StormbounD – December (2022) – Review

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Do you know what’s unfair? Any Israeli band with sympathies for the metal genres of the light on their flag will have the bar to success set at an impossible height.

Let’s face it, there’s real excellence in the Levant, a true hotspot for Gothic, Progressive, Melodic, and Symphonic Metal. And Israel fared extremely well in this realm so far. All a bit underrated still, but the European powerhouses of those genres got serious competition. And StormbounD here just threw themselves into the fray as an eager contender.

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Cradle Of Filth – Dusk… and Her Embrace (1996) – Review

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There are records that you gotta be in the mood for. And all of Cradle of Filth‘s pieces kinda qualify for that sentiment. The level of crazy intensity, the ceaseless high-pitched screams, the endless gallivanting in between the world of gothic moodiness and speedy blackened Extreme Metal tend to wear out even the sturdiest of metalheads. But in turn, CoF would not be itself if that ferocity would suddenly evaporate and be replaced with something that – I don’t know – Amaranthe would do, for instance. What a blasphemous thought, though, right?

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Denigrate – Blackguard (2022) – Review

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It does happen, you know. Suddenly the red alert roars off, lights flashing, and all hands on deck. Because something hit the review pipe with full force. An unforeseen record just breached this slow-moving morass and caused some of that sump to wobble dangerously with an unseemly speedy rush to the top of the list by – something. That’s usually illegal over here, but what can you do, right? If urgency takes over, then this can’t be helped. And Denigrate just accomplished that rare feat. Rules broken, egos hurt, and the RMR crew in total discomfiture? It happens, sometimes. But … [...] Click to raid more!