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Album Review: CHRISTIAN MISTRESS To Your Death

Posted by | September 16, 2015

Christian Mistress is a confounding egg of a band. A half-decade ago, they took a good chunk of the metal world by storm with their Agony and Opium debut which saw them offering a solid, if not spectacular, dose of heavy metal proper. Granted, they were on the leading edge of the growing obsession with the old-school NWOBHM/80s proto speed metal sound (i.e. they never gave up wearing patch jackets and collecting vinyl after you did), so they stuck out like a bit of a sore thumb at the time.

| September 16, 2015
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Album Review: TESSERACT Polaris

Posted by | September 14, 2015

With three solid vocalists in their studio recording history, there's arguably one voice that can be considered the most definitively fitting for TesseracT. Not to belittle vocal replacements Elliot Coleman or Ashe O'Hara in any decree, but a certain charisma and signature style was missing. Since the announcement of a full-length studio album with the reunion of Daniel Tompkins, curiosities and expectations have been stacking up to pedestal heights.

| September 14, 2015
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Album Review: NILE What Should not Be Unearthed

Posted by | August 3, 2015

Nile demands our attention whenever they leap onto their chariots into battle. Their latest ride is entitled, What Should not be Unearthed. And the title is very deliberate, as the band aims to explore the spirit or force beneath the many world myths and religions, including that of their Egyptian muse

| August 3, 2015
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Album Review: THEORIES Regression

Posted by | April 6, 2015

Since regression is a return to a former or less developed state, one will doubtless see the new Theories album in a matter of two lights: one being the sound they relentlessly pursue; making aggressive, reckless death grind on a purely primitive level. And yet on another but contrary notion: a band that is playing the genre without amateur sensibilities.

| April 6, 2015
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Quick Review: DEATH ENGINE Mud

Posted by | March 4, 2015

France’s Death Engine doesn’t sound like Neurosis per se, but there’s a definite artistic aesthetic informed, influenced and inspired by the Oakland post-metal legends. Death Engine is similar in that it definitely sways to the brutal end of the scale, but sounds almost otherworldly when compared to rudimentary metal or hardcore bands.

| March 4, 2015