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Havukruunu Havulinnaan
Havukruunu had declared themselves as a promising epic black metal since the Usvakuningas EP, so the quality enveloped in their debut LP is wholeheartedly welcome, but hardly surprising; first half of the album takes no prisoners, whereas in the second, things get a bit repetitive. In terms of references to other bands, the spirit of Immortal and Primordial is ever present, always in the best of senses. Favourite track: Terhen. Stream/"name your price" download:
Rage Perfect Man
In search of their later, distinct identity, Rage give out a solid slab of speed/power metal, that falls short in terms of memorable songs. The exception that justifies the rule is "Don't Fear The Winter", a song that's survived in the band's live sets up to this day.
Immorgon And Thus We Raid
Immorgon from Spain, have made quite a solid start regarding their take on melodic death/Viking metal. The arrangements are closely following the constants of the genre, the production is good, but the melodies expressed by the guitar leads, lack the spark that will make the songs more memorable. Stream:
Unjustly Labeled Beholder
On their third album, Unjustly Labeled deliver a drone-y industrial metal hybrid that sounds like it was made from the worst nightmares... Dystopic synths, relentless rhythm section, and bleak vocals/lyrics make for an album that's worth the time and effort to sink in it. Favourite track: Divine Beholder. Stream/"name your price" download:
Diviner Fallen Empires
As Manos wrote in his review, the entire Greek metal scene lives and breathes for classic metal, hence the release of albums such as this is hardly surprising; stylistically, Diviner lie in between Iced Earth, and Judas Priest. Guitars are pointy and heavy, vocals are wailing most of the time, whereas the rhythm section has this reinvigorating thrashy feel that classic metal needs nowadays. The album is streaming at Spotify.
Neurotech Evasive
Neurotech have infused a good deal of melancholy in a sub-genre of dance music (trance) that was designed to induce the quite opposite spectrum of sentiments; Along with the soothing ambience and the discrete, yet ever present industrial touch, Evasive comes as one of the few, really interesting proposals for electronic music anno 2015. Favourite track: there's a handful of them but the melancholy of "The Resurface" always gets to me. Stream/"name your price" download:
Tau Cross Tau Cross
A collaboration between members of more (Amebix, Voivod) and lesser known (Misery and War//Plague) heavy/punk rock/metal outfits, the self-titled Tau Cross album does keep the appearances; Unfortunately, that's all there is to it, as beyond a certain point, songs sound same-y... Stream:

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