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  1. Two reviews in one weekend? All work and no play makes Macca a dull boy! Wait a minute...not when I am reviewing top notch releases such as the latest from Overkill and Candlemass. I mean it is like I fell asleep on Thursday night and woke up in the eighties on Friday morning. Like Overkill, the Swedish doom legends are enjoying a new lease of life, this time in the form of Johan Languist (yes,him) who returns to the band after a 32 year gap to ingratiate the memories of anyone with a copy of "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" and an original Master of Puppets t-shirt. Candlemass 2019 are epic. I mean in terms of the sound at least. This plays more like an epic heavy metal record as opposed to a doom record. Yeah, the heavy drudging riffs are still there but there's a real sense sword-wielding, bicep popping warriors flanked by women in metal underwear sat on spiky horses type fantasy. Opening track "Splendor Demon Majesty" is an unashamedly dark opener full of occult promise that pulls of a perfect balance of menacing worship of evil deities whilst also pacing superbly to open the album strongly. Even the most doomy tracks here are still laden with such vocal stylings. "Astorolus - the Great Octopus" (great fucking song title) is an obvious choice here, even given Iommi's input it still doesn't stray to far away from the epic nature the song title and feels well balanced. It rumbles and rolls like a great Octopus would do assisted by some superb lead work along the way that stab through the menacing atmosphere. Likewise, the gallop of "Death's Wheel" drops down in pace to doomy depths for the chorus to become one of the nearest experiences to the 1986 debut heard on here. Let's be honest though folks, this isn't "Epicus..." part two. Not that anyone really wanted that though, right? On its own, "The Door to Doom" stands up as a fantastic record for a band who haven't released anything notable since "Tales of Creation". It is not that recognisable as a Candlemass record though which will no doubt get the diehards moaning into their retro flares and skull effect candlestick holders whilst crying into their earthen drinking vessels full of mead. The only real reminders on here of the doom relationship is the fact that the record on the whole reminds me of a much better version of "13". As I sit listening to "Black Trinity" I hear so much similarity to numerous tracks from Sabbath's last full length that I had to look twice in the instrumental parts to make sure I didn't the library on shuffle. That withstanding, "House of Doom" is a superb doomy romp with monumental riffage and pace and horror themed synths to build the atmosphere to boot. This was on the the EP of the same name from last year and is probably may favourite track on here certainly in terms of its authenticity to the Candlemass sound of old, chiming church bells ringing to fade as the track closes. If anything the record gets doomier the final 2 tracks. Check out the riffs on "The Omega Circle" if you still need your bed wetting from some punishing doom metal before the band signs off on a job well done. There is only really two criticisms I can level at the record, one being the utterly pointless filler of "Bridge of the Blind", a crap ballad dropped in after just 3 tracks of excellence is just out of place both in terms of the timing of its placement and the marked difference in pace from the rest of the album. Secondly, too many tracks start the same way. There's about 3 or 4 that start with some slow picked strings and Languist crooning as an introduction to the tracks proper. It just gets old after the second or third time even though on each occasion the track is soon hit by an epic riff or stomping pace change, Sadly, if it wasn't for the shit ballad this album would have afforded a higher rating as it makes very few bad steps along it's length. Buy it for the love of metal though, not just because it's Candlemass. 4/5
  2. Candlemass "The Door to Doom" MF Blog Review
  3. Overkill "The Wings of War" MF Blog review
  4. Had a day out in Llangollen today. First time I have ever been but had a great walk in the early spring sunshine along the canal path and got lots of pictures of trees! Will try and upload some here in the photo thread.
  5. Full length number 19 from overkill certainly makes a splash in the energy stakes, I mean there's some modern thrash bands that are a good two decades younger than Overkill who can only hope to achieve the levels of spunk that New Jersey's finest produce here. That in itself is an achievement, for a band of Overkill's stature and reputation to be able to still sound relevant four decades into their career is no mean feat. Even in the albums weaker moments it never gets redundant and the energy levels remain high. There's a real sense of a band in a state of some renewed vigour, helped in no small part by the addition of Jason Bittner on drums. The former Flotsam & Jetsam skinsman is nothing short of superb throughout "The Wings of War" and seems to have squeezed a little extra out of the rest of his peers. The album kicks of with a great build to opening track "Last Man Standing" and for the first 4 tracks of the album the Overkill crew stomp, bash and groove their way to a solid level of consistency. The lead work is of particular note and Blitz sounds as sneery and scathing as ever. The album is well produced and mixed too with all parts of the thrash machine audible as the five piece hammer away at your skull with the usual blend of chugging riffs and infectious anthems. It isn't even all thrash either, one thing that is also obvious in abundance here is the melody present throughout all 10 tracks. There are weak moments as mentioned but they are more a victim of how good the strong tracks are. In it's own right "Distortion" is a solid enough - if not slightly varied a journey from the last offering - but it just doesn't stand up well against a "Bat Shit Crazy" or a "Head of a Pin". As the album draws to a close you get the increasing impression that the last few tracks are rescued really by some great solos and stomping skin work which is a shame because trimming of a couple of tracks may have made this less obvious. That having been said, last track "Hole in My Soul" is a cracking finisher. As I said though, the energy level is consistently high and there's a real sense of the band having created something they can be really proud of. I am scoring this a 4 out of 5 just for the fact that even at the mediocre stages the album is still another great example of the old guard giving a Metal Music 101 lesson to all aspiring young metal bands out there. 4/5
  6. Other way round for me. Lots of filler on the Overkill but barring one song on Candlemass I thought it was great. Reviews for both hitting the blog here over the weekend.
  7. Candlemass “The Door To Doom” - well, this isn’t shit. Overkill "The Wings of War"
  8. Venom Prison "Animus" - the praise this band gets is nothing short of ridiculous. So much hype for decidedly sub-par death metal. Judas Iscariot "Dethroned, Conquered and Forgotten" Marduk "Viktoria" Vltimas - 3 tracks from the upcoming debut. I hear a lot of Mayhem in this and Mounier’s drumming is the absolute furious maelstrom you would expect. I am kind of a bit let down by Vincent’s vocals though, they seem a little forced or maybe just that he is trying too hard? Only a couple of listens in and will still wait for the full length in March but early signs are promising if only from Rune and Flo.
  9. Judas Iscariot "To Embrace The Corpses Bleeding"
  10. Judas Iscariot "Distant in Solitary Night"
  11. Judas Iscariot “The Cold Earth Slept Below”
  12. Season of Mist seem to have all the bands at the minute. I only seem to play Wormed when the release comes out, I rarely go back to their releases with any regularity but I always enjoy it when I do.
  13. Good news, well done sir.
  14. If I go on a night out and don’t get raped by elephants then I have come home too early.
  15. Master's Call "Morbid Black Trinity" My Dying Bride "Turn Loose The Swans"
  16. How ironic that @FatherAlabaster's first release with his new band is in the favoured format of @Fjara Ghetto Blaster Girl. The Gods are in alignment here! Good luck with the band and upcoming show too. The thing that really pisses me off about the Sala incident (aside from a young man in his prime being robbed of a promising future) is the bullshit corporate shenanigans around his transfer fee and who should pay. Flowers don't grow out of bones for a reason. No one should profit from this!
  17. Krisiun "Conquerors of Armageddon"
  18. Krisiun “Black Force Domain”
  19. Master “Slaves to Society” Brutality “When the Sky Turns Black”
  20. So in effect you are looking for yet another thread to share a Spotify playlist? We don’t cater the forum for the needs of one users promotional requirements, it is a community for all. We have the threads mentioned above and the likes of the”What Are You Listening To” thread that more than covers this requirement IMO.
  21. White Walker - Game of Thrones Johnnie Walker special.
  22. Noctambulist "Atmospheres of Desolation" - reminds me of a blackened (albeit less technical) version of Ulcerate coupled with a heavier version of Portal in places. Festerday "Iihtallan" Seer "Vol. 6" Master’s Call “Morbid Black Trinity” Master “Vindictive Miscreant” how did i miss this last year? Fucking A game Master as always.
  23. Last Rotting Christ album I enjoyed? "Triarchy of Lost Lovers". Last Rotting Christ album I bothered to listen to upon release? "Aealo". It is fair to say that the Greek stalwarts of the Black Metal scene now have a sound that rarely ventures into the territory so well tread on "Thy Mighty Contract" and "Non Serviam" but it is also fair to say that "The Heretics" sounds from start to finish like a band who firmly stamp themselves on the metal map for 2019. What album number thirteen from Rotting Christ does is take a measured approach to variation and repetition to build a memorable and lasting experience. The sound itself goes from dark and brooding metal and hard rock to almost Gothic metal proportions. Yet at the same time that familiar melodic warmth remains in situ throughout. More often than not there's that big soaring melodic riff riding the vocals like a surfer with his board. "The Voice of the Universe" does this superbly as does "The Sons of Hell". The overall feel the record as a whole leaves me with is one of ritualistic allure, tracks like "Hallowed Be Thy Name" and "Fire God and Fear" build well like powerful incantations being cited from voluminous tomes, flooding forwards intermittently with flowing dark melodies. It does remind me a lot of Behemoth ("The Satanist" Behemoth, not last years pompous bollocks Behemoth), with the theme of religion so heavily referenced but at the same time it feels like a much more cohesive effort than recent Behemoth keeping a level of consistency and restraint to the songwriting which holds the attention well. Only once does the album visit anything like Black Metal on "I Believe", here they base a poem by Nikolaos Kazantzakis at the centre of the chaotic and frantic pace and sadly it fails miserably on my ears, coming across as just filler. My only other criticism is that it does get a bit samey in places (namely the intros to each track). Otherwise it is a perfectly respectable piece of dark metal. C'mon, we can't this black metal anymore folks. 3/5
  24. Rotting Christ "The Heretics"
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