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Firewind Immortals
Judging the album per se, it can be safely said that Immortals reverberates every euro-power metal cliche ever devised. This holds despite the fact that in principle, the album's epic concept about the Spartans' fateful battle against Persia in Thermopylae, would spark a more inspired approach, songwriting-wise. Be that as it may, Immortals packs a more solid punch than its direct predecessor. Sound is somewhat grittier, with a good song-to-song flow, that's not affected by Firewind's chronic traveling through the motions.
Carla Bruni French Touch
This is marginally adequate even for elevator/restaurant/waiting room music standards... Except for the fact that Bruni is French, it's difficult to grasp any other "French Touch" in the covers of this compilation, which consists of bare bones arrangements and Bruni's humming that barely passes for acceptable vocal performance.
Resurgency No Worlds... Nor Gods Beyond
Resurgency have returned after five years of absence, with an album that carefully refines the pledge made by its predecessor; blast-beat death metal is still the prevailing norm, but it is somewhat more elaborate, at least in some tunes. In addition, the atmospheric lead guitars, a trait that was largely missing from False Enlightenment] are steadily off-beat with respect to the relentless pounding, offering a welcome layer of abstraction. Favorite track: Thresholds Of Infinite Pain. Stream:
Bloodbound War of Dragons
Great sympho-power for listening to at a venue with friends and spirits, but the bar is considerably lowered when it comes to domestic listens or the album's life span.
Shrapnel (UK) Raised on Decay
Shrapnel have somewhat rounded the edges of the angry, coarse-grained yet cerebral thrash in The Virus Conspires; a lower-end sound texture has been adopted, while the perceivably more linear patterns arrangement-wise, also flirt with heavy/speed metal this time around. However, Shrapnel's stark impact remains almost intact, as their previous album detracts mere bits of merit from the new one.
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:

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  • Evokaphile That Urarv album has me intrigued m8. Sweet dig
    October 9 11:58 AM
  • Xenophanes Will check! Thanks for the rec, they?re always welcome :)
    October 4 08:50 PM
  • tempest-- "evocative" hahaha I love you man. I wrote that comment when I saw about their new album, but before I had heard it. Now that I have listened it probably does not need a write up :)
    October 4 01:19 PM
  • manosg Ti eipes tora? Den to eixa parei xamparei oti oi trellares evgalan neo disko, tha ton tsekaro parauta! Entometaksi to ntempouto ton Lykantropi einai para poly kalo, eprepe na to perimeno pos tha exeis afisei idi soundoff :)
    October 2 07:09 AM
  • insomniac15 Yeah and probably in mid-November we'll have to make the year-end list lol. I hope by November there will be less records coming out each week so that I can catch up with the last couple of months. I saw the new Kauan gets rave reviews, I am curious.
    October 2 05:24 AM

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