Forest King – Lore Born

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With ominous war chants, thunderous horns, and bolstering battle drums from a time long ago… Comes, the Forest King! Hailing from Idaho, the band’s first release, Lore Born is an axe ripper from start to finish! No frills here! Just straight, in-your-face death metal with some great thrash-tastic riffage and killer folk metal harmonies, akin to the senses of a berserker from his mead induced trance before the battle. With track names as “Troll Stench”, “Sacred Mead” and “Who Will Write Your Saga?” One can only fathom it might be found amidst a skald’s lost poems. A good, solid release throughout and some good head bangers towards the end of this album, I give it 8/10 axes. For fans of Skeletonwitch, Amon Amarth, Wintersun.

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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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