Best of 2016, Q1: Manny-O-War’s List

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I’m not going to lie to you people. I think 2016 might be the best year in metal (particularly death metal) in a very, very long time. This is something I’ve been ranting about in my monthly recaps but it needs to be said as much as possible: each month in 2016 has provided an endless amount of terrific albums. Picking a top 18 for any month this year wouldn’t pose a significant hurdle. That’s just how good it’s been. So, with that in mind let’s take a look back at the last three months in metal. Continue reading

Nine Circles Ov… February 2016

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It’s not just rumor that I listen to an asinine amount of music. Previewing almost every single promotional album that comes through the door fits in with my obsessive personality. February 2016 really tested me. No less than one hundred and forty-two albums came through our rotating doors. And one hundred and forty-two is the number of albums I clicked play on to test them and suggest for review. So I’m a bit tired in an auditory sense. But I digress. In today’s post we will run through a bunch of larger releases that I hope no one missed and then feature nine smaller releases that are top notch. February was a great month. And another sign that 2016 is headed in very much the right direction. Continue reading

Album Review: Ravensire – “The Cycle Never Ends”

Ravensire - The Cycle Never Ends

Portugal’s Ravensire don the chain mail and battle axes once again for their second full length The Cycle Never Ends. In all seriousness, any fan of the 80’s style heavy metal or just really good traditional metal will find a treasure trove within this album. The band’s debut was good but lacked some punch and had a tendency towards repetitiveness. With plenty of brawn plus a raw and dirty sound this album towers over their debut. The combination of epic storytelling and equally epic songwriting makes for a worthy entry into the hallowed halls of heavy metal. Continue reading