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Behemoth I Loved You at Your Darkest
I Loved You at Your Darkest is a natural follow up and progression from The Satanist and Behemoth have become more approachable than ever without sacrificing anything from their sound or image. Orchestral/symphonic elements are dialed back with Behemoth seeming to prefer choirs, whether they are children's or adults', as their new stylistic tool here. In all cases the choirs work well and ironically they might remind some people of going to church with the creepy atmosphere they dredge up when combined with the blackened death metal base music. The record is aggressive and dark but the major downside is a lot of songs follow a similar songwri
Haken Vector
Haken continue onward in their journey of progressive metal with their heaviest and most Djent influenced album to date. If you have listened to Haken before don't expect anything massively different besides the introduction of heavier riffs and Djent rhythms. If you have not listened to Haken expect synth tracks that approach but don't quite reach self parody, proggy technicality at every turn, great vocal melodies by Ross who sounds as strained and pitch corrected as ever and a level of prog wankery that is just below the limit before being annoying. Haken has gotten heavier here but in the end the short run time and the concept driven albu
A Forest of Stars Grave Mounds and Grave Mistakes
Black metal meets Victorian folk meets prog/avant metal meets a lead vocalist named Mister Curse who is sure to divide those who happen upon "Grave Mounds and Grave Mistakes". A Forest of Stars are a unique outfit with a sound that you will have a hard time finding elsewhere. Violins and cellos join synth elements book-ending a black metal base sound all in support of one of the more theatrical vocalists you will find in the black metal world. Mister Curse will not be everyone's cup of tea because he may come off as tortured genius artist to some and the kid who tried way to hard in English class to others. At times his shrieks really complim
Aurora Infections of A Different Kind - Step 1
A short but solid art pop album with chamber, folk and synthpop elements that starts off very approachable and poppy and eventually ends with more intimate, adventurous material. The album begins with Queendom and Forgotten love, the two most straightforward tracks on the record. These songs are good but feel a bit forced and made to attempt to garner appeal from larger audiences. After these two tracks, the album truly feels like it settles in and Aurora is at her best with It Happened Quiet and Churchyard, slower and more emotional songs. Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1) is one of those records where skimming each song it feels like
Urfaust The Constellatory Practice
Extremely ritualistic and repetitive atmospheric droning doom which finds great strength in having a massive and powerful sound but falls flat where only several of the riffs and moments are truly worth repeating to the nth (n= 20-100) time. Urfaust are unique. They mix a doom instrumental base with very spectral, priestly and operatic vocals to create a very spacey, occult and hypnotic atmosphere. Something you might expect to find in a fictitious cathedral or sounds you could honestly meditate to. One of the impressive things is they do this without any major use of guttural or shrieking vocals and very much doom metal production qualities.
Revocation The Outer Ones
Simply put, 'The Outer Ones' is a step up from Revocation's 2016 release 'Great is Our Sin' in terms of production but Revocation stay safe with familiar songwriting and riff generation. It is hard to refute the reviewer about Revocation "treading water" but at the same time they have such an infectious, aggressive and energetic style of thrashy technical death metal that treading water isn't bad. The energy and the harmonies in the guitar leads are the shining aspects of Revocation. In terms of style, there is no sea change between the last 3-4 Revocation full lengths but Davidson et. al. keep refining their tight style with more intricate l
Thirty Seconds to Mars America
Hard to put this alongside the truly offensive and terrible releases of 2018 like Otep and Ministry but it sure does come close because it is one of the most generic and boring records ever created. The beats and backing tracks sound like they were created in some sort of 2016-2018 pop beat generator and Leto's vocals are constantly pitch adjusted if not full blown autotuned. The worst part about that is the vocals would probably be just fine without the obvious alterations and lend some soul to this lifeless endeavor. The production matches what the vocals bring and it almost sounds shiny, a bit too much polish all around. Nothing offensivel

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