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Album: Kreator – Phantom Antichrist

May 31st, 2012

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Kreator
Phantom Antichrist
Nuclear Blast
01 June 2012

by Tom Dare

There’s a general principal with the great thrash bands: their stuff from the ’80s is absolutely essential, their stuff in the ’90s divisive, and their stuff from the ’00s is really  for existing fans only. Except every now and again, one of those bands that took metal to new extremes and influenced practically every non-doom band since releases an album that demands even those of just moderate passing interest to pay attention. Testament did it with The Formation Of Damnation, Megadeth did it with Endgame, and now Kreator have done it with Phantom Antichrist.

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Album: Accept – Stalingrad

April 3rd, 2012

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Accept
Stalingrad
Nuclear Blast
06 April 2012

by Tom Dare

When German more-metal-than-all veterans, Accept, came back with their first album in 14 years in 2010, there was plenty of celebrating a spectacular comeback. There was also plenty of commentary about how immensely metal Accept are, to the point it’s become a cliché. What’s been perhaps slightly overlooked by some – and should be no longer – is how brilliant this band actually are.

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