Category Archives: Album Reviews

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Roundtable Review: Thantifaxath – Sacred White Noise

unnamed-2Label: Dark Descent Records

Release Date:  April 15th, 2014

Tracks:  6

Length: 44 minutes

Genre:  Unconventional, mysterious, anonymous black metal

Studio Albums: Thantifaxath EP 2011

Location:  possibly from Toronto, Canada

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Album Review: Kings Among Men by Crimson Shadows

PromoImageThere are a few metal sub-genres that I’m pickier than a toddler at the dinner table with.  Of the ones I am most picky with, Power Metal would probably take the cake.  In my opinion, good Power Metal needs to have something I call the cheese factor (superfluousness, theatrics, high-flying-ness, not taking things too serious-ness, etc)  balanced in the right place.  Not enough cheese you end up with one of those sad solo Timo Tolkki records, too much and the band is just a parody of itself (Rhapsody of Fire excluded).  Get it in the right and you end up with some of the greats like Helloween and Stratovarius.  Now, to add to my pickiness, since I can go pop one of the already Ch-balanced records in any time I want, a new Power Metal band really has to do something unique and original to grab me by the shorty hairs and get me to pay attention.  That’s the hard part and probably why I haven’t fallen for a new Power Metal band in quite some time now.  Enter Canada’s Crimson Shadows and their major label debut and sophomore record Kings Among Men.

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Roundtable Review: Emptiness – Nothing But The Whole

Nothing but the coverLabel: Dark Descent Records

Release Date:  May 27th, 2014

Songs:  7

Length: 39 minutes

Genre:  Atmospheric black/Death metal

Studio Albums: Guilty To Exist 2004, Oblivion 2007, Error 2012

Location:  Brussels, Belgium

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Roundtable Review: Black Hole Gods by Cardinal Wyrm

a1120500621_10Album: Black Hole Gods

Label: Independent

Release Date: August 5th, 2014

Songs: 8

Length: 1 hour

Genre: Doom

Studio Albums: Another Holy Trinity (2013),

Location: CA, USA

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Roundtable Review: Vacant Face by Take Over and Destroy

PromoImageAlbum: Take Over and Destroy – Vacant Face

Label: Comfort Point

Release Date: August 19th, 2014

Songs: 11

Length: 47 minutes

Genre: Death ‘n Roll/Sludge

Studio Albums: Endless Night (2013), Rotten Tide (2011)

Location: AZ, USA

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Roundtable Review: Please Explode by Columns

pleaseexplode_1500Album Review: Columns – Please Explode

Label: Relapse Records

Release Date: August 4th, 2014

Songs: 16

Length: 35 minutes

Genre: Grind

Studio Albums: Just Another Species (MCD – 2010)

Location: NC, USA

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Retro Round Table Review: Imaginations from the Other Side by Blind Guardian

imaginations_from_the_other_sideAlbum Review: Blind Guardian – Imaginations From The Other Side

Label: Virgin

Release Date: April 5th, 1995

Songs: 12

Length: 1 hour 8 minutes

Genre: Power Metal

Studio Albums: 9 plus 1 compilation album

Location: Krefeld, Germany

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Album Review: Foundations of Burden by Pallbearer

PromoImageI’m a happy-go-lucky kind of guy, often to a fault.  I always try to keep a smile on my face and keep talking/thinking about negativity to a minimum.  I like things that make me happy, make me laugh, and are over-all optimistic in nature.  Yet, my preferred genre of music is metal.  A genre popularly known for its darkness, pessimism, misanthropy, obsession with mortality, etc.  Of course, any well refined metal head will tell you that the vast majority of our music has much more complex, introspective, and positive themes, and it’s quite true, still there is a lot of themes and music to be found on the darker sided of the scale.  And I love it just the same.
“But why do I love it?” I’ve asked myself quite a few times during my near lifelong obsession with the genre.  In their opening lines of their latest release, Foundations of Burden, Pallbearer sum it up quite concisely and poetically:

Without light
The dark encloses all
Our works would be but ash
No knowledge of the time that crushes love to dust
Or the life that’s frozen deep within our veins
Without dark
The light burns out our eyes
And turns each of us to ash
Our hearts, too hard to ever learn to feel
And mouths, laid open, deep in silent song

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Round Table Review: The Flesh Prevails by Fallujah

fallujah-thefleshprevails-620x619Album Review: Fallujah – The Flesh Prevails

Label: Unique Leader Records

Release Date: July 22nd, 2014

Songs: 9

Length: 41:32

Genre: Progressive Death Metal

Studio Albums: Leper Colony (EP – 2009), The Harvest Wombs (2011), Nomadic (EP – 2013)

Location: CA, USA

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