The Anatomy Of – Eternal Storm

Eternal Storm caught me by surprise and consequently murdered our faces with their absolutely fantastic debut record Come the Tide. A melodeath opus that puts them squarely in the elite camp populated by the likes of Insomnium, Dark Tranquility, and Be’lakor, Come the Tide will populate many a year-end list,…

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Hope Drone – Void Lustre

It’s been a long four years since the sophomore release from Australian post-black metal outfit Hope Drone. Cloak of Ash, released July 2015 through Relapse Records, was the group’s shot at a breakout, and it was certainly a devastating and compelling release, earning a four-out-of-five score from us back when…

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Pijn & Conjurer – Curse These Metal Hands

Until very recently, there has been precious little information available about the Curse These Metal Hands project. What’s more, the few scraps that had made their way into the public domain haven’t exactly made what one might expect more explicit. A collaboration between members of two active and upcoming bands,…

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Hey! Listen to The Grey!

As a general rule, a metal band that takes the decision to remain instrumental is more likely to be a proggy or mathy affair. When listening to them, it’s more common to find oneself swaying to twinkly explorations or twitching to movable-feast time signatures than outright headbanging. But rules are meant…

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Erlen Meyer – Sang et Or

Perhaps it is just the linguistic tin ear awarded to native English speakers influencing me, but French seems to me to be a language much more effective at conjuring a mysterious, enigmatic atmosphere than our mother tongue. It seems to naturally evoke a vision of a world-weary storyteller sat in a…

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