Pestilential Shadows – Ephemeral

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Séance Records 2014

8/10 – review by Antti Mikonmäki

Pestilential Shadows hails from Australia, a continent with a strong dedication to all things metal. Although the band is new to me, this is already their fifth full-length. As they have members from bands well know in the underground such as Nazxul and Drowning The Light, they most likely already have a strong following worldwide.

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Veldes – Skyward EP

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Released on 22nd July 2014 via Razed Soul Productions

10/10 – review by Susanne Sinmara

What can I say. Sometimes I get jewels of atmospheric black metal in my inbox that are just so achingly beautiful, I’m lost for words.

Veldes from Slovenia have already released an album, To Drown In Bleeding Hope, which is a good album, however with their new EP Skyward they have outdone themselves.

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Witch Mountain – Mobile of Angel

 

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Svart Records

10/10 – Reviewed by Steve Earles

This is Witch Mountain’s fourth album overall, and more importantly, their third with singer-extraordinary Uta Plotkin, following their fine ‘South of Salem’ and ‘Cauldron of the Wild’ albums (I am eternally grateful to my brother-in-metal Luke Hayhurst for introducing me to Witch Mountain!).

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Dawnbringer – Night of the Hammer

 

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Profound Lore Records

9/10 – review by Jamie Cansdale

There is a very good chance you may have never heard of Dawnbringer, an American band fronted by none other than Chris Black. This name may mean something to you: he is the sole member of the hard-rocking outfit High Spirits, signed to High Roller Records, who released their second album You Are Here just months ago. However, do not put two and two together – the two bands could not be further apart. Dawnbringer’s 2012 album, Into the Lair of the Sun God, takes an epic heavy metal approach akin to many of the bands alive during the ‘80s, with plenty of pounding leads and soaring melodies. The release came at a time when retro was becoming the, dare I say, “in thing” in today’s metal scene.

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