Album Review: At The Gates – “To Drink From the Night Itself”

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The legacy and influence of At The Gates approaches almost mythological status.  The impact of Slaughter of the Soul on the metal landscape, coupled with the band’s breakup soon after left a massive footprint dozens of bands were eager to fill.  Whether you blame or cheer ATG for the foundation and onslaught of melodic death metal (or NWOSDM or the Gothenburg sound or whatever you choose to call it) that followed in its wake, you can’t deny the spark that ignited it.  Now with the release of their second post-reunion album To Drink From the Night Itself it’s up to us to determine if they’re carrying the legacy forward or merely riding the wave they first created.   Continue reading

Album Review: The Crown – “Death is Not Dead”

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When exploring the Swedish death metal world, The Crown may not come to mind as immediately as bands like At the Gates or Dark Tranquillity. Hailing from the same mid-90s time period as their more famous counterparts, The Crown made their mark on the scene towards the end of the decade before their 2004 dissolution, triggered by vocalist Johan Lindstrand’s departure. They would return with Doomsday King in 2010, fronted by Jonas Stålhammar, but with not-quite-memorable results. After falling a bit toward death metal’s periphery, The Crown returns with Death is Not Dead—fronted once again by Lindstrand and making a nice return to form.

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