Archives by: Marko Köfler

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A musician and writer from Austria, as well as an avid metal-fan since 2004!

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Review: Thou Art Lord ”Daemoniorum” [The Circle Music Records]

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The Era of…Hades Rising Finally, after what felt like a decade of near-silence, Thou Art Lord returns with this little EP to please fans of the grittier side ...
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Review: Van Diemen ”Sarcophilus Laniarius” [Independent release]

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Certainly much better than the debut! Only a few weeks ago, the Tasmanian-turned-German devil Patrick Schmidt reached out to me – he had just put out a successor ...
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Review: In Flames “Clayman” [Nuclear Blast]

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The view from the top remains unclouded Two years ago I wrote a scathing review about how immensely pitiful the 2020 EP version of this record turned out. ...
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Review: Belphegor “The Devils” [Nuclear Blast]

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A Testimonial Teufelswerk for Modern Austrian Extreme Metal Following up their pretty impressive return to form in 2017’s Totenritual with a more than adequately satisfying effort surely wasn’t ...
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Review: Malevolent Creation ”Warkult” [Nuclear Blast Records]

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Built to Order, Made to Last… Malevolent Creation is a band that was crucial in the second wave of the young but already developing death metal scene and ...
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Review: Sakis Tolis ”Among The Fires Of Hell” [Metal Hammer Records]

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(Don’t) Sleep the Sleep of the Angels just yet! I’ve admittedly not been too pleased with the more recent song collections of the mighty Rotting Christ, as their ...
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Review: Altered Aeon ”Dispiritism” [Black Lotus Records]

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Grab your shovels for a grave worth exhuming! Don’t you just love it when you are forced to stay at home for whatever reasons, be it current events ...
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Review: Drakon Ho Megas ”Drakon Ho Megas” (Independent release)

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The Hellenic Drakon Rises… Although Drakon Ho Megas have only been formed about a year ago, they surely don’t sound like a bunch of amateurs worshiping at the ...
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Review: Unto Others ”Strength” [Roadrunner Records]

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With shiny diamonds and tarnished gold comes bittersweet emotions… I got into Idle Hands around the release of their debut album Mana back in 2019 via the traits ...
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Review: Sanctuary ”The Year The Sun Died” [Avalon Records]

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The late Apex of Warrel Dane‘s career! I can already see the flaming arrows pointing at me from a distance but that doesn’t deter me from showering this ...
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Review: Argesh “Excommunica” [Nero Corvino]

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A competent, enjoyable slaying of the gods with room for improvement Hailing from one of the northernmost regions of Italy, Argesh offer a whopping dose of crushing staccato ...
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Review: Van Diemen ”Van Diemen” (Independent release)

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Stranger in a Strange Land… This record is more than just merely confusing. It’s been a difficult piece to stomach, hard to digest for a variety of reasons. ...
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Review: Oceans Of Slumber ”Oceans Of Slumber” [Century Media Records]

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I’d rather bathe somewhere else… I still can’t believe what this album did to me. Amidst a steady stream of writing motivation I had requested this new Oceans ...
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Review: Empire of the Moon “Έκλειψις” [Iron Bonehead Productions]

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A trip down the Hellenic memory lane I will never be able to abandon the Greek metal scene. Of course there have been varying degrees of interest from ...
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Review: In Flames ”Clayman” (reissue) [Nuclear Blast Records]

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Shitting On Your Legacy Like a Pro… We, the former fans and fellow travelers, shouldn’t be surprised about In Flames records sucking. It’s not like we don’t know ...
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Review: Unleash the Archers ”Abyss” [Napalm Records]

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Oceans Arise at Their Command… Unleash the Archers have long left the obscure metal underground behind them, their popularity and fan base increasing steadily since their inception in ...
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Review: Hate “Auric Gates of Veles” [Metal Blade Records]

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The Dark Theatre of Sanguinary Strife… First off, please excuse my ignorance when it comes to the Polish blackened death metal band Hate. I know they have been ...
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Review: Fovitron ”Altar of Whispers” [Alcyone Records]

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Darkness Falls Over Hellas Once Again… Oh Greece! Beautiful country with beautiful music that barely anybody speaks about these days. The birthplace of genre stalwarts Varathron, Rotting Christ ...
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Review: Ola Englund ”The Sun and the Moon” (single) [Independent release]

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Ola Englund made his first perceptible steps into the metal spotlight when he joined the ranks of two rather big, yet infamous bands – Six Feet Under and ...
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Review: Testament ”Titans of Creation” [Nuclear Blast Records]

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The Formation of Stagnation….  Testament is definitely not a band that needs another introduction put to paper. Basically, these guys are one of the most consistent old guard ...
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