Staff picks


Toxic Holocaust - Conjure And Command
19.07.2011 | THRASH.
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Makes an ideal soundtrack for any or all of the following:
A) Thrashing the fuck out.
B) Breaking things.
C) Ruining people's shit.
D) Being an all-around beast.

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Doc Godin
Fat & Sassy!, wormdrink414, BitterCOld, Ag Fox, Mr. Doctor, White Winter Sun
Pagan's Mind - Heavenly Ecstasy
18.07.2011 | Progressive Power Metal

Need a quality melodic metal fix? Get this aptly titled album in your cd player right away and listen as Pagan's Mind puts to shame most recent releases in this genre. The band's high energy and immense skill has these beautiful harmonies and killer melodies under your skin in a hot second.

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Lyrinan
Ag Fox, Introspekrieg, GT, Fat & Sassy!, MoraWintersoul, Darkside Momo
Church Of Misery - Houses Of The Unholy
18.07.2011 | Stoner Doom

2009 was ages ago. Consider this a reminder that this album still exists and that it's still good.

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wormdrink414
Ag Fox, Marcel Hubregtse, !J.O.O.E.!, Mr. Doctor
Mose Giganticus - Gift Horse
18.07.2011 | Sludge / Synth drenched Prog(?)

Imagine Mastodon that's decided to become catchier, groovier with a healthy dose of electronica. Mose Giganticus can make you shit flowers in your yard. Consider your diligent prayers for something original have been answered.
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Ag Fox
Marcel Hubregtse, wormdrink414, Fat & Sassy!, BloodTears
After The Burial - In Dreams
15.07.2011 | Deathcore/Prog Metalcore

Easily one of the most schizophrenic/most br00tal/best "core" releases of the past year. If this doesn't blast your shit make you pick flowers in the yard, I'm afraid nothing will...
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Thryce
Ag Fox
Sleestak - The Fall Of Altrusia
12.07.2011 | stoner doom meets space rock

In their follow-up to Skylon Express the lizardmen of Sleestak have let loose an engulfing and bewildering blend that mixes stoner doom with all sorts of various space-prog rock elements. Crushing doom riffs are followed by prolonged mellow sections that have you experiencing flashbacks... even if you never dropped acid.

These creepy hissing folks are a hell of a lot better writing songs than shooting their tiny little crossbows...

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BitterCOld
Marcel Hubregtse, wormdrink414, Mr. Doctor, Nefarious
Symphony X - Iconoclast
12.07.2011 | Progressive Thrash

I usually try to pick less known stuff, but this time it has to be Symphony X. Iconoclast is utterly brilliant. It's the most brilliant release I've heard in 3 years. It's also the best-produced fucking brilliant metal album in history. Oh, did I mention that it's brilliant?

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Daniell
Introspekrieg, White Winter Sun, Ag Fox, BloodTears, Darkside Momo, MoraWintersoul

Conceal fanboyism? Fuck that. Clutch? I love 'em. So it's a source of pain to me that this album only has 6 votes here. Yeah it's a collection of previously unreleased tracks, and those things are normally for fans only, but these are Clutch scraps. They're just as chunky and groovy and the lyrics are just as surreal as you'd expect and they're definitely not for fans only. So get to it.
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wormdrink414
BitterCOld, Marcel Hubregtse, Introspekrieg
Devin Townsend - Deconstruction
08.07.2011 | Devin "Over-The-Top" Townsend

Mix the madness of Infinity with the whole stupid craziness of Ziltoïd, and Strapping Young Lad's multi-layered sonic aggression. Add an orchestra, and a bunch of the best extreme vocalists around.

And serve with a cheeseburger!
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Darkside Momo
Fat & Sassy!, Introspekrieg, Promonex
Becoming The Archetype - Celestial Completion
08.07.2011 | Progressive metalcore

Exquisite band! Extremely diverse sound! Extraordinary tunes! Excellent album! Exceptional experience!
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Thryce
Dane Train, Mr. Doctor
Corrupted - Vasana
07.07.2011 | Crushing Sludge

After a number of specta-awesomely-cular releases ("Paso Inferior", "Llenandose De Gusanos", "Se Hace Por Los Suenos Asesinos" and "El Mundo Frio" just to name a few), Corrupted continue their winning streak with "An Island Insane" and "Vasana", a double ep release. And once again, Corrupted treads new ground.

"Vasana" opens up with a typical Corrupted moment, too. A melancholic sound, a thundering yet slow groove, Corrupted once again presents itself as a gargantuan mass battling inertia, life and a whole bunch of other things. More inviolable and incomprehensible than "An Island Insane", "Vasana" lies closer to Corrupted's four releases. There's no sign of stagnation though, as the strong melancholic vibe is a largely new part of Corrupted's ever expending spectrum. And possibly a tell-tale of what's to come?
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Lucas
Marcel Hubregtse, Daniell, Mr. Doctor
Deceased - Surreal Overdose
04.07.2011 | Tasty

Music to break beer bottles and stomp on LEGOs to. Fun, brutal, aggressive, fast, and good stuff. Yeah most of the songs stretch on for a little too long, but if this is listened to properly, you'll have enough beer in you to not care.

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wormdrink414
Ag Fox, Marcel Hubregtse
Blood Stain Child - ε Psilon
04.07.2011 | Guilty Pleasure Metal

I wouldn't recommend this addictive album to just anyone, but if you can stomach the EXTREME candy-coated pop sensibilities of this kind of music then give ε Psilon a go. There are some absolutely killer tracks on this album just begging for you to dance around your house/apartment/Heavy Metal Castle like a complete loser to. FUN. FUN. FUN.

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Fat & Sassy!
DerRozzengarten, Mr. Doctor
Kill The Client - Set For Extinction
01.07.2011 | Grindcore
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Metal Storm wisdom of the day: "The best kind of metal is the mother-in-law kind: loud, heavy and obnoxious."
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Thryce
wormdrink414
Corrupted - An Island Insane
30.06.2011 | Crushing Sludge

After a number of specta-awesomely-cular releases ("Paso Inferior", "Llenandose De Gusanos", "Se Hace Por Los Suenos Asesinos" and "El Mundo Frio" just to name a few), Corrupted continue their winning streak with "An Island Insane" and "Vasana", a double ep release. And once again, Corrupted treads new ground.

"An Island Insane" opens up with a typical Corrupted moment. A stomp, a sloooooow riff and a thundering growl. Another stomp, stomp, stomp. With inexorable strength, Hevi and co. pound you deep into the Earth's outer core. Melodies seep through while the distortion rises, until nothing remains but a harp and a screechy gray haze.

A short but absolutely killer gem.
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Lucas
BitterCOld, Daniell, Marcel Hubregtse, Mr. Doctor