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Psychotic Waltz The God-Shaped Void
When Psychotic Waltz announced the release of a new album around 2014, few longtime fans really believed the San Diego bunch would actually deliver, let alone make an album that could stand next to their triumphs of old. The disbelief persisted even when the band was signed to InsideOut. With The God-Shaped Void, Psychotic Waltz dwarfed mountains, them being: the rust that comes with a 20-plus-year hiatus; the ultra-slow production of new music, in the interim of real life duties and Devon Graves having moved to Europe since the beginning of the Deadsoul Tribe era; last but not least, validation of the pledge that the growing effect
Parkcrest Hallucinative Minds
Peculiarly named Chilean thrash metal act Parkcrest, start their course with a solid slab of South American thrash metal, rough on both the bulk and the edges as far as sound work goes, but full of promise in terms of individual instrumental proficiency, and the ability to produce interesting/powerful thrash. That said, vocals could use some more fine tuning with the music, while retaining their much desired rawness, while the lead/rhythm guitar ratio is far from balanced. Favorite track: New Plague. Stream:
Minuit Machine Infrarouge
The Devil's Rejects Blood Feast
Despite being a debut album, Blood Feast is a proficient release in technical terms (sound work, album art etc.). However, there's little to remember from the album overall, and the only culprit is the song writing, namely the lack of variety in guitar riffs and tempos song/album-wise. In releases to come, The Devil's Rejects should compell themselves to become more inventive, resourceful and observant per the elements and mood they want to incorporate, when they compose music. Stream:
Worthless (USA-NJ) Dark Expressionism
If Dark Expressionism is reminiscent of anything, that's Opeth's My Arms, Your Hearse. The reason is that quite few of the riffs can be played with an acoustic guitar, on par with the short-lived interludes situated in between full-time, quite extended cuts. That said, Worthless' sophomore album is anything but a blatant ripoff of Opeth's magnum opus, due to the ferocity and melancholy pronounced herein by the relentless/various tempo black metal character, the fitting sound work (Arthur Rizk was involved, among others), and the genuine anguish propagated by the vocals, which brought in mind Sun of Nothing and their most rec
Nipenthis Scourge of the Stars
Before anything, significant reference is due to the superb sound work especially for such an underground outfit. Tremendous depth has been bestowed to all instruments, while no discount is evident regarding the coarse grained demeanor of a great second wave/atmospheric black that the album strives for. Scourge of the Stars has a bit of post metal under the hood as well, sagely concealed mostly within the rhythm section, and less in the guitars, which have taken their fair bit from the Thorns demos. What restrains the album's overall merit, is that the song structures tend to sound more and more similar towards the end. Stream:
Annihilator Ballistic, Sadistic
Jeff Waters has recently said that his lead guitar shredding merely consists of speeding/"thrashing" the legacy of Angus Young. While the veracity of the aforementioned statement can be debatable (boogie rock and power/thrash metal are two different genres), fewer and fewer fans can object the fact that the last few Annihilator albums follow the same norm with minimal changes, analogous to how little the Aussies shifted in their career in terms of song writing, even during their critically acclaimed era. Ballistic, Sadistic is no exception, however it blatantly borders, and eventually treads on "adult oriented thrash" territory, with

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