Hot off the release off their last album, Character, Dark Tranquillity have brought us Fiction, a rather eery melodic death, piano driven album reminiscent of the aforementioned release. The only problem is that some of the album is just not all that appealing.
While browsing the local music retailer’s metal section, one disc’s artwork simply stood out for the rest. The band was called Exmortus, a name that has never been uttered amongst friends and fellow fans. Upon inspecting the back of the artwork, a label name that also has never been mentioned peeked curiosity even further. The album, In Hatred’s Flame, was release on a label called Heavy Artillery, using a big ass tank as it’s mascot. This was a must buy, and one of the very few albums to ever make this reviewer just sit in awe with jaw dropped from the very first few opening riffs.
Kreator‘s release Coma Of Soul is perhaps one of their most well known albums. The material on here is definitely classic thrash, tenacious, and chock full of typical early 90’s thrash lyrical content such as the economy, taking care of our planet, and anti-big business.
Epica is proving to be one very important bands in the whole female fronted Gothic Metal field, especially after releasing three stellar albums that show the band continuing to mature. The Divine Conspiracy finds the band growing once more to bring another conceptual album, really hammering home the symphonic and, at times, orchestral Power Metal sound.
Entrepunhos, a crossover thrash band from Brazil, have issued a two song EP that falls just short of six minutes in length, but oh what a sweet just short of six minutes it is. The music found on their self-titled debut demo clearly has a heavy Slayer feel to it, but the music on here is extremely tight and not too overly done as far as the guitars and drums go.
The latest offering from 3 Inches Of Blood, entitled Fire Up The Blades is here. Since the band has established a larger fan base thanks to their major label debut album, it’s clear that this release had some star treatment. Some may stop and think twice about the album once they find out that it was produced by Slipknot band member Joey Jordison, so let’s quell this fear right now. Fire Up The Blades is definitely not a Slipknot recording. The production quality is great, and perhaps the best recorded album from this band to date.