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Downfall Of Nur - Umbras de Barbagia

Few since early Agalloch have written such a stunning soundtrack to your contemplation of the meaning of life, nature, and darkness. Atmospheric, folk-oriented black metal like this can be simultaneously beautiful and ominous. There are things on this earth that are very, very old.

Beware, this music will lead you directly to a life of solitude in the forest, living the bare and contented life of the hermit, brought to dwell on the mountainside. While the folk music is not outwardly dominant, the massive and crushing mood will have you feel the cool air on your cheeks and the icy stream running between your fingers as easily as if you were already outside, far from anyone but the tall trees.

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Posted: 28.03.2015 by Susan | Comments (2)

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Agnostic Front - The American Dream Died

Agnostic Front are back and they're pissed. The American Dream Died and the New York hardcore crew are here to spread the word with a veritable kitchen sink of aggressive heavy music centred on hardcore traditions they helped pioneer over thirty years ago.

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Posted: 28.03.2015 by deadone | Comments (7)

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Chaos Divine - Colliding Skies

The most absorbing aspect of Colliding Skies is that it's a densely textured record in view of its smooth and approachable sound. In instrumentation, every aspect sets a well defined and accessible trajectory in progressive metal. It is a melodic vehicle for expressive vocal arrangements which project an emphasis that readily uplift the listening experience. Above all else, Australia's Chaos Divine surely aim for consistency in this latest effort.

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Posted: 28.03.2015 by R'Vannith | Comments (3)

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Subversion - Animi

In execution, Animi is a style in disarray.

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Posted: 28.03.2015 by R'Vannith | Comments (0)

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Simbiose - Trapped

Who the hell ever complains about grindcore songs being too long?

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Posted: 25.03.2015 by Ilham | Comments (2)

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Domovoyd - Domovoyd

If you've been paying attention to metal coming out of Finland, especially in the past five years, you'd know that the country has seen a considerable increase in the presence of psychedelic bands within the context of the genre. In 2013, Domovoyd proved themselves as willing to get in on this action with their debut, and in 2015, they're looking to solidify their status as formidable within it, an effort at which they certainly succeed.

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Posted: 25.03.2015 by Apothecary | Comments (5)

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Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Short answer: Yeah, it's really great.

Long answer:

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Posted: 25.03.2015 by Susan | Comments (43)

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Dekadent - Veritas

Have you ever wondered what it would sound like if Anaal Nathrakh were a bit more like Devin Townsend? Well, you have now.

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Posted: 24.03.2015 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (8)

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Hate - Crusade:Zero

It's easy to forget about Hate. You could very easily forget that you saw them opening for Overkill, of all bands, a few years back. You could just as easily forget that you were supposed to review their new album a couple of months ago. You might even forget that they opened for Vader ten feet in front of your face two hours ago.

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Posted: 24.03.2015 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (19)

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Evoke Thy Lords - Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms In Your Cellar!

Nearly 25 years ago Jello Biafra (formerly of Dead Kennedys) teamed up with Nomeansno to urge me to "Ride The Flume."

Flash forward to 2015 and now Evoke Thy Lords is back encouraging me to ride the Floom.

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Posted: 24.03.2015 by BitterCOld | Comments (7)

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Minsk - The Crash & The Draw

Nearly four years ago I sadly reported that Minsk was on indefinite hiatus. I also prophesied

But before you ponder seppuku at this news, the band is named after a city which has shown historical resilience to invasions and razing. So who knows, maybe they, too, like their namesake, will return and rebuild. Or at least finish that album they mentioned working on and go out with a (sonic) boom.

Happy days are here again. Roughly four years since that sad news and six years off the (oddly named) With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone they are back with the release of their fourth full-length, The Crash & The Draw, a worthy follow-up to their fantastic back catalog. "Return, The Heir", indeed.

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Posted: 24.03.2015 by BitterCOld | Comments (10)

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Barren Earth - On Lonely Towers

Considering Barren Earth as a supergroup has never been necessitated. It's true that the musicians in question are already noteworthy for efforts elsewhere and currently lead busy lives in other bands. However, status external to Barren Earth no longer solely upholds the name, as the name has come to uphold itself with a tenable style their own. A third effort, On Lonely Towers, represents the band's continued development and change.

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Posted: 23.03.2015 by R'Vannith | Comments (1)

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Negură Bunget - Tău

For those who didn't write the band off following the departure of Sol Faur and Hupogrammos, and their subsequent formation of Dordeduh, Negură Bunget are back in action. But while Vîrstele Pămîntului may have been a good return to form for the band, 2015's Tău unfortunately feels more like a step backwards.

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Posted: 23.03.2015 by Apothecary | Comments (8)

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Moonspell - Extinct

I figured Extinct to be one of those albums that offer instant gratification; you know, the one that gets you smiling when you listen to it the first time around, evoking the same emotions over and over on each subsequent visit. Because this album is actually almost that good. But the more I listen to it, the less I can figure out and pinpoint that little something that rubs me the wrong way.

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Posted: 23.03.2015 by Ivor | Comments (8)

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Morgoth - Ungod

After Morgoth's 2014 Single God Is Evil blew me away, I didn't know what to expect from Ungod, especially since the band lost original fronter Marc Grewe right before the new album even got off the ground.

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Posted: 22.03.2015 by D.T. Metal | Comments (13)

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Cancer Bats - Searching For Zero

Why did Batman need mouthwash?

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Posted: 22.03.2015 by Ilham | Comments (7)

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