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April 2017

Album Review: Hellripper – Coagulating Darkness

Come with me to Scotland and the UK where the one man Hellripper will filet your face with his crazy throwback blackened thrash-speed metal. While Aberdeen, Scotland has their fair share of metal bands I can’t name a one, but I know of James McBain’s Hellripper.

After a handful of splits with similar styled American metal acts and an EP, Hellripper has a debut album with Coagulating Darkness that came out April 14. And does it ever rip.

Is this the most original thing you’ve ever heard? No, but if you’re playing what is essentially throwback speed metal with a current blackened sound, do you expect true diversity? Forget it. Continue reading “Album Review: Hellripper – Coagulating Darkness”

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Album Review: Nightbringer – Terra Damnata

Nightbringer is one of the most consistently incredible American black metal bands going today. I’d easily hold them up as a shining example of how great American black metal can be (regardless of their European influences, more on that later). Not only are they consistent, they’re consistently interesting. You know with Nightbringer that you’re going to get a swirling mix of sinister and foreboding black metal, but how you get from A to B is anybody’s guess.

For example, on their fifth full-length, Nightbringer go full force and don’t stop for many breaks along the way. Instantly “As Wolves Amongst Ruins” starts up, there’s no lengthy instrumental intro, no slow build up, no easing you in to this nightmare. It just fucking starts, full force with Continue reading “Album Review: Nightbringer – Terra Damnata”

Album Review: Bestia Arcana – Holókauston

Naas Alcameth had a busy last week with two releases from his bands Nightbringer and Bestia Arcana. Nightbringer was expected, but Bestia Arcana was the surprise of the week as the second album, Holókauston, had a later release date.

Then a portal from Hell opened and spewed forth two albums near simultaneously.

If you heard Bestia Arcana’s first album, To Anabainon ek tes Abyssu, you know what to expect. But brace yourselves for an even better follow-up. I like To Anabainon but I am feeling Continue reading “Album Review: Bestia Arcana – Holókauston”

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