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Revisited: SEPULTURA’s “The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart”

Originally written for Valkyrian Music. I haven’t followed SEPULTURA very closely in a long while (in fact, I’ve never done it “closely”, but I paid some attention between “Beneath The Remains” and “Roots”), but I’ve heard enough to be able to say that their 13th studio … Continue reading

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SEPULTURA’s “SepulQuarta”

Originally written for Valkyrian Music. The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to a new reality regarding live music, with online streaming of concerts and such. Still I’m having trouble considering “SepulQuarta” a live album, whether its tracks have been part of podcasts or … Continue reading

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Revisited: BREAKING TODAY’s “It Dies Today” EP

Originally posted on Valkyrian Music. He may be the bass player in a metalcore band, but Luís Silva is a punk rocker. And he plays guitar. And he sings! And so BREAKING TODAY was born. The single for the title-track was released three years … Continue reading

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Revisited: THE 69 EYES’ “West End”

Originally written for Valkyrian Music. Over the past 30 years, THE 69 EYES have developed such a characteristic sound that they’re at a point in their career where one can identify a song as theirs, even before Jyrki 69’s unique … Continue reading

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MOONSPELL’s “Hermitage”

Originally written for Valkyrian Music. I’ve never been quite comfortable in calling MOONSPELL “gothic metal” as that’s too much of a specific term to grasp all aspects of their music; “dark metal”, covering a broader range of said aspects, sounds more fitting. … Continue reading

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Revisited: HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD’s “New Empire, Vol. 2”

Originally written for Valkyrian Music. “New Empire” is HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD’s gold coin – volume 1 showing their heaviest side, and now volume 2 showing the exact opposite. Which one is better? Well, that’s the same as asking if a burger is better … Continue reading

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Revisited: JESUS ON EXTASY’s “Beloved Enemy”

Original Portuguese version printed on Elegy Ibérica magazine. “Beloved Enemy” is the sophomore record of the digital dandies JESUS ON EXTASY. A more elaborate production – both in musical terms and image – this album turns into industrial goth the … Continue reading

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Revisited: I SPIT ASHES’ “Inhaling Blackness – Reflecting Light”

Originally written for Destructive Music. In the end of 2011 Massacre Records closed a deal with a German modern metal band – or Metal 2.0, using their own words – and just like a baby, “Inhaling Blackness – Reflecting Light” saw … Continue reading

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Revisited: TESTAMENT’s “Titans Of Creation”

Originally written for Valkyrian Music. “Titans Of Creation” isn’t just a powerful title; it’s also the definition of its songwriters. Not that it took 13 albums to recognize their grandeur – in all honesty, none of TESTAMENT’s members has had … Continue reading

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Revisited: PARADISE LOST’s “Obsidian”

Originally written for Valkyrian Music. I believe that in all 17 studio albums PARADISE LOST have released so far, this is the one with the most accurate title – its songs are deep dark and their refinement pretty clear-cut, just like an … Continue reading

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