Staff picks


Bathsheba - Servus
04.03.2017 | Female-fronted Doom
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In 2015, Belgian Bathsheba with their two-track EP, The Sleepless Gods, showed some great potential for the future. Two years after, the full-length has finally been released. Servus, as it is called, didn't disappoint and even exceed all the expectations. Michelle Nocon's haunting vocals are strong as ever, the riffs are heavy & memorable, and an occasional saxophone licks ("Ain Soph") just complete the whole musical experience. Servus definitely going to be a strong contender for doom metal album of the year.

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Paz
Altar Of Betelgeuze - Among The Ruins
22.02.2017 | Grungy Stoner Doom
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I rather enjoyed Darkness Sustains The Silence's excellent mixing of doom, trad, death and stoner riffs to create an album that I continue to enjoy years later. Now they're back, tossing a fistful of grunge into the mix. Among The Ruins has a lot of the swell things I enjoyed so much topped off with an Alice In Chains vibe. Maybe a little less harsh, but (insert Alice In Betelgeuze joke here)'s Among The Ruins is a very enjoyable album.
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BitterCOld
ROSK - Miasma
19.02.2017 | Post-Black
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Miasma, the debut full-length from the Warsaw-based sextet ROSK is a prime example of post-black metal done right. We get a decent dose of emotions with excellent centering between clean & harsh vocals. Of course, there is no lack of heavier parts and tremolo picking guitars. Everybody will find something to enjoy. This is just another proof that Polish metal is currently at the top.

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Paz
Kassad - Faces Turn Away
14.02.2017 | Black Metal
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Raging torrent of black metal vaguely in the vein of Darkspace. Five unrelenting tracks combining breakneck pace, tragic harmonies, shrieked but buried vocals before the bottom drops out into more ambient territory. Maybe the aftermath of being sucked through the black hole? Another "One time at Bandcamp..." find.
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BitterCOld
Kreator - Gods Of Violence
31.01.2017 | Thrash

The year 2016 showed us that some old American thrash bands still have it in them. Kreator shows us that 2017 in Europe will not be worse. "Gods of Violence" is simply excellent.

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Daniell
Demonic Tutor, ScreamingSteelUS, D.T. Metal
Nightmare - Dead Sun
23.01.2017 | power/heavy metal

With the departure of Jo Amore from the band, who better than to take up the reins than one of the best vocalists out there, Magali Luyten (Beautiful Sin, Virus IV)? Like injecting a new level of venom into a snake that's already bitten you once, Dead Sun wastes no time diving straight for your wrist in tracks like "Serpentine" and "Ikarus," leaving your fist only one option: to be raised in the air!

Listen here and Listen here
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Jason W.
Demonic Tutor
Bakos Attila - Aranyhajnal
05.12.2016 | Non-BM Taranis
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Remember Taranis? Then you should remember the name Attila Bakos (presented in Hungary's traditional name orientation for this release). If you read any interviews with him post Kingdom's release, then you know he promised to make more music, but in a much less extreme format than Taranis.

This is that release. Imagine an entire album in the style of the melodic/non-extreme moments of Kingdom, with lyrics in Hungarian, and you get Aranyhajnal. And the artwork is, of course, just as epic as Kingdom's since it's the same artist.

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psykometal
Demonic Tutor, BloodTears
Various Artists - 5 Years Of Doom And Dark Sounds
28.11.2016 | Various Artists, various genres
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A great comp, mixing in some of my fave Discos Macarras artists (Tort, Santo Rostro), newer faves (Rosy Finch) and new tunes (well, to me) altogether. Love what DM has been putting out and this is a great starting point to check out their stable.
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BitterCOld

Wowzerz! It is as if Church Of Misery distilled mid-90s Cathedral down to my favorite bits, only with better vocals, to lay down one swell album.
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BitterCOld
Apothecary, Marcel Hubregtse, Nefarious, Abattoir, Mr. Doctor, BloodTears
Oddland - Origin
13.11.2016 | Progressive metal
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In a year with many strong prog releases, one of the outsiders is Oddland's Origin. A tinge of Pain Of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlöw on the vocals can only be a good thing, and the technical prowess adds to the melodic nuances of the music. Edgy, powerful and masterfully heavy, the Finns carve their own path with this new album. Seemingly accessible, Origin reveals exceptional layers throughout.

Full album on Bandcamp.
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BloodTears
Nefarious
Dark Tranquillity - Atoma
11.11.2016 | Gothenburg
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Dark Tranquillity are on a forward momentum again. Their best since Character, no less.

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Darkside Momo
BloodTears, Daniell, Marcel Hubregtse, psykometal, Demonic Tutor, Ag Fox
Deathspell Omega - The Synarchy Of Molten Bones
08.11.2016 | Return of the king
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So here we are. Six years and two EPs later, the mighty Deathspell Omega have returned with new material. It's not "Doomspell Omega" or a reggae black metal album, and sure, one could complain about a rehash of old ideas here. But I'll be damned if it isn't nice to have these titans of French black metal back on the throne showing all their emulators how the game is really played.

Go and get it.
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Apothecary
BitterCOld, Mr. Doctor, Marcel Hubregtse
Dysylumn - Chaos Primordial
05.11.2016 | Progressive / Black / Death
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This two-piece band from Montpellier, France offers you an incredibly fresh sounding mixture of black and death metal with some progressive touches. Noteworthy is also a stunning graphic design by Lambrith. You simply can't miss it!

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Paz
BloodTears, Mr. Doctor

While Cult Of Luna are busy doing five shows with Julie Christmas this week, let's listen once again to what's probably the best post-stuff album this year.

The travel begins HERE
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Darkside Momo
BloodTears, Mr. Doctor, Ag Fox
Abske Fides - O Sol Fulmina A Terra
19.10.2016 | Funeral Doom / Death Doom
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It seems this bundle of Brazilian funeral/death-doom joy, released 6/6/16, flew under a lot of radars. O Sol is a miasma of negativity from the concrete jungle of Sao Paolo, which has a lot more going on to keep it more interesting than the atypical glacial-beat, four minutes to complete a riff funeral doom. Give it a listen now and toss me an "obrigado" later.
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BitterCOld
Susan, Nefarious, Marcel Hubregtse, Darkside Momo, Mr. Doctor