Category: Music Reviews

New on the Metal Stream: Iskald – Nedom Og Nord

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Genre: Melodic Black Metal

Released: January 14th, 2014 on Indie Recordings

Iskald, which translates to “ice-cold” in English, was formed in 2005 and have been releasing pretty solid metal ever since. Lots of “second wave” black metal influence is evident with lots of tremolo riffing and shrieked wailing vocals at a mid-to-frantic pace with plenty of atmospheric keyboard elements to give the whole work a cold yet complete feel.

RIYL: Varg, Vreid, Immortal

Recommended Tracks:

1. A Fading Horizon

2. Underworldly

3. Iskald

5. Nidingsdåd

New on the Metal Stream: Fractal Reality – A Plague for the Eternity

Origin: Costa Ricaplague

Genre: Progressive Death Metal

Self Released on January 11th, 2014

Formed in 2012, after the disbanding of Akhenaten, Fractal Reality is a five piece band who play a cool style of death metal that has the guitars serve as a humming/buzzing background, very tight blast beat drumming, and growling-screaming vocals.

Recommended Tracks:

1. Ancients of Days

3. Apostles of the Mindless Trine

5. Akhenaten

8. Oblivion

New on the Metal Stream: Framework – A World Rotation

Origin: Woodbridge, New Jersey397514

Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Self released on January 9th, 2014

Formed in 2009 under the name Exorbitance, these New Jersey metallers changed their name in 2013 and have released their first album under the new moniker. There is quite a bit of influence from the Gothenburg sound, on this album, with wailing , chunky guitars, and wailing vocals

RIYL: At the Gates, Soilwork, Arch Enemy, In Flames, Meshuggah

Recommended Tracks:
3. The Delusionist

5. Without Wings

6. Deadheart of Winter

9. The Stains of Time

Infinite Religions


Review By: SLW

Genre: Alternative, Acoustic

Release Date: January 21, 2014

Neal Calvin Peterson presents his listeners with an interesting twist on his album Duality. Under the name Infinite Religions, Peterson creates this twist by taking tracks one and two, overlaying them and producing track three with the mixture. Track one, Life, gives listeners on upbeat sound to reflect how many people view the experience of life. This coincides well with the track’s lyrics on fitting in, in society throughout one’s life. The second track Death provides listeners with the obvious opposite to that of Life. The track begins with a bell that resembles a death toll. Track three also includes some excerpts from track one, which only helps to add to the beauty of track three.Track three ties both tracks one and two together by describing the process of falling apart in life and putting oneself back together again.

Recommended Tracks: All 3

RIYL: Cage The Elephant, Jon Foreman