26/05/2022   /  0 Comments   /   By :
8.8
This band has been tipped for big things and quite frankly after listening to this, their debut album, it is easy to see why. This is the best album I have listened to in a long while. A huge slab of sleazy garage grunge which is just sublime. It is full of swagger, bravado, confidence and great, great tunes. Singer Lia Metcalfe possesses a terrific soulful, gritty singing voice that adds so much to these tracks. She stamps her presence all over this album.
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25/05/2022   /  0 Comments   /   By :
8.4
With their thirteenth studio album and debut for Napalm Records, Gothenburg's finest export of darkness for 25 years, Evergrey, delivers a follow-up to 'Escape of the Phoenix', their last album which was a bit underexposed due to the pandemic that hit the world. 'A Heartless Portrait (The Orphean Testament)' takes you on a journey through progressive heaviness, accentuated with melancholy inspired lyrics.

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21/05/2022   /  0 Comments   /   By :
8.8
Ignite starts strong and very punk rock with the first song on their self titled album ‘Anti-Complicity Anthem’. An energetic song that shows you Ignite’s new energy right from the start. According to bass player Brett Rasmussen, the energy that new singer Eli Santana brought to the studio was contagious.


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19/05/2022   /  0 Comments   /   By :
8.75
Hailing from Kalix, Norrbotten in Sweden Kvaen is a solo black/pagan/Viking metal band helmed by one Jakob Björnfot (all instruments). Like its predecessor 'The Funeral Pyre' the band’s sophomore full-length album 'The Great Below' achieves great songwriting standards in terms of delivery and musical execution. Although this time Jakob presents highly volatile elements extracted from different genres like Viking/pagan and speed metal, the songs are simultaneously melodic and fierce. The guitars are abrasive and driven by fiery bursts of percussion, they're determined by their robust formula.
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18/05/2022   /  0 Comments   /   By :
8.2
Hailing from North-Rhine Westphalia German black metal outfit Sumerian Tombs formed in 2019 as a solo project. The style of the band was developed from the demos 'As Summer Thrones at Night' and 'Conjuration - Awakening'. Sumerian Tombs found its muse in ancient Sumerian themes and mythology. The self-titled album amends the rawness of the music that was offered previously. The German quintet offers a parallel style of melodic black metal where they have redefined themselves as a vampiric black metal band.
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13/05/2022   /  0 Comments   /   By :
8
German black metal collective Chaos Invocation takes the left-hand path on the fourth album 'Devil, Stone & Man'. During their 18 years career the songwriting talent has grown strong and deep. Though they had already received plaudits from the fans of the genre, the sheer strength of the guitar department is now more focused than on the previous album 'Reaping Seasons, Bloodshed Beyond'. The majority of the songs fall under the category of the modern standard of black metal. The guitars give way to plenty of hooks and the vocals are excellent.
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07/05/2022   /  0 Comments   /   By :
8
The pioneers of the eight string era are back with another killer album, their ninth is called 'Immutable'. Meshuggah stills stands out of the masses with their immense extreme tech-metal sound that takes you on a journey of complex rhythms, dissonant guitar leads, spheric moments, a train full of musical experiences.
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06/05/2022   /  0 Comments   /   By :
8.8
Southern California indigenous death/doom metal trio Tzompantli is a rare example that brings the tribal spirit of the Native American culture in its most primitive way. the first full-length album entitled “Tlazcaltiliztli” which means ‘nourishing the fire and sun with blood’ is out via 20 Buck Spin on May 6th, 2022. In Mesoamerican civilization, a tzompantli is a skull rack used for the public display, typically those of war captives or sacrificial victims. The band recorded its first EP 'Tlamanalli' in 2019 containing four tracks compressed in unpolished punchy cavernous death doom style. Similarly, the new album is noticeable through a superb production enhanced by sledgehammer guitar riffs and crushing drums.
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06/05/2022   /  0 Comments   /   By :
8.2
Swedish death metal band Demonical has set a specific interval of two years between each of its studio albums. After pioneering the new generation of old school death metal, their musical signature has continued to remain flawless and their seventh studio album 'Mass Destroyer' sums up the experience that fans can expect from these veterans. The lineup is led by Martin Schulman (bass), Ronnie Bergerstål (drums), Johan Haglund (rhythm guitars), Eki Kumpulainen (lead guitars) and Christofer Säterdal (vocals).
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05/05/2022   /  0 Comments   /   By :
8.6
Around the turn of the century a vortex had opened up in space from which emerged three alien beings that would show the world how to successfully merge the intangible gas clouds of psychedelic space rock with that super massive black hole known as sludge doom. The monolithic manifestation that the three aliens left behind was dubbed Ufomammut by lack of a better name. Across eight albums their spaced out cosmic doom has mesmerized all those caught in its gravitational pull. From the crude stoner doom of ‘Godlike Snake’ and ‘Snailking’ over the singular elegance of ‘Eve and the sprawling twin stars ‘Oro’ all the way up to the more straightforward microverses ‘Ecate’ and ‘8’.
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