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2016-08-17

Tested by Xpe aka Zyhan

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2015-11-08

We have two new reviews for you today, Allen Griffin's take on Thaw's epic trance black metal album St. Phenome Alley, and my own review of Devil Doll's classic, incredibly influential gothic art rock swansong, Dies Irae. While expressing very different head spaces, these albums share a hardcore dedication and focus when it comes to transporting their audiences to far off places. Enjoy!




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2015-10-19

Since launching his solo career, Ihsahn has given the world a handful of post-black metal gems. His latest, 2013's Das Seelenbrechen, is an unusually solid, dense and multifaceted one, considerably more daring and less streamlined than some of his previous efforts. Lefteris has been kind of enough to offer this own succinct thoughts on the album in his review.


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2015-10-11

For this Avant-garde Metal update, I would like to introduce the latest brave audionaut to join our team of music explorers, Allen Griffin. Allen is a lifelong metal fan, musician (playing bass for Coffinworm and Black Arrows of Filth and Impurity) and writer (fiction and non-fiction), and brings his unique insights as both a creator of music and genre writer to his exploration of the bold outliers of metal. For his AGM debut, Allen has written a review of Romanian psych-metal band Bloodway's excellent Mapping the Moment with the Logic of Dreams. Enjoy!


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2015-09-28

As we enter the crisp fall and the sunny distraction of summer falls away, AGM writers have been busy producing fresh content for your autumn afternoon reading pleasure. Veteran writer Lefteris has reviewed Wrathage’s Discipline and Alien Syndrome 777’s Outer. A.E. Fraser has offered her take on Edenwar’s epic self-titled debut. I have reviewed two new albums, Armadillo by Iceland’s blistering, fun Strigaskór nr. 42 and the ice cold Kald Krig by the collaborative ambient noise project Sturmgeist & The Fall of Rome, as well as a certifiable experimental metal classic, Flower Travellin’ Band’s magisterial Satori.














We also have some great new content from our latest writer, Melt Kruger. Melt hails from South Africa, and in his own words, enjoys "ravenously devouring the weird, wonderful and woefully obscure." We need more daring audionauts like Melt, and I’m proud to have him on the team. Please take a gander at his review of the debut self-release album of Norway’s positively off-the-wall INI, and his interview with the band here.


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2015-05-04

Greetings again everyone! I'd like to begin this update with an apology to our latest writer, A.E. Fraser. I introduced her last week with a link to her first review, but a technical database issue turned my introduction into a gobbledygook of code. The issue has been temporarily addressed and a more comprehensive solution is in the works.

A.E. hails from the great U.S. state of Virginia and specializes in the heavier, more theatrical end of Japanese music, a scene that is as diverse as it is bottomless, and one I hope A.E. will bring some much needed focus to. So once again, I'd like to welcome A.E. to the website and present her first review: Gothic metal stalwarts Moi dix Mois' forth album, the rhythmic, industrial tinged Dixanadu. Enjoy!



We also have Jackson's considered take on Sri Lanka's musical extremists, Genocide Shrines, a band that has taken the horrific realities of genocide and mass slaughter and fused them with the more esoteric corners of Hindu scripture and eschatology in a black-death metal onslaught. Go head, stare into the abyss.


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2015-04-11

In this update, David Sano discusses at length Vallendusk's eponymous 2012 debut EP,a release that further advances Indonesia's position as a major player in the global metal scene with an elegant, bright, all-enveloping sound. At a glance, their music may suggest an affinity for other atmospheric bands like Alcest, Lantlos or Deafheaven, but Vallendusk draws on personal and local cultural influences to create something that is all theirs, and theirs alone. Read David's review here:


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2015-04-02

Hola amigo/as, in this update AGM veteran Lefteris offers an intriguing take on The Love Album - Volume I, As Light Dies' latest collection of bleak experimental metal. This Spanish band has added more melody, finesse and direct emotion, but still packs a punch, taking the listener on a convoluted psychological journey down the corridors of the aching heart called love. Check out the review here:


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2015-03-30

If you're in the mood for something a little out of the ordinary, a little more cinematic than usual, Italy's Thee Maldoror Kollective have spent the last decade or so wandering down a path much more colorful and exploratory than the black metal road they started on, but no less bleak, eccentric or oddly atmospheric. I have reviewed their latest album, Knownothingism, for your pleasure. Enjoy the sensory overload!


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2015-03-25

Please enjoy another short but sweet update, this one a review of SubRosa's mighty 2013 album, More Constant Than the Gods. With only six songs, it represents a gloomy milestone in the world of sludgy doom, offering more mammoth riffs, dissonant violins and intoxicating melodies than you can shake a gem-encrusted staff at.


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