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23.03.2019
(Plateomtale)

NINE SHRINES

Retribution Therapy

Anmeldt av Jens Nepper
(Mascot, 2019)

US outfit Nine Shrines is a relatively new band in the sense that it was conceived less than five years ago, but these guys have been creative and prolific since the 2017 "Misery EP" and this upcoming full-length assault of theirs clearly shows that they have developed as musicians and songwriters ...
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22.03.2019
(Plateomtale)

BLOOD RED THRONE

Souls Of Damnation - Daniel "Død" Olaisen's series

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(Earache Records, 2009)

Another chapter in my pre-announced series of reviews of works which involved prolific guitarist Daniel "Død" Olaisen, the fourth album from his main squeeze, the death metal Blood Red Throne (BRT), marks a significant progress in the development of their sound. What a difference can 2 years make! We need only ...
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21.03.2019
(Plateomtale)

STARBREAKER

Dysphoria

Anmeldt av Jens Nepper
(Frontiers Records, 2019)

"Dysphoria" by Starbreaker is some explosive shit and it damn-near knocked me off my feet when I pressed play and opening track "Pure Evil" blasted forth from the speakers. With the superb vocals of Tony Harnell (TNT, Skid Row) and the strong and charismatic guitar playing of Magnus Karlsson (The Ferrymen), ...
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20.03.2019
(Plateomtale)

FIDDLER'S GREEN

Heyday

Anmeldt av Jens Nepper
(Dead Shepherd Recordings, 2019)

The lovable German outfit named Fiddler's Green dabbles in something pretty cool and exotic, which is Irish speed folk. Take all your favorite Irish drinking tunes and traditionals and then leave it to these wonderful dudes to fuck them up in an entertaining way and what you get is "Heyday". Essentially ...
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19.03.2019
(Plateomtale)

REFUSAL

Epitome of Void

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(Great Dane Records, 2019)

They say imitation is the highest form of flattery but is that true in metal? In case of this Finnish death metal outfit I just don't know. I don't know why every track on "Epitome Of Void" has to sound like Napalm Death, some more than others, to say nothing of ...
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18.03.2019
(Plateomtale)

EQUIPOISE

Demiurgus

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(The Artisan Era, 2019)

Technical/progressive death metal can be a tricky genre: complicate it too much and you exchange a song for a display of skills without much substance behind it. Loosen it up too much and it comes undone. It really takes great skill, a sense of purpose and balance to play this genre ...
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17.03.2019
(Plateomtale)

TOBY HITCHCOCK

Reckoning

Anmeldt av Jens Nepper
(Frontiers Records, 2019)

The skilled Toby Hitchcock (Pride of Lions) recently released this 11-track album of his via Frontiers Records, and as it turns out, "Reckoning" is very much in the vein of Pride of Lion's superb 2017 record entitled "Fearless". With Hitchcock's strong and powerful vocals way up front in the mix, the ...
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16.03.2019
(Plateomtale)

FORGED IN BLACK

Descent Of The Serpent

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(Fighter Records, 2019)

Sometimes it takes a new band, trapped between influences and aspirations, a good while to find its own sound, the struggle not rarely continued up to a third or fourth release (vide: Slayer). Then there are those who find it on their first record. Black Sabbath or Mercyful Fate certainly come ...
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15.03.2019
(Plateomtale)

RIPARIAN

Riparian

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(Grimoire Records, 2019)

Riparian means something related to or situated on the banks of a river and the Pennsylvanian death metal ensemble, formed in 2017, can feel this way when you listen to their brand new debut eponymous EP. We are treated to something between All Shall Perish's "The Price Of Existence" and Mastodon's ...
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14.03.2019
(Plateomtale)

LEFT HAND SOLUTION

Through The Mourning Woods

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(Massproduktion, 2019)

Minimalism in music is seldom a good thing in my book and this is why this Swedish doom quartet formed in 1991 has taken me by a sweet surprise in no small part due to their tremendous latter My Dying Bride influence. But there's something different about them, something so incredibly ...
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