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Rise of the Northstar: Welcame

Rise of the Northstar is relatively new French act whose music is largely inspired by Japanese culture, anime, and mangas. Anyone familiar with either of those three will probably be aware of the band’s name baring resemblance to Fist of the Northstar, a martial arts series that has become a phenomenon in that neck of the woods, as well as holding a strong cult fanbase across the globe. For 2014, this five-piece Hardcore/Thrash Metal outfit have been picked up by Repression Records to issue their debut full-length album, Welcame. But will this be something fans of both worlds can enjoy, or is this more for those who appreciate the New York Hardcore scene only?

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Some portions of this site will not be working properly for now. Due to an issue with a recent WordPress plug-in corrupting the database, I had to uninstall every single one of them and do it all over again in order to even access this site’s file manager. Hopefully everything will be back up in operation by later tonight.

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Madrost: Into the Aquatic Sector

Hailing from Lake Forest, California lies one of the area’s more impressive Death/Thrash Metal acts to surface in recent years: Madrost. The four-piece, featuring former Regalia member Tanner Poppitt on vocals and guitar as the only remaining founding member of a revolving door of band members. The most recent additions all came in 2013, including Harter Attack live musician Cesar Escobar on drums, Richard Orellana on bass, and rhythm guitarist Alejandro Pelaez. Member issues aside, Madrost (pronounced Ma-Drost) have issued three demos between 2008 and 2010, the Infected Chaos EP in 2011, and their debut full-length Maleficent in 2012. It’s been two years of working hard, touring and maturing, preparing to unleash their second full-length effort Into the Aquatic Sector themselves. But is it a recording worth plunging the depths for, or is it all more gimmick than memorable?