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MUSIC REVIEW: Enthroned – “Sovereigns”

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For those individuals who are seeking that nostalgic 90’s Black Metal sound, one of which Enthroned has had in the past; this album does not provide that sound. However, it does offer a modern listening experience that does channel that unique sound I love so much. I will be honest. This is the first release since “Carnage in Worlds Beyond” that I have actually listened to and it did take some time for me to fully respect this album. Vocally, it is completely different from said time period. Lyrically I feel it is much darker in mysterious ways.

“Sovereigns” marks the 10th studio album from Enthroned. Throughout the 9 tracks, I found I could thoroughly enjoy most of them. There are certain parts that get my blood boiling because I can hear hints of the Enthroned that I was familiar with and realized they’re not jumping on the modern black metal band wagon like some other Black Metal bands. The tracks that are most memorable off this album for are “Of Feathers and Flames,” “Lamp of Invisible Lights,” and “Divine Coagulation.”

Moving on to the cover art. I read in an interview one of the band members hand painted it with blood of the members mixed into the paints. This is bad ass for many reasons. Most importantly, for me, is the fact it is not digital media. So many bands for a while went into digital media to compose the entire layout of the release and it took away from that “vibe” of being underground. Some of you will know what I am talking about. In the end this album is 3.5 Horns from me. For those individuals who are seeking that nostalgic 90’s Black Metal sound, one of which Enthroned has had in the past; this album does not provide that sound. However, it does offer a modern listening experience that does channel that unique sound I love so much. I will be honest. This is the first release since “Carnage in Worlds Beyond” that I have actually listened to and it did take some time for me to fully respect this album. Vocally, it is completely different from said time period. Lyrically I feel it is much darker in mysterious ways.

“Sovereigns” marks the 10th studio album from Enthroned. Throughout the 9 tracks, I found I could thoroughly enjoy most of them. There are certain parts that get my blood boiling because I can hear hints of the Enthroned that I was familiar with and realized they’re not jumping on the modern black metal band wagon like some other Black Metal bands. The tracks that are most memorable off this album for are “Of Feathers and Flames,” “Lamp of Invisible Lights,” and “Divine Coagulation.”

Moving on to the cover art. I read in an interview one of the band members hand painted it with blood of the members mixed into the paints. This is bad ass for many reasons. Most importantly, for me, is the fact it is not digital media. So many bands for a while went into digital media to compose the entire layout of the release and it took away from that “vibe” of being underground. Some of you will know what I am talking about. In the end this album is 3.5 out of 5 Horns from me.

– Shane Wilson
wilson.shane14@gmail.com

Enthroned

Head on over to Enthroned’s official website to hear music from their new album “Sovereigns” out through Agonia Records.

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CD Review: Sebastian Bach – “Give ‘EM Hell”

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I have always been a fan of Skid Row and Sebastian Bach which is why I was looking forward to doing this review. “Give ‘EM Hell” is the third release in Bach’s solo career and is the only one I’ve heard in-full. The album can easily be described as a “Hard Rock” album until you get a little deeper into it as there are hints of “Rock N’ Rollish Country.” Overall, musically, it does not really offer anything above a generic level. There are no solid guitar riffs that I can say easily get stuck in my head. Vocally, it is great! It is exactly what you would expect from Bach, in-fact; it reminds me a lot of the Slave to the Grind era of Skid Row. There are moments when his vocals do not hit that power point and just kind of leaves you hanging. The few tracks that stood out to me are; “Push Away”, “Dominator,” “Gun to a Knife Fight” and “Rock n Roll is a Vicious Game.”  The album is GOOD, but if you’re looking for something over the top; this is not it. I give this album 2.5 horns out of 5.  Take the time to listen and you be the judge.

-Shane Wilson

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Go to the official Sebastian Bach website to hear the track for “Temptation” and if you are looking to purchase the album; you can buy it on iTunes here.

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New Music Releases for 4/29/2014

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I suppose every label on the planet decided to release an album on Tuesday. I spy a few I will be scoping out on Spotify…

Aborted – The Necrotic Manifesto (Century Media)
Abysmal Torment – Cultivate The Apostate (Willowtip)
Adestria – Gilded Hearts (Artery)
Annihilator – Feast Limited Edition CD/DVD (UDR)
Anti-Mortem – New Southern (Nuclear Blast)
Anti Ritual – Anti Ritual (Indisciplinarian)
Archspire – The Lucid Collective (Season Of Mist)
Autopsy – Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves (Peaceville)
Beneath – Barren Throne (Unique Leader)
Centurian – Choronzonic Chaos Gods Re-Release (Hells Headbangers)
Centurian – Of Purest Fire Re-Release (Hells Headbangers)
Cloak Of Altering – Plague Beasts (Crucial Blast)
Coldwar – Pantheist (Candlelight)
Curimus – Artificial Revolution (Freezing Penguin/Svart)
Dead In The Manger – Transience EP (20 Buck Spin)
Death – Leprosy Re-Release (Relapse)
Devil You Know – The Beauty Of Destruction (Nuclear Blast)
Dismemberment – Embrace The Dark (Horror Pain Gore Death)
Edguy – Space Police: Defenders Of The Crown (Nuclear Blast)
Existance – Steel Alive (Mausoleum)
Exorcism – I Am God (GoldenCore)
Fake Idols – Fake Idols (Lifeforce)
Fatal Smile – White Trash Heroes (FS)
Floor – Oblation (Season Of Mist)
Forest Of Tygers – Bruises EP (Primitive Violence)
Fu Manchu – Gigantoid (At the Dojo)
Grey Skies Fallen – The Many Sides of Truth (Xanthros)
Helstar – This Wicked Nest (AFM)
Holy Moses – Redefined Mayhem (SPV)
Ikillya – Vae Victus (Megaforce)
Infestus – The Reflecting Void (Debemur Morti)
Insomnium – Shadows Of The Dying Sun (Century Media)
Jeremy Irons & the Ratgang Malibus – Spirit Knife (Small Stone)
Klogr – Black Snow (Zeta Factory)
Lake Of Tears – By The Black Sea DVD/CD (AFM)
Lord Mantis – Death Mask (Profound Lore)
Kublai Khan – Balancing Survival & Happiness (Artery)
Manilla Road – Mystification Re-Release (Shadow Kingdom)
Martyr Defiled – No Hope No Morality (Century Media)
Mekong Delta – A Mirror Darkly (SPV)
Mind – Save Yourself From Hell (Selfmadegod)
Miss May I – Rise Of The Lion (Rise)
Portrait – Crossroads (Metal Blade)
Psycho – Chainsaw Priest (Selfmadegod)
Reformers – Abolish (Mediaskare)
Revelation – Salvation’s Answer Re-Release (Shadow Kingdom)
Romantic Rebel – Romantic Rebel (Pavement)
Saliva – Rise Up (Rum Bum)
Saxon – St. George’s Day Sacrifice – Live In Manchester (UDR)
Schammasch – Contradiction (Prosthetic)
So Hideous – Last Poem/First Light (Prosthetic)
Super Massive Black Holes – Calculations of the Ancients (Minotauro)
Thine – The Dead City Blueprint (Peaceville)
Twitch of the Death Nerve – A New Code of Morality (Comatose)
Unlight – The Katalyst Of The Katharsis (War-Anthem)
Upon This Dawning – We Are All Sinners (Artery)
Vanhelga – Längtan (Art of Propaganda)
Whitechapel – Our Endless War (Metal Blade)

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