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1349: Revelations of the Black Flame
Revelations Of The Black Flame, the latest full length offering by black metal act 1349 isn’t quite what you would expect. If you hope to read this review to hear praisings of how the band continues it’s black musical onslaught, similar to previous releases, then you will be greatly disapointed. Revelations Of The Black Flame is not like any 1349 album you may have heard before, as the band takes their vision in a whole other direction.

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3 Inches of Blood: Advance & Vanquish
Considered one of the worst ideas for a joke band, 3 Inches Of Blood managed to find their way with Roadrunner Records for their second full length album. Having a higher budget and a better production quality definitely helped this band out with their major label release Advance And Vanquish, a release that really makes people question why this band was ever regarded as a joke in the first place. This is not the first metal band to use falsetto vocals, and given the current folk metal trend, does writing about pirates make them that much less metal? If anything, this band is one of the most metal bands alive.

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Dying Fetus (band)
History Repeats… is a highly anticipated release from the legendary Dying Fetus, and I got my hands a review copy, as well as an opportunity to talk to one of the guys. I shot some questions over to the band through an e-mail, and John Gallagher got the answers back rather fast. Check out what he had to say.

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Fear Factory: Archetype
With guitarist Dino Cazares out of the picture, Fear Factory makes a return to the sound that really brought them into the spotlight. This album sees a return of some of their original death metal influence fused with groove metal and industrial, making for one of their best albums since Demanufacture, put out a great effort of speed and fury, while adding the most slower paced songs in one album then ever before.

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Annihilator: The One
In order to push Annihilator‘s upcoming All For You release, AFM Records issued a four song EP for the single “All For You”, but named it after the album’s balled track, “The One”. The One EP also includes some media things for your laptop, such as wallpapers and a screen saver, as well as some live videos that can be viewed on it as well. But, really, this release isn’t worth that very low ticket price, and is just another generic EP release.

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Shortly after the release of the their album Soul Of A New Machine, the band released an EP of five songs from that CD turned into what sound like techno songs. For anyone who happened to get the 2004 reissue of Fear Factory‘s Soul Of A New Machine album, you received this disc for free as a bonus disc. However, anyone interested in buying this CD seperately, here’s the skinny you need on it.