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Pyre: Human Hecatomb

In the world of Metal, the name Pyre is one that you’ll find more than a single search result for. There’s a Power Metal group loosely active in the United Kingdom, a Black Metal group from Germany (which seems to be the longest running), and there was even Black Metal Pyre from the United States located in El Paso, Texas. In 2011, we were able to tack yet another onto the growing list, but this time a Death Metal group from Saint Petersburg, Russia. Formed in 1991, the four piece consisting of members from Drama, Internal Damage and Chamber of Torture unleashed their debut EP Ravenous Decease through Blood Harvest Records in 2012, which was followed up with a split twelve-inch through Soulseller Records with the band Entrapment. For 2014, we find the group signed with Mexico’s Chaos Records to issue their debut full-length effort, Human Hecatomb. But is it something well worth looking into, or is it simply not that engaging an album.

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Inthered: Inthered

Stockholm, Sweden’s Inthered is an entity that seems to sprawl across both Hard Rock and Heavy Metal worlds. If you didn’t know this going in, the goal is made clear thanks to the bulkier riffs and eighties Metal influenced cuts scattered about. Obvious inspirations of the group range from legendary groups like Alice In Chains and Iron Maiden, just to name two of the more obvious ones, all with a hint of Southern flare. But is this group one that is worth checking out, or is their self-titled self-released debut album just another bar band looking for mass acceptance?