Marduk – Frontschwein (2015)

by Brett Stevens
April 20, 2015 –
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Marduk attempts to return to their past of blasting melodic war-themed ultra-simplistic black metal, evoking Panzer Division Marduk more than the mysterious album which preceded it, Opus Nocturne, which remains arguably their strong point. The band incorporates some elements of tribal-industrial hybrid rhythms, but stays on point with short riffs. Arguably this mature form of...Read more

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Kjeld – Skym (2014)

by Cory Van der Pol
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Kjeld tackles black metal by drawing a line through all of the bands to capture the concept through history and then pulling out the best and adapting it to a local sound, producing a band that alternates between mid-paced and high speed melodic black metal that balances its pleasant sounds with savage primitive riffing. The...Read more

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Uncreation – The Great Delusion (2014)

by Cory Van der Pol
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Australia band Uncreation combines several underground metal styles: trudging death metal in the Immolation style, bursting speed metal like Artillery, and technical death metal for transitions. Avoiding explicit hard rock, it cycles between different ideas compatible with death metal, but focuses too much on trudging beats like the Suffocation clones of the late 1990s. Technically...Read more

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Members of Demilich, Jess and the Ancient Ones, Winterwolf and Deathchain form The Exploding Eyes Orchestra

by Brett Stevens
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Formed of five of seven Jess and the Ancient Ones members including Deathchain/Winterwolf guitarist Thomas Corpse as primary songwriter, The Exploding Eyes Orchestra explores a different side of garage rock which merges the nightclub chanteuse sound of the 1940s with the expansive atmospheric sound of 1970s heavy rock. The result has high emotional intensity, compelling...Read more

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Paradise Lost releases “No Hope In Sight” from The Plague Within

by Brett Stevens
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Seminal heavy metal/doom metal band Paradise Lost will release The Plague Within on June 1, 2015 in Europe (June 2 in USA) through Century Media Records. During the early 1990s, this band inspired death metal and black metal bands to experiment with layered melodic lead rhythm guitar over distorted power chords, and to this day...Read more

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Century Media re-issues Gorguts Obscura and From Wisdom to Hate

by Brett Stevens
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Century Media Records has recently re-issued the death metal classics Obscura and From Wisdom to Hate by Canadian band Gorguts. The 2015 editions of these records were created in close cooperation with guitarist and songwriter Luc Lemay, who describes the history and context of these releases in accompanying liner notes. The re-issues are dedicated to...Read more

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The historical background of MetalGate

by Brett Stevens
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From a recent interview with our editor: You and the other reviewers are notorious for having incredibly harsh reviews. What would you say are your favorite metal albums of all time? These metal albums have stayed in weekly rotation over the years: Massacra – Final Holocaust Slayer – Show No Mercy Incantation – Onward to...Read more

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Grotesque In the Embrace of Evil plus At the Gates Gardens of Grief re-issue

by Brett Stevens
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Hammerheart Records will re-issue Swedish black/heavy/death metal band Grotesque In the Embrace of Evil plus the first release of the band which shortly succeeded it, At the Gates Gardens of Grief. These will be released on vinyl on August 21, 2015. Grotesque, like Merciless, Morbid, Slaughter Lord, Tormentor (Hungary) and Sarcofago, represented an interstitial state...Read more

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Should metal be a hobby or a career?

by Brett Stevens
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A recent article on Gene Simmons observed the following: Rock star Gene Simmons says that when it comes to making money he is like a great white shark. And that despite being worth more than $300m (£200m), he will never stop wanting to make more. …”I’ll never stop hunting more money, I’ll never have enough.”...Read more

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#metalgate: SJW-controlled Metal-Archives.com censors realist reviewers

by Cory Van der Pol
April 19, 2015 –
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SJW-controlled site Metal-Archives.com, famous for its desire to regulate what is “metal” and exclude non-leftist viewpoints from the site, has deleted user “bitterman” who gained notoriety for his realistic, masculinized reviews which expressed extreme intolerance of insincere, manipulative and mediocre metal. All of the writings of this person are now removed with no chance for...Read more

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