Heaven Shall Burn – Of Truth and Sacrifice

Heaven Shall Burn have quietly been one of the best melodic death melodic death metal bands of the twenty-first century. Although the Germans have by no means gone unnoticed (as their major label occupation attests), their once-swelling profile has dipped somewhat over the last decade, due to some weaker offerings…

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Tech Death Rapidfire – Sutrah & Svengahli

There are a few things I’m excited to accomplish with this post, beyond highlighting yet another couple of excellent death metal releases. First, from a practical standpoint, this is an efficient means of covering two short EPs that are still absolutely worth your time. It’s the same reason I created…

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Izthmi – The Arrows of Our Ways

Few things are as enjoyable as a debut record. No matter how bad or good the record eventually turns out to be, the excitement that stems forth from that unabashed enthusiasm is invigorating, like a new car smell. This first impression is amplified by the absence of expectations, where every…

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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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Necropanther – The Doomed City

While I don’t want to hold it against any particular artist, some subgenres have a tendency to sound a bit stale over time. In order to fit into some kind of description, you have to walk down a fairly narrow and rigid path that doesn’t allow for any kind of…

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The Anatomy Of – Wilderun

Sometimes, a lead single can all but guarantee you’ll love an album, which was very much the case after I heard “Far from Where Dreams Unfurl.” As I outlined in my review, Wilderun have crafted my favorite prog metal albums of the year with Veil of Imagination by a wide…

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Wilderun – Veil of Imagination

“The passion caused by the great and the sublime in nature, when those causes operate most powerfully, is Astonishment; and astonishment is that state of the soul, in which all its motions are suspended, with some degree of horror. … It is productive of the strongest emotion which the mind…

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