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  • Title: Imhotep - ...the devil speaks... - Martyr Lucifer - "Farewell To Graveland"
    Descriptive info: the devil speaks.. Buil2kill Records (2011).. “Farewell To Graveland” is a solo project from Martyr Lucifer, most well-known for his work in Hortus Animae and Space Mirrors.. Gaining the services of Adrian Erlandsson of Paradise Lost on 5 of the 10 main tracks for drums, ex-Nocturnal Mortum bassist Vrolok, as well as two Hortus Animae bandmates with Bless on keyboards and Grom handling the other 5 drum tracks, the material is more of a dark rock/gothic metal fusion, bringing to mind Nightingale meets Fields of the Nephilim along with left field Tiamat strains.. The contrasts between the gothic clean strains for the verses against the noisier, aggressive chorus work for “Noctua Munda” resemble the ups and down that occur in a mountain climb- Martyr’s voice  ...   sound system on “Anironauta(the Demon of the Earth)” as well as the magical 10:10 “The Horseride” where some of the strumming shifts between alternative/gothic lines and occasional black metal inspiration.. Martyr Lucifer can gain fringe appeal inside and outside the metal borders.. People looking for a mental release could enjoy “Farewell To Graveland”.. I’ll state for my tastes it’s not something that would maintain daily exposure, but that doesn’t mean this has no merit.. Stretch your imagination- this album tests you in ways you haven’t been tested before, which all good dark, left of center works should.. www.. martyrlucifer.. net.. buil2kill.. com.. Rating: 4 / 6.. Composed by Matt Coe.. Roy Kristensen 23.. 06.. 2012 09:33.. Login or create account to blog.. Name.. Email.. Password..

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  • Title: Imhotep - ...the devil speaks... - Lord Shades - "The Rise Of Meldral-Nok"
    Descriptive info: self-released (2011).. Ah, the underground.. It never seems to fail on a listener hungry for the latest news.. Though, an album released a year ago is not exactly news.. Then again, when did quality have any deadline, except for those big bands that need to sell at lot the first week only to wither when the next big release is online? Not that big bands don't release quality releases, but more often than not I feel that bigger bands release products while smaller bands that are lurking in the underground release whole-heartedly albums where they put their soul, they skills and probably the little money they have into it.. Lord Shades seems to be such an underground band.. "The Rise Of Meldral-Nok" is a concept album, being a second chapter in a story..  ...   places.. The first minutes of "Ancient Fears" are awesome, and could easily have been minutes of highlight on the latest Septicflesh masterpiece.. Majestic and supreme.. There are some other highlights as well during "The Rise Of Meldral-Nok", even though none reaches the first minutes of "Ancient Fears".. The album's sound is heavy, but here and there I feel that the drum sound is too sterile.. I even thought that they were made by a drum computer, but there are no information of that so I stick to the sterile sound.. Great vocals, variation and an album that stands through several listenings.. If they only slowed down on the fast death metal, because Lord Shades is definitely best when the music is slower.. lordshades.. Rating: 4.. 5 / 6.. Composed by Roy Kristensen.. 2012 09:13..

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  • Title: Imhotep - ...the devil speaks... - Neosis - "Neosis"
    Descriptive info: SAOL/ H’Art (2012).. A Swiss quartet who play a unique brand of polyrhythmic metal with electronic fusion and melodic death vocals (aka bad cop on the verses, good cop on the choruses)- welcome to the world of Neosis.. Imagine the craziness of Strapping Young Lad against the mathematical rhythmic chaos of Meshuggah, then float in Soilwork and Fear Factory and you’ll have an idea of what to expect through songs such as “Unwilling Fate”, “The Deconstruction Of Reality”, and “The New Paradigm”.. Bassist Did Bender evokes  ...   boy band sugar sweet.. I’m on the fence about these 10 songs.. When the reference points are obvious, the band really has to hone in on some special aspect of performance or songwriting to become unique- and I don’t feel Neosis at this point in time can display this.. North Americans may go ballistic over these tracks, but I doubt mainland Europe will know what to make of the marriage of metal and technology.. neosis.. ch.. saol-music.. Rating: 3 / 6.. Roy Kristensen 21.. 2012 14:18..

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  • Title: Imhotep - ...the devil speaks... - Burning Point - "The Ignitor"
    Descriptive info: Scarlet Records (2012).. Here we have a power metal band where the songs are not actually each other's twins separated by number.. The cover is great and musicianship outstanding.. Although the guitars sound like Trivium, it's probably Trivium influenced by power metal not vice versa so the same goes for songs until the title track.. The title track is exactly what I usually don't like about power metal: unhooky chorus, mediocre riffs, assinine lyrics.. While this is easily the worst track on the album, it marks perfectly  ...   These guys have been around for a while and this is their fifth album so there's no excuse for mediocre songwriting, even if production and musicianship are great.. Power metal, or really, just heavy metal (I can't tell a difference between one genre or the other) may be about the last two but the first one is the most important.. So, 5 for musicianship, 5 for production, 2 for songwriting.. Do the math and compare with the score below.. burningpointmetal.. scarletrecords.. it.. Composed by Dethster4life.. 2012 08:42..

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  • Title: Imhotep - ...the devil speaks... - StoneLake - "Marching On Timeless Tales"
    Descriptive info: Massacre Records (2011).. Impressive if not a little outdated hard/hair/heavy metal with a generous helping and attitude of "Cowboys from Hell" Pantera.. Very good musicianship, execution, mighty catchy songwriting that works for the most part.. Perhaps a little early Ozzy thrown in to the mix as well.. I cannot say anything is particularly bad or a filler, and, surprisingly, despite operating with 160 Kbps mp3, the sound still comes in clear, crisp and powerful.. It has that 80s/early 90s, "all-hits-arena-rock-star approach" but somehow also that Megadeth "Addicted to Chaos" ("Youthanasia") vibe to it.. You want to say it's "commercial" but how can you deny the charm of " Snakechild" or "Walk in the Temple" or the simple but wrecking ball heavy "Liar", when that shit takes you back to the times when you didn't have to worry about your job, changing reeking diapers, politics, religion or relationships and were getting "pocket money" to buy the new Scorpions or Europe along "Rust in Peace" record?.. Although, I do remember how I heard "Countdown to Extinction" (Megadeth) for the first time thinking it actually better than the black Metallica album every other Polak worshipped? How I took  ...   and she went and actually BOUGHT me that motherfucker for my birthday? Oh, those were the days of my European upbringing!.. Speaking of Megadeth, I get this "my Megadeth" feeling I have not felt since "Countdown.. " (17 years!) with the new, "Th1rt3en" album, an album I constantly rotate in my car or listen to on my iPod along with this here Stone Lake CD.. I know the new 'deth disappointed many and garnered mostly bad or average reviews but I am actually very pleasantly surprised by the quality of this offering.. I also find it strange that no one bothered to review it here nor on Eternal Terror website, especially since it was done for "Endgame".. It has been generally ignored more than Ron Paul by his own party.. Anyway, back to the matter at hand.. Voodoo Highway made me question Massacre's judgment, Love Might Kill made me reconsider but Stone Lake got me thinking if they're this good, keep them coming! There is a magic to this album that, despite some flaws, will not let me rate it below 5 / 6, so be it.. stonelake.. se.. massacre-records.. Rating: 5 / 6.. 2012 09:20..

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  • Title: Imhotep - ...the devil speaks... - Trillion Red - "Two Tongues" EP
    Descriptive info: badGod Music (2011).. 4 songs and 24 minutes of dark melancholic metal from a duo of musicians called Trillion Red.. Patrick Brown handles guitars, bass, keyboards, and vocals while Max Woodside is the drummer.. Songs like “Forging Two Tongues/A Reckoning” and “Right Over To The Helm” have much in common with Isis and Jesu- and I have to be  ...   occasionally left field, noisy, and as alternative as it is heavy.. Probably fits right in with the San Francisco musical climate- “Two Tongues” should resonate with the twenty-somethings who wonder where they fit in the current economic model.. As for myself, Trillion Red merely registers in the ‘okay’ feeling barometer.. trillionred.. badgodmusic.. Rating: 3.. Roy Kristensen 20.. 2012 09:15..

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  • Title: Imhotep - ...the devil speaks... - Never to Arise - "Hacked to Perfection"
    Descriptive info: Bad God Music (2011).. "Hacked to Perfection" is the debut from Florida two-piece Never to Arise, and it is quite an opening statement.. This is Floridian DM in the classic mould, offering up an excellent balance between tech/brutal/groove elements.. The songs are impressive; generally hard hitting with strong choruses and accomplished riffing.. Good vocals too.. Unfortunately, not all is as rosy with this release as we might hope.. I’m not normally bothered by covers, but this one is very amateurish.. Secondly, the drums are programmed.. I don’t have a problem with this per se and the guys have done an excellent job, but the overall effect is that the album sounds a  ...   the next level.. All of which is a pity, since the songs on "Hacked to Perfection" actually deserve more of a chance than some people might give them.. Definitely a band to watch out for in the future, and here’s to hoping they manage to recruit a couple of new members to help them fill out that sound!.. myspace.. com/nevertoarise.. http://badgodmusic.. com/.. Rating: 4 / 6.. Composed by Peter Loftus.. 2012 08:59.. RE:Never to Arise -.. Oh, c'mon, man, MOST gore death covers look like shit.. It's like a standard.. Your expectations may be too high in that department.. Btw.. have you heard Bodyfarm? Those guys rock!.. Dethster4life 07.. 07.. 2012 13:41..

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  • Title: Imhotep - ...the devil speaks... - Dawnbringer - "Into The Lair Of The Sun God"
    Descriptive info: Profound Lore (2012).. Bassist, drummer, singer, and songwriter – these are only a few hats Chris Black wears within Dawnbringer.. “Into The Lair Of The Sun God” is a concept album broken up into nine chapters, with each song only receiving a Roman Numeral title.. Joining Chris on this musical journey for guitar parts and soloing duties are fellow High Spirits live guitarist Scott Hoffman (who handles rhythm and melody guitars) while the solo parts are taken on by Pharaoh guitarist Matt Johnsen and Bill Palko.. The follow up to 2010’s critical acclaimed “Nucleus”, Chris’ confidence in his skill set and knowledge of hard rock/metal in general gives the listener a variety of moods and dynamics to take in with this 43 minute album.. “V” for instance contains some thick guitar harmonies and emotive soloing that seems to bridge the gap between classic Pink Floyd of the late 70’s with Boston during their “Third Stage” years- all the while with Chris using subtle progressive bass notions at doom crawl pacing.. Only to be followed up by the epic guitar/organ interplay on “VI” that siphons out the best in Rainbow, Blue  ...   be classified in the upper Halford, Dio, or Dickinson ranks- he knows his lower range is much more expressive and as a result injects more of a forceful personal touch that keeps the listener satisfied.. And his intuitive sense to know the right pacing on drums and bass keeps your ears pinned for the next riff change- a rarity in the traditional metal field.. Take the time to seek out and read through the lyrics- it is well worth the investment as the epic journey of a man’s struggle between triumph and tragedy unfolds through these 9 songs.. Those who believe everything has been done in the guitar harmony or metal riff world need to take in some of the spellbinding leads from Matt and Bill on “IV” and the emotive, doom-laden “IX” closer.. I really didn’t think “Nucleus” could be topped- but Dawnbringer prove that creatively they are just reaching the tip of the metal iceberg.. This one has been hard to remove from incessant airplay- “Into The Lair Of The Sun God” will hit many a top year end critical list, including mine.. facebook.. com/deathofhunger.. profoundlorerecords.. 2012 09:02..

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  • Title: Imhotep - ...the devil speaks... - Tracedawn - "Lizard Dusk"
    Descriptive info: Drakkar Entertainment (2012).. ".. "Lizard Dusk" is a catchy, ass-kicking motherfucker of an album featuring a mix of huge.. choruses, aggressive riffs and all kinds of groovy and freaky stuff you wouldn't except.. Those were guitarist Roni's own words describing this album when I interviewed him.. back in April this year, and I couldn't have said it any better if I tried.. Melodic metal in..  ...   way, which is.. quite unusual in this sometimes worn-out and outdated style of death-metal.. If you can.. call it death metal that is.. Lets call it catchy metal… Anyway, I liked it back in April, I still.. like it today, so if catchy (again.. ) and melodic ass-kicking metal is your thing, check it out.. tracedawn.. Composed by Leif Neverdahl.. Roy Kristensen 18.. 2012 13:44..

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  • Title: Imhotep - ...the devil speaks... - Antropofagus - "Architecture of Lust"
    Descriptive info: Comatose Music (2012).. Seven words: Nile "Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka" could splendidly sum up this review in one sentence.. Antropofagus does try to make things varied by alternating between slow and heavy and fast and technical death, but slow stuff is incredibly simple - exactly as on Nile's debut, and even vomiting vocals are similar.. With the exception of the first song which is fairly original, Antropofagus borrows licks and riffs from Nile in great measure, but occasionally Suffocation and All Shall Perish (crazy fills between riffs) also appear..  ...   skilled but why write the same album twice? Okay, not the same, as this album is very uneven and even simply boring toward the end.. I am quoting Tom Araya speaking of Sepultura's "Chaos A.. D.. ": "Their latest production is quite not bad but I think they should stay away from what we're doing and write their own stuff".. I don't think Karl Sanders will issue a similar statement on Antropofagus, but if he chose to make one, I would not blame him one bit.. antropofagus.. comatosemusic.. 2012 08:51..

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  • Title: Imhotep - ...the devil speaks... - Nile - "At The Gate of Sethu"
    Descriptive info: Nuclear Blast (2012).. Nile has always been a so-called one trick pony.. They appeal to specific audience: either you get them or you don't.. Next to Immolation, Nile is also my favorite death metal band and one of my favorite bands overall, so for better or for worse, this is a fanboy review.. I own all of their CDs and I love them all.. To me, they always maintained a consistent quality and I could not pick my favorite until 2009 "Those Whom The Gods Detest".. I gave it 6/6 but it was a 10/6 and I still think so today.. It was and is a death/thrash metal masterpiece.. Since Nile always delivered I never thought they were even capable of making a less than stellar album.. As of now, I'm not feeling so sure, as Bruce Dickinson would say.. In many ways, "At The Gates Of Sethu", titled in a similar manner as their first and third album (the latter, "In Their Darkened Shrines", by many considered their finest), feels like some of the best material of Nile career, such as the excellent "Inevitable Degradation of the Flesh", "The Gods Who Light Up the Sky" or "Supreme Humanism of Megalomania" - melodic, catchy compositions with great riffs.. But, great songs nothwithstanding, the rest of it sounds a little samey, like death metal for the sake of death metal, never a good sign or thing in this particular genre.. "At The Gates Of Sethu" is nowhere as ambitious as its brilliant predecessor.. Perhaps this is because, despite traditionally fantastic musicianship, the production is deeply flawed.. Guitars remind me of Nevermore's "Dreaming Neon Black" which has a rather inferior, overbassed production.. The sound is similar on Nile's record, especially on the 1st track and no wonder for both had the same  ...   the winged asshole who imprisoned little Annakin with his mother in "Phantom Manace".. Consequently, this album repeats some of the successful moves of the debut, but also the flaws are just as apparent in comparison.. Technically, all is well, Nile is still Nile, complete with rich instrumentation and the excellent ideas along with the balanced use of insane speed v.. slow burners, but something's amiss here.. For sure, some moments do feel derivative, as was the case with "Ithyphallic".. The closing track, for example, could be the not so distant cousin of both "Eaters of the Dead" ("Ithyphallic") and "Stones of Sorrow" ("Amongst the Catacombs.. ", et al.. ).. As this is not the first time, it seems as though, as is the case with many metal acts these days, the mighty powerhouse may be running out of ideas.. I think "At The Gates Of Sethu" is a good not great album that feels a little undeveloped.. Perhaps, indeed, having delivered seven albums of their innovative Middle Eastern death metal, Nile has thrown at us everything they had with their previous masterpiece, all the tricks up their sleeve have been used up and the band no longer appears unique, but that's not my opinion.. In my opinion, sometimes it gets to be around 3 years since last album and it's time to put another one to stay relevant, even if what you have is only half of a fantastic album.. It certainly feels like it could be the case with Nile's 7th offering.. I still believe in these guys, every band is entitled to delivering some disappointment once in a while, which this album certainly is an example of, for many of us who are used to worshipping at Nile's arcane altar.. nile-catacombs.. nuclearblast.. de.. Roy Kristensen 03.. 2012 11:41..

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