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Teuras III
As this is a first contact with Teuras, yours truly is not aware in the slightest regarding the past musical whereabouts of this Finnish outfit; what's for certain though, is that III makes enough of a dent to spur a rightful curiosity for their past works. The nominal style herein is fuzzy-sounding black metal, but it diverts to relatively and/or totally unexpected ends, namely to the early '90s (Thorns demo tapes!!), post/black metal ("Snowing Blood"), and vintage/heavy rock (the odd time signature shift in "A Century of Dusk" will catch you off guard!). These Finnish lads have definitely something in them, so here's to hoping that
3.5
07.15.18
Madder Mortem Red In Tooth And Claw
Madder Mortem's sound, this eclectic mixture of metal groove with non-metal influences was sorely missed during the band's prolonged absence. Ergo, their comeback album was warmly heralded two years ago, because it proves the band has maintained its relevancy, even though Red in Tooth and Claw stands in the shadow of its more accomplished predecessors. Favorite tracks: Fallow Season, Returning to the End of the World. Stream:
http://maddermortem.bandcamp.com/album/red-in-tooth-and-claw
3.5
07.13.18
Candlemass House Of Doom
Formulaic to the bone, band needs to become a band or (finally) let it go...
2.5
07.11.18
Nigredo Flesh Torn - Spirit Pierced
Nigredo's debut album had been imminent for some time now, but judging from the EP, there was little doubt regarding the quality of its successor. Flesh Torn - Spirit Pierced delivers exactly what the words insinuate, and that is frantic, relentless black/thrash metal with a well concealed "late '90s", tech metal aura . Arrangements have been brought to sonic life with unfathomable ferocity, be it Maelstrom's precise, but frantic, "all over the place" drumming, and the enhanced fuzziness of A.'s acute riffs and vocals. The only complaint is that songs tend to blend towards the end, in terms of structure. Favorite track: Ten Repellent
3.7
07.11.18
Immortal Northern Chaos Gods
Immortal return with a blistering black metal album, adorned with old school heavy/speed metal elements, which make for some faint standouts here and there. As for the question if Northern Chaos Gods is better than the namesake Abbath album, the tally is as follows: Immortal vs Abbath = tie ;-D. Favorite tracks: Call to Ice, Northern Chaos Gods.
3.5
07.03.18
Tad Morose Chapter X
Tad Morose's 9th album Chapter X, is the closest the band has been to Central European power metal since Matters of the Dark; unlike the aforementioned predecessor though (a hidden gem for the genre), the new album suffers from the notable lack of standout songs. The thrashier moments are not completely wiped out, but they are sort of pushed in the corner, in terms of production sound and arrangements (which go through the motions, with regard to the previous two albums). Be that as it may, the album is enjoyable both in its own right, and in comparison to the few really good Europower metal releases that have seen the light
3.2
07.02.18
Malady (FIN) Toinen Toista
Malady’s talent in crafting idiosyncratic, essential progressive rock was already evident from their debut, ergo the quality of their sophomore affair is not surprising at all; the main takeaway herein, is the band's enhanced ability in welding seemingly different moods and tunes, into cohesive, sovereign pieces of music. Personal complaint; some musical segments have a strong, yet hardly explored, potential for inducing sinister sentiments to the listener (for example, the introduction in “Etsijan Elinehto”). An elaborate development of these segments could be a perfect fit to the vocals (sung in the band’s mother tongue), which can
3.8
06.28.18

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  • DarkNoctus so so good! the whole album is streaming on their youtube page if you weren't aware: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXR9LoQ-_O0
    July 6 09:04 AM
  • Doctuses Question..how in the world do you have that many album/band edits??
    June 14 09:03 PM
  • Dmax28 Hey, I saw you liked the first Unbirth album. Well the long awaited second album has been released and I'd have to saw it's an improvement in every way. Great brutal death metal. Check it.
    June 14 06:59 PM
  • JAV You may like thishttps://llnn.bandcamp.com/album/deads-2
    May 30 11:50 PM
  • pypypymble the date is 25.05 btw
    May 26 01:58 PM

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