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Jason Kui – Naka

Guitar maestro, Jason Kui, returns with ​Naka​ – his second studio album comprising of a diverse and exciting collection of songs that show off his eclectic prowess. His travels as a sought-after session musician have inspired his writing process for ​Naka​ and his broader musical journey.

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Anvil – Legal At Last

ANVIL recorded the new disc at Soundlodge studios in Rhauderfehn in the northwest of Germany. Speaking about the LP’s musical direction, Reiner told The Metal Voice: “It’s just a continuation of what we’ve been doing for the last four or five years, really. Some very powerful riffs. It’s gonna be more smashing, crushing ANVIL.”

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Suicide Silence – Become The Hunter

Purely from a “LET’S OPEN UP THIS PIT!” point of view, migraine-throbbing tracks like “In Hiding,” “Feel Alive,” and “Disaster Valley” are amongst the band’s best. Eddie Hermida is now in his fourteenth year of being one of death metal’s most impressive frontmen, lead guitarist Mark Heylmun only continues to get better with each album, and drummer Alex Lopez is absolutely on fire on this record, giving a career-best performance. This material seems clearly designed to win back fans who hated Suicide Silence, and I imagine they will do just that.

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Faustian Pact – Outojen Tornien Varjoissa

Titled Outojen Tornien Varjoissa, FAUSTIAN PACT’s full-length debut is the grand culmination of all the gloriously bewitching work they brewed across that trio of demos. Exploding with an effervescence that’s addicting and undeniable, their swords-aloft attack surges and swells, crests and cascades. At the forefront are stained-glass synths whisked from a time – and a fantastical landscape – far, FAR away, sumptuously underlining their heroic/romantic style of black metal deeply steeped in a nostalgic past. Across the album’s 41 minute (fantastical) landscape are spread lyrics of splendorous mythology, swords & sorcery, vast forgotten realms brought to life through wily, wanderlusting black metal betraying a noble melodicism. FAUSTIAN PACT are thus a unique balance of contrasts: orkish energy vs. mystical atmosphere, dungeon rawness vs. castle-top aristocracy, obsidian darkness vs. gleaming light. So, whether 25 years ago or 2500, removed by a reality or two, Outojen Tornien Varjoissa is timeless BLACK METAL MAGICK – dark medieval times have at last arrived!

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Kreator – London Apocalypticon: Live At The Roundhouse

Says a very satisfied Mille Petrozza: “This tour was the most successful in the history of the band!” It’s only coherent to end this historic cycle with an equally fierce live release. Enter “London Apocalypticon – Live At The Roundhouse”, capturing the demolition-hammer-like show at London’s revered The Roundhouse on December 16th, 2018 – as raw, as loud, as infernally direct as only a KREATOR show can be.

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