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July 2016:

30.07.16

HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY - III: TRAUMA

Harakiri for the Sky - III: Trauma Fairly Alright

Art of Propaganda, 22.07.16
The Austrian duo Harakiri for the Sky are here with their third album. Briefly told, the band plays post-metal, a genre I've largely grown quite weary of. Yet I heard enough good musical properties and qualities from the promo to trigger my curiosity enough to investigate a bit further.
Something I can't exactly say I regret, although III: Trauma doesn't provide what's needed to become a permanent companion for yours trvly. The music's approved, per se, but it's certainly not a must.

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19.07.16

GLOOMY GRIM - THE AGE OF AQUARIUS

Gloomy Grim - The Age Of Aquarius Good

Satanath Records, 06.06.16
Finnish Agathon started Gloomy Grim as a one-man band a little more than 20 years ago, and I regard the first feeble attempts more as promising than very successful albums. The ensemble soon increased in numbers and gradually grew in quality, and became known as one of the original horror metal bands. The band is now a quintet with members from Barathrum, Twilight Ophera, Denigrate, Soulgrind and more.
The band's melodic black metal with symphonic features has always focused on horror, either inspirations have been taken from film or reality.

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15.07.16

INSANE VESPER - LAYIL

Insane Vesper - LayiL Good

Art Of Propaganda, 01.07.16
French Insane Vesper has completed their second full work, where they perform black metal a bit on the side of the most orthodox direction.

The quartet serves 42 minutes over six songs in a melting pot that feels natural, but that requires a bit from the one that futilous attempts to explain their sonic matter in text format.


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14.07.16

SUBTERRANEAN DISPOSITION - CONTAGIUUM AND THE LANDSCAPES OF FAILURE

Subterranean Disposition - Contagiuum And The Landscapes Of Failure Very Good

BadMoodMan Music & Hypnotic Dirge Records, 13.06.16
Australian Subterranean Disposition display an alien gold vista that feels like a place where you grew up or visited, or possibly just dreamed, where something feels familiar, yet changed...
The once bustling and lively, yet also peaceful place on earth has lost its glow. The resources are depleted. All livelihoods has ceased. Emigration has deserted the area. The sound of children in the streets and adults at the grocery store and gas station has ebbed out.


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12.07.16

PROTEAN - THE BURNING CENTURIES

Protean - The Burning Centuries Very Good

Heathen Tribes, 01.07.16
Protean's debut The Burning Centuries, original released at the dusk of last year, probably didn't get as much attention as deserved, for the album is really good and I'm certainly not the only one who missed out on it at that point. Hopefully, this re-release by Heathen Tribes may correct this unjust affair somewhat.
The Burning Centuries doesn't simply consist of seven random songs that pulls you slightly in the sideburns before signing the guest-book of oblivion with invisible ink. These songs each tell their own epic story taken from history and legends.

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04.07.16

CREINIUM - HALLUCINOSIS

Creinium - Hallucinosis Good

Inverse Records, 01.07.16
Finnish Creinium mixed synthetic semi-orchestral elements with their melodic death metal when I became acquainted with them through the EP Project Utopia a couple of years ago.

These elements have undergone a metamorphosis toward an electronic hybrid of industrial-atmospheric symphonic techno. In utter absence of a better term. I'm not even capable of coming up with any apparently accurate references.


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03.07.16

DER ROTE MILAN - AUS DER ASCHE

Der Rote Milan - Aus der Asche good

Independent, 01.07.2016
Besides from a demo released a few months ago, Aus der Asche is the first sign of life from German Der Rote Milan, and it's not a sign of life-loving exuberance. The German sextet got a few Stellar Master Elite members in their midst, and plays black metal with a typical German approach; Cold, gloomy and aggressive, with hints of pagan love for nature.
Der Rote Milan is a band with a diverse expressions that might not move outside the framework, but that still creates their own little universe filled with great riffs and structures, carried out with icy precision.

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02.07.16

CLOAK - CLOAK (EP)

Cloak - Cloak Very Good

Boris Records, 20.06.16
Cloak from Atlanta, US, founded in 2013, have released their first EP, following their 2015 demo. The quartet astonishes with two very elaborate songs with musical as well as lyrical contents in the realm of Lucifer's spiritual netherworld. If you're already thinking of Watain, you're pretty much on the right track.
I can normally control my excitement for releases with a duration of less than a quarter of an hour, but that's primarily when the music is “good but not outstanding.” These Americans, though, delivers sovereignly.

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02.07.16

AMONG GODS - GHOST EMPIRE

Among Gods - Ghost Empire Good

Argonauta Records, 01.07.16
Among Gods from Bergen, Norway, was founded by Syrach's Kenneth «Ripper» Olsen in 2010 as a side project. The band has just released their third album.

The band was initially intended as a studio project only, but has gradually grown into a full-fledged band.

The band has had its share of replacements, and even metal-archives has failed somewhat in keeping up with the developments within Among Gods.

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01.07.16

DARK QUARTERER - SYMBOLS (Re-Release)

Dark Quarterer - Symbols Quite Good

Cruz Del Sur Music, 11.06.16
This is a re-release, and a mammoth of an album, located on a sunny spot on the outskirts of the musical territory I normally frequent.
I therefore confine myself to a few spins. This is therefore truly an impression, as was often the case in the early days of Gorger's Metal.
Even without resolutely being able to ascertain the growth-potential over time, I strongly believe that Symbols is an album that will thrive and flourish like weeds and find its footing if the genre appeals and time is taken to help.

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