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Maax: Six Pack Witchcraft

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Maax: Six Pack Witchcraft

After a strong full-length debut, Maax return with their follow-up release, Six Pack Witchcraft, a five song EP just under fifteen minutes in length. This release is an intense Satanic Black Metal romp with a strong Punk influence and attitude that is often fueled by alcoholic rage that brings in reminiscing shades of first wave Black Metal acts, as well as what it seems like Darkthrone has been attempting to create on their more recent albums. Of course, this release isn’t without some faults.

Chaossworn: Chalice of Black Flames

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Chaossworn: Chalice of Black Flames
Those of you who may have missed out on the Chalice of Black Flames demo that was released earlier this year by the Black/Death Metal act Chaossworn, now is your chance to grab it. This Swedish act originally started out under the name Cryptic Death around 2004, only to release three demos and an EP before changing their name to Chaossworn in late 2009, perhaps as a way to distance themselves further from their Symphonic Black Metal roots. The band’s demo of the same name was recently picked up by Abyss Records, this demo turned domestic retail EP, which was mixed and mastered by none other then Dan Swanö, features the same three songs and offers nothing new to the fan who already owns the demo. However, if you’re new, it offers a little more then fifteen minuteus of well composed metal that will have fans howling along with the recording in pure delight.

Beyond Hell: The Sleeper Awakens

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Beyond Hell: The Sleeper Awakens
The Sleeper Awakens is a raw, intense traditional Death Metal album that seemlessly jumps from slow paced brutality to high speed intensity. The first full-length album from Texas based Death Metal act Beyond Hell, and while it doesn’t necessarily bring anything new to the table, the album is composed of simply punishing music that works well with the listeners general expectations of what a Death Metal release should sound like. After a demo and an EP, Beyond Hell have refined their music a little more for this release, and bring us one of their most chaotic albums to date, as well as includes their debut EP And Evil Crept Through… for your listening pleasure.


Pathology: Legacy of the Ancients

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Pathology: Legacy of the Ancients
It’s always odd to see a band that is a little out of the traditional style roster on Victory Records, as this label does put out good metal releases, but seem to stick moreso to Hardcore, Metalcore, and sometimes Emo acts, bands along those lines. However, sometimes this label’s odd signing proves to be a very good and exciting thing, which is exactly what Pathology winds up being. This Brutal Death Metal act from California brings us their fourth full-length effort, Legacy of the Ancients, and it’s a highly addicting album chock full of musical mayhem and brutality.


Corpus Christi: A Feast for Crows

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Corpus Christi: A Feast for Crows
Corpus Christi is actually a very popular name. No, this is not the US Power Metal act, nor the Brazilian Black Metal act, or even the already well established Black Metal act Corpus Christii. Infact, this is the polar opposite of Corpus Christii, though it’s only missing one “i” in it’s name. A Feast for Crows is from the Melodic Death Metal/Metalcore Christian themed Corpus Christi from Ohio, and oh what a clustered album that this release weaves. One minute you have mid-career Darkest Hour influenced material, a somewhat Groove a la A Life Once Lost influence, then Demon Hunter tinged Metalcore, scattered about through the album before the band manages to even try to begin being original, leaving very little solid flow to the album.