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

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Troy Killjoy
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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Daniell
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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Doc Godin
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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Promonex
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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Troy Killjoy
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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Mr. Doctor
!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
Reverence - The Asthenic Ascension
08.04.2012 | French Black Metal (should say it all)

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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!J.O.O.E.!
Troy Killjoy, Mr. Doctor, Daniell, DerRozzengarten, Nefarious, Ag Fox

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
04.04.2012 | Stonersludge
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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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BitterCOld
Daniell, Ag Fox, Mr. Doctor, wormdrink414, Troy Killjoy, Doc Godin, BudDa
Overkill - The Electric Age
03.04.2012 | Thrash

Well whaddayaknow. Another good Overkill release.

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wormdrink414
Daniell, Ag Fox, Promonex, Mr. Doctor
Anguish - Through The Archdemons Head
27.03.2012 | Candlemass Adoration
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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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!J.O.O.E.!
Daniell, Doc Godin, Mr. Doctor, Marcel Hubregtse, wormdrink414, GT
Thee Orakle - Smooth Comforts False
27.03.2012 | Gothic / Death / Touch of Avantgarde

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