Sunday, July 21, 2013

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Complex rhythms, state of the art modern  metal pummelling beyond control like an elite metal killing machine of the highest order pushing the boundaries of the genre and continuing the legacy by building upon the the foundation and psuhing forward with determined intent. Technical riffery laced with  ferocious savagery and melodic wizardry. That has to be the shortest review ever but it cuts straight to the point like the no holds barred confident metal strike that Dichotomy deliver with Paradigms. One for the ages.






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http://www.dichotomyireland.bigcartel.com/

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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There are only a few bands I listen to simply because they and only them alone can transport you to an otherworldly reality far from where you began before you hit the magical play button which is all their own. Agalloch, Alcest, Primordial and My Dying Bride to name a few have this unique quality and are out on the fringes of metal doing something truly inspiring and transcendental and now you can add Canada's Moss of Moonlight to that hallowed lineage of bands. If you break down the sum of their parts they don't really bring anything new to the table but what they do to great success and simply sublime musical heights is to take many of the best elements of familiar genres and mold them into a coherent and seamless burst of artistic purity. So what do they sound like? Well their is black metal to begin with for a solid foundation but with that said it is far removed form the frostbitten infernal riffs of the second wave and is more akin to the blackened riffs a band like Enslaved now deal out like an overflowing well spring.  The next main element flowing through the music is the folk which is apparent in the vocal melodies and acoustic harmonies which flow in and out through the more metal tendencies of the band in a perfect mergence of complete opposites. This is far removed from the cheesy gimmicks of some lesser bands who seem to use folk as a selling point without any true understanding of the music. There is both male and female vocals with the male taking the more harsh aggressive metal vocals and the female taking on the for want of a better word beautiful melodies of nature on top.There is also the broader spectrum of classic metal and doom on top which show in the skill of the guitar playing and riffs. It's also important to note that at only 4 tracks and cloaking in at  41 minutes this ep offers more than most bands cram into a whole 14 track album. What more can I say only this is a must have for fans of less traditional metal that has a close bond to nature.


https://www.facebook.com/MossofMoonlight
http://cascadianalliance.bandcamp.com/album/winterwheel
http://www.mossofmoonlight.com/


Saturday, July 6, 2013

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A metaphorical concept album about instincts and perversion is how the band describe this ep. Lyrically an interesting concept but musically this ep comes across as a bit bland after a few listens. The main problem is everything seems to be the same with each of the fives tracks on offer more or less following the same pattern of cold black tremelo riffs laying down the cold icey atmosphere which works for a song or two but without quality songwriting or deveopment within the songs it does become tedious with that said if mid ninities black metal is your thing then this ep could be just the ticket you are looking for. In my own opinion the band need to go back to the drawing board and come up with music which can better potray and convey the lyrics in a more engaing way. All however is not lost as this is the band 's debut release and does show enough promise that the band could release a more fullfilled vision in the future. Check out the ep for yourself from the link below which will take you to the bands offical bandcamp page.

http://menschheitsdaemmerung.bandcamp.com/



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Since the insurgence of thrash metal that hit like nuclear fallout upon an unsuspecting world with the rise of the NWOTM it seems every man and his dog has formed and released a thrash album with varying results, some significantly greater than others adding to a legacy of great music and with this trend not seeming to be waning any time soon I do treat a new thrash band with a degree of oh no not another one but from time to time a band does hit all the right spots and get me moshing like a metal thrashing maniac. So this brings me to Animator who hail from Ireland which is fast becoming a hot bed for great thrash bands with Gamma Bomb being the most well known band to emerge from the emerald isle but their are also a wave of new bands cropping up like Atominated or Pykosis to name a few who are showing a lot of promise and threatening to unleash a thrashing storm. Animator first caught my attention with their debut Ep "Open your Eyes" which came out last year and had a really surprising vital and fresh sound. "Blacklisted" continues on the thrashing foundation of that debut Ep and ups the ante somewhat. The album opens in fine fashion with "State of Emergency" which builds up in a slow and menacing way with background recordings of reporters and politicians talking about a new world order the the end of civil liberties  before the thrash fest begins and does it begin like  a nuclear bomb of metallic devastation. The album presents solid songwriting from the offset with energetic and convincing performances containig some of the best moshing parts I have heard in some time. On the downside the vocals could have more character, I know thrash is not known for it's technically proficient vocalists but it is  known for vocalists with character and bite like my own personal favourite Bobby ''Blitz" Ellsworth of Overkill. With the amount of thrash bands out their now there is an over saturation and if a band wants to make an impact at an international level they have to go that extra mile to stand out from the pack with that said Animator are on the right path and one thing they have going for them is the solid songwriting which shines through on the album.




http://animatorireland.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Animatorireland
http://m.soundcloud.com/animatorireland
https://twitter.com/animatorireland
http://www.youtube.com/animatorireland
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Mefisto was one of Sweden's finest and earliest examples of extreme metal following down the darkened path layed out before them by Bathory  and taking the music to new technical extremes while maintaining the evil occult atmosphere of Bathory. The band formed in 1984 as Torment latter changing their name to Mefisto when the band became more focused and had cemented their devastating sound and released two legendary demos in 1986  "Meglomania" and "The Puzzle" the former in my opinion was the bands best demo having more of a cohesive edge probably due to the focus of the band pushing in the same direction which changed for the second demo when the band was split into two camps with vocalist Sandro Cajander and drummer Roberto "Thord" Granath who both wanted to continue playing the more evil and brutal occult metal the band had delivered in such deadly force on their debut demo while guitarist Omar Ahmed wanted to move in a more neo-classical guitar vein similar in playing style to Yngwie Malmsteem which is evident in his guitar playing taking centre stage on the follow up demo "The Puzzle" which is a classic in it's own right if a less cohesive effort than "Meglomania". It goes without saying that anyone involved in the late eighties early nineties explosion of  death metal in Sweden were aware of Mefisto who definitely played a big part in inspiring and influencing other bands within the scene. 











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