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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Metal
    Lacuna Coil - Shallow Life

    Lacuna Coil - Shallow Life

    Lacuna Coil
    Shallow Life
    Label: Century Media

    I gotta admit, this Italian gothic metal outfit continues to impress. The beautiful and masterfully blended dynamics of male and female vocals and impressive instrumentation with well rounded dynamics make this a worthy addition to their already groundbreaking catalogue.

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    Prong - Power of the Damn Mixxxer

    Prong - Power of the Damn Mixxxer

    Prong
    Power of the Damn Mixxxer
    Label: 13th Planet Records

    Tommy Victor and company present revisioned versions from “Power Of The Damager.” These 13 moshing metal juggernauts from as many different remixing aficionados are refreshed, refueled and ready to pound into your brain with the angst and emotion that breed repeated play.

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    Amorphis - Skyforger

    Amorphis - Skyforger

    Amorphis
    Skyforger
    Label: Nuclear Blast Records

    Finding new ways to awaken my inner Viking! Invigorating anthems with their signature Scandinavian folk metal approach reverberate a dark, powerful beauty and majesty unmatched. This third round with singer Tomi Joutsen integrates a broad stroke of vocal styles with increased progressive rock elements to their musical palette.

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    Darkest Hour - Eternal Return

    Darkest Hour - Eternal Return

    Darkest Hour
    Eternal Return
    Label: Victory Records

    Rolling and thundering melodic metal with a fair amount of technical wizardry ta boot! Born in the mid 90s, the band was among the first to combine their American hardcore/punk fury with the Swedish death metal sound and is the lineage that still propels their music.

    Darkest Hour WebsiteDarkest Hour Wiki

    Stratovarius - Polaris

    Stratovarius - Polaris

    Stratovarius
    Polaris
    Label: Armoury Records

    This first outing after the departure of former bandmaster Timo Tolkki finds this Finnish melodic power metal group revisioned and situated to continue their formidable musical legacy for many more years to come.

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    Arkaea - Years In The Darkness

    Arkaea - Years In The Darkness

    Arkaea
    Years In The Darkness
    Label: E1 Entertainment

    Terse, intense and vibrant industrialized death metal from Fear Factory alumni Raymond Herrera and Christian Old Wolbers. Although incorporating proven Fear Factory stylings which fans will certainly enjoy overall I find the release safe, repetitive and formulaic.

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    Mile Marker Zero - Mile Marker Zero

    Mile Marker Zero - Mile Marker Zero

    Mile Marker Zero
    Mile Marker Zero
    Label: Self Released

    Spinning impressive progressive rock adventures is undeniably the calling for this Connecticut quintet. An eclectic epic soundstream is forged around the lyrics that enjoy the dichotomy of life’s many lessons while thriving on the energy of the experience.

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    Shadows Fall - Retribution

    Shadows Fall - Retribution

    Shadows Fall
    Retribution
    Label: Ferret Music

    Throwing together aggressive vocals and neck wrecking riffs and rhythms while whipping up a wild and entertaining stage show has been a quite effective formula for this twice Grammy nominated outfit. Now to up the ante, they are introducing their own record label!

    Shadows Fall WebsiteShadows Fall Wiki

    TYR - By The Light Of The Northern Star

    TYR - By The Light Of The Northern Star

    TYR
    By The Light Of The Northern Star
    Label: Napalm/SPV

    Viking Metal by actual Vikings! Named after the God of War and Justice, this inspiring Faroese quartet brings us pagan metal anthems/hymns galore! Their folk metal attack is awakened and filled with vibrant traditional harmonies while telling tales of the Viking struggle against the horrors of Christianity and it’s bloody Crusades that were forced upon them.


    Valina - A tempo! A tempo!

    Valina - A tempo! A tempo!

    Valina
    A tempo! A tempo!
    Label: Joyful Noise Recordings

    The technical artsty rock that this Austrian trio purveys sways from booming and brain scratching mega riffs to experimental rock plateaus with indeterminate attitudes. Math rock produced by Chicago’s Steve Albini.

    Valina WebsiteValina Wiki

    3 Inches Of Blood - Here Waits Thy Doom

    3 Inches Of Blood - Here Waits Thy Doom

    3 Inches Of Blood
    Here Waits Thy Doom
    Label: Century Media

    Daredevil vocals riding on the unrelenting waves of an unabashed speed metal barrage. Vocalist Jamie Hooper notes of the album. “We are forging the steel that we’ll use to annihilate the heavy metal posers, and in every town we play, the streets will run red with their blood.” Nuff Said. Produced by Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison.

    3 Inches Of Blood Website3 Inches Of Blood Wiki

    Andreas Kisser - Hubris I & II

    Andreas Kisser - Hubris I & II

    Andreas Kisser
    Hubris I & II
    Label: Mascot Records

    Sepultura’s lead guitarist and musical visionary brings us an opus broken into two discs, the first electric and second acoustic, exemplifying the songwriting skills and depth of this masterful artist who enmeshes his Brazilian rhythmic heritage into these diverse and gratifying contemporary compositions.

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