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Unsigned and Unholy: Colosso, Emil Lamppu, Polygon Horizon

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Portuguese outfit Colosso combine the groove of Morbid Angel, the dissonance of Gorguts, the atmosphere of Fallujah and the aggression of Fit For an Autopsy into one super-tight death metal package. That’s quite a combination, eh? Indeed. Hear it for yourself on their latest album Obnoxious.

Finnish progressive metal musician Emil Lamppu reminds me a bit of Periphery without any of the djent-isms or Devin Townsend without his patented zaniness. His instrumental one-man band album Under the Open Sky is a straight-forward and pleasant listen with strong melodies, sure to please general fans of modern progressive metal.

Another one-man outfit, Polygon Horizon (helmed by a man who simply goes by Chris K.), combines a metal backbone — drums, guitars — with retro chiptune sounds for surprisingly strong effect. It’d be easy for this kind of music to feel incredibly trite or forced, but Polygon’s Horizon approach works quite well; think Killswitch Engage or Unearth with NES-inspired keyboards.

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