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Burzum “Umskiptar”

Burzum - Umskiptar

I’ve listened to this album a few times now, and I’m a little lukewarm about it.  I’ve been a big fan of Burzum for a long time (with the exception of the prison albums), and of Varg’s musical style in general, but this album is pretty tepid. It’s a mixed …

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Desaster “The Arts of Destruction”

Desaster - The Arts of Destruction

So this was the first album I got to review that I’ve genuinely liked.  These guys are true to their genre, don’t take themselves too seriously and deliver some excellent blackened thrash.  The only negative things I can say about this album is that there are a few tracks that …

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Abominable Putridity “The Anomalies of Artificial Origin”

Abominable Putridity - The Anomalies of Artificial Origin

Abominable Putridity.  With a name like that, what sort of music would you expect?  Motown?  Guess again, Charlie.  Abominable Putridity delivers some brutal, chunky, make-you-bang-your-head assault-style death metal with their latest installment “The Anomalies Of Artificial Origin”. As far as brutal, technical death metal goes, Abominable Putridity is one of …

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Lord Mantis “Pervertor”

Lord Mantis - Pervertor

I tried really hard to like this album, I really did.  I’ve got a bit of a nationalistic thing going when it comes to American bands – I really want to like them.  I was really looking forward to listening to and reviewing this album.  It just doesn’t deliver.  It’s …

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Sigh “In Somniphobia”

Sigh - In Somniphobia

What’s better on a gloomy Wednesday afternoon than some Japanese black metal?  Well, if that’s what you’re looking for, you can pass on this album. “In Somniphobia” is the latest installment from veteran Japanese black metallers Sigh – the first metal band that I can think of to incorporate a …

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Avatar “Black Waltz”

Avatar - Black Waltz

“Black Waltz” is the latest installment from Gothenberg gothic metal band Avatar.  Yep, it’s pretty much another Gothenberg album from another Gothenberg band. The album begins with “Let us die”.  With the exception of some tepid tapping about half way through this tune, it’s pretty boring, repetitive and unremarkable. “Torn …

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