Review: Dungeon – Purifying Fire

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Label: Dying Victims Productions / Me Saco un Ojo Records

The trouble with modern records that so clearly recall the glory days of old is that it can be hard for them to stand on their own; to succeed on merits other than reminding you of whichever records or bands you consider to be classics. By whatever metric you care to judge though, the debut record from London’s Dungeon is a victory, with Purifying Fire being an electrifying onslaught of old-school speed metal, with a few dashes of heavy and death metal thrown in to keep things interesting. But more than anything else, throughout its duration, Purifying Fire excites because it sounds so vital, energetic, and untamed, with Dungeon standing out amongst the masses simply because of the quality of their material.

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Review: Power from Hell – Blood ‘n’ Spikes

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Label: Dying Victims Productions

It can be a pleasant surprise when a record lives up to your expectations. Just look at that artwork and title! Even if you’re unfamiliar with the band’s back catalogue, everything about the latest EP from Power from Hell suggests blasphemous black-thrash, and Blood ‘n’ Spikes does not disappoint. The record sees the band maintain their record of releasing solid black-thrash, equal parts early Bathory and Sarcofago, howling for sex, drinks and metal whilst drawing pentagrams in blood upon basement walls. And then they top it all off with a Judas Priest cover. Killer!

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Review: Throaat – Reflections in Darkness

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Label: Dying Victims Productions

After honing their craft on a series of EPs and a split release, New York black metal duo Throaat have unleashed their debut album, Reflections in Darkness, and it’s been worth the wait. The experience and confidence the band have gained over the past years are clearly on display, making Reflections in Darkness an eclectic listen that pulls inspiration from many different aspects of metal; yet one that also feels like a cohesive whole, driven forward by a strong vision and aim. As such, the album is one that has a lot to offer, and never feels constrained by genre or style, free to move in whatever direction it so chooses.

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