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ORPHANED LAND – Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs

ORPHANED LAND – Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs

First and foremost, “Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs”’ dichotomy is the Holy Grail of modern times: it makes older fans remember how good “Sahara” or “Mabool” were and explains to new fans why Orphaned Land are an unparalleled band, still musically interesting and relevant. Music wise, “Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs” is an extravagance reserved [...]

February 14, 2018 João Correia Comments Off on ORPHANED LAND – Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs

VIN DE MIA TRIX – Palimpsests

VIN DE MIA TRIX – Palimpsests

Coming from Kyiv and active since 2007, Vin de Mia Trix started their career with a crushing and extremely dark funeral doom musical approach. Now, after a four-year hiatus since their previous full-length, the band came up with their newest work “Palimpsests”, and they sure live up to this name! A Palimpsest is a manuscript [...]

February 6, 2018 Carolina Ventura Comments Off on VIN DE MIA TRIX – Palimpsests

SUMMONING – With Doom We Come

SUMMONING – With Doom We Come

The Austrian duo Summoning have return after five years, to take us all back (once again) to the world of Tolkien, with their new album “With Doom We Come”. After a great album like “Old Mornings Dawn”, the listener can expect a continuation, with similar orchestrations, the same line of work around minimalist riffs, enough [...]

February 4, 2018 Daniel Lemminkainen Comments Off on SUMMONING – With Doom We Come

CARACH ANGREN – Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten

CARACH ANGREN – Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten

In their previous record Carach Angren warned us that “This is no fairytale”, but as soon as you dive into “Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten” you will be tempted to think the opposite. The atmospheric and eerie sound of the “Opening”’s piano and violin will transport you to a mysterious fairytale-like scenario: an old [...]

January 23, 2018 Carolina Ventura Comments Off on CARACH ANGREN – Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten

BLIND GUARDIAN – Live Beyond the Spheres

BLIND GUARDIAN – Live Beyond the Spheres

A concert is more than just music: it’s a journey, an experience. A moment of our lives entirely dedicated to a band. And Blind Guardian seem to be pretty aware of that. With “Live Beyond the Spheres” they give us a recollection of the best live songs from their 2015 European Tour. 33 years and [...]

January 6, 2018 Carolina Ventura Comments Off on BLIND GUARDIAN – Live Beyond the Spheres

FORCEPS – Mastering Extinction

FORCEPS – Mastering Extinction

Brutality is a feature that many bands on extreme Metal genres are always looking for, but many can’t fuse it with a good quality approach. Some try to play as raw as they can, or faster than anyone else or even tuning down the instruments is supposed to do the trick. But, if you don’t [...]

January 2, 2018 Marcos Garcia Comments Off on FORCEPS – Mastering Extinction

ARKHON INFAUSTUS – Passing the Nekromanteion

ARKHON INFAUSTUS – Passing the Nekromanteion

How many bands do you know which have ceased to exist while being at their peak? The French band Arkhon Infaustus is one of them. Ten years after the release of the magnificently filthy “Orthodoxyn” album, we are presented with some new material. Deviant, the only remaining member from the original lineup, is backed by drummer [...]

December 27, 2017 Mutiilator , Comments Off on ARKHON INFAUSTUS – Passing the Nekromanteion

BACKTRACK LANE – In Fine

BACKTRACK LANE – In Fine

Backtrack Lane, the band of the Gatti brothers, Raphael (vocals, bass) and Stefan (rhythm guitar, backing vocals) was formed back in 2009. In 2012 the band released its debut full-length “Black Truth&White Lies”. In 2017 the quartet completed by Adrien Crestey (lead guitar, backing vocal) and Gui O’Crest (drums, backing vocals) released “In Fine”. As [...]

December 22, 2017 Mutiilator , Comments Off on BACKTRACK LANE – In Fine

PILLORIAN – Obsidian Arc

PILLORIAN – Obsidian Arc

If you are a fan of Agalloch you might be acquainted with their last year’s split. From this broken home, two projects were born: Khôrada (ex Agalloch’s members Dan Anderson, Jason Walton and Aesop Dekker, plus Aaron Gregory from Giant Squid) and Pillorian (with the former Agalloch John Haughm, Stephen Parker of Maestus and Trevor [...]

December 20, 2017 Carolina Ventura Comments Off on PILLORIAN – Obsidian Arc

AKERCOCKE – Renaissance In Extremis

AKERCOCKE – Renaissance In Extremis

It’s been 10 years since the release of “Antichrist”, and now the British band Akercocke is back with a new record named “Renaissance in Extremis”. After an hiatus that lasted from 2012 to 2016, they returned with a new line up. Nathanael Underwood and Sam Loynes, have joined the band as a bass player and [...]

December 14, 2017 Carlos Pereira Comments Off on AKERCOCKE – Renaissance In Extremis

DEMENTIA – Persona

DEMENTIA – Persona

Dementia debut album “Persona” is very hard to pinhole into one genre. This French band provides a solid dose of hard guitar based music that dwells somewhere between rock and metal. Persona starts with an Intro track and after that there is a mix of fast and heavy, catchy and doom like tracks. “Too Long”, alongside [...]

December 11, 2017 Kasper Pasinski Comments Off on DEMENTIA – Persona

DISFIGURED HUMAN MIND / INSOMNIA ISTERICA (Split)

DISFIGURED HUMAN MIND / INSOMNIA ISTERICA (Split)

Disfigured Human Mind and Insomnia Isterica have joined forces to bring us another split, “Morbid Schizophrenic Minds in the Cabaret Noisecore”. This is just one of the many that both bands have made with so many other bands along their lifespan, released through Murder Records and L’è Tütt Folklor Records. An effort that could have [...]

December 7, 2017 Luís Pinto Comments Off on DISFIGURED HUMAN MIND / INSOMNIA ISTERICA (Split)

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM – The Thrice Woven

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM – The Thrice Woven

It’s been 3 years since Wolves in the Throne Room ’s last album “Celestite” and 6 since their last black metal one, “Celestial Lineage”. “The Thrice Woven” was a long awaited release and takes us back to their pre Celestite sonority. The band moves from an ambiental galactic scenario to return to the Cascadian landscapes full of [...]

December 6, 2017 Carolina Ventura Comments Off on WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM – The Thrice Woven

SOULGRIND – The Tuoni Pathway

SOULGRIND – The Tuoni Pathway

The Tuoni Pathway is the 9th full-length record of Soulgrind. This is a Finnish band with a long history (active since 1992) and their music features a dark and melodic atmosphere that swings between doom, death, black metal and folk. The first track, “The call of the dancing waters” opens the album with a piano [...]

November 30, 2017 Carolina Ventura Comments Off on SOULGRIND – The Tuoni Pathway