Bat – Wings of Chains (2016)

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Author: GTO
Artist: Bat
Album: Wings of Chains
Label: Hells Headbangers

Bat comes straight out of hell with their debut Wings of Chains on Hells Headbangers. Clearly, their existence in the realms of demos and EPs weren’t enough and now a full length has to be released to quell the masses of their need for fiery, aggressive, and spitfire style of metal that can be cranked out over the course of thirty minutes. Continue reading

Névoa – Re Un (2016)

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Artist: Névoa

Album: Re Un

Label: Avantgarde Music

Névoa is a new black metal band from Portugal. Re Un is their second release, their debut coming out around this time last year. I remember listening to their debut, The Absence of Void, and really enjoying their bleak atmosphere and the distinctly Cascadian black metal sound. However, Re Un sees Névoa shifting their sound quite a bit, going from their Wolves in the Throne Room inspired sound to combination of two different sounds, one for each half of the album. The first half is more in line with psychedelic black metal like Aluk Todolo or Oranssi Pazuzu, while the second half of the album takes a heavier turn, reminding me of bands like Year of No Light and Altar of Plagues.

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Withered – Grief Relic (2016)

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Author: T.K. White

Band: Withered

Album: Grief Relic

Genre: Black/Death Metal

Label: Season of Mist

Withered is an odd band considering they fell apart, yet managed to hang on by a thread which happens to be named Mike Thompson. Thankfully, after everyone left Thompson he was able to find other prominent artists (Colin Marston, Ethan McCarthy) to help cauterize the wound; however, that is not so much the case, but I will get that in a moment.
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Dexter Ward – Rendezvous with Destiny (2016)

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Author: Dave

Band: Dexter Ward

Album: Rendezvous with Destiny

 

Genre: Heavy/Power Metal

Label: No Remorse Records

 

 

 

Dexter Ward, named after the novel by metal’s second-favourite literary benefactor (that would be Lovecraft), are a Greek heavy metal band formed within the last decade who have just released their second full-length album. The album is a pastiche of war stories, told from various perspectives and in various times, and not limited to the past either. From the ancient story of the “Stone Age Warriors” up through the “Ballad of the Green Berets” we are given a series of epic and fantastic tales told by the victors themselves. And you’d think with this kind of subject matter, you would expect something a little more than just run-of-the-mill heavy metal. Fortunately, Dexter Ward certainly deliver on this count.  Continue reading

Alene Misantropie – Abscence of Light (2016)

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Author: Crono

Artist: Alene Misantropie

Album: Absence of Light

Label: Damnatio ad Bestias

Genre: Depressive Black Metal

It is now half way through 2016, and I am only now stumbling upon some depressive black metal that I really enjoy. Alene Misantropie is a new duo from Spain, and Absence of Light is their debut album. This album is in competition with Acjétêc by Sadness for best depressive black metal album of the year, although I am still holding patiently for the long-awaited Coldworld release, Autumn. Regardless, if you enjoy depressive black metal, you cannot skip Absence of LightContinue reading

Covenant Festival 2016 Review

Author: Crono

 

From June 16 to 19th, over 20 bands descended upon Vancouver, Canada to participate in the second Covenant Festival, a black and death metal festival that was sorely needed in Vancouver. I went last year and was extremely excited for this year. I’m going to run through every band that I saw and highlight the amazing moments of the fest.   Continue reading

EP Roundup #2

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Author: Goldensundown

Bands: Cadaveric Fumes, Necrosic

Albums: Dimensions Obscure, Putrid Decimation

Genres: Death Metal

Labels: Blood Harvest, Nuclear War Now!

 

In the second EP roundup, two more offerings of death are on display here, from Cadaveric Fumes and Necrosic. Continue reading