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AURA NOIR – Aura Noire

As great as black metal is, it’s almost better when combined with another subgenre. Aura Noir seem to know this, as their blend of black metal and thrash metal not only fits in a way that feels organic, but doesn’t feel like a hybrid at all. Their latest album, “Aura Noire” is rather short, but shows the how good blackened thrash metal is, albeit not with much diversity. “Dark Lung of the Storm” opens the album up, and does so […]

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OUR PLACE OF WORSHIP IS SILENCE – With Inexorable Suffering

Death metal is a dark genre, and when it leans heavily into a very dark tone, it can be done in a way that makes it both great, and greatly disturbing. Our Place Of Worship Is Silence is a band that leans heavily into the dark side of their sound, and while their latest album, called “With Inexorable Suffering” isn’t a world changing album by any stretch of the imagination, it’s still an album that feels dark and gritty in […]

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INGESTED – The Level Above Human

Since their formation in 2006, British slamming death metal outfitters Ingested are one of the most profiled and savage extreme metal bands to come out of the modern day scene. From their glory necrophiliac and rape lyricism themes from 2009’s Surpassing The Boundaries Of Human Sufferings to the more dominated, vengeance and murderous songwriting of 2015’s The Architect Of Extinction, Ingested are back three years later signed to Unique Leader Records and dropped their first album through the label entitled […]

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ORACLE – Into The Unknown

Melodic death metal is a genre that comes with a lot of variation. Bands in this genre can pull influence from many different styles of music to create unique sound. Oracles is a band that pulls mostly from death metal, adds some melody to it, and throws in some thrash influence for good measure. Their new album “Into the Unknown” came out late last year, and is a very solid release that shows that the band should be making waves […]

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TESSERACT – Sonder

Progressive metal is an interesting beast. While a lot of the metal genre prides itself on heaviness, brutality, and speed, prog likes to use advanced songwriting and tight-knit musicianship in order to create unique and interesting music. One of the best newer bands in the genre is TesseracT, whose 4th full length album, titled “Sonder” came out on Friday. The album only lasts about 35 minutes, the music within that time frame is well-written, unique, and contains a lot of […]

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JUDAS PRIEST – Firepower

Formed in 1969 from West Bromwich, England, Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band who influenced the new wave of British heavy metal bands from Black Sabbath and many others. Firepower is the eighteenth full-length from these legendary icons and is the first record since 1988’s Ram It Down, to be produced by Tom Allom and co-produced by Andy Sneap. Over an hour long of traditional heavy metal revelations, Firepower is arguably Judas Priest’s heaviest and true return to […]

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SUSPERIA – The Lyricist

Many bands through the years evolve their sound, bounce through genres and find new voices and this is living proof of sometimes a different approach works out well. Poland’s Susperia are no strangers to the metal realm and have returned with a new vocalist and new album this year through Agonia Records. Almost ten years since their previous release titled Attitude, Susperia presents us The Lyricist which many are calling this album melodic death metal meets Iced Earth style heavy […]

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ORPHANED LAND – Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs

Many metal bands nowadays lack something major that some of us enjoy and that is a strong message. Orphaned Land has always stood behind their political and moral views and five years after All Is One, the Israeli progressive metal act have returned with another strong presentation of peace, hope, unity and recognition of what this world lacks. Released on January 26th through Century Media Records, this may be another one of the best representations of Orphaned Land’s skill and […]

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DIVULSOR – Defiled Corridors of Ruptured Oblivion

Brutal death metal can be a tricky genre, especially when it comes to trying to sound as brutal as possible without sacrificing the songwriting in the process. While some bands try and end up making albums that sound repetitive, and brutal for brutal’s sake, others are able to take the brutal death metal genre to where it should be with solid writing and good execution. Divulsor is one of these bands, who released a short EP just over a month […]

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BURIED ABOVE GROUND – The Crown

Seeing a local band grow in size is always a great thing. Buried Above Ground are a band that have gone from Minnesota locals to a new, fresh face in the deathcore genre. On Tuesday, their new album “The Crown” released, and oddly enough it reminded of movies more than it did any form of music. The music breathes horror, and feels like something that would fit the soundtrack of a modern slasher movie. In terms of music though, this […]