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Skyclad - The Silent Whales of Lunar Sea
77
“The Silent Whales of Lunar Sea” marks the 4th album in a row Skyclad have taken the spot for best Folk Metal album. Despite creating the genre on their sophomore album years prior, not many other bands really contributed much to the scene! And so Skyclad are still reigning at the top with their tried-and-true Thrash-influenced Folky Heavy Metal.

This album has a little progress and change from their last effort, mostly in the fact that each song has a bit of a distinctive style, ... read more

Veiled In Scarlet - Reborn
97
There's really not much to say here.

Veiled in Scarlet took their perfect style present on their debut... and got even better. Every track is such incredible aural pleasure I simply don't have words.

Unfortunately, they lost their old vocalist, who had a really good growl, and replaced him with much less talented one. I got used to it, and forced myself to kind of blend it into the background and just enjoy the music. If the vocals were on par with the debut, every single track would be 5 ... read more

Veiled In Scarlet - Idealism
98
This is absolutely incredible, pretty much what I've been searching for quite a long time. And to find it in some barely-known Japanese band.

Veiled in Scarlet is a Melodic Death Metal band that pull everything off perfectly. They have brilliant guitar work, and clean, accurate drums. The vocals are good, powerful and not annoying like some growls can be. Their riffs range from breathtakingly beautiful and melodic to deathly evil and sinister. And the solos? The best I've ever heard. The title ... read more

Makoto Matsushita - First Light
87
You just spent a wonderful, fulfilling summer with a fantastic person who makes you smile.

But summer is ending, and they have to leave.

It's almost time to return to your 9-5 and forget what it feels like to feel alive. But before you do... you catch one more sunset.

Dissection - Storm of the Light's Bane
87
The legendary Storm of the Light’s Bane is considered perhaps the greatest Meloblack album ever put to record, and for good reason. Every track is chock full of dark and icy riffs, thanks in part to its heavy Melodeath influence. You see that beautiful cover art with the reaper on horseback amongst a nocturnal tundra mountain scape? Yeah, this album just sounds like that. The beauty of cold, night, and death are all emanating from the electrifying songwriting here.

Black Metal tends to ... read more

Shoutbox

1y
I'm bored and so decided to make another community list; this time,

What is a record you believe has defined its genre albeit through shaping said genre, or has established said genre in popularity and/or existence, and why?
1y
That’s an interesting review process! I appreciate you taking music you don’t like as an opportunity for others to experience and maybe enjoy it in a way you couldn’t.

I’m kinda the opposite lol. My reviews are 100% about personal enjoyment and I can be really harsh on even albums I felt we’re mediocre.
1y
Could you explain your rating system? Your review for "Grand Guignol" seemed pretty positive, yet you gave it a 2/10.
1y
obvious lol
1y
do you like Slayer?
3y
hey, can you name your top 5 best albums of 2019 yet? thanks

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