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09.12.2019
(Plateomtale)

STATUS QUO

Backbone

Anmeldt av Jens Nepper
(earMusic, 2019)

“Backbone” by the legendary Status Quo came out quite a while ago but it is just so damn cool and well-crafted that it simply needs to be reviewed on these pages before the year ends. Following the death of Rick Parfitt, one often came across one of those awful naysayers or ...
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06.12.2019
(Plateomtale)

TYKETTO

Strength in Numbers Live

Anmeldt av Jens Nepper
(Frontiers Records, 2019)

Tyketto is an underrated and to some extent overlooked outfit that just so happened to release the fantastic “Strength in Numbers” record back in those murky and rather dreadful early 90s when nobody basically gave a shit about melodic rock. Fortunately, Tyketto are still out there touring and kicking ass, and ...
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05.12.2019
(Plateomtale)

IMMANIFEST

Macrobial

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(The Artisan Era, 2019)

No one with even a passing appreciation of symphonic black metal can deny the prowess of "Spiritual Black Dimensions", "Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia" or "Death Cult Armageddon". On these albums Dimmu Borgir perfected the genre unlike either before or ever since. The Floridian sextet Immanifest boldly walks the same path on their ...
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02.12.2019
(Plateomtale)

THE DROWNING

The Radiant Dark

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(Transcending Obscurity Records, 2019)

"Senescent Signs" (2016) was an excellent slab of early Peaceville doom/death, with superb songwriting, which proved the British quintet was capable of creating masterpieces. No wonder, then, that "The Radiant Dark", exceeds its predecessor in every way and is easily the genre's best album of the year. The Drowning was formed ...
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28.11.2019
(Plateomtale)

GRAND SLAM

Hit the Ground

Anmeldt av Jens Nepper
(Marshall Records, 2019)

I have been awaiting this album by the ridiculously underrated Grand Slam for what seems like years now and I cannot even begin to describe just how fucking awesome it is. Has it been worth the wait? Obviously! Does it rule beyond belief? Most definitely! The band will forever be associated ...
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27.11.2019
(Plateomtale)

PAGANIZER

The Tower Of The Morbid

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(Transcending Obscurity Records, 2019)

Roger "Rogga" Johansson breathes, lives, eats, drinks, pees and defacates old school death metal, such as Down Among The Deadmen, Megascavenger, Paganizer, and his solo project simply named Rogga Johansson, among many. The, crushing, rusty and typical stylings are evident on this Paganizer's 11th output, yet with disappointingly too few hooks ...
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26.11.2019
(Plateomtale)

FILTHGRAVE

Necromantic Rituals

Anmeldt av Jens Nepper
(Self released, 2019)

A couple of years ago I came across a solid and vile demo release by the Oslo-based black metal act Filthgrave that I found quite entertaining and full of potential, and I was curious as to how these morose dudes would develop their musical sound and style in the future. The ...
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25.11.2019
(Plateomtale)

SODOM

Out Of The Frontline Trench (EP)

Anmeldt av John Morrow
(Steamhammer/SPV, 2019)

It's amazing to think that Sodom have been around since 1981, producing incredible music that has become seminal in the worlds of both thrash and black metal. Even in the dark 90's when metal was overlooked by many, the German legends (most importantly band-leader Tom Angelripper, ...
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23.11.2019
(Plateomtale)

NOVEMBERS DOOM

Nephilim Grove

Anmeldt av Eddie Rattlehead
(Prophecy Productions, 2019)

The early Peaceville Trinity of Anathema, My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost pioneered the doom/death genre later expanded by the likes of Opeth with even more pronounced light-dark/piano-forte dynamic, especially in vocals. On their 11th offering in a whopping 30 year history, our very own Chicagoan pride and joy fuse both ...
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22.11.2019
(Plateomtale)

RATTENFÄNGER

Geisslerlieder

Anmeldt av Jens Nepper
(Dark Essence Records, 2019)

It has been quite a while since the Ukrainian death metal mongers Rattenfänger unleashed their utterly dark and brutal debut offering (i.e. “Epistolae Obscurorum Virorum” from 2012), but to my great surprise this sophomore effort of theirs showed up in my mailbox recently. Boasting a line-up consisting of skilled and seasoned ...
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