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Album Review: Black Crown Initiate – The Wreckage of Stars


Release Date: September 30th, 2014 on eOne Entertainment

Tracks: 10

Length: 53 minutes

Genre: Pushing limits in Progressive death metal

Location: Pennsylvania, US

Previous releases: Song of The Crippled Bull EP 2013

Recommended for fans of: Early Opeth, The Contortionist, Fallujah, Fleshgod Apocalypse


“…And we stand still, nothing worth changing, no cause to seek within our minds. There will never be another dawn here, a time where I’d feel, a time for taking and the path to freedom passed us by. Watch the waves and wither away here.”

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Album Review: S/T by Goatess

Goatess album coverDoom metal is a genre I find I tremendously enjoyable, yet am extremely picky with.  I love the big thick riffs and sludgy grooves yet often times many bands just bore me to tears with meanderings into drab riffs with each note sustained for what seems like a millennium or cliché and boring lyrics about death, dying, funerals, etc.  Unfortunately as much as I dig the genre, there are many more bands that just don’t do it for me than those that do.  Same with dooms very close relative Stoner metal, which I am also pretty picky with, just a little bit less.  On the plus side, when I do stumble across a doom metal band that does catch my ear, they more often than not really grab me and engage me like no other.  When a band called Goatess landed in the Metal State inbox and mentioned it featured ex-St. Vitus, a band I really don’t care much for at all, vocalist Chritus Linderson I was rather wary and was just hitting play mainly because the band had a neat looking logo and I always give everything a shot, if only for a minute or two.  What ended up happening was that within mere minutes I was completely in love with the record.

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