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Hessian (USA-ME) Bachelor of Black Arts
On their debut album, Hessian deliver an energetic, old fashioned, boogie hard rocking metal which extends to doom rock and progressive rock. The arrangements are tight and maze-like on occasion, the entertainingly eccentric male vocals blend nicely with coarse/shouting female ones, while the sound production fully endorses the adopted style of music. For fans of first period Judas Priest, Slough Feg, Christian Mistress, Thin Lizzy, Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats and so on.
Cosm (USA-MN) Pluto
This EP consists of 18 minutes of mind numbing drone, in case someone's not entirely happy with the static from his/her radio...
Outcast (AUS) Outcast (demo)
The excellent, old fashioned cover of the demo EP perfectly sets the mood for the old school heavy metal that these Melbourne based Aussies endorse. Nothing new under the sun (in the vein of Slough Feg, Hellion, Iron Maiden with Di Anno and so on), but Outcast sound incredibly tight and passionate, hence the lack of originality can be largely disregarded.

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Khonsu Traveller
This awesome EP will really work for all those (yours truly included) who yearn for the return of industrial metal behemoths such as Norway's Red Harvest. See, in Traveller Khonsu (also from Norway, featuring members of Keep of Kalessin) deliver some frenetic/technical death/black - think of Red Harvest, Thorns, later era Mayhem etc - metal combined with inventive and dystopic electronic music patterns. Contrary to tracks 2-4, the album opener/closer revolves exclusively around the said patterns, which are properly sustained by the excellent sound production. The awesome cover to Bjork's "Army of One" may be the highlight of the EP,
Hypnos (SWE) The Mountain
Despite the fact that this is merely a two-song single (the rating is low only because the songs are clocking at 8 minutes in total), Sweden's Hypnos show remarkable skill at freshly reproducing that late '70s, old fashioned heavy rock, that was introduced by Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy and their peers. Really looking forward for their self-titled debut, which is expected to be out later this September.
Bolzer Soma
Bolzer build on the acclaimed merit of the Aura EP with two tracks of groovy, transcendental and mazed death metal that clock at almost 20 minutes of time. Although the element of surprise is absent and Soma merely picks up from where Aura ended, band is still far saturation and sets the bar higher for a future full length album, although the string of EPs has worked well so far.
Decibel Enigma
The sophomore Decibel album comes as the the natural continuation of the debut and unfortunately, that doesn't say much, as Decibel need a lot of work so as to produce better music in the future. Nominally, the band stays focused on the hypnotic/drone doom rhythms, but there's nothing here that could grant the album repeated hearings.

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  • Metalstyles Haven't listened to Red Harvest in quite a while. Not gonna make any promises that I'll change that soon either haha. I'm trying to get on board with this year's stuff first. My summer went by mainly by me listening to stuff I'd already grown fond of.
    September 15 12:10 PM
  • Metalstyles They're not as atmospheric as Red Harvest, but instrumentally there are some similarities for sure.
    September 15 10:55 AM
  • Metalstyles So Khonsu is pretty cool on first listen. Needs a few more to really absorb, but the fist playthrough was promising!
    September 15 08:51 AM
  • Willie Check the review request area in five minutes.
    September 13 10:07 PM
  • Willie I could give you the whole album if you had just asked. Want it?
    September 13 09:53 PM

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