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The Beast ~ Vadar
The Beast ~ Vadar
3.0 out of 5 stars Toothless beast, Aug. 1 2005
To say I was looking forward to this CD would be an understatement. Poland's Vader are probably my favorite Metal band hitting the boards today. 2002's 'Revelations' album is a classic of its kind, on par with Slayer's 'Reign in Blood in my opinion, and worthy of any metal fan's respect, no matter which avenue you venture down. However, Vader have found them in a conundrum that if something drastic doesn't happen they could very easily wear themselves thin.

Remember back in 1986 when Slayer released 'Reign in Blood' and people freaked out - they rightly-so went loopy over this record? Well, RIB was such a ferocious thrash metal landmark that instead of trying to carbon copy it… Read more
Goatreich-Fleshcult ~ Belphegor
Goatreich-Fleshcult ~ Belphegor
Austria's Belphegor are beginning to make a name for themselves outside their native country, and bully for them. I've been singing their evil praises to any and all who'll listen, and with good reason. Belphegor are the perfect blend of Black/Death Metal, with a distinctive sound that bizarrely harks back to early 80's European thrash. If Hellhammer had stuck it out chances are they would have probably mutated into Belphegor.
This is album number 6 (including an (un)live long play), hot on the hooves of 2003's excellent Lucifer Incestus, of which was banned in Germany. Goatriech is brimming with blistering death thrash and horrid vocals of the Linda Blair variety. Not as fast as… Read more
Blessed Black Wings ~ High on Fire
Blessed Black Wings ~ High on Fire
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blessedly heavy, July 10 2005
Album number three from this excellent stoner/doom/thrash outfit, building on their previous powerhouse outings of 2000's 'The Art of Self Defense' and 2002's 'Surrounded by Thieves' respectively. For the uninitiated, HOF play a noisy mix of Black Sabbath and Clutch, full of incredible riffs and thunderous drumming. Never one to refine their recordings, HOF has an almost punk-like quality to their approach to music if not the sound alone.

Formed by ex-Sleep guitarist Matt Pike, HOF is one of those rare bands that nearly everyone of most metal genre can appreciate - no mean feat either. Yet, it's easy to see why; 'Blessed Black Wings' literally destroys, folks. Plain and simply,… Read more

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