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32.Fleshgod Apocalypse-Labyrinth

Italian symphonic/technical death metal act Fleshgod Apocalypse unleashes another savage attack on their third full-length Labyrinth. The symphonic elements are on a more epic-scale than ever with elaborate piano and violin pieces galore. The more straightforward metal elements are better written than on Agony with more solos and breaks from the orchestration. Labyrinth would be much higher on my list if it wasn't for the muddled production and noticeable decline in Tomasso Ricardi's vocals. Doesn't touch Agony or Oracles in my eyes, but Labyrinth is still another quality entry in Fleshgod's catalog.

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1.Kingborn
2.Under Black Sails
3.Warpledge
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31.Intronaut-Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)


Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones sees Intronaut expanding upon the more progressive sound they introduced on their last record Valley of Smoke. This is easily the most melodic material Intronaut has produced in their career thus far. While there are still sludge elements to the music, there are virtually no harsh vocals and more of an overall focus on melody. Intronaut are brilliant at composing music at both ends of the spectrum so the transition to a more progressive-based sound is pretty seamless for them. The melodic sections are appropriately dark and create a really gloomy, interesting landscape that the album centers around. Helping emphasize the power of the album's landscape is the contrasting presence of heavy riffs and Intronaut's secret weapon: bassist Joe Lester and drummer Danny Walker. The heavy sections perfectly complement and accentuate the murky power of the melodic sections. The transitions between both ends of Intronaut's sound are well-executed throughout (the best of the bunch though is on album closer "The Way Down") and they never cease to be able to get the most of every section of music they create. The rhythmic section of Lester and Walker is a big reason why Intronaut's music is so effective. Few bands in the metal world (or music in general for that matter) use bass and drums as prominently as Intronaut, which gives the band a really unique dynamic. Intronaut are one of the most important bands in the world of progressive metal at the moment as far as I am concerned and while it doesn't quite reach the highs of Prehistoricisms and Valley of Smoke, Habitual Levitations is still an essential listen for fans of the band or the genre.

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1.The Way Down
2.The Welding
3.Sore Sight for Eyes
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Excellent reviews so far, man!
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30.Heaven Shall Burn-Veto


Veteran German extreme metal act Heaven Shall Burn decides to go full-on melodic death metal on Veto and it works brilliantly for them. Album opener "Godiva" could've easily been on any In Flames or Dark Tranquility record from the 90's. While the rest of the album isn't quite as epic as "Godiva", there is still plenty of nice, Gothenberg-esque melo-death cuts such as "Land of the Upright Ones", "53 Nations" and a heavier take on Blind Guardian's "Valhalla" with guest vocals from Blind Guardian Hansi Kurch. I'm not completely familiar with all of Heaven Shall Burn's discography, but this is the finest material I've heard from them to-date.

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1.Godiva
2.53 Nations
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I couldn't listen to Labyrinth. I thought the songs sounded great live in August, but it's just an ordeal to get through the record. I know a few people that were huge fans of it, and the more symphonic turn their taking in general, and the album did get them more fans, so more power to them. Mafia is their best release, though, IMO.
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I was unaware they still existed.
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Might as well post this here. For hip-hop fans here, I posted a list of my 25 favorite beats of 2013 on my blog yesterday: http://maitlandsmadness.blogspot.com...s-of-2013.html
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