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96 – “Caught In The Grips”

96 - Caught In The Grips

Today is one of those days where the hardcore world can breath a sigh of relief. Today is the day 96 releases their full length debut album, and let’s just say they’re doing hardcore right. No silly, redundant breakdowns. No over the top tough guy persona in the lyrics. Instead …

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Whitechapel “Whitechapel”

Whitechapel - Whitechapel

I’ve slung my fair share of shit in deathcore’s direction, but there are a few bands in the genre that make its existence somewhat worthwhile.  Whitechapel, a six person riot that reigns from Knoxville, Tennessee, happens to be one of those bands.  Save for the drums, they’ve held a fairly …

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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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Mekong Delta “Intersections”

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Intersections is the latest offering from the German progressive thrash band Mekong Delta. Formed in the mid 80’s Mekong have been around for quite awhile now. Intersections is a new effort of old songs, all re-recorded with the current Mekong Delta line-up. This line-up is what consisted on the excellent …

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Shadows Fall “Fire From The Sky”

shadows fall fire from the sky

Over the last decade or so, Shadows Fall have become one of the most prominent faces for American heavy metal.  They garnered much attention and found a fan in me with their albums Of One Blood and The Art Of Balance, which showcased their fast, melodic guitar work and crushing …

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Ancient VVisdom “A Godlike Inferno”

ancient vvisdom a godlike inferno

Quick little intro before I deconstruct this album. First, yes, okay, this album came out almost a year ago. Second, I have never even heard of this band until they were on Ghost’s 13 Dates of Doom Tour with Blood Ceremony. Ancient VVisdom (yes that is two v’s put together …

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Overkill “The Electric Age”

overkill the electric age

Overkill has done it again. They once again have written a crazy album that meets expectations and then keeps going. This time, our 10-track audio armageddon is called, The Electric Age. I don’t know how they do it, but from “Come and Get It” to the closing notes of “Good …

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Hung “Hung”

hung hung

Before I get down to the nitty gritty of this review, let me explain to you the band that is, Hung. Lyris Hung, yes her last name is in fact the origin of the band’s name, plays violin (most notably for Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Bryan Adams, and the Indigo Girls). Jon …

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Soulfly “Enslaved”

Soulfly Enslaved

Personally, I haven’t really felt the same vibe from Soulfly like I used to back in the day when I first heard Back to the Primitive. However, Enslaved has really turned me around to adding Soulfly back into my daily playlist (if not in the car then later in the …

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