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Aborted, "The Haematobic EP" Aborted
The Haematobic EP
Listenable Records
2004

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In the mood for some stereo style surgery, it's your lucky day. Aborted threw this little smattering of leftover parts together for us and offered it to us on a bloodstained silver platter. The EP has four studio songs, one studio video, two live songs and three live videos, which is a pretty good start to this Frankenstein's...
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Aborted, "Goremageddon: The Saw and the Carnage Done" Aborted
Goremageddon: The Saw and the Carnage Done
Listenable Records
2003

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Even after releasing their very solid sophomore album, "Engineering the Dead," Aborted remained somewhat unknown and unappreciated in the gore genre, especially in comparison to peers like Impaled and Exhumed. That's to be expected, though; despite its abundance of blast beats and blood, "Engineering the Dead" was, in all fairness, a notch below "The Dead Shall Dead Remain" and "Gore...
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Amaran, "Pristine in Bondage" Amaran
Pristine in Bondage
Listenable Records
2003

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Amaran is a Swedish band that probably gets way too many comparisons to Nightwish. If I were a member of the former, I would be a little upset because despite the fact that both bands have adept female vocalists, there's very little else that they share. On Amaran's second CD Pristine in Bondage, the band dishes out ten...
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Amaran, "A World Depraved" Amaran
A World Depraved
Listenable Records
2002

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At least as far as my experiences go, metal bands fronted by female vocalists (of the non-growling variety) fall into two main categories. There are those who make decent music that is generally a little too light and gothic for the death metal fan in me, and there are those who use female singers as a novelty to sell albums....
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Angtoria, "God Has a Plan for Us All" Angtoria
God Has a Plan for Us All
Listenable Records
2006

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Cradle of Filth, Covenant and a number of other bands wouldn’t be where they are today without the impressive backing vocals of one Sarah Jezebel Deva. Her addition to these bands’ works is more than just an added layer of depth, it’s an immeasurable extra dimension of personality, atmosphere and character that no other backing vocalist in metal has...
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Anorexia Nervosa, "Redemption Process" Anorexia Nervosa
Redemption Process
Listenable Records
2004

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After releasing a really strong album last time around this french band is back with another serving. If I had to predict anything I'd say that they would have a hard time following up a great album. but Redemption Process doesn't falter and matches the quality of their last album. Redemption Process picks up the lead where New Obscurantis Order left...
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Deranged, "Plainfield Cemetery" Deranged
Plainfield Cemetery
Listenable Records
2002

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Believe it or not, this is the 5th recording by Swedish trio Deranged, and their 4th for Listenable. If thses guys had taken up painting instead of music, their art would probably be known for its consistently heavy use of the color red. Similarly, Deranged's brand of death/grind is a tidal wave of blast beats, vomit-inducing guitar riffs and 8th...
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Deranged, "Plainfield Cemetery" Deranged
Plainfield Cemetery
Listenable Records
2002

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Deranged is possibly the most disgusting band in death metal today. The music is heavier and the imagery is as disturbing, if not worse than most gore bands, yet these Swedes blast and rip as if they were a pure death metal band. Every one of their albums since High on Blood has been...
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Deranged, "Deranged" Deranged
Deranged
Listenable Records
2001

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In metal it is a good thing to be a sick fucking degenerate, or at least it helps a band's creativity in exploring new directions with their music. On Deranged's fourth full-length, it is obvious that these guys still can be described with the same adjectives: sick, brutal, twisted, and vile. Corpses wrapped in...
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Deranged, "III" Deranged
III
Listenable Records
2000

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Just exactly how much evil, gore and violence can a band fit on one CD? If you have ever heard Cryptopsy's None So Vile you may have a fair grasp of it, but just to make sure, you should acquaint yourself with Sweden's most blood-spattered trio, Deranged. Their third effort, simply titled III is...
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Divine Rapture, "The Burning Passion" Divine Rapture
The Burning Passion
Listenable Records
2003

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Divine Rapture is yet another brutal/technical American death metal band. Their album The Burning Passion is very heavy, full of blast beats and all the other stuff one might expect, but there's something more going on here too, and I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe it's the thick production reminiscent of...
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Grief of Emerald, "Christian Termination" Grief of Emerald
Christian Termination
Listenable Records
2002

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This is a great Swedish band with a hybrid sound blending old and New World influences. The guitar duo of Johnny and Jimmy shred away throughout the 10 tracks, going from a Swede-tinged Immolation feel on "The Almighty is Rising" to Morbid Angel-like moments on "Scum of the Earth" and "Deformed Imaginations". On keyboards, Robert blends in subtly, accenting melodies...
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Hate, "A Haunting Gospel of Malice & Hatred" Hate
A Haunting Gospel of Malice & Hatred
Listenable Records
2006

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OK, just to let you know, the title of this album is no joke. They are not kidding or fucking around in any way here. If you have never heard Hate before all you need to know is that they are Polish death metal. In other words they do three things, crush, kill and destroy. Their earlier...
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Horned God, "Chaos Bringer of All Revelations" Horned God
Chaos Bringer of All Revelations
Listenable Records
2003

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Brazil. We all know what type of metal usually comes from Brazil. Horned God are from Brazil, and on their Chaos, Bringer of All Revelations we're given 10 tracks of super technical, brutal, heavy, fast, death metal?but you already knew that once I said where they're from. This disc is comprised of 10 slickly-produced, impressively...
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Jigsore Terror, "World End Carnage" Jigsore Terror
World End Carnage
Listenable Records
2004

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Sweden's Jigsore Terror are one hell of a grindcore trio. If you can imagine what Birdflesh would sound like if they were more serious and had the clean, cold Nasum style production, you'd be most of the way there. The truth of the matter is that the vocals and rhythm section are handled by members of Birdflesh and...
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Jigsore Terror, "World End Carnage" Jigsore Terror
World End Carnage
Listenable Records
2004

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Sweden startled the world by dropping the classic death metal guitar sound (Carnage, Entombed, Dismember) and then several year later along came the New Wave of Swedish Death, the by-now infamous Gotenburg-centered melodic death metal. Well, Jigsore Terror acts like the Gotenburg thing never happened; their musical lineage is straight up grind/death, owing more to bands like Terrorizer, Morbid Angel,...
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Luciferion, "The Apostate" Luciferion
The Apostate
Listenable Records
2003

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What does a band do when they haven't released anything in ages? Well usually they get together and start spitting out new material that keeps some elements of their age old reputation and add something fresh to it. In the case of Luciferion the band came up with about 5 new songs and then decided to fill the rest of...
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Lyzanxia, "Unsu" Lyzanxia
Unsu
Listenable Records
2006

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The fourth album from the French group Lyzanxia also marks their first on Listenable Records. Interesting signing for them, considering their standard for brutality, which is something Lyzanxia have never been. Throughout their career, they have rather espoused a rather digestible form of modernized melodic death, which they further explore on the most recent album ‘UNSU’. At this point, the scales...
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Mors Principium Est, "Inhumanity" Mors Principium Est
Inhumanity
Listenable Records
2003

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Do you like the melodic death metal because if you don't I wouldn't bother reading this review. If you do like it then you're in for quite the treat. Some serious guitar histrionics are what define this album because these guys don't play, they shred. It is amazing how they get right to the precipice...
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Nail Within, "Nail Within" Nail Within
Nail Within
Listenable Records
2003

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Israel's quintet Nail Within bring with them an arsenal in their self-titled debut. One can only assume this because it sounds like these guys are going to start a war. The music on Nail Within is smart, fast and well executed melodic death metal in the vein of Slaughter of the Soul. The...
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Non-Human Level, "Non-Human Level" Non-Human Level
Non-Human Level
Listenable Records
2006

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Darkane’s Rusted Angel pretty much wrote the book on aggressive, melodic neo-death/thrash. Supremely intense, extraordinarily fast and full of incredible riffing, it was and still is my benchmark for rating new bands in the genre. Since this release, Darkane found a permanent vocalist, a multiple record deal with Nuclear Blast, and though subsequent releases, Insanity, Expanding Senses and...
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Scarve, "Irradiant" Scarve
Irradiant
Listenable Records
2003

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I'm not really sure what happened here. I really liked Scarve's Translucence and Luminiferous. It seemed as if the band was doing just fine with their super original mechanized, brutal yet spacey thrash. So what happened on Irradiant? The band decided that they needed to get out of third gear, upshift and leave us all utterly...
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Scarve, "Luminiferous" Scarve
Luminiferous
Listenable Records
2002

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If you are ready to get an ass kicking that hurts the way it did when you first heard Strapping Young Lad's City and has the spirit that Fear Factory would if they didn't suck, then you may be ready for the pain that France's Scarve dish out on their second full-length, Luminiferous. It grabs the reins and starts up...
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Soilwork, "The Early Chapters" Soilwork
The Early Chapters
Listenable Records
2003

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Five shots of old Soilwork is what this is all about. Now for those of you who didn't like the last two or three albums this might sound ideal. I have to be honest, it isn't. This CD consists of two covers Burn by Deep Purple and Egypt by Mercyful Fate, two studio tracks and one live...
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Symbyosis, "Crisis" Symbyosis
Crisis
Listenable Records
2000

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I would have to describe this as progressive death metal, but then I used that term to describe Opeth and Symbyosis don't sound anything like Opeth. The album has elements of the eighties metal, sort of that cheesy power metal Malmsteen used to play, especially on the solos and song arrangements, but these solos are played over some crushingly heavy...
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Symbyosis, "Crisis" Symbyosis
Crisis
Listenable Records
2000

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Symbiosis' first full-length album, Crisis, is groundbreaking. The band's use of a drum machine continues to amaze me listen after listen because it is effective (that means it is difficult to tell that there isn't a real drummer playing on the disc). Sure, certain parts of specific songs sound like the percussion has been programmed, and...
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Symbyosis, "The Fluid" Symbyosis
The Fluid
Listenable Records
2000

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This French group has outdone itself on its debut EP The Fluid. I have never heard a band that actually sounds good using a drum machine, but Symbiosis pulls it off with some serious style. For information on the band's sound check out the review of their full-length, Crisis following this critique. All I have...
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Textures, "Drawing Circles" Textures
Drawing Circles
Listenable Records
2006

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Textures was highly acclaimed for their last album Polars. Somehow I never made it around to listening to it but the hype stuck in my head. With their new album Drawing Circles I get to experience what exactly this band is all about. This Dutch band borrows generously from the Meshuggah school of metal and then adds this serene layer of...
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Textures, "Polars" Textures
Polars
Listenable Records
2004

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First it's Cynic, then Meshuggah, and now the insane Dutch sextet Textures. Playing some very slick, more-technical-than-thou death metal, this band blasts us listeners off our feet with an incredibly adept, diverse presentation that has all the screamed vocals of a very bitter metalcore band, an incredible sense of melody, groove and even some guitar tricks that...
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The Amenta, "Occasus" The Amenta
Occasus
Listenable Records
2004

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This album may be the reason the word FUCK! was invented. I yelled it for about a half hour after I heard this all the way through for the first time. This is a review that I hate to do because words simply fail me. This is some bastard amalgam of Behemoth and Thorns and probably a...
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The Legion, "Unseen to Creation" The Legion
Unseen to Creation
Listenable Records
2003

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On their first official full-length release, Unseen To Creation, Sweden's The Legion blast us back to the stone age with some truly intense black metal, full of Dissection-like, frozen riffs and Marduk/Dark Funeral speed and malevolence. The vocals take on a quality two-layer approach, that, though done before, is still effective. Moreover, with Abyss studio production...
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Theory in Practice, "The Armageddon Theories" Theory in Practice
The Armageddon Theories
Listenable Records
1999

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Having previously only heard of this band by reputation, I had no idea what I was getting into when I purchased The Armageddon Theories. Sweden's Theory In Practice is a band unlike most out there. With unique songwriting capabilities, blinding speed, bewildering time changes and guitars that are just about uncategorizable, this band will rip your...
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Various Artists, "Soundcrusher (Vol. 1)" Various Artists
Soundcrusher (Vol. 1)
Listenable Records
2000

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As sampler albums go, this one is pretty decent, but that's because I am a fan of about 2/3 of the bands signed to Listenable Records. All the tracks on the disc by Deranged (fuck yeah, straight from the opener with "Compulsive Urge to Kill"?sick!), Crest of Darkness, Soilwork, Symbiosis (though they could have chosen...
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