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Thorn - Evergloom (2023)

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Red Rot - Borders of Mania

Red Rot - Borders of Mania (2024)

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Nightfell - Never Comes the Storm

Nightfell - Never Comes the Storm (2022)

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Sunnata - Chasing Shadows

Sunnata - Chasing Shadows (2024)

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Medwegya - Mushroom on the Moon!

Medwegya - Mushroom on the Moon! (2023)

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Wednesday 13 - Horrifier

Wednesday 13 - Horrifier (2022)

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Wednesday 13 - Necrophaze

Wednesday 13 - Necrophaze (2019)

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Bring Me the Horizon - Post Human: NeX GEn

Bring Me the Horizon - Post Human: NeX GEn (2024)

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Nemophila - Evolve

Nemophila - Evolve (2024)

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Breaths - Floruit

Breaths - Floruit (2023)

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In Victory - Ignited

In Victory - Ignited (2024)

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In Victory - Ecstasy of the Enlightened

In Victory - Ecstasy of the Enlightened (2020)

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In Victory - Uplifting Metal

In Victory - Uplifting Metal (2019)

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Blind Illusion - The Demos Ultimate Anthology Vol 2 (1980-1986)

Blind Illusion - The Demos Ultimate Anthology Vol 2 (1980-1986) (2023)

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Blind Illusion - Ultimate Anthology Vol 1: The Likewise Sessions

Blind Illusion - Ultimate Anthology Vol 1: The Likewise Sessions (2021)

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Pathology - Unholy Descent

Pathology - Unholy Descent (2024)

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Abaddon Incarnate - The Wretched Sermon

Abaddon Incarnate - The Wretched Sermon (2022)

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Spiritual Deception - Semitae Mentis

Spiritual Deception - Semitae Mentis (2024)

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Spiritual Deception - Oxymoron

Spiritual Deception - Oxymoron (2021)

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Spiritual Deception - Etemenanki

Spiritual Deception - Etemenanki (2019)

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Thecodontion / Vessel of Iniquity - The Permian-Triassic Extinction Event

Thecodontion / Vessel of Iniquity - The Permian-Triassic Extinction Event (2021)

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Blackshape - Blackshape

Blackshape - Blackshape (2021)

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Valtozash - Boiling Solitude

Valtozash - Boiling Solitude (2021)

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Marty Friedman - Drama

Marty Friedman - Drama (2024)

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Breaths - Floruit

Breaths - Floruit (2023)

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Furis Ignis - Decapitate the Aging World

Furis Ignis - Decapitate the Aging World (2022)

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Furis Ignis - Turm

Furis Ignis - Turm (2022)

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Halny - Zawrat

Halny - Zawrat (2024)

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Kaevum - Kultur

Kaevum - Kultur (2023)

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Kaevum - Fedrelandets alter

Kaevum - Fedrelandets alter (2021)

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Bat - Under the Crooked Claw

Bat - Under the Crooked Claw (2024)

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Phantom (MEX) - Handed to Execution

Phantom (MEX) - Handed to Execution (2023)

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Phantom (MEX) - Transylvanian Nightmare

Phantom (MEX) - Transylvanian Nightmare (2024)

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Hemotoxin - When Time Becomes Loss

Hemotoxin - When Time Becomes Loss (2024)

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Hemotoxin - Biological Enslavement

Hemotoxin - Biological Enslavement (2016)

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Tomb Sentinel - Endless Anguish

Tomb Sentinel - Endless Anguish (2024)

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Pains - Gnashing Among the Carnage

Pains - Gnashing Among the Carnage (2021)

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Pains - Drown the Earth

Pains - Drown the Earth (2016)

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Pains - Old Blood

Pains - Old Blood (2024)

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Cognitive - Abhorrence

Cognitive - Abhorrence (2024)

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Pain - I Am

Pain - I Am (2024)

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Parasite Inc. - Cyan Night Dreams

Parasite Inc. - Cyan Night Dreams (2022)

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Neurotech - Memory Eternal

Neurotech - Memory Eternal (2024)

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Northlane - Triple J Live at the Wireless

Northlane - Triple J Live at the Wireless (2023)

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Celldweller - Satellites (Remixed)

Celldweller - Satellites (Remixed) (2023)

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There's Something Rotten... In the State of Denmark

The year 1993 was when death metal bands Carcass and Entombed started taking on more melodic classic rock elements becoming more apparent throughout the decade. Joining that party in 1997 is Danish band Illdisposed, having perfected the idea of adding groovy rhythms to death metal in their 3rd album.

I have Pelle to thank for that recommendation. This is more than just a catchy death metal album. There's Something Rotten... in the State of Denmark is something awesome! I'm talking about a melodic death 'n' roll masterpiece. Right from my first time listening to this, it sounds fantastic, not to mention fresh for a 90s album. That decade is an important one if you're going for hidden gems like this that are sadly overlooked due to the classic 80s.

The album starts with "Psychic Cyclus I-III" that is right away my favorite track here. With simple melodic riffing and amazing soloing, it's not too far off from what In Flames was doing at the time, and it's the perfect way to kick things off. Continuing this epic streak is "Near the Gates", as the At the Gates-infused riffing and soloing never ceases to amaze me. "We Lie in the Snow" has the most melody here. The excellent guitarwork can cause even the toughest extreme metalhead to shed tears. The lyrics also rule, fitting well with those groove-ish verses.

Another perfect standout is the Megadeth cover "Wake Up Dead". While obviously a lot different from the original song, the band certainly gave it a killer touch. "Life: an Evaluation" has some melody that Animosity would later experiment on. The semi-title track, "There's Something Rotten..." has catchy riffs and rhythms to stand out well. There's a bit of funk in "Pimp", particularly when clean vocals are snuck in, which is unusual but in a pleasant way.

"Days on the Floor" is another example of unforgettable melodeath 'n' roll that can stay in your mind from the first listen onwards. "Not a Vision - 1991" sounds like the band is paying tribute to death metal bands from that year, but at the same time, this is the kind of melodeath you would expect in early Shadows Fall and the heavier side of Trail of Tears. What's really meant as the closing song is "Instrumentally Illdisposed", a majestic ballad-like instrumental that shall remain immortal in the death metal realm. There's actually one more track in the album, the strange "Horsens Highway" that's just a joke track but I don't mind.

There's nothing more intriguing when it comes to melodeath 'n' roll than There's Something Rotten... in the State of Denmark. This is where Illdisposed have reached the top and it might very well stay that way. They've really done well in this album, and I'm up for more from these Danish melodeath legends!

Favorites: "Psychic Cyclus I-III", "Near the Gates", "Wake Up Dead", "There's Something Rotten...", "Days on the Floor", "Instrumentally Illdisposed"

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Shadowdoom9 (Andi) Shadowdoom9 (Andi) / May 30, 2024 12:15 PM
Post Human: NeX GEn

Bring Me The Horizon sure took their time to finally release the full length album in the Post Human series didn’t they? The EP, Survival Horror, was a project that wanted so desperately to bridge the gap between power pop and mainstream metal but failed to meet expectations by having a baffling production choice. Now fast forward nearly four years and the first full length album from BMTH (Bring Me The Horizon) is finally out. I wonder why it took so long for this record to be released, because as far as I am aware, the first promotional single for this album, “DiE4u” was released in September of 2021. Frontman Oli Sykes claims there were “unforeseen circumstances” that led to its delay.

However, upon listening Post Human: NeX GEn, I wonder how much validity can be put into that claim from Oli. With a few exceptions; those being the Deftones influence of “liMOusIne” as well as Smashing Pumpkins on “n/A,” this hour-long album sounds eerily like another pop metal album that came out in 2022: Bad Omens’ The Death of Peace of Mind. It could stand to reason that this record was delayed under the pretense that it would be compared to that Bad Omens record, and likely ridiculed for stealing. And we couldn’t have one of the 2010s most popular metal bands be called plagiarists, right?

Alright, conspiracy theories aside, Post Human: NeX GEn is a far better produced record that Survival Horror. The guitars first and foremost actually have some grit and power behind them that were drastically missing in the mix on the last EP. The percussion is still heavy, but that might be because NeX GEn has even more electronic elements than before. And these are not just the occasional record scratch or synth line; we’re talking full on glitchy hyperpop production that reminded me of 100 gecs. Some of the records electronic breakdowns can be extremely jarring with their dynamic whiplash and its pin-point precision stop and start nature.

Like with 100 gecs, Oli Sykes has optioned for more synthetic vocal textures, including autotune. Surprisingly, the vocals are much improved from the last record and the sung/scream dichotomy of this album is more balanced. It does feel like a modern evolution of the BMTH sound from the early 2010s. The main melodic lines of “YOUtopia”, “DArkSide” and “LosT” are obvious standouts.

As for the remainder of the compositions, well I already mentioned the Deftones influence of “liMOusIne,” and with AURORA doing guest vocals, it does sound like BMTH doing their best to get on board the “V.A.N.” It’s solid enough of a song. “AmEN!” is the closest BMTH will likely ever get to replicating their Suicide Season or There Is A Hell… sessions, also calling on Lil Uzi Vert and Glassjaw’s Daryl Palumbo for greater emphasis and even louder soundscapes. “R.i.p. (duskCOre RemIx)” is the one song here that feels out of place; although the glitchy soundscape does fit right at home, the guitars are muddy, chopped and screwed, the vocals are painfully lacking, and overall, it just sounds terrible. “Dig It” closes the album and has some promise with a grand crescendo throughout its runtime and deserves its extended runtime (minus the two minutes of silence of course).

Although it does feel weird to say but Bring Me The Horizon are kind of playing catchup these days. Ever since 2015’s That’s the Spirit, this band has been experimenting with making metal more accessible. Although their efforts are not spectacular, I commend them for their resolve. However, with artists like Bad Omens and Poppy doing the BMTH shtick better than BMTH, and receiving mainstream recognition for it, where does that leave Bring Me The Horizon? Well it leaves us with Post Human: NeX GEn, an album pushing boundaries with its hyperpop production, but it feels surface level as if to only ramp up the volume.

Best Songs: YOUtopia, a bulleT w/ my namE, LosT, Dig It

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Saxy S Saxy S / May 29, 2024 07:14 PM
Memory Palace

Intervals might not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of djent-y progressive metal, but it's about time that you change that. Djent as a concept is never going to fully be embraced by most since it relies heavily on technical rhythmic patterns and, usually, lacking in any kind of melodic device to hold a song/album together. Intervals are a band trying to fill in that niche and they succeed mostly with their newest album, Memory Palace. The eight (8) new tracks have a very simplistic foundation, and that allows the listener to really focus in on the pin point precision between the guitars, percussion and bass. Guitar leads are varied, but do retain many of their core values to keep songs like "Mnemonic" and "Nootropic" sounding fresh throughout. The song themselves are not progressive wank fests, where the instrumentalists wail freely; guitar solos are tasteful with variety to really accentuate dynamics and growth as Aaron Marshall shows off their technical prowess.

Where the album falters has to do with the production and compositions. Fist, the production is lacking in a low end. Intervals do have a really nice synth lead such as on "Side Quest," but the bass is heavily lacking, since in this style of music, rhythm guitar simply duplicates whatever the bass is doing anyway, so bass can get lost in the shuffle very quickly. Also, even though songs are solid on their own, Memory Palace as a whole stays in a very comfortable key/tempo range throughout the runtime, meaning that the album can start to feel rather redundant about halfway through. Fortunately for Intervals, this is somewhat negated by the record having a nice brisk runtime; at just under forty (40) minutes, once you start noticing these repetitive tropes, Memory Palace is over. 

Otherwise, it's a really good starter album for approaching Djent and Intervals in general. I still would not consider their best record so long as The Shape of Colour exists, but the musicianship is really well put together, even despite some personal quibbles.

Best Songs: Mnemonic, Nootropic, Side Quest, Chronophobia

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Saxy S Saxy S / May 28, 2024 07:02 PM
From Hell I Rise

Post-Seasons in the Abyss studio output from Slayer took an immediate downturn for my liking and even with the might of Paul Bostaph drafted in to fill the seemingly unfillable boots of Dave Lombardo, the band continued to embrace mediocrity to my ears and my interest level registered zero beeps whenever word of new Slayer leaked into my vicinity. The prospect of the usually considered weaker guitarist from the classic line-up releasing a solo album left me with little expectation of any quality given the output he had collaborated with for the past 30 years or so at least. News that one of my least favoured vocalists (Mark Osegueda’s vocals with Death Angel have been an eternal curse in my book) was being drafted in alongside the consistent yet never remarkable Phil Demmel and the bassist from Hellyeah fleshing out the numbers, only served to further dilute the prospects of me giving From Hell I Rise any airtime whatsoever.

Then I heard the single Idle Hands and shifted a few inches closer to my box that I could foresee me soon being encouraged to climb back into.

Already hearing that Osegueda sounded like a man reborn, near in fact to a much younger and more angst-ridden Tom Araya it should be noted, alongside a consistent wall of riffs and functional yet never spectacular lead work (albeit still a lot more interesting than the work on the last seven Slayer albums) displayed against the usual service from Mr Bostaph on the drums, I soon found KK’s debut solo release getting a lot more plays than first predicted.

Raging thrash metal tracks such as Crucifixation were completely unexpected slabs of intensity long feared dead since the prime years of King in the 80’s. The social commentary aspect of the album’s vocals suggests a much younger age bracket is playing the music but with most of the band pushing sixty this is testimony to the youthful ambition that flows through the veins of the collaborators present. Toxic seethes and writhes in simmering frustration at all manner of social institutions and perceived cultural ills. The groove metal riffing of Two Fists helps drill home the already clear and present message in the track, kicking the intensity up a couple of gears when it takes precedence in the track. Whilst clearly a thrash metal album end to end, From Hell I Rise explores a couple of cross-border forays as well to mix up the content nicely.

Look, it isn’t flawless. But what it most certainly is for me is an unexpected win. Forget showmanship and wankery levels of technicality being on show because that was never what Slayer or Kerry King were originally about. Clearly showing there is life in the old dog yet, FHiR does the basics perfectly well enough and provides the listener with a consistent level of entertainment for over forty minutes.


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UnhinderedbyTalent UnhinderedbyTalent / May 26, 2024 02:46 PM
Third World Posse

By 1992 Brazilian thrash metallers Sepultura had quite literally changed the world, at least as far as the then-struggling thrash metal genre went. A commanding grunge rock wave had all but washed away the once thriving thrash metal scene with most of the more senior bands now resorting to dilution in order to stay afloat but these four heroes from Belo Horizonte had managed to not only stay afloat but to give the thrash world the shot in the arm it so sorely needed. I first discovered Sepultura through their classic 1989 third album "Beneath The Remains" & quickly indulged in their much rawer earlier material, all of which I really enjoyed. 1991's inspired "Arise" album hit me for six &, in doing so, almost managed to match "Beneath The Remains" (which still sits in my top five for the thrash metal genre overall to this day) for sheer class. So, needless to say that when I heard that Sepultura were coming to my hometown of Sydney in 1992 it saw my excitement levels reaching a fever pitch. The fact that these foreigners felt the occasion was significant enough to warrant a dedicated Australian tour E.P. left a 16 year-old me feeling somehow special so, despite the fact that "Third World Posse" didn't contain much in the way of new original material, I picked it up on CD as soon as it was released & indulged in it consistently throughout the next few years too. It's been eons since I've listened to it now but I thought I'd keep my obsessive completist urges at bay by giving it a revisit this week.

"Third World Posse" is a five-track, fifteen-minute E.P. that acts as somewhat of an extended single that's built around one of Sepultura's most popular songs in "Dead Embryonic Cells" which was drawn from the "Arise" album. It's backed with a cover version of Dead Kennedy's "Drug Me" & three live recordings that would appear to be taken from the same Barcelona show that made up the outstanding 1992 live video "Under Siege (Live at Barcelona)" which I also bought. While I've always been a big fan of "Dead Embryonic Cells", I have to admit that I've never felt that it was one of the strongest tracks on "Arise" & don't think of it as the classic that most people seem to. It's certainly a very solid inclusion though & it has the desired effect in kicking off an E.P. which was obviously intended to draw in a new audience through a fairly cheap release that coincided with their tour. Sepultura's version of "Drug Me" is also very impressive, coming across as a high-octane crossover thrash assault that's chock-full of energy & aggression. The three live cuts are all of a very high quality too to be honest with the magnificent "Inner Self" from the "Beneath The Remains" album unsurprisingly representing the highlight of the EP. "Troops of Doom" had been given a tidy-up during a session that took place in August 1990 & the version we receive here is much more in line with that re-recording than it is with the youthful enthusiasm of the original that appeared on Sepultura's 1986 debut album "Morbid Visions". It's a really good thrash song in this format too & it isn't let down by the closing track either, a very successful heavy metal cover version of the title track from Motorhead's 1986 "Orgasmatron" album that sees the band taking the song in a slightly different direction & one that saw it taking on a whole new personality.

So you see, while "Third World Posse" may not offer anything terribly new for the more experienced & obsessive fans out there, it certainly served its purpose very well. For me personally, it acted as somewhat of a calling of the guard before one of the live shows that I've placed at the very top rung of my metal experiences over the years. Sepultura may never have been the same after that tour but I guess those days can never be taken away from me & I'd encourage anyone that has similar feelings about Sepultura's peak period to give this E.P. a couple of listens, if only for old time's sake. For those that are new to the band but have been lured into the thrash world by bands like Slayer or the gods of the Teutonic scene like Kreator & Sodom, this record should also offer plenty of appeal to you as well & will no doubt open up a brand-new can of worms for you too.

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