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The Summoned – Sessions Review

Posted on: June 14th, 2017 | by | in Review

The Summoned’s most defining work to date.

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Cryonic Temple – Into the Glorious Battle Review

Posted on: April 21st, 2017 | by | in Review

As memorable as it is proficient.

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Demon Hunter – Outlive Review

Posted on: April 1st, 2017 | by | in Review

Does not meet up to the hype.

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Without Waves – Lunar Review

Posted on: March 18th, 2017 | by | in Review

Pushes the envelope of metal in a purposeful and refined manner.

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Ex Deo – The Immortal Wars Review

Posted on: February 28th, 2017 | by | in Review

Band: Ex Deo Album: The Immortal Wars Label:  Napalm Records Genre: Melodic Death Metal Country: Canada Release Date:  13th February 2017 Sweat, blood, and tears stain your skin as you lock shields with your fellow soldiers, forming an impenetrable phalanx. You grit your teeth and remember your oath to the greatest power in the world, Rome.  But then you hear it over the clamor of neighing horses and crashing steel – a sound unlike any other, a trumpeting that resonates […]

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Seven Kingdoms – Decennium Review

Posted on: February 11th, 2017 | by | in Allgemein

Band: Seven Kingdoms Album: Decennium Label:  Independent (Self-Released) Genre: Power Metal Country: United States Release Date: January 30th, 2017 What wonders await us in the outward expanses of the Universe?  Have you ever taken a moment to look at the stars in the night sky, or browsed through pictures of nebulae and star clusters?  If you do, you’ll no doubt be struck by their beauty and majesty.  There’s a common misconception that metal is always dark and dreary, but bands […]

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Aversions Crown – Xenocide Review

Posted on: January 21st, 2017 | by | in Allgemein

Band: Aversions Crown Album: Xenocide Label:  Nuclear Blast Genre: Technical Deathcore Country: Australia Release Date: January 20th, 2017   Deep within a vortex, treading between coils of dark matter, resides an entity with enough malice to shatter the foundations of the universe.  The being is trapped, cut off from his brethren, but seeks escape…  Reading some of the lyrics to Aversions Crown’s new album Xenocide, one would think that they are in the middle of a Greg Bear or an Orson […]

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Shape of Despair – Alone in the Mist Review

Posted on: January 3rd, 2017 | by | in Allgemein

Band: Shape of Despair Album: Alone in the Mist Label: Season of Mist Genre: Funeral Doom Country: Finland Release Date: December 9, 2016 Shape of Despair is a staple in the funeral doom scene, and if you like your music lengthy, slow, and with a guitar tone thicker than molasses, then the band is for you.  This is perhaps one of the strangest reviews that I’ve written, mostly because the demo album Alone in the Mist was released in 1998.  […]

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Zao – The Well-Intentioned Virus Review

Posted on: December 15th, 2016 | by | in Allgemein

Band: Zao Album: The Well-Intentioned Virus Label: Observed/Observer Recordings Genre: Metalcore Country: United States Release Date: December 9, 2016 vi·rus  ˈvīrəs/ noun: virus; plural noun: viruses -an infective agent that typically consists of a nucleic acid molecule in a protein coat, is too small to be seen by light microscopy, and is able to multiply only within the living cells of a host. Can you feel it? You are the host. You are the vector for a virus that might […]

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Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct Review

Posted on: November 26th, 2016 | by | in Allgemein

Band: Metallica Album: Hardwired… To Self-Destruct Label: Blackened Recordings Genre: Thrash Metal/Hard Rock Country: United States Release Date: November 18, 2016 If there’s a household name in metal, look no further than the band Metallica. The Los Angeles-based thrashers have been releasing albums since 1983 with their ground-breaking record Kill ‘Em All, and haven’t slowed down much since. It’s hard to say whether Ride the Lightning or Master of Puppets was their most influential thrash album, but somewhere along the […]

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