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05.08.17

SHADE EMPIRE - POETRY OF THE ILL-MINDED

Shade Empire - Poetry Of The Ill-Minded Dice 5

Spinefarm/Candlelight, 30.06.17
The symphonic extreme metal band Shade Empire released its fifth full-length over a month ago, but time flies when vacationing.
The previous work from the Finns was Omega Arcane, released in 2014. The album was something of an opus within doomy symphonic black/death. With Poetry Of The Ill-Minded, however, the band moves in a slightly different direction, albeit not very far.
As after a change of government where the symphonic instruments have received the majority of the votes, they have used their mandate to replace parts of the cabinet.

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04.08.17

URN - THE BURNING

Urn - The Burning Dice 4

Iron Bonehead, 28.07.17
Urn's fourth album comes as a positive surprise for one who has never encountered Urn before. The press release presents the band as one of the Finnish underground's longest-running yet best-kept secrets, and at the same time as a highly anticipated album.
The band was founded by former Barathrum guitarist Sulphur and Infernus and Pimeä from the same band in 1994, and plays a kind of dirty-melodic black/thrash.
After the third album in 2008, the trio fell apart and disbanded. It's taken time to rebuild from scratch, but The Burning is proof that Sulphur has succeeded.

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04.08.17

PAGANIZER - LAND OF WEEPING SOULS

Paganizer - Land of Weeping Souls Dice 3

Transcending Obscurity Records, 05.08.17
The big Swedish sewage pipeline Paganizer is ready for a new emission, and even for those who don't know the band in depth, an elaborate explanation of style and expression should be superfluous.
I belong to those who don't have an in-depth knowledge of the Swedes myself, but I still know exactly what I have in store when Land of Weeping Souls erupt and pollutes the atmosphere. In this land, butterflies and unicorns don't have access unless they are washed up alcoholics, with one foot in the grave.

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03.08.17

ABYSSPHERE - НА ПУТИ К ЗАБВЕНИЮ

Abyssphere - На пути к забвению Dice 3

Endless Desperation Productions, 12.06.17
Abyssphere plays melodic death/doom of the gentle kind. The band was started fourteen years ago, and released its third full-length a couple of months ago.

There's something about the Russian language that really fits dejected music. Finnish and Russian are frequently used languages in this genre, and both suits tearful song material perfectly although they belong to two different language groups and I don't understand a single word of any of them.


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03.08.17

ABHORRENT DECIMATION - THE PARDONER

Abhorrent Decimation - The Pardoner Dice 5

Prosthetic Records, 28.07.17
London-based Abhorrent Decimation, a band I have no previously knowledge of, has recently released its sophomore album. The band was formed in 2013 and released an EP the same year before the debut Miasmic Mutation came out in 2015.
On The Pardoner, the band embarks on a conceptual journey. The album is based on the cynical, fraudulent and deceitful character the Pardoner from the book The Canterbury Tales by the English author and poet Geoffrey Chaucer, often referred to as «the father of English literature».

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02.08.17

DENY THE URGE - AS DARKNESS FALLS

Deny The Urge - As Darkness Falls Dice 5

G.U.C., 01.08.17
Deny The Urge should have been a well-known name in deadly waters, but the Germans haven't always had fate of their side. For art, one often has to suffer, and in some ways it may be beneficial to face a bit of adversity.
Those fight hardest who struggles against the stream, and after almost 20 years as an underdog, at least the guys have proven their determined stubbornness to endure, earning integrity along the way.
The band's history extends almost 20 years back in time, but for various reasons it's been almost ten years since the previous release.

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31.07.17

DECREPIT BIRTH - AXIS MUNDI

Decrepit Birth - Axis Mundi Dice 4

Agonia Records & Nuclear Blast, 21.07.17
California's deadly barbed wire troubadours Decrepit Birth started out in 2001, and released three albums between 2003 and 2010. The band has now released its fourth disc after a longer interval without releases.
The band offered pure brutality on the debut, but soon developed into a more technical direction with more melodies in the guitar lines and a progressive slant.
With album number four, Axis Mundi, Decrepit Birth summarize their own works by fusing all the elements of their repertoire into a showcase of brutal technical extravaganza.

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