Latest Reviews

There are way too many records released every week - which one should you listen to? Why is the new Bruit the best record of the year? Which post-metal record is the dark-horse of the year? Questions that we want to answer - we review lots of records every week and you can also check out a little teaser before reading the whole thing. And if you want to, you can also browse through our archive and have a look at the amazing records you might have missed out on.

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  • Wolves in the Throne Room - Primordial Arcana

    16 Aug 2021 - Knut
    Atmospheric Black Metal

    After the band deviated from their Atmospheric Black Metal path on the albums Black Cascade and Celestite Wolves in the Throne Room came back to the genre with Thrice Woven in 2017. Four years after that release the band releases a crystal clear, emotional, nature inspired, Cascadian take on the style they became famous for. With Kody Keyworth as an integrated member, the Weaver brothers and he have written, produced and mixed a massive Atmospheric Black Metal album in their own Owl Lodge Studio.

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  • DUCHAMP - Slingshot Anthems

    15 Aug 2021 - Sebastian
    Punk, Hardcore

    An album like a Delorean going back to the 80’s and 90’s – that’s Slingshot Anthems, the debut album of German Punk supergroup DUCHAMP.

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  • The Angelus - Why We Never Die

    14 Aug 2021 - Pat O'
    Desert-Rock/Doom/Post-Rock/Stoner-Rock

    The bells are ringing…and the third album from the Texan trio The Angelus is nearly upon us, and it’s worth the wait. It’s a boulder of hard hitting “stoner Rock” with some deep desert soul. Add some harmonising vocals and despairing lyrics to the mix and you end up with the brilliant new album Why We Never Die.

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  • Varego - Varego

    13 Aug 2021 - Thorsten
    Progressive Classic Metal

    Italy – a true treasure chest of heavy music with a pinch of classic Metal. Varego play exactly this kind of music: Progressive Heavy Metal with an ear for the classics and a heart for harmonies and melodies.

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  • Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster - The World Inside

    12 Aug 2021 - Simon
    Post metal/Alternative rock/Progressive metal

    Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster return after a 6 year hiatus with a triumphant album which delivers on just about every level

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  • CZLT - Junkyard

    11 Aug 2021 - Stephan
    Avantgarde

    Presented by three labels, which are all somehow nebulously located between esoterism, ethnic music, psychedelics, occultism, avant-garde and metal in the creative voltage field between East and West, it’s hard to imagine an album more suited to communicate those ideas in a more primal and genuine way than this solo record of CZLT.

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  • Between The Buried And Me - Colours II

    10 Aug 2021 - Daniel F.
    Progressive Metal

    Back in 2007, Between The Buried And Me released Colours, an album that catapulted them into progressive metal stardom courtesy of its unfaltering commitment to artistic integrity. It broke new ground in their search for everything bigger, bolder and more precise than anything that had preceded it. As something of a springboard, it helped drive future success, with following albums only cementing their position as a modern great. And now, the sequel is born, and Colours II sees them pick up where they left off fourteen years ago, eager to impress and push the experimental metal envelope.

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  • Various Artists - Open Language Vol. 6

    08 Aug 2021 - Thorsten
    Post-Rock and more

    Various Artists – Open Language Vol. VI (A Thousand Arms Comp.)

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  • Lingua Ignota - Sinner Get Ready

    08 Aug 2021 - Thorsten
    Avantgarde Ecclesiastical

    As strange as it may seem, there is something uplifting about the new Lingua Ignota record Sinner Get Ready as it shows a woman at least a bit more fortified against the agony and trauma she had to endure in her life before turning into one of the most revered voices of a new female self-empowerment movement as she is still talking about her past self-denial and mental tortures endured at the hand of her oppressor. However, there are now some moments of a tiny, flickering, fragile light in her music and lyrics.

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  • Slaughter To Prevail - Kostolom

    07 Aug 2021 - Daniel F.
    Deathcore

    I think it would be safe to assume that listening to Slaughter To Prevail is probably the closest thing to experiencing being hit by a train, without actually being hit by a train. When Slipknot released Iowa way back when, the predominant features were shocking heaviness, unbridled aggression and of course the absolute epitome of visceral vocals. Calling Kostolom Russia’s answer to Iowa may be a stretch too far, but there are certainly comparisons to be drawn, and all the signs of a future classic are present. There are plenty of Slipknot-isms on display, largely where the seemingly limitless energy is concerned, but Slaughter To Prevail have managed to bring shock factor into 2021.

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  • BLAK - El Tall d’Escil·la

    07 Aug 2021 - Pat O'
    Post-Rock/ Instrumental/Emotional

    El Tall d’Escil·la is an invitation to feel without eyesight - BLAK

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  • Various Artists - Silence Is A Dangerous Sound - a tribute to Fugazi

    06 Aug 2021 - Thorsten
    Math-Rock, Noise, Hardcore (originally)

    Covering one song can be difficult and hellish thing to do because there are so many options. Staying true to the original in music or in spirit? Covering it note by note or sticking to the theme? Keep the original lyrics or alter them a bit? Compiling a whole tribute album can be even worse but Ripcord Records navigates all the traps splendidly and today, August 6th, released a tribute to the one and only hardcore band that everybody, EVERYBODY, should know: Fugazi!

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  • Vallendusk - Heralds of Strife

    05 Aug 2021 - Knut
    Atmospheric Black Metal

    From the first self-titled EP released in 2012 and up to this release, Indonesian Vallendusk has earned a reputation for epic, long and melodic tracks inspired by traditional folk music. Throughout their albums they have developed a warm soundscape in the subgenre of Atmospheric Black Metal and their latest release shows a band at the height of their passionate creativity. There might not be many metal bands per capita in Indonesia, but bands like Vallendusk make us look closer at that scene.

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  • Netherbird - Arete

    04 Aug 2021 - Thorsten
    Blackened Melo-Death Metal

    Netherbird is a Swedish extreme metal band – and that may already be enough for some people to walk away from them, because many have heard that combination so often that they think nothing new can be offered by Swedes doing a combination of Black and Death Metal combined with a blue-sky-clear production and an ear for melodies. If you are one of them, do yourself a favor and listen to Netherbird!

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  • ÆNIGMATUM - Deconsecrate

    03 Aug 2021 - Thorsten
    Blackened Death Metal

    Deconsecrate means to take away the sanctity of a certain ground – for example a church or a cemetery. Thus one should not expect holy music on a record of that name, especially not if it’s released by 20 Buck Spin, a perfect location for Progressive Blackened Death Metal.

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  • Red Fang - Arrows

    02 Aug 2021 - Thorsten
    Sludge

    Red Fang are back and release their fifth full-length after a (more or less) five-year-break and one should see that the band has “grown” a bit. Were they know foremost for their “funny videos” and their tongue-in-cheek-humor has the band evolved quite a bit – especially musically. Arrows knows when it’s better to step off the gas and give the songs some new facades.

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  • healthyliving - u n t i l / b e l o w (EP)

    01 Aug 2021 - Thorsten
    Experimental Shoegaze

    Normally we do not review releases with only two songs and roughly eight minutes here at VoS – but this release by healthyliving is something special and if you give it a listen, you might be as enraptured by it as us. Three great musicians giving us two songs to keep us on our heels wishing for more.

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  • Lotus Thrones - Lovers In Wartime

    31 Jul 2021 - Thorsten
    Noisey Alternative Metal

    Something from the realms of Yakuza and Neurosis: Lotus Thrones released the debut album on July 30th. One can find some good forward-rocking songs on it, and sometimes also some remnants of the aforementioned giants!

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  • Immanu El - Distance

    30 Jul 2021 - Pat O'
    Ambient/Post-Rock/Dream-Pop

    Immanu El have released Distance, an absorbing and pure album that reflects everbody’s experiences throughout this Covid-19 pandemic. It’s emotive and captivating and no matter what your own experiences have been over these last eighteen months, this album will somehow connect with your own personal narrative.

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  • Panopticon - ...And Again Into The Light

    29 Jul 2021 - Knut
    Atmospheric Black Metal

    After having released acclaimed albums for over a decade, Panopticon thunders into the 2020s with what might be one of its best in a long list of releases since 2008. On 2018´s The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness the band separated the album into two parts, one Atmospheric Black Metal and one Americana/Folk. On the new one, Austin Lunn, the guy behind this one-person band, has fused those two musical styles into one monumental album lasting 70 minutes.

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  • Amulets - Blooming

    27 Jul 2021 - Thorsten
    Noise, Shoegaze, Drone, Electronica

    One can say whatever one chooses about the somewhat funny logo of The Flenser but one thing remains for sure: There is hardly any other record label out there with such an impeccable catalog. The latest record by Portland-based audio & visual artist Randall Taylor under his moniker Amulets proves it with a very special kind of Shoegaze combining electronics with huge Walls Of Sound and resulting in phantasmagorical ambiance and nightmares.

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  • Planet Of The Dead - Pilgrims

    26 Jul 2021 - Thorsten
    Stoner Doom

    You like The Sword? Fu Manchu is one of your go-to-bands? Red Fang are not only shooting great, funny videos in your opinion? ASG’s straightforward attitude is quite up your alley? Then listen to the latest full-length by Planet Of The Dead!

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  • Erdve - Savigaila

    25 Jul 2021 - Thorsten
    Blackened Post-Metal

    Lithuanian-based trio Erdve prove that Post-Metal is a global scene, for they sound like a crossover between Dutch and Swiss band and release on French label. For all of you out there, who think that Post-Metal is too blunt and regular and has become shallow without any new bands giving the genre any new life – Savigaila proves you wrong!

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  • Motorpsycho - Kingdom Of Oblivion

    24 Jul 2021 - Ben
    Prog / Heavy Rock

    Never afraid to comment on the issues of the day, Trondheim’s finest show us all what creative productivity looks like with their follow-up to last year’s The All Is One.

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  • Golden Ashes - A Lightless Christ Shuns The Crown Of Divinity

    24 Jul 2021 - Thorsten
    Symphonic Black Metal

    Once again Maurice de Jong releases an umpteenth release a year. Sorry, correction: An umpteenth great release a year.; the new Golden Ashes record is the sixth release by Maurice in the sixth incarnation in 2021! And he never disappoints!

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