Jamie Lee

Vader - Tibi Et Igni

VADER “TIBI ET IGNI”

There is no questioning Vader’s commitment to anguish-filled death metal. These Poles are lifers, and they prove it on Tibi Et Igni, their tenth album. Taking an old school approach that is more aligned with Slayer and Deicide than the current crop of Cookie-Monster-voiced death metal beasts, Vader deliver twists and turns that belie their age and grandfather status. While

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Cradle of Filth - Total Fucking Darkness

CRADLE OF FILTH “TOTAL FUCKING DARKNESS”

Given that the low-fi quality of black metal’s early masterpieces has become a hallmark of the genre, Cradle of Filth’s Total Fucking Darkness could very well be the sound of one of the blackest of black. Trve metal fans will surely squirm, and maybe even spit, at this notion. It’s no secret that low-fi is a result of no-cash, and

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TWILIGHT “III: BENEATH TIDENT’S TOMB”

Considering the pedigree of the players on Twilight’s new and final album, III: Beneath Trident’s Tomb, along with the wildcard addition of black metal superfan Thurston Moore,  this release comes with some high expectations. Simply put, it delivers. III: Beneath Trident’s Tomb is big, heavy, and quite possibly one of the best, most fully-realized, forward-thinking black metal albums ever made.

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Carnifex-Die-Without-Hope

CARNIFEX “DIE WITHOUT HOPE”

Metal has more “cores” than a sack of rotten apples, and to their credit, Carnifex’s deathcore is slightly higher quality than most in the gamut of sub-genres. Is it new and different? Let’s just say that there is little in the way of surprises on their new release, Die Without Hope, with its grimy vocals, gut-rattling bass drops, and triggered

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JAMIE LEE’S TOP 10 of 2013

It has been a huge year in metal, making the task of choosing  my top 10 albums released this year particularly daunting. If you haven’t heard these album, make it a point to seek them out. Reflecting on this past year makes me incredibly excited about what 2014 holds. Bring it on!   10. INTRONAUT : HABITUAL LEVITATIONS (INSTILLING WORDS

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Beastmilk - Climax

BEASTMILK “CLIMAX”

Joy Division. It’s an uncanny opening to a metal review, but with a band like Beastmilk, it is fitting. These Fins embrace the gothic darkness like the aforementioned post-punkers, stirred in with dollops of Type O Negative murk. On their debut, Climax, this funeral party tips the tombstones with rich walls of sound that are frequently punctured by fleeting hooks.

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IN SOLITUDE “SISTER”

Upsala must be akin to Hell, or at least close enough, given that this Swedish city spawned both Watain and In Solitude. But while the former’s devil music is feral in form and aggressive through-and-through, the latter takes a more melodic, albeit conceivably more sinister, approach. Take the title of In Solitude’s newest release, Sister. Frontman Pelle Åhman and company

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DEICIDE “IN THE MINDS OF EVIL”

Deicide released their first album just over 23 years ago, initiating a reign of blasphemy that shows no signs of ending. In fact, unlike the inverted cross burned between vocalist/bassist Glen Benton’s eyes, the intensity and message haven’t faded with time. In the Minds of Evil, Deicide’s eleventh studio release, doesn’t let up, and it doesn’t stray from the shadowed

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Dead Letter Circus- The Catalyst

DEAD LETTER CIRCUS “THE CATALYST FIRE”

Dead Letter Circus are a big deal in their native Australia, but the band’s progressive sound is now lapping the shores of the United States. With their newest release, The Catalyst Fire, their sound grows louder here, and their presence – thanks to tours with Animals as Leaders, Periphery, and others of their ilk – is growing stronger. Despite recent

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American Sharks

American Sharks “Self-Titled”

American Sharks dive into their eponymous debut with gusto, and they get out as quickly as a Navy Seal fleeing Bin Laden’s compound. But this isn’t punk, as you would expect from a band whose ADHD plays out over nine songs and a little over 19 minutes. It is stoner rock at its fullest – and shortest – and these

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Vader - Tibi Et Igni

VADER “TIBI ET IGNI”

There is no questioning Vader’s commitment to anguish-filled death metal. These Poles are lifers, and they prove it on Tibi Et Igni, their tenth album.

TWILIGHT “III: BENEATH TIDENT’S TOMB”

Considering the pedigree of the players on Twilight’s new and final album, III: Beneath Trident’s Tomb, along with the wildcard addition of black metal superfan

Carnifex-Die-Without-Hope

CARNIFEX “DIE WITHOUT HOPE”

Metal has more “cores” than a sack of rotten apples, and to their credit, Carnifex’s deathcore is slightly higher quality than most in the gamut

JAMIE LEE’S TOP 10 of 2013

It has been a huge year in metal, making the task of choosing  my top 10 albums released this year particularly daunting. If you haven’t

Beastmilk - Climax

BEASTMILK “CLIMAX”

Joy Division. It’s an uncanny opening to a metal review, but with a band like Beastmilk, it is fitting. These Fins embrace the gothic darkness

IN SOLITUDE “SISTER”

Upsala must be akin to Hell, or at least close enough, given that this Swedish city spawned both Watain and In Solitude. But while the

DEICIDE “IN THE MINDS OF EVIL”

Deicide released their first album just over 23 years ago, initiating a reign of blasphemy that shows no signs of ending. In fact, unlike the

American Sharks

American Sharks “Self-Titled”

American Sharks dive into their eponymous debut with gusto, and they get out as quickly as a Navy Seal fleeing Bin Laden’s compound. But this