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Archive for 08/31/2012

Eagle Twin – The Feather Tipped the Serpent’s Scale (2012)

It’s funny: Eagle Twin is a totally new band to me. I’d heard of them, but never listened to them until their new album, The Feather Tipped the Serpent’s Scale was delivered to me. Last I heard, they were on tour with Gaza, so I expected something along those lines. I didn’t get that. This was more of an amalgamation of the flowing musicality of Pelican with the fuzzed out sounds of Earth, Sleep, and other bands of the same vein. But does that make it good?
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Chris Boltendahl of Grave Digger discussed Clash Of The Gods with The Age Of Metal

Grave Digger is one of those heavy metal bands that had endured the passing of time, genres, trends and generations. Today they remain as one the strongest heavy metal bands out there as they were in the 80′s.
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Ex Deo – CALIGVLA (2012)

“Let them hate me, so that they will but fear me.” Caligula

It was the year 37 AD when Rome saw the rise to power of one of the most brutal and ruthless of all Roman emperors Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, better known as Caligula. His story is full of blood, murder, fear and madness, and his reign was one of the most controversial and ruthless in Roman history.

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Leif Nielsen & Monika Pedersen of The World State checked in with The Age Of Metal

The World State is a Danish band that was form two years ago, and since then they have worked on their début album Traced Through Dust And Time. Their music is a mix of classic rock, old school metal, movie soundtracks, sci-fi music. The idea behind their music is bring something different and special to their public.
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Dust Bolt – Violent Demolition (2012)

Newly signed band to the Napalm Records roster is up and coming thrash metal band from Germany.  The band was originally formed back in 2006, and then they released their EP CHAOS POSSESSION in 2010.  Dust Bolt caught lots people’s attention with their killer tunes which have brought them where they are today.  The band consists of: Lenny B. (vocals\guitar), Flo D. (guitar), Bene M. (Bass), Nico R. (drums).  Their greatly anticipated debut album is “Violent Demolition.”

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Katatonia – Dead End Kings (2012)

It was the summer of 2004 and I was flipping through CDs at a record store in California where I came across Katatonia’s Viva Emptiness. Now I have heard of them before as I was already a huge fan of Opeth and read that they were both really good friends with each other and hailed from Stockholm. I got the album and when the first track Ghost in the Sun came up I automatically knew that there was something special with this band. Eight years have passed since that day and Katatonia have become one of my favourite bands. Releasing two more studio albums after Viva Emptiness, Katatonia are continuing to evolve and craft their sound to the point where they have forgo their humble beginnings as one of the forerunners in the Death/Doom genre alongside My Dying Bride, Anathema, and Paradise Lost. With Katatonia’s newest opus Dead End Kings, they have followed the path given to them by their two most recent albums Night is the New Day and Great Cold Distance. Dead End Kings is quite possibly a great follow-up to the brilliant Night is the New Day and shows that Katatonia is not one band to be trifled with.

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Svölk – Nights Under the Round Table (2012)

Take five bearded mountain men and give them instruments (and booze, lots and lots of booze) and you will probably get Norway’s Svölk. Self-proclaiming themselves as “Bear metal” they play a mixture of stoner metal with a Norwegian redneck attitude. With their newest album Nights Under the Round Table, Svölk has created a down and dirty album featuring catchy hooks and heavy riffs.

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Grave – Endless Procession of Souls (2012)

Grave is a band that has been around for many years, making them veterans in the death metal scene. Originally formed in 1986 they have been through various lineup changes, with vocalist and guitarist Ola Lindgren being the only constant fixture in the band, and the band even went on hiatus for a couple of years in 1997. Despite their ever changing lineup of members Grave still manages to put out music that is true to their roots: good old headbanging death metal.
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Liv Kristine talked Libertine, Leaves’ Eyes & Theater Of Tragedy with The Age Of Metal

Liv Kristine Espenæs has been one of the finest voices in metal during the last 15 years, not only she had an active role during the rise of the Female Fronted Metal movement with Theater Of Tragedy back in the 90′s, and later with her participation along with her husband Alex Krull on the folk metal band Leaves Eyes. She also had four solo albums added to her discography since 1998.
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Vision Divine – Destination Set To Nowhere (2012)

Destination Set to Nowhere is a pretty stunning album, especially for something that started out as a side band. Although they’ve changed a lot to form the band they are today, their improvements have generally been for the better. September 14th, Vision Divine will release their seventh record Destination Set to Nowhere, a concept album revolving around the story of a man leaving Earth completely to escape a corrupt society (can’t say I blame him). The story progresses along throughout the album as the man and his companions travel through space to find a new place to start again.
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