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Flower Travellin’ Band “Satori” (1971)

4. June 2020 James Slone 0

When heavy metal was still in its infancy, before it was even a genre really, it was already assimilating new sounds and pushing its boundaries outward. In 1971, Japan’s innocuously named Flower Travellin’ Band was already subjecting […]

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Fleurety “Min Tid Skal Komme” (1995)

4. June 2020 James Slone 0

Min Tid Skal Komme (1995) is like black metal run through a post punk filter, with rock breakdowns surfacing amid long stretches of caustic black metal fury and a groove-oriented sensibility pervading throughout. While Alexander Nordgaren’s […]

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Evereve “Seasons” (1997)

1. June 2018 James Slone 0

Evereve had the misfortune of releasing their first album in an age before the concept of avant-garde metal took off, that brief window in the mid-nineties when metal was starting to get its feet wet […]

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Enslaved “Vertebrae” (2008)

1. June 2018 James Slone 0

With “Vertebrae,” Enslaved present their most ambitious and developed album yet, and one of the most convincing agglomerations of progressive rock and metal to date. Right from the start you know the band has achieved […]

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Devil Doll “Dies Irae” (1996)

6. May 2018 James Slone 0

The legendary art rockers Devil Doll (not to be confused with the American rockabilly band of the same name) have influenced just about every weird, theatrical or gothic metal band in Europe, and yet they are still […]

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Celestial Season “Solar Lovers” (1995)

2. May 2018 James Slone 0

Ah, “Solar Lovers.” Hands down my favorite doom metal album ever, “Solar Lovers” is the gem in the Celestial Season crown. Resting between the too-ornate debut album and the extravagantly drugged excesses of the latter […]

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Botanist “VI: Flora” (2014)

2. May 2018 James Slone 0

The latest chapter in a series of LPs released by Botanist, the brainchild of Bay Area music savant and naturalism-enthusiast Otrebor, Flora marks a significant step forward for the “black metal with a hammered dulcimer” concept. The […]

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