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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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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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Kylesa – Exhausting Fire

Kylesa - Exhausting Fire

Kylesa [USA]
Exhausting Fire
2015
Full Length
Season of Mist
Progressive/Sludge Metal

Seven albums and 14 years later, I finally got about to really discovering Kylesa and their psychedelic, progressive style of sludge metal. A little late to the party, nonetheless I guess it’s better to be late than not discovering good music. This year marks the release of Kylesa‘s seventh opus, Exhausting Fire and with the rather good run of stoner and sludge metal in the past 2 years, expectations are rather high for this trio’s brand new release.

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Ruin – Spread Plague Hell

Ruin - Spread Plague Hell

Ruin [USA]
Spread Plague Hell
2015
Demo
Nero One Records
Black/Death Metal

As extreme metal pushes the envelope more, with black metal bands becoming more evil and satanic, and death metal bands becoming faster and heavier, it is hard to get attention without some sort of characteristic that makes a band or record stand out. Ruin, having been around since 1990 before disappearing 1 year later and only to reemerge again this year, is one such act. With the lineup of the band being shrouded in mystery, and a brand new demo only 24 years after their previous release, it is hard to resist the temptation to find out what Spread Plague Hell sounds like.

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Valdur – Pathetic Scum

Valdur - Pathetic Scum

Valdur [USA]
Pathetic Scum
2015
Full Length
Bloody Mountain Records
Black/Death Metal

With all my attention focused on the stoner, doom and psychedelic genres, I have overlooked the filthy, bestial black and death metal that I used to love so much, with the new Archgoat being the only record to really catch my attention so far. That was until I caught wind of American black/death metal horde Valdur releasing their fourth full length album Pathetic Scum, two years after the triumphant release that was At War With.

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Behold! The Monolith – Architects of the Void

Behold! The Monolith - Architects of the Void

Behold! The Monolith [USA]
Architects of the Void
2015
Full Length
Independent
Stoner/Doom Metal

Architects of the Void may be American stoner/doom metal outfit Behold! The Monolith‘s third full length release to date, yet it is only on this album that I finally encounter the band. Initially expecting a thrash record with the band’s futuristic, thrash-inspired logo (think Havok, Bonded by Blood et. al), Behold! The Monolith instead presents a crushing and heavy tone on Architects of the Void, and the band couldn’t be further from the first impression one may get from the visual aesthetics.

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FOGG – High Testament

FOGG - High Testament

FOGG [USA]
High Testament
2015
Full Length
Tee Pee Records
Psychedelic Rock/Doom/Stoner Metal

From the label that brought you bands like Sacri Monti, comes yet another psychedelic act, FOGG and their debut full length album High Testament. The psychedelic album artwork already promises a trippy affair, and the music certainly lives up to the first impressions that the band gives off.

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Sacri Monti – Sacri Monti

Sacri Monti - Sacri Monti

Sacri Monti [USA]
Sacri Monti
2015
Full Length
Tee Pee Records
Psychedelic/Hard Rock

I’m not sure if it’s me or if there really is an increasing trend of psychedelic, retro rock in recent months. Flipping through the pages of magazines such as Terrorizer, I got introduced to quite a number of these bands that claim to play rock in the old school style. While each of them do indeed sound good, few leave a deep impression on me as San Diego’s Sacri Monti.

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Albums of the Month – March 2015

March was a much quieter month than the first two months of 2015, though we did see a number of high profile releases including the new Enslaved (which completely kicked ass), Moonspell and Psycroptic. Anyway, here are our picks for albums of March 2015:

Nocturnalia – Above Below Within (23/3/2015)

Nocturnalia - Above Below WithinPreviously known as NocturnalAbove Below Within is this Swedish outfit’s sophomore full length album, and the first one under their new moniker Nocturnalia. If you thought that their debut Nocturnal was good, Above Below Within sees this psychedelic/occult rock band take things up a notch. With influences ranging from Led Zeppelin to Deep Purple or even Pink Floyd, one instantly knows that he is in for one hell of a trip.

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Frosthelm – The Endless Winter

Frosthelm - The Endless Winter

Frosthelm [USA]
The Endless Winter
2015
Full Length
Black Work
Black/Thrash Metal

Formed back in 2009, American black/thrash metal band Frosthelm this year finally releases their debut full length album, The Endless Winter. It’s been quite a long while since my last black/thrash metal madness, so with all the hype surrounding The Endless Winter, I have to say that I was pretty excited to hear what Frosthelm manages to come up with after a wait of almost 6 years.

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