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Unexpect - Fables Of The Sleepless Empire
06.06.2011 | The Madness Reigning Kind
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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, 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
Hate Eternal - Phoenix Amongst The Ashes
22.05.2011 | Death metal

Hate Eternal are back with another monumentally brutal slab of death metal. Phoenix Amongst The Ashes is as crushing as death metal can get. If you wish to remove your face; this album will probably do the trick.
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Troy Gallant, Thryce, White Winter Sun, wormdrink414
Sonne Adam - Transformation
16.05.2011 | OLD SCHOOL Death Metal

Say goodbye to the overproduced and plastic shit that is sold to you as "Death Metal" and get a taste of what the genre really is about. Trasformation is the debut by this young and promising Israeli band and you could swear it was released back in the old days. It's almost ironic how refreshing this sounds today.

With a doomy vibe to make everything more intense, this album will surely be a favorite for the lovers of Death Metal... The Real Way.

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Marcel Hubregtse, Nefarious, !J.O.O.E.!
Dirge - Elysian Magnetic Fields
16.05.2011 | Atmospheric Sludge/Post-Metal/Pulse-Wave Neocore
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Ok ignore that last classification, that was just a bit of self-indulgence. Then again who knows, it might catch on. This is something that positively vomits underground mass appeal; the kind of thing if more people were aware of they'd be frantically sprinting to the nearest tattooist to get the cover art etched into their forehead. Planet-sized dirges (appropriately enough) that melt into epic cleans and deep ambient nuancing over a monolithic 75 minute journey of dripping atmosphere, texture and melody with the odd Jesu and Cult of Luna inflection.

Quite possibly the only album you'll need this year? Oh yeah, they're French too. Quelle surprise.
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!J.O.O.E.!
Collin, Ag Fox, BloodTears, Troy Gallant, BitterCOld, Introspekrieg, Mr. Doctor
Anaal Nathrakh - Passion
15.05.2011 | Grindcore
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Album number six from these English lunatics offers another helping of the band's anarchic style. Clearly an album that has had its share of attention to detail, Passion comfortably blasts away any competition, breaking the mould once more.

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Baz Anderson
Ag Fox, DerRozzengarten, Mr. Doctor, wormdrink414
Indian - Guiltless
13.05.2011 | sludge-doom

Guiltless is a wretched platter of doomed sludge (or sludged doom?) with punishing riffs, pounding drums and absolutely vile, hate-filled screeches. This is an ugly album. Enjoy.

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BitterCOld
Ag Fox, Marcel Hubregtse, Collin, Mr. Doctor
Novembers Doom - Aphotic
11.05.2011 | doom / melodic death

It took me about one minute to realize Novembers Doom's latest is a drastic improvement over their previous release. They have found that ideal balance between dark, melodic death and the pulsing, downbeat of doom, and do it with arrangements and production that is assertive yet fluid. For fans of deeply personal lyrics, Paul Kuhr has always been one of the best around, and he's as drastic as ever here. And to top it off, fans of Anneke van Giersbergen will find her doing an excellent guest appearance with Paul as well (and in the available video track)!

Oh, and did I mention how great they are live?
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dismaleuphony
Ag Fox