Staff picks


Protest The Hero - Scurrilous
20.06.2011 | Prog / Mathcore / Sweetness

Staff pick dedicated to the kind people who sent me this album for free as a little bonus item for my massive order of lysergic acid diethylamide that came in yesterday. That's what I call customer service! A++ WDBA

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Thryce
Ag Fox, Fat & Sassy!, BloodTears, jupitreas
Ixion - To The Void
13.06.2011 | Doom
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Atmospheric French Space Doom! An album so enjoyable that it's one of the review requests I've received that I continue to listen to the album repeatedly after publishing the review. But rather than blathering on here, I'll just suggest interested parties click the link to my review below... and meanwhile I keep spinning this album and floating off into the void.

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BitterCOld
DerRozzengarten, Collin, Ag Fox, Marcel Hubregtse, Mr. Doctor, Darkside Momo
Morgoth - Odium
13.06.2011 | Industrial Death Metal

Death metal and industrial don't blend? My butt! Morgoth were not the first to mix both styles, but they certainly were precursors anyway, with this fantastic beast of an album, released in 1993.

Of course, the band was criticized back then by the 'fans'. Forget that, forget the latest Morbid Angel, and remember the re-united Morgoth will play some festivals this summer.

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Darkside Momo
BitterCOld, Collin, daniell_p, White Winter Sun, Mr. Doctor, wormdrink414
Gojira - From Mars To Sirius
13.06.2011 | Prog death metal

People keep sending me these weird PM's asking me what album I want to be buried with just in case I should die later tonight in mysterious circumstances (the fuck is going on guys?).

Well, lo and behold, one of my favorite all time classics right here. My "Holy Jesus on Ice Skates" meter just keeps going off the charts every time I play this ridiculously awesome record... to use an understatement.

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Thryce
Darkside Momo, !J.O.O.E.!, Fat & Sassy!, Doc Godin, Collin, White Winter Sun, daniell_p, Nefarious, Marcel Hubregtse, wormdrink414, Ag Fox
In Flames - Sounds Of A Playground Fading
12.06.2011 | So-called "Modern Metal"

Let's nip this in the bud: this ain't no Jester Race. But ain't no A Sense of Purpose either.

Take a few deep breaths, maybe think of a nice time you spent with girl/boy/horsefriend and gently let all your preconceptions slide off you, much in the same way those lovely girls who you watch mud wrestle slide all over each other on those lonely Friday nights... I'm sure I had a point, something about the new Morbid Angel? I can't really remember. Oh yeah, the new In Flames. It's really very not bad, plenty of thick leading harmonies harking back as far as Reroute To Remain do a plenty fine job of rekindling a little bit of the love you felt for these guys.

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!J.O.O.E.!
DerRozzengarten, daniell_p, Mr. Doctor
Samael - Lux Mundi
08.06.2011 | Electronic industrial Metal Coolness
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At first sight, or, to be precise, at first listen, Samael made their new album using the same template as usual. But this time the result is exceptionally good. It takes enormous skill to compose twelve songs of similar structure and make them all sound different and unique. And incredibly catchy too, if that is possible with harsh vocals and customarily hateful anti christian lyrics. Those Swiss heretics are as hell-bent on hating religion as usual, but the whole background to their hate, all those marching rhythms, intricate and inspired keyboard passages and abrasive rasps mix together to form some of the nicest surprises of this year so far. Their best since Passage.

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daniell_p
Ag Fox, DerRozzengarten
Unexpect - Fables Of The Sleepless Empire
06.06.2011 | The Madness Reigning Kind

Shit got crazy, and I got scared.

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Fat & Sassy!
Introspekrieg, Darkside Momo, Doc Godin, Ag Fox, Nefarious, BloodTears, Mr. Doctor, DerRozzengarten, Promonex
Circles - The Compass
06.06.2011 | Djent

If you're fed up with nay-sayers bitching about djent being a non-genre, just make them listen to this superb EP. All the requirements are here, along with truly stellar songwriting, soaring vocals and a maverick ear for non-banal pop melodies.
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jupitreas
Thryce, Ag Fox, BloodTears, Collin
Veil Of Maya - [id]
05.06.2011 | Sumeriancore

Bombing your ears with a tasty mix of mathcore/djent/deathcore, Veil Of Maya were one of the hottest bands last year, disrupting souls all across the scene with the lethal electroshock weapon called [id]. All genre debates aside, let's just call this "facemeltingly good" and leave it at that.

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Thryce
jupitreas
Morbid Angel - Illud Divinum Insanus
05.06.2011 | Experimental Disco-Metal

So you thought you'd heard the pinnacle of experimental metal? Think again buster, Morbid Angel are here to please their fanbase with everything they could have ever wanted: rip-roaring hardcore snarls, air-punching electro-beatz, brutal, technical Rammstein-worship and truly forward-thinking lyrical content such as the never before contemplated "KILL A COP COP, KILL A COP, KILL-A-KILL-A-COP!" all of which will have you grabbing your glowsticks, squeezing into your favourite UV neon-latex vest and before you know it you'll be throwing shapes down your local Goth-pit, big-fish, little-fish, cardboard box style. Yeah, Morbid Angel know what they're doing and are making metal sexier than ever before.

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!J.O.O.E.!
Mr. Doctor, Darkside Momo, Collin, DerRozzengarten, Ag Fox, Fat & Sassy!, daniell_p, White Winter Sun
Colosseum - Chapter 3: Parasomnia
04.06.2011 | Funeral doom metal

Perhaps the only thing more depressing than this album is that it's the last album Colosseum are going to release, due to the only other other thing perhaps more depressing than this album: Juhani Palomäki's tragic death.

And in case you were wondering - yes, Parasomnia is the epitome of bittersweet.

/wrist
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DerRozzengarten, BitterCOld, Mr. Doctor, !J.O.O.E.!, Ag Fox, Marcel Hubregtse, daniell_p, White Winter Sun, Nefarious
Take Over And Destroy - Rotten Tide
30.05.2011 | Blackened Sludge
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Raw? Check.
Ugly? Check.
Crack-brained? Check.
Grim? Check.
Aggressive? Check.

No, it's not your great aunt Geraldine we're talking about here. It's TOAD. They make some horrifically grimy extreme music. There's really no logical reason to not be listening to this right now.

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Doc Godin
Mr. Doctor, Ag Fox, Marcel Hubregtse, wormdrink414
Shining - VII - Född Förlorare
28.05.2011 | Progressive black metal
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http://www.spinefarm.fi/images/bands/Shining_500px.jpg

I'm sorry, that's not enough for you? Because I didn't really think I needed another reason. It's Shining, it's Kvarforth, it's fucked up and you're fucked up whether or not you like it so join the party and get fucked. Fuck.

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DerRozzengarten, White Winter Sun
Enslaved - The Sleeping Gods
25.05.2011 | black floyd
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Starting with where their most recent left off, the Sheep-stealers from Enslaved make a 90 degree turn and cut through prog country before ending up in Viking land. Not Amon Amarth viking land, but as close an approximation to Ye Olde Viking Music as one might expect.

Best of all, it's apparently free thanks to, uh, a car company which spits out cars which look like bricks. Pretty cool stuff... the music. And maybe the car company... when they come out with the V-Box, complete with horns, shield hubcaps, and axe-rack on the back, i'll be interested.
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BitterCOld
Fat & Sassy!, !J.O.O.E.!, Introspekrieg, Darkside Momo, Marcel Hubregtse, White Winter Sun, Collin, BloodTears, daniell_p, wormdrink414, Mr. Doctor
Turisas - Stand Up And Fight
24.05.2011 | Symphonic Awesomeness

I don't really understand why some people are disappointed with this release. Sure, it's a little less aggressive than their previous albums, but I think this (with the help of a stronger focus of symphonic elements in the song writing) gives their music a more whimsical movie/classic RPG soundtrack feel. I mean, if "End Of An Empire" doesn't make you wanna fight (and die) for the glory of your homeland and ancestors, then you may as well drop your mighty battleaxe and banish yourself from the Kingdom of Metal. So sit back, relax, and let Turisas take you on little imaginary adventures with each epic track on Stand Up and Fight!

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Fat & Sassy!
Lyrinan, DerRozzengarten, GT