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Primate - Draw Back A Stump
12.06.2012 | Grind/Hardcore Punk

Uhhh...Contains members of Mastodon and Brutal Truth. Is there really any more that needs to be said?

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Doc Godin
BitterCOld, Mr. Doctor, BudDa
Gnaw Their Tongues - Eschatological Scatology
08.06.2012 | Symphonic Power Metal
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As everyone knows, I'm a huge power metal fan. I've heard quite a bit of power metal so far this year and on reflection I would have to say this is the genre's strongest output of the last 6 months. Rip-roaring melodies that soar higher than the stars, achingly beautiful leads and harmonies betwixt Mories' exceptional vocal range and adeptness with the keyboard.

Dragons and unicorns have never sounded so good.



Hahaha, foolish power metal suckers...
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!J.O.O.E.!
Mr. Doctor, Troy Killjoy, Ag Fox, Introspekrieg
Diablo Swing Orchestra - Pandora's Piñata
06.06.2012 | More fun than you've ever had with avant metal
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If you liked anything about DSO's previous 2 albums, or you're curious what all the fuss is about, then don't miss the opportunity to bask in their 3rd offering. They've tripled the energy, intensity, and crazy fun. No world music is safe from this insane band.

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Susan
Darkside Momo, Introspekrieg, wrathchild, !J.O.O.E.!, Mr. Doctor, Fat & Sassy!, wormdrink414, Ag Fox, White Winter Sun, psykometal
Various Artists - Falling Down IIV
06.06.2012 | forward thinking musicians

Two disks, 20 previously unreleased tracks by 20+ artists covering huge portions of the musical landscape. Pink Floyd worship here, slowly building post rock there. Tripped out stoner doom? Check. Abrasive blackened tunes? Yep, it's in here. And one awesome collaborative effort from Year Of No Light and Mars Red Sky.

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Mr. Doctor
Deathhammer - Onward To The Pits
05.06.2012 | Thrash

It's like Asma Assad's bathing suit area: raw, evil-sounding, and barbarous. We are talking about thrash though, so I mean that in the best way possible.

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wormdrink414
BitterCOld, R'Vannith, Mr. Doctor
Galahad - Battle Scars
03.06.2012 | Neo-prog

I don't know whether you proggers noticed or not but veteran British neo-prog scene delivered a set of strong albums last year. Pendragon, Pallas, Arena - just to set you straight what I'm thinking of. So, here's more from UK - Galahad. A bit too focused on keyboards, some ups and downs, at times a bit annoying but overall enjoyable stuff that's been spinning more than I initially thought possible. I can't put my finger on it but there's something there that keeps me returning for yet another go.

Preview here!
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Pseudogod - Deathwomb Catechesis
29.05.2012 | Death/Black
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This thing is as vicious as its song titles are hackneyed and pretentious-sounding.

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Marcel Hubregtse, Mr. Doctor
3 Inches Of Blood - Long Live Heavy Metal
24.05.2012 | Heavy Metal

You know what? This was a hard album to grow attached to. While it may not contain instantaneously infectious 3 Inches' anthem classics like "Deadly Sinners", "Trial Of Champions" or "Battles And Brotherhood", you'll find tracks like "Dark Messenger", "4000 Torches", "Leave It On The Ice" and "Men Of Fortune" still cram-packed with great riffs, which is, at their core, what this band is all about.

Excuse the fanboy moment.

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Doc Godin
Troy Killjoy, Promonex, Mr. Doctor, psykometal
Wodensthrone - Curse
22.05.2012 | Atmospheric black metal

Epic, enchanting, melodic, folk-infused atmo-black metal with uplifting melodies that benefit from the use of violins and acoustic work. Gives Loss a run for its money...

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Troy Killjoy
!J.O.O.E.!, wormdrink414, Ag Fox, Mr. Doctor
Evadne - The Shortest Way
21.05.2012 | death doom
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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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Doc Godin
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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wormdrink414
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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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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Daniell
Troy Killjoy