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Rezet – ‘Deal With It!’ (Metalville)

Rezet play good old-fashioned thrash metal, giving a modern twist on the old-school format of the genre – and there is nothing fucking wrong with that in our book. Sometimes bands try to overthink things, especially as they advance further and further into their careers, losing site of their roots in the process. While this, Rezet’s fourth album, does show a massive degree of maturity in both its approach and delivery, it is very firmly rooted in the thrash tradition of the band’s native Germany, referencing both the country’s pedigree and the way in which the genre has moved forward since the likes of Destruction and Kreator first flew its flag.

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Herod – ‘Sombre Dessein’ (Pelagic Records)

With associations to The Ocean, Cult of Luna and Carcass, you almost don’t have to hear a note of Herod’s music to know that this is a band whose sound is so abrasive it could jet-wash the flesh off a listener at 30 paces. ‘Sombre Dessein’ is a record which definitely doesn’t disappoint in that regard then, taking the most abrasive route to post-metal and noise it can and grinding itself down to the bone across 42 minutes of excruciating brilliance.

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Meridian – ‘Margin of Error’ (Mighty Music)

Danish melodic metal five-piece, Meridian have returned with their third album. ‘Margin of Error’ sees the band offer up 11 tracks to build upon their reputation following 2016 release ‘Breaking the Surface’. Featuring a now cemented line up with the addition of guitarist Marco Angioni, Meridian are looking to put forward a unified sound for their metal style. Having started work on the album in 2017, the initial result was a four track EP ‘The Fate of Atlantis’ released in early 2018 the tracks of which are included on this album. The remainder of the year saw the creation of the following seven tracks to round out the record. With ‘Margin of Error’ now complete, what have Meridian brought to the table?

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FTR – ‘Manners’ (Metropolis Records)

Cold-wave/noise? Parisian trio FTR sit as squarely within the industrial rock bracket with this release, to our resident DJ’s ears, sounding like it would be at home somewhere between ‘Lonely Boy’ by The Black Keys, Nine Inch Nails’ ‘The Hand That Feeds’ and a number of Big Black tracks. There are a few different sounds that go alongside each other within the album, too, with it not feeling like a tale being told, rather something focusing more on the music itself as individual tracks.

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DunkelNacht – ‘Empires of Mediocracy’ (Non Serviam Records)

Sat somewhere between the boundaries of black metal and classic death metal, DunkelNacht are testament to the ever-shrinking borders between extreme metal subgenres on their third record ‘Empires of Mediocracy’. Not since the ‘80s has the spectrum of extreme been such a fluid beast, bands finally realising that existing purely in one subgenre invites a sense of laziness which ultimately grinds all but the very best into formless gruel. Such formlessness doesn’t befit a band like DunkelNacht, the band instead cherry-picking the very best elements of both black and death metal to create something which can gladly cater to both camps.

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Decapitated/Dyscarnate/Baest/Bloodshot Dawn – Belfast, Voodoo – 14 February 2019

It’s just as well we don’t really celebrate Hallmark Day here at ÜRHQ – well, not in the sense of going out for an over-priced dinner that would cost you half the amount any other night of the week, only to have waiters hovering over the table forcing your to virtually gulp your grub down yer gob at heartburn-inducing speed ‘cos there’s a queue a mile long waiting for a table you can usually spend all night hogging… sure, wouldn’t we be much better served crammed into on of our favourite clubs along with an assorted bunch of fellow metallians for an evening of ear-shattering DM?

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The Royal – ‘Deathwatch’ (Longbranch/SPV)

Dutch quintet The Royal formed back in 2012 producing metal music that Jolee Flatman declares is “certainly relentless”. Previous releases include an EP, two albums and a single. Upcoming album ‘Deathwatch’ is for sure an interesting one, consisting of ten songs altogether: parts of it our NKOTB really digs, others however aren’t for her. For fans of Upon A Burning Body, Shields and Currents.

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