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27.05.2020
(Plateomtale)

OMNIARCH

Omniarch

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(Independent, 2020)

It could be argued that bands such as Arsis, Revocation and The Black Dahlia Murder, while starting out as melodic death metal bands, because of their incredible instrumental prowess and their ability to seamlessly meld different genres, ended up creating what can be called a new, as of yet unnamed, style, ...
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26.05.2020
(Plateomtale)

SUSAN MASINO

Let There Be Rock: The Story of AC/DC (Updated Edition)

Anmeldt av Jens Nepper
(Omnibuss Press, 2020)

Noted rock journalist Susan Masino has written some very cool books revolving around Hank Williams, KISS, and Van Halen, but the one that we shall discuss and focus on here is an updated edition of her work on AC/DC that the ever-awesome Omnibus Press published quite recently.The chronicle of the marvelous ...
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25.05.2020
(Plateomtale)

FIREWIND

Firewind

Anmeldt av John Morrow
(AFM Records, 2020)

Gus G. has made a name for himself over the past 20 years with his superior skill on guitar and songwriting second to none. He's spent time in Dream Evil, Arch Enemy, and most notably in Ozzy Osbourne's band, but his primary project and focus has always been Firewind, an act ...
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24.05.2020
(Plateomtale)

HAYK ERSEMERCI

Hayk Ersemerci

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(Selfreleased, 2020)

The solo artist extraordinaire Hayk Ersemerci presented just this one eponymous EP for our amusement and consumption but, sadly, I cannot find any info on where the man comes from. Perhaps, it is better this way so that we can focus on the music at hand which is very good, indeed.While ...
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23.05.2020
(Plateomtale)

ALKYMIST

Sanctuary

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(Indisciplinarian, 2020)

And the Grammy award for the weirdest sludge/doom metal record goes to "Sanctuary", Alkymist's 2nd album after "Element" EP (2018) and eponymous LP (2018). On the guitar basis a'la Entombed's "Wolverine Blues" or any Vallenfyre's record a growling vocal a'la Nicholas John Arthur Holmes (Paradise Lost, Bloodbath) or Gregor Mackintosh (Paradise ...
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22.05.2020
(Plateomtale)

ICON OF EVIL

Icon of Evil

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(Selfmadegod Records, 2020)

In my review of Czerń's excellent "Zgliszcza" album (5/6) I claimed that there was more to the Polish death metal than the Trinity Of Death (Azarath, Behemoth, Vader). Czerń was exhibit A and now these Lower Silesians from Wrocław, Icon Of Evil, featuring Rafał "Mokry" Pietras (vocals), Kamil Folga (guitars), Łukasz ...
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21.05.2020
(Plateomtale)

ULCERATE

Stare Into Death And Be Still

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(Debemur Morti Productions, 2020)

Few people who have watched The Shire as depicted in Peter Jackson's "The Lord Of The Rings" Trilogy motion picture would associate those green picturesque pastures with bleak depressing death metal, yet it is here, in Auckland, New Zealand, that Ulcerate, one of my favorite death metal bands, was born as ...
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20.05.2020
(Plateomtale)

VADER

Solitude In Madness

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(Nuclear Blast, 2020)

Before Azarath and Behemoth there was Vader, indeed, the first Polish export death metal band, which started off as a heavy/speed metal construct in 1983, in Olsztyn, Warmia-Masuria, and eventually embraced a death metal sound with reminiscences of thrash, according to Encyclopedia Metallum. Vader was named after the Sith Lord Vader, ...
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19.05.2020
(Plateomtale)

SHARK ISLAND

Bloodline

Anmeldt av Jens Nepper
(SAOL, 2020)

Uplifting and instantly appealing tunes with an 80s hard rock-vibe straight out of the LA scene is what the musically fiery US veterans Shark Island offer, and this eleven-track record of theirs is just what the good doctor ordered for troubled times like these. Big riffs and even bigger choruses coupled ...
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18.05.2020
(Plateomtale)

TRIPTYKON with the Metropole Orkest

Requiem (Live At Roadburn 2019)

Anmeldt av John Morrow
(Century Media, 2020)

There are certain albums that, once you have investigated their origins and delved deep into the recordings, you just know are special and worthy of classic status. When it comes to Thomas Gabriel Fischer, the mastermind behind Switzerland’s Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, and Triptykon (all three projects being HUGELY influential and ...
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