Album Review: BARREN EARTH On Lonely Towers

Posted by | April 6, 2015

As with many bands that start off mixing and matching disparate sub-genre tropes to varying effect, Barren Earth have grown exponentially in terms of both scale and sophistication since 2009's debut EP, Our Twilight. The 70's prog rock influences so noted on early releases have gradually through attrition begun to subsume the band's entire modus operandi (witness Kasper Mårtenson try his hand at old Keith Emerson organ runs on "The Vault"), but the doom death vertebrae from previous releases remains largely intact, positioning On Lonely Towers dangerously close to schizophrenic territory at times.

| April 6, 2015

Album Review: ARMAGEDDON Captivity & Devourment

Posted by | January 19, 2015

For all their quality attributes Armageddon are hardly the sea changing world beaters as either fellow Swedes At the Gates nor Amott's brother Michael's band Carcass, but listening to their new effort Captivity & Devourment it seems like they should at least be getting the sort of props that Arch Enemy enjoys.

| January 19, 2015