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PyrrhonThe Mother of Virtues
Genre: Extreme Metal
Release Date: April 1st 2014
Label: Relapse Records
Author: UMUR

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The Mother of Virtues is the 2nd full-length studio album by US extreme metal act Pyrrhon. The album was released through Relapse Records in April 2014. Pyrrhon was formed in 2008 and originate from Brooklyn, New York. They released their debut full-length studio album An Excellent Servant but a Terrible Master in 2011.

The music on The Mother of Virtues is chaotic sounding and dissonant extreme metal. Acts like Gorguts (Colin Marston has mastered the album, so there is a further reference there) and Ulcerate come to mind. There are occasional more atmospheric post metal sections on the album, but the music is predominantly noisy and dissonant. It´s generally a very challenging listen, and would probably prove a serious trial to those sensitive to dissonance. While there are growling vocals on the album, which leads to a death metal reference, this is not as such death metal. The dominant vocal style is higher pitched and more screaming aggressive hardcore type vocals and while that doesn´t make the music on The Mother of Virtues metalcore or deathcore by any means (if that´s what you think), there are pretty strong hardcore leanings on the album.

The Mother of Virtues features 9 tracks and a full playing time of 54:40 minutes, which is a really long playing time considering the harsh and abrassive nature of the music. Several of the tracks are also longer than 6 minutes in length and it´s hard not to get dizzy and quite frankly a bit panic stricken after listening to something this cacophonous for that long. Listeners accustomed to dissonance and adventurous song structures should have less issues with that though.

As mentioned the music is very aggressive in nature, but there is also a dark atmospheric edge to it, which reeks urban decay and post apocalyptic landscapes. The band are very well playing and the album features a raw and professional sound production which suits the music well. While Pyrrhon occasionally take their music down to a more atmospheric level and thereby successfully incorporate breathers at various spots during the album´s playing time, they really go all in with the extreme dissonance and rawness for the remaining part of the album, and while dissonance usually doesn´t bother me at all, this is an album I have found very hard to appreciate. If you compare The Mother of Virtues with the best works of contemporary and somewhat similar styled artists like the above mentioned, the songwriting does lack something to reach the heights of the most prolific acts on the scene. Still The Mother of Virtues does come off as a quality product and the songwriting is generally on a decent level so a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved. 70/100

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CoffinwormIV.I.VIII
Genre: Extreme Metal
Release Date: March 18th 2014
Label: Profound Lore Records
Author: UMUR

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IV.I.VIII is the 2nd full-length studio album by US, Indianapolis, Indiana based extreme metal act Coffinworm. The album was released through Profound Lore Records in March 2014. It´s been a couple of years since the release of When All Became None (2010), but the band have released a couple of minor releases in the time between the two full-length releases. The lineup is the same as the one who recorded the debut album.

Stylistically Coffinworm continue the crushingly heavy extreme metal style of the debut on IV.I.VIII. It´s filthy, it´s dark, it´s fiercely aggressive, it´s doomy/sludgy, it´s blackened, and it´s quite atmospheric too. The vocals are sneering, distorted and raspy, but there are occasional growling vocals on the album too, which also provide the music with a touch of death metal. So it´s not an album that´s easy to tag as it takes it´s influences from many extreme metal sub genres. While it certainly is crushingly heavy and doomy a lot of the time, there are also faster parts and even blast beat parts on the album too.

IV.I.VIII is well produced and features a more compact sound than the debut did. I think I prefer the sound production on When All Became None (2010) to this one, but that´s probably an acquired taste. The musicianship are solid throughout, and the material are generally well written and effective.

When All Became None (2010) is an album that has been on steady rotation at my house since it was released, and to my ears it´s a really great album by Coffinworm deserving a lot of praise. I can´t quite say that IV.I.VIII has had the same impact on me as it´s predecessor did, but it´s still a high quality release by Coffinworm and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved. 70/100

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Entombed A.D.Back to the Front
Genre: Death Metal
Release Date: August 4th 2014
Label: Century Media Records
Author: UMUR

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Back to the Front is the debut full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Entombed A.D.. The album was released through Century Media Records in August 2014. Back to the Front was originally meant to be the 10th full-length studio album by Entombed, but before recording the album guitarist Alex Hellid decided to quit, and the four remaining members (Lars Göran Petrov (Vocals), Nico Elgstrand (Guitars), Victor Brandt (Bass), Olle Dahlstedt (Drums)) recorded the album after they opted to continue with the band. Because of disagreements over the ownership of the Entombed name, they were not allowed to release Back to the Front under that moniker though, so they decided to release the album under the Entombed A.D. moniker instead.

...and listening to Back to the Front it makes perfect sense that they opted to continue with the Entombed name, even though they were forced to add the A.D. at the end of it, because this sounds unmistakably like Entombed. You won´t notice that there now isn´t a single person in the band that has appeared on every release the band have recorded. Besides Alex Hellid, the above mentioned lineup is actually also the exact same lineup who recorded the band´s previous studio album Serpent Saints: The Ten Amendments (2007), so these guys have played music together as Entombed for many years now.

Stylistically the music on the album pretty much continues the distinct sounding death metal style of it´s predecessor. So it´s a mixture of old school Swedish death metal, rock´n´roll, hard rock, and punk influences. There´s little new to be found here as this is more or less how the band have sounded since 1993, but they´ve increased the old school death metal elements a slight bit over the last couple of releases and the death´n´roll tag that has been applied to them is only partially true these days, and it´s probably mostly due to the organic, raw and filthy way the band play their death metal and how they chose to produce their albums. Entombed deliver both heavy and mid-paced tracks and occasionally speed up to a faster pace too. The music is not just raw death metal as the band also successfully incorporate acoustic guitars and piano to some tracks as atmosphere enhancers. As always it´s Lars Göran Petrov´s distinct sounding semi-growling vocals that defines the band´s sound, but the guitar tone and the riffing are also easily recognisable as the sound of Entombed.

The material on the 11 track, 51:08 minutes long Back to the Front, features few surprises and as such it´s just another good quality release in a longer line of good quality releases by Entombed. I wouldn´t rate it among the band´s best output, but it´s a fairly strong release that shows that Entombed A.D. are more than worthy to carry on the legendary name (A.D. added or not). A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved. 70/100

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Judas PriestRam It Down
Genre: Heavy Metal
Release Date: May 17th 1988
Label: Columbia Records
Author: 666Sharon666

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Originally conceived as the heavy half of the Twin Turbos concept, Ram It Down is Judas Priest's eleventh album and final 1980's record. It also brings to an end a period of line-up stability, with drummer Dave Holland experiencing health problems that led to his exit from the band. It's for this reason that some of Ram It Down uses a drum machine rather than a real drummer. There's definite resistance to the idea of a drum machine being used in metal (and not without good reason) which may go some way to explain why Ram It Down isn't exactly a well regarded Judas Priest album. Personally though I think it's quite overlooked within their discography.

But then again, that may be in part because I don't think the previous album Turbo is all that good, being one of my least favourite records from the band. Ram It Down on the other hand really injects the metal back into Judas Priest's sound, and to my ears is their most metal album up until that point, though it would be quickly superseded by Painkiller a couple of years later. Okay, so it's not the best bunch of songs Judas Priest ever put together on record by a long shot, but it's pretty far ahead of being a bad album. The title track and Hard as Iron (a power metal song) are two of the best here. I also really like their cover of Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode even if it is an unusual choice for a metal band. It would unfair not to at least give a mention to Blood Red Skies too. Overall not the best album Judas Priest ever did, but far from the worst too. Faulted yet underrated at the same time. 75/100

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MindMazeBack From the Edge
Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Release Date: October 24th 2014
Label: Inner Wound Recordings
Author: adg211288

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Back From the Edge (2014) is the second full-length album by US metal act MindMaze. Having released their debut album Mask of Lies (2013) independently the band have moved up in the world and Back From the Edge is released through Inner Wound Recordings. The band have also added bassist Mike LePond to the line-up, a notable musician best known for none other than the mighty Symphony X among others. Additionally the band has garnered some high profile guest appearances such as Jens Johansson of Stratovarius adding a keyboard solo to Moment of Flight and Matt Johnsen of Pharaoh adding a guitar solo on The Machine Stops.

I'm going to take a little time out from my usual review structure to apologise to my readers, as I had made the promise to try and cover some other genres for a time after realising that a good majority of my current group of 2014 release reviews were for power metal albums. A follow-up to the excellent MindMaze debut Mask of Lies was always high on my personal hype list for the rest of this year, but I thought I'd be safe with my promise when a promo for the album came my way, as in my opinion Mask of Lies was mainly a traditional heavy metal album with power metal and progressive metal leanings, more so the latter than power metal. Turns out though that Back From the Edge is not a heavy metal album, but a progressive power metal album. So sorry readers, the promise is going briefly on hold.

Wait...I'm really not all that sorry about that, for in Back From the Edge MindMaze have produced an album that is possibly the best case of genre evolution I've ever heard, changing the band from a good heavy metal band to an excellent power metal band.

While there are some moments on Back From the Edge that are more like straight-forward power metal songs, such as the lead single Dreamwalker, the album is mostly made up a perfect blend of power and progressive metal ideas so while you'll be getting plenty of those speedy power metal riffs to propel the music along the guitar playing by Jeff Teets in particular has a tendency to veer off into more complex ideas, with the occasional use of keyboards adding another layer to the sound, though the band usually stick to a typical song structure, with most on the album clocking between the four and six minute marks.

At the other end of the spectrum though there are a couple of longer tracks, namely The Machine Stops and Onward (Destiny Calls II). The latter is obviously a follow-up to the closing track from Mask of Lies. It's these longer songs of course that really bring the progressive side of the music out, and Onward (Destiny Calls II) is especially impressive, even including some flute usage that gives the song a very slight folksy vibe. This is the most progressive song on the album and is probably the only one here that I'd call a progressive metal song over a power metal song and despite being the power metal maniac I am, it's also my favourite.

Back From the Edge is quickly impressive for the same reasons that made Mask of Lies such an great debut, but the difference is where Mask of Lies seemed a little unsure about what the band wanted to be, Back From the Edge is a focussed piece of work with strong musicianship all round, amazing energy, and powerful vocals by Sarah Teets. MindMaze have been a pretty unknown entity on the metal scene up until this point, but Back From the Edge is the album that sets out to change that, and will if there is any justice in the world.

I mentioned earlier about trying to leave off power metal reviews for a while because of the large amount I've done this year, but what I neglected to say is that only one of those albums was awarded a top tier score, and folk-power metal albums like that one (Elvenking) are nearly always more recognisable as folk metal releases so really Back From the Edge is the first power metal from 2014 that is a power metal album before it is something else (in this case progressive metal) that I've felt the need to go up to the top tier for. Back From the Edge is really everything fans of female voiced power metal could want, and I don't feel like I'm overhyping it by putting up a perfect score. Consider me blown away by the massive progress MindMaze has made in such a short time since their debut. 100/100

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