Cattle Decapitation - Monolith Of Inhumanity

Deathgrind 07.05.2012

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

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Onirophagus - Defiler Of Hope

Death/doom, more death than doom 30.04.2012

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.
Picked by: Daniell



Agruss - Morok

Black Metal 30.04.2012

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

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Faal - The Clouds Are Burning

doom 26.04.2012

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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Waning - The Human Condition

Progressive Black Metal 24.04.2012

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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Nefarious
Promonex



Hour Of Penance - Sedition

Brutal death metal 19.04.2012

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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Bong - Mana-Yood-Sushai

Sitar-Driven, Psychedelic Drone 18.04.2012

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.



Alkerdeel - Morinde

Mindfucking Filth 18.04.2012

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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Cancer Bats - Dead Set On Living

Hardcore 10.04.2012

Awesome hardcore.
Get it?
Got it?
Good.

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Doc Godin
Ag Fox, Mr. Doctor, wormdrink414



Reverence - The Asthenic Ascension

French Black Metal (should say it all) 08.04.2012

Finally, Reverence have delivered the album they always had in them. A richly veiled exercise of varied, deeply textured, winding and intelligent modern black metal, deriving influence from contemporaries Deathspell Omega and Blut Aus Nord but ultimately creating something all their own.

At this moment in time Reverence truly embody and exemplify the sound of French black metal.



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Beyond The Bridge - The Old Man And The Spirit

Prog 07.04.2012

A proper recommendation of conceptual prog rock/metal is in order. A début album years in the making, beautiful and technically complex melodies, orchestrations, male and female vocals, often layered and following different leads, excellent musicianship - this is Beyond The Bridge. If you want a reference, bit of Haken's Visions might give you some footing you seek, though, don't build your expectations on that.

Hear a sample here, or a full track "The Apparition" at the homepage here.

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Ivor
Dane Train, Ag Fox, Milena, Nefarious



High On Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis

Stonersludge 04.04.2012

Nothing fancy here. The band that put the POWAH! in power trio, High On Fire, are back with another pummeling album featuring dalekian vocals, pounding drums, pummeling guitar and bass riffs, and Matt Pike's frenetic solos. Tracks like "Spiritual Rites" and "Serums Of Liao" are the sonic equivalent of a bar room brawl. Enjoy.

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Overkill - The Electric Age

Thrash 03.04.2012

Well whaddayaknow. Another good Overkill release.

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wormdrink414
Daniell, Ag Fox, Promonex, Mr. Doctor



Anguish - Through The Archdemons Head

Candlemass Adoration 27.03.2012

Totally unashamed Candlemass worship, right down to the guitar tone, only with a Cronos-alike on vocals. Just shield your eyes when looking at that album artwork *shivers*



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Thee Orakle - Smooth Comforts False

Gothic / Death / Touch of Avantgarde 27.03.2012

You like female fronted gothic metal but don't want to look like a pussy? You kind of like death metal but, then again, you kind of don't? You like some experimentation in your music but want it to remain within sensible boundaries? A bit of saxophone sounds hip to you? How about a couple of jazz interludes? If it's all yes, then this might be an album for you.

Hear a sample here!

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Ivor
BloodTears, Ag Fox, Mr. Doctor



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