Staff picks


Withered - Grief Relic
25.05.2016 | Broken neck

Grief Relic is my first time crossing paths with Withered, the joining of the mighty Ethan McCarthy (Primitive Man, Vermin Womb, ex-CTTTOAFF) to the band being a treat that immediately raised interest. This black/death metal infantry is armed to the teeth with all the fixins: blitzkrieg guitars, thundering drum and bass, monstrous vocals from Ethan and Mike Thompson, and a pleasantly variable tempo ranging from frantic bangers one moment to slow, painful crushers the next. If you've been running low on the brutality pills lately, Withered are happy to compensate.

Get rekt.
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Apothecary
Deadsoulman, Marcel Hubregtse
Sólstafir - Í Blóđi Og Anda
19.05.2016 | Melodic and Progressive Black

This currently re-released album is an overlooked gem in Sólstafir's back catalogue. A raw, dare I say "warm" but fierce output along a path, the band has long since strayed from; with good production and more than a few elements that will surprise you.

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Deadsoulman
Almyrkvi - Pupil Of The Searing Maelstrom
10.05.2016 | Industrial BM... in space
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As further testament to the fact that Icelandic black metal is not purely confined to Deathspell Omega emulation, Almyrkvi, the one man project of Garðar S. Jónsson, is hitting the scene hard this year with this debut EP. The music here is something of an industrial-influenced brand of ambient black metal: thick, almost mechanical-sounding riffs create a hypnotizing atmosphere, enhanced by atmospheric breaks interspersed throughout. Think something along the lines of Blut Aus Nord + Darkspace. Easily one of the best BM releases I've yet heard this year.
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Apothecary
Ag Fox, Mr. Doctor, ScreamingSteelUS, Paz
Slabdragger - Rise Of The Dawncrusher
06.05.2016 | Sludge + Doom
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Ok, with a name like Slabdragger and an album titled Rise Of The Dawncrusher one might expect riffs. You would not be disappointed. From slow, powerful doomy riffs and clean singing to Indian-like shrieking, Slabdragger beat you about the head and neck with riffs, riffs and more riffs. Viva La Bandcamp.
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BitterCOld
Westfield Massacre - Westfield Massacre
01.05.2016 | Melodic Death/Metalcore

The sound we all knew Tommy's vocals were much more suited for than Divine Heresy's.

Bandcamp
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psykometal
Babymetal - Metal Resistance
23.04.2016 | Desu-core

Look, I can't explain this album, and neither can you. It has djent, it has DragonForce, and it has nonstandard time signatures. At this point, I'm not ruling out a collaboration with Cattle Decapitation and Wardruna on a Bathory cover for the inevitable Babymetal III - The Kawaii-ening. You might question the nature of reality and what it really means to be a fan of music ('cause I sure did), but it's good. Just... just listen. Shut up and listen.

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ScreamingSteelUS
wrathchild, Apothecary
Iamthemorning - Lighthouse
10.04.2016 | Prog
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Lighthouse is without contest the most beautiful album released this year, past and future. This young duo from Russia keep improving on their already very skilful song-writing and deliver something that is magical. This time with guest appearances from Gavin Harrison, Colin Edwin and Mariusz Duda. If prog rock built around piano, classically inclined composition and beautiful voice is your thing, don't miss out on it.

Enjoy Lighthouse at Bandcamp.
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Ivor
Introspekrieg, Darkside Momo, ScreamingSteelUS, BloodTears, Deadsoulman, Ag Fox
Graves At Sea - The Curse That Is
02.04.2016 | Doom/Sludge
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While oppressively heavy and quite abrasive, Graves At Sea manage to remain catchy and subtly melodic at the same time. If doom and sludge are your thing, this album is a must. Even if they aren't, listen anyway.

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Daniell
Apothecary, Marcel Hubregtse
The Algorithm - Brute Force
31.03.2016 | Electro + metal = madness.exe
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A refined polymorphic code of madness. Ten slabs of heavy hitting, guitar infused, abrasive electro shit.
Now with added Igorrr / Pryapisme value!

Listen here or there!
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Darkside Momo
Demonic Tutor, Introspekrieg, psykometal, ScreamingSteelUS
Primitive Man - Primitive Man / Sea Bastard [Split]
18.03.2016 | Dirty doom dabblings
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The misanthropic, kvlt-tinged sludge of Primitive Man is ready to throw down with Sea Bastard's lumbering, cavernous brand of doom on this monstrous new split. It's the Primitive Man side that leaves the greater impression, with a pleasant return to a grittier, Scorn-like production, but the crushing Sea Bastard track is nonetheless a powerful, worthy complement. I'm not usually one to get all that crazy about splits, but this one's a definite beast.

Primitive Man HERE
Sea Bastard HERE
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Apothecary
D.T. Metal, Marcel Hubregtse, wormdrink414
Oceans Of Slumber - Winter
08.03.2016 | Prog
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I feel like a ton of bricks has fallen on me. I don't know nor care what this band was without Cammie Gilbert but she makes this album perfect in its little imperfections. I'm floored by her voice. I'm in love with her voice. It scratches the very depths of my soul. This is an album I wasn't prepared to find... And, man, that The Moody Blues cover is just wonderful.

Listen to "Winter" or "Suffer the Last Bridge" or just go get the whole damn album. It's totally worth it.

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Ivor
psykometal, BloodTears, Nefarious, Fat & Sassy!, Susan
Droids Attack - Sci-Fi Or DIe
06.03.2016 | Stoner Thrash

"Look sire, droids!" -

Fuck that rolling trash can and prissy fembot from the space wars movies. These droids carry an armament that would make an imperial destroyer blush. Riff heavy stoner rock heavy on the heavy. If that description and the fact their facebook page sports the motto "death to false stoner thrash" sound like your thing, these are the droids you are looking for.
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BitterCOld
Ivor, Apothecary, Deadsoulman, Darkside Momo
Skáphe - Skáphe²
05.03.2016 | Next level black metal
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A wise man once said that "two heads are better than one," and perhaps no album this year has yet demonstrated the truth of this maxim better than Skáphe². The grand result of the combination of the talented Alexander Poole (Chaos Moon, Esoterica, Krieg) and the mysterious D.G. (Misþyrming, Naðra), this album is a mesmerizing journey through the capabilities of two of the best composers modern black metal has to offer. AOTY contender.

Name your price on Bandcamp. The Elder Gods are feeling generous.
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Apothecary
BitterCOld, Mr. Doctor, Deadsoulman, Paz
Riverside - Out Of Myself
21.02.2016 

"I don't feel quite myself..."

Riverside are one of the most talented progressive metal bands of their generation and guitarist Piotr Grudzinski was oftentimes the melody of the band. Their debut album was already a genius masterpiece and he shines brightly. Play it, live it.

In honor of Piotr Grudzinski. (Thank you for the music)

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BloodTears
Ivor, Mr. Doctor, Demonic Tutor, Daniell, Darth Momö, Nefarious, Introspekrieg, D.T. Metal, ScreamingSteelUS
Magrudergrind - II
14.02.2016 | grind
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I don't know who this Magruder guy is, but he is one *angry* muthatrucka and he sure can grind. Play and smash stuff.
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BitterCOld
Apothecary, Mr. Doctor, Abattoir