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Enterprise EarthDeath: An Anthology

✦✦✦✧ Continuing their exploration of kitchen-sink post-deathcore, EE sacrifice cohesion for a cavalcade of endlessly tasty bits. This turns out to be a winsome choice, and a recipe for a grower of a record. As was also the case of its predecessor, the album is possibly 15 minutes too long for my attention span, but so what?

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Caligula’s HorseCharcoal Grace

✦✦✦✧ This album marks a subtle pivot for the band, emerging from CoViD as a djentier yet still proggy version of themselves (less Textures, more TesseracT). The music still tends to groove, it shreds when it needs to, and is remarkably listenable for an album that has three longform pieces (counting the 22-minute four-part title track).

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SaxonHell, Fire And Damnation

✦✦✦✧ Man, Saxon just don’t give up! Their twenty-fourth studio album is guaranteed to get your fists pumping, my olds. Also, I’m a sucker for historically-themed midtempo metal, and this album that in spades, from the Battle Of Hastings to aliens in Roswell NM). Who needs to stray from the formula when you’ve got The Goods?

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Re: Re: Arse

Overkill Inc. never miss! That said, if I had to pick one album from my best-of that I really want you to check out, it’s the Night Verses.

The Armed is not only a grower, but it may not ever grab you. They are definitely marching to the beat of their own drum; sometimes it works for me, sometimes it doesn’t.

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SuffocationHymns From The Apocrypha

✦✦✦✧ Unrelenting tech death… you can really feel that Long Island rage! More than ever, this album has something old and something new for you. New vocalist Ricky Myers does a fantastic job filling Frank Mullen’s nasty shoes. There aren’t that many earwormy hooks on this album… but honestly I’m just saying that because I can’t think of anything else to criticize here.

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ProngState Of Emergency

✦✦✧✧ At last, a pretty solid album from Prong! Tommy Victor is an excellent form as ever. The songs are more reminiscent of Beg To Differ than anything else they’ve put out in the last decade, and that’s for the good. So what if some of the songs sound like Black Label Society, or Biohazard, or Body Count?