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The guitars on What Excites You squeal like mad all throughout the album. The music Screamer produces is slightly different than Judas Priest and other such classics, yet manages to retain just enough similarity. The album’s biggest draw is definitely the guitar work; it features a huge amount of dissonant sounds wound around the rest of the material.

Uncooperative Death play a punk-injected form of metal that is riddled with energy. The music is quite raw and straight to the point with everything channeled into increasing the potency of the sounds for the listener. The band is likewise quite successful at creating an attitude that has an endearing effect… in the sense that one WANTS to keep listening.

The Black take on a rather grim approach to their music as they seemingly attempt to carve out an image of bitter, frost-bitten sounds. Their style can be somewhat likened to that of Celtic Frost, though there is definitely a rawer black metal appeal to The Black’s work. Though in theory their style and appraoch are good, the reality is…

Korpiklaani seem to play for the mere enjoyment of the music; that notion (and their music) sends tingles down my spine. Though they do add accordion, violin and other musical instruments to their sound, they manage to keep it all fairly simple. These additions in no way take away from the music’s impact at all, but rather have…

Sil Veth have created a sound sound with an epic scope that offers a a lot of ups and downs. Though the music is also raw it still manages to come across as being ‘thick’ or ‘full’. The music almost carries itself to another level by sounding particularly entrancing, even though the production isn’t really noteworthy by any means. The group sound like a melodic death metal band akin to early At the Gates; although they are also partially classified as black metal.

Though Redemption may bring forth some classy progressive metal similar to other bands of the same genre, the delivery is so splendid that you’ll embrace it nonetheless. The music features many shifts and turns and some virtuosic guitar playing that barely stays within musical boundaries. Combine these elements with the pace-setting…

The Root of All Evil is Arch Enemy’s newest record and a nice collection of material at that. The songs are catchy and show the band playing at high energy throughout. The music seems to meld together nicely into a solid tempo that gets the blood flowing. Sweet sounding choruses and melodies are high on the Arch Enemy music…

Black Cobra perform a groovy type of metal whose waves of distortion make for a quite distinctive style. One wants to sway their head along with the tunes as they make for an energetic mix. The band’s style is somewhat comparable to early Mastodon circa Remission though they do also share some common points…

Destinity throw together a neck-snapping brand of metal and bring huge chops to the table. The music is both aggressive and catchy in good amounts and possesses a huge overall impact. Destinity are able to grab your interest and draw you in to their ideas. The sounds are quite crushing, but put under great control as they scathe…

Incinerate‘s songs boast a ton of speed to boost its crunchy sounds into another stratosphere. The band demonstrates the velocity necessary to make for an interesting listen and play their songs at a whole other level of quickness. Similar to the group Epoch of Unlight, but with a slightly more thrashy vibe is how I would described…

A lot of screaming and hardcore-influenced type material overwhelms the The Hero Cycle. This is most definitely a band in need of releasing a lot of energy… but are they able to do so in the most interesting manner possible? The answer is somewhat mixed. Without a doubt the CD possesses infectious parts…

Amanethes has a fairly gothic mood attached to it and is apparent right from the get go. The opening song “The Temple of the Crescent Moon” boasts enough of a ‘mood’ that is causes one to jump up once noticed. Tiamat sort of has a dreariness associated with them, but not to the point of being dragged down or anything…