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My all-time favourite metal voice returns in the more openly bombastic and up-tempo ‘Enter Dreamscape’ but Tom Englund’s wonderfully unique tones are this time joined by Neuhauser’s equally familiar timbre. It’s not a bad combination as I’m sure you’ll agree. ‘The Lotus And The Willow’ slows the pace again with absolutely beautiful results, mainly thanks to the excellent songwriting and another commanding performance by Wessels in particular. ‘Crimson Course’ has more of a Serenity stamp all over it, albeit with added rock opera pomp and some wellplaced modern synth effects. It is here that Neuhauser reminds me forcefully why I consider Serenity to be one of my all-time favourite melodic metal bands. ‘Carry Me Home’ is a slightly quirkier, modernsounding track that benefits greatly from Randy George’s elegant bass playing and Schunke’s rich timbre. Again, that satisfying Everon wall of sound re-enters the fray helping to build momentum into the composition. For me though, one of the best moments on ‘The Deviant Hearts’ is reserved for the final act, in the shape of ‘Let It Die’. Arguably the most grandiose and over-the-top of all the compositions, it is a delight. Wessels shares the mic with Philipps principally with great results but it is the chorus that sends shivers down my spine as it’s irresistibly melodic and as a big Everon fan, its overt bombast and epic overtones strikes a real chord with me. So there you have it. This is a very solid and nicely put-together record with some real knock-out moments, meaning that overall, there’s very little not to like about ‘The Deviant Hearts’; strong songwriting, heartfelt performances and a slick production from an impressive group of musicians means that Phantasma have delivered a grand melodic 6

rock opera that offers a very high level of enjoyment time and time again. The Score Of Much Metal: 8.0

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Fight the Demiurge The War at the Edge of Existence release date: May 1st, 2014

In case you have not seen this before, this is a free recording. It's a brutal death metal solo project by Samantha Michelle Smith. Metal Archives gives the following list for her activities: Ennoea, ex-Broken Anatomy, exGuttural Slug, ex-Break the Sky, ex-Five Years Into Forever, ex-Flesh, ex-Suffer, ex-Tenebrae, ex-Unknown and Broken. The bio states: Fight The Demiurge is a Brutal Death Metal band. Fight The Demiurge was formed as a Southern Deathcore band by Samantha Smith and Tim Saveall in 2011. Tim left the band January 30, 2012. In June of 2012, Samantha started recording new material alone for Fight The Demiurge, taking the music in a very different direction and playing brutal death metal. The Demo Mandated was released in early 2012, with artwork designed by Giovanni Jeckler of DR. JKLR DESIGNZ. The EP Hypostasis of The Archons was recorded at Broken Anatomy Studios and released on 11/13/2012. Fight The Demiurge

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RAM Grave Ritual Phantasma Fight the Demiurge (free) Police State Stars Eat Worlds (free) Conceived by Hate Isenblåst (free) news & up...

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