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2014-04-11

Greetings, and welcome to the first Avantgarde Metal site update since the reins were handed over to the new editorial triumvirate--Lefteris Kefalas, David Wassermann and me! We hope that this transition goes as smoothly as possible, and apologize in advance for any hiccups along the way. Of course this transition would not have been possible without the dedicated work of Andreas Johansson, the brave audionaut who graciously manned the update duties before me. I'd also like to thank the rest of our staff and the old-timers. You know who you are!

Without further ado, let's jump back into the gloriously weird musical content that Avantgarde Metal is known for, starting with the latest from Czech band Cult of Fire. The album continues the tantric metal outfit's ongoing meditation on Kali, Goddess of time, change and, in keeping with their blistering black metal attacks, destruction. Writer Jackson gives his rundown on their metallic brand of trance right here:



Next up, Lefteris examines the haunting Swedish soundscapes of Stilla. Join him on his mental adventure into the somber depths of the northern wilderness with the evocative "Emsamhetens Andar."


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2014-04-05



It's a great pleasure to welcome to the fold of the Avantgarde-Metal.com crew our newest member, David Sano! His first descent into the maelstrom of avantgarde metal music is this review of PRELUDIUM's Redemption. Enjoy!


And with this brief text I take my leave - I, aVoid, Andreas, am today resigning from my position as chief editor of Avantgarde-Metal.com. It has been a good 3,5 or so years of running this webzine of webzines, but all things reach their terminus and this is where I get off. The position as chief editor will be filled not by one, not two, but three bosses - Lefteris Kefalas, David Wassermann and James Slone - a triumvirate whose benign rule will become a springtime for Avantgarde-Metal.com.

My deepest gratitude goes out to Chrystof the boss, Katja & Bernd for taking care of all the boring technical stuff all this time, the whole crew for their hard work, and most of all you readers who've kept coming back for more obscure, extreme and experimental metal for almost seven years now!
Here's for another seven years of Avantgarde-Metal.com!

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2014-03-16

A bit quite here, don't you think? While the exteriors of your favourite source for experimental metal music maybe dead silent, we can assure you that there's a heap of activity behind the scenes. New futures are made up as this is written, new paths and new plans being forged at this very now. We cannot say too much right now, but rest assured that you will be the first to know what will be the future of AGM.com!



In the meantime, enjoy a revived blast from the past! The highly original Finnish weirdling death metal squadron DEMILICH's first and last and only full-length Nesphite recently turned 20 years of age. To celebrate this, Svart Records finally managed to coax Antti Boman & crew to unleash their whole discography - album and the full four demos preceeding it - and it was released as a 2CD and 3LP edition in January this year, with new artwork and all (not shown above). In 2011 we published a review of Nesphite, written by Simon Brand, so why not take a closer look at it today and see if this cult classic lives up to the test 21 years down the perilous streams of time and enthropy? Read it here!

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2014-02-20



As above: AENAON - Extance


So below: BLUT AUS NORD - Debemur MoRTi



(Both texts by Lefteris K.)

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2014-02-09



EKPYROSIS have a new album out, and none other than Adryuu has heard it. Read about it here.

On another, slightly blacker note: our correspondent Dominik Irtenkauf has written a piece on the impact of Black Metal culture in Georgia. Check it out.

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2014-01-24



One final blow from 2013: the EINDHOVEN METAL MEETING, the mid-December indoors festival, topping off what became an intense festival year in metallic realms. From ARCTURUS to ABORYM to, ehm, SABATON...? Regardless, a massive feast in the name of METAL, and as always our city correspondent Mystery Flame made herself present! Read about her experience right here - including a graphic encounter with the AGM.com chief editor...

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2014-01-15



On a late November evening in Berlin, cult folk metal-turned-acoustic EMPYRIUM made a performance in the Passionskirche. Embraced by their dark melancholy, Dominik Irtenkauf traces their Romantic roots two centuries back in his insightful chronicle of the event. Within, you will also find words on their upcoming album, "The Turn of the Tides" - their first in over a decade!

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2014-01-11

Wondering what the AGM.com crew enojyed the most from 2013? Transform that wonder into knowledge right HERE!

Now 2013 is finally ready to be buried; let's gaze deep into what 2014 has to offer... next week!

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2014-01-03

After a month of voting, and three days of counting, we finally have the results :
HERE ARE YOUR TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2013!

Next week we shall devulge what the writers' of AGM.com rank as their favourites of the past year; now go explore what you have not yet heard!

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2013-12-19



For the last - we suppose - update of 2013, we offer to you some Norwegian folk metal, from the fiddles and horns of GLITTERTIND! Interviewed here by the old ugly troll himself.

On the darker side, Septikemi is enthused by the vanguard black metal of Poland's MORD'A'STIGMATA and their new full-length Ansia.

By the way - you have voted for your top 5 AGM albums of this year, correct? If not, waste no time to punch the link to this text's immediate right and vote away! You only have until New Years' Eve!

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