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Against the Wall – April 2013

Death Tyrant - "Opus De Tyranis" 2013

 Death Tyrant – “Opus De Tyranis”
LABEL: Non Serviam Records
GENRE: Black Metal
OVERALL RATING: 8.5/10 (8,4)*

(TK): Swedish Blackened Death Metal just as it was ment to be played! Review here9.0/10

(MJ): Easy listening, springtime black metal. This could have been great, but the drums are totally stale. 6.5/10

(JP): Swedish black metal at its finest. 9.0/10

(VS): I didn’t see that coming, what an awesome record! These guys combine black and death metal just like a great swedish band would and should, really amazed. 9.0/10

 Hypocrisy – “End of Disclosure”
LABEL: Nuclear Blast
GENRE: Melodic Death Metal
OVERALL RATING: 8.0/10 (8,1)*

(TK): As Ac/Dc is always Ac/Dc, Hypocrisy is always Hypocrisy. Quality death metal of Sweden.  7.0/10

(MJ): I called Hypocrisy my fave band in death metal in a poll sometime last year. “End of Disclosure” is yet another proof of their total awesomeness. 8.5/10

(JP): Hypocrisy has done very few errors in the past. At one point the music sounded a bit too much like Tägtgren´s other band Pain. This only lasted on one record so it’s forgiven. “End Of Disclosure” sounds just the way you want a Hypocrisy album to sound. 8.0/10

(VS): The masters have arrived. Definitely one of the best death metal albums I’ve listened to so far in 2013, amazing songs with a perfect composition, it never gets loud enough. You’re going to love the intensity in this album.  9.0/10

 October Tide – “Tunnel of No Light”
LABEL: Pulverised Records
GENRE: Melodic Doom/Death Metal
OVERALL RATING: 7.5/10 (7,8)*

(TK): “Rain Without End” (1997) is still one of my all-time favorites when it comes to melodic doom/death metal. “Tunnel of No Light” is good, but not nearly as good. 7.0/10

(MJ): Yes! Holy shit, yes! If you love the last few Katatonia records (like me) but want more darkness, this album is a must this year. There actually is some affiliation to Katatonia in more than just sound, since a few ex- and present members have a history in OT. Awesome! 9.0/10

(JP): October Tide has always delivered high quality doom/death. “Tunnel of No Light” is no exception. Great songs with strong melodies, powered with Alexander Högbom’s excellent vocals. 8.0/10

(VS): Being a big fan of this band, I enjoyed it very much. However, I expected more by them, compared to the previous releases. 7.0/10

 Persefone – “Spiritual Migration”
LABEL: ViciSolum Productions
GENRE: Progressive/Melodic Death Metal
OVERALL RATING: 7.5/10 (7,6)*

(TK): Oh, how I wish that the vocals would be less metalcorish. Other than that fact, this is some mighty fine “Extreme Progressive Metal”. 6.0/10

(MJ): Persefone is famous only for being one out of three (as I write this) metal bands from Andorra. Quality, rather than quantity, perhaps. This album comes ridiculously close to perfection in my opinion. Full review here.  9.5/10

(JP): Even though I am allergic to most clean vocals in death and happy melodies a la Children of Bodom, I have to say I like this. They manage to keep my interest up throughout the whole record and the clean vocals doesn’t make me throw up in my mouth. 7.0/10

(VS): You can feel the spectacular musicianship from the very first second. Fans of progressive metal will love this. 8.0/10

Tribulation - "The Formulas of Death" 2013
 Tribulation – “The Formulas of Death”
LABEL: Invictus Productions
GENRE: Death Metal
OVERALL RATING: 7.5/10 (7,6)*

(TK): This album does in many ways remind me of Dissection‘s “Reinkaos”. I sort of hated it in the beginning, but after getting over the fact that it sounded different from the past, I slowly fell in love with it. “The Horror” is indeed a fantastic album, but “The Formulas of Death” is an amazing one in comparison. 9.5/10

(MJ): Too long. That’s the biggest problem. Full review here7.0/10

(JP): Tribulation puts their touch on old school death. They make it interesting, and mainly they separate themselves from the rest of the old school horde. The band has come a long way since “The Horror”. This is very good indeed.  8.0/10

(VS): I loved their first full length, and at the beginning I was digging this one too. It just turned out to be longer that it should be. I rarely fully enjoy THAT long releases. 6.0/10

 Kvelertak – “Meir”
LABEL: Roadrunner Records
GENRE: Black´n´Roll/Hardcore/Punk
OVERALL RATING: 7.5/10 (7,4)*

(TK): Kvelertaks selftitled debut album had exactly one song that I liked, “Mjød”. “Meir” on the other hand has 11 (out of 11). Black’n’Roll Punk deluxe!  8.0/10

(MJ): “Meir” is totally diggable = has got groove and great rhythm. But this kind of music is not for me. 6.0/10

(JP): I never really got the hype around the first album. I found one maybe two songs that I liked and the rest was just boring. Second album “Meir” is a much stronger album. You have the same concept as the first album, only now there are strong and really good songs throughout the whole record. This band manages to sound original without being very original. 8.0/10

(VS): I don’t believe they are the savants of metal like everyone says, it was a good album though. For fans of experimental music and the sound of modern metal. 7.5/10

Six Feet Under-"Unborn" 2013
 Six Feet Under – “Unborn”
LABEL: Metal Blade Records
GENRE: Death/Groove Metal, Death’n’Roll
OVERALL RATING: 7.0/10 (7,0)*

(TK): Six Feet Under sure got their groove back and it is about time. I haven’t enjoyed a single tune from SFU after “The Day the Dead Walked” from “True Carnage” (2001). But this, this makes me gettin’ jiggy wit it. 7.0/10

(MJ): I have only listened to Six Feet Under once, prior to this ATW. I thought they sucked so hard I didn’t want to hear them again, but here they are! 5.0/10

(JP): I was prepared to give this record a minus ten as Six Feet Under has been one of the bottom feeders of death metal ever since “Maximum Violence”.  But this is really good. Something happened, maybe Chris Barnes finally started taking death metal seriously again instead of taking a piss as he seems to have done for the last 13 years. 8.0/10

(VS): I’m glad they managed to stop releasing shitty albums like the ones of the 2000-2005 era, I can’t really keep hard feelings about them because of “Haunted”. “Unborn” has catchy songs and it is an easy listen, it pleased me and that’s all. 8.0/10

Thyrfing - "De Odeslosa" 2013
 Thyrfing – “De Ödeslösa”
LABEL: NoiseArt Records
GENRE: Viking/Black Metal
OVERALL RATING: 7.0/10 (6,9)*

(TK): To be honest Thyrfing never really got my juices flowing and “De Ödeslösa” does not change this fact. 5.5/10

(MJ): Catchy and moist (as in “not dry”). An album I am sure to return to. “Full” review here8.0/10

(JP): Thyrfing was never my cup of tea. Fun for one song or two, but after that it gets very boring. One track that knocks my socks of though is “Kamp”. More songs like that and I would be a fan. 6.0/10

(VS): They don’t need one hundred guys playing one hundred Scandinavian instruments to create a viking atmosphere. They have powerful music and they deliver that in here. 8.0/10

Necrocurse-"Grip of the Dead" 2013
 Necrocurse – “Grip of the Dead”
LABEL: Pulverised Records
GENRE: Death Metal
OVERALL RATING: 6.5/10 (6,4)*

(TK): Since I wear a Necrocurse backpatch on my jacket I should probably give this a 10/10. But as much as I find “Grip of the Dead” charming in a fantastic oldschool way it is just a seven. 7.0/10

(MJ): I was at Necrocurse’s first ever live show. I didn’t think they were a serious outfit. Actually, I’m still not convinced. 4.5/10

(JP): Old school death metal has exploded on to the extreme metal scene the last years. And 9 of 10 leaning on the very earliest type of death metal. I love this type of death, but after a while you get kind of fed up with every band sounding like one another. With that said “Grip of the dead” is a really good record with strong songs. Wouldn’t expect anything else with members from Runemagick and Nifelheim though 7.0/10

(VS): This is their debut album and it shows very good signs of potential. It kind of reminded Necrowretch to me, which is a good thing, a touch of old school death metal with plenty of high-pitched vocals. Recommended. 7.0/10

Finntroll-"Blodsvept" 2013
 Finntroll – “Blodsvept”
LABEL: Century Media Records
GENRE: Humppa Folk Metal
OVERALL RATING: 5.0/10 (4,8)*

(TK): Finntroll‘s two first albums are brilliant, then I sort of did not care that much (except for the track “Trollhammaren”). “Blodsvept” is actually rather entertaining, although not as witty and snappy as they once used to be. 6.5/10

(MJ): The vocals suck! I’m sorry, I’m not in the mood to give constructive criticism right now.  4.0/10

(JP): There is a Swedish band called Moraträsk that makes songs for children with a borderline retarded way of trying to be educational. Finntroll is the metal version of Moraträsk, borderline retarded, and not even in the funny way. More like that itch on your back that you just can’t reach. 1.0/10

(VS): One more great offering by this band, not at all disappointed. 7.5/10

*= We decided to include the actual final score this month since it was such a close call on many of the albums.

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