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MYSTIC FOREST – In the End…

MYSTIC FOREST - In the End

French romantic black metallers Mystic Forest are back after a very long period of silence. The band was formed in 1997 by Stefan Kozak, who is practically their only member, since he composes and performs all music, with the help of a few guest musicians in each album. The first full-length “Green Hell…” came out on 1999. Mystic Forest tried since its beginning to play melodic yet raw black metal, combined with classical music interludes in a dark Read more…

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ETERNAL DEFORMITY – The Beauty of Chaos

ETERNAL DEFORMITY - The Beauty of Chaos

Eternal Deformity come from Poland and this is their 5th album. Their music can be described as avant-garde black metal with progressive metal elements. If you listen to their music it is clear that they have influences from bands like Arcturus, Edge of Sanity and Opeth (the progressive elements). Although they are around from 1994 this is my first touch with them and I must say that I am impressed.

The album consists of 8 songs that combine everything. You Read more…

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AKPHAEZYA – Anthology IV: The Tragedy of Nerak

AKPHAEZYA - Anthology IV - The Tragedy of Nerak

After their impressive debut “Anthology II: Links from the Dead Trinity” in 2008, Akphaezya return with their second album entitled “Anthology IV: The Tragedy of Nerak” released by Code666 on March 2012. The progressive, avant-garde, experimental band from France states on the booklet: “Αυτός ο δίσκος είναι αφιερωμένος στους Έλληνες του χθές, του σήμερα και του αύριο (translation: This album is dedicated to Greeks of yesterday, today and tomorrow)”. The album is written like Read more…

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ASGAARD – Stairs to Nowhere

ASGAARD - Stairs to Nowhere

Asgaard is a band I always liked and I’ve watched their discography since the beginning. This Polish group was formed in 1994 and in 1997 released its demo “Excellent Darkness Art”, one year before the debut “When The Twilight Set In Again”. This debut is very different from the rest of the band’s works! They actually played a mix of symphonic / classical, gothic, black metal with both male and female vocals and a relatively poor Read more…

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CHRYST – PhantasmaChronica

CHRYST - PhantasmaChronica

Chryst is a new name in the avant-garde psychedelic black metal scene, but not an entirely new band! Chrystof Niederwieser, was one of the founding members of the Austrian avant-garde black metal band Korova back in 1990. They released the albums “A Kiss in the Charnel Fields” in 1995 and “Dead Like an Angel” in 1998. In 2000 they changed their name to Korovakill and one year later released the album “WaterHells”. After that Read more…

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UNEXPECT – Fables of the Sleepless Empire

UNEXPECT - Fables of the Sleepless Empire

Unexpect is definitely one of these bands you cannot easily categorize or review in general, since they are a whole category on their own! This unusual Canadian band was formed back in 1996 and released its debut album “Utopia” in 1999. Four years later they released the EP “_we, Invaders” with Galy Records and they reached larger audience. Then they signed in The End Records in order to release their second full length “In a Read more…

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ANGIZIA – Kokon

ANGIZIA – Kokon

Some of you may still remember this unique band from Austria, with its really unusual and bizarre albums. Formed back in 1994, they were signed by Napalm Records, who released their first four works; a split with Amestigon and 3 full-length albums. They were playing a very distinctive mix of avant-garde metal, classical music, operatic female vocals and extreme screaming male ones. Their 3 first works were simply brilliant. Especially the debut album “Die Kemenaten Scharlachroter Lichter”, with Read more…

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PENSÉES NOCTURNES – Grotesque

PENSÉES NOCTURNES – Grotesque

One year after the amazing album “Vacuum”, Vaerohn returns with the second effort of his personal band Pensées Nocturnes. And if he experimented in the first album, well this time he moved one step “forward”, taking many risks and offering us a really bizarre and unusual musical work! This weird piece of art though, isn’t too easy to be fully comprehended, compared to the debut. I must admit that its title “Grotesque” fits the music perfectly. Read more…

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