Jan 23

Interview with Anthelion

Anthelion logo

In June last year, Anthelion finally dropped their sophomore full length album, Obsidian Plume. With the Taiwanese symphonic black metallers’ debut full length being a distant 7 year back, Obsidian Plume was certainly an album that was highly anticipated. After the (honestly) rather disappointing and different 2010 EP, Mañjusaka, the band returned to their roots and original style on Obsidian Plume, showing how the past years have done nothing to dull the edge that they have in their songwriting and playing. Vocalist Code tells us more about the new record.

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Jan 31

Ozmathoq – More than a Hero

Ozmathoq - More than a Hero

Ozmathoq [USA]
More than a Hero
2013
EP
Independent
Heavy/Thrash Metal

I’ll be honest. When I first received Ozmathoq‘s More than a Hero EP, I consciously delayed any attempts to listen to the release, with that rather weird album artwork and the huge “remastered and re-edited” stamp at the bottom of the cover. But reading the band’s biography got me somewhat interested, with Ozmathoq‘s history going all the way back to 1986. With what little information I could find, I figured that More than a Hero is probably one of the earliest material of the band.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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Jan 30

Johansson & Speckmann – Mask of the Treacherous

Johansson & Speckmann - Mask of the Treacherous

Johansson & Speckmann [Sweden/USA]
Mask of the Treacherous
2015
Full Length
vic Records
Death/Thrash Metal

Rogga Johansson and Paul Speckmann, arguably two of the biggest names in death metal these days, with Rogga being involved in a whole host of bands and projects (at least 7 projects as of last count). With the debut release Sulphur Skies by Johansson & Speckmann now being almost 2 years old, the duo returns early into the year with their sophomore album, Mask of the Treacherous.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

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Jan 29

Breathless – Return to Pangea

Breathless - Return to Pangea

Breathless [Spain]
Return to Pangea
2015
Full Length
Xtreem Music
Thrash Metal

Spain has always been more about death metal and the more barbaric side of black metal for me, with Dave Rotten and the excellent roster that he has under his Xtreem Music label. The label this year releases Spain thrashers Breathless‘ sophomore full length album, Return to Pangea. And as the title of the album suggests, Return to Pangea sees Breathless going back to the roots of thrash metal, where it all began.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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Jan 28

Album Review: Witchrist – Vritra

Witchrist - Vritra

Witchrist [New Zealand]
Vritra
2014
EP
Iron Bonehead Productions
Black/Death Metal

Towards the end of 2014, New Zealand death horde Witchrist announced the end of the band, along with two final releases; one of which being the EP Vritra. Along with the final two releases, Witchrist ropes in KzR of Bölzer to handle vocals of the band’s swan song.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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Jan 27

Album Review: Goat Semen – Ego Svm Satana

Goat Semen - Ego Svm Satana

Goat Semen [Peru]
Ego Svm Satana
2015
Full Length
Hells Headbangers Records
Black/Death Metal

South American fascination with the bestial style of extreme metal isn’t something new, with founding fathers of the genre such as Sarcófago resulting in the spawning of bands such as Infernal Curse and the likes. Peruvian band Goat Semen was formed in 2000, and over the years have released nothing but splits and demos. This year the band finally drops their full length album, Ego Svm Satana and which better label to release it under than Hells Headbangers?

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