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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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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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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
Lazuli - [4603 Battements]
30.08.2011 | Unique Prog Rock

Trying to resume this album with the Prog Rock tag is bound to fail. This is some beautiful, eerie, haunting music, with otherworldy soundscapes (thanks to the Léode), finely crafted melodies and some quite crushing crescendos. Because no, they aren't metal, but they can play some heavy and powerful stuff indeed.

And the mood? Think somewhere around Riverside, but maybe a bit more sad and despondent with the actual state of the world. And for those of you who can actually understand French, you're in for a good deal more listening pleasure, as the lyrics are poetic and really beautifully written.

A must listen for prog fans... and all the others too!
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Darkside Momo
Ivor, Ag Fox, Lyrinan
Nader Sadek - In The Flesh
26.08.2011 | Death
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This is about as thick, crude, and altogether awesome as its subject matter: oil. Easily one of the better death metal albums of the year.

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wormdrink414
!J.O.O.E.!, Daniell, DerRozzengarten, Doc Godin, Ag Fox, Troy Gallant, White Winter Sun, Mr. Doctor
Leprous - Bilateral
22.08.2011 | Progressive Metal

A highly anticipated release from this up-and-coming Norwegian outfit, Leprous has exceeded almost insurmountable expectations. Their previous effort, Tall Poppy Syndrome, was thoroughly enjoyable but somewhat derivative (...Opeth). The off-beat brilliance hinted at before is fully realized and really shines with the dynamics of beautiful production. As the touring band for Ihsahn recently, it is appropriate that the man himself would make an appearance to add to the intensity of it all. Soaring vocals, great atmospheres, and techie musicianship make this a recommendation for fans of Arcturus, Devin Townsend and Shaolin Death Squad. (And Opeth... duh.)

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Introspekrieg
Ag Fox, BloodTears, Fat & Sassy!, Dane Train, Ivor, Darkside Momo, wormdrink414
Sacred Ally - Reality Hammer
22.08.2011 | Thrash/Prog
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Here's something that doesn't suck for you; a nice little prog-thrash hybrid cram-packed with awesome riffs. Don't like prog? Neither do I. Somehow, this just works, though.

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Doc Godin
MoraWintersoul, Mr. Doctor