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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
Distillator Revolutionary Cells
Good Euro thrash metal just keeps on flowing! While these Dutch folks don't strive for a truly genuine sound, they balance things with their top notch, raging instrumental performance, perfect sound, and an adequately diverse handful of songs. Band has been officially placed in the lookout. You can stream the album at play.spotify.com
3.7
08.15.15

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  • rockandmetaljunkie Ok Johny, kala ekanes k to kleises.
    August 28 01:31 PM
  • PortalofPerfection Gave it one somewhat casual listen. Pretty tight. Nice and aggressive, great vocals. Nothing's really grabbing me though. Not feeling the short song times.
    August 25 10:58 PM
  • rockandmetaljunkie Kalhspera Gianno, pws eisai file ? exeis FB ?
    August 25 06:57 PM
  • PortalofPerfection Honestly, most of the really good stuff is obscure unfortunately lol.
    August 21 11:45 PM
  • PortalofPerfection Hey man, nice find with Divahar, I love it! It's like progressive melodic gothic black metal. Seems like it should be a mess but it's SWEET.
    August 20 07:34 PM

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