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Majesty of Silence: Zu Dunkel Für Das Licht (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Switzerland’s Majesty of Silence was formed in 1996 by Peter Papadimitriya (drums), Peter Mahler (guitar) and Christian Geissmann (first bass, then guitar) who shared a passion for black metal. Citing a wide variety of influences including Dimmu Borgir, Immortal and Sonata Arctica, the band released three albums before going on hiatus in 2010. Then in 2016…

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MaterDea: Pyaneta (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Italian outfit MaterDea are back with their fifth album, showcasing quite a few different styles and ideas. Although they are a symphonic band at heart, there is also a lot of Celtic and folk ideas going on, but while some may think they may well be clones of early Nightwish that is actually a long way…

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Mortuous: Through Wilderness (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Mortuous was forged in San Jose, California in 2009 from the ashes of guitarist Colin Tarvin’s previous project Funerealm. He was writing music inspired by Incantation, Autopsy, and Viogression, and later that year he released the ‘Mors Immortalis’. By 2010, it had become a full band, including former Exhumed members Col Jones and Mike Beams as…

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Node: Node Live (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland They may have only released two albums in more than ten years of existence, but synth supergroup Node have a very strong reputation indeed, so when they decided to perform a rare concert in London in 2015 why not do it at the Royal College of Music? I’m pretty sure I’ve not come across another live…

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Phideaux: Number Seven (2009)

Written by: Kev Rowland It probably comes as no surprise to anyone, given the title, that is the seventh album from Phideaux Xavier (looks like everyone, Phideaux included, discounts his very first release some 11 years before the next, which was more a series of demos than an album). I have only just come across his work again, having not…

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