Metal

REVIEW – Agon: Hollowed Lake

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Agon is the solo atmospheric black metal creation from brainchild Andre Basora. Hailing from Miami, Florida, the one-piece avant-garde entity was created in August of 2018, unleashing a debut album titled Hollowed Lake in October of the same year through Bandcamp on digital and compact disc formats. As of late, word about the act has started circulating a bit more with the announcement of a new album on the horizon. So, before that drops, let us check out the first outing and see if its something worth getting worked up over or not.

REVIEW – Blade Killer: High Risk

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Los Angeles, California’s Blade Killer may have snuck onto the scene shortly after their 2012 formation, but the group’s classic heavy metal/NWOBHM roots are quickly taking hold with the hearts of lovers of the old-school. The five-piece consisting of musicians from acts like Fueled by FireViper, and ex-Armory unleashed their four-song debut self-titled EP through Stormspell Records in 2014, selling out the limited run of physical releases pretty quick. Now, about four years later, the band has let loose their first full-length recording High Risk through M-Theory Audio. But have they taken that lengthy amount of time to hone their sound, or has it done more damage than good?

REVIEW – Invictus: Burst the Curse

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Invictus Burst the Curse Review
Invictus comes to us from Germany, and is a brand new power metal act composed of some experienced musicians in the underground. Three come from the band Avator (who recently saw a revival with two new albums issued last year) as well as vocalist Nicolas Peter of Beerhammer. Guitarist Fabio Winter is the only member with no prior band experience credited to his name. Despite that, one can look at the line-up and assume this to be a strong new entity within the metal world. But does their debut EP establish them as an act to watch, or does it show a group that needs more time honing their sound and direction?

Lunaar: Among the Dead Stars

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Lunaar Among the Dead Stars Review
Lunaar has joined the ranks of the mysterious underground black metal arts. An entity hailing from New Castle, England, the faceless project’s date of birth is as unknown as anything else about it outside the label the project has signed with. Handled by Death Kvlt Productions, home to a small collective of unknown groups within the style including Blodpest and Ühtceare. They handled the debut two-song offering Among the Dead Stars as a digital only release until later in January of 2019 with a strictly limited to fifty hand-numbered copies on cassette. But is either version worth sinking the time and money into, or is it nothing but another over glorification of all things analog?

REVIEW – Virtual Symmetry: XLive Premiere [Audio Only]

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Virtual Symmetry is a progressive metal act hailing from Milan, Lombardy, Italy. The five-piece came together in 2009 as a solo project from Valerio Æsir Villa who handled everything before turning it into a full-fledged outfit featuring notable vocalist Marco Pastorino (The Ritual, ex-Shining Fury, ex-Secret Sphere) back in 2012. It wasn’t until the past few years the band became active in the studio, unleashing a debut full-length in 2016, an EP a year later, all following their 2014 single “Program Error (We Are the Virus)”. Now, about nine years later, they present their first ever live release, XLive Priemiere, a two CD and blu-ray recording. But is it any good, or is it too early in the group’s discography to unleash a live recording?