Cheeto’s Magazine – Amazingous

Progressive rock is one of those genres that you absolutely love growing up, then move through derision and cynicism towards it, before you end up rediscovering what so appealed to you within it when you were growing up. At least, that’s how it was for me: the bright eyed hope…

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Victorius – Space Ninjas From Hell

Victorius’s previous offering, the six-track EP DIsnosaur Warfare: Legend of the Power Saurus [sic] (2008), is one of the best power metal releases of recent years. Although fluorescent ’80s nostalgia had long been driven into the ground already (as we’ll discuss further below), by tapping into the less-exploited dinosaur market…

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Spaceslug – Reign of the Orion

As many of the reviews we’re putting out this month will indicate, December frequently becomes a month where new music is ignored. There is a twofold reason for this. First, music journalists become laser-focused on end of the year wrap up posts. There’s an unfortunately good reason for that since…

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Horrified – Sentinel

Show me a band that fuses melodic riffing with a hard-hitting death metal core and you’ll garner my interest. Show me a band that pulls from Death and Horrendous while throwing in shades of the best fantasy series of all time (Malazan Book of the Fallen, for those curious), and…

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Catatonic Effigy – Putrid Tendency

The term “metal” is by all accounts a fairly elastic one. The truth of that sentence is obvious when you view the world’s classification of it in culture and conversation. Every metalhead has that story of a friend declaring themselves a devotee of the riff while naming off a slew…

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Astral Altar – A∴A∴

December is both the best and my least favorite month as a music writer and consumer. It’s great on one hand because it’s the time that we get to take stock of another incredible trip ‘round the sun, build out our list of favorites, and write/talk about the music that…

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In Human Form – III

“A rising tide floats all boats”. Know that idiom? It’s especially relevant to what we’ve been seeing in music in 2019 and, to be honest, this past half decade or so. With so much music being released, it no longer seems possible to identify one (or even two or three)…

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Hypno5e – A Distant (Dark) Source

We are continually told that attention spans are ever-shortening. Especially where creative media is concerned, shorter is supposedly better. People are more likely to read a sentence than a paragraph, or a paragraph rather than a chapter, or listen to a single more than an album. Fortunately – not least…

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Teeth – The Curse of Entropy

Equations often hang on the mercy of one variable. If you tweak that variable, numbers, affects, trends, and orders of magnitude dance and spin at your beck and call. If you tweak it too far, however, all those beautiful structures come crashing down in chaos. Sometimes, that variable creeps up…

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