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Stryper: God Damn Evil (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland I haven’t considered myself religious for many years, but have no issue with those that do, and consequently am as happy to listen to religious albums as I do that portray cannibalism or Satanism. This means that I probably listen to more music with an open mind than many, as I guess that there are quite…

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Unprocessed: Covenant (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Djent-style music is becoming far more prevalent in different genres at the moment, and here we have an example of it being used by a band who term themselves progressive metal. Lots of palm muting taking place, plenty of bass and lower register connectivity, and gruff vocals mixing with more melodic styles, and then there are…

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Voices: Frightened (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Voices was born out of the embers of Akercocke in 2014. These embers remained alight until igniting once more with Akercocke’s reformation in 2017, yet Voices remains, carving out their own identity with two studio albums and a long list of live appearances. Upon completion of their third album the band now solidify the sonic chaos…

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Xael: The Last Arbiter (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland I’ve just been over to the label site, followed some links, and now realise that this album is available for “name your price” from Bandcamp, https://xaeloffical.bandcamp.com. That’s probably a good way of hearing it first, as although it is being portrayed for fans of Septicflesh, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Wardruna, Behemoth, Black Crown Initiate, Dimmu Borgir and Orphanland,…

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’77: Bright Gloom (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Formed in Barcelona, Spain in 2006 by brothers LG Valeta and Armand Valeta as a tribute to the release, subsequent longevity and relevance of AC/DC’s ‘Let There Be Rock’, ‘77 refers directly to the year 1977. Their love of everything from the Seventies is clearly plain on this album, which was recorded live in the studio…

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Fistula / Hemdale; Fistula / Hemdale Split 7″ (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Long-running Ohio sludgecore practitioners Fistula have released the latest in their series of split singles, this time with Ohio death/grind institution Hemdale. All you really need to know about the two songs can be seen in the statements from the bands below. Relays Fistula vocalist Dan Harrington, “A few years back, an eccentric weirdo approached us…

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