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Theory In Practice Evolving Transhumanism
The Swedish masters of tech/progressive death metal have returned with a blast! With all analogies accounted for, music is highly reminiscent of bands like Mekong Delta; after all, guitarist Peter Lake recorded Lurking Fear with the German tech thrash masters. Favorite song: The Amendment Of Germplasm. Stream:
Brutal Unrest Trinitas
Brutal Unrest's old school death metal is solid, both in terms of arrangements and sound; that said, the album's replay value depends on the degree of fan-die-hardness regarding the said genre. Favourite song: Direktive 7. Stream:
Cypecore Take the Consequence
Cypecore's sophomore album balances promisingly but clumsingly between melodeath and industrial metal, without being able to make a lasting impression. That said, the sound and overall packaging are definitely professional level.
Suicidal Angels Division Of Blood
Suicidal Angels rise above with an album that brings back the urgency the band (and thrash metal in general) is renowned for. The said trait has adequately spiced up the arrangements, which would deem the album insufferably one-dimensional, otherwise. The excellent guitar leads of Gus Drax (Sunburst), take the songs on a higher level; however, an unbridgeable gap between him and the rest of the band in terms of musicianship, becomes imminently evident. Let's hope that the presence of Gus, will push the others to become more involved with their instruments and in turn, with their song writing.
Magnus Pelander Time
Since long, Magnus Pelander has been known for his idiorrythmic disposition towards art, and - surprise surprise! - his debut solo album manages to get that across. Nominally,Time is "an acoustic album", with an atmosphere that ensues calmness and self-reflection. The instrumental backbone consists of an acoustic guitar, sporadically accompanied by violin, harmonica, the flute and minimal percussion; the album's peculiarity though, lies in Pelander's falsetto-and-an-acquired-taste vocals, which act as if they are rivalling the melodies upon whom they were supposed to tread.
The Doomsday Kingdom Never Machine
I love Candlemass, Leif Edling is a keynote figure for metal, the EP is expectedly solid, but recycling of the trademark, yet same ol', same ol' recipe herein, transmits a mere fraction of the grandeur evidenced in past releases.
Nordic Unio n Nordic Union
As far as melodic/shredding metal goes, label owners have been particularly prolific in building line-ups around guitar shredders or setting up collaborations between prospective artists signed in the same label. Nordic Union is boss of Frontiers Records bringing together Ronnie Atkins of Pretty Maids fame, and up and coming songwriter/producer Erik Martensson (Eclipse (SWE)). The result couldn't be anything other than a great album of modern hard rocking metal, albeit it does not amount more than the sum of its parts.

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  • Sabrutin Merry Christmas, have some metal holidays!
    December 25 08:54 AM
  • Jethro42 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Voivod! Best Wishes!
    December 23 12:16 PM
  • Sabrutin Yet another video from Riot, this time it's for "Bring the Hammer Down". Looking at their Facebook page I noticed a post that seems to imply a new album coming in 2017, with a few song titles as a teaser! Those titles are "Victory", "Heart of a Lion" and "Caught in the Witches Eye"
    December 20 04:04 PM
  • Willie Let me get a link on the review request thread.
    December 20 10:37 AM
  • Sniff It is from the new Murg I see. Cool. It could also be The Masters Journey through Darkness depending on context. But I think the first one is more correct here.
    December 17 05:31 AM

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