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Cynic EP Carbon-Based Anatomy

Cynic’s Carbon-Based Anatomy EP highlights this week’s release slate, while White Wizzard, Blut Aus Nord, Bloody Panda, Coliseum and more are also releasing new albums. Let’s take a look after the jump.

Bloody Panda – Summon: Invocation (self-released)
Epic doom crew Bloody Panda are self-releasing an album of remixes to their 2009 album Summon. It’s not new material, but it might be worth checking out. Go to their website to grab this one.

Blut Aus Nord – 777-The Desanctification (Debemur Morti)
With the second album in the 777 trilogy, Blut Aus Nord continue to make black metal their way. They’re excellent at it; it’s almost trancelike, the way BAN fill every channel with sound to make as much noise in as logical a way as they can. The first album in the trilogy, Sect(s), came out earlier this year and the third chapter is expected in 2012, making this one trilogy you don’t have to wait forever to complete.

Coliseum – Parasites (Temporary Residence Ltd.)
This is the first original material released by Coliseum since 2010’s House With A Curse. I was surprised with the lack of punch to the songs on that record, but based on the preview track “Waiting” the band posted on Vimeo it looks like the band is back with this one. Coliseum aren’t the hardest band in punk, but their style is intense and captivating.

Cynic – Carbon-Based Anatomy EP (Season of Mist)
This is the follow-up to last year’s Re-Traced, an album of re-interpretations of previously released material. The band use this device again here, as the title track is a reinterpretation of an older Æon Spoke song. Three of the songs on the EP are more ambient pieces that tie the EP together. The rest of the songs sound like Cynic, with more emphasis on complicated musical pieces than heaviness. It’s good stuff, but I really wish Cynic added more heavy to their sound.

Esoteric – Paragon of Dissonance (Season Of Mist)
British doom crew release their follow-up to 2008’s The Maniacal Vale, and it slays. The band excels at taking a slow plodding doom style and mixing it with some of the most intense and evil sounding vocals, and they don’t try to break a working model here. This is the band’s first release with new guitarist Jim Nolan.

H2O – Don’t Forget Your Roots (Bridge Nine)
Don’t Forget Your Roots is a cover album. I’m not a big fan of covers albums, however, I can see why someone would want to pick this up. The album features covers of songs by Rancid, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Dag Nasty, The Clash and more.

Spies Like Us – Breather (InVogue)
Oh, my god. Spies Like Us play a pretty sweet style of metalcore, but then the chorus hits and everything is ruined. Seemingly coming out of nowhere, the chorus is hyper-melodic and completely overprocessed. The result ruins everything the band had going for them, at least in this reviewer’s eyes. Check it out at InVogue Records’s YouTube channel.

White Wizzard – Flying Tigers (Earache)
Flying Tigers finds White Wizzard picking up where they left off with 2010’s Over the Top, albeit with an almost entirely different lineup. Over the Top vocalist Wyatt Anderson sings on Flying Tigers although he is not currently touring with the band, meaning bassist/founder Jon Leon and drummer Giovanni Durst are the only two remaining members who recorded on the previous album. Expect Maiden-inspired galloping bass-lines, twin guitarmonies and soaring vocals throughout this trad-metal attack.


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