Staff picks



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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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
Byfrost - Of Death
29.06.2011 | Thrashy Black Metal

Byfrost is now less thrashy and more blacky than on their debut, Black Earth, but it's still a wonderful, in-your-face, straightforward slab of unadulterated black metal filth. Groovy as hell too. Watch your head, and prepare for severe neck pains tomorrow morning.

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Daniell
Fat & Sassy!, Mr. Doctor, Ag Fox, Lyrinan, wormdrink414
Spellbound Dazzle - Unreal Fairy Tales
29.06.2011 | Everything.

[insert melodic hardrock/metal style here] + [insert melodic hardrock/metal style here] + [insert melodic hardrock/metal style here] + [insert melodic hardrock/metal style here] + [insert melodic hardrock/metal style here] + [insert melodic hardrock/metal style here] + [insert melodic hardrock/metal style here] + [insert melodic hardrock/metal style here].

Get it? Got it? Good.

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Doc Godin
Lyrinan, Fat & Sassy!, wormdrink414, Ag Fox, Introspekrieg, BloodTears
Woods Of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason
28.06.2011 | Ecstatic Black Metal
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The Australian duo have put all their blackened hearts into the task of unleashing one impressive beast of an album this year.

Woods Of Desolation will tear your soul apart. Not with the grim coldness of winter or the sheer power of nostalgia... But with one strange, warm and infectious feeling of ecstasy. Who would have thought that our Mother Earth could be so imposing and gentle at the same time...

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Mr. Doctor
Fat & Sassy!, Ag Fox, DerRozzengarten, Troy Gallant
Enthrope - Tomorrow's Dead Days
22.06.2011 | Atmospheric Dark/Death

A surprisingly mature, deliciously adept and well-sounding debut album. Remember Barren Earth? Enthrope don't stand too far apart, yet they manage to be unique enough. Powerful and crisp production compliments this sleeper hit.

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daniell_p
Ag Fox, MoraWintersoul, Nefarious
Graveyard - Hisingen Blues
21.06.2011 | Blues Rock

Oh boy. Another surprise hit this year. It may not be the most original music ever, but each track on this album packs a punch with tons of feeling and atmosphere. So next time your girlfriend/boyfriend or friends come over for some maximum chillage, put your Zeppelin albums away for a night and put Hisingen Blues in your sound system. Let Graveyard help you relax and then make some drinks, make some friends, make some memories, and maybe (if you're lucky) make a little bit of love tonight.

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Fat & Sassy!
Nefarious, Lyrinan, Marcel Hubregtse, Mr. Doctor, MoraWintersoul, wormdrink414
Long Distance Calling - Long Distance Calling
21.06.2011 | Post-metal-rock-something

Long Distance Calling can have the same effect as a good poem. If you connect to it, it takes you to a whole new place where you can just enjoy the beauty of it all. In this case, that is provided by the intricate and often contemplative music of Long Distance Calling, which continue to offer us valuable albums. But much like good poetry, it mostly goes unnoticed.

Their largely instrumental music bends and twists, never afraid of invading and progressing into varied musical territories. Immerse yourself in the slick waters of these 'Invisible Giants', yet to be classified as such. It may not leave you completely satisfied, but it doesn't disappoint.
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BloodTears
Ag Fox, Marcel Hubregtse, Mr. Doctor, wormdrink414
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