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Reviews Week 25 - 2017

25.06.17

ENFOLD DARKNESS - ADVERSARY OMNIPOTENT

Enfold Darkness - Adversary Omnipotent Dice 4

The Artisan Era, 14.06.17
Pure technical death metal is a genre I have largely tired of, as there's quite often a lot of sound with close to random compositions and not necessarily a whole lot of clever substance. If meaningful structures are put to good use, and some progressive approaches are included, the genre can still do the trick.
It's like meat; Tasty, but not very exciting without the right accessories.
As you have realized, Enfold Darkness from Nashville, Tennessee plays death metal of the intricate type.


barbed wire
23.06.17

SOULSKINNER - DESCENT TO ABADDON

Soulskinner - Descent to Abaddon Dice 4

Xtreem Music, 22.05.17
I probably get a dozen promos of deadly palettes with blood and guts in all nuances every week. Some are quickly weeded out. Others sound good and move on to the next round. The drawback with relatively many is that they are somewhat similar sounding. Kick-ass and qualitative death metal or not. Generic is generic.

Therefore, it's always refreshing with the rare minority who succeeds at standing head and shoulders above the masses.


piggtråd
21.06.17

ENTROPIA INVICTUS - HUMAN PANTOCRATOR (OPUS HUMANI)

Entropia Invictus - Human Pantocrator (Opus Humani) Dice 4

M & O Music, 24.02.17
One of the aspects I value most in symphonic extreme metal is the diversity that exists. There's lots of extreme metallic expressions, and there are dozens of classical eras bearing diverse characteristic to find inspiration in. This provides a fertile ground for a myriad distinct metallic-orchestral alloys to flourish.
Calling it a genre of its own is thus misleading, but if you allow some generalization, it's a genus with enough elbow room for everyone to find their own expression whilst avoiding generic lack of distinct creative ideas.


barbed wire
20.06.17

VIN DE MIA TRIX - PALIMPSESTS

Vin de Mia Trix - Palimpsests Dice 4

Hypnotic Dirge & Cimmerian Shade, 31.05.17
Vin de Mia Trix from Kyiv in Ukraine play progressive funeral doom, offering one of the year's longest albums.
Palimpsests* is a concept based on multicultural commonalities; Stories, legends and tales, as well as shared customs and practices that appear to be similar despite various beliefs or geographical, cultural, and ethnic differences. A duration of about 1 hour and 38 minutes makes Palimpsests just short of 100 minutes.
If that sounds insurmountable, the physical edition is naturally a double-album, where each part lasts for about 49 minutes.

barbed wire
19.06.17

CEMETERY URN - CEMETERY URN

Cemetery Urn - Cemetery Urn Dice 4

Hells Headbangers, 09.06.17
The self-titled full-length from Melbourne-based Cemetery Urn is the band's third album. The guys have been around for more than ten years, categorizing their own metal as “Australian Barbaric Death Metal”.
Band founder, guitarist and songwriter Andrew Gillon is also part of Abominator, and he played in now defunct Bestial Warlust. Two bands that the original vocalist in Cemetery Urn also played in.
The band has, however, replaced most of the line-up since the previous album that came out seven years ago.


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