Category Archives: Album Reviews

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Retro album review: The Sins Of Thy Beloved – Lake of Sorrow (1998)


The Sins OTB CoverLabel: Napalm Records

Release Date: 1998

Songs: 7

Length: 55 minutes

Genre: Gothic Doom Metal

Studio Albums: Perpetual Desolation (2000)

Location: Norway

 

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Album Review: Wisdom by The Order of Israfel


PromoImageSometimes I wonder if I’ve died and gone to Heaven.  The past handful of years have seen a resurgence of doom metal unlike any other genre out there.  Back in the 90s and early aughts I had to scape and scrawl to find a new band out there releasing a quality doom release, and now I can’t even keep up with the amount being tossed my way.  Maybe it’s because stuff like Bandcamp has made it easier to find them or maybe record labels are getting their shit together and realizing people actually buy this stuff.  Whatever it is, it’s awesome, though maybe not for my old, worn down Candlemass, Cathedral, and St. Vitus records which aren’t getting as much attention as they used to.  To add to the pile of outstanding doom releases this year, the debut album, Wisdom, by a little band called The Order of Israfel landed in my lap and into my heart.

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Roundtable album review: Unwilling Flesh – Between the Living and the Dead


Unwilling Flesh CoverLabel: Eihwaz Recordings

Release Date: 30 September 2014

Songs: 9

Length: 39 minutes

Genre: Old Swedish-style Death Metal

Studio Albums: This is their debut album

Location: USA

 

 

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Roundtable album review: Aeon Zen – Ephemera


Aeon Zen CoverLabel: Nightmare Records

Release Date: 1 September 2014

Songs: 9

Length: 42 minutes

Genre: Progressive Metal

Studio Albums: 3 full-length + 1 EP

Location: UK

 

 

 

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Retro Roundtable Review: Textures – Polars


polars-4f273e55ef3b3Label: Listenable Records

Release Date:  2003

Songs:  8 tracks, 56 minutes

Genre:  Progressive metal

Studio Albums: Drawing Circles 2006, Silhouettes 2008, Dualism 2011

Location:  Tilburg, Netherlands

For fans of: Strapping Young Lad, Cynic, Meshuggah, Dark Tranquillity, Iced Earth, Gojira

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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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