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Roundtable Review: Arch Enemy – War Eternal

Arch_Enemy_coverLabel: Century Media

Release Date: 10 June, 2014

Songs: 13

Length: 48 minutes

Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Studio Albums: Nine previous albums

Location: Sweden


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Tales From Bandcamp: Wimfolsfestta by Wall of the Eyeless

a0693749837_10It’s always good to keep ones ear to the underground lest one may miss out on the occasional gem that rolls on by making a cry for genuine attention yet gets smothered by the deluge of all the other bands (and many other gems) vying for your ear for a small amount of time.  While wading in the sea of unsigned bands, Wall of the Eyeless screamed just loud enough to catch my ear and I’m happy I dove in to investigate the muffled cries.  With their new demo album (which doesn’t sound demo quality at all) Wimfolsfestta I found myself really impressed with their base of melodic death metal which is tinged with prog tendencies and blackened edges.  And in the about 30 minutes the album played on I was quite engaged and all around simply enjoying the music.

Sure, it’s a tad rough around the edges, but this is one band that has some nice potential and deserves a few minutes in the spotlight (though posting here on this random blog probably won’t give it to them).  Anywho, check the record out and if you like it toss them a few bucks or share them with someone you think might be down to enjoy the record.  Peace Love and Metal!!!

Album Review – Insomnium – One For Sorrow

When you come across good metal unexpectedly it makes for a real nice treat. That’s what happened to me today when I realized I forgot to look and see what was released this past Tuesday. With all the bands that have released new material over the last 6-weeks, I forgot to check and see what else was released. This is how I came across Insomnium. To the best of my knowledge, I never heard of this band before, but based on the band’s name, I guessed a couple of things correctly. A – they would probably be from Scandinavia and B – they would sound like they were from Scandinavia. If this were a final question on Rock Jeopardy, I would have won a lot of money.

One for Sorrow was released on Tuesday the 18th in North America; a bit earlier in other parts of the world. Insomnium created a piece of work that masterfully intertwined all the elements that make Scandinavian death/melodic/melancholy bands so great. It’s all there; the awesome guitar work; growling & semi clean vocals; and a melody that leaves you feeling beaten, bruised, and well…tranquil. Melancholy is supposed to make you feel sad and depressed, but in metal it’s more of a soothing effect…like the calm before a storm.

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