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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: 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: 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: Whitechapel – Our Endless War

April 28th, 2014

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Whitechapel
Our Endless War
Metal Blade
28 April 2014

by David Keevill

It would’ve be more apt if Whitechapel had called their new album Our Endless Uphill Struggle. Their credibility within the saturated genre of deathcore depends upon them churning out consistent-sounding music to one of metal’s most unrelenting and demanding scenes. This album – their fifth studio album in 8 years – will be lavished with praise by their fans for doing just that, but why should anyone with a peripheral interest in the genre care?

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Album: Destrage – Are You Kidding Me? No.

February 25th, 2014

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Destrage
Are You Kidding Me? No.
Metal Blade Records
03 March 2014

by Gavin Lloyd

Eclecticism – it’s great, isn’t it? Well in theory it is, however more often than not those whacky boundary pushing buggers are not very good. The kind of people who claim to like iwrestledabearonce are often just try hard musos out to impress each other. If you really want to get people’s attention, why not just make outlandish claims about the size of your genitals? It’ll get you plenty of attention and also free up your time to listen to music that doesn’t suck.

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Album: Slough Feg – Digital Resistance

February 19th, 2014

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Slough Feg
Digital Resistance
Metal Blade
17 February 2014

by Rob McAuslan

As long-time leader of Slough Feg and a founding member of Hammers Of Misfortune, Mike Scalzi’s credentials are well and truly established – nine records with this outfit since 1990 speaks volumes to his tenacity, if nothing else. After two decades of relative obscurity, Metal Blade picked them up last year, which should hopefully ensure that one of metal’s best-kept secrets at least get a fair shot with their latest release.

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Album: Hail Of Bullets – III: The Rommel Chronicles

November 6th, 2013

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Hail Of Bullets
III: The Rommel Chronicles
Metal Blade
29 October 2013

by Rob McAuslan

Only one man has ever caused me to reconsider my attendance at a death metal show through the sheer sickening weight of his damped powerchords – Paul Baayens of Hail Of Bullets, Thanatos and Asphyx. To my mind, that’s how death metal should feel – it was always meant to be nasty, uncomfortable music, in keeping with its lyrical content and overall aesthetic.

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Album: Amon Amarth – Deceiver of the Gods

June 26th, 2013

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Amon Amarth
Deceiver of the Gods
Metal Blade
25 June 2013

by David Keevill

Viking Metal – a scourge of Christendom or just a global ballache to genre purists everywhere? Amon Amarth are foisted with this most divisive tag; for anybody who’s spent five seconds with the music of these Swedish bruisers, it’s apparent that they’re about as likely to fit into a Hammerheart-era Bathory-shaped mould as Falling In Reverse are.

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Album: The Black Dahlia Murder – Everblack

June 4th, 2013

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The Black Dahlia Murder
Everblack
Metal Blade
10 June 2013

by Rob McAuslan

Have wallies stopped calling The Black Dahlia Murder a “metalcore” band yet? As cases of mistaken genre identity go, this is one of the sillier ones. How many slabs of scathingly-vicious, speaker-ruiningly heavy death metal do you need to release before people look past the odd stretched earlobe and short haircut and just accept what a band actually sounds like? Album number six in what’s becoming an accelerating run of form might not change any more slightly-slow minds than 2011’s Ritual managed to, but by this point it doesn’t really matter what you call them – The Black Dahlia Murder and their brand of savage yet accessible melodic death metal aren’t going away any time soon.

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