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Review: Integral – Resilience

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Integral is a melodic tech-death outfit from Bergamo, Italy. Having released their album ‘Resilience’ on the 5th of May, fans of Beyond Creation, The Faceless, and the Black Dahlia Murder will be pleased to know that there is indeed a lot of technically proficient string work, progressive interjections, and a daring dip into a fusion of unexpected genres. However, when it comes to technical death metal, there is only one question that matters… is this one of the few good albums of the genre, or just another inherently bad one? Let’s find out.

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Review: Planet Eater – Blackness From The Stars

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From Regina, Saskatchewan, our Canadian Death Metal vocabulary expands as Planet Eater launches ‘Blackness From The Stars’ on the 4th of August. I remember the days where an average listener’s response to labels and genres was, “It’s just plain fucking metal!” This was during the golden age of Roadrunner Records, roughly 1998 to 2008, where nearly every male-fronted band used mid-range vocals inspired by the likes of Phil Anselmo and Max Cavalera, yet despite getting labeled groove or nu-metal, there wasn’t a single band that could be permanently confined to a single genre box. This is very much how this album comes across, very diverse and genre-defying.

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Review: Unborn Suffer – Nihilist

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A solid Death Grind monstrosity from Poland, Unborn Suffer have released their fifth album Nihilist last year along with a video clip of “Open Defiance”. I see this as a great opportunity for our core kiddies to expand their genre knowledge. Death Grind being the beautiful bastard offspring of Death Metal and Grindcore is known as the ultimate step up in brutality as far as death metal sub-genres are concerned. One thing I have never liked about death grind albums is that the album always goes by too fast, but I guess others feel the same way, because this album has seventeen tracks – making the duration perfect between overstaying its welcome and leaving too soon.

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Review: Scalpel – Methods to Delusion

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From Massachusetts, Scalpel are releasing what they call psychedelic death metal, in the form of their album Methods to Delusion, to be released on the 25th of July. Aimed at fans of Death and Suffocation, we are told to expect an old-school death metal sound with a lot of experimentation and very few boundaries. The whole album is actually very inventive and something to be respected at a live show. However the album is also very under-produced, meaning that a lot is left to the imagination as to how good it could have sounded with the right editing.

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