Adamanthium – Adamanthium (2016)

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Author: Dave

Artist: Adamanthium

Album: Adamanthium

Label: Independent

 

South Americans have never been strangers to heavy metal, and over the last few decades, some of their countries have borne scenes that rival the best of those in North America and Europe. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear Adamanthium, a newer Argentine band, doing their best to keep that old school heavy metal sound alive. Their traditional influences are immediately recognisable, mostly in tone and overall execution, as opposed to specific, easily traceable riffs. In fact, their sound would have fit nicely amidst a good number of NWOBHM bands if it weren’t for the Spanish lyrics.

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Emortuus – Blood, Bone and Flesh (2016)

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Artist: Emortuus

Album: Blood, Bone and Flesh

Label: Independent

 

Hailing from the grim, windswept tundra of Western Australia, Emortuus presents an icy chalice of frostbitten black metal. Actually, that entire previous statement was daft hyperbolic bollocks, but what we do have is a pretty cool collection of bedroom black metal which manages to avoid the most obvious pitfalls of that trope. I mean, just look at that cover art! It’s kickass!

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Vektor – Terminal Redux (2016)

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Author: GTO

Artist: Vektor

Album: Terminal Redux

Label: Earache Records

 

Vektor is ready with yet another massive affair on their third release, Terminal Redux. Clocking in at seventy-three minutes, it’s a long affair and listening to it enough times to give it a chance is daunting task. Still, considering the attention this album is getting it’s almost important to take a look at Vektor and what they’ve attempted on their newest release.

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Barbarian – Cult of the Empty Grave (2016)

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Author: GTO

Artist: Barbarian

Album: Cult of the Empty Grave

Label: Hells Headbangers

 

Italian band Barbarian is back on the scene with their third album, Cult of the Empty Grave. The album mixes elements from a multitude of styles across the spectrum of ’80s classic metal, including some early first wave black metal and some awesome speed metal. The result is a surprisingly fresh take on a genre despite being heavily characterized by its nostalgic influences. Continue reading

Haken – Affinity (2016)

 

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Author: Crono

Artist: Haken

Album: Affinity

Label: InsideOut

Haken is an English progressive metal band, and Affinity is their fourth album. They’ve earned quite a bit of praise over the past few years, starting right out of the gate with their strong debut Aquarius. What made that album so interesting from a progressive metal standpoint was the fact that Haken had combined the intensity of the American progressive metal bands like Dream Theater and Symphony X with the English flounce and flair of progressive rock bands like Yes, Marillion, and Canada’s Rush. While Affinity does manage to keep that balance alive, I would say that as the albums pass, Haken gets closer and closer to the harder and heavier progressive metal. Continue reading

Karmøygeddon Metal Festival 2016 – A Review

Author: Jan Vermund Jakobsen

Photo Credits: Freimen (Link to photographer’s page)

Festival: Karmøygeddon 2016

Karmøygeddon has become a staple in the Norwegian metal scene by now, arranged every year since 2004 with big bands such as Behemoth, Hammerfall, Helloween and Paradise Lost as previous headliners. Its as close to local as possible for me, with only a ten-minute drive from my hometown to the city of Kopervik in western Norway. I’ve been going since 2011, this means this year was my sixth year in a row attending. There were twenty-nine bands in total playing, some as far as possible away from my preference, so the review will only be of the bands I saw. Also, my memory of the last couple of bands on each day may be a bit hazy considering there was beer, and a lot of it, involved.

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Angel Sword – Rebels Beyond the Pale (2016)

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Author: GTO

Artist: Angel Sword

Album: Rebels Beyond the Pale

Label: Independent

 

Sometimes, a band will do something deliberately different than normal and throw everyone off guard. A lot of the time this results in utter failure–being weird or abnormal purely for the sake of it often ends in failure. In the world of traditional heavy metal, where the boundaries are well-defined and expectations of certain tropes in terms of vocals, riffing, and production. Continue reading