IQ - The Road Of Bones

Light progressive rock Today

The rhythm remains the same, as members change. I've met many metal aficionados whom claim to have the science of music down, but their arguments are wearing thin. I've enjoyed albums that have displayed technical prowess for the sake of indulgence, covered their faults through the crafty use of concepts and themes, and emulated the past greats to the point of nostalgic submission. I am guilty of approving all of these parameters, when used tastefully, as they have provided me much enjoyment in my naive musical experiences. IQ has always been one of those bands that fell into the medium of obscurity, strictly because they always played on the fringe of prog worship and never feigned actual progression. Music is not a game of one-uppance, or a contest about who can be more tiknikal or dith mital. It is a pure act of creation, at least in our realm of listening. Buy, type in "IQ Road of Bones" into YouTube, or fall asleep and imagine how good and comforting this sounds.

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Introspekrieg
R'Vannith, BloodTears, Ivor



Ethereal Riffian - Aeonian

Progressive stoner doom Today

A forward-thinking approach to the stoner doom genre that emphasizes complex song structures and hypnotic textural riffing. Lose yourself in the vivid landscapes of Aeonian right here.
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Troy Killjoy
R'Vannith, Abattoir
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Fantom Warior - Morbid Invasion

Thrash 21.08.2014

Here's an oldie that's just been reissued and that's guaranteed to wreck some shit and stuff.
Picked by: wormdrink414



Crimson Shadows - Kings Among Men

Extreme Power Metal 17.08.2014

An unpretentious mix of DragonForce, Amon Amarth and mid-career Ensiferum.

Extreme power metal done right.

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Doc Godin
Daniell
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Arkona - Явь

Folk Metal 15.08.2014

It took me a few listens to let this album fully sink in, but Arkona wisely drops their light-hearted, catchy hooks to bring us an album with a much better flow and sense of focus. That doesn't mean they aren't as dynamic, progressive-minded and aggressive as ever though. These Russian folk metal giants are still on top of their game.
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R'Vannith



Blood Of The Black Owl - A Banishing Ritual

Sioux Drone 14.08.2014

The one man project of Chet W. Scott, Blood Of The Black Owl is a hypnotizing journey through foreboding sounds and monolithic landscapes. Native American themes abound, with use of wind flute and some drony, chant-like vocals to help heighten the vibe and make you feel as though you're being banished by the ritual of the album's title. This album may be four years old, but screw it: if you're down with the whole drone/dark ambient nonsense, this is definitely one you need in your life.

Begin the daze.
Picked by: Apothecary



Into Orbit - Caverns

Post 10.08.2014

The New Zealand Duo craft some instrumental post-rock/metal goodness. Constructs and build-ups are well executed and enjoyable if standard format, but the crescendos really help make this a bi-polar bit of post-fun.
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Abattoir
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Entombed A.D. - Back To The Front

Death N Roll 27.07.2014

Hey! These guys sound a lot like Entombed!

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Doc Godin
Daniell, Darkside Momo



Horn Of The Rhino - Summoning Deliverance

Sludge/thrash 25.07.2014

These Spanish conquistadors are back in action. Continuing in the direction of Grengus, Summoning Deliverance is Horn Of The Rhino at perhaps their most violent yet. Gone are the days of the more relaxed vibes of their earlier material, in favor of some fast and nasty sludge, with a much more snarling type of vocal delivery from Javier Galvez, all wrapped up with some pleasantly surprising extreme metal elements. Crushing in every sense of the word.

Listen on Bandcamp, and cry to yourself over the label deciding that only streaming select tracks would be a good idea.
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R'Vannith
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Monolord - Empress Rising

Stoner doom 24.07.2014

Equally parts heavy and psychedelic, this early Sabbath-worshiping Swedish trio will rock you with crushing riffs and a fuzzy atmosphere that puts the 420blazeit in Monolord.

Get your toke on right here.



Skyclad - Prince Of The Poverty Line

Skyclad at their best! 21.07.2014

You know what? This album's twenty years old and it's still as relevant as it was when it first came out. So do yourself a favor and check it out - or spin it a few times again!

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Darkside Momo
R'Vannith, Mr. Doctor, Daniell



Overkill - White Devil Armory

Need you ask? 18.07.2014

New Overkill. Same old shit 3rd time in a row. I wish more bands recorded the same old shit 3 times in a row to such good effect. Screw modern copycats, listen to real thrash. Yeah, I know. Broken record syndrome - I always bash new thrash bands and praise Overkill. Judging by the quality of Overkill's recent output, it's not likely to change any time soon. Sue me.

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Daniell
R'Vannith, wormdrink414



Goatwhore - Constricting Rage Of The Merciless

Black/Death/Thrash 13.07.2014

You thought Goatwhore were bullshit awesome before? Just wait 'til you shove this in your ear hole...

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Bölzer - Soma

Blackened death 11.07.2014

The hype surrounding the band following the release of Aura last year is proven not undeserving with their second EP. Riffs with a great hook, a thundering old school death metal sound with a bit of a modern twist, and subtle threads of black metal that hold all the seams together. If your expectations were high for this, chances are good you won't be disappointed.

Check out "Steppes" over here.

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Serdce - Timelessness

Jazz-infused Progressive Death Metal 07.07.2014

To put it bluntly, Timelessness is nothing short of a masterpiece!

Don't believe me? Go give it a spin HERE, and decide for yourself.
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Nefarious
R'Vannith, Darkside Momo
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