Category Archives: Album Reviews

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Album review: The Deadstation – Episode 01: Like Peering into the Deepest Ocean Abyss (EP)

DeadstationCoverLocation: USA

Genre: Progressive metal

Release date: 3 April 2014

Label: Self-released

Recommended to: Fans of many prog metal and crossover prog rock bands including those named in this review

The Deadstation spells its name in upper-case letters. I don’t. My keyboard is allergic to Caps Lock. The sound card, the headphones and my ears, however, are anything but allergic to The Deadstation. I experienced two immediate reactions after playing their one and only release. The first was: “Where are they hiding the rest of their albums?” The second: “Why aren’t there more?”

A digital version of the EP was released two years ago. The physical recording, which includes an additional song, runs to 34 minutes of grand music.

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Roundtable Review: The Golden Grass – The Golden Grass


Release Date:  N/A

Songs:   5

Length:  37 Minutes

Genre:  Psychedelic Boogie

Studio Albums:   N/A

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Roundtable Review: Between the Madness by VanGough

a0236553750_2Label:  Nightmare Records

Release Date:  Out Now

Songs:   12

Genre:  Prog

Studio Albums:  This is their 5th release

Location:  Oklahoma, USA Read the rest of this entry

Album Review: Karhide – Colossus EP

Colossus-Front-CoverRelease Date: April 14th, 2014 on Field Records

Tracks: 4

Length: 17 minutes

Genre:  Post rock/metal/electronic

Previous releases: Acadia 2010, Rough Sleep EP 2013, Remember Remember EP 2013, two splits

Location: Southampton, UK

Recommended for fans of: Pelican, Jesu, Mogwai, Russian Circles, Mono

Description: A while ago we reviewed one man project Karhide’s previous release and I loved it, it certainly left me wanting more. I didn’t have to wait long; all of a sudden another Karhide promo turned up! I have to say, this EP was a nice surprise. It’s just as good, if not better than the last one. Its heavier and faster nature will most likely be more appealing to other metalheads as well.

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Roundtable Review: Within Temptation – Hydra

downloadLabel:  Nuclear Blast Entertainment

Release Date:  4 Feb 2014

Songs:   18 (bonus version)

Length:  1 Hr, 27 Min (comes with additional video)

Genre:  Symphonic Metal

Studio Albums:  6

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Roundtable Album Review: Le Mur – Sentia Nova

Le_Mur_CoverLabel: Tribal Stomp

Release Date: 8 November, 2014

Songs: 7

Length: 43 minutes

Genre: Trippy space rock

Studio Albums: 1 previous album

Location: Italy

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Album Review: Steel Panther – All You Can Eat

Steel-Panter-All-You-Can-EatOnce again, Steel Panther is back with the follow-up to their very successful Balls Out release from 2011.  What’s really not to love about this good-time 80s styled hard rock?  All You Can Eat is another round of highly offensive fun, but then again it depends on what exactly offends you.  I mean, I can’t say that Steel Panther is lying or exaggerating in their lyrics.  Seems to me like all these events and situations are certainly plausible or even possibly factual.  They are just very blunt and literal about how they perceive the world.  And, just when you think they will never top a song like Weenie Ride, they come up with She’s On The Rag…to include the alternate (acoustic) version of that bloody song with different lyrics.  There is a good time to be had here.

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Round Table Review: The Mother of Virtue by Pyrrhon

12 Jacket (Gatefold - Two Pocket) [GD30OB2-N]Label: Relapse Records

Release Date: Out Now

Songs: 9

Genre: Tech-Deth

Studio Albums: This is their 3rd album

Location: NY, USA

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Roundtable Album Review: Midnight Moonswings – The Surrogate Piano

Midnight_Moodswings_CoverLabel: GodHatesGod Records

Release Date: December, 2013

Songs: 15

Length: 54 minutes

Genre: Post rock

Studio Albums: 1 previous album

Location: Belgium

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Roundtable Album Review: Nux Vomica – Nux Vomica

Nux_Vomica_CoverLabel: Relapse Records

Release Date: 1 April 2014

Songs: 3

Length: 45 minutes

Genre: Crust (influenced by black metal)

Studio Albums: 2 CDs, 2 EPs

Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

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