Rebel Hymns of Left Handed Terror (Moribund). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Blood and Ashes (Regain). Review by Matthew Moyer.
War Metal Battle Master (Southern Lord). Review by Matthew Moyer.
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Matthew Moyer wonders whether Maybelline or perhaps a more sinister faction is responsible for Gorgoroth’s awesomeness.
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The Kingdom of Glacial Palaces (World War III). Review by Matthew Moyer.
If a band takes its name from a Robert E. Howard tale, they’d better have some epic lyrical battlescapes to back it up. Symphonic metal masters Bal-Sagoth deliver on the promise of their name. David Lee Beowulf talks with swordsman – er, frontman Byron about Howard, weaponry, and metal!
La Grande Danse Macabre (Century Media/Regain). Review by Nathan T. Birk.
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