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Album: Corrupt Moral Altar – Mechanical Tides

July 28th, 2014

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Corrupt Moral Altar
Mechanical Tides
Season Of Mist
22 July 2014

by Pete Long

If you’re excited by the prospect of Corrupt Moral Altar‘s first full album, chances are it’s due to the feral rage that suffused their two previous EPs. The sludge-tinged grindcore of Whiskey Sierra and Luciferian Deathcult were the aural equivalent of a rusty steel bolt through the neck.

It’s probably going to make some of people unhappy then that Mechanical Tides is a marked evolution from that sound.

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EP: De Profundis – Frequencies

July 21st, 2014

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De Profundis
Frequencies
Self-Release
19 June 2014

by Pete Long

With a new full player due out later this year, London-based De Profundis want your attention. The four song EP Frequencies is their means of grabbing it and to ensure it works, they’re releasing it for free. Considering the quality of their 2012 outing The Emptiness Within, with its Death-meets-Opeth take on Death Metal, that’s a generous offer.

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Album: Allegaeon – Elements of The Infinite

June 30th, 2014

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Allegaeon
Elements of The Infinite
Metal Blade
23 June 2014

by Pete Long

In 2012 Allegaeon released Formshifter, their second album, and it was a thing of no little beauty. Coming out of Colorado, Allegaeon displayed an impressive talent both in terms of technical virtuosity and riff writing and, as a result, produced one of the freshest sounding melodic death metal albums heard in some time. It was as if Dark Tranquillity and Children of Bodom had both gone back to their peak, then had a slightly less-talented love child.

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Album: Tombs – Savage Gold

June 4th, 2014

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Tombs
Savage Gold
Relapse Records
10 June 2014

by Pete Long

We live in an era of post-[suffix] genres. Tombs, the Brooklyn four-piece that made a name for themselves with 2011’s Path of Totality, might be loosely described as post-everything. In a fit of what might be described as either extreme ambition or common sense, they’ve taken a huge array of influences and welded them together. If their new album, Savage Gold, can’t convert people to Tombs’ way of thinking, then absolutely nothing will.

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Album: Vallenfyre – Splinters

May 21st, 2014

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Vallenfyre
Splinters
Century Media
12 May 2014

by Pete Long

A psychologist could probably draw all sorts of conclusions from the fact that when Gregor Mackintosh, one of Britain’s most prominent doom mongers, looked for a way to channel his grief at his father’s passing, he chose raw and brutal death metal. Three years on from the somewhat sad inception of Vallenfyre, Mackintosh and his group of hyper-talented friends are back once again to explore both loss and grief, via Mackintosh’s own musical heritage from the 80s.

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Album: Insomnium – Shadows Of The Dying Sun

May 2nd, 2014

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Insomnium
Shadows of the Dying Sun
Century Media
28 April 2014

by Pete Long

Over the course of five albums, Insomnium has emerged as one of the best things to happen to Melodic Death Metal post-1995. When it comes to bittersweet melody and sprawling build-ups to emotional, cathartic denouements, they have very few competitors. That’s probably why new album Shadows Of The Dying Sun is the one thing you should buy this week and with this sixth release, the Finns have decided to tinker with their sound.

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EP: Sigiriya – Darkness Died Today

April 30th, 2014

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Sigiriya
Darkness Died Today
Candlelight Records
21 April 2014

by Pete Long

If something looks, swims and quacks like a duck, then it sure as hell has a lot of duck-like qualities, regardless of whether it actually is said bird or not. In similar vein, when you get most of Acrimony in a band – Stu O’Hara, Paul Bidmead and Darren Ivey – it’s probably going to sound pretty good. You feel safe expecting something a bit heavy, a bit groovy. There’s a lot to live up to with Acrimony’s legacy, even with a new name, even with an album already released under that name.

Sigiriya’s Darkness Died Today lives up to these expectations.

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Album: Metsatöll – Karjajuht

April 17th, 2014

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Metsatöll
Karjajuht
Spinefarm Records
07 March 2014

by Pete Long

When people talk about folk metal, they are often talking about metal with a bit of a rustic tinge. The odd flute trill, maybe a violin, some jaunty riffs on the electric guitars – very much more metal than folk. Bands who are as much folk as metal, where the traditional instruments and melodies play as big a role as the crushing riffs – more Pogues than Dropkicks, to borrow a punk comparison – they’re a rarer beast. Metsatöll have been firmly towards the Pogues-end of that spectrum ever since multi-instrumentalist Lauri ‘Varulven’ Õunapuu joined the band in 2000.

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Album: Ageless Oblivion – Penthos

March 14th, 2014

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Ageless Oblivion
Penthos
Siege Of Amida Records
17 March 2014

by Pete Long

When Ageless Oblivion released Temples of Transcendent Evolution back in 2011, they caused a wee bit of a buzz with their Frankenstein’s monster approach to death metal. Even a little bit of “next big thing” talk. Fast-forward three years and the follow-up, Penthos, follows the same ethos. It’s as if Cult of Luna had just mugged every death metal band they could see and stolen all the riffs.

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EP: Wild Throne – Blood Maker

February 26th, 2014

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Wild Throne
Blood Maker
Brutal Panda Records
04 March 2014

by Pete Long

If your band is called Dog Shredder, you have one of two options. 1) Keeping it, which will make people think you’re a Grindcore band that loves Beavis and Butthead. 2) Change it. That’s what Wild Throne chose to do, and Blood Maker is the first EP released since the name change.

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