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Conjuro Nuclear: Conjuro Nuclear

Black Metal, as a whole, has the ability to transcend the restraints of what initially defined it. It’s also one of the most cherished of styles within the Metal world for this very reason and how it helps define a sense of originality within its fans. Sadly, this sense of self-identification can lead to divides. On one hand you have those who feel it should rarely (if ever) deviate from the concepts laid out during the first and second waves. On the other you have those that feel lines should be blurred, often mixing in styles like Hardcore, Shoegaze, and even Sludge Metal. Enter Conjuro Nuclear to this equation. This is a one-piece Black Metal/Darkwave outfit helmed by an individual known simply as “Emesis” that hails from Madrid, Spain. The entity was formed in 2012, issued a self-released debut full-length in 2013 titled Luna Ilena y Radiacion, and followed that up with this year’s Conjuro Nuclear. But do these two styles work with each other in pure harmony, or is the ball dropped somewhere along the way in what should be a likely merger?

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American: Coping with Loss

If you didn’t get it from the name, American is a Black Metal group that hails from North America. Virginia to be more precise. The duo of Mike and Jimmy (as they wish to be known) formed the outfit back in 2012. Come 2013 they issued two demos, singles, and a “half-split” with Crone, all showing a force that wasn’t just your typical USBM movement. Largely draped in the allure of Depressive Black Metal with experimental undertones, some Sludge Metal hooks thrown in, and of course the off-chance Drone piece built this creation up rather quickly in the darkest of the underground terrains. Since that split, however, things had gone silent until the reveal of their debut full-length Coping with Loss was revealed for 2014 through Sentient Ruin Laboratories. But with all the new recordings unleashed last year (aside the fifty-five second Demo that followed their self-titled demo of course) will this promptly delivered debut album stand as a reason to watch this group, or break any interest one should have about their existence?

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Johnny Touch: Inner City Wolves

When it comes to vintage Metal, the label Shadow Kingdom Records has become a refuge for those seeking to submerge themselves in the glory days of the musical genre. Anyone familiar with it knows very well what to expect, but still this review will go on for those who do not as we look upon Johnny Touch, a four-piece Australian Heavy Metal group’s debut album, Inner City Wolves. The band formed back in 2007 and currently consists of an all-star line-up of Denny Black (Cauldron Black Ram) on drums and guitar, Jamie Whyte )former Intended Victim) on guitar as well, lead vocalist Paul Hodgson (Beyond Mortal Dreams, Oath of Damnation), and a newcomer who goes by the name of Inphiltraitor. 2010 saw the release of their Fight for It demo, followed by the Possessed by the Heavy Metal Embrace split in 2012 through Hellrocker Records, and another a year later titled Touched by the Beast through Iron Bonehead Productions. But is their 2014 debut full-length outing Inner City Wolves something worth taking note of, or does it fail to deliver on the build up those previous efforts suggest.