Negură Bunget - Maiestrit

black metal 04.05.2010

Maiestrit is a re-worked version of 2000's Maiastru Sfetnic and is a stunning and majestic affair, particularly the two "acoustic" tracks. Sadly, the is the last release from the original core of the band before Huppogramos and Sol Faur moved on. Maiestrit is a wonderful, yet bittersweet, album that fans of epic-length should definitely check out.

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Marcel Hubregtse, Ag Fox



1349 - Demonoir

Black metal 02.05.2010

1349 return in spectacular form with their fifth album. "Demonoir" is back to blastbeats in the territory that 1349 executed so well with their first three albums. This album doesn't only enjoy the more extreme side of black metal, it makes the band's first three releases seem stiff and rigid in comparison. Dynamic and extreme, "Demonoir" will surely be one of the best of the year.

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Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale

Psychedelic Funeral Doom 01.05.2010

The Maniacal Vale is, in my humble opinion, the single most devastating release ever.

It lures the listener in with "Circle", which has possibly the most emotive opening ever written. Within moments, the mood has shifted completely and you find yourself spiraling downwards a column of fire. There is no escape, there is no return. A hundred minutes later your soul has completely perished and your now lifeless body will crave salvation. Alas, those that have visited the abyss are condemned to dwell in hellfire forever.

It is hellfire.

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Whispered - Thousand Swords

Extreme Power 'Samurai' metal 27.04.2010

So, you think Extreme Power metal (CoB, Norther and the likes) has been running out of steam and has nothing new to offer? Try this debut album of Whispered, a Finnish band who decided to bring samurai legends and traditional Japanese instruments to the tired genre. Sounds gimmicky, but the blend works perfectly and is surprisingly effective in its epic scale.

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Doc Godin, fade



The Monolith Deathcult - The White Crematorium 2.0

Death metal 25.04.2010

This is the band's completely new recording of their 2005 album "The White Crematorium", and the five years have shown a big difference in terms of pulling music like this off. Faster, harder, heaver - it is better than the original from one of the top Dutch death metal bands. This is crushingly heavy and highly enjoyable stuff.
Picked by: Baz Anderson



The Angelic Process - Weighing Souls With Sand

Ambient / Drone 24.04.2010

This week we commemorate the passing of The Angelic Process mastermind K. Angylus, who died two years ago. As a tribute, this staff pick is dedicated to one of the most phenomenal albums ever recorded. Weighing Souls With Sand is nothing short of a masterpiece. Period.

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Warning - Watching From A Distance

Traditional Doom Metal 24.04.2010

Warning's Watching From A Distance is a Traditional Doom metal album. Correction - Watching From A Distance is one of the best albums Traditional Doom has to offer. Five songs clocking in at nearly fifty minutes of emotionally draining, heartwrenching metal. Grey and bleak and with a devastating vocal performance to boot - a must-check.

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Led To The Grave - Led To The Grave

Black/Thrash/Crossover/Hardcore 23.04.2010

There's a certain personal subgenre (or more like classification) I like to refer to as "Metal For Punk Rockers". Sitting in this little corner I've created is bands like Toxic Holocaust, Municipal Waste, new Darkthrone and old Motorhead. Crusty, aggressive, no frills or gimmicks with a real punky D.I.Y. feel to it. Top it off with a little Slayer influence and what you've got is a little less conversation, a little more action.

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Bison B.C. - Dark Ages

sludge 21.04.2010

Featuring seven tracks of guitar driven metal laden with double time blasting riffs, some positively S-L-O-W punishing riffs, lots of feed back and the fact these guys just RAWK makes this an enjoyable album worth checking out for those who like their metal with a nice coat of sludge.
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Thryce, Doc Godin, Mr. Doctor



Overkill - Ironbound

Thrash! Thrash! Thrash! 17.04.2010

Just in case you've been living in a cave or in complete denial for the past several weeks, here's a quick reminder there's a new Overkill album in stores. And it's something to be excited about since it's one of band's best efforts in many years. Get it while it's hot.

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Tartaros - The Red Jewel

Black metal 17.04.2010

Were you sad when Emperor split? Still craving for more black metal in that distinctive Emperor sound? Well here's something you might have missed. Released the same year as "IX Equilibrium", "The Red Jewel" is the album from Charmand Grimloch, Emperor's keyboard player at the time. Not only that, but Emperor's Trym is also sat behind the drum kit here. This Tartaros album sounds almost identical to "IX Equilibrium" with the addition of some crazy, spacey and psychedelic keyboards added for good measure. Top stuff. Get it.
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Ag Fox



Weakling - Dead As Dreams

Intense Black metal 17.04.2010

Dead As Dreams is one of the best USBM albums around. Weakling offers the listener seventy-five minutes of raging Black metal with cutting-edge song writing and epic song structures. It's diverse, heart-wrenching and driven; don't miss out if you ever bump into this hard-to-find gem!

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In Mourning - Monolith

Progressive Melodic Death metal 10.04.2010

Monolith is easily among the most awesome releases I've heard all year. This addictive and hauntingly beautiful album is every reason why In Mourning are/should be top of the class.
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Burning In Hell - Believe

Power metal 10.04.2010

This is a Brazilian album/band that will have probably slipped by a lot of people. Released in the second half of the last decade, "Believe" is an album of super cheesy power metal that has some really catchy moments. For a little-known band, this is a top class album.
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Convulse - World Without God

Nokia Death metal 10.04.2010

Hailing from the legendary underground scene of Nokia, Finland, is Convulse. World Without God is their masterpiece, a spaced-out piece of old school Death metal. Now re-released by Relapse Records with the Resuscitation Of Evilness! If you're a fan of old school Death metal or of cult spaced-out extreme music, don't miss out!

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