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Moon - Caduceus Chalice
06.10.2011 | Depressive black metal / dark ambient
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Go find a tree to hang yourself from.
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Troy Gallant
Ag Fox, !J.O.O.E.!, Marcel Hubregtse, DerRozzengarten, White Winter Sun, Mr. Doctor
Nadiwrath - Nihilistic Stench
03.10.2011 | Black

I know this is, like, hella old now, but goddamn it's fun for a black metal album.

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wormdrink414
Troy Gallant
Textures - Dualism
30.09.2011 | Textured Goodness

As technical and progressive as Silhouettes, but this time violence and wildly evolving song structures left some place for finely crafted melodies and atmospheres.

A new Textures album, a new wonder to immerse oneself in. Simple as that.

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Darkside Momo
Introspekrieg, Ag Fox, Nefarious, jupitreas
Rising - To Solemn Ash
29.09.2011 | sludge
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Earlier this year Rising won the inaugural "Clandestine Cut" MSA... since then they done got signed and now have their first full-length slated for an October release*. The band were kind enough to shoot me a promo and it is more of the same. And by that I do mean MORE. Instead of a two or four song tease, now you get ten tracks worth of the visceral pounding and crushing riffs that earned them your choice as the 2010 CC Messy.

*sadly this will not be out in the US until January 2012. let me again repeat how thankful I am that Rising sent me an advance.

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BitterCOld
!J.O.O.E.!, Troy Gallant, White Winter Sun, Mr. Doctor
Haken - Visions
27.09.2011 | Progressive Metal

They're back, and with only a year since their spectacular debut, Visions oozes with enthusiasm. There is not enough space here to describe all the greatness offered in this effort, but trust me it's good. It'll keep you on your toes with surprises and the unexpected forays into different musical hemispheres. The tempo and mood changes flow seamlessly between emotive ballads and instrumental breaks. These moments of showmanship actually *cough* have a purpose in developing the song *cough*. The journey ends with an eccentric 22 min+ epic of dauntless proportions that will leave you craving repeat listens. So make a dramatic turn and pick this one up instead...

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Introspekrieg
Ivor, Nefarious, BloodTears, Ag Fox, Daniell
Pain Of Salvation - Road Salt Two
26.09.2011 | Prog/blues rock

Pretty sure all you cats need to put away Opeth's latest attempt at recapturing the spirit of classic progressive rock and give Pain of Salvation's latest a spin or two. Expect plenty of bluesy grooves, catchy harmonized melodies, and a vocal performance by Daniel Gildenlöw that will tear out your heart strings with no remorse.

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Fat & Sassy!
BloodTears, Nefarious, Ivor, Daniell, MoraWintersoul
Warbringer - Worlds Torn Asunder
26.09.2011 | Thrash

2011 and thrash are going together like pizza and beer. We've had the crust, sauce, cheese, and the IPA for a while now; this is the pepperoni and sausage to go on top.

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wormdrink414
BitterCOld, Ag Fox, Doc Godin, Nefarious
Machine Head - Unto The Locust
25.09.2011 | Energized energetic energy

The songs are still too long at times, but the irressistible enegry that squirts from every note of this album is truly overwhelming. Machine Head have just released what could possibly be their best album since the classic Burn My Eyes.

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Daniell
Nefarious, Marcel Hubregtse, hanna of steel
Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
22.09.2011 | black metal
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Wolves In The Throne Room are back and, somehow, despite adjusting their standard song structure from epic to more conventional length, they have managed to recapture some of the magick of their earlier albums that was absent on Black Cascade. A swell album that manages to capture and combine the ugliness of black metal with the majestic beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

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BitterCOld
Ag Fox, Daniell, wormdrink414, !J.O.O.E.!, DerRozzengarten, Introspekrieg, Marcel Hubregtse, Mr. Doctor, Nefarious, Darkside Momo, Troy Gallant, White Winter Sun
Assjack - Assjack
17.09.2011 | Hellbilly Hardcore

Hereby celebrating the 1 year, 1 month, and 12 day anniversary of possibly one of the most entertainingly obnoxious listens of all time. Despite being a pretty ancient album, it still sounds as furious as it did way back in 2009.

Here's to praying for part II from Hank III.
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Doc Godin
Fat & Sassy!, wormdrink414, BitterCOld
Yob - Atma
11.09.2011 | sludge

Yob is back and crushing skulls with undeniably groove-laden thunderous riffs and Dalekian vocal shrieks. Atma would make a swell soundtrack next time you and your sweetie want to enjoy the changing foliage with a nice picnic lunch... and ensure no one else gets within earshot of your blanket. Oh, and Yob spelled backwards is Boy. As in "Boy is this good!"
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BitterCOld
!J.O.O.E.!, BloodTears, White Winter Sun, Ag Fox, Marcel Hubregtse, Mr. Doctor, Dane Train, wormdrink414

At first I was all like "Meh."
Then I was like "Hmm..."
Now I'm all "Whoa."

Not sure why it took me a few months to revisit this. I'm glad I did though, Book Of Black Earth create massive, rowdy sounding death metal with nothing but their guitars. No need to drag any keyboard player away from his Gossip Girl marathon.
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Doc Godin
Diamond Plate - Generation Why?
02.09.2011 | Thrash

Shredding followed by more shredding followed by more shredding followed by more shredding.

Yep, that does this album justice. Will pat myself on the back now.

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wormdrink414
Ag Fox
ReinXeed - 1912
01.09.2011 | Power metal

For anyone wondering where all the good power metal bands have gone, ReinXeed are here with their fourth album of cheesy goodness.
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Baz Anderson
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Skullflower - Fucked On A Pile Of Corpses
31.08.2011 | Noise, Noise and some more Noise with a bit of Noise thrown in

*Play* CCCCCCCCHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH - KKKKKKKKKKKEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRR - SSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH - CHUKACHUKACHUKACHUKACHUKA *30 minutes later* DDDDDDEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRR - CHUKACHUKACHUKACHUKACHUKA - KKKKKKKKKKEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRR - CCCCCCCCCCHHHHHHHHHHHH *End of the record*
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!J.O.O.E.!
Mr. Doctor, wormdrink414