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Album: Black Messiah – Heimweh

December 16th, 2013

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Black Messiah
Heimweh
AFM Records
29 November 2013

by Pete Long

It mightn’t be quite as popular as the current wave of atmospheric black metal, but there’s no shortage of bands playing various black and folk metal tributes to Odin and chums. Germany’s Black Messiah have been at that game for two decades now, without ever really placing themselves in the league of heavyweights like Falkenbach and Moonsorrow.

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Album: SuidAkrA – Book Of Dowth

March 15th, 2011

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SuidAkrA
Book Of Dowth
AFM Records
25 March 2011

by Tom Dare

After nine albums in their fourteen years of releasing, SuidAkrA show no sign of slacking off. Instead, they continue to forge on down the rain-swept Hibernian path they have carved out for themselves with tenth album Book Of Dowth in striking fashion.

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Album: Destruction The Curse of the Antichrist – Live In Agony

October 1st, 2009

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The Curse of the Antichrist – Live In Agony
AFM Records
25 September 2009

By Stephen Milnes

The live album is a curious beast. Many can feel rather soulless and synthetic, a poor imitation of actually being at a gig. Hearing the crowd over the top can be irritating, the tracks – often taken from across a plethora of albums – don’t always run together like a coherent album should, and the sets are often too long to be palatable outside the context of the performance, taking up multiple CDs. Put simply, they’re nerdy and usually the preserve of the super-fan.

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EP: Mob Rules – Astral Hand

September 28th, 2009

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Mob Rules
Astral Hand EP
AFM Records
09 October 2009

by Jon Kerr

For those new to Mob Rules, this is a power metal band who left behind the fantasy-fiction imagery and now write songs about Lee Harvey Oswald and the Middle Eastern conflict. Pretty refreshing, we suppose.

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Album: SOiL – Picture Perfect

September 17th, 2009

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SOiL
Picture Perfect
AFM Records
23 October 2009

by Claire Robinson

When SOiL burst onto the world metal scene in 2001, their huge single ‘Halo’ become something of an anthem that pretty much every metal head on the planet knows word for word. Since then, things have become pretty stagnant for the Illinois four-piece, with albums flopping, vocalist Ryan McCombs leaving to join Drowning Pool, and the recruitment of his replacement, AJ Cavalier.

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