EP Round Up #3 – Sonic Poison, Miasmal Sabbath

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Author: Goldensundown

Bands: Sonic Poison, Miasmal Sabbath

Albums: Harsh Demonstration…, Miasmal Sabbath

Genres: Death Metal/Grindcore, Death Metal/Crust Punk

Labels: Caligari Records, Independent

Two punky death EP’s are up on the offering slab this round. Continue reading

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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

Kalmankantaja – Waldeinsamkeit (2016)

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Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: Kalmankantaja

Album: Waldeinsamkeit (2016)

Genre: Depressive Black Metal

Label: Independent

 

Finland has always sat upon the cusp of widespread recognition for their black metal, which I have always enjoyed as being just that slight bit different from their Norwegian or Swedish peers. After thoroughly enjoying Havukruunu‘s debut last year, I was keen to check out another band with a obligatory copy-and-paste name, Kalmankantaja.  Continue reading

Wyrd – Death of the Sun (2016)

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Author: Crono

Artist: Wyrd

Album: Death of the Sun

Label: Moribund Records

Genre: Black/Folk/Doom Metal

 

Wyrd is a band that is near and dear to me, having spent many of my university years listening to their albums, Heathen, Vargtimmen 1 & 2, and The Ghost Album getting the most frequent rotation. Imagine my delight when after seven years of silence, Wyrd drops a new album without almost no warning. I was very intrigued by this new album because of the addition of several members to the band. Almost all previous Wyrd albums have been the creation of one person, Narqath, but on Death of the Sun, the band is now a six-piece! Going from one person to six people is quite a large jump, so a change in sound is impossible to avoid. But now time for the real question: how does the album hold up? As far as I’m concerned, very well! Continue reading

Omnium Gatherum – Grey Heavens (2016)

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Author: Crono

Artist: Omnium Gatherum

Album: Grey Heavens

Label: Lifeforce Records

Genre: Melodic Death Metal

 

For those of you not in the know, Omnium Gatherum is one of the most exciting “new” melodeath bands out there these days, along with darlings Insomnium and Be’lakor. I call these the “new” melodeath bands because they came after the hay-day of In Flames, At the Gates, and Dark Tranquillity. An interesting note to mention is that the lead guitarist and only remaining founding member from Omnium Gatherum, Markus Vanhala, was picked up by Insomnium to take over rhythm guitars back in 2011. I’m not sure if that has turned into some cross-pollination of melodeath ideas, but it was neat when I saw Omnium Gatherum open for Insomnium and saw the same guy both times. Continue reading

Tyfon’s Doom – Yeth Hound (2016)

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Author: Dave

Band: Tyfon’s Doom

Album: Yeth Hound

Label: Independent

 

I listen to lots of heavy metal. When it comes to this genre, I happen to know a thing or two about it. I also know that heavy metal is something that is relatively rare nowadays. Obviously, there are heavy metal bands releasing stuff every year, but let’s be honest: the majority of new releases out there are some variant of extreme metal. Heavy metal, let alone good heavy metal, has been much harder to find for some time. So when I land upon a heavy metal release of serious quality, it’s a real treasure. Continue reading