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Annable Courts
I like my metal the way I like my chocolate: dark and bitter. But I also like vanilla pudding, so my awesome mystique is forever tainted and unpure.

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Review: Opeth “Blackwater Park” [Music for Nations]

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It would be terribly tempting to dismiss this album as being the meandering prog-ish jams from a few metalheads in Sweden that remotely switch from clean to distorted, ...
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Review: Portal “Outre'” [Profound Lore Records]

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Before I attempt to describe this music with as much detail as possible, I would encourage any curious listener out there to think of acquiring a teddy bear ...
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Review: Nevermore “Dead Heart in a Dead World” [Century Media Records]

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Nevermore may not be for everyone but what they do offer here is a brand of crossover metal with a wealth of influences pulling the tracks in multiple ...
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Review: Blotted Science “The Machinations of Dementia” [Eclectic Electric]

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The guitarist from 80’s prog metal band ‘Watchtower’ gets together with Cannibal Corpse’s Alex Webster on bass and the drummer for tech prog act ‘Behold the Arctopus’ to ...
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Review: Hate Eternal “I, Monarch” [Earache Records]

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Hate Eternal don’t exactly play music that could be described as welcoming. This sounds like what be going on at the center of the Earth, at its molten ...
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Review: Candlemass “Epicus Doomicus Metallicus” [Black Dragon Records]

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Few albums are actually as essential to a genre as they implicitly claim. Most seminal records help push the boundaries of their time and reveal uncharted territory for ...
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Review: Chimaira “The Impossibility of Reason” [Roadrunner Records]

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I’m a little sorry for that review title, it’s a bit of a bitch move admittedly, but hear me out on this. Originally groove/nu-metal band Chimaira’s metamorphosis is ...
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Review: Dark Angel “Darkness Descends” [Combat Records]

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Dark Angel are one of the lesser known yet recognized influential bands among death metallers like Cannibal Corpse (Alex Webster mentioning them as a direct influence) and it’s apparent ...
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Review: Emperor “Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk” [Candlelight Records]

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So there’s this band called Emperor. And on this album, they play a brand of music that could well be described as “imperial sounding” black metal and as ...
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Review: Amon Amarth “Once Sent from the Golden Hall” [Metal Blade Records]

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Amon Amarth are difficult to label with just one term. There’s a definite element of death metal in the music, yet simply calling them “death metal” would be ...
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Review: Massacre “From Beyond” [Earache Records]

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Massacre prove brutal death metal was an achievable sound way back in 1991, albeit brutal death in its archaic form with no blast beats and drums still very ...
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Review: Corrosion of Conformity “Blind” [Relativity Records]

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The cool thing about the 90’s was bands didn’t have to all sound the same, as the metal influences brewed over the past 80’s decade offered a wide ...
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Review: Gorguts “From Wisdom to Hate” [Olympic Recordings]

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Gorguts return after the natural disaster that was ‘Obscura’. As if that album hadn’t already created enough cosmic damage to our solar system, they’re back with an album ...
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Review: Dying Fetus “Destroy the Opposition” [Relapse Records]

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This delves right into the meat of it: scornful deathgrind with fat power chord grooves, high-energy tremolo picking over blasts, riddled with technical riffing often of the experimental variety. ...
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Review: HateSphere “Ballet of the Brute” [Scarlet Records]

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Hatesphere are one of these Nordic bands that contributed to what could be considered the second wave of Euro melodic death metal after the first wave from the ...
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Review: Callenish Circle “My Passion // Your Pain” [Metal Blade Records]

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All aboard the bandwagon. The year is 2003, and everybody wants a piece of the trending melodeath sensation. In places like North America bands were mixing only elements ...
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Review: Nailbomb “Point Blank” [Roadrunner Records]

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Max Cavalera and Alex Newport trade vocals and influences on an album that sounds somewhere between new Sepultura/early Soulfly and mid-period Godflesh. It’s basically a mix between the ...
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Review: Morbid Angel “Formulas Fatal To The Flesh” [Earache Records]

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Give everyone their due: this here is definitely intense. At least at first, before the initial effect and hopeful expectations wear off and the facade drops. The album ...
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Review: Sacramentum “Far Away from the Sun” [Adipocere Records]

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On their first full length Sacramentum make an offering to the metal world in the form of melodic extreme metal somewhere between the sorrowful drama of early Swedish ...
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Review: Immortal “At the Heart of Winter” [Osmose Productions]

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At the turn of the millennium, Immortal releases this quintessential black metal classic, often considered the band’s most eminent record along with the later ‘Sons of Northern Darkness’ ...
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