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The Project Hate MCMXCIX – Bleeding The New Apocalypse

Before getting into the music, I want to dissect this album title a bit. The first part of the title is not a declarative statement, like “the apocalypse is bleeding”; it is an active phrase, a threat. The Project Hate MCMXCIX attempt to position themselves as the edge upon which the world will cut itself and bleed out. The second part of the (very long) title is equally telling. The phrase roughly translates as “to be victorious by the strength of your armed hands.” This is a challenge and a promise; Project Hate are determined to achieve victory by their own strength, with their own weapons. Continue reading


Earth – Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light I

Earth is a US based drone/doom/experimental band with Dylan Carlson being the main composer and band leader. They’ve been around since 1989 in various incarnations. Angel Of Darkness, Demons Of Light I is the title of their latest album, so let’s see what it’s made of. Continue reading


Illdisposed – 1.800.Vindication

The overall quality is somewhat fluctuating by Danish premier death metal band Illdisposed. Their Kokaainum album (2001) is a hit-or- miss affair for example. The band’s next album, entitled 1.800.Vindication, is a solid affair with a couple of new elements. Let’s take a closer look at what this album has to offer. Continue reading


Illdisposed – There Is Light (But It’s Not For Me)

It’s fair to say I wasn’t particularly impressed with the previous two Illdisposed albums, namely The Prestige (2008) and To Those Who Walk Behind Us (2009). The offered material was okay, but it clearly lacked inspiration. Now these Danes are back with a new album, entitled There Is Light (But It’s Not For Me). Let’s see whether Bo Summer and Co can redeem themselves.. Continue reading


Ommatidia – In This Life, Or The Next

When British music journalist Andrew Harrison coined the phrase “landfill indie”, he was brilliantly expressing the glut of identikit guitar based rock bands filling up the airwaves with their often tuneless dirge, reedy vocals and bedwetting lyricism. Continue reading


Animal As Leaders – Animal As Leaders

If you haven’t already heard of them, Animals as Leaders is a technical prog-metal project of virtuoso guitarist Tosin Abasi (Reflux, T.R.A.M., Born of Osiris) that made quite a splash with their self-titled debut, released in 2009. However, was it warranted? Continue reading


Between The Buried And Me – The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues

So what do you do after you have pushed every conceivable musical envelope with your two previous records? In a nutshell that’s what Between The Buried And Me has done on Colors (2006) and The Great Misdirect (2009). The band’s latest effort, entitled The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues sees a slight change of direction… Continue reading


Between The Buried And Me – The Great Misdirect

On Colors, the Between The Buried And Me lads really managed to come into their own. It’s still an artistic masterpiece and a tough act to follow, to say the least. In 2009 Tommy Giles Rogers and Co returned to the fold with The Great Misdirect, their sixth full-length album. One of the songs the band described as “a noisy Coalesce breakdown, 3/4 Mastodon groove, 9/8 The Mars Volta, Queen chromatic build-up and a Megadeth styled chorus”. It’s basically rocket science to me, until you listen to The Great Misdirect.. Continue reading


Between The Buried And Me – Colors

Between The Buried And Me is a progressive metalcore outfit from Raleigh, North Carolina. Colors (2006) is the band’s third album and the first where they really show what they’re musically capable of. The band described this record as “adult contemporary progressive death metal”. However quirky that may sound, it’s an accurate description of what you can expect on the musical extravaganza that is Colors.. Continue reading


Masters Of Reality – Deep In The Hole

After working with Queens Of The Stone Age Chris Goss reactivated Masters Of Reality again with this time a host of QOTSA affiliates being a part of the live and recording line-up. This resulted in a studio album, entitled Deep In The Hole and Flak ‘N’ Flight, the subsequent live album. Let’s take a closer look on what effect all these guest had on Deep In The Hole. Continue reading


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