Review: Luciferian Rites – When the Light Dies
Review: Van Canto – Dawn of the Brave

Review: Van Canto – Dawn of the Brave
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While Van Canto isn’t treading new territory with this album, their a capella take on power metal has only gotten more interesting and refined with time. … read more

Review: Age of Taurus – Desperate Souls of Tortured Times

Review: Age of Taurus – Desperate Souls of Tortured Times
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Three years after their promising debut, Age of Taurus return to bring down the heavy hammer of doom. Desperate Souls of Tortured Times might take some time to sink in, but once you give in to the unrelenting rhythm of its leaden dirge, there’s no going back. Very few modern metal bands are brave enough to draw comparisons to doom metal giants Candlemass, and fewer still do justice to the classic sound. Yet Age of Taurus seems to have hit on a unique sound, both heavily influenced by the golden age of doom metal and bravely departing from tradition. … read more

Review: Macabre Omen – Gods of War—At War
Review: Gladenfold – From Dusk To Eternity

Review: Gladenfold – From Dusk To Eternity
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Even though it sounds like a smooth blend of bands from Spinefarm’s early years, Gladenfold mixes just enough power metal into their synth-driven melodic death metal to breathe life into a genre I had given up on years ago.  … read more

Review: Lesbian – Forestelevision

Review: Lesbian – Forestelevision
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While it isn’t the worst album I’ve heard this year, Lesbian’s Forestelevision might be the laziest.  … read more

Review: Blood Ceremony – Let It Come Down / Loving You Single
Review: Moon Zero – Tombs / Loss

Review: Moon Zero – Tombs / Loss
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Like an unsettling dream, this pair of albums produces associations and feelings that displace and frighten the listener. Tim Garratt plays with the possibilities of maximalist ambience, pitting a full range of reverberating overtones against each other to create overpowering aural experiences. … read more

Review: Erik Enocksson – Apan (Reissue)
Local Review: Ben Q. Best – Apricot Exorcist

Local Review: Ben Q. Best – Apricot Exorcist
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Though his songs are tinged with a kind of delicate earnestness, Ben Q Best excels most in his ability to craft unique melodic passages that carry the darker themes of this album. His voice warbles and wanes through layers of shoegazey post-rock and quiet piano passages. … read more