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Album: Mors Principium Est – Dawn of the 5th Era

December 17th, 2014

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Mors Principium Est
Dawn of the 5th Era
AFM Records
05 December 2014

by Pete Long

The key to a good melodic death metal album is a multitude of great riffs, teetering right between wild-eyed aggression and impressible catchiness. But the majority of bands in the genre seem to have forgotten this in their quest to push its boundaries. Mors Principium Est’s new album, Dawn of the 5th Era, is an antidote to that. It’s filled to the brim with great riffs.

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Album: tētēma – Geocidal

December 2nd, 2014

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Geocidal
Ipecac Records
08 December 2014

by Ruth Booth

Attaching the name “Mike Patton” to a project can make a lot of us lose most, if not all critical faculties about music. And when it comes to stepping out of our comfort zones, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. tētēma is the latest project from avant-garde composer Anthony Pateras – and their first output, Geocidal, a heady hyper-future blend of earth-conscious electronica and analogue sound. Patton serves as human instrument – but one that doesn’t steal the scene as much as you’d expect.

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Album: Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen

November 24th, 2014

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Primordial
Where Greater Men Have Fallen
Metal Blade
24 November 2014

by Pete Long

It is impossible to discuss Primordial without talking about the music’s emotion as much as the music itself. Pride, grief, rage; these things meld into each other and every note, giving the band a resonance and sincerity that politicians and Christmas adverts alike would kill for. Where Greater Men Have Fallen is very much in the same vein as its predecessors, and for a band of Primordial’s consistency, that can only be a good thing.

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Album: Soen – Tellurian

November 7th, 2014

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Tellurian
Spinefarm Records
03 November 2014

by David Keevill

The old adage about difficult second albums usually applies to bands whose debuts were heaped with a barrage of saccharine praise. Soen, a supergroup made up of members of Willowtree and Opeth, are now are in a similarly difficult juncture but for opposite reasons. Their debut, Cognitive, was universally criticised for its borrowings from Tool, from its sleek, subversive delivery and socio-enviro-eco-political parables, right on through to its Lateralus-like artwork.

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Album: Vesania – Deus Ex Machina

November 5th, 2014

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Vesania
Deus Ex Machina
Metal Blade
27 October 2014

by Pete Long

It’s probably enshrined in ancient charter that all Polish metal bands must have at least one member who at some point has contributed to one of Behemoth, Vader or Decapitated. Sure enough, of Vesania’s three founder members, frontman Orion plays bass with Behemoth, bassist Heinrich has played with Decapitated, and drummer Daray has played with Vader (and just about everyone else). It sort of makes them a supergroup in reverse. It also probably accounts for why it’s been seven years between albums.

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Album: Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum

October 24th, 2014

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Anaal Nathrakh
Desideratum
Metal Blade
27 October 2014

by Rob McAuslan

How, if you’re Anaal Nathrakh, do you develop your sound even further into the realms of the ridiculously extreme? It’d be fair to say that in their pretty rarefied stratum, Nathrakh are already top dog – black-grind-industrial-death metal isn’t the largest of fields to be playing in, after all – but not content with this status, these Midlands misanthropes attempt to push harder and harder with each release.

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Album: Black Moth – Condemned To Hope

October 10th, 2014

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Black Moth
Condemned To Hope
New Heavy Sounds
22 September 2014

by Hugh Platt

There isn’t a single aspect of Condemned To Hope that isn’t an improvement on The Killing Jar. Black Moth have burrowed down deep and incubated an album that doesn’t so much piss on the concept of “the difficult second album” as they have dug up its corpse, fired 10,000 volts through it’s embalmed veins and cackled madly as it dances around to their nefarious tune.

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Album: At The Gates – At War With Reality

September 29th, 2014

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At The Gates
At War With Reality
Century Media
27 October 2014

by Pete Long

It is very hard to escape the influence of Slaughter of the Soul. At The Gates’ classic still stands as the consensus pinnacle of the melodeath genre, and remains a touchstone of much of modern metal. So it’s probably best to establish from the off that At War with Reality –  arguably the most anticipated comeback album since Carcass’ Surgical Steel – is not a clone of its predecessor.

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Album: Electric Wizard – Time To Die

September 26th, 2014

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Time To Die
Spinefarm Records
29 September 2014

by Daniel Cairns

I’ll say this for Electric Wizard, at least they haven’t tried to ‘go political’ or anything. Bless them, they’re still obsessed with killing, weed, Satan, witches, Lovecraft, weed and more killing, which is great. They’re in their, what… 40s now? And they haven’t grown up at all. There’s no better band in the world when it comes to all this stuff, and Time To Die is full of it.

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Album: Marmozets – The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets

September 10th, 2014

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Marmozets
The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets
Roadrunner Records
29 September 2014

by Gavin Lloyd

There’s a fine art to writing great rock music. Let’s be honest, there are an awful lot of bands getting it wrong. Sometimes it can almost get too much and the urge to run off and go live in a cave, while taking up a radical new lifestyle, such as listening to Nicki Minaj on repeat, becomes ever more tempting. However every now and then something like this comes along to restore our faith.

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