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EP Review: Fathoms – Cold Youth


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Release Date: 30 September 2013 on Ghost Music

Tracks:  4

Length: 14 minutes

Genre:  Melodic hardcore/metal

Previous releases: Transitions EP, 2012

 

Description:  Fathoms released a free EP last year that received quite a lot of praise and now their second effort is out. ‘Cold Youth’ is short but very much to the point; with songs that are carefully put together, a couple of catchy melodies and mostly gritty, harsh vocals. The music is sharp and heavy, with many groovy parts and lots of power. Instrumentally it’s technical and interesting, at least during the first half of the EP and some occasional “gang chanting” vocals are included.

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Album Review: Wolvserpent – Perigaea Antahkarana


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Release Date: September 17, 2013 Relapse Records

Tracks: 4

Length: 80 minutes, 2 CD’s

Genre:  Doom/drone/black/ambient

Previous releases: Debut album Blood Seed, 2010, Perigaea (1 hour long demo), 2012

Recommended for fans of: Wolves In The Throne Room, Locrian, Doom, drone, atmospheric black metal

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EP Review: Brutai – Brutai


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This should come with a warning-sticker that says “highly addictive music”.

A good friend of mine has been saying lots of positive things about the five tracks on this EP, and after a couple of spins I have to say he’s right. This is an impressive collection of groovy songs with a progressive and modern sound, which should appeal to fans of classic heavy metal just as much as it will to people that prefer newer styles. It’s slightly reminiscent of both Symphony X and Iced Earth, with heavy, hard-hitting music and melodic singing, but Brutai also mixes in elements of metalcore and progressive death metal, which gives a nice edgy feel to their songs.

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Album Reviews: Taketh – Ignorance Is Strength and Noumena – Death Walks With Me


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Taketh is a Swedish melodic death metal band and this is their second full length album. It contains ten tracks of typical sounding melo death, with growling vocals, melodic choruses and middle paced songs. The songs are well written and well performed and although the lyrics are a bit simple and too cliché, it still works out okay. After a couple of listens it gets a bit repetitive, both the music and the vocals don’t have much variation to them and some riffs seem a bit overused. I like the guitar solos and the more screamy, powerful vocals that appear at times. More of that and a little more diversity and maybe it could have been a more than average release. The last song is titled “Mind Numbing Crap” and makes me suspect the band isn’t overly serious about this release and when I hear it ends with someone saying “Oh well, shut up” in Swedish, I smile to myself and think my suspicions were probably right. But I hope Taketh are having fun when creating music, which is all that matters in the end!

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Album Review: Puscifer – All Re-Mixed Up


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“It’s extremely liberating in the digital age to approach composing and creating in this manner. 

Infinite paths to explore, reinterpret and re-present.” 

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Release Date: August 27, 2013 on Puscifer Entertainment

Tracks: 12

Length: 60 minutes

Genre:  Alternative, industrial rock, experimental, electronic

Previous releases:

Don’t Shoot The Messenger EP, 2009

“V” is for Vagina, 2007

“C “ is For (Please Insert Sophomoric Genitalia Reference Here) EP, 2009

Conditions of My Parole, 2011

Donkey Punch The Night EP, 2013 and three remix albums

Recommended for fans of:  Nine Inch Nails, Tool, A Perfect Circle, electronic music

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Album Review: Acacia – Tills Döden Skiljer Oss Åt


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Release Date: July 1, 2013 on Art of Propaganda Records

Tracks: 5

Length: 60 minutes

Genre:  Depressive black/doom metal with a slight post-rock feeling

Recommended for fans of:  Alcest, Leviathan, Evoken, Drudkh

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Album Reviews: Circsena – Circsena EP and In Silentio Noctis – Disenchant The Hypocrites


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Here’s something for fans of dark, melodic metal with folk music influences. Circsena is a two man band from Germany and this is their first EP, self-titled and self-released. The first thing I notice is the unusual male singing voice, it’s a kind of black metal-hissing and I can imagine that the listener will either love it or hate it.  I think it sounds good together with their blackened sound and catchy, melancholy melodies. Circsena creates memorable music that is easy to listen to and like, and even though it’s not the most complex of styles, it’s actually quite captivating. The songs are all mid-tempo with plenty of variation, addictive guitars and great flow. The nature-themed lyrics fits the music very well and the addition of a female guest vocalist on the third track really brings the song to life. This is only the first taste of what’s to come; there is a plan to release three albums that will all be a part of an epic fantasy story called “The Dryad Saga”.

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Album Review: Acherontas – Amenti


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Release Date: May 17, 2013 on W.T.C Productions

Tracks: 9

Length: 62 minutes

Genre:  Black Metal

Previous releases: Debut album Tat Tvam Asi 2007, Theosis 2010, Vamachara 2011

Recommended for fans of: Ritualistic and atmospheric black metal

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Album Review: Locrian – Return To Annihilation


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“Eternity in the midst of profound dusk, projected endlessly through this void

As a veil, as an aura, as an apparition, to awaken the world from its dream of itself”

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Release Date: June 25 2013 on Relapse Records

Tracks:  7

Length: 48 minutes

Genre: Post rock/Industrial/Black/Ambient

Previous releases: Debut full-length ‘Drenched Lands’ 2009, ‘Territories’ 2010, ‘The Crystal World’ 2010, ‘The Clearing & The Final Epoch’ 2012, ‘New Dominion’ 2012

Recommended for fans of:  Ambient, post rock, drone, industrial, experimental, atmospheric black metal

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Album Review: Gris – À l’âme Enflamée, l’äme Constélle


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Release Date: July 9, 2013

Tracks: 10

Length: 80 minutes, 2 discs

Genre: Atmospheric depressive black metal (with many acoustic parts)

Previous releases: Neurasthénie, 2006 (under the name Niflheim), Il Était Une Forêt…, 2007

Recommended for fans of:  Alcest, Agalloch, Sombres Forêts, Drudkh, Lantlôs, Forgotten Tomb

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