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Metal Life Album Review: MARDUK – Frontschwein

Metal Life Album Review: MARDUK – Frontschwein

It’s been three long years, but finally avid black metal fans are able to unleash bloody hellfire upon their ears with the release of Marduk’s thirteenth chapter.  Escaping the spiritual perdition of Serpent Sermon, the Swedish black metal commandants return to the terrestrial kind of war, a topic that has not been visited by the band in almost ten years.  It is an insult to the ingenuity of this album to do nothing but label it as Panzer Division’s blood […]

Metal Life Album Review:  The German PANZER – Send Them All To Hell

Metal Life Album Review: The German PANZER – Send Them All To Hell

The German PANZER – Send Them All To Hell was released November 28, 2014 on Nuclear Blast Records. The German PANZER, the Teutonic Heavy Metal trio, is comprised of yet three undisputed genre legends: Vocalist & bass-player Schmier, best known as frontman of DESTRUCTION and HEADHUNTER, guitarist Herman Frank (ACCEPT, VICTORY) as well as drummer Stefan Schwarzmann (ACCEPT). With that kind of lineup, could this album be anything but amazing? Nope, it is amazing. I had a lot of fun […]

Metal Life Album Review: GHOULGOTHA – The Deathmass Cloak

Metal Life Album Review: GHOULGOTHA – The Deathmass Cloak

On January 13, 2015, Dark Descent Records will release the debut full-length from San Diego-based death metal band GHOULGOTHA. Produced by Damian Herring (HORRENDOUS) at Subterranean Watchtower Studio, this album features W. Sarantopoulos (AKA Elektrokutioner – also of DECREPITAPH, FATHER BEFOULED, ENCOFFINATION, WOODEN STAKE, FESTERED, SCAREMAKER, and more)  and drummer C. Koryn (ASCENDED DEAD) . Since Metal Life is based in San Diego as well, I had to review this to support our local scene. GHOULGOTHA have created a complex […]

Metal Life Album Review: ORDEN OGAN – Ravenhead

Metal Life Album Review: ORDEN OGAN – Ravenhead

I have been following ORDEN OGAN since their 2004 demo “Testimonium A.D” and I have been impressed with the band’s progress. They play a fairly common form of European power metal with a twist. They infuse riffs that you don’t typically find in “generic” power metal. Vocally, they are playing familiar power metal that will appeal to fans of the genre. ORDEN OGAN’s songwriting skills have continued to improve and on this latest release, Ravenhead, the band have created their […]

Metal Life Album Review: BLOODBATH – Grand Morbid Funeral

Metal Life Album Review: BLOODBATH – Grand Morbid Funeral

With the extinguishing of the Bloodbath flame wars from earlier this year regarding Nick Holmes following the footsteps of Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth) and Peter Tagtren (Hypocrisy), I was finally able to sit back, relax, and see what this infamous supergroup could conjure this time. Even with a wait only slightly less agonizing than that for the new At The Gates album, my Grand Morbid Funeral experience was not wholly one of the most exciting albums of the year like I […]

Metal Life Album Review: KHOLD – Til Endes

Metal Life Album Review: KHOLD – Til Endes

Norwegian black metal outfit Khold has released their sixth album Til Endes, a work nearly six years in the making that’s worth every penny for fans of Satyricon and Kvelertak. Though maintaining their natural primitive power from masterful releases like Masterpiss of Pain, Til Endes is decidedly more lighthearted with forest-stomping rock n’ roll grooves in songs like “Skogens uye” and title track “Til Endes.” It is a relatively simple and consistent album; with the exception of the outburst of […]

Metal Life Album Review: THE SKULL – For Those Which Are Asleep

Metal Life Album Review: THE SKULL – For Those Which Are Asleep

Doom metal bands have been making me extremely proud over the past five years or so. Particularly, ensembles like Orchid and Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats have driven the genre towards incredibly engaging material that adds lively grooves to the traditional abysmal distortion adored by all doom metal lovers. The Skull is my newest addition to the small but mighty “most engaging doom bands of the decade” seen above, as they wrap up 2014 with the memorable release of For […]

Album Review: MYSTICUM – Planet Satan

Album Review: MYSTICUM – Planet Satan

While everybody is making their lists of Best Albums of 2014, I’m putting Planet Satan on my Top 10 Unique Albums of 2014 list. It was hit and miss. It was love and hate. And this by far was one of the hardest reviews that I’ve done as we wrap up this calendar year. Mysticum’s otherworldly release is a mechanized interpretation of your average black metal record, and that leads to some unique discoveries and conundrums. The overall production level […]

Album Review: Vesania – Deus Ex Machina

Album Review: Vesania – Deus Ex Machina

Music lovers are drawn to supergroups like superhero fans are drawn to the Avengers. It’s such a cool concept to see a renowned name join your other favorite public figures in a collective force too powerful to be reckoned with. Here’s what makes Vesania one of the most special heavy metal supergroups out there: first and foremost, Vesania was formed years before Orion became Nergal’s secret weapon, before Daray astounded the masses with his work on Vader’s Art of War, […]

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