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Concert Review: Download Festival (Sunday Only)

Another Download Festival came and went…this year marking the 10th anniversary of the famed UK metal festival.  Here is my review of my one-day pass for Sunday, 10 Jun 2012 with Black Sabbath headlining and closing the event.   Before I talk about my day I want to note that this is most likely my last Download Festival for the foreseeable future.  Later this year I will move back to the United States and if this is in fact the last Download Festival I ever see, I honestly couldn’t have asked for more out of a one-day ticket.  The icing on the cake was the fact that it was sunny.

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Angel’s Top 5 Albums Of 2012 So Far

Following on from Matt’s post earlier about his Top 5 albums of 2012 thus far, I thought I’d throw in my own piece on the albums I’ve had the pleasure of listening to as we approach the halfway mark of the year. I think it says something that 2 of the 5 already are début albums, and all are astonishing in their quality.
N.B. In order to indicate a lack of ranking (I’ve never been one for a 1-5 approach with albums, it’s too challenging), we’ll go for an alphabetical list.
N.B. No. 2: Fanboy incoming.

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Album Review: Lahmia – Into The Abyss

The album cover for Into The Abyss by Lahmia.
When a band has ticked most of my personal criteria for melodic death metal by the end of the first two songs, I can feel fairly reassured that the remainder of the record is going to provide some aural delight for my two ears. Lahmia offer a blend of various extreme metal genres such as melodeath (primary basis), black (mostly Swedish), death and some goth, but actually hail from Italy despite their Scandinavian sound. Their first full-length slab, Into The Abyss, is a honed hour which brings together influences such as Arch Enemy, Thurisaz and Dark Tranquillity, the latter of which remains most prominent, and is still quite a ride after multiple spins.

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