Elizabeth Colour Wheel – Nocebo

OK, this one is going to be hard to review so I’m just going to start like this: Elizabeth Color Wheel’s Nocebo is one of the more earnest records I’ve heard in a long time. Forget the musicality of it for a second; it’s just extremely honest. You can hear each musician’s heart laid bare on this album, highly emotional and visceral in its delivery, whether it’s hitting hard or droning softly to itself. The passion which drives it is very close to the surface and “sells” the album regardless (and in support of, of course) of anything going on…

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Noisem – Cease to Exist

As with many other folks, I love metal because of the sweet emotional releases it gives me. Despite the loud and chaotic nature of the genre, I feel a great catharsis after a good metal song. Even scientific studies have shown that metal fans feel the release of tension, anger, and a host of negative emotions after listening to metal music. For me, I find that the angrier the sound, the better I feel after a good track. This goes particularly for anything with political or sociological themes in the lyrics, especially if it’s an issue I feel strongly about…

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Venom Prison – Samsara

What’s worse than the deja vu horror of reliving the same tired mistakes time and time again with no end in sight? No, I’m not talking about listening to your umpteenth atmospheric post-black metal album of the year, I’m talking about that Bill Murray in Groundhog Day or kind of shit. The inconsequential decision-making, the futile attempts at change, and the existential misery that come with a cyclical loop of time. Or worse, the meaninglessness of an unchanging world or the regressive reset that swiftly defies any kind of progress like a real-life game over. It’s hard to imagine what…

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Fallujah – Undying Light

Major lineup changes, particularly from the replacement of a member fundamental to the band’s sound like a founding vocalist, can cause a clear divide in not only a band’s fanbase, but the narrative of the band’s discography into distinct eras. Bay Area progressive death metal act Fallujah have just entered their own new era of music following the departure of vocalist and keyboard player Alex Hoffman in 2017.

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