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Forefather - Last Of The Line
23.12.2011 | Anglo-Saxon Black Metal
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If you ask me (and why wouldn't you) Forefather have long been the ultimate guilt-free way to enjoy cheesy and emphatically epic metal without having to give up your scruples and go to the Dark side that is power or folk metal. The hyper-melodic leads and soaring cleans are always in direct opposition to guttural rasps, blasting drums and heavy riffing.

Any fans of 'Steadfast' should luxuriate in this like a Viking bathes in the blood of his enemies.
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!J.O.O.E.!
Baz Anderson, Fat & Sassy!, Promonex, wormdrink414
ThanatoSchizo - Origami
22.12.2011 | Prog/alternative/folk

ThanatoSchizo may be unknown but they are talented. This year's Origami couldn't be a better testament to that. The album is very unique: you'll find many Portuguese and other folk elements and instruments, outstanding original female vocals and acoustic brilliance. If you like progressive rock or just acoustic sounds and experimentation in general, chances are this album will not leave you indifferent. Other than that, good music is always worth listening to.

Unfortunately, Origami was the band's swan song, precisely when they decided to revisit their metal career. But at least we got this goodbye note.
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BloodTears
Dane Train, Ivor, Lyrinan, Fat & Sassy!
De Magia Veterum - The Divine Antithesis
22.12.2011 | Divine Noise

Seven hymns to honor the beauty of chaos.
Disharmony reigns supreme!

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Mr. Doctor
!J.O.O.E.!, Troy Killjoy, DerRozzengarten, Ag Fox
Hedon Cries - The End Of The Path Is Nigh
16.12.2011 | Melodic Death Doom

A bit of doom and gloom breath of fresh air in this stagnant scene that's not to be missed if you're a fan of melodic death metal.
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Ag Fox
Giant Squid - Cenotes
16.12.2011 | Post metal
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A gem of a band you might have overlooked in the past. Excellent song-writing, beautiful and haunting melodies supplied by the cello, varying songs, a bit doomy, a bit proggy - this here is a great post metal blend to accompany you as we near the longest night of the year. Yes, it's a short release, and yes, it does lose some edge towards the end. Still worth your time, though.
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Ivor
Ag Fox, BloodTears, Dane Train, Mr. Doctor
Uneven Structure - Februus
16.12.2011 | Tim Heckershuggah.

Say what you will about the "Djent" genre but it mixes rather nicely with ambient soundscapes. Deep tone, spacey atmosphere and surprisingly pleasant clean vocals make this one of the most organic and impressive sounding Djent-affairs on the market. Called it "Progressive" instead of "Djent" if it irks you.
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!J.O.O.E.!
Ag Fox, jupitreas, Introspekrieg, Mr. Doctor
Voyager - The Meaning Of I
16.12.2011 | Progressive awesomeness
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When the year is good, awesome releases of little bands often get overlooked. But the Prog Police has deemed this worthy. Enjoy.
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MoraWintersoul
GT, Dane Train
Iron Savior - The Landing
08.12.2011 | Heavy Power metal

Piet Sielck's Iron Savior returns after four years with The Landing. In great form, this band always deliver some of the heaviest and catchiest power metal around.
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Baz Anderson
Ag Fox, Lyrinan, MoraWintersoul
Forteresse - Crépuscule d'Octobre
08.12.2011 | Atmospheric black metal

Steady as she goes...

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Troy Killjoy
DerRozzengarten, Ag Fox, MoraWintersoul, Mr. Doctor
Total Fucking Destruction - Hater
06.12.2011 | Grindcore

Grindcore isn't really my thing, but for whatever reason the 27 tracks in 27 minutes catchy blast plastered a smile on face. This album won't be on "repeat repeatedly", but paired with a mug of coffee it is a nice adrenaline spike to get me going in the morning. Haters be hatin' Hater, but not me.
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BitterCOld
White Winter Sun
Shadowside - Inner Monster Out
01.12.2011 | Heavy Power Metal

Inner Monster Out has it all: heaviness; catchy melodies; non-cheesy vocals; boundless energy; badassitude; everything. Do you remember how great it felt to experience a truly amazing new power metal album? Let Shadowside remind you.
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Lyrinan
dismaleuphony, Ag Fox, GT, MoraWintersoul
The Fallen Divine - The Binding Cycle
28.11.2011 | Epic Progressive MeloBlack

Ok folks, shit just got real.

If Santa only brings your sorry ass one thing this year, pray it's The Fallen Divine's The Binding Cycle. It's a ferocious, yet melodic album that is appealing on so many levels.

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Doc Godin
Troy Killjoy
Wormrot - Noise
27.11.2011 | Grindcore

5.7 minutes of total ear demolition.
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wormdrink414
Mr. Doctor, Troy Killjoy, Doc Godin
Weeping Silence - Theatre Of Life
25.11.2011 | Atmospheric, Doom, & Gothic Metal

Melancholic & reflective, Weeping Silence's latest has us peering into a rain-soaked window of a forgotten cathedral, only to find a lush scene of classy atmospheric, doom & gothic metal within. Rich with warm female vocals, well-timed choir passages, and numerous memorable guitar melodies & contemplative instrumental sections, "Theatre Of Life" is a rewarding release of poetic sadness & reflection.
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dismaleuphony
Botanist - I: The Suicide Tree / II: A Rose From The Dead
22.11.2011 | Hammered Dulcimer Black Metal
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Yes, you read that correctly, hammered dulcimer black metal.

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!J.O.O.E.!
Mr. Doctor, Introspekrieg, DerRozzengarten