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I have been listening to metal since the age of... 14 or so. Besides music, I'm also interested in boxing, fitness, meeting new people and enjoy reading about a variety of topics.

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Review: Fates Warning “A Pleasant Shade of Gray” [Massacre Records]

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There’s something about the directions Fates Warning took throughout the 90’s that just doesn’t sit well with me. Parallels marked the start of the band’s lightweight period and follow-up Inside ...
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Review: Master “Master” [Nuclear Blast]

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While plenty of early death metal bands are often lumped together in the old school death metal category, it’s pretty obvious that sub-variants quickly started to emerge over ...
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Review: Saber Tiger “Decisive” [Edge Trax]

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Although progressive/power metal veterans Saber Tiger have been doing their thing since the early 80’s, it took them 11 years to finally release a debut (which is also ...
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Review: Pestilence “Testimony of the Ancients” [R/C Records]

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By the time the 80’s were over, several death metal bands tried to take death metal one step further and although bands such as Atheist and Death managed ...
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Review: Eternal Flight “Positive Rage” [Cruz del Sur Music]

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Having recently rediscovered French power/progressive unit Dream Child, it felt natural to give semi-related Eternal Flight a shot, which were formed by vocalist Gérard Fois and new members ...
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Review: Exises “Reternity” [Cymbeline Records]

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How often do bands become better after taking a ten year gap between their debut and their follow up? Yeah, not many, but sci-fi geeks Exises were a ...
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Review: Anthem “Bound to Break” [Nexus]

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Between the mediocre debut and Anthem‘s final record that would feature Eizo Sakamoto for a while, this band would keep getting better and better, as Bound to Break is yet ...
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Review: Sigh “Infidel Art” [Cacophonous Records]

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Falling between the grim Scorn Defeat and the even stranger, mania of Hail Horror Hail, Infidel Art sees Sigh heading into a theatrical direction that had not been explored before. Now I’m not ...
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Review: Asgardsrei “End of the Night”

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”War is hell” William T. Sherman once said. Now the Asgardsrei crew might not have any war experience at all, but I’m sure that they’re aware of this ...
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Review: Payne’s Gray “Kadath Decoded”

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The idea of a progressive metal band that has more emphasis on adventurous arrangements than downright riffs sounds terrible on paper – fortunately this is where Payne’s Gray ...
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Review: Bolt Thrower “Those Once Loyal” [Metal Blade Records]

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Although I wasn’t listening to Bolt Thrower (or metal for that matter) by the time Those Once Loyal came out yet, I’m rather surprised by the amount of praise that ...
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Review: Anthem “Gypsy Ways” [Nexus]

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Perhaps Anthem were trying to gain (more) commercial success here, or perhaps they felt like relying more on the vocals than usual, but Gypsy Ways is the oddball in the ...
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Review: The Troops of Doom “The Rise of Heresy” [Blood Blast Distribution]

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While there’s certainly no shortage of thrash metal bands inspired by Sepultura, hearing The Troops of Doom’s The Rise of Heresy was an unexpected surprise for me. Formed by ex-Sepultura ...
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Review: Virgin Steele “The House of Atreus – Act II” [T&T Records]

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While David DeFeis’ ambitious perspective was an undeniable force that drove him forward during the 90’s, it would only be a matter of time before this would get ...
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Review: Crows “The Dying Race” [Century Media Records]

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It always fascinates me whenever I stumble upon a band that doesn’t represent the stereotypical ideas which a country has embraced. Take England’s Cloven Hoof for instance, which ...
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Review: Pyogenesis “Ignis Creatio” [Osmose Productions]

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Out of all the doom/death metal bands that have gone through drastic changes, Pyogenesis probably take the cake. Their transitional period was awkward as hell and what the ...
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Review: Desire “Infinity… A Timeless Journey Through an Emotional Dream” [Skyfall Records]

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How seriously Desire took themselves we may never know, but the silly nicknames of these guys crack me up and who could forget this album title? Pretentious nicknames ...
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Review: Septicflesh “Ophidian Wheel” [Holy Records]

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While the bizarre experimentation of Revolution DNA was still unthinkable of at this point and the mess called A Fallen Temple was yet to be created, I can’t ...
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Review: Katatonia “Jhva Elohim Meth… The Revival” [VIC Records]

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Although Dance of December Souls will forever be the emotional monolith that defined Katatonia’s early sound, there were in fact two other minor releases that weren’t too far ...
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Review: Mental Home “Vale” [Morbid Noizz Productions]

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After the confusing, yet ambitious Funeral Service demo, Mental Home had dropped their thrash-like nature and become melodic doom/death metal band instead. Sounds about fair, right? It’s just ...
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