Author: Robert

Abbath – Abbath

Abbath is an amusing man and a legend in the black metal scene. While he made his name in Immortal, he was recently kicked out of that band for his antics and has gone on to release his first solo self titled album. While not vastly different from Immortal’s most recent effort All Shall Fall, I find Abbath’s introductory solo effort a solid and groovy album that is easily accessible.

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40 Watt Sun – Wider Than The Sky

It has been 5 years since we’ve heard from Patrick Walker and the band 40 Watt Sun. When I heard that Wider Than The Sky would be released, I was ecstatic. Ever since hearing their first album as well as his work in Warning I was eager to hear some more up-to-date music from Walker. Wider Than The Sky was released and fulfilled those expectations. I may even go as far to say that this album could very well end up being my top album of 2016.

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Dark Filth Fraternity – Revolution Design

Typically I don’t generally listen to Stoner Metal. That genre sounds similar throughout with no real distinction between bands (at least from what I’ve heard). Fireball Ministry is the only band that I listen to in that genre. That is until I heard Dark Filth Fraternity. Dark Filth Fraternity (or DFF) have been around for awhile with Revolution Design being their third full length. With Panu Willman of Before the Dawn fame fronting the band, DFF is a breath of fresh air for the genre. While Revolution Design came out of nowhere for me, it is perhaps their strongest effort to date.

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Dimmu Borgir – Stormblåst

Becoming overly frustrated with the direction some of my favorite bands are heading these days, I decided to go back through my music catalog and listen to some older stuff I never checked out previously. I ran across Dimmu Borgir and decided to head back to their second album Stormblåst which I cannot recall ever hearing. For those who need an explanation, Stormblåst is Dimmu Borgir’s 2nd full length album released originally in 1996. While it was redone in 2006, I have yet to move on from the original release to hear that one so this please take that into account while reading my thoughts.

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Portopia 81 – Cosmic City Serenade

Hiroshi Mizuno’s Portopia ’81 quickly rose as one of my favorite synth electronic artists. After focusing on Mizuno’s later works, I decided to step back through his discography and take a look at his earliest release under the Portopia name.

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Wysyl – Imago Spectre

Tranquility is the theme of Imago Spectre by the United Kingdom’s Wysyl (also known as Liam Ward). Imago Spectre is a wonderfully peaceful and worry free release crafted by Ward for the 2014 Sensoria Literature & Arts Festival in Sheffield.  (more…)

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Aryan Blood / Satanic Warmaster – Aryan Blood / Satanic Warmaster [Split]

In my lifelong musical journey, I had started out as listening to country music as a kid like Brooks & Dunn. Around 2000, I picked up a Wyclef CD and was into him as well as grunge bands like Cold & Staind. Then, mid 2000’s I got thrown into melodic death metal and power metal with bands such as In Flames, Opeth, and Celesty. Finally, about a year or two ago, I took my music a step further and ventured into the dark realm of Black Metal. While I could care less about Aryan Blood featured on this split, Satanic Warmaster is the artist who opened my doorway to the pits of hell and rabid ferocity black metal could offer. It is with great pleasure I bring you this short review of the Split that started it all. (more…)

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Ascension of the Watchers – Numinosum

While Fear Factory is not a band I like to listen to, Burton C. Bell and John Bechdel of (at the time) Fear Factory had a side project going called Ascension of the Watchers. I first listened to this CD years ago and was mesmerized by some of the tracks. After all of this time, does the album still hold up well? (more…)

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Circle of Ouroborus – Kuninkaan Tieltä [Demo]

I finally have the honor of reviewing the obscure Demo Kuninkaan Tieltä, released by the experimental duo known as Circle of Ouroborus. Released in 50 copies only given to personal friends of Antti Klemi (Vocals, Lyrics) and Rauta (All Instruments), I had to pay over $80 for this tape on Discogs. It was definitely worth my money. While the tape only contains five songs, these five songs are some of the best tracks Circle of Ouroborus have put out. (more…)

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James LaBrie – Static Impulse

I have never really been a fan of Dream Theater. I have listened to a few of their albums, but nothing really stood out to me. One of the main reasons for this is that I do not like James LaBrie. His style of singing is melodic and well done, yet isn’t something that I can really get into…. or so I thought. (more…)

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