Lluvia – Eternidad Solemne (2015)

Author: Crono

Artist: Lluvia

Album: Eternidad Solemne

Label: Fallen Empire

 

Lluvia is a Mexican black metal band that has already been through a name change since its recent formation in 2012. Originally called The Rain In Endless Fall, the band released a very short demo that somehow gained a lot of underground attention, myself included, even at a brief 9 minutes long. Shortly thereafter, Lluvia was picked up by their current label, Fallen Empire, and they have released two full-length albums so far, Eternidad Solemne being their second. Before we go any further, I have to say that Eternidad Solemne is an amazing album, with a sound completely its own. Continue reading

Symphony X – Underworld (2015)

Author: Dave

Artist: Symphony X

Album: Underworld

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

For most power metal fans, Symphony X needs no introduction. Like them or not, they have remained one of the more consistent and prolific bands in their genre since their debut more than twenty years ago. Underworld is their ninth full-length album and is every bit as Symphony X as you could possibly expect. For those of you who are already familiar with their epic and aggressive style, this will fall nicely into their discography as another compilation of Michael Romeo’s neoclassical compositions.

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Khemmis – Absolution (2015)

Author: Bloodshot Grub

Artist: Khemmis

Album: Absolution

Label: 20 Buck Spin

Some time around 1995, I was still in the early stages of discovering metal and spent a great deal of time listening to the local rock radio station hoping to hear a Metallica or Megadeth song. On one such occasion, I heard an advertisement for a concert: Mercyful Fate and Solitude Aeturnus. I had never heard of either band, but they sounded interesting, so the next day I had my parents drive me to the local Blockbuster Music store and had myself a listen. Beyond the Crimson Horizon immediately became my new favorite album. The fantastic atmosphere of the music and the magic of Rob Lowe’s voice fit perfectly with the D&D rulebooks and Lovecraft stories in which I was ensconced at the time.

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Dystopia Nå – Dweller On The Threshold (2015)

Author: Crono

Artist: Dystopia Nå!

Album: Dweller On The Threshold

Label: Avantgarde Music

 

Dystopia Nå! What a band name! This is (obviously) Norwegian for Dystopia Now! Dweller on the Threshold is Dystopia Nå’s second album. This band has such an interesting approach to the style of music they are attempting to do, which is apparently depressive black metal, but with so many other elements pushed into it that you couldn’t be blamed for calling this a progressive black/death album. Continue reading

Sigh – Graveward (2015)

Author: Bloodshot Grub

Artist: Sigh

Album: Graveward

Label: Candlelight Records

This is an album that’s been out for a while, but I was so stunned by it–even having listened to Sigh since I discovered Hail Horror Hail in the late 90’s and having an idea of what to expect–that I had to talk about it. Graveward, album number ten from these Japanese avant-black metal stalwarts, was released all the way back in April to a very lukewarm critical reception. The mixed response is what caused me to leave it on the shelf for so long, and now I find myself both perplexed by the criticism and remorseful for the three months during which this phenomenal album was unjustly absent from my listening rotation. Continue reading

Dynfari – Vegferð Tímans (2015)

Author: Dave

Band: Dynfari

Release: Vegferð Tímans

Label: Code666 Records

With the recent glut of atmospheric black metal bands that have come out in the last few years, I feel like there’s a bit of a saturation effect going on here. I do enjoy listening to the genre, but for whatever reason I get the feeling that it’s an “easy” genre in that any time the composition can take a back seat to atmosphere and reverb, that there are likely going to be corners cut and shortcuts taken. Now whether Dynfari are guilty of that or not I won’t say, but I feel like that sort of preface is important when reviewing any album of this genre.

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Barbarian Fist – The Whorelord Cometh (2015)

Author: Goldensundown

Band: Barbarian Fist

Release: The Whorelord Cometh

Label: Independent

Any Doom band that opens an album up with a sample of the famous “What is best in life?” quote from Conan and calls themselves Barbarian Fist comes with the expectation of crushing, heavy doom. Luckily Barbarian Fist cater towards this expectation on The Whorelord Cometh; a 4 song/40 minute affair of stoner rock and doom. Continue reading