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01. Summoning -
With Doom We Come
02. MGT -
Gemini Nyte
03. Soul Dissolution -
Stardust
04. Ocean Of Grief -
Nightfall's Lament
05. Lumnos -
Ancient Shadows Of Saturn
06. Caedeous -
Domini Tenebrarum
07. Mournful Congregation -
The Incubus Of Karma
08. Rome In Monochrome -
Away From Light
09. Sojourner -
The Shadowed Road
10. Atrium Carceri & Herbst9 -
Ur Djupan Dal

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Hinayana - Order Divine (2018) - Review

Band: Hinayana
Album title: Order Divine
Release date: 19 March 2018
Label: Self-Released

Tracklist:
01. Gateway
02. The Window
03. Arise
04. Order Divine
05. Revelation
06. Return To Nothing
07. Conduit Closing

Texas is known for a lot of things but doom/death metal or anything melodic are not one of those things for the matter. When I think of Texas I think of brutal death metal bands like Devourment, Viral Load,... or about some desert rock, stoner and sludge/doom stuff. Even more exciting is the fact that this band, Hinayana, seem to be quite fresh on the scene, until now they released only one demo, Endless, in 2014, and four years later they return with their debut full-lenth release.

Hinayana was originally created as a one man project by vocalist/guitarist Casey Hurd, but later lead its path to full flagship of talented musicians, and now we get Order Divine which is everything you want it to be, it's quite fast, dynamic, melodic, heavy, powerfull, and just enough gloomy at times and absolutely beautiful, with its own unique sound. While slightly borrowing some elements from Swedish melodic death metal acts such as Arch Enemy or Hypocrisy to name a few, they manage with ease to capture all the greatness of each band that influenced them into their own blend of doom/death, although because of quite fast paced rhythms one may say it's perhaps closer to melodic death metal.

Hinayana made an album that is surely bound to spin for ages in your player if you are a fan of darker, very melodic, a bit faster and groovy versions of doom metal. Order Divine is characterized by deep growling vocals, captivating melodic guitar lines, thick powerful rhythmic line, several mood changes and some amazing gloomy synths, all of this is perfectly reflecting in the amazing "Return To Nothing". This four-piece band really created an amazing record that in my opinion is destined to stand the test of time, it's an album which also shines because of good production.

Containing only seven tracks it’s a pure goldmine for those who seek that extra thing to spice up their day or week for the matter, although one might be thinking that the album needs a few spins it doesn't get any better than this, you can start at any track and you are bound to be subjected to their amazing mesmerizing crushing brutal but highly addictive melodic doom/death metal. I'm also pretty confident that this record will please just about any fan of doom and death metal as well.

Review written by: Oliver
Rating: 9/10

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Band: Merciful Nuns
Album title: Thelema VIII
Release date: 4 March 2016
Label: Solar Lodge

Merciful Nuns were always masters in creating huge vibrant atmospheres, as well we were used to hear that in many of Garden Of Delight albums, especially in the second era of the band, classics like Apocryphal I: The Fallen and Apocryphal II: The Faithful, come in mind at first place. But in Thelema VIII there's kind of a dark ambient vibe implemented in the background, and at this place the pioneers of the genre Lustmord come in mind. The new offering of Merciful Nuns is nothing but a masterpiece. Not so many times an album with its unrelenting pathos has the power to make even your heart and even the bones tremble. Thelema VIII is a sonic journey through radiant dimensions of mind, into all things occult, it's some kind of a cinematic dark goth/ambient/rock adventure with a constant dreary presence that awakens the inner dark thoughts of the listener, yet is full of emotion and it holds a seductive character needed to fully embrace darkness and light of higher truth behind this concept.

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