Born From the Dark: Voices of Ruin

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There is a lot I can say about this band, between their amazing stage presence and talented musicianship Voices of Ruin have managed to break into the scene with a vengeance and they have not slowed down. With their new release entitled “Born from the Dark” they have captured the essence of melodic death metal to its core and fans of the genre are in for a real treat. “The Awakening” kicks things off with a headbanging riff and with lyrics such as “Fear of the end, your God is dead, your God is just a lie” the listener is drawn in to stay for the ride. Following is “Scars (Of My Sanity)” which features juicy fills that come together perfectly to mesh with crushing vocals. At this point if you are not hooked then don’t stay for the rest.

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Winter’s Wake: Up and Coming Viking Metal Band from New York

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I first heard of Winter’s Wake through Instagram, so I decided to give them a listen. This Viking Metal group from New York manages to combine powerful vocals and beautiful melodies that are a staple in bands like Equilibrium, Moonsorrow, and others in the genre. Their new single “Awake” is now available through ITunes, Soundcloud, and Spotify, so please do yourself a favor and check this band out.

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Auðn: Icelandic Black Metal at its Finest

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With its beautiful scenery and harsh winters there really is something special about music that comes out of Iceland. The country has come a long way when it comes to the metal scene, and Auðn have managed to portray the cold atmosphere of their home in their sweeping release “Auðn”. I am a big fan of the Icelandic metal scene and I have rarely been disappointed with anything that comes out of that amazing place. This album is rich with all the familiarities of Black Metal but the atmospheric and melodic elements really adds something special. Now unfortunately I do not speak Icelandic and this is not the first time I have longed for that ability, but do not get me wrong this does not take away from the release. Each song is melodic, powerful, and bleak.

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