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Tristana - Virtual Crime

First off, this is not Tristania, the beloved Norwegian gothic band. It's also not Tristana, the 1970 Luis Buñuel film. I know, that's what I thought, too. This is Tristana, the reportedly reputable Slovakian hard rock/alternative metal band. Not to start this off on the wrong foot or anything, but I suspect that your time would be better spent pursuing one of the former two.

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Posted: 30.08.2015 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (3)

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Maruta - Remain Dystopian

The reason I suck at reviewing albums isn't (only) because I'm goddamn lazy. It's because albums like Remain Dystopian leave me speechless.

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Posted: 29.08.2015 by Mr. Doctor | Comments (8)

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Motörhead - Bad Magic

Motörhead - no introduction needed. The band has been around longer than most people who will read this review have been alive. And with Bad Magic, the 22nd Long Player in their massive discography, they once again proved why they have been around for that long.

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Posted: 29.08.2015 by D.T. Metal | Comments (5)

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Amorphis - Under The Red Cloud

Amorphis is one of the sure values coming out of Finland. Everybody knows (or should know) their early history as a melodic death band. 1994's Tales From The Thousand Lakes remains to this day a classic album. These musicians have been together over 10 years with their current lineup. Emblematic singer Tomi Joutsen was the last piece of the puzzle that led them to a trailblazing second career that started in 2005 with the release of Eclipse. Let's fast forward to 2015. Under The Red Cloud, with that eye-catching psychedelic artwork, is their 12th studio release expected September 4th through Nuclear Blast.

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Posted: 28.08.2015 by Demonic Tutor | Comments (7)

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Nile - What Should Not Be Unearthed

Oh poor Egypt, you used to shine so bright in the Arab world. Now even Nile cries for you. When they could have used a shoulder to cry on themselves after releasing At The Gate Of Sethu.

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Posted: 26.08.2015 by Ilham | Comments (19)

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Dark Buddha Rising - Inversum

A bell is struck in a silent temple. Black clouds gather over the Himalayas. A yogi lights incense in a forest, isolated. He approaches death, and is ready for the trip.

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Posted: 25.08.2015 by Apothecary | Comments (11)

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Lychgate - An Antidote For The Glass Pill

When I heard a few years ago that Greg Chandler, mastermind of the mysterious and psychedelically-tinged Esoteric, had a black metal side band, my curiosity was almost immediately raised. The self titled Lychgate that resulted in 2013, while decent, also felt as though it wasn't reaching the full potential of the parties involved. Now, in 2015, An Antidote For The Glass Pill is changing that.

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Posted: 23.08.2015 by Apothecary | Comments (2)

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Ahab - The Boats Of The Glen Carrig

Don't call it a comeback. They've been crushing us for years.

Ahab, now on their IVth album, continue their maritime theme as the masters of nautical funeral doom tell the story of the crew of The Boats Of Glenn Danzig. Sailors, adrift in two life boats, beginning their Long Way Back From Hell, a tale of Blood And Tears as they are attacked by pre-Lovecraftian beasts Not Of This World in an attempt to make it home to London.

This is one Mother of an album.

Ok, an end to cheesy Danzig puns, they couldn't be helped, though the summation of The Boats Of "Glen-Carrig" by William Hope Hodgson apparently reads very similarly. Or so Wikipedia tells me. Sorry, had time to listen to the album a dozen times, but not dig up a copy of the book. Just couldn't resist.

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Posted: 18.08.2015 by BitterCOld | Comments (18)

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Royal Hunt - XIII - Devil's Dozen

Progressive? Neo-classical? Power? Rock? Symphonic? It has always been hard to describe the style of Royal Hunt and XIII - Devil's Dozen does not make this task any easier. It is an album packed with so many elements from a wide range of genres that fit together so well to create 8 tracks that manage to sound contemporary and classic at the same time.

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Posted: 17.08.2015 by Belegûr | Comments (6)

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Anticosm - Anticosm

Glancing at the cover of Anticosm's 3rd release, I wasn't sure what to expect. The artwork features the band rolling in a Mad Max style Mister Plow, crushing corpses while some pentagrammed Dungeons & Doom Beholder floats along like a bastard demonic Raisin Bran "Two Scoops" sun sidekick, looking like it was drawn by a bored freshman during math class raised an eyebrow.

Truthfully, fuck it, it fits.

It's neither profound, nor something that might hang in the Louvre, but it successfully conjures up a decent image of what to expect. A whole lot of sophomoric song titles like "Kill Or Be Killed", "Black Magic" and "Killing Machine." It also reflects the music, which is a raucous, galloping ride across the netherworld, running over corpses and playing speed golf with the skulls of the slain.

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Posted: 12.08.2015 by BitterCOld | Comments (1)

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Plaguewielder - Chambers Of Death

Listening to Plaguewielder is a lot like looking at one of those optical illusion pictures.

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Posted: 09.08.2015 by Apothecary | Comments (3)

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Lamb Of God - VII: Sturm Und Drang

There are some that believe that great art requires hardship and suffering. And those of us following the saga involving Lamb Of God's singer Randy Blyth 's manslaughter cases, the question arose what sort, and if any, music the band would come up with after the ordeal had finished. True to form, the band's new album VII: Sturm Und Drang's album seems to adhere to the adage that art needs pain.

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Posted: 06.08.2015 by deadone | Comments (15)

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Amiensus - Ascension

I enjoy reviewing follow-up works from unsigned/smaller acts who contact me to review their initial offerings. It's always interesting to see how they have progressed.

Amiensus contacted me to review Restoration about two years ago. Enjoyed it, even if I was a tad out of my element.

Susan described it thus:

They seem to float around the ether between genres, never really landing anywhere, and not necessarily "combining" genres. Just playing emotional, intense music.

Dead on. And that description remains equally accurate for their latest, Ascension.

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Posted: 05.08.2015 by BitterCOld | Comments (7)

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Mutoid Man - Bleeder

If this had been made by one person, it'd be a safe bet that that one person was a classic hard rock aficionado who'd been struck by lightning. After the strike, he didn't ditch his Pontiac or his jean jacket or his hatred of the Eagles, he just happened to acquire the ability to easily spot complex mathematical patterns in things.

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Posted: 03.08.2015 by wormdrink414 | Comments (2)

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Nightrage - The Puritan

TL;DR? The Puritan is a Gothenburg metal album.

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Posted: 02.08.2015 by Ag Fox | Comments (4)

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Disarmonia Mundi - Cold Inferno

Determined to let the world know that Italy can still produce some high-quality Gothenburg metal, Disarmonia Mundi is back after a 6-year hiatus. The Turin-based twosome is comprised of instrumentalist extraordinaire Ettore Rigotti and vocalist Claudio Ravinale. Björn Strid from Soilwork and Christian Älvestam also provide some vocal work.

In this much coveted market of melodic death metal, it has always been virtually impossible to avoid comparisons. Earlier in their career, the band was likened to Soilwork. Of course hiring Björn Strid on 2004's Fragments Of D-Generation did not help. What it did though was bring them to the forefront of the scene. 2009 rolled around and the emergence of a more modern sound was showcased on The Isolation Game. All of a sudden Disarmonia Mundi was being compared to later days In Flames for obvious reasons. Undeterred by criticism, the duo just released their 5th offering, Cold Inferno.

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Posted: 26.07.2015 by Demonic Tutor | Comments (6)

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