Thromdarr – Electric Hellfire

While I did think that the album was pretty decent, there is also a large feeling of it being a bit mediocre with nothing to really help them stand out against other bands with a similar style and as much as there isn’t anything to really criticize quality-wise, I can see why they have never managed to really break out over the last twenty years…

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Hatetrend – Violated

When the band hit the groove, the album kicks some real ass and would have even the most persistent mosher feel the need to jump back in the pit, but when the band try and add some slow passages or melodic choruses it all falls down a little bit and the cracks begin to show…

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Bloodride – Crowned In Hell

Even though this BLOODRIDE are releasing their full length debut in 2011 and they play old-school trash, they aren’t a new band and the Finnish fellas that make up the line-up are all seasoned veterans of the Finnish thrash metal scene and have between them been involved with bands like LEGENDA, FAFF-BEY and SENTENCED…

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Maiden United – Mind The Acoustic Pieces

We have a very special little release to share with you guys here today and before I get into the full review I will just say that I am surprised by how much I enjoyed it and even if you are unsure about it I implore you to at least check it out. Okay so that’s my ridiculous disclaimer out of the way, so what in the world am I talking about you ask?…

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Orpheus – Bleed The Way

The short and skinny of it is simple….This album kicks some serious ass and will surely put them firmly in the midst of international touring acts. I guess if you wanted to you could say that it’s not a whole lot different to a lot of the other melodic death metal released over the last five or six years, but ORPHEUS do it with such style and bravado that it all seems fresh again…

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Disintegrate – Parasites Of A Shifting Future

DISINTEGRATE play a very blackened version of thrash metal that combines speedy head-banging riffs with extreme vocals that blend between death metal like growls to black metal like screams. Yes the people that class this as a thrash metal album are pretty right on, but the closest thrash band I can compare them to intensity wise would be SLAYER…

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Joop Wolters – False Poetry

JOOP WOLTERS’ blend of speedy shredding mixed with jazz fusion and sprinkled with a bit of classical inspired stuff is very easy on the ears and is a guitarist’s wet dream. Seriously, this is one of those albums that you listen to and then decide to hang your guitar up in shame as there is so much technicality here that it just shouldn’t be possible for one man to be so versatile…

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Ben Levin Group – Pulse Of A Nation

The latest oddity to come across my desk is a largely instrumental album from the BEN LEVIN GROUP, who were formed of all places at the Berkley School Of Music, which as a lot of you would know gave us the almighty Dream Theater. So as you can imagine, instrumentation is the main course here and I’ll tell you now that these guys are very highly skilled on a technical level…

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