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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)
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"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.
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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.
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"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.
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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.
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Most of "Legions" delivers multitudes of admirable guitar work with an unparalleled power of thrashing heavy metal goodness. This isn't a wasteful investment or redundant in the least- Artillery lives up to the hype.
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"VI" is actually a fairly decent album, and I'm thrilled to see a thrash band from the early 1980s like Onslaught make a slab of atrocity this homicidal and savage. A winner in my book.
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Listening to "Obscure Verses for the Multiverse" shows Inquisition sticking to the band's main strengths, a superb effort as expected. Inquisition's modus operandi often soars between imaginative black metal riffs, sudden slow lurches, and atypical vocals that, when meshed together, create a great whirlpool of dark atmosphere.
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Dark forces must have approved of "Galloping Blasphemy," because just over a year later the entity of Satan's Wrath had grown from a two-piece to a full quintet and released "Aeons of Satan's Reign" without batting an eye.
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Barring "Dark Wings of Steel," Rhapsody of Fire had done a pretty solid job intertwining the passion of classical arrangements with the intensity and energy of power metal. The straightforward direction of their tenth full-length album frequently gains velocity yet never truly soars beyond its horizons.
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Lonewolf simply does not have enough zest to its brand of heavy metal to make the band remotely entertaining or memorable in a setting such as this. Even during its finest moments, "The Fourth and Final Horseman" looks pointlessly blatant and utterly forgettable.
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The atmosphere of "Ophidian Wheel" feels mystical and enlightened, as if flying beyond the heavens and understanding the roots and miracles of the universe.
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