Staff picks


Blood Of An Outlaw - Southern Hymns
03.07.2016 | Deathcore/Metalcore
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Up and coming -core band from my hometown, Houston, TX. Check 'em out. My favorite track is "Foundations".

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psykometal
Barús - Barús
29.06.2016 | Progressive Death Metal
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The self-titled EP by Frenchies Barús is fantastique. Four separate tracks of slightly proggy death with vision, each with their own unique feel and vibe. Listened to this more than a dozen times now over three months, each time enjoying it while hating myself for not pounding out a review saying how much I enjoy it. Thus ends my confession. Hold not my sins against the band. Check it out.
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BitterCOld
Nefarious
Blut Aus Nord - Codex Obscura Nomina [Split]
28.06.2016 | Hallucinatory BM... and some Ævangelist

This new split really feels more like a Blut Aus Nord EP + a rather poorly produced Ævangelist track than anything else. While Ævangelist largely disappoint with their contribution, Blut Aus Nord meanwhile craft a mesmerizing, 4 track journey that sounds somewhat like MoRT at points, but is also strikingly new, dripping of a strange psychedelic influence in the guitar tone and background effects. A pleasant surprise for this year that is just too damn short.

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Apothecary
Nails - You Will Never Be One Of Us
19.06.2016 | Hardcore
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Another solid, brutal release in the genre of "show up 15 minutes late, miss first 3 bands". A few more sprinklings of death metal and doom riffs in this one, along with the grindy frantic intensity that Nails is known for. Be uplifted by the sheer optimism of songs like "Life Is A Death Sentence" and "Violence Is Forever" as you watch the world burn.

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Introspekrieg
Apothecary, Mr. Doctor, Abattoir, ScreamingSteelUS
Howls Of Ebb - Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows
17.06.2016 | Lovecraftian black/death

Howls Of Ebb are a fine example of the growing tendency towards experimentation taking place right now not only in black metal, but in death metal as well. There's little that can be said about this album other than that it's a bizarre, stimulating journey into a blackened death whirlwind oozing of psychedelic bounce and eerie atmospheres. Say that doesn't sound fun and Yog-Sothoth will smack you with his tentacles.

Sing to the Old Ones.
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Apothecary
Mr. Doctor
Terra Tenebrosa - The Reverses
16.06.2016 | Unadulterated darkness

They did it again...



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Darkside Momo
Marcel Hubregtse, psykometal, Mr. Doctor, BloodTears, Apothecary, Ag Fox
Lascaille's Shroud - The Roads Leading North
30.05.2016 | Extreme sci-fi prog death awesomeness!!!
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If I really have to tell you why I'm Staff Picking this album, then you just... you're just... fuck, you people have no excuse for not checking this project out after I've been peddling it for 3+ years. All his albums (save for the new one cuz it's not released yet) are on Bandcamp for Name Your Price. Get on it.

YouTube full album stream

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psykometal
Demonic Tutor, ScreamingSteelUS
Flotsam And Jetsam - Flotsam And Jetsam
26.05.2016 | Thrash, finally

Simply put, the best thrash album of this year so far.
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Daniell
Demonic Tutor, Marcel Hubregtse, ScreamingSteelUS
Withered - Grief Relic
25.05.2016 | Broken neck

Grief Relic is my first time crossing paths with Withered, the joining of the mighty Ethan McCarthy (Primitive Man, Vermin Womb, ex-CTTTOAFF) to the band being a treat that immediately raised interest. This black/death metal infantry is armed to the teeth with all the fixins: blitzkrieg guitars, thundering drum and bass, monstrous vocals from Ethan and Mike Thompson, and a pleasantly variable tempo ranging from frantic bangers one moment to slow, painful crushers the next. If you've been running low on the brutality pills lately, Withered are happy to compensate.

Get rekt.
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Apothecary
Deadsoulman, Marcel Hubregtse
Sólstafir - Í Blóđi Og Anda
19.05.2016 | Melodic and Progressive Black

This currently re-released album is an overlooked gem in Sólstafir's back catalogue. A raw, dare I say "warm" but fierce output along a path, the band has long since strayed from; with good production and more than a few elements that will surprise you.

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corrupt
Deadsoulman
Almyrkvi - Pupil Of The Searing Maelstrom
10.05.2016 | Industrial BM... in space
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As further testament to the fact that Icelandic black metal is not purely confined to Deathspell Omega emulation, Almyrkvi, the one man project of Garðar S. Jónsson, is hitting the scene hard this year with this debut EP. The music here is something of an industrial-influenced brand of ambient black metal: thick, almost mechanical-sounding riffs create a hypnotizing atmosphere, enhanced by atmospheric breaks interspersed throughout. Think something along the lines of Blut Aus Nord + Darkspace. Easily one of the best BM releases I've yet heard this year.
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Apothecary
Ag Fox, Mr. Doctor, ScreamingSteelUS, Paz
Slabdragger - Rise Of The Dawncrusher
06.05.2016 | Sludge + Doom
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Ok, with a name like Slabdragger and an album titled Rise Of The Dawncrusher one might expect riffs. You would not be disappointed. From slow, powerful doomy riffs and clean singing to Indian-like shrieking, Slabdragger beat you about the head and neck with riffs, riffs and more riffs. Viva La Bandcamp.
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BitterCOld
Westfield Massacre - Westfield Massacre
01.05.2016 | Melodic Death/Metalcore

The sound we all knew Tommy's vocals were much more suited for than Divine Heresy's.

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psykometal
Babymetal - Metal Resistance
23.04.2016 | Desu-core

Look, I can't explain this album, and neither can you. It has djent, it has DragonForce, and it has nonstandard time signatures. At this point, I'm not ruling out a collaboration with Cattle Decapitation and Wardruna on a Bathory cover for the inevitable Babymetal III - The Kawaii-ening. You might question the nature of reality and what it really means to be a fan of music ('cause I sure did), but it's good. Just... just listen. Shut up and listen.

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ScreamingSteelUS
wrathchild, Apothecary
Iamthemorning - Lighthouse
10.04.2016 | Prog
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Lighthouse is without contest the most beautiful album released this year, past and future. This young duo from Russia keep improving on their already very skilful song-writing and deliver something that is magical. This time with guest appearances from Gavin Harrison, Colin Edwin and Mariusz Duda. If prog rock built around piano, classically inclined composition and beautiful voice is your thing, don't miss out on it.

Enjoy Lighthouse at Bandcamp.
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Ivor
Introspekrieg, Darkside Momo, ScreamingSteelUS, BloodTears, Deadsoulman, Ag Fox