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ALOR – Haerfest

Have you ever listened to a relaxing yet entrancing album that made you feel like you were at peace? This album is one of those ones that makes you feel that way. ALOR is a Neofolk/Dark Metal solo project from Spain created by Mikael Black (Lyset). It was founded in early 2013 and his debut album Haerfest was recorded during the summer of that year. It is extremely hard to classify this album due to the fact that this album has so much going […]

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WOODS OF DESOLATION – As The Stars

If you are a first time listener of WOODS OF DESOLATION, go and buy first two releases before reading this to truly understand the brilliance behind D.’s work. As The Stars is the third full length by the Australian solo artist with the help of session artists Vlad from Drudkh on drums, Luke Mills from Nazxul and Pestilential Shadows on bass, and Old from Drohtnung on vocals. His works include his debut album Toward The Depths (2008) and the follow up Torn Beyond […]

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BENIGHTED – Carnivore Sublime

France has had some amazing death metal bands rising up lately and BENIGHTED does not disappoint. If anyone is familiar with their previous releases like Icon and Identisick, then you should know that Benighted is an amazingly talented and powerful force to be reckoned with but for anyone truly wondering if Carnivore Sublime stacks up to their last two albums, prepare for disappointment. I’m not saying that Carnivore Sublime is a bad album at all, it just doesn’t follow the path most people were anticipating […]

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LUX OCCULTA – Kołysanki

After thirteen years of silence, LUX OCCULTA return with their fifth studio release titled Kołysanki. The Polish metal act began as a black metal group but later evolved into more of an extreme avant-garde project. Most bands with such a long silence end up crumbling apart but in this case, they can return with a much more evolved and different sound, as if being reborn into a new entity. If someone had told you in 1996 that eighteen years later Lux […]

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UTTER – Utter Darkness

Now here comes a duo from The Netherlands called UTTER. This duo presents to us their debut release Utter Darkness which was recorded this month. Nydoom does vocals, bass and guitars while Bartbaar does percussions and mouth harp. The band plays a unique style of raw black metal. The album begins with the track “Psychotic Whirlwind” which starts with clicking sounds then goes straight into raw, bleak black metal. The vocals are very raw and raspy and aggressive while the drums […]

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UPON OUR CREATION – Revelation Of Our Race

I don’t often review deathcore music on here. Not saying I’m not a fan of the music but there are many other sites out there that specialize in the genre already but I felt like I had to review this debut EP from the local Los Angeles solo project of Alex Ippolito. Alex is the guitarist of The Hollowing (ex-Love On The Lips Of A Whore) and Upon Our Creation is his personal solo project. His debut release is a […]

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ARITY – Physics Fall Apart

Okay so I try to listen to everything, especially if local and let me not jump ahead of myself but…I’ll just get underway with my review. Arity is a Progressive Metal group formed out of West Covina, California. The band features a female vocalist/guitarist, Nicole Macias, brothers Anthony and Albert Burrola on guitars as well, Karthik Suresh on bass and Marco Morselli on drums. The five-piece have been making a name for themselves all over the Los Angeles area and have […]

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SORCIER DES GLACES – Ritual of the End

Not many black metal bands can provide something nowadays that stands out from the long list of others but Sorcier des Glaces has been doing for a while now. Sorcier des Glaces, often referred to as SDG, is quite a long running aspect in the Quebecois black metal scene. Formed in 1997 by drummer Luc Gaulin (ex-Blinded By Faith) and multi-instrumentalist Sébastien Robitaille, SDG has carved out a loyal following over the course of four well-received full length albums. Their fifth […]

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FINAL SACRIFICE – Aspirations & Endevours

While constantly looking out for new music, a deathcore band from Poznan, Poland catches my eye. The band is called Final Sacrifice. I have been following their music since their debut self-titled EP in 2009. They released a single titled “Affected” last year but now, they have brought chaos upon us with their latest release Aspirations & Endeavors. The EP starts with the track “Aspirations” which makes you feel as if you are caught out in a storm. You hear […]

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GRAVEWORM – Fragments Of Death

The Italian melodic black/death metal group Graveworm released Fragments of Death October 21st through Nuclear Blast Records. The album has been noted to be a mixture of the best of the last four releases as well as some old school roots and also noted to be a darker release than the past albums. The album’s main topic if you have not picked up on it yet is death in its thousand faces as reflected in the album art and title. […]