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Bosque - Beyond (Dunkelheit)
This is some pretty intense Funeral Doom Metal from the Portuguese solo artist on his 3rd album. The trebly, yet crushing riffs completely overpower the haunting vocals that just kind of hover ominously in the background. The album is 40 minutes long, but consists of only 3 tracks, so be prepared to go in for the long haul. It’s a pretty sparse album, with slow tempos, glacial riffs and rudimentary drumming, but that’s kind of the appeal for me. There’s no need for fancy flourishes here. The dude just crushes your skull for 40 minutes and leaves you wanting another 40 minutes.
Striker - Stand in the Fire (Record Breaking)
On the lighter side of metal, we have the 4th album from this Edmonton Thrash/Power quintet. This sounds like an unreleased record from Spreading the Disease-era Anthrax, except with the legendary Don Dokken on vocals instead of Belladonna. Solid thrash riffs, gorgeous lead guitar work and a ridiculous amount of catchy vocal hooks. Fun record, but not a lot of depth. Sometimes it's fun to just enjoy a metal album without thinking too hard.