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Review: Gutvoid “Durance of Lightless Horizons” [Blood Harvest]

So what happened to death metal? That’s not meant to be sneering or derisive, but it feels like the most concise way to describe my awe at the ...
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Review: Thou Art Lord ”Daemoniorum” [The Circle Music Records]

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: Nocturnal Rites “In a Time of Blood and Fire” [Megarock Records]

Considering how radical it can result, it is uncommon to see transitions from death metal to power metal, as in the case of Nocturnal Rites. The fact that ...
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Review: Nocturnal Rites “Tales of Mystery and Imagination” [Toy’s Factory]

Nocturnal Rites‘ sophomore album encapsulates much of the trends that were part of the Euro power metal scene’s golden past. As a result, the album is unique among ...
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Review: Scorpions “Pure Instinct” [EastWest]

There is not much to point out about this album. In general, this is one of the most cheesy and commercial releases, even one of the band’s worst ...
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Review: Scorpions “Love at First Sting” [Harvest Records]

As many experts and reviewers have previously stated, a common disease that rock and metal albums have suffered since the 1970s is how the greatest moments can fade ...
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Review: Metallica “Metallica” [Elektra Records]

The trends of the music industry dictated that bands needed to fit a weird set of standards in order to sell more and more. As expected, Metallica was ...
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Review: Scorpions “Moment of Glory” [EMI Classics]

Scorpions bet this time on a concept that is not new in the heavy metal world, as it was already exploited by Deep Purple in a much better ...
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Review: Abstracted “Atma Conflux” [M-Theory Audio]

In mid spring Brazilian fivesome Abstracted gave birth to their first LP Atma Conflux via M-Theory Audio Records, releasing earlier a couple of singles that marked new stylistic ...
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Review: Josh Keech “Warrior in the Clouds Pt​. 1”

By the end of June English musician Josh Keech from Bedford has independently released his first official EP Warrior in the Clouds Pt. 1, the first part of ...
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Review: Cimmerian Possession “Sadistic Storm” [Personal Records]

If you’re involved in the underground Extreme Metal circles, it’s pretty much unavoidable that you’re probably going to come across the myriad of bands that have sprung up ...
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Review: Type O Negative “Dead Again” [Nuclear Blast]

Let’s continue the reviews of gothic metal reeditions! This new release of Type O Negative’s last album isn’t as good as Lacuna Coil’s new version of Comalies, and ...
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Review: Stafia “Tales from Beyond the Fog”

Winter finally found my home for the first time this year, in the form of freezing temperatures and an inch or so of snow. Despite the mid-November date ...
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Review: Denigrate “Blackguard” [Inverse Records]

I have no idea what I’m in for when I listen to an album, but what I need to do is remember that I am reviewing a stand-alone ...
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Review: Kreator “Coma of Souls” [Noise Records]

One fascinating aspect that made many thrash metal bands great was their ability to evolve within a style that clearly has its limits. Sodom started with their outbreak ...
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Review: Parris Hyde “Unlock Your Freedom” [Music for the Masses / MISSLEADER]

This has been a tough review to write. I have listened to this album so many times yet am battling to describe it… and not because it’s bad, ...
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Review: Cruentus “Fossilized” [Kvlt und Kaos Productions]

Blackened thrash is overall a pretty simple style in execution- it’s practically where black metal as a whole got its start, with the extreme take that Celtic Frost ...
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Review: Downcross “Hexapoda Triumph” [Cavum Atrum Rex / Purity Through Fire]

Early spring was marked by the release of the new record Hexapoda Triumph from Belarusian black metal band Downcross via local underground label Cavum Atrum Rex. And with ...
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Review: Deimoon “The Nocturnes – First Act: The Hour of Wrath”

The new Polish/French band Deimoon has officially begun their musical path, releasing debut EP The Nocturnes – First Act: The Hour of Wrath utterly independently. This EP was ...
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Review: Ekoa “Chrysalis”

I always feel a flutter of excitement whenever a debut makes it my way. Big or small, it’s a refreshing reminder that there is no shortage of creative ...
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