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Moloch – Verwüstung

With Moloch, a true and grim underground black metal band has emerged, with most of their releases available as strictly limited editions! Hailing from dark, frozen Ukraine, Nocebo Records released an eight-song picture disc of Moloch’s material, titled Verwüstung. All lyrics are in Ukranian, but the song titles are in …

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Four Nights Gone – Resilience

Staten Island, New York’s Four Nights Gone recently released Resilience, a 5-song EP. This is the band’s second studio effort, professionally recorded at Vudu Studios with producer Mike Watts. Nicely mixed, clear and crisp, Resilience seems to be fairly straightforward, vanilla modern melodic rock: like fellow bands you’d hear on …

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Skinlepsy – Condemning the Empty Souls

Downtuned, digital, distorted, and defiant. That’s the first impression of Brazil’s Skinlepsy, who released their debut, Condemning the Empty Souls, on Shinigami Records. Nicely balanced, the recording is listenable even at low volume, but packs more punch “cranked up” a bit. This nine-song (with one intro) full-length album is nothing …

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No Sinner – Love is a madness

I don’t often review singles as there are so many great albums to review that singles rarely get a look in.  However sometimes a song is just so good that you can’t ignore it, and that’s the case with this release from No Sinner – “Love is a madness” The …

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Re-armed – Rottendam

Finnish death metal band Re-Armed formed in 2001 and over the years made and released a number of demos before finally releasing their debut album, “Worldwide hypnotize” in 2012.  Since then they’ve toured extensively and played festivals including Bloodstock in 2012.  Now they’re back with their second album, Rottendam. As …

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Western Sand – Western Sand [EP]

Hampshire, UK rockers Western Sand released a four-song, eponymous EP in 2013. Well-written and well-mixed, the EP is surprisingly polished for a debut. Songs have a nice, smooth idea flow. Tunes are mid-tempo, with chunky rock licks and a big backbeat; just the right amount of dirt for the grab …

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Wille and the Bandits – Grow

British “roots” rockers Wille and the Bandits released their full-length album, Grow, in 2013. This is an 11 track opus, consisting of varied tunes, with a sound fairly far from singer-songwriter folk and Americana that’s conjured up with usual thoughts of ‘roots’. The band has two secrets to their punchy …

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Your Last Wish – Desolation

Montreal, Canada’s Your Last Wish is a melodic extreme metal outfit featuring founding member Dave Gagne alongside a fresh crop of talented metalhead musicians. The band released 2013’s Desolation through Maple Metal Records. Desolation features 11 tracks of fairly intricately produced “melodeath”, showcasing the vocals of Roxana Bouchard. Tunes feature …

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The Cringe – Hiding in plain sight

New York rock band The Cringe are currently on tour in the UK supporting Steel Panther so will be hoping to impress fans with their live show before they release their new album in April.  The band formed in 2004 and consists of John Cusimano (vocals/guitar/keyboards), ex Air/Mr Bungle guitarist …

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Sweethead – Reverse Exorcism! [single]

The musical brainchild between Troy van Leeuwen (Failure, A Perfect Circle, Queens of the Stone Age) and Serrina Sims, California’s alt-rock Sweethead takes it’s name from a vintage “vulgar” David Bowie song, and it’s sound from the various eras of rock music. Premiered quietly in November 2013, the band’s catchy …

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Animus – Fall Of The Elite

Animus are a new Scottish “progressive metal band who draw influences from Djent, Tech, and Death metal bands.” On the cusp of their maiden tour, Animus, widely characterized as “Djent”, have released their nicely produced, four-song EP debut, Fall Of The Elite. They stick nicely to an extreme theme throughout …

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Raimund Burke – Get It 2.0

German guitarist Raimund Burke‘s latest full-length effort, Get It 2.0, mixes a keyboard-rich AOR type feel with progressive instrumental rock. The lead guitar parts do seem lyrical in spots, but the album doesn’t seem to jump magically from ‘instrumental rock’ to ‘rock and roll that just happens to be without …

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Mahogany Hand Grenade – Return To The Point Of Departure

An elusive Texas progressive metal band, Mahogany Hand Grenade, released (in May, 2013) a five-song EP, titled Return To The Point Of Departure, through bandcamp. Mastered to digital perfection by Maor Appelbaum (Adrenaline Mob, Cynic, Yngwie Malmsteen, Angra, etc.), four out of five of the tunes are six-minute-plus length. The …

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Mojo Fury – The Difference Between

Mojo Fury - The Difference Between

@planetmosh reviews The Difference Between by .@mojofuryband out on .@graphiterecords Following on from 2011’s ‘Visiting Hours Of a Travelling Circus’ Northern Irish indie-rockers Mojo Fury have released the much-anticipated ‘The Difference Between’. This second full-length album is available now on Graphite Records. Safe in The Arms is a perfect song …

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Suns Of Stone – ‘Suns Of Stone’

Suns Of Stone

.@Planetmosh reviews the self-titled album by @sunsofstone, out now on Bad Reputation Records. Canadian quartet Suns Of Stone follow a southern-edged blues rock path that has been trodden by a thousand predecessors, and while it may not be the most original route to follow they find their way along it …

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Automaton – Echoes Of Mount Ida

This debut three track EP from Athenians five piece Automaton is one which is unashamedly and proudly rooted in the drone doom tradition of bands such as Sleep and YOB, with the heritage of these acts seeping and flowing through every last second of the 33 compulsive minutes. With fuzzed-out …

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Sons Of Crom – Victory (Single)

A ‘one man band’ type project, Sons Of Crom features the work of two Swedish / Finnish musicians: Janne Posti and Iiro Sarkki. Their new 12-minute “epic single”, “Victory”, is meant to serve as a rule or yardstick to show what they’re capable of, or what their upcoming full-length album …

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Suffering Hour – ‘Foreseeing Exemptions To A Dismal Beyond’

@planetmosh reviews the debut EP from Suffering Hour, out now on @tridroidrecords Hailing from darkest Minnesota, this debut EP from Suffering Hour (who were formerly known as Compassion Dies, for the trivia freaks out there), is a solid if somewhat basic old school slab of blackened thrash meets death metal. …

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Pleaser – One Night In Paradise

Rejoice, hair metal fans, the genre still lives, although it’s migrated to Japan and… Brazil. Pleaser, from Brazil, have released their One Night In Paradise disc. Steel Panther they are not… Pleaser seem average players who take their party rock seriously. @PlanetMosh reviewer Louella DeVille states “(Pleaser is) reminiscent of …

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Terrorizer – World Downfall [Vinyl, Re-Issue]

If you’re one of the fortunate few to have snapped up this sold-out re-release of Terrorizer‘s seminal grindcore pillar World Downfall, we @PlanetMosh salute you. Record labels occasionally re-release out of print items for various reasons. Here, Earache Records re-released this on colorful vinyl (100 orange, 200 green, 300 red, …

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