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Dungeon: A Rise to Power

The Australian power metal band Dungeon have released their second full length studio album. It seems lately a lot of bands in this style have started to sound the same. Given Dungeon‘s previous album, will A Rise To Power deliver for the starved masses?
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One of the most hyped death metal acts thusfar for 2008, Hail Of Bullets brings us their debut full length album, …Of Frost And War. This supergroup’s album is a conceptual one revolving around the German – Soviet war of 1941-1945, which clearly works with the title and fits perfectly with death metal. Was it worth the wait?

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Amon Amarth: With Oden On Our Side
It seems that with every Amon Amarth release the band continues to progress, and With Oden On Our Side is a prime example. While the band has always put out quality releases, this is just one of those metal releases that you can’t get enough of.
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Arch Enemy: Khaos Legions
Since the popularity of Anthems of Rebellion, Arch Enemy has been on the top of their game with album sales, and a steady force to be reckoned with in the Melodic Death Metal field. One of the main reasons to the band’s success, outside their driving, consistant sound, has easily been the appeal of female vocalist Angela Gossow, who has consistantly put out a solid vocal performance and shattering many preconceptions of females in Metal today. However, since Anthems of Rebellion, the group has basically been riding to coat tails of their anthem-based sound from back in 2003 with each album that followed. Khaos Legions, the eigth studio album from Arch Enemy, proves that they are still not quite done milking the same anthem approach they established three albums ago.
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As I Lay Dying: Shadows Are Security 3 Song Sampler
This release is something you won’t find in stores. Honestly, I am not sure exactly why this exists, but it does. I received a package from Metal Blade Records around the time of this release when I worked for 89.1 WSFX FM, and included was a bunch of CD-R three song samplers with professional text artwork on the top of the band name, label contact information, copyright information, as well as the track list. Clearly it was to promote the release of As I Lay Dying‘s at-the-time latest release Shadows Are Security.
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Blackguard: Profugus Mortis
It is with great sadness that this review must be done the way it has to be. It seems that there is a new trend among folk metal bands, and that is to sound exactly like an already established band, but throw in some sort of folk influence. Take Eluveitie for instance, who sound so close to the band Dark Tranquillity it is insane. Well, Blackguard have taken it one step further. The band, who were known originally as Profugus Mortis, have released an album with the very name they went by originally. However, like Eluveitie and the non-folk inspired band Imperanon, the debut Blackguard will cause you to ask whether this band is simply Children Of Bodom in disguise.

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