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Lurking behind the wall of trends and polished tides of sound are bands whose output dwells within stranger realms—unattached to…
One thing RAM has had a knack for and continues to sharpen is their ability to craft really hooky vocal lines and memorable melodies, placed perfectly within their rollicking tapestry of both shredding and classic metal sound. On Rod, these elements are once more synthesized into an enjoyable whole.
The High Heat Licks Against Heaven blends its disparate elements into an absorbing listen, and as such makes it one of the stronger releases of the (still) new year.
Album number seven sees Inquisition both pushing for new horizons while also showing signs of growing a bit too comfortable with their own formula
Black metal may have been birthed within the frozen winter landscapes of Scandinavia, but it was only an eye blink…
With a history stretching back to 1995, Ösnabruck, Germany's occult masters Secrets of the Moon have managed, over the course of five full-lengths and a host of splits and EP's, to cast a long shadow over the murky world of black metal.
Their debut full-length, The Flame of Eternity's Decline, first saw life in 2005 via Oriana Music, and helped to solidify Khors as a force to be reckoned with. Now, ten years later, the band is re-releasing that first cold breath on Svarga Music, remixed and remastered and ready to turn some heads.
Hooded Menace incorporates some rocking parts before a wash of distortion heralds a trippy instrumental departure, showcasing the diversity of sound that elevates them above many of their contemporaries plying this style.
Along with Dismember, Unleashed, and Entombed, Grave stands for a sound that was birthed and perfected in Sweden. Unfailingly loyal to the genre, Lindgren seems to have gotten whatever experimental urges he may have felt out of his system back in the middle of the 1990's, as did so many extreme musicians. Since those days, each Grave album has sounded quite similar to the one before it.
As much Liszt as Limbonic Art, Lychgate combine the avant-garde leanings of unconventional time signatures, classical music, but build each level onto a harsh black metal foundation.
Tau Cross began life last year following Miller's second and ostensibly final disbandment of Amebix, a band whose initial lifespan between 1978 and 1987 influenced Napalm Death, Sepultura, Hellhammer, Bathory, and Darkthrone, to name but a few. Voivod needs no introduction, and Away's musical pedigree is almost unrivaled. Joining these two heavyweights for Tau Cross are John Misery (Misery) and Andy Lefton, both handpicked by Miller to join him on guitars.