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Primordial - To The Nameless Dead
25.11.2017 | Epic black metal
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So yesterday yours truly celebrated two big events: My not-so-young ass turned 25 and one of the modern classics in black metal turned a full decade!
With its' massive riffs, tasteful drumming, and let's not even start with the unique and thundering vocals of Mr. Nemtheanga... To The Nameless Dead is an album you cannot miss.

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Mr. Doctor
Daniell

Seems I was about to miss one of this year's greatest albums, but thanks to their tour with Igorrr that won't be the case.
So guess what? That's Pryapisme at their best: Cat-worshipping electro / zheul / jazz / avant-garde / metal, still as wacky as usual, but a bit more, er, progressive as far as song structures are concerned. Purrr-fect!

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Darkside Momo
Pylar - A Ella Te Conduce La Sagrada Espyral
16.10.2017 | Expansionist drone metal

"So man, what's new for music today?"
"Eh, not much. Pylar, that Spanish band, they just dropped a new album that takes the drone genre to incredible heights once again, incorporating chanting, string instruments, horns, native percussion, and intricate, jazz-like drumming into a massive, doomy core. All with artwork and lyrics that allude to ancient shamanism and druidism as well."
"Meh, drone is so boring. When's that new Morbid Angel coming out?"

Immerse thyself.
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Apothecary
Process Of Guilt - Black Earth
22.09.2017 | Post

Black Earth is a great opening salvo for what promises to be an awesome last 100 days of 2017 for \m/. An unrelentingly heavy assault that is a fine tuning of their approach which sounds like an organic Streetcleaner. Process Of Godflesh anyone?
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BitterCOld
Daniell, Paz, BloodTears
Loss (USA) - Horizonless
07.08.2017 | Funeral Doom
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Those who know me know I have had a perfectly wretched July. This was the perfect soundtrack for it. Check it out when you have a miserable day/week/month going on and spread the feel bads.

This One Time, At FuneralCamp
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BitterCOld
Mr. Doctor
Tchornobog - Tchornobog
24.07.2017 | Black / Doom / Death Metal

One word: album of the year.

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Paz
Daniell
Bullet Height - No Atonement
20.06.2017 | Prog / Electronic

Remember the amazing Pure Reason Revolution which split up about half a decade ago? Well, Bullet Height is the spiritual successor put together by the former PRR guitarist Jon Courtney, joined by Sammi Doll on vocals. It's a bit darker, a bit heavier, and somewhat more electronic, yet it unmistakably retains the vocal harmonies and songwriting hooks that made PRR so good. It is recognisable as a follow up to PRR's "Hammer and Anvil" and, if anything, advice to follow the musician has never been more apt.

Try "Bastion," "Hold Together," or "Wild Words."
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Ivor
BloodTears
Time Lurker - Time Lurker
16.06.2017 | post-black
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Time waits for no man, but Time Lurker have waited a long timing waiting on this man to mash out a review. Désolé. Their s/t debut is 7 tracks of post-infused black metal with some great tremolo riffing, harmonies offset against posty-moments, tikatikatika drums and howling into the vortex vocals buried a bit in the mix to make everything sound even better.

BANDCAMP, Muthatruckas!
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BitterCOld
Paz
Battle Beast - Bringer Of Pain
06.06.2017 | Disco Power That Really, Really Should Be From Sweden

Anton Kabanen left the band, the last album failed to move me at all, and I thought I had grown tired of Battle Beast. When I learned that they were playing seven of these ten songs on tour, I knew that something had to be up. Turns out they had every reason to be that confident in Bringer Of Pain, which is in my eyes the most consistent and natural-sounding album Battle Beast has ever released.
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ScreamingSteelUS
Whoredom Rife - Dommedagskvad
03.06.2017 | Black Metal

Whoredom Rife's debut album Dommedagskvad contains seven tracks, mostly clocking around 6 minutes, and that makes it a fun and easy listening. So, prepare your body for the Norwegian Black Metal, which is highly melodic. True believers shouldn't be disappointed. Terratur Possessions does it again.

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Paz
Façade - Loathe
04.05.2017 | Death Doom Metal
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Are you ready for some top notch death doom? If so, you need to hear this debut full-length by the Dutch Façade. Loathe maybe isn't a groundbreaking material but it has everything that we love in this genre. The album's cover is also one of the best achievements this year. Don't miss it!

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Paz
Marcel Hubregtse
Necroblood - Collapse Of The Human Race
02.04.2017 | Death Metal

Some of you might think that Venenum has no strong competitors in the death metal category this year, but here come the French Necroblood to prove you wrong. 10 tracks of truly evilish DM should remind you of the early works of Immolation and Convulse. So, do not expect any progressive vibes here. It's pure old school fun!

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Paz
Bathsheba - Servus
04.03.2017 | Doom Metal
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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 Metal
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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
Demonic Tutor