Category: May 22, 2020

Temnein – Tales: Of Humanity And Greed

Third album of French Melodic Death Metal band Temnein. The main lyrical concept is about various tales, myths and legends. Different universes and folklores are mentioned: classic childhood occidental fairy-tales, unsung tales from Asia and Inuit lands, Pop culture universes (Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask, Doctor Who…). Each story has a common moral: the repetition of human errors and avidity across time. Musically, the band has wrote shorter songs to add more dynamics to their Melodeath roots. More Doom/Death and Post-Metal influences have been incorporated to increase the atmospheric side of the previous album. A 10-minute song with Progressive elements is closing the album.

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Unreqvited – Empathica

As every other chapter before it, Empathica transports listeners to an immersive setting drenched with lush guitars and ethereal melodies, contrasted by signature black metal howls to create a seamless blend of serene aggression. It’s a towering composition that instills glory with each vibrating string, uplifting and unfolding with each consecutive listen. You could categorize Empathica in various different ways, including atmospheric black metal and symphonic blackgaze, but each fails to capture the emotion that transpires with every passing minute. – www.heaviestofart.com

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Wolftooth – Valhalla

Wolftooth is a pack of seasoned metal veterans determined to raise the bar of the almighty riff, combining elements of 70s and early 80s NWOBHM with Bay Area Thrash, doom-laden riffery and a stoner sensibility, and were called “the best pure-blooded heavy metal band in the world right now” by Metal Hammer not long back. On sophomore album Valhalla, the Indiana outfit has upped the ante, expanding on their formula with added sonic layers and greater variation in songwriting and musical execution. Valhalla is a triumphant return for Wolftooth, a diverse record with heavy rockers, straight-up metal bangers, and expanded production. This band is ready to howl!

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Zatyr – Ornament Of Proposition

Zatyr. The best new band out of Sweden? Possibly. No, the Gothenburg-quartet aren’t a throwback to Nihilist (or Carnage). They aren’t trying to re-do Septic Broiler’s demo days. And they aren’t a Bathory (pre-Viking) clone. No, fellow fiends and maligned metalheads, Zatyr are visiting the super-early ’80s, when the spark of heavy metal was bright (and dangerous). When bands played their music, and didn’t rely on hamonizers or tone auto-corrects. This is the real deal forged out of denim, leather, and polished chrome. I mean, if you don’t like Running Wild, Silver Mountain, Omen, or Death SS, then you’re probably going to stick your Tampa- or Stockholm- death metal nose up at the newly-born Swedes, but what if I “Sweden” the sonic deal by including In Solitude, RAM, or Portrait? Now, do I heave your attention? Hope so. – Decibel

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