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Decapitated Faces
Decapitated Faces
Price: 12.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Best horrorcore/slaughtercore I've heard!, 21 July 2014
This review is from: Decapitated Faces (Audio CD)
Absolutely love this record. The lyrical content is brutal and the flow and aggression in their delivery is incredible. For a rap record, it is well orchestrated with strong bass, and eerie strings and synths, giving it a real atmosphere. The beats are solid, with nice hi hat work and the songs have well constructed bridges and choruses, which are very catchy.

Overall, great hardcore rap/horrorcore CD, if you're a fan of Loc2dabrain, Lynch brotha hung, Smallz one etc... this is a MUST!


Eidolon
Eidolon
Price: 12.64

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Melodic Black Metal, 11 July 2014
This review is from: Eidolon (Audio CD)
Everything Black Metal requires:
Unrelenting, wrist cramp-inducing tremelo riffage; gargly vocals with plenty of echo; and to be recorded in a forest somewhere.

Added bonuses:
Eerie atmospheric keyboard lines; gratuitous blasting; skilled songwriting and a good attempt at mastering.

This album encompasses both of these groups. A brilliant black metal album.


Erdentempel
Erdentempel
Price: 10.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly astonishing, 6 July 2014
This review is from: Erdentempel (Audio CD)
Grab a beer and be taken on an epic folk metal journey. The choirs are atmospheric, the brass powerful. The wind leads are super sweet happy. This is music that lifts the soul. With all its majesty, it is still heavy and unrelenting and contains vast energy. There are some clean (though nonetheless throaty) vocals to vary things up a little, which has not appeared on previous works, but their own formula is undeniably present and as potent as ever.

Undoubtedly a return to form after a slight (slight I emphasize!) drop with Rekreatur. After all, Sagas is a hard act to follow. This was worth the wait, and is exactly what I had been hoping for. 5*!


A New Shape of Desperation
A New Shape of Desperation
Price: 13.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Unremarkable metalcore, 26 Jun 2014
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Post the 2000s metalcore explosion, it's hard to stand out. The album chugs for roughly half an hour, and builds up some ok rhythms and has plentiful breakdowns. Fuzzy guitar tone? Dissonant chords? Some energetic punk-influenced sections? Yes to the above. This has everything a metalcore album needs, but not everything you want.

The uplifting, clean-sung choruses of All That Remains, Still Remains, KSE and AILD? Nope. The agressive melodic guitar riffs of Heaven Shall Burn, IKTPQ, Maroon, Maintain, Caliban and a thousand other bands? Not to be seen here. As groovy as Lamb of God? Certainly not.

This is pretty formulaic, but it does have good points: solid screams, good production and it does have momentum at times. Overall half marks.


Nemesis Within
Nemesis Within
Price: 12.46

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice progressive metal, 26 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Nemesis Within (Audio CD)
I'm rather new to the Prog metal scene, so I can't draw many comparisons. I've only really listened to Dream Theater, Persefone, Mantric and Age of Silence, so forgive me if my analysis is flawed.

Most of the songs are mid tempo, compared to many of the bands I listen to, though some tunes are faster than others. Keyboard synths and light orchestrations feature, but do not dominate. The lead guitar is what stands out for me - lots of sweeps and solos, which for me make the album. The drumming is tight and suits well and I can sense from proggy time signatures in most of the songs. The vocals vary between a strong, throaty singing voice and and thrashy shouting, with occasional harsh screaming. This might put off some listeners looking for a more polished and clean sound.

Overall, the songs are well-structured, sometimes a bit samey, as most are between 4-5 minutes. However, the quality is high on each of them nevertheless with nicely counterpointed melodies between the synths and guitars. So... 4 stars from me :)


We Are The Void
We Are The Void
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Price: 8.25

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album - can't understand the haters, 11 Jun 2014
This review is from: We Are The Void (Audio CD)
Evolution...

Dark Tranquillity have changed their sound, from the quasi-blackened sound of their first EPs to the neoclassical guitar shred of The Gallery, then adding keyboards and electronic elements and blossoming into the piano/choir symphonic-tinged sounds of their newer albums. Out of all the original bands of the Swedish Gothenburg Melodeath scene, DT have consistently balanced change with tradition, without compromising on sheer quality, style and musical flair. (Eck-hem! In Flames)

When I first heard the single from this cd, I was skeptical and thought that this was going to be a boring follow-up, riding on the success of Fiction, which I enjoyed greatly. However, on full listening I discovered that it is a consistent, at-times beautiful, at-times energetic and aggressive record: in short, DT put out another good record.

It has all the necessary elements for a solid melodeath release - the only reason it doesn't have 5 stars is that it doesn't quite explode like some other bands or some other DT records have. Nonetheless, niiiice.


Restless In the Tides
Restless In the Tides
Price: 6.02

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good metalcore, 11 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Restless In the Tides (Audio CD)
Great melodic riffs, heavy guitar tones and strong vocals that can keep up with the pace and energy of the record. The leads are spectacular - there's more shred than a food processor! The only thing that lets it down a little is the mastering - the mix is too dry for my liking, so there's some punch missing at times. Other than that, a superb melodic death/metalcore album


Coordinate: D1sa5t3r
Coordinate: D1sa5t3r
Price: 12.49

3.0 out of 5 stars In Flames worship, but still listenable, 29 May 2014
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This review is from: Coordinate: D1sa5t3r (Audio CD)
This is very much like Sountrack to your Escape-era In Flames, but 2 years afterwards. It's good to listen to, but it doesn't excite me as much as what the pioneers were able to create. If you absolutely love Gothenburg style melodeath, and can't get enough, then this is a cool addition to a collection, but other than that, it doesn't stand out at all for me above the rest of the crowd.


Messiah
Messiah
Price: 13.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Another great German metalcore band? Awwwww Yehhhh!, 29 May 2014
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This review is from: Messiah (Audio CD)
In the same vein as Heaven Shall Burn, Maroon, Caliban, Maintain, The Sorrow... (wow, Germany you're good!) this band delivers exactly what you expect: Melodic riffs, heavy breakdowns and there are even a few acoustic touches and a solo or two to offer some variety. To my recollection, there aren't any clean vocals, but the growls/screams are powerful and compliment the music. The production is professional and everything is crisp. This is truly a hidden gem and the only reason there isn't a fifth star is for a slight lack of originality - don't get me wrong, it's a great album on its own merits, but this is like listening to a HSB album. However, if like me you can't get enough melodic death/ metalcore music in your life, then this is for YOU!


Nevaeh
Nevaeh
Price: 11.23

3.0 out of 5 stars A vast improvement... to mediocrity, 6 April 2014
This review is from: Nevaeh (Audio CD)
Compared to the early 'Surrounded by Silence' demo-era sound of the band, this is a huge step up. In terms of song structure, each of the songs flows far better and are no longer incoherent stop-start mishmashes of misplaced breakdowns and dull, unintelligent 'br00tal' chugging. This is a more refined effort. (OK, there is still some of that stuff...)

On the plus side, the disk has more melody overall and sweeps are less mathcore-influenced (for me, a very good thing). A lot of the album is harmonised with choral-like synths in the background, which are soothing and atmospheric, as opposed to the make-your-ears-bleed, why-the-heck-are-these-here? laser sounds from the demos. The drumming is very tight and what you would expect from any core outfit. Lots of fast fills with toms and imaginative cymbal work. There are even a few nice solos throughout the album and some memorable tremolo riffs.

Negatives are that several tracks are very deathcore-ish and unimaginative. There is overuse of dissonant chords. A few in a song is fine, if used for effect, but if your entire riff is just screech after screech, then you're over-reliant on them. At barely over half an hour, the length is one issue. There's not a whole lot of content (If you hate the band, I suppose it puts you out of your misery sooner, lol!). Considering that 'Free for Infinity' is just 2 minutes of random electronic noises and 2 of the tracks are instrumentals, you're not getting a whole lots of ... metal ... for your buck. About 23 minutes, which is a good-sized metal EP in my book.

Conclusion: Tracks 1-3, 5-6 are quite reasonable. Favourite track: Reverie, which is an instrumental track (maybe that says something). Avoid tracks 4,7,9. These are chuggy and nasty or have bad electronica sounds. There are times when this band sounded convincing, but then they mess it up when you listen to the next song and it sucks. They are NOWHERE near in the same league as bands such as Still Remains, BTBAM, Asking Alexandria, Born of Osiris, Abandon All Ships... should I continue? Attack Attack, Iwrestledabearonce even? So I reckon it's 'ok'/'just about listenable' - 2.5 stars, which considering how I came here wanting to give it 1 star, there must be a little something to it.


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