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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Soilwork – Verkligheten

Soilwork have long been one the most consistent acts in melodic death metal. Although they’ve rarely received the same amount of critical recognition as formative bands like In Flames, Dark Tranquility or At the Gates, they’ve nevertheless managed to put together a catalogue of records whose overall quality rivals any…

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