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12.05.2020
(Plateomtale)

DEMISE OF THE CROWN

Life In The City

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(Independent, 2020)

We've heard it say that the purest form of metal is practically classical music on guitars, yet much of metal is in a song, verse/chorus/solo form. Should metal artists write their compositions in a classical form and then make them into a song? This progressive Canadian Montréal, Quebec outfit eschews such ...
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11.05.2020
(Plateomtale)

STEVE HOWE

All My Yesterdays

Anmeldt av Jens Nepper
(Omnibuss Press, 2020)

The legendary Yes guitarist Steve Howe surely needs no introduction as he is undoubtedly one of the most talented and innovative musicians to have come out of Britain, which is saying something. While his utterly impressive and revered work with prog rockers Yes and the slightly more commercial outfit Asia speaks ...
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10.05.2020
(Plateomtale)

CHRONICLES OF HATE

Birth of Hate

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(Extreme Metal Music, 2020)

I have been slacking off recently on Jon Asher/Asher Media Relations reviews and I know it, so soon there will be a slew of releases from this promoter in order to remedy and catch up. Accordingly, after Torchia's "The Coven" and Scorn's "A Comedic Tragedy" I present you the Italian melodeath/groovers, ...
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10.05.2020
(Plateomtale)

GRAVEIR

King Of The Silent World

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(Impure Sounds, 2020)

Inspired by the legendary sculptor, Michelangelo, writer Nils Parker said in "The Angel In The Marble" that sculpture, like editing, is about chiseling away at the unnecessary, at the external, in pursuit of the truth and beauty within, and as you diligently cut away at the heavy, burdensome excess, as a ...
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09.05.2020
(Plateomtale)

FUNERAL LEECH

Death Meditation

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(Carbonized Records, 2020)

As I have previously stated in other reviews, today's death/doom scene greviously suffers from lack of original thought, mostly stuck between Anathema, My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost points of the ancient Peaceville paradigm, which, given that 2 out of 3 of these legends are currently still very doom/death, seems pointless. ...
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09.05.2020
(Plateomtale)

ABYSMAL DAWN

Phylogenesis

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(Season of Mist, 2020)

The Californian death metal ensemble Abysmal Dawn had once shown a promise with their debut album "From Ashes" (2006), after the 2004 demo, but I was disappointed with the follow-up "Programmed To Consume" (2008) subsequently ignoring both "Leveling The Plane Of Existence" (2011) and "Obsolescence" (2014). In fact, I probably would ...
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08.05.2020
(Plateomtale)

TRIVIUM

What The Dead Men Say

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(Roadrunner Records, 2020)

Can you Imagine Death without Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner, Megadeth without David Scott Mustaine, Pantera without Darrell Lance "Dimebag" Abbott, Annihilator without Jeff Waters or Kreator without Miland "Mille" Petrozza? Taking out the founder in each and every case would effectively nullify the band, and, in that sense, we can say ...
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08.05.2020
(Plateomtale)

IGNEA

The Realms Of Fire And Death

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(Independent, 2020)

If former Arch Enemy vocalist Angela Nathalie Gossow started singing in sensual Ukrainian on "Wages Of Sin" or "Anthems Of Rebellion" some people would be surprised, although Ignea's Helle Bogdanova sounds just like her when death growling on the Kyiv-based progressive metallers' 2nd album. Born as Parallax in 2011, they released ...
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07.05.2020
(Plateomtale)

THOUGHTS FACTORY

Elements

Anmeldt av Jens Nepper
(Melodic Revolution Records, 2020)

The German quintet known as Thoughts Factory released this impressive offering of theirs a few months ago via Melodic Revolution Records, and I must say that I am pleasantly surprised by the combined talents of the group and, more importantly, the atmospheric and tremendously diverse compositions that these skilled dudes have ...
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06.05.2020
(Plateomtale)

AGENDA

Maverick

Anmeldt av Jens Nepper
(Boersma Records, 2020)

The German act named Agenda used to dabble in thrash and speed metal if I remember correctly, but this 5-track EP of theirs, which was released in early 2020, showcases a somewhat different sound and style in that “Maverick” leans much more towards classic heavy metal and hard rock.There is a ...
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