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One band that can be likened to Arcana 13 and "Danza Macabra" is Ghost, yet labeling them a copycat or clone is downright absurd. Arcana 13 has the incredible gift of atmosphere to add to the elements of horror and heavy metal they proudly cherish.
- Read the full Arcana 13 - Danza Macabra review
Die Choking's link between the sounds and influences of grindcore remain key to the musical charge, never once putting their feet on the brake. Split that up for six minutes, and try not to die choking.
- Read the full Die Choking - II review
"A Year with No Summer" ends up a mixed bag. The progressive rock structure limits the group creatively, and there are several instances in which the opportunities available to Obsidian Kingdom are squandered.
- Read the full Obsidian Kingdom - A Year With No Summer review
Thy Catafalque is the work of just one man. The world of "Sgurr" feels much more involved than simply a solitary mind at work, though the depth and imagination of some are far greater than others.
- Read the full Thy Catafalque - Sgurr review
Round two of the Denner/Shermann project helmed by the eponymous Mercyful Fate guitar duo takes the agonizing tease of a Mercyful Fate reunion to a whole new level.
- Read the full Denner Shermann - Masters of Evil review
Given Coffin Dust's ties to Exhumed, it's no surprise "Everything is Dead" follows the path bulldozed by the gods of gore metal, but with a mild punk edge I'm attributing to The Misfits and others.
- Read the full Coffin Dust - Everything is Dead review
Vampire lurks among Sweden's shadowy edifice of death/thrash metal bands. "Cimmerian Shade," a four-song platter, sinks in its teeth and drains what it needs without wasting a second.
- Read the full Vampire - Cimmerian Shade review
"Realms of Odoric" is a special kind of dreadful. While it's safe to say few were preparing for Suidakra's finest hour, I don't think anyone was expecting the worst thing to happen to Celtic pride since the Irish Potato Famine
- Read the full Suidakra - Realms of Odoric review
"Titancraft" is predictable in the best possible way, and just another slab of goodness that Iron Savior will proudly archive among its collection of solid albums.
- Read the full Iron Savior - Titancraft review
Chances are blasphemy fanatics will not find themselves shocked at the sound of Satanic chaos emitting from yet another Desaster opus drenched in black/thrash metal blood.
- Read the full Desaster - The Oath Of An Iron Ritual review
I imagine the joy I feel when it comes to digging up and discovering overlooked death metal bands must rival that of a horde of party-hungry lice discovering a public restroom.
- Read the full Derketa - In Death We Meet review
"I Worship Chaos" offered me the unique opportunity to rediscover Children of Bodom. I adored Children of Bodom when I was sixteen, but then I, you know, learned to drive, finally touched a boob, and so on
- Read the full Children of Bodom - I Worship Chaos review
Round two of this name-sharing nonsense sees this version of Rhapsody (the one with THE FIRE) unleashing "Into the Legend," which actually learns from the mistakes of "Dark Wings of Steel"
- Read the full Rhapsody of Fire - Into the Legend review
The EP reeks of the early stages of a group that was trying to figure out what went where and what to do when it went where it belonged, if you know what I mean.
- Read the full Antropomorphia - Necromantic Love Songs review
Hammercult soared to metal stardom when they won the Wacken Metal Battle back in some year nobody remembers because Wacken sucks and their lame awards are for the birds.
- Read the full Hammercult - Built for War review
Vehemence, before splitting up, made the valiant yet futile effort to steer melodic death metal in its intended direction. "Forward Without Motion" picks up where the band left off.
- Read the full Vehemence - Forward Without Motion review
The inevitable Mercyful Fate reunion is the biggest cocktease I've ever experienced. Mercyful Fate is one of my favorite bands, and that's what makes this so painful.
- Read the full Denner-Shermann'sSatan's Tomb review
If Abominable Putridity were to find themselves fleshed out and pumped up, then perhaps the notion of elevating the record to a higher status might make sense. Truth be told, the alleged best of its kind is just a skip above the baseline.
- Read the full Abominable Putridity - The Anomalies of Artificial Origin review
Napalm Death's singular, primal howl against the status quo is still ringing over 35 years after their genesis in Birmingham, England. Vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway explained the fine line between innovation and integrity.
- Read the full Napalm Death Interview review
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