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Visions – Home

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Published on: July 4, 2011

Basick Records is a small English label, specialised in cutting edge progressive and technical metal. I was pretty pleased with the debut ep by Australian outfit Circles, so when I jumped on the chance at doing a review one of their recent signings, namely Visions. These youngsters are about to [...]

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Death – Human (Reissue)

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Published on: July 3, 2011

Relapse Records is currently busy with re-releasing the Death backcatalogue. They did a very nice job with The Sound Of Perseverance and Control Denied’s The Fragile Art Of Existence. Next on the list is the classic Human album, originally released in 1991. Let’s see what is has to offer. On [...]

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A Fucking Elephant El Drugstore – Split EP

Several members from experimental/progressive outfits A Fucking Elephant and El Drugstore founded a new label, called Nefarious Records. In order to celebrate this joyful event both bands decided to record an untitled split EP. Let’s see what these guys have to offer. The first five songs are provided by A [...]

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Ramesses – Chrome Pineal

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Published on: June 30, 2011

According to Wikipedia Ramesses specialise in torrential riffing. That’s my kind of riffing. Unfortunately, on the first track of this new album it is six minutes before we get any riffing at all. Still, those six minutes have been meandering but intriguing and not unpleasant…I just thought they’d be noisier. [...]

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Anaal Nathrakh – Passion

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Published on: June 30, 2011

If heavy metal is left field music then surely Anaal Nathrakh are on the very left wing of the left field. For the last ten years or so they have consistently challenged perceptions, not to mention ear drums, of what is aurally possible. Their sense of the extreme, their relentless [...]

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Arkona – Stenka Na Stenku

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Published on: June 29, 2011

I can honestly say that this is the first time I’ve listened to a metal album and thought, “I bet my 84-year-old Russian grandmother would dig this.” I love Russian-influenced heavy metal. This is not just because it references my own culture, but because Russian music has a distinctly melancholy [...]

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Intensus – Intensus

by Mat
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Published on: June 29, 2011

There are times when you get the idea that bands or artists are sometimes holding back; that they are, whilst not necessarily cutting corners, pulling their punches. This cannot be said in the case of the absurdly intense, quixotic and brutal madness conjured up on the debut album by chief [...]

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Dirge – Elysian Magnetic Fields

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Published on: June 27, 2011

The album begins with a screech of droning feedback; it’s painful, tinfoil on teeth. Then, a shape begins to resolve itself out of the static, a pattern of sound starts to coalesce. The initial blast of noise puts one on edge and then, as the sound begins to order itself, [...]

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Borealis – Fall From Grace

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Published on: June 26, 2011

Borealis is a Canadian power metal formation with progressive overtones. The band claims to be influenced by Evergrey, Savatage, Dream Theater and Vanden Plas. These are big shoes to fill, so let’s see how their latest album, entitled Fall From Grace, holds any water. These Canadians give a good account [...]

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General Surgery – Necrology

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Published on: June 24, 2011

A cursory glance at the track listing here gives the listener an indication as to what lies within. “An Orgy of Flying Limbs and Gore” is a reviewer’s dream title when describing the work of Swedish General Surgery, and the re-release on Relapse Records of their 1991 debut EP “Necrology”. [...]

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