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01. Aeon Sable
- Aether
02. Amorphis
- Queen Of Time
03. Atrium Carceri
- Codex
04. Dimmu Borgir
- Eonian
05. Behemoth
- I Loved You At Your Darkest
06. The Eternal
- Waiting For The Endless Dawn
07. MGT
- Gemini Nyte
08. Primordial
- Exile Amongst The Ruins
09. Khôrada
- Salt
10. Immortal
- Northern Chaos Gods

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Black Shroud - Death Culture (2019) - Review

Band: Black Shroud
Album title: Death Culture
Release date: 12 January 2019
Label: Self-Released

Tracklist:
01. Tower Of Silence
02. Immolation Of Souls
03. Mellified Man
04. Inhumation
05. Endocannibal

Black Shroud's debut release has been garnering a small but notable bit of attention in the month or so since it's been out. Is this Ohio based black/death metal project worth your time? Let's take a look.

Opener "Tower Of Silence" shoves it's way in as an ominous, tense threat before blasting into three tracks in a row of vicious gore soaked rage only to have the listener come out the other side to find the same carnage turned up to eleven. Track two, "Immolation Of Souls", is surprising melodic when not playing at Napalm Death levels of hostility and "Mellified Man" is a Vital Remains lovers wet dream. "Inhuman" rounds out the trilogy of steady horror before "Endocannibal" blasts away in crippling scourge to end Death Culture.

"Endocannibal" is the perfect closer, taking the best parts of the four previous songs to create one remorseless Frankenstein monster. It also gives the album this odd feeling of some morbid reverse Fibonacci sequence. Constantly spiraling into a self cannibalistic implosion of raw brutality.

After listening to this album multiple times, the biggest thing I take away is that, despite being heavily influenced by more established extreme metal acts, this is still a debut release with enough originality sprinkled throughout to show that Black Shroud have the potential to carve there very own sound in a few more years. It's intense. But not lacking in depth. Behemoth fans finding themselves underwhelmed by I Loved You At Your Darkest would be wise to seek refuge under this particular shroud.

Review written by: Will Ring
Rating: 8/10

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Band: Neurotech
Album title: Stigma
Release date: 7 June 2015
Label: Self-Released

Playing softly with intertwining so many various styles, building on a solid foundation of cyber metal and enhancing with so many different layers, most notable feature of Stigma is its strong cinematic approach. The blasting drums are still present, covered with a dense layer of electronic effects and Wulf's vocoded vocals. But what really makes it so significant and pushes it further, is the grandeur approach and stupendous orchestrations, which flow more in the vein of film score music of Hans Zimmer, than symphonic metal, and are vibrating throughout the entire album. However, what spices up the deal are the numerous, eloquent insertions of so many different stylistic elements into the game. Stigma is yet another album, Wulf can only feel pride and joy of. What from a certain point of view may seem like it's only Infra Versus Ultra part 2, when realizing its potent nature, this album does open up new dimensions in the realms of Neuortech. On one side it is so staggeringly poetic, romantic and thought-provoking, on the other well as nerve striking, energetic and even demonic. If you are one of those Neurotech fans, who still craves and wishes for an Antagonist sequel, leave your hopes behind. But if you are here to follow the further evolution of its music, Stigma is simply an album you must embrace.

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