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Fortress of Primal Grace
This band is from Indonesia!? FoPG is packed with epic European folk melodies floating on top of a blackened base that sounds more like a northern woodland than a tropical rain forest. One of the songs even had pagan chanting. The progressive songwriting is also wonderfully executed. The songs ebb and flow with seamless transitions and tasteful variations in intensity. Finally, the raw production grants this album a bit of a youthful innocence and excitement.
This is basically the live Eastern European version of Roots. The metal on its own isn't particularly unique, but when paired with the Romanian folk music of the Ansamblul Transilvania, the album is imbibed with a unique and outrageously fun character for all 20 tracks. Additionally, the producer manages to capture an energy that has been absent from live albums for decades.
Cobra Speed Venom
Viscous death-thrash with excellent riffs and earworm melodies. Impressively, this sounds 100% 80's influenced without sounding like a complete rehash of old ideas. It also is holding the title for Gym AOTY.
Tribulation perfects the sound they discovered on CotN by crafting catchier and tighter (i.e. shorter) songs without losing any of their trademark haunting atmosphere.
A Complex of Cages
Sad, doomy, proggy, and melodic with one of the best vocalists in metal (and in the Faroe Islands) right now.
Listen to Act V. Decidedly less happy. And better.
February 15 02:28 PM
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