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DestrageSO MUCH. too much.

✦✦✦✧ This album is chaotic and whackadoo, even by Destrage’s standards. It’s catchy, unpredictable, and devastatingly morose, even with plenty of the band’s ridiculous musicianship. It’s also exhausting to listen to; I’m not sure how they managed to embed so many hooks in so many other layers of equally interesting ear candy.

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DestrageSO MUCH. too much.

✦✦✦✧ This album is chaotic and whackadoo, even by Destrage’s standards. It’s catchy, unpredictable, and devastatingly morose, even with plenty of the band’s ridiculous musicianship. It’s also exhausting to listen to; I’m not sure how they managed to embed so many hooks in so many other layers of equally interesting ear candy.

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DestrageSO MUCH. too much.

✦✦✦✧ This album is chaotic and whackadoo, even by Destrage’s standards. It’s catchy, unpredictable, and devastatingly morose, even with plenty of the band’s ridiculous musicianship. It’s also exhausting to listen to; I’m not sure how they managed to embed so many hooks in so many other layers of equally interesting ear candy.

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RevocationNetherheaven

✦✦✦✧ I’m going to slightly buck the inevitable deluge of fawning press on this album: it’s great by modern metal standards, but solidly in the middle third of Revocation’s own catalog, at best. That is to say, you’re going to want to listen to this at least once, even if it’s not an instant classic.

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TómarúmAsh In Realms Of Stone Icons

✦✦✦✧ You need to get past the breakers on this album, which seems to almost defy an openminded listen. If you can get past the kneejerk dismissal that a lot of American black metal inspires (not unfairly), you’ll find a surprising and compelling new voice of progressive metal, with tasteful smatterings of other styles and subgenres.

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Moon ToothPhototroph

✦✦✦✧ The Long Island quartet’s third album is definitely the band’s best work yet: it’s much like its predecessor Crux, but tweaked and improved in almost every important way. The band’s trademark blend of bluesy hard rock and extreme metal sensibilities is very much intact here, but with more conventional and energizing choices in songwriting.