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CELESTIA – Aetherra

2017 has had many very solid black metal releases, especially in the atmospheric department. Another release to add to the list of great atmospheric releases this year is “Aetherra”, the latest album by Celestia. Instead of going full atmosphere, the band opted to create a sound that feels very traditional black metal, and throwing in some atmosphere to make the music feel unique. “Endura in Extremis” opens up the album with a strong atmosphere, but the production and vocal style […]

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THE LAST OF LUCY – Ashvattha

Californian’s very own The Last Of Lucy created a very well crafted, magnificent and astonishing elements of music that brings out so many levels to the table. Ashvattha is the latest continuation from the band combining genres of jazz, progressive and technical death metal structures with a stylistic and extremely well-designed experimented approach of extreme metal. Musically, The Last Of Lucy is basically taking influences from Rivers Of Nihil, Ion Dissonance and Entheos while also utilizing structures of grindcore, math […]

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A NIGHT IN TEXAS – Global Slaughter

Australia’s very own A Night In Texas are back with a brutal vengeance to unleash their most aggressive, polished and authentic albums in recent memory. Global Slaughter is also the first album to feature vocalist Ethan Lucas who not only made the album a much more progressive boundary but the rest of these Aussie musicians have represented the deathcore genre to defined what it is. From the band’s sporadic lead-guitar melodies, merciless blast beats and breakdowns to unleash bone-chilling atmospheres […]

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THE CONVALESCENCE – This Is Hell

There’s been a lot of killer extreme metal releases for 2017 but after hearing Ohio’s very own The Convalescence with This Is Hell, this is a album I can safely say one of the most authentic, progressive, crafted and ambitious albums I’ve heard all year long. Combining elements of death metal, symphonic, black, metalcore and deathcore This Is Hell is the latest chapter from these musicians showcasing maturity, anger, progression, dread and the overall lyricism is perhaps the album’s shining […]

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MOTHERWOOD – Motherwood

Atmospheric black metal is a genre that goes unnoticed by many metal fans, despite being one of the best sub-genres that metal has to offer. Bands like Motherwood show exactly what the genre has to offer. Their style relies less on emotion, and more on building an amazing atmosphere, as shown on their debut, self-titled album. “Sadness” kicks off this album, with a softer style of black metal, that they use to their advantage to create atmosphere that will stay […]

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ALESTORM – No Grave But The Sea

Who knew Scottish power/folk metal outfitters Alestorm, who’s music is not terribly serious but, No Grave But The Sea is a fun tale about drinking, pirates, adventures and everlasting quests to set sail and conquer the high seas! Like their previous installments, this particular album delivers shanty influences, metal riffage and epic pirate movie soundtrack elements with colorful Celtic folk and sea vibes. Production here is splendid and appropriately enough No Grave But The Sea features heroic choruses, catchy hooks […]

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BROKEN HOPE – Mutilated and Assimilated

Old school death metal is a genre that has impacted pretty much every aspect of modern extreme metal. One of those old school bands is Broken Hope, who released their brand new album “Mutilated and Assimilated” earlier this year. This album feels like a callback to everything that makes death metal great. “The Meek Shall Inherent Shit” opens this album up, and does so with a dark feel. The solo on this track is good, and the lead throughout the […]

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BLUT AUS NORD – Deus Salutis Maæ

France’s Blut Aus Nord has a style of music that’s very philosophical, mystical, occultist and metaphorical combining wide variety of various genres incorporating industrial, atmospheric black, ambient, avant-garde and extreme. Deus Salutis Meæ continued where Codex Obscura Nomina but however Deus Salutis Meæ is much more experimental, minimal, simplistic and artistically detailed as the guitars, frantic drumming and vocal deliveries being extremely exceptional making this work of art magnificent. This album introduces Greek titles to serve bounds and movements between […]

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ENTHEOS – Dark Future

Featuring former members from The Faceless, Animals As Leaders and Animosity, Entheos are a upcoming technical death metal band that were formed in 2015 and are back to record the band’s sophomore release of Dark Future. Prior to 2016’s The Infinite Nothing, Dark Future continues in the right musical direction as their technical elements, catchy atmosphere passages and matured songwriting these Californian’s kept Dark Future not only a incredibly crafted technical death metal album but it also features some explosive […]

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ANGUIS DEI – Ad Portas Serpentium

This year has been a great year for black metal releases and here is an example of great symphonic black art. Japan’s symphonic black metal supergroup Anguis Dei features members of Juno Bloodlust, Avsolutized…, Funeral Elegy and other bands to name a few. This year through Svart Records, the group has finally released their debut album Ad Portas Serpentium. The EP is only four tracks long and clocks in around 21 minutes but it is a fantastic debut for the […]