Author: Mitch Ellerbrock

TEEMU AND THE DEATHBLOWS – KEEP IT IN THE DARK

TEEMU AND THE DEATHBLOWS – KEEP IT IN THE DARK (Svart Records) Exploding onto the scene after releasing just a few self recorded songs on the internet, Teemu and the Deathblows are set to release their debut album Keep it in the Dark digitally on December 8, and on vinyl in January via Svart Records. True to the vintage spirit of the band, The Deathblows’ album is recorded on an eight track machine and mastered on tape to give their sound a garage-y vibe. The full length album includes the previously released digital singles plus all-new material. When self-titled...

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A PALE DECEMBER – THE SHRINE OF PRIMAL FIRE

A PALE DECEMBER – THE SHRINE OF PRIMAL FIRE (Avantgarde Music) The first full-length album from Italian black metalers A Pale December, The Shrine of Primal Fire has arrived to grace our ear holes after two years of waiting. The band looks up to several different influences, first and foremost from Agalloch intimacy and naturalistic poetry, to Katatonia melancholy, all melting in a somewhat blackgaze-ish, round kindness. Fans of atmospheric metal are in for a real treat here. The opener is called “The Path of Stars”. It’s filled with slick riffs and thundering drums. It’s long, but it’s got...

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HYPERION – DANGEROUS DAYS

HYPERION – DANGEROUS DAYS (Fighter Records) On November 22, Italian metallers Hyperion  released Dangerous Days via Fighter Records in an attempt to recreate the pure, classic, typical heavy metal sound of the ’80s in the vein of bands like Judas Priest, Annihilator, Iron Maiden, Metallica, and Megadeth. I must say, these eight tracks over forty-five minutes do a pretty damn fine job of just that. Opener “Ultimatum” begins and Marco “Jason” Beghelli simply slays on drums. The man is a beast. The vocal range of Michelangelo Carano is pretty impressive as well. The track overall accomplishes its mission in sounding like...

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HORNWOOD FELL – MY BODY, MY TIME

HORNWOOD FELL – MY BODY, MY TIME (Avantgarde Music) Italian rockers Hornwood Fell have recently released their third full-length album My Body, My Time via Avantgarde Music, and this third effort marks a bit of a change in the bands sound, most notably in the vocals. Read on and see for yourselves how this newest effort stacks up to their previous works. My Body, My Time kicks off with a seven minute opener called “The Returned”, and right off the bat the drums and guitars punch hard. The vocals are rough yet clean, but the production buries them beneath...

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HARD ACTION – HOT WIRED BEAT

HARD ACTION – HOT WIRED BEAT (SVART RECORDS) Finnish action rockers Hard Action are set to release their second full-length album Hot Wired Beat on December 1st via Svart Records, aiming to outdo themselves in every way from their first release Sinister Vibes which came out in 2015. From the press release provided to us by Svart Records, “The Hard Action of today is a slightly older, more street-smart, tighter bunch of hairy youngsters. Hot Wired Beat boils with the hot blood of youth but its better musicianship and production values give room for certain more traditional aspects of rock music such...

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DESOLATE SHRINE – DELIVERANCE FROM THE GODLESS VOID

DESOLATE SHRINE – DELIVERANCE FROM THE GODLESS VOID Finnish death metallers Desolate Shrine released their fourth full-length album Deliverance from the Godless Void on November 10, attempting to erase the line between death metal and doom metal. Dear readers, let us break down this, these eight tracks of death and doom. Feel free to sing the doom song now. Opener “The Primordial One” kicks off with a ton of blast beats before heavy melodic guitar and low growling vocals come in. More blast beats continue throughout the track and the low growls of vocalists R.S. and M.T. occasionally turn into banshee wails, showing off...

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RAM – ROD

RAM – ROD (METAL BLADE RECORDS) Let’s take a trip to the past, my friends. Except not really, because the album we’re about to discuss came out this year. This month, in fact. It just sounds like it came straight from the 80’s. Swedish metallers RAM are back again with their mission to create music which at its very core is heavy metal in its purest form, this time with their fifth album Rod, released November 3 via Metal Blade Records. This album’s just a tiny bit different from their previous works, and we’ll get to that in a bit, but...

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FIGHT THE FIGHT – FIGHT THE FIGHT

FIGHT THE FIGHT – FIGHT THE FIGHT (METAL BLADE RECORDS) Norway’s Fight the Fight have released their debut self-titled full-length album in January, even though vocalist Lars Vegas, guitarist Amok, guitarist Lord, bassist HM, and drummer Detyler have actually been together for over a decade under the name Faenskap (which even Google Translate has failed me in figuring out exactly what that means) playing major festivals in Norway and touring across Europe in support of bands like Satyricon. Starting off, “Fight the Fight” is the perfect opening track to show off the band’s musicianship. It’s energetic, it’s catchy, Vegas showcases an impressive range, and the guitar solo is killer. Another enjoyable...

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