Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

Reviews From: Death Metal
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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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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Vintage Burning - Disturbing The Balance

Vintage Burning - Disturbing The Balance

Vintage Burning
Disturbing The Balance
Label: dbmusic

Explosive and intense metal blasting through the musical sediment with serious emotional release. Vocalist ‘Ames’ shows off a nice range of her vocal abilities from growls and screams to soaring and smooth. Overall however, the abundance of lead and backing screamo vocals detracts from the grooves and quickly turns enjoyment into annoyance.

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Warbeast - Krush The Enemy

Warbeast - Krush The Enemy

Warbeast
Krush The Enemy
Label: Housecore Records

Blistering old school thrashing metal delivered at break neck speed and with maximum intensity. I wax nostalgic as I hear vocalist Bruce Corbitt (ex-Rigor Mortis) grate and growl the lyrics as in days long gone by. Produced by label head Philip Anselmo.

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Gamma Ray - To The Metal!

Gamma Ray - To The Metal!

Gamma Ray
To The Metal!
Label: Earmusic

Seeking to bridge the gap between past and present, these classic German speed metal minstrels deliver their 10th studio album in 21 years. Although the album manages to occasionally get me in the groove and will certainly please their fans, it simply doesn’t express anything that I haven’t heard numerous times before.

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Lamb of God - Hourglass

Lamb of God - Hourglass

Lamb of God
Hourglass
Label: Epic Records

To celebrate 15 years as a band LOG releases this 3 volume package on multiple formats and versions including vinyl and USB drives. Cherry picking the best and favorite of their early years, the Epic years and rare oddball tracks this anniversary release shows off the raw drive and musical ambition that made this band thrive.

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CEPHALIC CARNAGE - Misled By Certainty

CEPHALIC CARNAGE - Misled By Certainty

CEPHALIC CARNAGE
Misled By Certainty
Label: Relapse

Cascades of extreme metal come pouring forth from the instruments of this furious and hard working Colorado concoction. After hammering down the grind on the first dozen tracks of their sixth Relapse release, they end with the epic length, genre spanning “Repangaea.”

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Atrocity - After The Storm

Atrocity - After The Storm

Atrocity
After The Storm
Label: Napalm Records

One of my long time favorite experi-“metal” bands, this German group has explored many facets of musical and cultural heritage over the years. Their exploration continues by refining their folk fancies, expanding on their impressive song structure, and again including the amazing vocals of Yasmin (frontman Alexander Krull’s sister). Powerful, invigorating, and unique.

 

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Therion - Les Fleurs Du Mal

Therion - Les Fleurs Du Mal

Therion
Les Fleurs Du Mal
Label: End Of The Light

Over-the-top orchestral metal has never sounded so good! Formed in the late 80s as a death metal band, this Swedish outfit has survived a bevy of member changes to produce this opus of intense and well-executed orchestral metal of the highest order, and once again redefining the genre. Bravo!

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Baroness - Purple

Baroness - Purple

Baroness
Purple
Label: Abraxan Hymns

They ascended to top of the metal heap with their masterpiece Yellow and Green, only to be thrust into temporary oblivion by a tragic bus accident, resulting in among other things fractured vertebrae and near limb amputation. This broke the band into pieces causing the loss of 2 members and a lot of momentum. Their return, Purple, finds their angst, wounds and determination woven into another tantalizing musical tapestry of intense emotion pounding and atmospheric groovy refrains while offering a home to two new members and their own record label. Wish the production was better. (8) yourbaroness.com

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