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Hirax

HIRAX has a long and winding road behind them, starting in 1984. What do you remember most about the metal scene back in the 1980s? What would you say most influenced the sound of HIRAX back then? In the 1980s, when HIRAX first started out, it was a wild frontier of thrash metal. Basically, we [&hellip

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Wanderer – Bypassing the Abyss

At the turn of the latest century, two individuals came together to share common ideas regarding their mutual expeditions to ancient natural monuments, many of which held secrets long ago forgotten. From this fusion emerged a musical progression called Wanderer (based in the Ukraine) and its first conception, which is titled Bypassing the Abyss. Originally [&hellip

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Cultes des Ghoules – Haxan

Originally released in 2008 by Under the Sign of Gazarel and Flagellum Haereticorum Records, Cultes des Ghoules’ debut full-length studio CD now comes out of the darkness anew, thanks to Hells Headbangers. Formed in Poland in 2004, Cultes des Ghoules (their name taken from a fictional Lovecraft tome) play black metal. Before this release, the [&hellip

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Moonreich – Loi Martiale

France’s Moonreich make their full-length debut with Loi Martiale (French for “Martial Law”), a progressive metal CD that some will find much too melodic for its own good. However, those who give the CD a chance will find themselves rewarded, as the band strays off the path of symphonic black metal to create its own [&hellip

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Psycho – Pain Addict Pigs

Singapore’s Psycho make their full-length debut with Pain Addict Pigs, a nine-track collection of horror metal made from a potent elixir of old-school death metal, black metal, and thrash metal. To make matters worse, the band taps into old-school punk, much like bands such as Impiety, Wormrot, and IronFist. The end result is harsh, primitive, [&hellip

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Near – The Opening of the Primordial Whirl

Formed in 2002, Italy’s Near have been recording splits and demos, but now they have finally come together to produce their debut full-length CD, titled The Opening of the Primordial Whirl. For those who lived through the early days of black metal, or for those who have taken the time to delve into the roots [&hellip

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Furze – Reaper Subconscious Guide

From the outer fringes of Black Metal come Norway’s Furze, whose new full-length CD, Reaper Subconscious Guide (Agonia Records), continues to explore the essence of trance and ambiance, the genres of doom and sludge, and even the mixture of pace and form. The end result may challenge traditionalists, but those looking for a new approach to Black [&hellip

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