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Trap Them “Darker Handcraft”

Trap Them - Darker Handcraft

Let me start this by saying that I have a soft spot for weird shit.  I tend to really like experimental music and noise, even if I’m not always in the mood to listen to it.  It all started when I got into Converge many years ago, and my mind …

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Korzus “Discipline Of Hate”

Korzus - Discipline Of Hate

As an American metal head, when you think of thrash metal from Brazil, I guarantee the first (and possibly only) band that comes to mind is Sepultura.  This has always been the case for me.  Thankfully, the last week or so has changed that perception.  I have finally found out …

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Gideon “Costs”

The name Gideon can mean a few things in Hebrew:  “destroyer”, “mighty warrior”, “crazy ass motherfucker that knocks down trees” (not kidding).  Knowing that, I kind of knew what to expect when I received the new Gideon record for review, titled Costs.  It gives me great pleasure to report that it …

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Deadlock “Bizarro World”

Deadlock - Bizarro World

I don’t mean to sound sexist when I say this, but one of the things that always makes me skeptical about a metal band that I’m about to check out is a female vocalist. There are excellent examples out there of female singing done right in all different styles of …

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Rev Theory “Justice”

I’m not fluent in cock rock.  I don’t listen to it, and I have no interest in it whatsoever, so I’m completely outside of its target demographic.  Bands like Hinder and Velvet Revolver do nothing for me.  That said, it’s hard for me to determine where the boundaries are.  I’m …

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Ace Augustine “The Absolute”

Some albums sound really promising on their first listen, but on subsequent spins you start to notice your enthusiasm waning.  I have encountered many releases that fit into this category, and it’s always a bit disappointing when it happens.  On one hand, you really recognize the talent that a band …

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What’s Left Of Her “Perceptions”

What's Left Of Her - Perceptions

“Never judge a book by its cover”… or title, for that matter.  When I received What’s Left Of Her’s debut album Perceptions, I went into an immediate face palm – a band name like that raised all kinds of red flags.  Still, I soldiered on with the review, and I’m …

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Dreamshade “What Silence Hides”

Ever since I was introduced to the Gothenburg metal scene about 12 or 13 years ago, I have been in love with melodic death metal.  Bands like At The Gates, Dark Tranquility, Children Of Bodom, and In Flames were staples of my musical diet during my high school years, so …

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Emmure “Speaker Of The Dead”

I’ll start this by coming clean – I’ve never paid any attention to Emmure in the past.  I never really knew much of what they were about, but I gave Felony a spin and was completely turned off, so I just left it at that and never returned.  Well, now …

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The Famine “The Architects Of Guilt”

The Famine - The Architects Of Guilt

After what was arguably one of the worst years for metal since it was inundated by an oversaturation of makeup and women’s underwear, I’ve found myself looking forward to a revival in 2011.  I’m not about to say that everything that came out in 2010 was total shit, but thanks …

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