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As I Lay Dying: Awakened

Awakened lacks the complexity of an August Burns Red record, but also manages to avoid the overly commercial pitfalls of later-era Killswitch Engage material. What it does offer is a balanced middle-ground between the two, with all the screaming, lightning-fast riffs and insane drumming you could ask for, flowing into epic singalong choruses and melodies without ever feeling contrived. (read more)

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Satan’s Wrath: Galloping Blasphemy

it’s fun, it’s heavy, and the over the top Satanic lyrics are often hilarious. By no means should Satan’s Wrath hang up their goat-skull helmets and battleaxes any time soon. It’d just be nice if those impressive flashes of an underlying, genuinely talented metal outfit with something more original to say, were given a little more breathing room. (read more)

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HEVY Festival

When your guitar feedback section is so long that your guitarist has time to have a crafty check of his iPhone, maybe it’s time to just get on with the song already.

HEVY Festival is HUGE. This review is fittingly GARGANTUAN. (read more)