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MØL - I/II

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Key Facts Country: 🇩🇰 Genre: Blackgaze, Atmospheric Black Metal, Shoegaze Release Date: 7th June 2019 Record Label(s): Holy Roar Records Band Members Ken Klejs - Drums, Percussion  Nicolai Hansen - Guitars  Frederik Lippert - Guitars  Holger Rumph-Frost - Bass Kim Song Sternkopf - Vocals  MØL - Airy  Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Airy, Makhachkala, Kathexis, Rush After a scintillating performance video of the band playing the Danish Music Awards show and frankly leaving the audience stunned with the sheer awesomeness of their music. I had to dig a little deeper into this band and what I found was brutality and elegance going hand in hand to create some of the most breathtaking music that I have heard for a long time. With soaring atmospherics of shoegaze accompanied by the savage rawness of black metal, MØL in my opinion has redefined modern atmospheric black metal/shoegaze with this release. Even thoug

Tomb Mold - Planetary Clairvoyance

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Key Facts Country: 🇨🇦 Genre: Death Metal Release Date: 19th July 2019 Record Label(s): 20 Buck Spin Band Members Derrick Vella - Bass, Guitars Max Klebanoff - Drums, Vocals Steve Musgrave -Bass Payson Power - Guitars Tomb Mold - Accelerative Phenomenae Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘.5 Favourite Track(s): Infinite Resurrection, Heat Death, Accelerative Phenomenae I'm a relatively new fan of Tomb Mold and the Canadian death metallers have laid down the brutality for my wretched soul to devour. Say what you want with the friendly Canadian stereotypes because these guys are just as angry and not sorry for anything just like the rest of us. With some very traditional death metal flavours thrown into the mix accompanied by some more sludgier doom and groove style riffs. Tomb Mold unapologetically rain down the brutality with  Planetary Clairvoyance and it has been a great introductory album for me! Musically, I personally get re

The Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom - Heatwave Edition

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Bugger Me Its been Hot! With it being a quiet second half of the month for album releases, I'm took this as time off from the blog. This is partially due to me being a moaning British person who lives in buildings insulated for winter that sap the life and soul out of your existence thus severely prohibiting my ability to work on anything and instead siesta away the hot, sticky and sweaty afternoons. As you can tell I'm a winter baby by birth and a winter baby in my entire existence so its love hate with heat and me. It's been a busy couple of months for albums though and we've had some solid releases that I've really enjoyed, mainly Sabaton's The Great War in all its power metal cheese and glory. I think the heat has changed my music taste slightly for the summer for more slower, melodic style music, mainly doom and sludge, for some reason my pussy ass can't handle blast beast and heat for some reason. My sympathy goes to all my long haired, black je

Sabaton - The Great War

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Key Facts Country: 🇸🇪 Genre: Power Metal Release Date: 19th July 2019 Record Label(s): Nuclear Blast Band Members Joakim Brodén – lead vocals, keyboards Pär Sundström – bass, backing vocals  Chris Rörland – guitars, backing vocals Hannes van Dahl – drums, backing vocals Tommy Johansson – guitars, backing vocals  Sabaton - Fields Of Verdun Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Great War, Seven Pillars Of Wisdom, The Red Baron, The End Of The War To End All Wars, The Attack Of The Dead Men, The Future Of Warfare, 82nd All The Way Before I start anything, I know Bismarck is a non-album single, but it should definitely have featured on this album in my opinion. It would have fit so well with all the other songs but alas, it is not to be. Sabaton are back with a triumphantly epic and awesome yet poignant and thoughtful new album that will get you fist pumping the air with great pride as well as making you reflect

1349 - Through Eyes Of Stone

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Key Facts Country: 🇳🇴 Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 10th July 2019 Record Label(s): Season Of Mist Album Release Date: Unknown Band Members Olav "Ravn" Bergene – lead vocals  Tor Risdal "Seidemann" Stavenes – bass, backing vocals Idar "Archaon" Burheim – guitars, backing vocals Kjetil-Vidar "Frost" Haraldstad – drums 1349 - Through Eyes Of Stone Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘 From the depths and darkness of Norway chaotic and unforgiving black metal veterans 1349 return with awesome and relentless new single Through Eyes Of Stone . One of the more unique sounding Norwegian black metal bands coming out of the country in the 1990s, after 22 years they are still reeling out quality releases. In my opinion some of the bands longevity is down to Olav "Ravn" Bergene's unique vocal delivery, opting for a more gravelly growl than harrowing screeching which stands out in comparison to m

Misþyrming - Algleymi

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Key Facts Country: 🇮🇸 Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 24th May 2019 Record Label(s): Norma Evangelium Diaboli,  Terratur Possessions Band Members D.G. - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards H.R.H. - Drums G.E. - Bass, Backing Vocals T.Í. - Guitars, Backing Vocals Misþyrming - Orgia Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘.5 Favourite Track(s): Orgia, Hælið, Allt sem eitt sinn blómstraði, Ísland, steingelda krummaskuð This one regrettably nearly flew under my radar! Which is lunacy and heinous in my book, as Misþyrming were one of the first Icelandic metal bands I found when I started listening to black metal as I fell in love with 2015's  Söngvar elds og óreiðu . Misþyrming have always been a mysterious band with ominous, doom bringing music that mystifies you and leaves you wanting to know more. Singing in Icelandic adds to this sense of mystery and darkness. The isolated island in the Atlantic ocean has brought us many great bands, the wonder

Bartłomiej Krysiuk's Batushka - Hospodi

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Key Facts Country: 🇵🇱 Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal Release Date: 12th July 2019 Record Label: Metal Blade Records Band Members; Bartłomiej Krysiuk - Vocals Batushka - Utrenia (Утреня) Before I Review First of, I'm still fully aware of the divide and confusion of what Batushka actually is and I'm not saying I don't like the album, but what I am saying is this is not the follow up to 2015's Litourgiya. I personally believe that the rightful follow up is Krzysztof Drabikowski's Батюшка album,  Панихида . As a Batushka fan this feels like two sides of an album that one band should have made. I believe both albums have their flaws but I have enjoyed both albums to certain extents. So, from this point on I will be judging this album as a separate musically entity on its own.  Review Rating (out of 5 🤘): 🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Wieczernia, Pierwyj Czas, Polunosznica I feel if this album didn't come out of the mire of a medi

Black Stone Cherry

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Key Facts Country: 🇺🇸 Formed: 2001 Genre: Southern Rock, Blues Rock Record Label(s): Mascot Records Releases: 6 Studio Albums, 2 Live Albums, 3 Compilation Albums, 3 EPs FFO: Slash, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix Band Members Chris Robertson – Lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar Ben Wells – Rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals Jon Lawhon – Bass guitar, backing vocals John Fred Young – Drums, percussion, piano, harmonica, backing vocals Bio Formed on the 4th June 2001 (Chris Robertson's 16th Birthday), in the small town of Edmonton, Kentucky. Black Stone Cherry an unstoppable force of Southern Rock groove, blues and rock 'n' roll, they have become a critically acclaimed act all over the world with their unique brand of southern rock that has been influenced by artists from many generations. With the guiding light of John Fred Young's father Richard Young (guitarist for the legendary Kentucky Headhunters) and the now i

Opeth - Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör / Heart In Hand

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Key Facts Country: 🇸🇪 Genre: Progressive Metal Release Date: 12th July 2019 Record Label(s): Moderbolaget Records, Nuclear Blast Album Release Date: 27th September 2019 Band Members Mikael Åkerfeldt – Guitars, Lead Vocals Martín Méndez – Bass Martin "Axe" Axenrot – Drums, Percussion Fredrik Åkesson – Guitars, Backing Vocals Joakim Svalberg – Keyboards, Synthesizers, Piano, Mellotron, Backing Vocals Opeth - Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör / Heart In Hand Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Where do I even start with this eight and half epic in both Swedish and English? In both languages is sounds awesome but I have to say that the Swedish just edges out the English version because it sounds more melodic and unlike anything Opeth have done before. As we all know, Opeth are masters of progressive metal so its awesome to finally hear some new material from upcoming album, I n Cauda Venenum ! I loved 2016's Sorcress but this seems to be carryi

Abbath - Outstrider

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Key Facts Country: 🇳🇴 Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 5th July 2019 Record Label(s): Season Of Mist Band Members: Abbath Doom Occulta – vocals, guitar 'Raud' Ole André Farstad – lead guitar Ukri Suvilehto – drums Mia Wallace – bass Abbath - Harvest Pyre Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Outstrider, Harvest Pyre, Land Of Khem, Scythewinder, Hecate When Abbath is brought up in a black metal conversation you instantly think of some of the finest Norwegian traditional black metal. The veteran is known for his work in Immortal and I, and has been a mainstay in the black metal scene. After a three year wait for the follow up to 2016's self-titled album, Abbath bestows upon our blackened souls the absolute riff and shred fest that is Outstrider . A chaotic and expansive journey through black metal's arctic tundra, Outstrider is an epic and ruthless album full of unholy darkness and icy maliciousness. Musically it is

Phoxjaw - A Playground For Sad Adults

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Key Facts Country: 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Genre: Grunge/Alt. Metal Release Date: 5th July 2019 Record Label: Hassle Records Band Members: Danny Garland - Vocals, Bass Josh Gallop - Guitar Kieran Gallop - Drums Alexander Share - Guitar Production Personel: Josh Gallop - Production and mixing Joe Caithness - Mastering Phoxjaw - Monday Man Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Melt, You're A Face Of Wax, Monday Man, Whale,Whale,Whale Yes my very talented buddies are back with a weird, very imaginative, complex, awesomely gritty, cataclysmically riff filled and strangely hypnotic new release from one of Bristol's best! Following on from belting singles Melt, You're A Face Of Wax and Monday Man ,  A Playground For Sad Adults is an even trippier adventure into the minds of Phoxjaw and an EP that has the progression and sound of songwriting experience that is way beyond the band members years. There is a boatload of blood, swea

Alien Weaponry - Ahi Kā

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Key Facts Country: 🇳🇿 Genre: Thrash Metal, Groove Metal, Alternative Metal Release Date: 10th May 2019 Record Label(s): Napalm Records Album Release Date: Unknown Band Members: Lewis de Jong - Vocals, Guitars Henry de Jong - Drums Ethan Trembath - Bass Alien Weaponry - Ahi Kā Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Alien Weaponry is unlike anything I have heard before, and it has left a lasting impact on me almost instantly! With the Haka war dance etched into my mind as a long time rugby fan watching the All Blacks conquer the world, hearing the Māori language in a metal song brings a whole new level of fear to the image I have in my mind. It works so well for with what Alien Weaponry are doing and it makes them stand out significantly from the rest of the modern metal scene. I love it when bands embrace the culture of where they're from into their music and this for me is a pinnacle of the ancient world meeting the metal world.  Musically,  Ahi

Automb - Esoterica

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Key Facts Country: 🇺🇸 Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 22nd October 2018 Record Label(s): Satanath Records, Final Gate Records Band Members: Scott Fuller - Drums Serge Streltsov - Guitars Danielle Evans - Vocals, Bass, Keyboards Automb - Into Nothingness Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Horned God, Mourned, Call Of Hekate, The Forest, Into Nothingness Another crushing black metal album from the USA that sees all that is esoteric and mystical summoned from the darkness and moulded into a spellbinding album! I knew when I first saw the logo and artwork for Automb I knew they'd be awesome, I hadn't heard a single song at that point but you know when you get the gut instinct, I got it with Automb and they did not disappoint. It's raw, dark and beastly, which can only be a good thing when it comes to black metal. This is a metal extravaganza drawing on influences from all over the world, boiled up in a massi