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Album: This Will Destroy You – Another Language

September 9th, 2014

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This Will Destroy You
Another Language
Suicide Squeeze Records
15 September 2014

by Ruth Booth

Imagine you’ve only ever commuted to a single song, selected by some dictatorial public transport commission. One day, you get on the bus – and nothing. No sound. Confused, you take your seat in silence. Then someone coughs, and your senses pop. Small things are thrown into relief – the engine stutters rabid complaints, there’s a tart stink of old fish’n’chips somewhere – and was there always that beech tree on the corner of X and Y? The ordinary has become extraordinary. Listening to Another Language, the new album from This Will Destroy You, is something like this.

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Album: Witch Mountain – Mobile of Angels

September 8th, 2014

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Witch Mountain
Mobile of Angels
Svart Records
02 October 2014

by Pete Long

Witch Mountain’s new album will be released at exactly the right time of year to appreciate it. Shortening nights, greying skies – autumn is a time for doom metal. Fans’ appreciation of Mobile of Angels will be tempered, however, by the news that this will be vocalist Uta Plotkin’s last album with the band. It’s enough to move you to sadness before even listening to it.

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Album: Decapitated – Blood Mantra

September 4th, 2014

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Decapitated
Blood Mantra
Nuclear Blast
26 September 2014

by Pete Long

When guitarist Vogg resurrected Decapitated following the tragic road accident in 2007 that shattered the band, he could have chosen to keep doing the same things that had made Decapitated as big as they are. The 2011 release of Carnival is Forever was definitely not the result of such a decision. Blood Mantra is another step down that path, away from the sounds of traditional death metal.

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Album: Everyone Dies In The End – All Things Lead To This

September 2nd, 2014

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Everyone Dies In The End
All Things Lead To This
Futurerecordings
22 September 2014

by David Keevill

As a purely instrumental band, you have to remember that every word you do write will be analysed within an inch of its existence. Hitching a ride on the fatalistic “post-” bandwagon, Everyone Dies In the End have their mouths full with their debut album All Things Lead To This, and their heads stuffed with notions of their own grandeur.

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Albums: Mortals – Cursed to See the Future

August 28th, 2014

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Mortals
Cursed To See The Future
Relapse Records
07 July 2014

by Rob McAuslan

Relapse are on a bit of a tear of late, signing all manner of bands both old and new; from death metal legends like Obituary to North Carolina’s grind neophytes Columns, they’ve got new records in the works from most areas of extreme metal. It’s at least encouraging to see this kind of faith being shown in a time when the industry as a whole is apparently eating beans on toast five nights out of seven. Scooping up Mortals as a part of this recent drive may well be one of the smarter moves they’ve made.

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Album: Gnarwolves – Gnarwolves

August 20th, 2014

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Gnarwolves
Gnarwolves
Big Scary Monsters/Tangled Talk
15 September 2014

by Alex Andrews

Take a good look at the artwork for Gnarwolves’ first full-length record (click the Read More tag below, yeah?). If you’ve seen a worse album cover this year then please let me know. A mountain of skateboards, a garish shade of green and a font that could’ve been lifted from a Goosebumps novel; it’s pretty much exactly what your parents picture when they think of punk. But as bad as it may be, it’s a fitting representation of the Gnarwolves circus, which has probably rolled into your town at some point over the past of couple of years.

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Album: Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden

August 18th, 2014

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Pallbearer
Foundations of Burden
Profound Lore
25 August 2014

by Cheryl Carter

The rise of Pallbearer has been interesting to witness – from their humble beginnings and the demo of 2010, to the much anticipated debut record (Sorrow & Extinction) to the follow up that they are now on the cusp of releasing – the Arkansas-based doom band have followed a steady path of ever-increasing popularity without losing sight of what’s actually important – the music. 2012s Sorrow & Extinction was quite rightly hailed as one of the best records of the year.

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Album: ’68 – In Humor And Sadness

August 15th, 2014

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’68
In Humor And Sadness
eOne Music/Good Fight Music
18 August 2014

by Hugh Platt

As sad as the disbanding on The Chariot in 2013 was, their frontman Josh Scogin’s decision to punctuate his career with this new band rather than muscling his (now former) band into the direction he has pursued here, was the right one to make. ’68 aren’t easily comparable to either them or Scogin’s other former outfit, journeymen metalcore outfit Norma Jean, and to try to foister the sheer visceral intent of these songs upon that band would not have been anywhere near as effective as letting them be their own thing is.

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Album: Entombed A.D. – Back To The Front

August 14th, 2014

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Back To The Front
Century Media
04 August 2014

by Rob McAuslan

It’s always a shame when bands stop liking each other. As a result of the sheer amount of time you have to spend in each others’ company in the ‘hurry up and wait’ lifestyle of any reasonably-successful artist it’s probably unavoidable, but that doesn’t make it any easier on long-time fans. It seems like barely a week passes without some story emerging about how Band Guy A doesn’t like Band Guy B anymore, and its usually about money. Sadly but unsurprisingly, everyone’s favourite Swedish death metal pioneers have fallen foul of it too, it seems.

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Album: EscapeTheCult – All You Need To

August 13th, 2014

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EscapeTheCult
All You Need To
Self-Release
18 August 2014

by Ruth Booth

It’s the disappointment, mostly. We’ve all fallen into the same trap, fooled into thinking that, because of the names involved, they would make so much more than the sum of their parts. Are we just victims of our own expectations? Or is something else going on with the debut from EscapeTheCult, the supergroup from alumni of A Perfect Circle, Primus, Uneven Structure, Kamlath and King Diamond?

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