Amorphis released their latest record on May 27. It is entitled The Beginning of Times and was released through Nuclear Blast. The band had been on an excellent streak with records in recent years. Unfortunately, I do not consider this a continuation of their chain of stellar releases.
On April 12, Between the Buried and Me released an EP which is a sort of introduction to an upcoming concept album. It is entitled The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues. It is a mere three songs, but all of which total a solid half hour. Personally, I preferred Thomas Giles solo effort. Still, this is a solid release from the main project.
Thanks first and foremost to the folks at Earsplit for hooking me up with Amon Amarth‘s upcoming album Surtur Rising. For all you melodic death metal fans, mark your calendar for March 29, the release date of the record. Unfortunately, for personal reasons my calendar will remain unmarked. In many ways, I think this is an awesome album. But what is keeping me from listening to it anymore is the non-stop, relentless growling. There is a line within the metal community drawn by the death growl, and it is certainly not a thin one. Being on the wrong side of it, I feel that rating this album is unjust. Still, I’m more than happy to share my thoughts.
On January 21, the gothic metal Norwegians known as Sirenia released their newest album. It was done so through Nuclear Blast and is entitled The Enigma of Life. Being the band’s fifth studio release, it was expected that they would have found their groove by now. If they have, they most likely should find their way out of it; The Enigma of Life is not a place this band should remain.
Orphaned Land is a progressive death metal band from Israel in 1991. Their location of origin is obvious in their incorporation of Middle-Eastern musical elements. Since their birth, they have been constantly growing in popularity and reputation. However, this is the first album by this band which I have listened to. It is entitled The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR, which loosely translates to “warrior of the light,” and was released on January 25. This is one of the select few 2010 releases that is a must-hear!
I never would have thought that I would be doing a LATE review on a DEATH METAL album… But I guess opposite day exists. The Swedish progressive death metal band, Opeth, has been making waves for quite some time now. I’ve never bothered to check them out because of the instant turn off by the word “death” in “progressive death metal,” shallow may it be. However, progressive has made its way to my favorite genre of music, so I thought I woul open a few doors. The album Ghost Reveries, released August 29, 2005, has received overwhelming critical acclaim since its release. Today, I decided to personally investigate this.
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