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Slow - Abîmes I

Slow - Abîmes I (2023)

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Håndgemeng - Ultraritual

Håndgemeng - Ultraritual (2023)

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Håndgemeng - Grim Riffer

Håndgemeng - Grim Riffer (2020)

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Håndgemeng - Motorcycle Death Cult

Håndgemeng - Motorcycle Death Cult (2019)

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Clouds Taste Satanic - Tales of Demonic Possession

Clouds Taste Satanic - Tales of Demonic Possession (2023)

Added: February 21, 2024
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Genitorturers - Blackheart Revolution

Genitorturers - Blackheart Revolution (2009)

Added: February 25, 2024
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Resolve - Human

Resolve - Human (2023)

Added: February 25, 2024
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Infected Rain - Time

Infected Rain - Time (2024)

Added: February 18, 2024
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Infected Rain - The Devil's Dozen

Infected Rain - The Devil's Dozen (2023)

Added: February 18, 2024
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Any Given Day - Limitless

Any Given Day - Limitless (2024)

Added: February 18, 2024
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Phil Campbell and The Bastard Sons - Kings of the Asylum

Phil Campbell and The Bastard Sons - Kings of the Asylum (2023)

Added: February 25, 2024
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High Spirits - Safe on the Other Side

High Spirits - Safe on the Other Side (2023)

Added: February 25, 2024
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Satan's Fall - Destination Destruction

Satan's Fall - Destination Destruction (2023)

Added: February 25, 2024
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Satan's Fall - Final Day

Satan's Fall - Final Day (2020)

Added: February 25, 2024
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Satan's Fall - Metal of Satan

Satan's Fall - Metal of Satan (2017)

Added: February 25, 2024
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Ashen - Ritual of Ash

Ashen - Ritual of Ash (2023)

Added: February 26, 2024
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Dead Chasm - Sublimis ignotum omni

Dead Chasm - Sublimis ignotum omni (2023)

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Dead Chasm - Dead Chasm

Dead Chasm - Dead Chasm (2022)

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Putrid Yell - Consuming Aberration

Putrid Yell - Consuming Aberration (2023)

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Job for a Cowboy - Moon Healer

Job for a Cowboy - Moon Healer (2024)

Added: February 26, 2024
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Hemina - Romancing the Ether

Hemina - Romancing the Ether (2023)

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Pressure Points - The Island

Pressure Points - The Island (2023)

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Wandering Oak - Resilience

Wandering Oak - Resilience (2024)

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Borknagar - Fall

Borknagar - Fall (2024)

Added: February 26, 2024
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Witte Wieven - Dwaallicht

Witte Wieven - Dwaallicht (2023)

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Déhà - The Illusion of Reach

Déhà - The Illusion of Reach (2023)

Added: February 27, 2024
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Déhà - Averses II

Déhà - Averses II (2023)

Added: February 27, 2024
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Déhà - Live in Theatrum Denonium

Déhà - Live in Theatrum Denonium (2023)

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Déhà - Plague

Déhà - Plague (2023)

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Praise the Plague - Suffocating in the Current of Time

Praise the Plague - Suffocating in the Current of Time (2024)

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Lowest Creature - Witch Supreme

Lowest Creature - Witch Supreme (2023)

Added: February 28, 2024
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Wild Beyond - Wild Beyond

Wild Beyond - Wild Beyond (2023)

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Satan's Fall - Past Of

Satan's Fall - Past Of (2020)

Added: February 25, 2024
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New World Man - The Beast Is Back

New World Man - The Beast Is Back (2023)

Added: February 21, 2024
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New World Man - New World Man

New World Man - New World Man (2022)

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Amaranthe - The Catalyst

Amaranthe - The Catalyst (2024)

Added: February 28, 2024
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XclocktowerX - Greatest Hits: Vol 2

XclocktowerX - Greatest Hits: Vol 2 (2024)

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Bloom - Maybe in Another Life

Bloom - Maybe in Another Life (2024)

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To the Grave - Offcuts

To the Grave - Offcuts (2023)

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To the Grave - Hear Evil, See Evil: The Epilogue Session

To the Grave - Hear Evil, See Evil: The Epilogue Session (2023)

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Fange - Perdition

Fange - Perdition (2024)

Added: February 18, 2024
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Heaven Pierce Her - ULTRAKILL: VIOLENCE

Heaven Pierce Her - ULTRAKILL: VIOLENCE (2023)

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Heaven Pierce Her - ULTRAKILL: PANDEMONIUM/WAR

Heaven Pierce Her - ULTRAKILL: PANDEMONIUM/WAR (2023)

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Static-X - Project: Regeneration Vol. 2

Static-X - Project: Regeneration Vol. 2 (2024)

Added: February 01, 2024
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Uranium - Pure Nuclear Death

Uranium - Pure Nuclear Death (2023)

Added: January 13, 2024
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Dark Space -II

Darkspace is a vehicle for the impressive mind of Tobias Möckl, aka Wroth, aka Wintherr, the man behind Paysage d'Hiver and one of, if not the, premier exponent of frigid, frost-bitten atmospheric black metal, whether it be via the narrative journey of Paysage d'Hiver's Traveller through blizzard-riven forests or Darkspace's exploration of the icy voids of interstellar space.

It has been a decade since Darkspace last released any new material, while Wroth concentrated on Paysage d'Hiver, writing and recording the project's masterpiece Im Wald and then it's follow-up, Geister. Now that he has reached some sort of resolution with P d'H, he has been able to focus on Darkspace and this latest work, Dark Space -II. I think the minus 2 nomenclature is significant and places this latest piece before the very earliest Darkspace releases in the project's overall aesthetic timeline. This makes absolute sense, as it builds on elements from the early days, with Dark -1.0 from the first EP seemingly the base upon which the new album's sole track, Dark -2.-2 is built, the earlier work's ideas being expounded upon, resulting in an expansive forty-seven minutes reworking of it's icy ambience.

The track begins with an emotionless female voice intoning scientific or philosophical theses over ambient keys, which continues throughout the entirety of the piece, but comes to the fore as an introduction and during an interval between the piece's two major "acts". After a few minutes, this ambient introduction is joined by programmed drums and a chugging, chunky, industrialised guitar riff that is reminiscent of the one used on the track Dark 1.2 from the 2003 debut full-length and which here sounds similar to the riff of Rammstein's Links 1-2-3-4. This industrial-sounding riff and the monotone way the spoken words are delivered sees Wroth exploring a different kind of coldness here, with reference to emotional frigidity in addition to his usual dissection of merely physical iciness, illustrating perfectly how the two can be equally debilitating. Eventually his own desperate shrieks and subdued black metal riffing join the fray, although they are deliberately buried down in the mix so as to merely add a further layer to the already-established ambient texture rather than taking centre stage and leading the way.

Around twenty minutes in, the riff subsides and we are treated to an interval of sorts with the spoken word outpourings of our female companion on this interstellar trip once more moving to centre stage. A portentious piano theme then takes up the reins, joined by droning guitar chords and a deeper, gruffer vocal that is once more buried such that it acts more as a textural addition than any kind of narrative device. This second act does see some slow progression and does feature some slight building of atmosphere, right up to the piece's ultimate release which sees the return of the opening act's chugging industrialised riff for the finale and sees it ending in probably it's most "metal-sounding" section.

The overall effect of Dark Space -II's subjugation of the black metal elements in favour of the more ambient and textural, sees the band using the toolbox of black and industrial metal to produce what is essentially a drone metal album which has more in common with early Earth or Nadja than any resemblance to more traditional atmospheric black metal. Now I'm not sure how this will be received by the usual fans of Darkspace, although Wroth has dabbled in this more textural style before, but for myself as a lover of quality atmospheric drone metal, I can see many analogies between that style and what Darkspace have delivered here with Dark Space -II and I found it to be a rivetting experience with a refreshing approach to drone metal.

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Sonny Sonny / March 02, 2024 08:51 AM
Until Fear No Longer Defines Us

This is on the right track for my ears. Though, I'm not sure if this is true Atmospheric Sludge metal. I do hear it in here, but I definitely hear a more progressive almost Opeth-esque style that I do love. I did have to make sure when I started this album that this was the right one because the first song, "In The Woods" is a decent enough acoustic song that did a terrible job starting the album. Terrible opener in my opinion, not a bad song but did not do a good job at all of setting a foundation for this album in my opinion.

Because right after it goes heavy with really great growls in the "Clawmaster." I do wish the screamed vocals were around more throughout the album because it goes back to clean singing soon after and his voice gets the job done well. Not the best cleans I've heard but it does fit the acoustics moments. The screams on the other hand are really where this shines and if there was more of the clean/scream within a song and play off each other more like my aforementioned Opeth, I could see this being an all-timer record for me. However it loses alot when it calms itself down then ramps back up again. Oddly enough too, the songs while disconnected by intensity are still connected.

There was a disconnect in the songs but overall I really did enjoy this album. This one just clicked for me in a way I wasn't expecting, but also doesn't sound like other albums I've heard so far. Definitely a recommend from me as an album to get you into the genre if you are more into the progressive style of metal.

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Shezma Shezma / March 02, 2024 06:48 AM
Bullhead

I don't think I ever really came across Washington sludge metallers Melvins back in the late 1980's & early 1990's. I certainly heard their name once Nirvana blew up in 1991 but didn't think they were any of my business given that they seemed to be associated with the grunge scene more than they did to the metal one. I don't think I'd actually ever hear them until around 2012 when I checked out their new "Scion A/V Presents: The Bulls & the Bees" E.P. & I didn't like it much to tell you the truth. My next encounter with them would come shortly afterwards through 2010's split E.P. with Massachusetts post metallers Isis, mainly because I'd gotten heavily into Isis but I found myself enjoying the Isis tracks but not the Melvins ones. So Melvins didn't actually start to show me what they really had to offer until I checked out their very solid 1992 fourth album "Lysol" which was mainly due to its association with the drone metal genre as its somewhat of a passion of mine. I found that record to be really appealing & have returned to it quite often since. This triggered a trip to its 1993 follow-up album "Houdini" which I quite liked too. But little did I know that the real meat on the Melvins bones was still in front of me with this week's investigation of their 1991 third album "Bullhead" being nothing short of game-changing.

"Bullhead" is only a relatively short record at just 35 minutes in duration but that's more than enough time when the quality is kept at such a consistently high level throughout. It sees the trio totally indulging themselves in amplifier worship with the spectacular production job allowing the listener to curl up in the drum riser or speaker box of a live performance & truly "feel" the reverberations of the music. It's about the clever use of rhythmic interplay between the musicians & the often weird yet perpetually gnarly vocals of front man Buzz (Crystal Fairy/Fantômas/Venomous Concept) which are both unusual & endearing at the same time. The commitment to keep unplanned guitar noise & other slight imperfections in the recording in the interest of building character was a masterstroke too while Crystal Fairy, Shrinebuilder & Porn (The Men Of) drummer Dale Crover's confidence in his own ability to explore new territory yet still hit the right beat at the right moment is staggering. Melvins simply sound like the elite version of what a dangerous live rock band should aspire to be here & it's left me devastated in a very similar way to the finest work from a band like Japan's Boris who I can only imagine were heavily influenced by "Bullhead" based on my experiences here.

The tracklisting kicks off in superb fashion with the epic nine-minute doom metal opener "Boris" (hhmmm... further indication of the potential influence I mentioned perhaps?) which is my favourite track on the album before turning towards a sludgier sound for the remaining seven tracks. The songs that close out either side of the record ("It's Shoved" & "Cow") clearly showcase the influence that Melvins had on the grunge scene that had just blown up on a global scale at the time as both tracks would arguably sit pretty comfortably on a grunge release. In fact, there are several passages across the tracklisting when I get similar chills to those that I'd experience during the doomier moments of your more crushingly heavy Soundgarden songs. Other highlights include the miraculous "Your Blessened" which is a perfect example of Buzz's ability to summon up some of the heaviest Sabbathian guitar riffs known to man & deliver them in the coolest fashion possible, as well as "Ligature" & "Zodiac" which aren't far behind in that regard. The grungier songs aren't quite as effective but the tracklisting never dips below a very solid level & is buoyed by the skyscraping highlight tracks that fill more than half of the run time.

I think it's fair to say that "Bullhead" has hit me as hard as a raging bull & I see it as one of the finest sludge metal releases I've ever heard. In fact, it's made such a big impact on me that I've had to find a place in my Top Ten Metal Releases of All Time list too which is really saying something after all these decades of metal indulgence. If you crave the days when rock music was edgy & dangerous then this record is most certainly for you. You can expect to have to give it a few listens to truly sink in but the rewards are nothing short of spectacular, particularly for those with a penchant for Boris, Acid Bath & Crowbar.

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Daniel Daniel / March 01, 2024 08:10 PM
World Without God

I can still recall the buzz that Convulse's debut album "World Without God" caused in the underground scene back in the early 1990's but I also remember that I found the reality to be a little... well... underwhelming., especially when compared with the magnitude of the praise being heaped on it. I didn't see the album breaking out into the realms of the more successful death metal bands though which I've always thought of as some sort of justification for my feelings on the record. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy "World Without God" though as it certainly has its moments but they didn't make a big enough impact on me to see me returning to the album until now, more than three decades later, if only to check my own homework given the steady increase in opinion on the album in more recent times.

As a die-hard atheist, the idea of a record entitled "World Without God" is most certainly an attractive one & it's fair to say that Convulse do a good job at sounding as death metal as death metal can be. The album sits very much on the filthier side of the genre where the requirement for technical proficiency is cast aside in favour of that authentic graveyard atmosphere. The ultra-deep vocals of guitarist Rami Jämsä are the clear focal point & give Convulse an additional layer of appeal for those that appreciate that sort of thing with fellow Fins Demilich being a reasonable point of comparison in that regard. Musically though, we get a very similar style of death metal to grisly US gore-masters Autopsy with the use of some pretty similar harmonized doom metal riffs being one of the stronger elements of the album. Despite those comparisons though, "World Without God" still sounds decidedly Finnish & brings to mind artists like Demigod, Abhorrence & Funebre although the more educated listener will also be able to decipher the influence of the Swedish crunch of Entombed, Dismember & co. There's a clear difference in quality between "World Without God" & a record like Demigod's 1992 debut album "Slumber of Sullen Eyes" though & this results in Convulse's debut sounding a little less essential.

Besides the very ordinary dungeon synth introduction piece which was a clear mistake, "World Without God" is still a very consistent album with no real blemishes amongst the proper tracks. It's weakness is its lack of genuine highlights though with the better material (my personal favourite "Incantation of Restoration" & "Godless Truth") still capping out before Convulse manage to reach the upper echilons of the extreme metal spectrum. There's plenty for your average death metal nut to grab onto but there's not anything here that's gonna drag you into the stratosphere, instead seeming comfortable to have your flesh gnawed off your bones at a less transcendent level. There may never be a question about the credentials of "World Without God" to saw your body in half but I wouldn't say that it does it as efficiently as most other supposedly classic death meal bands of the early 1990's did. It would, however, represent Convulse's career high point by a significant margin in my opinion. I would investigate the band's early "Resuscitation of Evilness" demo as well as their next three full-lengths before deciding that only the band's first couple of releases offered me much in the way of consistent appeal.

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Daniel Daniel / March 01, 2024 11:35 AM
Blackwater Park

As a long-time fan of progressive metal, Opeth was a band name that kept popping up. I knew the day would come that I'd have to give them a shot, so where better to start than what seems to be one of their more highly-praised albums; 'Blackwater Park'.

Now, the whole doom and gloom death metal shouting has never really been my cup of tea. I can tolerate it in small doses, and when used in certain contexts it can be very effective, but too much of it is, well, too much! And Opeth have a lot of it!

But if I need to, I can look past that. And in this case, I can (just about) tolerate it, because Opeth have some incredible guitar acrobatics going on! The guitar riffs are so complex and intricate, there's a lot of things going on but at no point does any of it become overbearing. It sounds dark and gritty, but there's some really intelligent riffs going on here.

There are times when vocalist Mikael Akerfeldt sings cleans, and these are some of the more stand-out moments for me. And with some pretty amazing musicianship displayed in pieces like 'Bleak', 'The Funeral Portrait' and 'Harvest', there are some songs worth coming back to. Even if the singing is nothing more than unintelligible gibberish.

Opeth will never be my favourite band, and 'Blackwater Park' won't be an album I intend to go back to very often. But for what it is, it hasn't deterred me from sticking with the Swedish band for a while longer.


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MartinDavey87 MartinDavey87 / February 29, 2024 01:37 PM

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