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15.06.2019
(Plateomtale)

Jordan with Cathi Unsworth

Defying Gravity – Jordan's Story

Anmeldt av Jens Nepper
(Omnibus Press, 2019)

"Defying Gravity" by the multi-talented artist Jordan and author Cathi Unsworth is something else entirely. Not only is this superb piece of literature incredibly fascinating in that it offers a vivid account of the British punk rock movement and a compelling insight into its inner workings and how its main players ...
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13.06.2019
(Plateomtale)

DEPRAVED MURDER

Manifestation

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(Comatose Music, 2019)

Right from the very name I smelled trouble. Is there murder which is not depraved? These Indonesian brutal death metallers could have come up with a more exciting moniker, although, this one interestingly matches the excitement I get from listening to "Manifestation" - like being slowly drowned in a moderately foul-smelling ...
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12.06.2019
(Plateomtale)

BLOOD RED THRONE

Union Of Flesh And Machine - Daniel 'Død' Olaisen series

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(Candlelight Records, 2016)

The 2011 "Brutalitarian Regime" was a step down from the excellence of "Souls Of Damnation" but the 2013 eponymous was an attempt to recover, with better songwriting and melody. It came, again, with some significant changes. The vocalist Osvald "Vald" Egeland left and was replaced by more guttural Ingve "Bold" ...
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07.06.2019
(Plateomtale)

ARS VENEFICIUM/ULVDALIR

In Death's Cold Embrace

Anmeldt av Jens Nepper
(Immortal Frost Productions, 2019)

Alright folks, what we are dealing with here is a 2-track split 7" vinyl release (a limited edition of course) containing material by Ars Veneficium and Ulvdalir. The former hails from Belgium while the latter is a Russian horde who has been around for nearly twenty years now. As to Ars ...
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06.06.2019
(Plateomtale)

SPIRIT ADRIFT

Divided by Darkness

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(20 Buck Spin, 2019)

On first contact this Arizonian doom metal band sounds little like doom but rather a traditional heavy metal band with doom influences. Having recorded 3 albums in 4 years of existence is pretty impressive on its own but on "Divided By Darkness" Spirit Adrift, despite wearing some of their influences on ...
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05.06.2019
(Plateomtale)

EXTREMA

Headbanging Forever

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(Rockshots Records, 2019)

The roots of this Italian thrash/groove outfit actually go all the way back to the time of Metallica's "No Life 'Til Leather" when Diego Colombo and Stefano Bullegas formed Killdozer renamed Extrema in 1986, having replaced Diego with Tommy Massara. To date, Extrema released 7 albums, including "Headbanging Forever", now enjoying ...
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04.06.2019
(Plateomtale)

RUPHUS

Ranshart (2019 re-issue)

Anmeldt av Jens Nepper
(Karisma Records, 2019)

The ridiculously talented prog rock ensemble known as Ruphus spawned some brilliant songs and albums back in the glorious 70s and early 80s, and we should be grateful to the ever-reliable Karisma Records for unearthing and re-issuing those gems and making them available again. The band's debut offering from 1973 entitled ...
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03.06.2019
(Plateomtale)

METTADONE

Rotten Flattery

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(Archaic Sound, 2019)

Nowadays it is getting increasingly difficult to come up with an effective heavy metal moniker. Sometimes it seems all the good names had been taken already. Enter Mettadone - not just an excellent sounding name but one which, when pronounced, suggests two different aspects of this Ukraininian death/doom metal ensemble. Indeed, ...
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29.05.2019
(Plateomtale)

ANCESTRAL LORE

Behind the Night Horizon

Anmeldt av Jens Nepper
(Self released, 2019)

About a month ago, the French one-man band named Ancestral Lore released this 7-track offering both digitally and physically with the latter being a CD limited to 50 copies. The music that mastermind Christoph Florian has conjured up here is deeply rooted in pagan metal, folk metal, and black metal, which ...
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28.05.2019
(Plateomtale)

INANIMATE EXISTENCE

Clockwork

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(The Artisan Era, 2019)

It took this San Francisco Bay Area progressive/technical death metal ensemble 8 years and 5 albums to finally create something fans of Morbid Angel and Death could equally enjoy in "Clockwork". The two aspects of the band's sound: the brutal technical death and the progressive melodicism have been there from the ...
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