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Heidevolk : Batavi : Metal albums reviews

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Heidevolk : Batavi

Band name: Heidevolk

With Batavi, Heidevolk delivers its fourth full-length, and the Dutchmen made it into a very fine album with the necessary amount of spice. For those of you who don't know Heidevolk, here's a short introduction to the band. Heidevolk is a folk metal sextet from the Dutch province Gelderland, who sing in Dutch. The band uses two singers but no folk instruments (except for a guest's contribution once in a while). Batavi is the fourth album by the Dutchmen and a first concept album. Until now, the band sang about a variety of themes (mythology, history, folk and drinking songs) and now turns



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The bands country origin: Netherlands

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Heidevolk : Velua : Metal albums reviews

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Heidevolk : Velua

Band name: Heidevolk

Of the many folk releases coming out in 2015, I was most familiar with three groups: Ensiferum, Svartsot, and Heidevolk (Enslaved doesn’t count). So far, I have found myself much more impressed with this year’s newcomers than the veterans. Ensiferum was fun, but more of the same. Svartsot showed growth, but lacked energy. Given that Heidevolk has always sat around the bottom of the barrel for me, I went into this album without much expectation. But while my mind may not have been blown, I was nevertheless impressed with the amount of improvement these beefy Dutchmen have made with Velua.



Album: Velua , review

The bands country origin: Netherlands

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Streben : ... of Melancholic Elegies and Wanderlust : Metal albums reviews

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Streben : ... of Melancholic Elegies and Wanderlust

Band name: Streben

Streben are a black metal duo hailing from Italy, originated from the mind of the female mastermind Hagalaz, handling vocals, bass, synths, music and lyrics. This is their first release - a home-recorded demo of four tracks. The low-fi sound (however, this can be forgiven in a demo album) humbles the songs a bit, but the skills and talent of Streben are plain to hear. What is to be found in "... of Melancholic Elegies and Wanderlust" is melodic yet rough black metal in the vein of 90's releases, but with acoustic passages and ethereal breaks that lend remarkable character to the sound.



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The bands country origin: Italy

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Streben : Wild Enchanted Gardens : Metal albums reviews

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Streben :  Wild Enchanted Gardens

Band name: Streben

Bands like Astarte and Gallhammer have made the female presence within black metal a more accessible concept to the largely male dominated fan base. Female fronted black metal bands in Italy alone are not unheard of, but they certainly are rare. Melencolia Estatica come to mind when thinking of good female fronted black metal bands from the region, a part of the world normally associated with a rather mediocre scene in general. Melencolia Estatica’s humorously named Climaxia is a solid musician and vocalist. She spearheads the group and, although the band remain relatively obscure, plays a



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The bands country origin: Italy

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The Slow Death : The Slow Death : Metal albums reviews

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The Slow Death : The Slow Death

Band name: The Slow Death

Overall, the work of The Slow Death is exactly what I had been hoping to hear around the time I discovered them. I was hoping to find some sort of revival of the primitive and gritty sounds of 90's doom/death metal. What's refreshing is that, while melodic elements like clean female vocals and pianos do have a big part in the music, the music is very far from the romanticism that can be associated with the likes of Anathema or My Dying Bride. If anything, this album leans more on the funereal side, with more of a terminal and desolate tone to its sorrowful compositions. Over the course of



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The bands country origin: Australia

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The Slow Death : II : Metal albums reviews

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The Slow Death : II

Band name: The Slow Death

This album tells the story of the last people on Earth following a cataclysmic event, and excels at creating moods of isolation and sorrow. (Mandy's excellent artwork also provides a great visualisation of the colours and landscapes evoked in this concept.) Despite the presence of a female band member providing vocals and keyboards, this is firmly guitar-based funeral doom/death metal, with the keyboards mostly used to create unsettling background ambiences and atmospheric intros/outros. Stuart's clean leads throughout the album are beautifully mournful and "Empty Places" and "Reflections in



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The bands country origin: Australia

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Majestic Downfall / The Slow Death : split : Metal albums reviews

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Majestic Downfall / The Slow Death :  split

Band name: The Slow Death

Well, I'm ecstatic to be soooooo thoroughly wrong. These 3 songs and 35 minutes are quite simply the best thing Majestic Downfall have ever done. And out of the 100+ albums I've heard (so far) this year, its easily the best of the bunch. It has a little bit of everything: doom, death, grind, emotion, change of pace, peaks and valleys. Heck, even it's softer moments (when you can breathe) only help to accentuate it's overall brutality. It's masterfully written and beautifully put together. Everything sounds so good, lush and organic. "Dark Lullaby" features the best riff Jacobo has ever come



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The bands country origin: Australia

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Dynfari : Sem skugginn : Metal albums reviews

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Dynfari : Sem skugginn

Band name: Dynfari

There is an almost depressive/suicidal black metal feel as the album opens with Glötun, with the sounds of a conversation happening against a haunting backdrop of organs, and as the track progressed things started to get even darker and more hopeless, as doom-paced guitar riffs soon greet the listener. And things like this make Sem Skugginn feel almost like a funeral march that never ends with the crushing guitars and the heavy percussions, and that sorrowful and mournful atmosphere that drenches the listener from the start of Sem Skugginn till the end. Each of the instruments are utilised



Album: Sem skugginn , review

The bands country origin: Iceland

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Dynfari : Vegferð tímans : Metal albums reviews

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Dynfari :  Vegferð tímans

Band name: Dynfari

With five years of career, the Icelandic metallers Dynfari are releasing the beautiful third full-length “Vegferð Tímans” – that means ‘journey of time’ – via Code666 Records. Dynfari are not a band that makes us suddenly discern what they play… If the first track, “Ljósið” (working as an intro), wanders between rock-oriented compact riffs and dissonant loose notes, the second one, “Óreiða”, takes us into a more depressive and melancholic atmospheric metal that starts to be slow, but then bursts into a repressive and sad fury worthy of the most modern black metal. There are also incursions



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The bands country origin: Iceland

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Ixion : To the Void : Metal albums reviews

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Ixion :  To the Void

Band name: Ixion

Attempting to find a more breathtakingly beautiful sound from an atmospheric doom metal band than Ixion would be a difficult search. The album engrosses its listener with an array of sounds that encompass beautiful synthwork, heavy yet melodic guitar riffage, and a combination of clean and growled vocal work. Add to that top notch production, especially regarding the style of symphonic doom, and I really find myself having very few moments throughout the album that I dislike. Who knew the French could make such hypnotic and gloomy music? Aside from the expected keyboard work that goes along



Album: To the Void , review

The bands country origin: France

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