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BELL WITCH – Mirror Reaper

Formed in 2010 from my hometown in Seattle, Washington, Bell Witch are a funeral doom metal band who’s been highly remarkable and been classified as one of the important bands to come out in the genre. Mirror Reaper is the latest chapter prior to 2015’s sophomore effort of Four Phantoms which was a wake up call to the band’s most powerful, established and well achieved records to date. With Mirror Reaper, the album is split into two parts where Part […]

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EXCOMMUNION – Thronosis

When you combine elements of atmospheric blackened death metal while incorporating old school death metal signatures it can sometimes be overlooked for the most part but Colorado’s own Excommunion executed it sweetly. With Thronosis being the latest full-length from Dark Descent Records prepare to strap yourselves to a world filled with disgusted, groundbreaking and heart pounding musicality because this is surely worth paying attention to. Borrowing blackened death metal signatures Thronosis introduces a well produced production taking the underhand and […]

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SATYRICON – Deep Calleth Upon Deep

Throughout the years of Norwegian black metal, Satyricon are classified as one of the pioneers that paved the way for traditional black metal bands including Darkthrone, Emperor, Mayhem, Enslaved, and Immortal. From the iconic classics of Dark Medieval Times, The ShadowThrone and Nemesis Divinia to later material when they’ve decided to experiment more into their sound with albums such as Volcano and Now, Diabolical. Four years later, Satyricon have released Deep Calleth Upon Deep and is the follow-up to 2013’s […]

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NE OBLIVISCARIS – Urn

Meaning Forget Not in Latin, Ne Obliviscaris are a Australian extreme metal outfit who’s been gaining massive attraction while touring bands such as Starkill, Black Crown Initiate, Cradle Of Filth and many more. 3 years later, they’ve created a new full-length with some minor changes in the bass department. But did Urn became a success to 2014’s Citadel or have they changed the musical signatures bit too much? Personally Urn promises to keep the stylistic and traditional Ne Obliviscaris sound […]

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OBLIVION – The Path Towards…

Californian technical death metal outfit Oblivion were formed in 2007 from the Bay Area and features former members from The Zenith Passage, Antagony and Hacksaw To The Throat. With the sophomore album through Unique Leader Records, The Path Towards continues to left off prior to 2013’s debut full-length Called To Rise. From sickening vocals, technical musicianship, progressive instrumentals and talented craftsmanship The Path Towards marks new heights and evolution to bring out such a diverse and well experimented album. Musically […]

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NEPHREN-KA – La Grande Guerre de L’épice

French death metal band Nephren-Ka are back and have resurrected themselves into the French extreme music underground and created a wonderful album start to finish with La grande guerre de l’epice being the sophomore effort. This is basically if you took Black Seeds Of Vengeance era from technical death metal Nile with more depth and additional musical influences as their aspects from the blinding guitar riffage, characterized touches of extreme musicality and wrapping their minds into a production that’s not […]

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ASPHODEL MEADOWS – I-VI

Australia’s Asphodel Meadows was started in 2009 by Michael Aksenov. This year he released “I-VI” which features some of the most atmospheric and different black metal heard to date. His work speaks of isolation, depression, darkness and the afterlife which is usual of this genre but his vocals convey a different and almost terrorizing style in this album from other black metal albums. His vocals are not of this realm, distant and eerie and just plain scary even to my […]

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INNER SUFFERING – Forlorn

Ukraine’s Inner Suffering returns again this year with a unique depressive black metal album titled Forlorn. Featuring dark riffs that change by track into almost rock style melodies, otherworldly vocals that sound like they come from beyond the grave and song structures that are not repetitive or boring, this album is a great DSBM release. With lyrics of the usual depression, sorrow, sadness and melancholy, this could be lumped into the usual depressive black metal pile but this album features […]

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BLAZE OF PERDITION – Conscious Darkness

Polish black metallers Blaze of Perdition return to bring possibly a title winner for this year’s best black metal album. Two years after Near Death Revelations, Conscious Darkness which is to be released November 3rd through Agonia Records, comes with full force. With their last works, the band produced good but not truly outstanding songs but Conscious Darkness changes things with the progression in sound that Blaze of Perdition has developed and honed as their own. The album is spiked […]

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ARCANORUM ASTRUM – The Great One

Russian symphonic black and death metal band Arcanorum Astrum are one of the most categorized bands in the Russian black metal department and has created a monstrous effort titled The Great One. There’s symphonic black metal signatures, vibrant classical piano melodies, bombarding death metal blast beats and experimentally crafted vocal deliveries are quite impressive. Not to mention, this particular album features technical death metal’s own Karl Sanders from Nile as his contributions bringing out best of both worlds does a […]