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Fórn - The Departure Of Consciousness

Fórn is a relatively new band from Boston (read BASTAAAN) Massachusetts. The five piece plays a sludgy mess of doom and black metal. The riffs are heavy, the music is nasty and it's just what you are looking for.

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Posted: 10.09.2014 by Boxcar Willy | Comments (8)

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Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain

Ah, Cannibal Corpse. Back again with their familiar death metal embrace, heralded by some killer artwork. Let's dive in and see what lurks underneath the greasepaint.

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Posted: 09.09.2014 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (20)

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Botanist - VI: Flora

If you ever needed a prime example of black metal's growing shift towards the unconventional in our recent times, you need look no farther than Roberto Martinelli's Botanist. A curious concoction of vocals, drums, and hammered dulcimer, the debut of the project took the more obscure fringes of the genre by storm, fusing seemingly unfitting elements together for the achievement of a refreshingly original creation. While perhaps not as radical, VI: Flora seeks to continue this pattern, and it does so wonderfully.

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Posted: 07.09.2014 by Apothecary | Comments (7)

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Sólstafir - Ótta

There's something naturally interesting about Icelandic music. Perhaps it's out of predilection for its origin, geographic distance and isolation at the top of the world. Whatever the case may be, there's one particular metal band who have managed to convey their own meaning in this phenomena.

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Posted: 06.09.2014 by R'Vannith | Comments (11)

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Ides Of Gemini - Old World New Wave

Well, this is all very nice, but Ides'...Guys/girls...You've still got half an album to write...

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Posted: 05.09.2014 by Doc Godin | Comments (9)

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