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Seeming Emptiness Conversion
Even though Conversion is their debut album, Seeming Emptiness from Germany showcase a keen ability in blending the aesthetics of ambient, post and doom metal. The result is an album that's worth the effort, also because Katatonia's shift in style evidenced in Discouraged Ones, has received here a really welcome rendition. Favourite track: Apparently Forlorn. Stream:
http://seemingemptiness.bandcamp.com/
3.6
08.31.15
Brannthorde Auf Teufel Komm Raus
For those who witnessed the migration of Norwegian black metal towards more clinical/aggressive/industrial paths in the late '90s, Brannthorde's debut will turn out to be a great trip down memory lane. There are some post and doom metal passages here and there, but the album as a whole, comes rather short in carving a truly distinct mark. Band needs to shuffle the cards more on the follow-up record. Favourite song: Dunkles Grün. Stream/name your price download:
http://brannthorde.bandcamp.com/album/auf-teufel-komm-raus
3.6
08.29.15
Act of Defiance Birth and the Burial
If anything, Birth and the Burial is a solid heavy/thrash metal album, but it falls a bit short as a whole; The hards vocals are excellent, but the melodic ones need to become stronger and more colorful in future releases; the arrangements themselves are merely holding their own weight, whereas the production could be a bit "louder". On the other hand, Broderick's lead guitars are on fire, whereas the band's urge in making a great album, is keeping the latter (and the band) afloat. Favourite track: Throwback. Stream:
http://www.metalblade.com/actofdefiance/
3.3
08.22.15
Spectral Lore Voyager
As the man behind Spectral Lore aptly puts it, prior to the release of the next Spectral Lore album, the band will give way to experimentations with music genres tangential to black metal. As such, the Voyager "EP" (clocking at 40+ minutes) is a solid ambient/electronic fest, almost on par with soundtracks like the Interstellar OST or the relevant Pink Floyd endeavours in Dark Side of the Moon. While it's not particularly memorable, it's a soothing experience as a whole. Favourite track: Destination (Arrival & Terraforming). Stream:
http://spectrallore.bandcam
3.5
08.22.15
Shape of Despair Monotony Fields
I'm not sure if funeral doom has been designed to drive genre enthusiasts along memory lane by default, but albums like Monotony Fields are nothing but positive catalysts to the process; Through their recurring, majestic and drone-y arrangements, Shape of Despair may allow intronauting (sic) towards the lowermost layers of memory, only to re-emerge to the surface, relieved and a bit wiser... Favourite song: Monotony Fields. Stream:
http://shapeofdespair.bandcamp.com/album/monotony-fields-2
3.8
08.22.15
Anal Arcade The Temple Of Madness
It's albums like this that give grindcore a bad name; avoid this at no cost. Stream:
http://ecuadorpornogrinders.bandcamp.com/album/the-temple-of-madness
2.0
08.20.15
Absolutus Pugnare In Iis Quae Obtinere Non Possis
Absolutus come from Belgium and nominally, their sophomore album files under avant-garde black metal-meets-ambient/industrial/noise; While these terms sound appealing on paper and on first few listening sessions, the album sort of fails in making a lasting impression; The ambient/noise elements aren't put into context with black metal, whereas the arrangements are not particularly provocative either. Still, the album is worth the occasional listens. Stream:
http://absolutus.bandcamp.com/album/pugnare-in-iis-quae-obtinere-non-possis
3.2
08.17.15

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