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Socioclast Socioclast
A concoction of musicians from the greater San Jose extreme metal circuit, Socioclast have a convincing inclination towards grindcore/death metal with a fair load of sludge/doom sound- and song structure-wise. Save for the album closer, the time length of all songs lies well below the two minute mark, however Socioclast seems incapable of escaping the trap of repetitiveness, although the whole thing warrants an appreciable replay value. Favorite song: Eden's Tongue. Stream:
Tantivy Eyes in the Night
Despite being short in length and noticeably repetitive, Tantivy's starting EP is an appreciable start, with its warm sound and replenishable energy upon every listening session. Stream:
Vicious Rumors Celebration Decay
No matter what lineup Thorpe assembles in each release, Vicious Rumors are always dependable at the very least. That said, Celebration Decay presents itself as more balanced than its predecessor, although it's bound to reside in the shadow of the band's summits, since the song writing does not tread on any of the known boundaries. Thorpe's leads are in terrific shape! Favorite track: Cold Blooded. Stream:
This Is Nowhere Grim Pop
Pandrador Ov Rituals, ov Ancestors, ov Destiny
With Organic Hallunocinosis, Decapitated were about to make a big wave in death metal... However, it seems that even their "reduced" form documented during the last three albums, was adequate to start spawning its own breed, judging from Pandrador's debut LP. Decapitated's compatriots further slipstream US death metal, the mechanistic look and feel of Meshuggah, huge sound work and Scandinavian mythology lyrical themes throughout, to deliver a modern extreme metal release of notable replay value. Favorite track: Miklagardr. Stream:
Heathen Empire of the Blind
Adult oriented thrash metal from a band absolutely no one expected to do so; Empire of the Blind sounds like an auditory teleportation to the early '90s, when thrash was becoming obsolete and outfits of the sort, simplified their sound in order to survive. What's bewildering is that in a handful of sites, Heathen prove that they can still sound like the Heathen every tech thrasher knows and appreciates, and even though sound work rips, their distancing from tech thrash feels almost blatant... Tracks that stand out: Empire of the Blind, Sun In My Hand. Stream:
The Vintage Caravan The Vintage Caravan
Ever since these Icelanders deservedly took their place in the international vintage rock scene with Voyage, I wanted to check on their namesake debut not just for the sake of completion, but also because apparently some A&R somewhere checked this album first before brokering the band to the labels. It turns out, The Vintage Caravan is indeed more than a humble band start, as these guys have the requisite swagger to make the legacy they touch upon, sound as if it was their own alone. Stream:

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  • Essence When you do, I'd be curious to hear what you think overall, I totally forgot they were around until I saw it under new releases. Can't say I am feeling particularly positive about it. The new singer doesn't fit their sound as well as the old one did in my opinion
    March 2 01:05 AM
  • Essence you catch that new Iotunn? what you think?
    March 1 12:30 AM
  • SkapalPes Heloo mister Voivod. I try to add something of our scene to your site. I am not good enough in english to write full reviews.I would like u to invite to new fb page page about Czechoslovakia metal scene 90-94. u r welcome.https://www.facebook.com/groups/128401019088310
    February 22 07:04 AM
  • Jom Your hypothesis was correct -- the artist tag in a news article would change automatically if the artist name changes. My guess is that it is because each artist page is connected to a numerical tag (which stays constant). Cheers!
    January 10 05:02 AM
  • Sabrutin Hey man, hope your 2021 started well. The art looks nice, I'll save the album.
    January 9 06:22 PM

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