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Paradise Lost Medusa
The Plague Within was diverse, perhaps too diverse for its own good in the long run, which may explain the Yorkshire natives' decision to answer to the pun intended by the track "Beneath Broken Earth", and expand its early '90s death/doom throwback for the needs of a whole album. Medusa lives and breathes through the minimalism echoed by the pioneering death/doom metal outfits (old My Dying Bride EPs come to mind), whereas Mackintosh's deliberations with (now defunct) Vallenfyre have infiltrated Paradise Lost anno 2017, in terms of riffs and sound. Still, the bare bones approach, while it appears to work for the album as a w
Kassad Faces Turn Away
Every new addition in the black metal circuit set by Thorns and Dodheimsgard in the late '90s is more than welcome, especially considering the scant quantitative yield of such bands in following years. In that respect, the one-man project of Kassad encompasses the style's ambience, intensity and (industrial) coldness, with a great margin for improvement in future releases. It's really no wonder the record's prospect lured independent label Hypnotic Dirge Records to commission a July 2017 re-release. Favorite tracks: Shame, Broken. Stream/"name your price" download:
Argus (USA-PA) From Fields Of Fire
Four years past their previous emergence, Argus declare anew their impetus towards classic metal, by means of firm arrangements and Balich's vocals that never dissappoint. The heavy/doom metal hybrid of Boldly Stride The Doomed, is even more abated relative to Beyond The Martyrs, with scarce passages (in numbers and intensity) having an intermittent role regarding the old school metal galloping. The album's inclination towards the aforementioned style, makes it a solid punch; however, major standout sites are excluded, save for the power/doom ballad complex "No Right To Grieve/From the Fields of Fire". Favorite tracks: No Ri
Mordatorium Obsessed with Death
This Chicago based band is so deeply into early '90s European death metal, they've been cutting their own music for four albums in a row, and although they won't reshape the genre's sound any time soon, they do a solid job at emulating it. That said, the technicalities of their sound is far from optimized - drums sound "buried", probably the band's intention all along - but the guitar tone of the riffs is one of the best encountered in the genre of late, to the point where that attribute alone contents for the album's replay value. Favorite track: Rampage. Stream:
Hell Fire Metal Masses
Californians Hell Fire draw a solid orbit around the NWOBHM/early '80s speed/thrash metal epicenter, as they are really good players; yet their arrangements lack those seemingly insignificant details that will grant them the desired memorability. The sound production isn't helping much either, namely by burying the vocals for the benefit of every other instrument. Stream:
Acrimonious Eleven Dragons
Terminating 5 years of silence, Acrimonious have returned with an album that can be described as both a completion of the half-finished experimentations introduced in Sunyata, and an expansion of the debut album, in which cleverly composed melancholic second wave black metal was blended with discrete death metal elements. This is easily among the best albums to come out this year from the Hellenic black metal scene. Favourite tracks: Satariel's Grail, Incineration Initiator, Elder of the Nashiym, Litany of Moloch's Feast. Stream:

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  • Jethro42 Bingo, Voivod! Your first link works very well! Thank you very much! :)
    September 18 10:52 AM
  • Jethro42 Hello sir, it's me again. I was wondering if you were good at finding streamings (I think so). I'm trying to find ''Ingranaggi Della Valle - Warm Spaced Blue'' With no success. Spotify only offers half of the album. I thank you in advance for your help! Have a nice Sunday!
    September 17 12:40 PM
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  • Tomstein Well good news is I got Pry up. Bad news is all the other attempts where it didn't load went up as well. I rated one of them and listed their genres and put in the similar bands. Sorry about this I didn't know this was going to happen. It's one of the Pry (Serbia).
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