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Death - Leprosy

Hail Spirit Noir - Oi Magoi

Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain

Septicflesh - Titan

Prong - Ruining Lives

Helstar - This Wicked Nest

Septicflesh - Temple of the Lost Race

God Macabre - The Winterlong

Freedom Call - Beyond

Cynic - Kindly Bent to Free Us

Grave Digger - Return of the Reaper

Bombs of Hades - Atomic Temples

Dread Sovereign - All Hell's Martyrs

Below - Across the Dark River

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.... Death - Leprosy
The great thing about "Leprosy" is that it's not necessarily the seminal Death album, but for several reasons the seminal Death album of a certain era of the group when the band was undoubtedly at its peak. - Read the full Death - Leprosy review

.... Hail Spirit Noir - Oi Magoi
Lightning strikes twice for these Greek magicians, and I'm rather fond of visiting the land of "Oi Magoi," where the non sequiturs make a frightening amount of sense and the cogs of perdition tick, tick, tick on clocks. - Read the full Hail Spirit Noir - Oi Magoi review

.... Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain
"A Skeletal Domain" sounds exactly how any death metal journeymen will picture it, and it comes away winning over the carved-out hearts. An abattoir's delight. - Read the full Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain review

.... Septicflesh - Titan
Titan" gets its dagger in the heart through mundane songwriting and lethargic performances that have absolutely nothing to say or show on their own and instead lean on the huge symphony to carry the weight. - Read the full Septicflesh - Titan review

.... Prong - Ruining Lives
"Ruining Lives" deserves neither a trophy nor a fistful of egg to its face, but it's clearly a depreciated version of the records that came before it-take that how you will. - Read the full Prong - Ruining Lives review

.... Helstar - This Wicked Nest
A ballistic barrage of heavy metal goodness but better than "Glory of Chaos," which was better than "The King of Hell," which was an impressive yet contemporary return from one of heavy metal's darlings - Read the full Helstar - This Wicked Nest review

.... Septicflesh - Temple of the Lost Race
The EP best captures the group identifying its unique surroundings while implementing what is the most 'primitive' sounding foundation of the Septicflesh epic. - Read the full Septicflesh - Temple of the Lost Race review

.... God Macabre - The Winterlong
It's an essential piece of death metal history for enthusiasts hunting for the great classics of a bygone era and another guaranteed snapshot of the superiority of one of the most astonishing metal scenes to ever grace the world. - Read the full God Macabre - The Winterlong review

.... Freedom Call - Beyond
The performances, songwriting, sound quality, and other vital facets of the musical experience are refined but undeniably marked by the Freedom Call stamp. Credit is earned when credit is due- "Beyond" isn't too shabby. - Read the full Freedom Call - Beyond review

.... Cynic - Kindly Bent to Free Us
This album is pretty much the completion of Cynic's conversion over to the progressive rock station. It seems in a lot of ways that the ethereal ingenuity and complex algorithms of Cynic's yesteryears have gone from a million screaming spirits to a feeble creative whisper. - Read the full Cynic - Kindly Bent to Free Us review

.... Grave Digger - Return of the Reaper
The fact that Grave Digger is sixteen albums deep and they can create twelve fiery tracks and have not one of them be disposable is pretty outstanding. Consistent and brazen, "Return of the Reaper" is everything one could ask for in a Grave Digger record. - Read the full Grave Digger - Return of the Reaper review

.... Bombs of Hades - Atomic Temples
Bombs of Hades members were once involved with a handful of Swedish death metal bands that are historically legendary to the development and spread of the genre during its formative years-important factions like God Macabre, Abhoth, Utumno. - Read the full Bombs of Hades - Atomic Temples review

.... Dread Sovereign - All Hell's Martyrs
At first I really, really enjoyed "All Hell's Martyrs," because it's an epic, colossal display of stomps and dark atmosphere. However, subsequent listens have not been too kind. - Read the full Dread Sovereign - All Hell's Martyrs review

.... Below - Across the Dark River
Below is a fitting name for this Swedish doom metal export. Sweden has established itself the capital of classic heavy metal worship, as high levels of quality continue to pour out of bands like Portrait and In Solitude. - Read the full Below - Across the Dark River review

.... Skull Fist - Chasing the Dream
These Canucks play a nifty style of heavy/speed metal, which is cool, but that's all that can be said about the group's music, frankly. It's cool. It's fun. It's energetic and frenzied. But truth be told Skull Fist is a one-trick pony. - Read the full Skull Fist - Chasing the Dream review

.... Suicidal Angels - Divide and Conquer
Like the bulk of the revivalist refugees trying to illegally cross over into Thrashistan, Suicidal Angels' outings have been mostly unremarkable-typical worship of Slayer, Exodus, Kreator, and so on. - Read the full Suicidal Angels - Divide and Conquer review

.... Gamma Ray - Empire of the Undead
"Empire of the Undead" is Gamma Ray's "The X Factor" (the Iron Maiden album for the unacquainted). I'm not being facetious: the similarities are striking. - Read the full Gamma Ray - Empire of the Undead review


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