Misþyrming – Söngvar elds og óreiðu Mar02

Misþyrming – Söngvar elds og óreiðu

Misþyrming (Misthyrming) was originally suppose to be a studio only project of guitarist D.G., a well known musician of the Icelandic extreme underground, which is nice way to say that he has played for a number of projects that you never heard of and probably never will. But eventually the project morphed into a tag-team when he enlisted fellow countryman and drummer H.R.M. to the cause, who like D.G. played for a number of Icelandic black metal bands of relative obscurity. Then, sometime last year, they both entered the studio together to record the project’s recently released full length debut, Söngvar elds og óreiðu (translated...

Subterranean Masquerade – The Great Bazaar Feb19

Subterranean Masquerade – The Great Bazaar

I’ve been struggling to find an album from this year’s crop of new releases that’s been able to hold my interest through repeated listens, but with The Great Bazaar, the latest after a very long ten year wait from Subterranean Masquerade, I think I’ve finally hit on something. The band’s first official release back in 2004 was a mostly acoustic EP called Temporary Psychotic State, with Paul Khur of November’s Doom and Jason William Walton of Agalloch joining founding guitarist Tomer Pink. A year after Psychotic State, the band, again featuring Khur along with bassist Jake DePolitte and a cavalcade of guest musicians, released Suspended...

Akercocke – Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone

Forgotten Legends is an ongoing series where we look back on those extraordinary yet often overlooked albums that are essential to any serious metal collection. They can be of any format, released at any time. As always, a dynamic range measurement is provided for reference. Back in November of last year, AMG staffer Jean-Luc Ricard wrote such a glowing review for the album London by UK based Voices, that I made it a mission to seek this record out in the new year. And I’m so glad I did since it is everything that Jean-Luc said and more. Yet there was one thing about his stellar review that really bothered me after I initially read it...

The Devil’s Resolve Vinyl Follow Up Feb13

The Devil’s Resolve Vinyl Follow Up

I had originally planned to cover the vinyl version of Barren Earth’s The Devil’s Resolve after it first appeared in my Top 10 list of 2012, but for whatever reason, it fell through the cracks. With the band now back in the news though thanks to a jump to Century Media, new vocalist Jón Aldará taking over for Mikko Kotamäki, and a new album due later this year, I thought now is as good of time as any to talk about one of the standout progressive releases of 2012. For those not already in the know, Barren Earth was formed when a group of Finnish metal all-stars with former or on-going stints in Kreator, Moonsorrow, Amorphis, and Swallow The...

Angelus Apatrida – Hidden Evolution Feb12

Angelus Apatrida – Hidden Evolution

Angelus Apatrida are a four piece unit out of Spain who first made a name for themselves back in 2007 with their Give’Em War release. Up until that point, Angelus could be concisely summarized as another ho-hum power metal act with a few flashes of thrashy greatness sprinkled in here and there. But with War, these “fallen angels” really brought the ruckus by supplanting most of their power riffs with this very aggressive, late 80s inspired Bay Area thrash core. Now whether this was the band jumping on the retro bandwagon or just artistic capriciousness I know not, but it certainly proved to be a smart business decision...

MP3 Is Not A Four Letter Word

Angry Metal-Fi is a series of articles that are cross posted on Angry Metal Guy and Metal-Fi as a collaborative effort to evangelize dynamics in metal. Well, it’s not. It’s actually two letters and a number technically speaking. However most audiophiles, or at least most who purport that their never-ending quest for fidelity is a holy one, curse the MP3 and blame it for single-handily destroying modern music. Why? Well the usual line of thinking goes as follows: Since MP3s are lossy they can never sound as good as the original; yet because the format and its ilk are so ubiquitous, fans have gotten used to its substandard...