Author Archives: Hong Rui

Nucleus – Sentient

Nucleus - Sentient

Nucleus [USA]
Sentient
2016
Full Length
Unspeakable Axe Records
Death Metal

The early 90s was a great time for death metal, with different regions spawning different takes of an umbrella genre. Yet among the wide variety of death metal that was produced, the American style has always been the least intriguing, with my favourite bands coming instead from the Scandinavia and European regions. Now in 2016, it is nice to hear of bands such as Nucleus that have decided to follow in the path of the Finnish with their debut full length album, Sentient.

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ELECTRIC WIZARD: Follow Up to “Time to Die” Due for a Halloween 2016 Release

Electric Wizard 2016

Spinefarm Records are aware that free and wild cult leaders, ELECTRIC WIZARD, are working on their ninth studio album, with delivery expected in time for a Halloween 2016 release.
This is all the information available. The whereabouts of the band and the recording / mixing details are not currently known, but more news should follow in due course…
This new offering will be the follow-up to 2014’s ‘Time to Die’ – which can be purchased HERE– and will be the second release on the band’s‘Witchfinder Records’ imprint, the result of a worldwide deal withSpinefarm Records.
‘Time to Die’ effectively closed the lid on a particular part of the band’s career, and this new album will represent a fresh turn of the turf…
Until that time, get your fix of pure evil at one of these live performances:-
08/26/16 – Psycho Las Vegas, Las Vegas, US
EW recently headlined ‘Desertfest’ in both Berlin and London, finishing off the festivals (and the attendees’ ear drums) with the sort of performances that have made them the true gate-keepers of UK metal’s great & glorious traditions.

Moonsorrow – Jumalten aika

Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika

Moonsorrow [Finland]
Jumalten aika
2016
Full Length
Century Media Records
Folk/Pagan/Black Metal

I’ve heard of Moonsorrow since their 2007 album, V: Hävitetty, but being young and impatient back then, the band’s brand of epic metal failed to capture my attention. So it was with little knowledge of the band’s sound that I chance upon this Finnish outfit’s seventh full length album, Jumalten aika. With all the band’s release up till 2011’s Varjoina kuljemme kuolleiden maassa drawing critical acclaim, it is with little surprise that fans of the band hold high hopes for the record, especially with the long 5-year wait.

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Spiritual Beggars – Sunrise to Sundown

Spiritual Beggars - Sunrise to Sundown

Spiritual Beggars [Sweden]
Sunrise to Sundown
2016
Full Length
InsideOut Music
Stoner Rock/Metal

My love affair with Spiritual Beggars started back in 2010 when ex-Firewind singer Apollo Papathanasio joined the lineup, with myself being a fan of his works while he was in Firewind. While Return to Zero was a simple, rather straightforward hard rock album, Earth Blues saw Spiritual Beggars incorporate some elements of psychedelia into their sound, which left me rather excited when the band announced their ninth full length album earlier this year, Sunrise to Sundown. The beautiful artwork hinted towards an even more psychedelic direction, but is it a hint towards the band’s musical direction?

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Urgehal – Aeons in Sodom

Urgehal - Aeons in Sodom

Urgehal [Norway]
Aeons in Sodom
2016
Full Length
Season of Mist
Black Metal

After the unfortunate demise of Trondr Nefas, I thought that Endezzma‘s Erotik Nekrosis would be the last that I hear of his works. But Urgehal and Season of Mist this year surprised me with a brand new Urgehal record. Despite having lost much touch with the extreme metal genres, I decided to just have a listen to Aeons in Sodom without putting much thought into the background of the album.

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Revenge – Behold.Total.Rejection

Revenge - Behold.Total.Rejection

Revenge [Canada]
2015
Full Length
Behold.Total.Rejection
Season of Mist/Underground Activists
Black/Death Metal

I started the year being jaded with the whole black/death metal thing, but over the course of 2015 there have been some enjoyable releases of the genre, such as Archgoat and more recently, Triumvir Foul‘s debut full length. Unexpectedly, I am also ending the year with the genre, with Canadian chaotic horde Revenge‘s latest opus, Behold.Total.Rejection.

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Triumvir Foul – Triumvir Foul

Triumvir Foul - Triumvir Foul

Triumvir Foul [USA]
Triumvir Foul
2016
Full Length
Blood Harvest
Black/Death Metal

Triumvir Foul‘s debut offering last year in the form of their demo An Oath of Blood and Fire couldn’t come at a worse time, with my interest in the black/death metal genre, in particularly the barbaric, filthy style declining rapidly. For some reason though, their self-titled full length this year held certain promise, and listening to the 42 minute onslaught on Triumvir Foul, it would have been a mistake to give this release a miss as well.

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Grey Heaven Fall – Black Wisdom

Grey Heaven Fall - Black Wisdom

Grey Heaven Fall [Russia]
Black Wisdom
2015
Full Length
Aesthetics of Devastation
Black/Death Metal

Over the last few years, Russia may have spawned quite a number of class extreme metal acts such as Pyre and slamming brutal death metal band Aborted Fetus. Yet this land is not the first thing on one’s mind when the metal genre is brought up. Coupled with the lack of exposure to extreme metal for a couple of months now, Grey Heaven Fall managed to be one such act that has managed to enchant me with their sophomore full length, Black Wisdom.

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The Moth Gatherer – The Earth is the Sky

The Moth Gatherer - The Earth is the Sky

The Moth Gatherer [Sweden]
The Earth is the Sky
2015
Full Length
Agonia Records
Atmospheric Doom/Sludge Metal

The first time I heard of The Moth Gatherer was 2 years ago with their last album, A Braight Celestial Light. Not knowing better then, the Swedes were a novelty in terms of the epic soundscape that they managed to create and the fusing of post rock elements into their style of metal. 2 years later, the band returns with their brand new effort The Earth is the Sky, which led me to revisit A Braight Celestial Light resulting in new insights, and better appreciation of these Swedes.

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Bevar Sea – Invoke the Bizarre

Bevar Sea - Invoke the Bizarre

Bevar Sea [India]
Invoke the Bizarre
2015
Full Length
The Mighty Riff Records
Stoner/Doom Metal

My journey with stoner/doom metal this week brings me to India, where my only encounters thus far have been interesting, from the melodic extreme metal of Demonic Resurrection to the illustrious storytelling of heavy metallers Albatross. Having heard of Bevar Sea a couple of times now, coupled with my pretty long-running interest in the stoner/doom metal genre, it is impeccable timing that the band drops their sophomore full length album, Invoke the Bizarre.

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