Arcane Dimensions

Vinyl (15)

Vinyl record stuff. These articles are an archive of posts from my old website,

Mastodon - Crack the Skye (2009)

Article originally published on on 7th December 2010.

Mastodon, part of the explosion of bands that came into prominence in the 2000’s, after the fallout of Nu Metal has become one of the most successful and, more importantly, one of the most talented artists around today.

After the Blood Mountain tour in 2006-2008, Mastodon have released their latest album, Crack the Skye. The album moves Mastodon forward in a more progressive style than anything they have done previously.

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Testament - The Formation of Damnation (2008)

Article originally published on on 1st December 2010.

Testament, a band who may have been overshadowed for much of its career by bands like Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and perhaps to a lesser extent Anthrax, has released The Formation of Damnation after a nine year wait from their previous album, The Gathering.

After the personal issues many of the band members have had during the the time following The Gathering, it’s understandable that there has been such a delay. Lead singer Chuck Billy was diagnosed with cancer in 2001, forcing him to undergo chemotherapy, while guitarist Eric Peterson suffered from a triple fracture in his leg during a tour in 2004.

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Lamb of God - Ashes of the Wake (2004)

Article originally published on on 29th November 2010.

Ashes of the Wake, Lamb of God's fourth studio album and their major label debut sounds far more produced and refined than any of their previous efforts. Not that this is a bad thing. Lamb of God's groove metal on this album is very much the beginning of their current bone crushing sound, not to mention that this is still their best selling album in the U.S.

With singles like Laid to Rest, and Now You've Got Something to Die For, it's not hard to understand why this has become a modern classic in heavy metal music.

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Paradise Lost - Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us (2009)

Article originally published on on 28th November 2010.

Once called the British equivalent to Metallica during the mid 90's, Paradise Lost has had an up and down career to say the least.

Beginning at the end of the 1980's, Paradise Lost started out as a death/doom metal band, incorporating elements such as growled vocals from singer Nick Holmes and distorted, down-tuned guitars as is present on their first three studio albums.

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Slayer - Christ Illusion (2006)

Article originally published on on 25th November 2010.

Slayer's Christ Illusion presents a very focused and intensive effort from the group, something that old fans of Slayer had been waiting for many years to hear. After Paul Bostaph's departure from the band at the tail end of the God Hates Us All tour, Lombardo returns to the line-up; recording his first studio album with Slayer since 1990's Seasons in the Abyss.

The album opens with Flesh Storm, which slowly builds until Araya's vocals kick in and screams "Take a deep breath 'cause it all starts now!", and at that point I knew I was in for a treat.

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Lamb of God - Wrath (2009)

Article originally published on on 24th November 2010.

Wrath, Lamb of God’s latest release, is a change of pace from their previous album, Sacrament. This time around, Lamb of God has created a record that sounds much rawer and organic than that of their previous album, Sacrament, and to a certain degree, Ashes of the Wake. With cleaner guitar tones and vocals that have been brought to the forefront, this album is a mean son of a bitch out to kill with a vengeance.

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Megadeth - United Abominations (2007)

Article originally published on on 23rd November 2010.

After their experiment with a mainstream rock sound that was presented on the Risk album, and the album that Mustaine considers a turnaround album in The World Needs a Hero, Megadeth follows up 2004’s The System Has Failed with an album that harkens back to their earlier days. The hard edged riffs, speed and killer hooks that made Megadeth a force to be reckoned with in the 80’s and early 90’s is back, alive and well.

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