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Author: Luis Gerardo

Raptvre – Monuments of Bitterness

It requires a bit of a nihilist mindset to find beauty in the jarring things that surround us, and music may be no difference. Make no mistake, this album isn’t for everyone, but damn if it isn’t great! A challenging listening without a doubt, but also a rewarding one.

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Iapetus – The Body Cosmic

With their sophomore album, Iapetus are wearing their influences quite openly without blatantly copying them, and they’ve managed to assemble a musical journey through their cosmos, packed full of grand, epic sections and also many restrained, contemplative passages, showing their aptitude at controlling dynamics and pacing. Quite a great listen from start to finish!

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The Odious – Vesica Piscis

After many years The Odious are back with their weird flavor of progressive metal, pulling all the stops with “Vesica Piscis”. This album is an unabashed show of contrasts. Restraint vs. self-indulgence, melody vs. dissonance, aggressive vs. soothing, modern vs. classic, and everything happening at once throughout the whole 50 minutes. A definite must listen and a great comeback from the Portland guys.

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