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Ensiferum – From Afar

Ensiferum has had a very successful career. They started out in 1995, released their critically acclaimed self titled album in 2001 and have been on top of the so called “Viking metal” sub-genre from there on. Even though they lost their frontman Jari Mäenpää in 2003, Ensiferum quickly found a replacement in the face of…

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Division By Zero – Independent Harmony

Division By Zero is a progressive metal band from Poland. This is their second release and takes more of a traditional progressive route instead of their older more death metal influenced work. Featuring a sound akin to that of Dream Theater’s, but is not a rip-off sound, this album is sure to impress fans of…

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Chthonic – Takasago Army

The real strength lay in the last half of the album where the momentum of ferociousness and awesome blends of folk elements with melodic metal seen from “Kaoru” until the album finishes. You can feel the extremes of emotion and surreal atmosphere as the triumphant roaring turns to introspective disenchantment. With the band’s forte of…

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Barren Earth – The Devils Resolve

Basically, anyone that has heard Curse of the Red River is going to pretty much know what to expect. The band’s foundation is still firmly built on doomy, melodic death metal with progressive influences, but they’ve finally mastered the formula. The 70s prog blends seamlessly with mid-paced doom riffs; while death growls sit comfortably next…

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Kalmah – Seventh Swamphony

The seventh full-length album from Finnish melodic death metal titans Kalmah, “Seventh Swamphony,” is yet another in a long line of strong efforts from this emerging act and should propel them out into the more respected area of the genre instead of being seen as hopping on the bandwagon of a popular genre. Along with…

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Helevorn – Compassion Forlorn

Spanish Helevorn has released albums with a 5 year span until now, but I for one won’t mind if they picked up the pace a notch. Not in the music, though! The music they perform on Compassion Forlorn is mournful death/doom with gothic vibes, which alternates between leaden and feather-light in expressions. Just like a…

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Earthside – A Dream in Static

Earthside is a new band in the prog-metal scene, featuring talented musicians that came together to create something they call “cinematic rock”. This term perfectly captures the sound that the band is going for. The band blends symphonic, soundtrack-like atmospheres with the heaviness and technical difficulty of progressive music. It’s evident in the first track…