Staff picks


Spellbound Dazzle - Unreal Fairy Tales
29.06.2011 | Everything.

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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
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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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