Echoes Of Eternity – As Shadows Burn (2009)

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While many people decided to trash Echoes Of Eternity debut album “The Forgotten Goddess”, I was very surprised why a band would get trashed by attempting a very interesting mixture of musical genres (Gothic and Progressive Metal) and achieving a very good debut album.

The riffs on the band’s debut album were not the most original or complicated out there, also they were pretty repetitive but they still managed to get the job done in creating an original sound for a band that was breaking into the scene.

Darzamat – Solfernus Path (2009)

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I can always count on Darzamat to produce a high quality album that is very, if not totally, different from their previous one. This is a feature that I like about Darzamat but unfortunately some critics do not, and they trash the band’s releases.

“Solfernus Path” marks this Polish band fifth full length, while the band started more in the style of Symphonic Black Metal, they have now switched around to Dark/Gothic Metal, but without loosing their aggressiveness and power that the band had in their earlier days.

Theatre Of Tragedy – Forever If The World (2009)

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After going back to a more Gothic Metal sound with “Storm”, Theatre Of Tragedy is back after three years with “Forever If The World”. The band’s latest release is a step up from “Storm”, but it still never compares to the band’s last great album “Aegis”.

“Forever If The World” has a bit of a feeling like “Aegis” but it gets watered down with some weird parts featuring electronic elements, like in “Astray” and the feeling is over. However this album is still very solid and it has memorable tracks like “Frozen” and “Hollow” just to name a few.

The Devil’s Blood – The Time Of No Time Evermore (2009)

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The Devil’s Blood is one of those bands that will totally catch you by surprise. Playing a funky mixture of Progressive Rock with Psychedelic Rock they totally rock at it.

I have never been a fan of the 70’s music of the same style, but there is something about “The Time Of No Time Evermore” that hooked me since the first time I heard the album and now I find myself enjoying this release at any point during the day, after listening to whatever other kind of music I’m currently reviewing.

Leaves’ Eyes – My Destiny (2009)

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I was psyched when I received this CD on the mail, since I’ve been waiting for quite a while to get some new Leaves’ Eyes music. And let me tell you I was pretty shocked by the opening riff of the track “My Destiny” since I was not expecting it.

The riff is very commercial hard-rock /Metal in nature and I had that whole déjà vu feeling when Lacuna Coil went very commercial, however the song got a bit better and the rest of the album continues in the traditional Leaves’ Eyes fashion.

Nervecell – Preaching Venom (2009)

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Lifeforce Records brings us “Preaching Venom” from the UAE based band Nervecell, the band plays Death/Trash metal with some melodic elements. While none of the band members are nationals of UAE, Dubai more specifically, they all reside there and make their music in that corner of the world.

Nervecell’s features David Haley of Psycroptic fame on drums, and as you can expect the drumming in this album is close to perfection; all tracks are tightly played and brilliantly written and executed. The other 3 musicians from the band as I can tell do not play in any other bands in the scene, but they are still pretty good at their instruments.

Urfaust – Einsiedler (2009)

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The Dutch duo of Urfaust comes back with their latest 2 song EP “Einsiedler” and after doing a bit of research about this band I figured I was into another pointless voyage from ‘just another’ crappy Ambient/Raw Black Metal band, and I was very wrong about this.

“Einsiedler” features over 18 minutes of mesmerizing Ambient/Raw Black Metal that should be set as one of the standards for the genre. Their amazing ambiance created by the keyboards in the track “IX Einsiedler” is both eerie and enthralling I have not enjoyed a simple but well composed keyboard arrangement like this one in quite a while. While you still have the traditional shrieks on the song, they also added a very melodic clean vocal that complements the track to perfection. The overall down-tempo and doomy feeling of this song is amazing and it’s probably one of the reasons I enjoyed the full 11 minutes it lasts.

DUSTED ANGEL's California Takeover

Santa Cruz's jam-doom powerhouse DUSTED ANGEL have announced several California shows, including a
record release show with Crom and a killer show with The Accused! If you're in the vicinity of any of these shows, you're advised to make your way out for a neck-snapping night of doom-rock debauchery.
 
9/12/2009 The Nomad Gallery - Los Angeles, CA w/ Crom, Green and Wood
9/13/2009 R Bar - Los Angeles, CA w/ Destroy Judas

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