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Album Review: Earth Diver by Cormorant


a2140768649_2When take a gander at some of the reasons some of my favorite bands have remained my favorite bands over the course of decades one reason always seems to take the forefront.  The ability to grow and evolve, not afraid to make dramatic changes, while remaining true to a core sound or style that initial made me a super-fan in the first place.  These kind of bands give me something to look forward from release to release as I know I am going to get lots of new alleyways and avenues to explore.  They keep their career fresh and I get a variety of albums to listen to (unlike just more or less needing a single album that sums up the bands catalog) all with different experiences contained within.

Enter Cormorant.  A couple of years ago when they released their sophomore album Dwellings my ears picked up on the unique blend of blackened prog rock tinged with hints of classic metal and instantly became a super-fan of the Bay Area band.  As par for the course, since I liked their current record so much I ponied up the cash for the back catalog expecting more of the same that was on Dwellings.  To my delight, their debut album Metazoa was a much different beast than the record I was spinning ad nauseam, yet was still very much a Cormorant affair.  They just needed a third record to prove they were the real deal and not just a fluke and they were pretty much guaranteed a spot in my coveted Realm of Upper Echelon Bands.  I was very much hoping this would happen.  Then tragedy struck; Arthur Von Nagal, the bands front man, lyricist, vocalist, bassist, and major songwriter contribute made the decision to leave the band to pursue in a career of video game development (FYI, that really freaking awesome Walking Dead game that won all them awards, he was on that team.  Go play games made by TellTale, their all great!).

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Album Review: Intervals – A Voice Within


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Release Date: March 4th 2014, self-released

Length: 50 minutes of seducing melodies

Genre: Exceptionally good progressive/melodic tech metal

Previous releases: The Space Between EP 2011, In Time EP 2012

Recommended for fans of: Between The Buried And Me, Protest The Hero, Periphery

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Description: A really good metal album with heavy music and only clean vocals seems to be almost impossible to come by these days. But never fear, Intervals is here!

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Album Review: Servers – Leave With Us


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“Your only chance to survive, is to leave with us…”

Release date: 24th of February on Undergroove Records

Length: 45 minutes of  heavy earworms

Genre:  Feel-good, sludgy rock

Previous releases: This is their first album, and what a fine debut it is!

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Roundtable Review: The Parasitic Survival of the Human Race by Dodsferd


tiskoviny 1.cdrLabel: Moribund Records

Release Date: March 18th 2014 (re-release); also now available from Razorbleed Productions

Songs: 5

Genre: Blackend Crusty Black and Roll

Studio Albums: A lot.

Location: Greece

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Roundtable Review: Karhide – Remember Remember


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Release Date: 2 December 2013

Songs: 7

Length: 31 minutes

Genre: Alternative/post-rock/electronic/instrumental

Studio Albums: Rough Sleep EP 2013, two splits

Location:  Southampton, UK

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Roundtable Review: Chapel – Satan’s Rock ’n’ Roll


Chapel CoverLabel: Invictus Productions (Ireland), Spiritual Beast (Japan)

Release Date: CD, 31 July 2012; Vinyl, 4 February 2014

Songs: 10

Length: 33 minutes

Genre: Black heavy/thrash metal

Studio Albums: This is their debut album

Location: Vancouver, Canada 

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Roundtable Review: Abyssal – Novit Enim Dominus Qui Sunt Eius


abyssal coverLabel: Iron Bonehead Productions

Release Date: 1 January 201331 January 2014 (DLP)

Tracks: 11

Length: 59:22

Genre: The blackest and darkest death/doom

Studio Albums: Denouement, 2012

Location: UK

 

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Roundtable Review: Here On My Feet by Knowing 2 Fly


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Label:  Bakerteam Records

Release Date:  2014

Songs:   13

Length:  About 45 min

Genre:  Punk Metal

Studio Albums:   This is their debut

Location:  Milan, Italy

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Album review: Exxasens – Satellites


Exxasens_cover_artGenre: Post rock.

Release date: October 29, 2013.

Label: Aloud Music.

Recommended to: Fans of ambient, atmospheric and progressive instrumental metal; psychedelic and space rock.

Space metal is comparatively rare. While a number of bands play metal with science fiction and space themes, few actually do what you’d call “space music”. As for good space metal, it’s like a chemical trace element – you may have to travel to the Asteroid Belt to find it in concentrated quantities. Exxasens obviously comes from one of the asteroids, although the man behind the band may tell you otherwise.

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Roundtable Reviews: S/T by Drawers


760137618423_TOX032_Drawers_Artwork_1400x1400Artist/Album: Drawers – Drawers

Label:  Koatoxin Records

Release Date:  11 Feb. 2014

Songs:   8

Length:  30:21 Min

Genre:  Stoner/Sludge

Studio Albums:   This is their fourth full-length album

Location:  France

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