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Comeback Kid - Die Knowing

COMEBACK KID “DIE KNOWING”

Knowing your niche is a good thing, musically. It means you know what you’re good at, you rarely stray outside your comfort zone, and almost never put out anything lackluster. Sure, you can pepper in little risks here and there, but for the most part, when a fan of your band picks up your new record, they know what they’re

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Earth Crisis - Salvation of Innocents

EARTH CRISIS “SALVATION OF INNOCENTS”

Imitation is the purest form of flattery, or so they say. If that’s true, judging by the contents of Earth Crisis’ new album, Salvation of Innocents, then the only people who might be flattered are now-defunct Seattle metalheads Himsa, though they definitely shouldn’t be. The only real difference between the two bands is that Karl Buechner sings at various times

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kuolemanlaakso-tulijoutsen

KUOLEMANLAAKSO “TULIJOUTSEN”

In my mind, a good album is one that seems to fly by, and you enjoy what you’re listening to so much you’re surprised when it ends. What makes it more enjoyable is when you don’t know the band that created the album in question, and they make you an instant fan. It has happened many times over the years,

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I Am Heresy - Thy Will

I AM HERESY “THY WILL”

If, while listening to I Am Heresy’s new record, Thy Will, you mistake it for a set of B-sides from Killswitch Engage‘s Alive or Just Breathing, you won’t be the only one to make this mistake. And it’s not an insult in the least. Nathan Gray (BoySetsFire) sounds eerily like Jesse Leach on this record, and it helps that his

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CRIPPLE BASTARDS “NERO IN METASTASI”

I had never heard of Italian quartet Cripple Bastards before checking out their record, Nero In Metastasi, but the impression they leave is one of a grind band that gets the subtleties of the genre. It’s easy to write grind songs that are just pure noise, but those are somewhat boring. It’s much more satisfying and rewarding to fly at

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Comeback Kid - Die Knowing

COMEBACK KID “DIE KNOWING”

Knowing your niche is a good thing, musically. It means you know what you’re good at, you rarely stray outside your comfort zone, and almost

kuolemanlaakso-tulijoutsen

KUOLEMANLAAKSO “TULIJOUTSEN”

In my mind, a good album is one that seems to fly by, and you enjoy what you’re listening to so much you’re surprised when

I Am Heresy - Thy Will

I AM HERESY “THY WILL”

If, while listening to I Am Heresy’s new record, Thy Will, you mistake it for a set of B-sides from Killswitch Engage‘s Alive or Just

CRIPPLE BASTARDS “NERO IN METASTASI”

I had never heard of Italian quartet Cripple Bastards before checking out their record, Nero In Metastasi, but the impression they leave is one of