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    This collection of southern boys are not the most original band in the world. They’ll never be accused of being the most musically gifted fellas in the world. Certainly, no one will ever listen to them and think, “wow, that’s really cutting edge music”. To the contrary though, release in and release out, the same thought comes to mind

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    BOOK OF SHADOWS II

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    Sequels to albums, at least in my listening experience, are generally poor. The two that immediately jump to mind for me are Rob Zombie’s HELLBELLY DELUXE 2 and Meat Loaf’s BAT OUT OF HELL 2. Both releases were pretty lame, and garnered attention solely because they were named after much more historic releases in their creator’s career.

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    THE ASTONISHING

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  • Megadeth - DYSTOPIA

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    More than any other metal band in history, being a hardcore Megadeth fan is truly a rollercoaster ride. This is a band with multiple duds in their catalog, and yet they always seem to rebound. Think about it, they’ve truly had some bad releases in their catalog. RISK was terrible. THE WORLD NEEDS A HERO wasn’t a lot better. And yet,

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  • Anthrax - FOR ALL KINGS

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    FOR ALL KINGS

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    Depending on your perspective, Anthrax is either having a career resurgence or floundering at the end of their career. I’m stunned how many people actually didn’t like their last effort, FOR ALL KINGS. In these ears, that was the best effort of their career. What made it great, to me, was the mixture of crushing heaviness combined with some

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BLACK THRONE OF ALL CREATION

Holy Suffocation, is this a tribute band?  Actually, it's not.  Dehuman is a Belgian death metal band that claims themselves to be an "old school death metal" band, and they are certainly right on the mark with that.  BLACK THRONE OF ALL CREATION certainly could have done well in 1996 or so...long before this genre was uprooted and bastardized by all the influence of Metalcore to ruin future generations of sonic death.

While I appreciate the old school sound that Dehuman has, they unfortunately sound like they might have recorded with gear that hasn't been updated since the '90s as well.  

While the musical direction of BLACK THRONE OF ALL CREATION is good, the actual sonics of the music are plagued with a tired, old and flat sound that really weakens the all out assault of their music.  Songs like "Monstrosity In The Hands Of God" are pretty brutal and driving, but suffer greatly from an early black metal, poor sound you might have gotten from kids trading tapes at a deathfest a decade ago.  It's too bad too, because these guys truly have some great chops.  Listening to blasts of rage like "Harvest The Sun" showcase musical and songwriting skills that a good portion of their contemporaries lack.  This song is surprisingly good, but really gets dragged down by the production.  There's a guitar spot in this song that reminds me of the guitar squeals that Machine Head incorporated on THE MORE THINGS CHANGE album and Skinlab did thorughout their career.  Unfortunately though, it's flat and sounds like it was recorded in a practice spot instead of a good studio.  Sadly, this flat sound simply plagues the entire release.

PITRIFF RATING - 62/100 - Re-recorded in a good studio by someone that understands the dynamics needed to capture this type of music, you are looking at a solid 90/100 here. I'm not asked to write about what if scenarios though, but what I hear on each disc.  This is clearly a failed production release that still doesn't suck in spite of it being enormously diminishing to the overall score.  While I'll almost certainly never listen to this again, I'll anticipate a new release later with more dynamic sound.  These guys have the chops.

Chris Akin



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