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Pink Cream 69 Headstrong
Pink Cream 69 have always been known for their especially catchy, top tier hard rocking metal, and surprise surprise, that's what their new album brings for the n-th time on the table. Germans will not reinvent their genre on their 12th album, but Headstrong sounds fresh in terms of the warm/wailing vocals floating over a gritty rhythm section and excellently tracked, pointy and optimally heavy guitars. Favorite track: Walls Come Done.
Savage Messiah Hands of Fate
Last (and only) personally checked instance of this band was Plague of Conscience in which these Englishmen were fairly interesting, while exerting the power/thrash practice. Judging only from the reviews of the follow-up album, The Fateful Dark elaborated further up the same alley, which makes the complete turn in style herein, all the more unexpected. Utter musical makeover is not a bad thing per se, as long as the music is worth it, which is marginally the case here. Savage Garden have blatantly adopted a more commercial "arena" metal/rock, shedding almost all their traits developped in the past. The sole irony here is th
An Erotic End of Times Chapter One
An Erotic End of Times have kickstarted their course with an album that could be easily dubbed "a soundtrack for the impending apocalypse". Equal parts gothic and metal (with specs of industrial), album's critical distinctions lie in the genre-optimal, agitating vocals, the ever fresh reenactment of all goth metal cliches, the razor-cut lyrics ("No Rights" chorus!!!), and the elaborate placement of famous samples from J. Robert Oppenheimer (on album opener "I am Become Death"), JFK etc. Favorite tracks: No Rights, Love is the End. Stream:
Converge The Dusk in Us
To describe The Dusk in Us in a nutshell, is to say that it is basically a by-the-numbers permutation of every summit Converge have conquered in past albums (You Fail Me, Axe to Fall, Jane Doe) augmented by their innate affiliation to the Black Sabbath of extreme metal, Slayer. On a lyrical level, Converge revisit the strife of those who must make ends meet in an ever perplexing set of harsh environments. Favorite tracks: Under Duress, The Dusk in Us, Thousands of Miles Between Us. Stream:
Codedecoded Vorace
Greek-Athenians Codedecoded have crafted a tech death metal alloy which deters stillborn blast beats, foully convoluted arrangements, and plastic sound in favor of chugging guitars, mid-to-fast tempos and crushing grooves. Favorite tracks: Martyr, 187. Stream:
Butcher Babies Lilith
Album sounds like it was recorded overnight by a band that can't (?) or won?t (?) run the extra mile in terms of arrangements, sound, content etc.
Night Viper Exterminator
On their sophomore album, Night Viper are fairly convincing in their enactment of speed metal alloyed with early '80s/NWOBHM traits. The album flows nicely, albeit in the absence of standout stances. Stream:

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  • Jethro42 Never heard of Agusa before. Great folk rock album with a big Celtic accent brought in by the flute. And I always like it when the flute takes the lead. Thanks for showing me these guys, my friend.
    November 7 08:09 PM
  • Friday13th No, the one before that With Garolou and Fiori (two Canadian prog folk bands): http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?memberid=732569
    October 28 12:46 PM
  • Friday13th So if you listen to the albums and vote then you'll chose the winner.
    October 28 10:04 AM
  • Friday13th We just voted on match 6 (M6-see above in my lists) by listening to two albums and voting our favorite, but 8 voted for the first album and voted for the second. So we're stuck!
    October 28 09:43 AM
  • Friday13th Hey man, if you like Canadian prog folk and have time to help us out, we need someone to jam M6 of our prog tourney and break the 8-8 tie. Would appreciate it!
    October 28 09:29 AM

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