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Stormbringer: Conjuration of the Nighthorde (Crash Music Inc.)

By: Mike SOS

Despite the major changes this Colorado outfit has undergone in the past year, scaling down from a sextet to a quartet (losing both a keyboardist and a lead vocalist), Throcult have managed to pull together and make a tantalizing death metal release. On Stormbringer, the song structures and performances are dually intricate, making this nine-track release an album you need to hear many times over to soak in all of its nuances. And even though some of these pulverizing tracks are creepingly melodic at times, Throcult never lost sight of the big picture, which seems to consist of bringing apocalypse to the digital age. With blast beated drums in full effect, and the black metal ambience peeking through the carnage on tracks like "Order of the Lunar Temple", Stormbringer displays one of the best examples of war metal this side of Eastern Europe.
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