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Power metal and Brazil go together like chicken and waffles, peanut butter and jelly, misery and working full-time. "The Sniper" is Scelerata's third record, a novel example of a power metal band that knows how to get things done right.
- Read the full Scelerata - The Sniper review
The most interesting part of "Feed on Your Misery" is its artwork: it's a giant newspaper background with the song titles acting as headlines and some chick sucking blue liquid off her hand, or something boner-inducing like that.
- Read the full Divided Multitude - Feed on Your Misery review
"Last Century," Kruna's first album, is done up strictly by the numbers. I guess they sound like The Black Dahlia Murder, or At The Gates circa 1994 or so, so they at least have that going for them.
- Read the full Kruna - Last Century review
Dark Moor has flown under the radars of the power metal scanning systems for years. Their efforts, often compared to the likes of Rhapsody of Fire and Blind Guardian, are mostly fresh, riveting pieces of fantastic power metal.
- Read the full Dark Moor - Ars Musica review
"Down Among the Deadmen" is an astounding masterpiece in every regard, a true example of a timeless heavy metal classic. It is the pinnacle of Slough Feg's songwriting, artistic ability, and likeability. It is to metal what Breaking Bad is to network television.
- Read the full Slough Feg - Down Among the Deadmen review
This is Rotten Sound. They play a technical style of keyboard-based epic symphonic rock that's completely melodic and accessible, and conjures images of dragons and warriors fighting to save a princess. Maybe in Bizarro World.
- Read the full Rotten Sound - Species of War review
"The Emptiness Within" can't be pigeonholed into a specific genre, although what De Profundis does here is technically extreme metal cooked up with progressive elements, hence the elaborate equation resulting in "extreme progressive metal.
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"Epitome of Torture," album number fourteen for Tom Angelripper and his troops of Sodom, finds itself comfortable among the sort of outputs cronies like Exodus and Destruction have manufactured years beyond their primes.
- Read the full Sodom - Epitome of Torture review
The kind of Celtic-fused heavy metal they produced here is certainly one of the more attractive aspects of the band, and although the record has some duds and misfires, "Twilight of the Idols" is a successful yet silly record on more levels than one.
- Read the full Slough Feg - Twilight of the Idols review
My Soliloquy does a glorious job doing precisely nothing interesting here. Even if you enjoy Threshold or have a huge tolerance for lame music, you'll be doing yourself a grand favor by avoiding "The Interpreter" entirely.
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Matt Hensch caught up with Michael Keene of the Faceless while the band was touring with the Dillinger Escape Plan and Royal Thunder to discuss their latest album, Autotheism, the evolution of the band and their upcoming covers album project.
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It's ironic that a tour featuring heavy metal greats Death is so focused on life. This year's Death to All tour celebrates Death's founder Chuck Schuldiner. Created as a tribute to his vast legacy, Death to All reunites Death's classic lineup and attempts filling Schuldiner's absence.
- Read the full Death, Exhumed and Anciients Live review
Cathedral's end has come. "The Last Spire" is the final album released by this legendary congress of British doom metal, and I must say it's somewhat of a whirlwind of bittersweet emotions reviewing this mammoth.
- Read the full Cathedral - The Last Spire review
Dull moments do not exist throughout "The Gravity of Impermanence." If the band is ever lacking in its musical assault, there are enough interesting processes flying around to entertain even the most highbrow stiffs around.
- Read the full Azure Emote - The Gravity of Impermanence review
Tellus Requiem hails from Norway and yields a progressive power metal mold very similar to that of Symphony X's. The band's efforts throughout "Invictus (The 11th Hour)," however valiant they may be, are ultimately lacking and sub-par.
- Read the full Tellus Requiem - Invictus (The 11th Hour) review
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