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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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Roundtable Album Review: Enthroned – Sovereigns

Enthroned_CoverLabel: Agonia Records

Release Date: 15 April, 2014

Songs: 9

Length: 41 minutes

Genre: Symphonic black

Studio Albums: 9 previous full-length albums

Location: Belgium

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Roundtable Review: Heresiarch – Waelwulf (EP)

GD17V4.pdfLabel: Iron Bonehead

Release Date: 31 March 2014

Songs: 3

Length: 14 minutes

Genre: Black/Death Metal

Studio Albums: Hammer of Intransigence, 2011

Location: New Zealand


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Roundtable Review: Ceremonial – Ars Magicka (EP)

Ceremonial coverLabel: Blood Harvest

Release Date: 31 March 2014

Songs: 4

Length: 14 minutes

Genre: Black Metal

Studio Albums: This is their debut album

Location: Chile

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Roundtable Review: Behemoth – The Satanist

Behemoth-TheSatanistLabel:  Metal Blade

Release Date:  4 Feb 2014

Songs:   9

Length:  45 Minutes

Genre:  Extreme/Black/Death

Studio Albums:   9 others

Location:  Poland

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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 Album Review: Graveborne – Through The Window Of The Night

GraveborneLabel: Séance Records

Release Date: 20 January 2014

Songs: 9

Length: 36 minutes

Genre: Black metal

Studio Albums: One previous album

Location: Finland

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Album Review: Fluisteraars – Dromers

a1962966324_10Label: Eisenwald Tonschmeide

Release Date:  January 28th, 2014

Songs:  3

Length: 35 minutes

Genre:  Black Metal

Location:  Netherlands

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Album Review: Eternal Helcaraxe – Against All Odds

EternalHelcaraxeLabel: Abyss Records

Release Date:  April 27th, 2012

Songs:  8

Length: 50 minutes

Genre:  Black metal/folk

Studio Albums:  This is their debut full length

Location:  Cavan, Ireland


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Album Review: Cult Of Fire – मृत्यु_का_तापसी_अनुध्यान (Ascetic Meditation of Death)

a1998107562_10Label: Iron Bonehead Productions

Release Date:  November 5, 2013

Songs:  8

Length: 48 minutes

Genre:  Epic Black Metal

Studio Albums:  Triumvirát, 2012

Location:  Prague, Czech Republic

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