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Roundtable Review: Sonus Mortis – Propaganda Dream Sequence

00_DigipakPhotosLabel:  Unsigned

Release Date:  1 Mar 2014

Songs:   11

Length:  63 Minutes

Genre:  Doom/Symphonic/Atmospheric

Studio Albums:   This is their Debut

Location:  Dublin, Ireland

WarpRider – Unsigned?  What shame!  I like the more melodic approach to this death/doom/atmospheric metal 1-piece act.  Often, these individual subgenres can be extreme, but under the right circumstances, together can be beautiful deathly hallowed music.  Sonus Mortis (the one guy); hit the nail with the hammer.  3.8 

Atleastimhousebroken – Neat-O album (horrible album art though.  Drop me a line, I’ll MS Paint you a masterpiece next time ;) ).  Went in expecting a Fleshgod Apocolypse/Septic Flesh rip off, left thinking that this album is near equal both those bands best albums.  While songs can meander here and there, the songwriting and performance is superb and packs a heavy punch when called for.  The vocals deserve special mention as they have that gut-rumbling quality I look for in my growly guy vocals. 4.0

Irmelinis – It was surprising to find out that this is a one-person-project. It’s pretty impressive considering this is an album packed with high quality songs and superb songwriting, in the same vein as Therion, Septic Flesh and at times even reminiscent of Devin Townsend. Recommended! 3.5

ChristopherMammal – This solo project by Kevin Byrne delivers the best blackened death-type music I’ve heard in a while. I’m sure my endorphin count went up to “Level: Bliss” while this album was playing. The overall impact is a smooth deluge of sound. But listen to the individual instrumental components – there’s an ocean of frigging good variation and skill, washing over you in swirls and drawing you in like a maelstrom. The same goes for the vocals, which span deep gutturals, higher-pitched growling, clean singing and gruff narration in an Irish accent. And all that from just one guy… fantastic job, Mister Byrne. 4.5

A Metal State of Mind Score – 4 out of 5 

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 Review: Reflections by Ferium

Reflections CoverLabel: Transcend

Release Date:  Apr. 7th, 2014

Genre:  Groove/Death Metal

Studio Albums: This is their debut

Location:  Haifa, Israel

Recommended for fans of: Lamb of God, Pantera, Black Dahlia Murder



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Video of the Week: Exmortus – Foe Hammer

My favourite music videos are the ones that show the band in action. Studio videos like this one fit the bill very well, showing close-ups of the band making magic on their instruments. This track is from Slave to the Sword, the new album by these highly accomplished American death thrashers. I know one reviewer who’s going to ask why Exmortus insists on including stereotypical lyrics like “heavy metal forge of steel,” but I’ll just sit back and soak up the music. *Inserts smiley, then sits back and soaks….*


Roundtable Review: Mass Infection – For I Am Genocide

Mass Infection coverLabel: Comatose Music

Release Date: 1 April, 2014

Songs: 9

Length: 36 minutes

Genre: Brutal Death Metal

Studio Albums: The Age of Recreation, 2009

Location: Greece

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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: 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: Cancerous Womb – Born of a Cancerous Womb

Cancerous Womb CoverLabel: Grindscene Records

Release Date: 24 February 2014

Songs: 11

Length: 44 minutes

Genre: Death/grind

Studio Albums: 1 EP, 1 five-way split album

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland 

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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: Acheron – Kult des Hasses

ACHERON-COVER-hiresLabel:  Listenable Records

Release Date: N/A

Songs:   10

Length:  57 Min

Genre:  Death Metal

Studio Albums:   First album with this new label.

Location:  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania U.S.

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