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Rel - October/30/15
Label; Apostacy Records
(country of origin; Poland)
Fans of Nile, Gilgamesh, Scarab and Maat will enjoy this, in fact devour it. Sporting technicality and brutality in a similar vein to those aforementioned Atlantis also incorporates variations of chants and cleaner vocal stylings to up the atmospheric ante somewhat. What really captures the attention on a first listen basis are the drums. Thunderous, technical, vicious and tight they often lead the attack. The guitar work is also very impressive, miles from mere chuggery the style is pleasingly technical, rhythmic, light years apart from mere noise and never gets lost in the technical 'deep end' where many acts have dragged me to lose interest before. Various excellent solos only add to the effectiveness of the style and direction of the album overall. The production on Atlantis is remarkably clean, every instrument is distinct and clear sans a muddiness that plagues many a technical outfit and numerous other releases.
Overall this is a release that deserves a few listens to fully appreciate it's depth and intricacies.
A tremendous album to be blunt that's well deserved of it's spot on the best of 15' list. A must listen and a fantastic example of top notch technical death in my humble opinion.
Rel – December/18/15
Label; Transubstans Records
(country of origin; Sweden)
I honestly believed this was Blitzkrieg on my first listen though perhaps injected with doom-esque tendencies rather than the speedy riffs they were initially known for. The vocalist has a traditional singing style (reminiscent of hard rock/ heavy metal from the 70's/early 80's) that fits the music perfectly, no growls or grunts whatsoever they would in fact sound wildly out of place here.
The music itself is melodic to the nth degree, wildly addictive and something I can't help but nod my head (it's truthfully too relaxing to bang your skull to) and pound my fingers to.
Admittedly I let this one slip by my attentions when it was initially released but now that I've stumbled upon it I can't stop listening.
Outstanding, very catchy and an album you can easily lose yourself in.
(a collection of covers)
Label; Witching Hour Productions
(country of origin; Poland)
The Krabathor track had me nodding my head so damn violently I'm lucky it didn't snap free from my spine and fall off making me look like a silly (headless) fool.
Numerous other highlights (In My Opinion) include; a blistering Merciless Death cover (The Beginning of Darkness) and a Thrasher Death track (Czarny Aniol) although to be honest there isn't a bad track to be found only an album that requires the listener limber up beforehand.
A damn fine collection of tracks recommended for anyone that might have forgotten how damn impressive (and fast) Vader are, lifelong fans of the genre and those that have a yearning to dip into acts that have fallen by the wayside.
Label; Asenath Records
(country of origin; Mexico)
To be honest when I think of Mexico doom and/or any other type of metal isn't the first thing that comes to mind especially seems as I live a stone's throw away from the International border itself. I'll refrain from stating what exactly my initial thoughts are suffice it to say I may well change my mind after listening to this, I'm up to a few dozen times now. That was a roundabout way of saying this is quite impressive. It took long enough, right?
Maligno have a style that many attempt, some do a great job others not so much, though not many with quite the same unique and powerful vocals as Luis Barjou can boast. Admittedly some might think the vocalist is none other than Faith No More's Mike Patton, I'm guilty, it isn't (obviously now that I've named him) but the mighty 'presence' (for lack of a better term) is there and prominent.
The music style flows very well, a fantastic hybrid of stoner type rock, doom and a smidgen of psychedelia with lots of groove to spare.
Coffin of Dreams is a remarkable instrumental that will stick with the listener for some time afterwards as a fellow Youtube listener has remarked it is “...the Planet Caravan of the release.”
A landmark album that's managed to yank me into the embrace of Maligno for hours upon hours of listening pleasure. A must listen for those relaxing evenings when blast beat, growls and blistering speed just won't cut it!
Rel - 2011
Label; Pure Steel Records
(country of origin; USA)
Does anyone remember Dokken? Are there still any fans out there, holding on to hopes that they might be able to get back together and produce what they were renowned for in their golden years? (odds are it won't happen but stranger things have been known to). My first introduction came by way of Freddy and The Dream Warriors more specifically the final credits to Nightmare on Elm Street (part the third). Why am I waffling on about an act, more a guilty pleasure, from years past you may be wondering? Well as it happens I believe Widow (with Life's Blood) play a style that's damn close, enjoyable (again more of a guilty pleasure) very fluid, swift and dripping with similar riffage. Though sadly no George Lynch or Don. Yes this is what may well be deemed power metal but I like it (this release, not so much the genre as a whole) and there's that!
A great nod to the past and a style where I'll admit my interest in metal first stemmed!
Rel – 1976
Label; Gull (originally)
(country of origin; England, UK - the birthplace of NWOBHM)
From the supreme gymnastic vocal range of Rob Halford, the bass genius of Ian Hill, to the twin guitar attacks and antics of Glen Tipton and KK Downing (their earlier career involved a handful of drummers so it'll be hard to nail it down to just one) this album has it all, emotion, epic grooves, mellow passages and even a track dedicated to a dark ghoul known for terrorizing the dark streets of London many, many moons ago.
The Ripper is, for obvious reasons, one of my favorite Priest tracks alongside another that most would never guess at (Cheater from Rocka Rolla ).
Dreamer Deceiver is a fantastic track that showcases Halfords talent and the diversity the band's early material was recognized for.
Simply... Metal Gods that about covers it! – Cult