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BEORN’S HALL – Estuary

One sign of metal’s universal appeal is the number of bands that sound like they’re from a region that isn’t the region that they are initially from. Like a Gothenburg style American band, or in the case of Beorn’s Hall, a Pagan black metal band from New Hampshire, United States. This band, had I not known that they were from the East Coast, would’ve fooled me into thinking they hailed from somewhere in the middle of Europe, and were just […]

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PARTY CANNON – Perverse Party Platter

Bring out your humorous attitude and bongs because Scottish’s brutal death metal band Party Cannon are back and this time, they’ve brought the party and created some of the most sickest, hilarious samples and slams are back with 2017’s Gore House Productions release of Perverse Party Platter. This EP wouldn’t change your perspective view if their debut full-length Bong Hit Hospitalization wasn’t your cup of tea but Perverse Party Platter is the next continuation for this band as they’ve maintained […]

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ALLEGAEON – Proponent For Sentience

Technical death metal is a genre that is alive and well. Many bands take the genre and create some really unique metal that shows off their ability. However, very few of these bands feel like they live up to Allegaeon, who take tech death, add a ton of amazing solos and guitar work, and combine some melodic death to create a special sound. Their last album, “Proponent for Sentience” arrived in 2016, and showed off not only the bands technical […]

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THE SENATE – Tales From A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Recently, there have been a large number of bands forming that decide to make their lyrical themes based around a book, video game, or film series. Popular franchises like “Halo”, “Dark Souls”, and “Lord of the Rings” have all found a home within the lyrical themes of certain metal bands. In November of last year, a band called The Senate released their debut, titled “Tales From A Galaxy Far, Far Away”, an album all about one of my personal favorite […]

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KANASHIMI – Inori

Kanashimi (Japanese for “sorrow” or “sadness”) is a one-man DSBM project from Shizuoka, Japan. Eight years after O. Miasnthropy’s debut full length Romantik Suicide and three years since any release, Kanashimi returns with Inori, released October 27, 2017 through Pest Productions. The album stays in the same sound that O. Misanthropy has perfected but adds to the layers by evolving towards a more melancholic and melodic sound than previous releases. Inori beautifully blends torture and pain with melodic and touching […]

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ZEOLITE – Sermones Mortis

In terms of recent output of awesome bands, Australia is doing pretty damn well. From modern metalcore mainstays, to prog specialists, the island nation has been pumping out countless great releases. On February 7th, underground band Zeolite released their new EP, titled “Sermones Mortis”, showing off the band’s style of technical death metal with heavy influence from groove metal. “Malignant” opens up this album, and does so in an interesting way. With a soft, ambient opening, and a longer soft […]

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DRAGONFORCE – Reaching Into Infinity

Known for their high-speed guitar duals, quick pitched harmonics, heroic backup choruses and fantasy driven inspired lyricism it’s no secret that England’s own Dragonforce are one of the most well known Power Metal bands coming out of the genre. Reaching Into Infinity is the continuation to 2014’s Maximum Overload but has the band involved to a more matured artist or is the music still the same fans get burnt on? Musically and truthfully speaking this particular record is an absolute […]

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HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY – Arson

As the post-black metal genre grows, mainstays within the genre have planted their feet, and have begun to forge their own name within the world of metal. Harakiri for the Sky has been doing that for a while, and their most recent album, “Arson”, continues the trend of the band releasing, long, well-written, and entertaining albums. “Fire, Walk with Me” is the first song on this album, and begins with a soft piano intro before launching into the melodic black-gaze […]

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FROST GIANT – The Harlot Star

When you think of the land of Vikings and epic battles, Scandinavia probably comes to mind, thanks to a mix of history, and the style of metal that generally comes from that region. Frost Giant give that impression, but hail from the faraway land of Philadelphia instead. This group combines melodic death metal with epic folk metal to create a very European style of metal that makes them sound like native Norwegians. Their most recent album, “The Harlot Star” demonstrates […]

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INFECTED DEAD – Archaic Malevolence

Extreme metal, specifically death metal, has its roots in horror movies. Many bands take influence from horror films in their lyrics and imagery, and their sound feels like it was ripped straight out of a slasher movie. One band that sounds like a horror soundtrack is Infected Dead, whose EP titled “Archaic Malevolence” came out last year, and provides some solid death metal with a very haunting feel. “Book of Dead Names” acts as the intro for this album. With […]