Kreator – Endorama

Reviewed: June 1999Released: 1999, Drakkar RecordsRating: 4.0/5 Reviewer: Nathan Robinson I am sure a number of Kreator fans are wondering about this new album. As of late, Kreator have been throwing quite a few curve balls. Beginning with the primitive debut Endless Pain, Kreator steadily progressed in a linear fashion…

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In Flames – Colony

Reviewed: June 1999Released: 1999, Nuclear Blast RecordsRating: 4.5/5 Reviewer: Nathan Robinson Swedish melodic death metal. These words bring to my mind four bands…At The Gates, In Flames, Eucharist, and Dark Tranquillity. These bands have released some monumental material to which other bands refer to as their benchmark. But with the…

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Amorphis – Tuonela

Reviewed: June 1999Released: 1999, Relapse RecordsRating: 4.0/5 Reviewer: EvilG Inside the CD is a quote, “Tuonela = Hades, the Underworld.” Well that’s cool, but why then a plant for a cover? A lot of long time Amorphis fans probably are not happy with the folk metal sound that they have…

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Daemon – The Second Coming

Reviewed: June 1999Released: 1999, Diehard RecordsRating: 3.0/5 Reviewer: Nathan Robinson In a piercing burst of flames, Jesus Christ falls from the heavens, giving mankind a gift well deserved…Armageddon. Beasts arise from hell and kill the tortured human souls and mankind perishes in a tumultuous inferno. This frightening vision is displayed…

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Metal Church – Live

Reviewed: May 1999 Released: 1998, SPV/SteamhammerRating: 4.0/5 Reviewer: Nathan Robinson The second live Metal Church album is an official release, comprising songs taken from tapes dating back to 1986! Yes!!! This is the classic Metal Church lineup with Kurdt Vanderhoof and David Wayne! What you get here are 10 tracks…

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Diabolique – The Black Flower

Reviewed: May 1999Released: 1999, Black Sun RecordsRating: 2.5/5 Reviewer: Nathan Robinson Diabolique’s debut album “Wedding the Grotesque” was a perfect example of the fusion of doom, metal, and gothic darkness. Extremely ominous and depressing vocals mixed with apocalyptic riffs dominated every song. Their unique style and sound planted them firmly…

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Fantomas – Fantomas

Reviewed: May 1999Released: 1999, Ipecac RecordingsRating: 3.5/5 Reviewer: Nathan Robinson Still gazing at your shoes from the inactivity of Mr. Bungle over the years? Well you may find some solace in Mike Patton’s latest endeavor known as “Fantomas”! Mike wasted no time after Faith No More’s dissolution and quickly assembled…

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Loudblast – Live

Reviewed: May 1999Released: 1998, XIII Bis RecordsRating: 4.5/5 Reviewer: Nathan Robinson The latest installment from France’s most underrated band comes forth as a double-CD live album. Jumping on the bandwagon ala Dream Theater and Judas Priest? Perhaps, but hey, if you’re going to do a live album, include as many…

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Of The Fallen – s/t

Reviewed: May 1999Released: 1998, IndependentRating: 4.0/5 Reviewer: EvilG Of The Fallen’s CD came to me on a CD-R along with an album cover printed on a color inkjet. This aside, the sound quality is exceptional for a demo!! In places the vocals become a little distorted but it’s not a…

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