Album Reviews

Downfall of Gaia ‘Suffocating in the Swarm of Cranes’ Album Review

The cool stylings of Downfall of Gaia are displayed in their latest album Suffocating in the Swarm of Cranes, a real floaty album with points of musical genius dispersed with bouts of metal-standard vocals and heavy drumming. Talk about clash of the titans. First thing that struck me by Suffocating in the Swarm of Cranes is that this is an album ...

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SILENT DESCENT ‘MIND GAMES’ ALBUM REVIEW

There have been countless attempts in the past and present where bands have tried to fuse metal with a different genre. Previously there were fusions with folk and classical music which caught on extremely well and became genres in the own right. But more often in the modern world more and more musical hybrids associated with heavy music are combined ...

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Between the Buried and Me ‘The Parallax II – Future Sequence’ Album Review

As we all know music (metal in particular) is always progressing, forever changing and often becoming something quite different to how it started, unless of course you are Limp Bizkit, in which case… no. Anyway, it is this progressive attitude that has seeped extremely noticeably through the new album from Between the Buried and Me. As a continuation of their ...

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AntropomorphiA ‘Evangelivm Nekromantia’ Album Review

Dutch death/occult metallers AntropomorphiA formed in 1989 (originally named Dethroned Empire.) Hailing from Tilburg, Holland the band admit that they have been heavily influenced by Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Infernäl Mäjesty and Bathory. Last year saw the three-piece band getting together to record a new album: Evangelivm Nekromantia. They also re-released their Necromantic Love Songs through the famed underground label The ...

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CHAPEL OF DISEASE ‘SUMMONING BLACK GODS’ ALBUM REVIEW

Death metal lot, Chapel of Disease, are bringing forth their first album of their career in the fabled apocalyptic year of 2012. You may recognise these guys from their 2011 demo, Death Evoked, but if not then don’t worry; their debut album Summoning Black Gods is definitely a good place to start. From the beginning, we’re introduced to a blend ...

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Enslaved ‘RIITIIR’ Album Review

Enslaved, were the innovators of Viking Metal with their Nordic black metal sound but they have become so much more since then. Although they have always incorporated song structures unusual for the genre, they have continually progressed more notably with their last few albums. Guitar feedback, then the first sounds of the bass line, Enslaved’s twelfth studio album, RIITIIR, released ...

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Let It Die, 7″ Review

Blisteringly speedy dark hardcore punk, with a sound comparable to a clearer, faster Harm’s Way; Let It Die’s latest offering should be an instant classic in the power violence library. The six tracks speed by and 12 and a half minutes appears to be no time at all. Let It Die’s 7” as a finished product comes across polished, as in ...

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Hang the Bastard ‘2009-2012’ Album Review

Hang the Bastard have been making some reasonably sized ripples in the pond since their inception on the dirty streets of London around half a decade ago. And yet, they still seem to have remained relatively underground, despite having toured with some pretty noticeable names; TRC or Baroness anyone? That should give you some idea as to what kind of ...

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ADVOCATES ‘MINDLESS’ MINI-ALBUM REVIEW

Advocates are a metalcore group formed in Auckland, New Zealand in 2010. Next year, they look forward to releasing their debut album, beginning their headlining home country tour along with numerous European tour dates and festival appearances, which isn’t bad for a band that only formed 3 years prior. However for now they have graced us with an 8-track sampler, ...

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Abiotic ‘Symbiosis’ Album Review

Miami based quintet Abiotic (formed in 2012) create sumptuous symphonic tech-death/metal sounds. They released their ‘A Universal Plague’ EP in September 2011. Employing complex rhythms, virtuoso bass-play, sophisticated vocals and elaborate guitar-work, Abiotic have created a masterful new album entitled ‘Symbiosis’. The album starts with Metamorphilia and this is a taster intro that will lead you onto Vermosapien. This track introduces ...

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