jamie lee

Noctem - Elixium

NOCTEM “EXILIUM”

Parents surely shudder at the sight and sound of Noctem. They are overtly theatrical, anti-religious, anti-humanity, and downright heavy. For heshers looking to rebel against the norms, turn up Exilium on the family CD player. Survey says that in 10 minutes or less, Mom and Dad will be two twitches away from a breakdown. But if the music really matters,

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Nachtmystium - The World We Left Behind

NACHTMYSTIUM “THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND”

Blake Judd has never kept his affinity for both black metal and new wave a secret. Instead, he has long bridged the two with Nachtmystium, then slathered his compositions with plenty of personal turmoil. But this evil marriage hasn’t ever been as apparent as on his newest offering, The World We Left Behind. Touted as Nachtmystium’s final release, the hype

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Mastodon-Once More Round Sun

MASTODON “ONCE MORE ‘ROUND THE SUN”

Few bands have shown the immense development from album to album over the course of their career than Atlanta, Georgia’s Mastodon. Once More ‘Round the Sun is a case in point. Listen to this new release back-to-back with 2011’s The Hunter, and the progression is impressive. Compare it to 2003’s debut full-length, Remission, and the evolution is remarkable. Mastodon have

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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. 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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Noctem - Elixium

NOCTEM “EXILIUM”

Parents surely shudder at the sight and sound of Noctem. They are overtly theatrical, anti-religious, anti-humanity, and downright heavy. For heshers looking to rebel against

Mastodon-Once More Round Sun

MASTODON “ONCE MORE ‘ROUND THE SUN”

Few bands have shown the immense development from album to album over the course of their career than Atlanta, Georgia’s Mastodon. Once More ‘Round the

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