Hitten – State of Shock (2016)

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Author: Dave

Band: Hitten

Album: State of Shock

Genre: Heavy/power/speed metal

Label: Heavy Forces Records

 

 

 

Hitten are a more recent heavy metal band from Murcia and State of Shock is their second full-length album coming out just a couple years after their first. I had known about Hitten for a while, but had never bothered to listen to anything by them until a respected friend mentioned how much he enjoyed this particular release and so I went to pick it up. It took less than a minute into the album before I had to pick my jaw up off the floor after hearing the insane intro. Sometimes intros can be deceiving though, so I suspended any judgement until I had listened to the whole thing all the way through.  Continue reading

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Dark Funeral – Where Shadows Forever Reign (2016

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Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: Dark Funeral

Album: Where Shadows Forever Reign (2016)

Genre: Black Metal

Label: Century Media Records

 

 

 

Dark Funeral have inhabited a somewhat curious position in black metal. Formed in the midst of the second wave in neighboring Sweden, the band survived the turn of the century, when many of the Norwegian torchbearers were either seeking alternative paths or floundering altogether. Dark Funeral, along with countrymen Marduk, took up cleaner production and more conventional, recognizable song structures and acted as a lightning rod for new black metal listeners. Whilst they never delved into the outright commercial properties of Dimmu Borgir, the band nonetheless wrought a fair bit of distain in more experienced circles. They never used keyboards or clean vocals, and their guitar leads were rarely melodic enough to be called “mainstream”. Nothing musical about the band could be called anything less than black metal; nonetheless, Dark Funeral had become far more accessible than many believe black metal has any right to be.  Continue reading

Messa – Belfry (2016)

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Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: Messa

Album: Belfry (2016)

Genre: Doom Metal

Label: Aural Music

 

 

 

Right here, Italian doomsters Messa have a fantastic record which I hope to see snowball into a titan at the end of year finals. Part drone, part epic, part traditional, a hint of stoner and all fuzz, Messa master both atmosphere and melody on their debut BelfryContinue reading

Gevurah – Hallelujah! (2016)

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Author: Crono

Artist: Gevurah

Album: Hallelujah!

Label: Profound Lore

Genre: Black Metal

 

Hallelujah! is the debut album from black metal duo Gevurah, coming hot on the heels of three short demo releases. I had actually heard the release previous to this, Dialogue of Broken Stars, so I had an idea of what I was going to be listening to. What the demo did not prepare me for was how evil and crushing a full-length from Gevurah would be. Hallelujah! is dark, monstrous, and baleful black metal.  Continue reading

Fallujah – Dreamless (2016)

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Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: Fallujah

Album: Dreamless

Genre: Progressive/Technical Death Metal/Deathcore

Label: Nuclear Blast America

 

 

In December 2014 I named Fallujah’s The Flesh Prevails as my album of the year. I then proceeded to not listen to it since. I loved the album for combining many subtle differences in the multitude of metal styles into a singular, cohesive sound which sounded ultra-modern without straying from a familiar sound. To borrow a phrase, it seemed to me “as forward thinking as a Ronin sculpture on a freight train.” However, my own personal tastes shifted somewhat from the style, and with few other comparable bands I enjoyed, they became much neglected.  Continue reading

Savage Master – With Whips and Chains (2016)

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Author: Dave

Band: Savage Master

Album: With Whips and Chains

Genre: Heavy metal

Label: High Roller Records

 

Savage Master are a newer heavy metal band that have just released their second full-length album since starting a few years ago. And if that level of output weren’t already noteworthy enough, they also managed to do something even more remarkable and that is to produce a sophomore album that is better than their first one. And seeing as how the first one was already a stellar example of old school heavy metal, if you enjoyed that one, you’re in for a real treat with this one.  Continue reading

Slaughterday – Laws of the Occult (2016)

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Author: Goldensundown

Band: Slaughterday

Album: Laws of the Occult

Genre: Death Metal

Label: F.D.A. Rekotz

Taking their name from the Autopsy track from Severed Survival, Slaughterday have dropped their second album with Laws of the Occult, opting to continue their onslaught of appropriately Autopsy influenced death metal. Continue reading