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This is the kind of album that requires several rotations to truly grasp, though as calorific as it is, "On Lonely Towers" is a treat, and wouldn't have been as massive had it been trimmed.
- Read the full Barren Earth - On Lonely Towers review
"Until Then... Until the End" gets down to business in ten minutes. It's imprudent to call a two-track 7'' a band's best release, but this stuff makes the case to topple most of what the group has done thus far.
- Read the full Noctum - Until Then... Until The End review
Thrust, a heavy metal group from Chicago, captures without fault the more tedious and uninspiring edge of 80s metal throughout "Fist Held High," released way back in 1984.
- Read the full Thrust - Fist Held High review
"The Valiant Fire" moves beyond what the group demonstrated on "Bringer of Light" by adding more depth and substance without overloading the equation. It's a homerun- "The Valiant Fire" is something special.
- Read the full Damnation Angels - The Valiant Fire review
"In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross" is really the first major release from this cult squad, and while the times have changed, the timelessness of this style has not. Here is a record where magic comes alive.
- Read the full Sorcerer - In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross review
"Shotgun Justice" is yet another notch in the belt of these wild and boisterous Canucks who, as time progressed, merged from the road of speed metal onto the thrash highway.
- Read the full Razor - Shotgun Justice review
Calling the work created by Lee Dorrian and Gaz Jennings over the course of Cathedral's long and incredible run a monumental feat makes sense in more ways than one.
- Read the full Cathedral - In Memoriam review
Razor is a member of a very exclusive club- they are among a rare breed of bands who did not bottom out and suck more than a Hoover after having spent a number of years in the game.
- Read the full Razor - Open Hostility review
My process of dissecting rerecorded albums has become an art without excitement. Interestingly, "Megatropolis 2.0" is packaged clandestinely as a rerelease of Iron Savior's 2007 album of the same name
- Read the full Iron Savior - Megatropolis 2.0 review
The group's ability to expand creatively is augmented by superb musical performances and memorable tracks, which drip with the dark genius of Tribulation.
- Read the full Tribulation - The Children of the Night review
Ancient Rites is a phenomenal group, responsible for creating outstanding opuses of both black metal and symphonic-loaded folk stuff, although rudimentary terms hardly scratch the mystery hiding beneath the surface.
- Read the full Ancient Rites - Laguz review
Not to imply Satan's Wrath has lost its touch, but "Die Evil" feels like a downsizing of what the group originally brewed up with a love for archetypal thrash and just a pinch of blasphemy.
- Read the full Satan's Wrath - Die Evil review
The record is appealing in how it handles the structures of Behemoth-styled death metal while nourishing its knack for a lead guitar devoted to an array of compelling melodies and its magnificent atmosphere.
- Read the full Sulphur Aeon - Gateway to the Antisphere review
The line of thought that a band doing something foreign to a specific sound (e.g., progressive technical death metal with a shoegaze coating) is instantly respectable and worthy of praise is downright stupid.
- Read the full Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails review
The occasional apologist may pop up and call this ahead of its time, but that's a bucket of horsesh*t; there is no redemption here. Long story short, it's "Illud Divinum Insanus," and it's pretty much the worst thing ever.
- Read the full Morbid Angel - Illud Divinum Insanus review
"Child of Darkness," even if the music it contained were not incredible, holds prominence for its historical significance. These are the demo tapes of Bedemon, a squad formed in the 1970s in the pits of Arlington, Virginia.
- Read the full Bedemon - Child of Darkness review
This is a spotty affair that tries hard to conjure the flames of yesteryears, only the spells come out mostly half-assed, occasionally with a shade of splendor.
- Read the full Virgin Steele - Nocturnes of Hellfire & Damnation review
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