Release Day Roundup – 5/1/20

Editor’s Note: Longtime reader Remi VL is a regular guest contributor to our Release Day Roundup posts! He submitted several of the albums listed below. Join his Facebook group for more recommendations. Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and…

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Concert Review: Vader, Abysmal Dawn, Hideous Divinity, Vitriol, Desolate at Jewel Music Venue (Manchester, NH)

New Hampshire is the fly over state of New England when it comes to noteworthy metal tours. Most bands book their New England dates at one of the countless options in Massachusetts; there are more highly frequented venues in the greater Boston/Cambridge area than the region’s other five states combined,…

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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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Release Day Roundup – 5/31/19

Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure…

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Basilysk – Emergence

Cracking the code to a successful debut is no cakewalk. Few are those who can define themselves well enough or crystallize their sound over the course of a few demos or EPs that their LP can stand out from the crowd in a sea of half-baked, messy introductions. To be…

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52 – Wow, It’s Been A Year

We’re a year old now! So, we just do news like regular, then some opinion time. Also, bullshit philosophy time is back! Topics: Anthony Fantano on Meshugggah, Vader, Entombed, Red Fang, Car Bomb, Issues, Trivium, In Flames, Thrawsunblat, Ophidius, Avenged Sevenfold. This Metalsucks article on punk and comedy, then this thing about a certain luthier who is too good for pop music. Underrated album of the week: VOLA – Inamazes. Then we talk about why we got rid of review scores here at the blog. Enjoy!

Hate – Crusade: Zero

Like Sweden and Norway, Poland has a very distinctive sound when it comes to its death metal output. Bands such as Behemoth, Vader and (earlier) Decapitated perfectly embody this sound, as does another, perhaps lesser-mentioned band: Hate. Hate emerged around the same time as Behemoth, who are by far their closest contemporary. Whereas Vader and…