Xoth – Interdimensional Invocations

As a band, Xoth represent a specific challenge to review: it feels impossible to concoct the right combination of words that both accurately describes the band and makes them sound as appealing as Iā€™d like. Metal runs into this problem more often than other genres, I think. As sounds become…

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Hashshashin – Badakhshan

After five years with the blog, there are a number of posts I still look back on fondly. My interview with Lachlan R. Dale still ranks among my all-time favorites for a number of reasons. First, and most obvious, was the ability to connect with the man behind two of…

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Thy Art Is Murder – Human Target

Thy Art Is Murder are extremely good at what they do. With each album, they effortlessly prove that they have the consistency and skill to strike with absolute precision while adding just a little bit more to the formula to keep them from getting complacent atop their duly earned throne.…

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Northlane – Alien

Northlane have been rising through the progressive metalcore ranks with each album they’ve released since 2011. Once they acquired multi-faceted frontman Marcus Bridge in 2015, it seemed the band were destined for new heights. With two studio albums and a live LP dropping since then, the band appeared to be…

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Serpent Column – Mirror in Darkness

Serpent Column is a project that has been waiting to burst onto the larger metal scene for some time. Over the past few years, sole continual member Theophonos has conjured adventurous, meticulously crafted music that melds elements of dissonant death and black metal into a swirling pool of chaos and…

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SIBIIR – Ropes

After a debut full of harsh, twisting, blackened hardcore sounds comes Oslo’s SIBIIR with their sophomore full-length, Ropes. From the darkest, dankest reaches of Norway’s icy tundras, and with a more focused take on crafting extreme music, SIBIIR openly states in promotional materials that they wanted to move away from…

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Feast of the Epiphany – Practicing Loss

Feast of the Epiphany is a unique project. The brainchild of composer Nick Podgurski ā€“ along with collaborators Andrew Smiley and Caley Monahon-Ward ā€“ the group merges the seemingly incompatible worlds of drone, folk, psych, prog, and ambient synth (among other things) into a curious, avant-garde blend. As if that…

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Opeth – In Cauda Venenum

The last time that Opeth named their album something ominous, they changed up their entire career. That was Watershed which, for many, marked a shift in one of the biggest careers to ever come out of extreme metal (love them or hate them, you cannot deny that Opeth are huge).…

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Insomnium – Heart Like a Grave

It feels ungrateful to berate a band for making music which you like over and over again but here we are. When Insomnium released Across the Dark, it seemed as if the band were bent on forging their own paths. Even though, later on, Shadows of the Dying Sun further…

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