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ObservationSlave
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:50 am 
 

Empyreal wrote:
I wasn't so sure about this Labyrinth album earlier, but it's gotten in my head all day and now I had to play it again. There's just something kind of cool and heartfelt about it. The previous one was a truly dynamite work of PM but this is also very good in its own way. Sort of rockish and subdued in the songwriting compared to the previous one, but played with a lot of intensity.


Listening to it now after only really being familiar with their earlier albums, but this sounds really good to me. A song like Live Today is exactly what I look for in prog/power bands and sounds like it could have easily been on Return to Heaven Denied.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:56 am 
 

Yeah it's very cool - the songs have a lot of parts that reveal themselves on new listens.

The last one, Architecture of a God, had some more epic stuff and more sprawling songwriting, but this one seems to see them trying a few different tricks now that I'm getting used to it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:46 pm 
 

Sagenland - Oale Groond
https://heidenshart.bandcamp.com/album/oale-groond



This just popped 4h ago on BPM and I've been listening since. Really good stuff. Sounded like something Ulver could've released circa when Bergtatt came out but also reminded me of Agalloch at times.

I could swear that Intro is from a movie but can't really remember which.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:57 pm 
 

Altered Dead - Returned to Life. This came out today on Memento Mori. Excellent death metal with a bit of that Demilich inspired guitar tone.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2021 5:46 pm 
 

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Hell yeah! Those dudes are from my hometown and I've always dug their twisted take on death metal. Fun live band, too, and they've got a big meaty sound for just a two-piece. Hopefully this new one makes a bigger splash than their debut, which was also cool. Total support.

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Pitiless Wanderer
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:19 pm 
 

I really don't know where I've been when it comes to Labyrinth. I've been listening to power metal for like 20 years and for some reason just never even heard of these guys. But damn are they a solid band. I mean they're seriously talented songwriters and musicians. The new album is the only one that I've heard, and it's quite strong. I'll definitely be checking out their discography.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:02 am 
 

Pounder - Breaking the World
It comes out this friday but the band's released the full stream via decibel
https://www.decibelmagazine.com/2021/01 ... avy-metal/

I'm not sure why I like this. It feels paint-by-numbers trad but I keep coming back to it. Maybe this from the interview is the key?
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I think Breaking the World is like a Jake E. Lee-era Ozzy record. It’s diverse. We cover a lot of ground. There’s a ballad, there’s a doomy number, there’s an up-tempo number, there’s a rock radio, hit-friendly attempt in there. I love that spirit. As much as I love From Enslavement to Obliteration, I want every song to be its own entity across the album. When you hear The Ultimate Sin, every song stands alone. That’s kind of a lost art. We’re trying to achieve that. We’re slowly getting there, I think

Regardless, I like it more than Saber, but when listening to some of these songs I feel like it's gonna be something else. Like I deadass thought I was listening to Tygers of Pan Tang - Spellbound for a bit. Not in a "oh bro its just that good" way, as in a "this pre-chorus bit is identical to Spellbound".
I also do laugh that this band is comprised of a bunch of goregrind veterans.

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Twisted_Psychology
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:35 pm 
 

ebirah_666 wrote:
Pounder - Breaking the World
It comes out this friday but the band's released the full stream via decibel
https://www.decibelmagazine.com/2021/01 ... avy-metal/

I'm not sure why I like this. It feels paint-by-numbers trad but I keep coming back to it. Maybe this from the interview is the key?
Quote:
I think Breaking the World is like a Jake E. Lee-era Ozzy record. It’s diverse. We cover a lot of ground. There’s a ballad, there’s a doomy number, there’s an up-tempo number, there’s a rock radio, hit-friendly attempt in there. I love that spirit. As much as I love From Enslavement to Obliteration, I want every song to be its own entity across the album. When you hear The Ultimate Sin, every song stands alone. That’s kind of a lost art. We’re trying to achieve that. We’re slowly getting there, I think

Regardless, I like it more than Saber, but when listening to some of these songs I feel like it's gonna be something else. Like I deadass thought I was listening to Tygers of Pan Tang - Spellbound for a bit. Not in a "oh bro its just that good" way, as in a "this pre-chorus bit is identical to Spellbound".
I also do laugh that this band is comprised of a bunch of goregrind veterans.


I really like how that new Pounder turned out, it's a notable improvement from their first album. I do find it interesting how many bands are influenced by the Jake E Lee-era albums these days. Sumerlands and Haunt hit a similar vibe.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2021 3:01 pm 
 

TRoB's latest album `The Thule Grimoires` is streaming on Van's youtube channel. I'm only a couple of minutes in but this is sounding very atmospheric.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd2EOKgxV_M

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2021 6:42 pm 
 

Rotten Coffin - Suffering, Chaos and Death
https://youtu.be/FEzzi1Hi9ho

https://rottencoffin.bandcamp.com/releases

Really enjoyable demo from Portugal. My kind of Death Metal.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2021 8:35 pm 
 

Not to be confused with Rotting Coffin. Or the THREE bands named Coffin Rot. I get that this kind of death metal is popular right now, but this is getting ridiculous.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2021 9:53 pm 
 

I’ll cosign the new Frozen Soul album Crypt of Ice. I listened to it today and I thought it was pretty all right. The back half drags a little as they don’t really change up the formula at all but it’s a zippy 40 minutes so the album doesn’t outstay its welcome at all. Overall a pretty positive experience for me.
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snarg
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 4:13 am 
 

narsilianshard wrote:
Not to be confused with Rotting Coffin. Or the THREE bands named Coffin Rot. I get that this kind of death metal is popular right now, but this is getting ridiculous.

not getting the point, there are plenty of band names that when typed in search will give 5 or more exact matches with some of them dating back to the 80's, and all of the sudden this is a problem?

not only that, but the band name, when well written will yield only a single result, it might be similar but it's not the same, so if anything, they were actually careful to do their homework

I rather bands have the same or similar names than having to see things like "Natas Liah" or in this case "Niffoc Nettor", now that is ridiculous.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 6:05 am 
 

So ... the new Tribulation is out today and it's really good. It's a band that I've slowly getting more and more into during the last years so I won't be able to compare this too much to their earlier albums. But I really like this one.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 9:40 am 
 

Yeah, I think it's waaaaay better than the last one. Very strong release imo. This one and the new Grima are my two favourites of January. Slightly disappointed by the new Pounder album.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 12:44 pm 
 

Very worthwhile blackened thrash from Chile.


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Twisted_Psychology
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 12:48 pm 
 



I'm not sure what happened but the new album from Crystal Viper is WAY better than I expected. I guess this is just what happened when you get Ced in your band.
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MeavyHetal
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 1:17 pm 
 

How does everyone feel about the new StarGazer album? Got it in the mail yesterday and I haven't really had a chance to let it sink in yet.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 1:18 pm 
 

Twisted_Psychology wrote:
I'm not sure what happened but the new album from Crystal Viper is WAY better than I expected. I guess this is just what happened when you get Ced in your band.

Yeah this is really good. Definitely an improvement on the last one, which was a little too tame and slightly underwhelming.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 3:55 pm 
 

jimbies, on the new Tribulation wrote:
Yeah, I think it's waaaaay better than the last one. Very strong release imo.


Definitely. And while it may be a bit too early to say, I think it's better than The Children of the Night. It took a couple spins for that album to grow on me, while this one is an instant hit.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 4:01 pm 
 

MeavyHetal wrote:
How does everyone feel about the new StarGazer album? Got it in the mail yesterday and I haven't really had a chance to let it sink in yet.

It's great but I've only listened to a promo a couple of times, I'm waiting for Bandcamp FLAC/CD to spin it a few more times. Not sure if I like it more or less than the orevious one but it's probably going to be one of my favourite albums of the year.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 10:01 pm 
 

lordcatfish wrote:
Twisted_Psychology wrote:
I'm not sure what happened but the new album from Crystal Viper is WAY better than I expected. I guess this is just what happened when you get Ced in your band.

Yeah this is really good. Definitely an improvement on the last one, which was a little too tame and slightly underwhelming.


Yeah, this one really impressed me. To be honest I was totally oblivious to the NWOTHM until getting on this forum last year, and most of the releases I've checked out since then have been ok to good, but nothing spectacular. Then Wytch Hazel blew me away on the 1st of this year after finally checking it out after it charted so high. And now this might be the second most impressive album I've heard in that vein. I can't quite put my finger on what it is about it yet, as there's nothing particularly inventive or unusual, just solid performances all around, and I can already tell I'm going to be coming back to some of these songs again very soon. It has leaped up to my favorite release of the year so far.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2021 5:05 pm 
 

Twisted_Psychology wrote:


I'm not sure what happened but the new album from Crystal Viper is WAY better than I expected. I guess this is just what happened when you get Ced in your band.


Only had time to play the first track, and yeah this is good. I really loved their first album but gave up on them after a few more albums came out. Glad to hear they're making cool shit again.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2021 5:10 pm 
 

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Pretty much the same boat. I bang their debut often but none of their later albums are as good. I gave the new one a listen yesterday and I dig the speed metal tracks, but the ones with cheesier power metal choruses I'm not as into. Fantastic King Diamond cover, though!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2021 1:27 am 
 

I somehow didn't know Crystal Viper existed before listening to "The Cult", but I also like it quite a lot.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:04 am 
 

Grima - Rotten Garden

What an amazing release. Few spins in and already assured to be in my AOTY list. If someone wanted an early Nokturnal Mortum / Drudkh sound, this is right up their alley. Soaring guitar leads and a very dense atmosphere. I love the vocals as well, flow nicely with the songwriting.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2021 10:33 am 
 

Fumes - Assemblage of Disgust (EP) Released January 28th on Morbid Chapel Records


Filthy Death metal from Canada with a lot of dissonant riffing.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:00 am 
 

Ashaant wrote:
Grima - Rotten Garden


I love this album, as well, and it's one of my three favourite releases from January, but to already be considering AOTY list with 11 months to go.....

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thewrll
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:04 pm 
 

jimbies wrote:
Ashaant wrote:
Grima - Rotten Garden


I love this album, as well, and it's one of my three favourite releases from January, but to already be considering AOTY list with 11 months to go.....


So what?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2021 8:10 am 
 

Hulder - Godslastering: Hymns of a Forlorn Peasantry

https://hulder.bandcamp.com/album/godsl ... -peasantry

Enjoying this solo project. The album drags a bit because some of the intros and interludes are a too long, but the Black Metal sounds great. Absolutely love her vocals.

My fav song on the album:
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2021 11:23 am 
 

Is Crystal Viper's latest really all that different from their other releases? I only gave it one listen, but it seemed pretty interchangeable with something like Queen of the Witches. They've always been consistently pretty good for me, they can probably write a thousand songs that would rate around 70%-80%, but they've never blown me away.

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ObservationSlave wrote:
Is Crystal Viper's latest really all that different from their other releases? I only gave it one listen, but it seemed pretty interchangeable with something like Queen of the Witches. They've always been consistently pretty good for me, they can probably write a thousand songs that would rate around 70%-80%, but they've never blown me away.


The last one I heard was Legends way back when. I'd been disappointed by both Metal Nation and that one, so I fell off the band. Maybe the other ones have been more similar. I played the debut again last night - I really think that's one of the better new heavy metal albums even now.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2021 11:54 am 
 

Any fans of DSBM or Post-Black hearing the new one from "And Now The Owls Are Smiling"? I'm absolutely loving this. Beautiful, heartbreaking, bleak.

https://andnowtheowlsaresmiling.bandcam ... bum/dirges

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:24 pm 
 

snarg wrote:
Hulder - Godslastering: Hymns of a Forlorn Peasantry

https://hulder.bandcamp.com/album/godsl ... -peasantry



I'll 2nd this one. For whatever reason I have largely ignored this artist, but decided to check out the album and have enjoyed it a lot.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2021 5:49 am 
 

jimbies wrote:
Any fans of DSBM or Post-Black hearing the new one from "And Now The Owls Are Smiling"? I'm absolutely loving this. Beautiful, heartbreaking, bleak.

https://andnowtheowlsaresmiling.bandcam ... bum/dirges


Nice!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2021 7:55 am 
 

The new Stargazer can be streamed/bought here. Best album of the year so far (yeah, I know it's only February, but it's great).

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:57 am 
 

that's a 2020 release according to the archives tho' (vinyl released in december), or is that incorrect info over there?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2021 9:03 am 
 

joppek wrote:
that's a 2020 release according to the archives tho' (vinyl released in december), or is that incorrect info over there?

Incorrect info imho. It's a 2021 album but the vinyl copies arrived earlier than expected so they started shipping on December. Official release date is still 2021, that hasn't changed and preview/Bandcamp/CD hasn't been available until now.

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MeavyHetal
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2021 1:22 pm 
 

How does the new Mefitis album stack up to Emberdawn?

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colin040
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2021 1:26 pm 
 

MeavyHetal wrote:
How does the new Mefitis album stack up to Emberdawn?


It's more death metal-y and the influences I had detected on Emberdawn aren't quite as present. Still sounds like Mefitis though.

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