Bosse-De-Nage – All Fours (2015)

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Artist: Bosse-De-Nage

Album: All Fours

Label: Profound Lore

Bosse-de-Nage is a San Francisco-based black metal band. Their previous album, III, launched them from relatively obscurity into sharp focus. When III was release, back in 2012, their sound was being described as post-black metal, with its insistence on using drumming patterns more popular in hardcore and spoken-word passages to break up the harsh wails. Regardless of how it was described, it was a hit, and many new fans began paying attention to Bosse-de-Nage.

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Invincible Force – Satan Rebellion Metal (2015)

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Artist: Invincible Force

Album: Satan Rebellion Metal

Label: Dark Descent Records

Short, sweet, and grave desecrating aptly describes the debut full-length of these Chilean monsters of the underground, Invincible Force. Satan Rebellion Metal, out on Dark Descent Records, demonstrates a proper execution of metal evolution. They take inspiration from plenty of their forefathers without overly relying on old school standbys for their overall sound. It does not simply take surface level tropes of black, death and thrash metal—Invincible Force incorporates specific, nuanced approaches in order to concoct a much fresher feeling release, with a mixture of pleasant surprises and occasional letdowns.   Continue reading

Sacral Rage – Illusions In Infinite Void (2015)

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Artist: Sacral Rage

Album: Illusions in Infinite Void

Label: Cruz del Sur Records

“Illusions in Infinite Void” is the debut full-length album from Greek heavy/speed metal band Sacral Rage. As far as debut albums go, you couldn’t really ask for much more – this album packs a punch despite its relatively short running length. Continue reading

Perdition Temple – The Tempter’s Victorious (2015)

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Artist: Perdition Temple

Album: The Tempter’s Victorious

Label: Hells Headbangers Records

Perdition Temple is an American Black/Death metal band hailing from Florida. The band features two former members, Gene Palubicki and Bill Taylor from the excellent blackened death metal band Angelcorpse that split up in 2009. Perdition Temple is the demon spawn that grew forth after the Angelcorpse split and The Tempter’s Victorious is their sophomore record hoping to build on from their debut full length Edict of the Antichrist Elect from 2010. Continue reading

Lancer – Second Storm (2015)

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Artist: Lancer

Album: Second Storm

Label: Despotz Records

Disclaimer: This is mostly a review of the music on the album and not an analysis of the awesome-as-fuck Mecha-Ostrich on the cover.

Second Storm is the, (surprise!), second album by Swedish Power Metal band Lancer. Without promising too much, they’re a pretty consistent group, at least if you take in account that both of their full-length records are pretty solid Speed/Power assaults without reinventing the steel (…haha). Continue reading

Ghost Bath – Moonlover (2015)

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Artist: Ghost Bath

Album: Moonlover

Label: Northern Silence Productions

Reviewer: Marc D.

First things first: let’s get it out of the way that Ghost Bath is not from China and that “Nameless” is really some white dude named Dennis Mikula who was in a couple of post-hardcore or metalcore bands or something. Maybe it was mathcore. I don’t know, and I don’t really care. It’s a non-issue for me. As cool as it would have been to hear some more regional metal, what it really comes down to is the music itself. How it was marketed, as misleading as it was, is irrelevant. Continue reading

Sorcerer – In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross (2015)

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Artist: Sorcerer

Release: In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross

Label: Metal Blade

Reviewer: Ryan

It’s now 2015, 23 years since famed Swedish doomers Sorcerer released the second of their two demos, their only output aside from some compilations until now. Their demo material has already made them among the most widely acclaimed names in epic doom metal, and I was at once excited and a bit concerned to find that they were recording new material. I was glad there would be more Sorcerer, but far too many comeback albums are only shadows of former glory. Ultimately my mixed feelings leading up to this album’s release were mostly met with pleasant surprise; In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross is a fine album, but at times it does not capture the epic, mystical formula that made classic Sorcerer classic.
In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross has some big shoes to fill following demos with such a legacy. Returning from the lineup that recorded the venerated self-titled demo are vocalist Anders Engberg and bassist Johnny Hagel, now accompanied by drummer Robert Iversen and guitarists Kristian Niemann and Peter Hallgreen. Losing more than half of the band might have been a bad sign, but the whole lineup offers a solid performance. The most immediately striking performance is Engberg’s vocal work. He has plenty of range and power and uses it to his fullest, bringing to mind Rob Lowe and other soaring doom vocalists; his voice was effective on the demos and it is here.

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