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BENEATH A GODLESS SKY – Beneath A Godless Sky

BENEATH A GODLESS SKY – Beneath A Godless Sky

First of all, let me just say that “Beneath A Godless Sky” is about as kickass as band names usually get. Let’s see if the sound matches the tag! This Parisian progressive metal outfit released a debut self-titled EP that, in their own words, mixes “Progressive, Heavy and Melodic” elements in order to illustrate their [...]

November 21, 2018 Ricardo Pereira Comments Off on BENEATH A GODLESS SKY – Beneath A Godless Sky

SHELTHER – When Comes The Flee

SHELTHER – When Comes The Flee

There are some music sub-genres which are not easy to review. Ambient/Drone releases are a good example. Due to its minimalist nature and structure, analyzing something which sometimes doesn’t seem to have a real beginning nor end is a troublesome challenge. Still, anyone can listen to this kind of music, enjoy some and dislike others. [...]

November 21, 2018 Filipe Gomes , Comments Off on SHELTHER – When Comes The Flee

THE WAY OF PURITY – The Majesty of Your Becoming

THE WAY OF PURITY – The Majesty of Your Becoming

The Way Of Purity are an industrial metal outfit with absolutely no fear of making reporters lives harder by purposely providing little to no information about their country of origin and members, with the exception of their artistic personas. These arguably noble anti-aesthetic ideals, deeply rooted in the band’s modus operandi, are accompanied by their representative [...]

November 6, 2018 Ricardo Pereira Comments Off on THE WAY OF PURITY – The Majesty of Your Becoming

DEICIDE – Overtures of Blasphemy

DEICIDE – Overtures of Blasphemy

A respectable amount of particularly morbid and insane details come to mind when one thinks of Deicide. This band has been marked by controversy ever since its inception, most of it due to frontman Glenn Benton’s “peculiar” ways of expressing himself, to put it mildly. Even though, Deicide seem to have mostly left their well-known [...]

October 12, 2018 Ricardo Pereira Comments Off on DEICIDE – Overtures of Blasphemy

DELIVERANCE – Chrst

DELIVERANCE – Chrst

The French sludge/doom outfit Deliverance has an impressive curriculum for such a recent project. Formed in 2012, their debut EP “Doomsday Please” reached as far as being praised by Metal Injection. About five years later, the band releases their first LP, titled “CHRST”, which proved that Deliverance, albeit remaining rough around the edges, have what [...]

October 11, 2018 Ricardo Pereira Comments Off on DELIVERANCE – Chrst

DALLIAN – Automata

DALLIAN – Automata

Dallian is a four-piece Symphonic Metal act from Leiria, Portugal. Their debut album ‘Automata’ was released this year together with Nox Liberatio records. The album starts with an intro entitled ‘Genesis of Awakening’. This is a short journey into the first proper track called ‘Satori’, translated as ‘awakening’ in Japanese. This song is built by strong [...]

October 4, 2018 Kasper Pasinski Comments Off on DALLIAN – Automata

KORPIKLAANI – Kulkija

KORPIKLAANI – Kulkija

Korpiklaani are back to bless the folk metal hordes with their drunken mix of folk, rock, punk and metal. Often considered one of the greatest folk metal bands of all time, the high-spirited finns have added yet another gem to their career. To some extent, Korpiklaani have always been under fire, often being criticized for [...]

October 3, 2018 Ricardo Pereira Comments Off on KORPIKLAANI – Kulkija

ORION DUST – Duality

ORION DUST – Duality

Duality is the debut record from the French progressive band Orion Dust.  The band leader and mentor, Fabien Buron, has been working on this piece of music since 2011. This album is the culmination of almost seven years of work. During this time, he involved other musicians which are now part of the band. Now, [...]

September 28, 2018 Kasper Pasinski Comments Off on ORION DUST – Duality

CROSSFIRE – Drifting Ashore

CROSSFIRE – Drifting Ashore

  “Drifting Ashore” is the debut album of the French folk rock duo Crossfire. Together with The Black Planet we have a chance to break another border and review something totally different thanks to Dooweet Agency. Starting with the sound itself, its mostly calm acoustic guitars. They are accompanied by the nice, fair voices that can [...]

September 19, 2018 Kasper Pasinski Comments Off on CROSSFIRE – Drifting Ashore

AT THE GATES – To Drink From The Night Itself

AT THE GATES – To Drink From The Night Itself

Four years have passed since the critically acclaimed triumphant return of At The Gates, which in turn succeeded a twenty year long hiatus after the band left an undeniable mark on the 90’s with at least one genre-defining album and other great releases. At War With Reality (2014) left me with the feeling of greeting [...]

September 18, 2018 Ricardo Pereira Comments Off on AT THE GATES – To Drink From The Night Itself

OMNIUM GATHERUM – The Burning Cold

OMNIUM GATHERUM – The Burning Cold

  Melodic death metal has been in a slow yet constant freefall – both in terms of popularity and creativity – remaining somewhat of a shadow of its former glory set in the highly prolific and diverse 90´s and early 00’s. However, for those who did not simply hop on the bandwagon (pun intended) and [...]

September 14, 2018 Ricardo Pereira Comments Off on OMNIUM GATHERUM – The Burning Cold

FORMALIST – No One Will Shine Anymore

FORMALIST – No One Will Shine Anymore

The Italian band Formalist released their 3 piece debut album ‘No One Will Shine Anymore’ in March 2018 through the Third I Rex. The album consists of only 3 songs, but each of them is longer than 10 minutes. It all starts with a track called ‘Arson’. The quick and powerful sound of the guitars and scream immediately [...]

September 13, 2018 Kasper Pasinski Comments Off on FORMALIST – No One Will Shine Anymore

MADDER MORTEM – Marrow

MADDER MORTEM – Marrow

With each album, Madder Mortem have always managed to explore different moods and soundscapes while retaining their musical identity. “Marrow”, to be released on the 21st of September through Dark Essence Records, is no exception. It’s a departure from the heavier sounds of “Red In Tooth And Claw”. In fact, it’s a departure from any [...]

September 9, 2018 Luís Rodrigues Comments Off on MADDER MORTEM – Marrow

DEUS VERMIN – Monument Of Decay

DEUS VERMIN – Monument Of Decay

In this overpopulated scene, once in a while a band stands out from the rest. Whether it’s because of their unique image, or sonority, or simply because their music is incredibly good (or bad) and they get involved in some hype. Deus Vermin is one of those bands. Coming from the United Kingdom, formed in [...]

July 10, 2018 Filipe Gomes Comments Off on DEUS VERMIN – Monument Of Decay