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Roundtable Review: Lucifer’s Hammer – Night Sacrifice


Lucifer's Hammer coverLabel: Shadow Kingdom Records

Release Date: 12 February, 2014

Songs: 3

Length: 15 minutes

Genre: Heavy Metal

Studio Albums: This is their debut release

Location: Chile

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Roundtable Review: Kill Ritual – The Eyes of Medusa


Kill Ritual coverLabel: GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music

Release Date: 4 April 2014

Songs: 10

Length: 52 minutes

Genre: Thrash ’N’ Roll

Studio Albums: Two previous albums

Location: USA/Italy

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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: Arcanum Gloriae by Astral Domine


BT 034 CoverArtist/Album: Astral Domine – Arcanum Gloriae

Label:  Bakerteam Records

Release Date:  21 Jan 2014

Songs:   10

Length:  58 minutes

Genre:  Cheese Metal

Studio Albums:   This is their debut

Location:  Italy

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Roundtable Album Review: Nigromante – Black Magic Night


NigromanteLabel: Shadow Kingdom Records

Release Date: 7 January 2014

Songs: 9

Length: 33 minutes

Genre: Heavy metal

Studio Albums: None

Location: Spain

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Roundtable 7” Single Review: Midnite Hellion – Hour Of The Wolf


Midnite HellionLabel: Witches Brew

Release Date: 29 November 2013

Songs: 2

Length: 11 minutes

Genre: Thrash/heavy metal

Studio Albums: None

Location: USA

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Songs That Define My Taste In Music #2 & #1 (Mik)


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#2 Repetitive, industrial element

I have a weak spot for extremely bass-heavy, repetitive music and bands with a dark, industrial and dissonant atmosphere. The music is very hypnotic and easy to get lost in; it can be quite demanding and disturbing to listen to, but in the end it’s a very rewarding experience. My favourite bands for a disturbing and dark experience are Author & Punisher, The Amenta, Altar of Plagues, Wormed.

Author & Punisher – Fearce

#1 Contrast or balance

Ever since I discovered and started to love Opeth many years ago, I’ve always liked music with contrasts. Many opposing moods in one song , it creates a kind of balance that I find very satisfying. An “all in one” kind of feeling. It can be the contrast between clean and harsh vocals or cleans and heavy music, metal mixed with other music styles, slow/fast pace or heavy/ambient sound. This element is present in most of my favourite bands like Textures, Skyharbor, Borknagar, In Mourning, Twelve Foot Ninja and Benea Reach.

Uneven Structure – Frost

Mik’s Best Albums of 2013, part 1


 download20. Wormed – Exodromos

“It’s like the sound of a caveman running around a spaceship”. Fun, fun, fun. Listen here.

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a0475207647_1019. Moth – Endlessly In Motion   Review 

An early release of proggy death with some of the best lyrics I’ve seen this year. It hasn’t left my playlist since it came out in January. Listen here.

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download (1)18. Dark Tranquillity – Construct 

It might make hardcore DT-fans go “You don’t know what you’re talking about!”, but I think this is the band’s best effort since.. since ever. These songs make me melt like butter in sunshine. Listen here.

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index_0817. Hacride – Back To Where You’ve Never Been

Intense, emotional, technical, groovy. With great lyrics and huge riffs, Hacride was one of the best new discoveries this year. Listen here.

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Mechina-Empyrean16. Mechina – Empyrean 

This album provides a very special, epic journey through distant industrial constellations and symphonic galaxies. The Fear Factory-like singing is amazing and the female vocals are a wonderful addition to the symphonic orchestration and the relentless double bass drums.  This could be a soundtrack to an epic movie. Listen here.

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a3971053867_1015. David Maxim Micic – Bilo 3.0

This is a late release, that made it on my list at the very last minute. It would most likely been placed higher if I could have given it the time it deserves. Just like the fantastic album cover, the album is filled with uplifting, unexpected twists and turns that will make you go “ah!” and “oh!”. No other music this year has cheered me up like ‘Bilo 3.0‘; impressive performances by very talented young musicians. Listen here.

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Amenta_cover.jpg.scaled.100014. The Amenta – Flesh Is Heir

‘Flesh Is Heir’ is as grim, cold and evil as it can be, but at the same time it’s melodic and relaxing. Dense atmosphere, disgusting and ugly…and so, so lovely. Listen here.

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a3412057688_1013. The Sun Explodes – We Build Mountains 

Although painfully short, it’s impossible to not like this album. Honest, fun and at times weird, but always passionate and absolutely captivating! Listen here.

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a0565097344_1012. Crimson Dawn – In Strange Aeons…     Review

Crimson Dawn is a band that has managed to create a refreshing, modern epic doom sound in both their songwriting and the production. There is clearly lots of soul and thought put into every detail on the album and I hope more people will discover this über-tasty Italian delicacy. Listen here.

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VattnetViskar_SkySwallower-RGB__33203_zoom-604x60411. Vattnet Viskar – Sky Swallower

A very impressive debut album filled with bleak, beautiful, explosive music. It’s gigantic and earthy. They balance the extreme feelings perfectly and gracefully. Goosebumps! Listen here.

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Mik’s Favourite Music Videos 2013


Some of the funniest, most beautiful, weirdest and best metal videos this year. These are a must-watch!

Protest The Hero – Underbite 

 

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Mik’s Musical Highlights of 2013


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Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

I have barely read any books or played any games and I have watched maybe one full movie this year, due to spending almost all my time on starting up my own business, so I couldn’t create a top-entertainment list like my colleagues. However, I have spent pretty much all my free time listening to, experiencing and gathering knowledge about music in different ways. So here are my musical highlights of 2013, in no particular order:

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