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01. Aeon Sable
- Aether
02. Amorphis
- Queen Of Time
03. Atrium Carceri
- Codex
04. Dimmu Borgir
- Eonian
05. Behemoth
- I Loved You At Your Darkest
06. The Eternal
- Waiting For The Endless Dawn
07. MGT
- Gemini Nyte
08. Primordial
- Exile Amongst The Ruins
09. Khôrada
- Salt
10. Immortal
- Northern Chaos Gods

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Nailgun - New World Chaos (2013) - Review

Band: Nailgun
Album title: New World Chaos
Release date: 1 October 2012
Label: STF Records

Tracklisting:
01. A Fragment Of Chaos - Intro
02. Darkest Hour
03. Traitor
04. I Have Enough
05. Abyss Of Shadows
06. Deep Shades Of Sorrow
07. The Result
08. Change Of Seasons
09. When God Turned Away
10. Time Is Running Out
11. You Are Everything

Nailgun - Founded back in 2008, consists of six members. In their biography they say there is no direct sub genre of metal where you can place them. To me, that is really positive! I like it when bands have the courage to experiment with more than one or two different kinds of style and are widely influenced. If you do it with finesse. These guys do. Absolutely!

Their second album, New World Chaos  is a 10 (11 including the intro song) track album. This is the kind of album you need to listen to more than once, to get it. When you do, it is good stuff, trust me!  At the first couple of listenings, I got a flashback from my teen years, when I listened a lot to the Swedish metal band Lake Of Tears. The vocals has the same depth as they do, and the dark riffs reminds me of them. I can also taste some Morgana Lefay in these guys, and that is truly not a bad thing!

Starting off with a progressive and kind of epic intro song, Nailgun then moves on with "Darkest Hour", which instantly picks up even more progressive tunes. The song is pretty straight forward and I love the choruses. The emotional "Abyss Of Shadows" is showing off with a fabulous intro, giving me the goose bumps. The guitar melodies are eating their way into my skin. It continues in mid tempo with melancholic chords and powerful riffs. "Abyss Of Shadows" is one of the highlights on the album! "Change Of Seasons" adds some more energetic guitars to the concept. Here, I sense both thrashy loops and more power and aggression. My absolute favourite on New World Chaos is the final song; "You Are Everything". The intro, a heartbeat, and then a guitar solo gets me very emotional. Here, the vocal performances are excellent, and according to me, this is where they find it´s peak.

No matter what you put your soul into, with the goal of reaching higher, you need feedback to continue getting better. One wish I could have for Nailgun, is a bit more variety in the vocals. Don´t get me wrong, they are really great, but I´d like to add a pinch of either more attitude in some of the songs, or some totally clean parts (like the chorus in the final song). I'm pretty sure that these vocalists can do this! One thing these guys have got totally right, is to start almost every song with an intro that makes you want more. They make you exited in what´s coming! This album has a lot of thrashy riffing, giving the songs some attitude, which along with the melodic parts gives a complete experience if you want your metal to be interesting and progressive. I hope to hear more from Nailgun! Final judgement: I LIKE THIS!

Review written by: Åsa Netterbrant
Rating: 8/10

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Band: Hidden By Ivy
Album title: Acedia
Release date: 4 September 2015
Label: Alchera Visions

The musical output of Hidden By Ivy is hard to put in brackets, but what those two artists do is certainly giving some shivers down the spine with their incredible sense to compose refined and highly emotive music. There are found many different elements, from post-rock basis, to incredible subtle layers of dark wave, art pop, gothic elements, shoegaze, even cold wave, ambient, some jazz, a bit of folk and yet much more, everything put together into such an exquisite melancholic flow of refreshing meditative sounds. Acedia is a blistering attack for your senses. It has so much emotion, meditative soundscapes, melancholic catchy melodies and heartrending vocal arrangements that is hard not to be overwhelmed by it. Those constant variations in sound and intriguing art pop/rock compositional elements used all over are certainly making this album one of a kind. There's that vintage influence present, but the album sounds still very modern and fresh, also because of a genious production and final mix. Every single song, like as well the album as a whole has that hard to obtain pathos which captivates the listener from the start till the end and makes the one wanting to return for more.

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