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Evadne - The Shortest Way
21.05.2012 | death doom

What do you get when you combine a Spanish death doom outfit's long awaited sophomore release with Dan Swano? Some really good and crushing doom, that's what. Not groundbreaking, but well done and mighty enjoyable.

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BitterCOld
Marcel Hubregtse, Ag Fox, Nefarious, Mr. Doctor
P.H.O.B.O.S. - Atonal Hypermnesia
17.05.2012 | Completely deranged

Take Blut Aus Nord's Procession of the Dead Clowns, slow it down to glacial pace, completely dehumanize guitars, subdue the vocals to the point of non-existence, and add tons of sick reverb. Spice up with dementia and insanity. That's Atonal Hypermnesia for you.

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Daniell
Mr. Doctor, !J.O.O.E.!, Ag Fox, Introspekrieg, DerRozzengarten
Litrosis - I Am Death
17.05.2012 | Melodic Black Metal
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Catchy Euro Power metal meets raging wall-of-sound black metal? Yes please.

Here's a taste.

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Ag Fox
Aura Noir - Out To Die
16.05.2012 | Black/Thrash

Hit and miss black/thrash in the end, but when it's flat you'll still be stomping around, and when it's good it's more good than a global peace summit led by Martin Luther King, Jesus, and Salma Hayek's boobs would be. Definitely worth checking out.
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Troy Killjoy, Doc Godin, Ag Fox, Mr. Doctor, BudDa
Diskord - Dystopics
10.05.2012 | Weirdly Curious Death Metal Of A Distinctly Bizarre Nature

So, already bored of Asphyx's recent derivative regurgitation of old school death metal? Fancy seeing what can be done with an old-school vibe when you apply brains and a modern aesthetic to it? No, I didn't think you would.

If though, on the hypothetical chance, you ARE interested in the best death metal of the year so far then you should hit up this crazy, mind-melting little number a.s.a.p.



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!J.O.O.E.!
Mr. Doctor, Daniell, Marcel Hubregtse
Hands Of Despair - Hereafter
07.05.2012 | Read below!
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Why am I hearing the best album of 2011 in 2012, for blue fuck's sake? Instead of trying to define the band myself, let me quote their own words: "a mixture of the heaviness of death metal, the intensity of black metal, the ambiance of doom metal and the complex structures of progressive metal". Fuck my descriptions, listen to the music. Make sure to listen to the whole album, it's very diverse and genuinely breathtaking.

The whole album here
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Troy Killjoy

Avoid listening to this album with animals nearby. They'll getcha.

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wormdrink414, Mr. Doctor, psykometal, ScreamingSteelUS
Onirophagus - Defiler Of Hope
30.04.2012 | Death/doom, more death than doom

While not the biggest purveyor of great metal bands, Spain apparently has some hidden gems here and there, and this is one of them. Great, pulverizing riffs, surprising tempo changes and overall coolness of this band shouldn't go unnoticed.
If you're into either doom or death, you should enjoy Onirophagus.

Have a taste here.
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Agruss - Morok
30.04.2012 | Black Metal

No funny stuff. Just black metal with a face-vs-brick-wall type impact. Unbelievably loud & crushing.

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Troy Killjoy, !J.O.O.E.!, Ag Fox, wormdrink414, Mr. Doctor, Nefarious
Faal - The Clouds Are Burning
26.04.2012 | doom

To steal a line from my forthcoming review:

"When is epic fail epic win?"

When it's Faal's epic "The Clouds Are Burning".

Four tracks of unforgiving doom punishment that shifts up tempos from glacial to epic swagger to full on headbanging, all while the members of the band assault you, your family and the girl you took to prom with tons of sonic cold fuzzies.

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BitterCOld
Ag Fox, !J.O.O.E.!, Mr. Doctor, Daniell, Marcel Hubregtse, Troy Killjoy, Nefarious, DerRozzengarten, White Winter Sun, Darkside Momo, psykometal
Waning - The Human Condition
24.04.2012 | Progressive Black Metal

Modern progressive Swedish Black Metal packed full of great riffs with a cold, bleak atmosphere. What is there not to love?
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Hour Of Penance - Sedition
19.04.2012 | Brutal death metal

Honestly? Just go fucking nuts and break shit. But be quick - you've only got about a half-an-hour to tear it all down before this thing ends.

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wormdrink414, Nefarious, Baz Anderson, Ag Fox, Daniell
Bong - Mana-Yood-Sushai
18.04.2012 | Sitar-Driven, Psychedelic Drone
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So you think drone is all about oppressive atmospheres, crushing banality and putting )))'s on the end of your name? Well Bong may change your little minds on that. Taking a bit of a cue from Barn Owl (the band, not the animal) and their more chilled out and relaxed approach to the genre, Bong have shifted their sound into deeper, rather than denser surroundings. Extremely well produced, expansively psychedelic and mysterious but ultimately very listenable drone music.

Sitars are frigging awesome.
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!J.O.O.E.!
Mr. Doctor, Daniell, Introspekrieg, Ag Fox, wormdrink414
Alkerdeel - Morinde
18.04.2012 | Mindfucking Filth
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After getting crushed during their set at Roadburn. It is more than appropriate to let you know about the disgusting beast of a band that is Alkerdeel and their sophomore record.
An ever-present and pulsing bass, rocking wall of sound, hypnotic and chaotic drums, sick vocals.
It is doom, sludge and black blended beyond distinction.

This is not for the faint of heart.

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!J.O.O.E.!, Marcel Hubregtse, Nefarious, wormdrink414, Promonex
Cancer Bats - Dead Set On Living
10.04.2012 | Hardcore

Awesome hardcore.
Get it?
Got it?
Good.

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Doc Godin
Ag Fox, Mr. Doctor, wormdrink414