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Virgin Steele - The Marriage of Heaven and Hell - Part One

Portrait - Crossroads

Elvenking - The Pagan Manifesto

Morgoth - God is Evil 7 Inch

Excel - Split Image

Septicflesh - A Fallen Temple

Pilgrim - II: Void Worship

Death - Leprosy

Hail Spirit Noir - Oi Magoi

Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain

Septicflesh - Titan

Prong - Ruining Lives

Helstar - This Wicked Nest

Septicflesh - Temple of the Lost Race

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.... Virgin Steele - The Marriage of Heaven and Hell - Part One
"Part One" is a masterpiece, no debate. And you know what? This isn't even Virgin Steele's best album. From its whispers to its screams, "Part One" is as good as it gets. - Read the full Virgin Steele - The Marriage of Heaven and Hell - Part One review

.... Portrait - Crossroads
The Swedes know how to do heavy metal-no big secret there. "Crossroads" is heavy metal at its absolute best and a superb moment in the evolution of this wonderful band. A masterpiece? You better believe it. - Read the full Portrait - Crossroads review

.... Elvenking - The Pagan Manifesto
"The Pagan Manifesto," in some ways, changes the game for Elvenking. I'm not going to call the record a masterpiece, because it's not, but clearly there were huge improvements in nearly every category that needed work. - Read the full Elvenking - The Pagan Manifesto review

.... Morgoth - God is Evil 7 Inch
"God is Evil" lives up to its name. Eight minutes of solid, wicked, blitzing death metal cooked to bring out some serious neck injury and old-school carnage. A nice sample, but we want the whole meal! - Read the full Morgoth - God is Evil 7 Inch review

.... Excel - Split Image
Big on the thrash metal/crossover motifs of Suicidal Tendencies, Cro-Mags, D.R.I., and Cryptic Slaughter, "Split Image" created ample room for Excel to stand up next to the big boys - Read the full Excel - Split Image review

.... Septicflesh - A Fallen Temple
Three brilliant songs and unnecessarily redone oldies. That's the story of "A Fallen Temple": from excellent to excessive, debatably redundant; a bit of a weird one. Nice Paradise Lost cover, though. - Read the full Septicflesh - A Fallen Temple review

.... Pilgrim - II: Void Worship
Plodding, monotonous doom numbers crammed alongside FOUR useless instrumental tunes stack up to almost forty-five minutes of these American doomsters asleep at the wheel. - Read the full Pilgrim - II: Void Worship review

.... Death - Leprosy
The great thing about "Leprosy" is that it's not necessarily the seminal Death album, but for several reasons the seminal Death album of a certain era of the group when the band was undoubtedly at its peak. - Read the full Death - Leprosy review

.... Hail Spirit Noir - Oi Magoi
Lightning strikes twice for these Greek magicians, and I'm rather fond of visiting the land of "Oi Magoi," where the non sequiturs make a frightening amount of sense and the cogs of perdition tick, tick, tick on clocks. - Read the full Hail Spirit Noir - Oi Magoi review

.... Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain
"A Skeletal Domain" sounds exactly how any death metal journeymen will picture it, and it comes away winning over the carved-out hearts. An abattoir's delight. - Read the full Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain review

.... Septicflesh - Titan
Titan" gets its dagger in the heart through mundane songwriting and lethargic performances that have absolutely nothing to say or show on their own and instead lean on the huge symphony to carry the weight. - Read the full Septicflesh - Titan review

.... Prong - Ruining Lives
"Ruining Lives" deserves neither a trophy nor a fistful of egg to its face, but it's clearly a depreciated version of the records that came before it-take that how you will. - Read the full Prong - Ruining Lives review

.... Helstar - This Wicked Nest
A ballistic barrage of heavy metal goodness but better than "Glory of Chaos," which was better than "The King of Hell," which was an impressive yet contemporary return from one of heavy metal's darlings - Read the full Helstar - This Wicked Nest review

.... Septicflesh - Temple of the Lost Race
The EP best captures the group identifying its unique surroundings while implementing what is the most 'primitive' sounding foundation of the Septicflesh epic. - Read the full Septicflesh - Temple of the Lost Race review

.... God Macabre - The Winterlong
It's an essential piece of death metal history for enthusiasts hunting for the great classics of a bygone era and another guaranteed snapshot of the superiority of one of the most astonishing metal scenes to ever grace the world. - Read the full God Macabre - The Winterlong review

.... Freedom Call - Beyond
The performances, songwriting, sound quality, and other vital facets of the musical experience are refined but undeniably marked by the Freedom Call stamp. Credit is earned when credit is due- "Beyond" isn't too shabby. - Read the full Freedom Call - Beyond review

.... Cynic - Kindly Bent to Free Us
This album is pretty much the completion of Cynic's conversion over to the progressive rock station. It seems in a lot of ways that the ethereal ingenuity and complex algorithms of Cynic's yesteryears have gone from a million screaming spirits to a feeble creative whisper. - Read the full Cynic - Kindly Bent to Free Us review


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