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Iotunn The Wizard Falls
Last year it was Trial from Sweden, this year's Denmark's turn in delivering a truly captivating piece of adventurous heavy metal to mankind... Iotunn are killing it in every way possible, be it in terms of the behemoth sound production (courtesy of Flemming Rasmussen!!!), or the arrangements in which all ends of metal have been masterfully converged. Don't let this EP slip through the cracks!!! Favourite song: Frost. Stream:
Paradox Pangea
Pangea holds no surprises regarding Paradox's trademark style, but judging from a handful of superb tracks bound to stick with fans for years to come, the rest of the album stands lower with respect to classic material and material found in previous efforts. On the other hand, the loud but digital production does not fully favor the album, with the vocals struggling to stand in between the rest of the instrumentation. Favorite tracks: Ballot or Bullet, Manhunt, Pangea, Alien Godz.
Flotsam and Jetsam Flotsam and Jetsam
Excluding The Cold, Flotsam and Jetsam erase 20 years of mediocrity, with an album firmly rooted in '80s thrash and classic metal (no wonder why they are still warmly heralded in old school metal lairs such as Greece, namely their 2015 live concert in Athens). The current line-up shreds instrumentally, whereas Erik AK's vocals are still distinguishable from a light year away. Album could have been a true rival to the band's classic stuff, should its sound was livelier, more raw. Favorite track(s): Seventh Seal, Iron Maiden.
Red Spektor Red Spektor
Red Spektor pick up from where the EP ended, as they give in to the teachings of Jimi Hendrix, among a few other vintage/blues rock behemoths. The album sounds cool in its dedicated minimalism, as these Englishmen are particularly persistent in their adopted riffs and tempos per songs. What's more, the sound is on par with the above description, as it stresses down the already restrained stoner elements in favor of a more vintage tone. Favorite song: Before the Sunrise. Stream:
Virus (NO) Memento Collider
Virus leave behind the moot point the previous album was, and allow their music to catch some serious rock breathers. The distortion in the guitars (and the metal elements altogether) is completely gone, giving more space to the weird guitar melodies and the expertly arranged rhythm section. To that end, Plenum's recurring/off-beat bass lines in "Steamer" will get you in tune with Ved Buens Ende's dissonant vibes, whereas the rather unexpected solo in "Gravity Seeker" is courtesy of Dan Mongrain from Voivod! Favorite song(s): the whole album, pretty much. Stream:
Insane Vesper Layil
If Layil is a hint to anything other than traditional (epic at times) black metal, it's that mid-to-late '90s era, right before the undertaking of some serious attempts towards the genre's expansion. Insane Vesper are not as innovative as some of their French or Norwegian counterparts, but the fairly adventurous arrangements, along with the "bitter" melodies and sound, have a really good replay value. Favorite track: Blood of the Moon. Stream: puregrainaudio.com/audio/insane-vesper-bring-forth-some-booming-black-metal-with-layil-album-stream-exclusive-premiere
Blaakyum Line of Fear
On their sophomore album, Lebanese natives Blaakyum seemlessly/progressively blend thrash with oriental melodies and arrangements, and while the end result does not have the impact of relevant works from the region (Melechess and Orphaned Land come to mind, with all analogies accounted for), Line of Fear is certainly an album of merit, also due to its excellent sound. If only the vocals were not over the top all the time... The album is streaming at play.spotify.com.

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