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Category: Albums

Illumishade – ECLYPTIC: Wake of Shadows

Illumishade’s debut album “ECLYPTIC: Wake of Shadows”, side project of Eluveitie’s Fabienne Erni and Jonas Wolf, is a superbly balanced genre-bending record ranging from progressive djent to symphonic metal and melodic rock.

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Caligula’s Horse – Rise Radiant

“Rise Radiant” is definitely more than the obvious result of what the guys of Caligula’s Horse have been creating for the past decade. It is a conclusion and a marking point on their careers. With solid songwriting, super crystal clear sound production, it is poetically brilliant and combined with its powerfully crushing energy and moving melodies, delivers what surely is for me one of the best albums of the year! 5/5 ★

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Eciton – Suspension of Disbelief

Get ready for a relentless display of blast beats, screams and dirty overdriven guitars delivered at ridiculously fast tempos. Eciton’s “Suspension of Disbelief” presents a raw, stripped down form of technical death metal that leaves no room to draw your breath.

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Katatonia – City Burials

“City Burials” is like a Katatonia chocolate box, you never know what you get with the next song. And while some might call it incoherent, for me it is exciting and daring, just what we have come to expect from the spearhead of dark progressive metal.

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Novena – Eleventh Hour

“Eleventh Hour” encompasses every aspect of the EP “Secondary Genesis”,
and adds to it by incorporating more various and diverse influences. Novena prove the world
that they were more than just a good prog-metal band, by delivering a record made with a
notably mature sense of songwriting and creativity. 4,5/5★

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Bluewave Quartet – Poney-Club

…quirky saxophone melodies and sprawling synth leads over rich harmonics, and the rhythm section is grooving like there’s no tomorrow. Bluewave Quartet’s “Poney-Club” EP already now counts among my definitive favorite musical moments of 2020. 4,5/5★

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Ihsahn – Telemark

Whether you’ve been following Ihsahn’s career during his years with Emperor, or you’re new to his solo stuff, “Telemark” feels like a combination of both eras but leaving space for new creations.

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Klone – Le Grand Voyage

“Le Grand Voyage” is an engaging trip through emotional landscapes of atmospheric rock only the Frenchmen from Klone are able to evoke. 4/5★

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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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North of South – The Dogma and the Outsider EP

North of South’s new EP “The Dogma and the Outsider” is a release I can surely recommend. A varied record that includes collaborations with names like Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land), Anna Murphy (Cellar Darling , ex- Eluvetie) and Zuberoa Aznárez (Diabulus in Musica). I find several elements on their music, if developed in the right direction, could help the band get established as one to keep an eye on for the future.

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Hypno5e – A Distant (Dark) Source

Hypno5e are back with a new album, “A Distant (Dark) Source”, which will captivate the ears of those who were eager to hear the return of the heavy elements of the French quartet since their previous material was fully acoustic. A band that keeps evolving yet conserving their uniqueness with their cinematographic style in this intricate world of metal music.

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Scarlet Stories – Necrologies

Scarlet Stories is not overtly technical prog, even though the talent of the musicians is very much noticeable, their focus seems to be on melodies, moods and atmosphere, as well as a very strong inclination to bring the listener into their mysterious world, through the medium of music and lyricism. It very much feels like “Necrologies” could be the soundtrack to a collection of fantastic and gothic novels by Stoker, Shelley or Poe.

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