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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.
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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
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 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
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
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
"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
There's a lot here that gives the Slough Feg moniker justice, but a huge chunk of the album holds little substance and sounds like a band hinged to its sound because that's just what people expect: "Digital Resistance" is Slough Feg's "Death Magnetic."
- Read the full Slough Feg - Digital Resistance review
"Empyrean Realms" sounds like Armory breaking out of its shell and soaring high above the clouds, proudly dynamic and boasting explosive, mighty feathers of elegance and poignancy.
- Read the full Armory - Empyrean Realms review
Iron Savior is like a dog that can only do one trick, but that trick happens to be the ability to throw up titanic power metal covered in crispy riffs, bombastic choruses, and an authentic degree of raw sound quality.
- Read the full Iron Savior - Rise of the Hero review
The Satanist is the portal into which Behemoths evolution, trials, tribulations, and triumphs all remain in dark meditation. The Satanist is just fantastic from start to finish- it is Behemoths finest endeavor. (5 stars)
- Read the full Behemoth - The Satanist review
"Darkness Unbound" is enough death metal destruction to whisk away even the blackest of hearts and make them blasphemous, profane warriors in the order of Demonical's eternal army of doom. No need to fix what's not broken.
- Read the full Demonical - Darkness Unbound review
The demolition of Hail of Bullets makes "III: The Rommel Chronicles" a surefire product of noisome, wreckful, annihilative death metal cooked up by the most credible musicians around.
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"Possession" isn't much more than another slab of heavy metal goodness. Crystal Viper is still awesome, and the band's fifth full-length record lives up to the quality standard of the Crystal Viper brand with the same harsh bite and brawn.
- Read the full Crystal Viper - Possession review
"Obsideo" mostly has the right idea and overrides many of the issues that plagued "Doctrine," but Pestilence is still caught up in an accustomed arduousness which ultimately makes "Obsideo" a wash.
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It occasionally provides a tune greater than the sum of its parts, but the whole package generally leaves the local yokels feeling disappointed, like a Sunday without a case of Busch Light.
- Read the full Glorior Belli - Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls review
Often regarded as one of the most important metal bands to have ever hailed from Chile and South America in their underground circuits, Pentagram lived and died in the arms of old-school thrash/death metal.
- Read the full Pentagram Chile - The Malefice review
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