Cult Classics

Album Review: Therion – Secret of the Runes

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Album Review: Therion – Secret of the Runes

  I am Mecha Shiva. Give me your Metal! Therion, if you haven’t heard of them, are an interesting phenomenon in metal; they are a band with an extremely eclectic style of metal that still have found success in the mainstream. I call it eclectic not because no-one’s heard of putting operatic vocals against the backdrop of metal, but rather because Therion don’t use the music as a backdrop to their singers. Rather, the music, … read...

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Album Review: Urgehal -Ikonoklast

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Album Review: Urgehal -Ikonoklast

Although the 2009 release of Ikonoklast is relatively recent, this album exemplifies everything that I love about old-school Norwegian black metal. Urgehal utilizes atmospheric but brutal melodies, misanthropic lyrics that glorify destruction and death, and of course, the trademark screaming vocals that define the genre. The mantric repetition of the rhythm guitars and percussion are countered by dynamic solos. Each instrument gets its fair share of limelight, and the sound is very balanced. Not every … read...

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Album Review: Carnun Rising -Vercingetorix

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Album Review: Carnun Rising -Vercingetorix

Carnun Rising is a melodic death metal band hailing from Dublin, Ireland. Although they are a solid band as a whole, the guitar work outshines everything else. The vocals are decent but nothing original, just some generic gutterals. However, the vocals offer an interesting contrast when they syncopate with the guitar riffs, with the upbeat of one being the downbeat of the other.The drums get lost in the background, other than a few cool rolls … read...

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Album Review: Fallen Hope / Cassovita Split

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Album Review: Fallen Hope / Cassovita Split

Fallen Hope was the original incarnation of the band that is known today as Cassovita. For those who missed out on golden years of Santa Fe metal, imagine the technical, intricate instrumental compositions that characterize the modern Cassovita, overlapped with deep, guttural growls. I know, it’s just as delicious as I remember. This EP includes remastered classics as well as more contemporary material. As a whole, the music is deviant and unusual. You won’t hear … read...

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Album Review: Savage Wizdom – A New Beginning

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Album Review: Savage Wizdom – A New Beginning

Santa Fe based power-metal champions Savage Wizdom have finally released their highly anticapated album, A New Beginning. Before I even opened the CD case, the bitchin’ cover art already had me enraptured with this album. The striking image of a snake devouring its own tail is an ancient emblem with profound symbolism, a perfect image to embody the album,  exemplefying the triumph over adversity and the cyclic nature of good vs evil. The music opens … read...

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Album Review: Shade Empire – Omega Arcane

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Album Review: Shade Empire – Omega Arcane

Shade Empire, a symphonic black metal band from Finland,  are clearly influenced by  the likes of  Dimmu Borgir. However,  I believe Shade Empire surpasses their role models in technical prowess and emotional impact. Omega Arcane is a complicated yet cohesive album, the kind you can hear a hundred times and notice some new detail with each listen. Omega Arcane maintains a  precarious balance between melodic ambiance and raw heaviness. The album is simultaneously atmospheric and … read...

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Album Review: Mechina -Empyrean

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Album Review: Mechina -Empyrean

This album exemplifies the phrase “Iron Fist in a velvet glove.” The music is deceptively ambient, belying the innate heaviness and brutality. The result is an oppressively melancholy soundscape with understated blast beats and sorrowful melodies. The clean vocals are surreal and dreamlike, and some tracks even incorporate the female voice. This is no “Beauty and the beast” nonsense, however. The arrangements are tasteful and demure,  often interrupted by more intense gutteral vocals. The drastic … read...

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Album Review: Dark Angel -Darkness Descends

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Album Review: Dark Angel -Darkness Descends

This is the epitome of thrash. All the power and fury of death metal, plus the fast-paced aggression of punk rock, results in this phenomenal album. Much heavier and faster than their contemporaries, Dark Angel are masters of their craft, and Darkness Descends was a definitive album both for the band and the genre. The bass lines maintain a subtle but pervasive groove.  The drumming, although exemplary, is often overshadowed by furious guitar hooks and … read...

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Album Review: Inquisition -Ominous Doctrines Of The Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm

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Album Review: Inquisition -Ominous Doctrines Of The Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm

Ominous Doctrines Of The Perpetual Macrocosm, the 2010 release by atmospheric black metal titans Inquisition, is a transcendent yet subversive delve into the realms beyond human comprehension. Like Wolves In The Throne Room, their musical style overwhelms the listener with subtlety.  Eerie soundscapes of dissonant guitars and jarring vocals make a sensory experience as intimidating as space itself.  The ambient growls are more fitting for the lyrical content of infinite, eternal  vastness, whereas the leads … read...

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Album Review: Ulcerate – Everything Is Fire

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Album Review: Ulcerate – Everything Is Fire

Everything Is Fire is the  album dropped by Ulcerate in ’09, defined by mid-paced  droning and lethargic guitar work, accompanied by brooding, almost tribal drumming. At times, I am teased by subtle hints of twangy stoner metal riffs, but these moments are quickly overshadowed by the inherent intensity of the music.  Although they are self-proclaimed Death Metal, I am overwhelmed by the heavy influence of Extreme Metal. This is like Morbid Angel for a new … read...

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