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Against The Wall – December 2014

The year is near its end and the yearly toplists are a-coming….
But still we have time for one more ATW “Light” for this year. Enjoy!

ATWlight


ALBUM: Bloodbath – ”Grand Morbid Funeral”
LABEL: Peaceville Records
GENRE: Death Metal
OVERALL RATING: 8.1/10



(TK): Sceptics…so many sceptics! I fell in love with “Grand Morbid Funeral” instantly and expect to see this wonderful slob of death metal in this years toplist. Not since the days of “Nighmares Made Flesh” has my body been so involuntery spastic as now. 9.0/10

(MJ): Classic death metal with some finesse. Bloodbath have created another solid album. 7.0/10

(BH): I’ve listened to this thing several times, and every time I hope it clicks and becomes the classic that we all hoped it would be. However, the reality is that it’s simply not as exceptional as it probably should be. I mean, it’s decent, but it should be so much better. The grooves range somewhere from “few and far between” to “non-existent.” I’m not a huge fan of the new vocalist either. I’ll just stick to spinning “Resurrection through Carnage” over and over again. 7.0/10

(JP): Best Bloodbath album so far. I don’t care what anyone says about the vocals, to me they fit the music perfect. Album of the year! 9.5/10


ALBUM: Centinex – ”Redeeming Filth”
LABEL: Agonia Records
GENRE: Death Metal
OVERALL RATING: 7.2/10



(TK): Centinex is one of these bands that I feel a bit sorry for (along with Nominon). Band that have been going on since the early 90’s but never really gotten the break they deserved. “Redeeming Filth” is however Six Feet Under meets Swedish death metal and it is not bad at all, just not really that exciting. 6.5/10

(MJ):This kind of old school death metal is what we have Bloodbath for. I really hoped that “Redeeming Filth” would sound like “World Declension”6.5/10

(BH): Why have I never heard these guys before? These guys produce some fairly competent, enjoyable, and Swedish death metal. Not the best thing since “Saltrubbed Eyes” or anything but I’m a fan. This is probably a grower too. 7.5/10

(JP)Another really strong death metal release. This marks the return of longtime runners Centinex, and what a comeback. Brutality and grove in an unholy mix. 8.5/10


ALBUM: Ne Obliviscaris –”Citadel”
LABEL: Season of Mist
GENRE: Extreme Progressive Metal
OVERALL RATING: 6.5/10



(TK): Talk about wanting to squeeze in as much genres and various influences into one disc. At times it is BRILLIANT whilst during other moments it just feels dull and uninspired. If you can live with the latter moments (as I try) this is indeed a treat for the senses. 8.0/10

(MJ): An album in consideration for the award of “Disappointment of the year”. The debut album, “Portal Of I” was grand, inspired, amazing. “Citadel” follows the same formula, but more of the same was apparently not something that I appreciated this time. I must admit, though: it’s a grower. 6.0/10

(BH): Listening through this is basically like trying to read death metal heiroglyphics. It will take time and may never be fully understood. So for now… 6.0/10

(JP): I am impressed with the level of musicianship on this album. And parts of it is so brilliant it gives me goose bumps. But when you have songs that stretches from 9 to 16 minutes, there is a lot that can go wrong, and some of the parts are bad enough to ruin the overall impression. If I could cut up the best parts into their own songs I would have loved this album. 6.0/10


ALBUM: Engel – ”Raven Kings”
LABEL: Gain Music Entertainment
GENRE: Melodic Death Metal/Modern Metal
OVERALL RATING: 5.3/10



(TK): Modern metal for the modern man, or something like that I guess. Generic as hell, but you know what? I still find “Raven Kings” to swing rather nicely. 6.0/10

(MJ): I have liked all their previous albums, and hesitated a lot about the new singer. But the more I have played “Raven Kings”, the more it’s alike its predecessors. I’ll hand these guys in makeup, my fellow city- and countrymen, a solid score of 8.0/10

(BH): Better than their last album (which was utter garbage), but still something I’d never willfully listen to on a consistent basis. 4.0/10

(JP):There are some good riffs on this album, but I can’t stand the vocals. 3.5/10


ALBUM: Machine Head – ”Bloodstone & Diamonds”
LABEL: Nuclear Blast
GENRE: Post Thrash/Groove Metal
OVERALL RATING: 5.1/10



(TK): Honestly I couldn’t tell the last four Machine Head albums apart from each other. It feels like they’ve released the same album over and over again for 10 years now. Still it’s listenable. 5.0/10

(MJ): Their last two albums have been killer, but “Bloodstone & Diamonds” has been one big “meh” since I first heard it. 5.0/10

(BH): I’ve never liked Machine Head at all. I’ve heard dudes gush over “Burn My Eyes” countless times, I’ve heard it, and I hated it. All that being said, I hate this too. I’ll never be a fan of their generic groove/wannabe thrash. 4.0/10

(JP): This album is way better than I expected. Probably the best they have been since “Burn my eyes” and “The more things change…”. 6.5/10

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