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When one thinks of a black metal / punk combination, bands like Impaled Nazarene or even recent acts like Atrament and Ancst come to mind. The music of the aforementioned bands however, is a bit different from Germany’s Bait, who recently released their EP ‘Sunburst’. Bait’s vision of a black metal / hardcore union gives equal weightage to both sides. The way the band mixes these styles is a fresh and interesting take on this hybrid sub genre. Usually, the anti establishment views of punk rock is mixed with black metal nihilism to produce a scathing sound that focuses on high speed and punk flavored riff work. Bait on the other hand, also incorporate some of the atmospheric and dissonant elements of the black metal genre to produce a well rounded mix.

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2015 has been kind to fans of death metal. With fantastic releases from the likes of Sulphur Aeon, Scythian, Desolate Shrine etc., fans of the genre are spoilt for choice. To further complicate the task of choosing the year’s top pick, come the German veterans, Into Darkness. The band’s third full length ‘Sinister Demise’ is proof that a band can stick to the roots of genre and stil manage to make a record that is fresh and engaging. Most of today’s bands that tend to pigeonhole themselves where stylistic choices are concerned, can definitely learn a thing or two from these Germans.

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Over the course of time, certain lyrical contents have become synonymous with certain metal sub genres. So when talking about a German thrash / speed metal band, it is highly likely that they draw inspiration from the great war. And such is the case with the self titled debut of Division Speed. On paper, this album is right up my alley, as I enjoy reading the likes of Alistair Mclean. Unfortunately in this case, the lyrical themes alone are not enough to captivate my attention. The music here is a throwback to the old school Teutonic thrash styles and in many ways it ends up being too familiar.

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While Floridian death metal and Swedish death metal have become household names (atleast in metalhead households), the German scene is often overlooked. It’s a shame because, this scene has consistently churned out death metal is unrelentingly brutal and in-your-face. Into Darkness are a fine example for what I’m talking about. Formed in 1995, this band had been plagued by lineup changes which saw them release only one album back in ’97. However, that is not enough to stop this juggernaut and with a renewed lineup they’re back to tear you a new one. The band will release their second full length in 18 years, titled ‘Sinister Demise’, on 11th September 2015 through Rising Nemesis Records.

Into Darkness Sinister Demise

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I am one for a good tale or two that is for sure, and with this album, when first approaching it, it reads as though it is going to be a great whirlwind of an album. The length of some of the songs, with five of the songs going over the 7-minute mark, makes me look forward to hearing what Evertale has done in regards to their music. The title itself – ‘Of Dragons and Elves’, is what makes this more of an intrigue.

This may be because currently I am on more of a pagan / folk / power metal course with my taste, but when you find some stellar music, especially finding bands that can possibly give the likes of Symphony X and Iron Maiden a run for their money in terms of lyrical content, is quite exciting.

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