God Dethroned - Passiondale

death/thrash 17.03.2010

At the time, World War I was the war to end all wars, but instead it became the gateway into modern warfare. Passiondale gives us a heavy dose of aggression, emotional depth, and authoritative visions of the suffering that reflects the stalemate that took nearly 1 million lives during that war. After repeated listens, you'll find yourself one step closer to drowning in mud, and with a lungful of mustard gas as your last breath. And for all you North Americans - just in time to check them out live in April.

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White Winter Sun, Ag Fox



Armored Saint - La Raza

Heavy Metal 15.03.2010

Heavy metal Armored Saint-style is still a very rare commodity and La Raza reminds us why: these veteran metallers are still capable of crafting music with a unique, powerful and vital sense of energy and soul. The songwriting might no be as stellar as on, say, Symbol Of Salvation; however, La Raza still offers more than enough gimmick-free heavy metal to satisfy any fan.
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Marcel Hubregtse, Thryce, Jeff



Armour - Armour

Pure Heavy Metal 14.03.2010

Balls-to-the-wall, no bullshit heavy metal, straight to the point with no gimmicks. Powerful riffs, cheesy lyrics, and great chorus'. A healthy dose of everything that makes heavy metal so freakin' great, with all the fat cut away. The beauty is the fact this is only a debut! Oh what glorious heavy metal works of art will this band put forth in the future? This is far too promising.

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Lucas



Torture Division - Evighetens Dårar

Death effing metal 13.03.2010

This is some good savage death metal. And yeah, it's more brutal than pitchfork-impalement insurance. Available for free download here. Terrorize those ears now, thank me later.
Picked by: Thryce



Machetazo - Mundo Cripta

Rotten Death Grind 13.03.2010

Machetazo are highly-praised and much-reverend among the people that know them, which unfortunately isn't a big group. Not that Machetazo cares though, they've been going since '94 and they'll keep going for a long time to come (hopefully!). Mundo Cripta is a catchy zombie-holocauster-death-grind-ride. Infectiously groovy riffs, insanely fast grind passages and a completely rotten and sick vibe, what more can you ask for?

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Zombie, M.D.



Greymachine - Disconnected

Industrial 12.03.2010

A project featuring Justin Broadrick (Jesu, Godflesh) and Aaron Turner (Isis), "Disconnected" is 9 tracks of horribly oppressive, bleak industrial music designed to punish the listener. Good times.
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Zombie, M.D., Mr. Doctor



Sigh - Scenes From Hell

Avant-garde Black metal 12.03.2010

It would be a surprise if this album wasn't weird. The Japanese band are back with yet another album of extremely strange, extreme metal. Quite avant-garde and in a few places slightly psychedelic, Sigh remain a band that are completely unique to metal. A fine addition to the band's repertoire.

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Picked by: Baz Anderson



Mandragora Scream - Volturna

Gothic 07.03.2010

A controversial but, nevertheless, fine album by an Italian Gothic ensemble who have this time used their old style together with new tones resulting in a haunting album with more aggression and subtle electronic traces. Good to see this band are still around.

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Bloody Panda - Summon

Narcotic Sludge Doom 06.03.2010

Bloody Panda's Summon, the successor of Pheromone and a step-up in every imaginable way, seems to have been largely overlooked by the Metal community. It may have to do with the fact that this album is unlike everything you've heard before. Slow drones, disturbed dynamics and drug-crazed shrieks are just some of the elements present. Ethereal and cold howls, organ sweeps and frantic drumming are a few others. Welcome to the mansion of madness...

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Thryce, Troy Gallant, Mr. Doctor
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Dark Tranquillity - We Are The Void

Gothenburg Metal 05.03.2010

One of the three originators of the Gothenburg metal scene, Dark Tranquillity are still pretty much alive and kicking.
While they somehow stay true to the same formula since Damage Done (2002), We Are The Void is a bit more original than Fiction (2007). Darker, somehow more "black metal", with a different approach on the keys, it's no doubt DT... with a twist.

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Krallice - Dimensional Bleedthrough

Black Metal 05.03.2010

fantastic follow-up to their self-titled release. seemed to fly a bit under the radar last year, and, honestly, it took me a while to appreciate it. you can find a full review of the album here.

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Heavenly - Carpe Diem

Power metal 05.03.2010

Fifth album from these French power metallers. Not only is this album cheesy as hell, it has a ton of Queen influence on it. This is basically a power metal version of Queen. You'll need your cheese shields for this one, if not for the music then the cover!
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After All - Cult Of Sin

Thrash! Thrash! Thrash! 05.03.2010

Belgium's loudest export product are at it again. This is the kind of thrash metal that is cruel, angry, fast and as tight as a mosquito's ass. The bombardment of an album features guest appearances by members of King Diamond, Agent Steel, Armored Saint and Helstar. Are you listening yet?? Because you definitely should be...
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White Winter Sun



Autopsy - Horrific Obsession

Good old Death Metal 02.03.2010

A 2 song EP. Recorded in 2008 and released in early 2009 by US legends Autopsy.

Two songs might not be a lot, but this EP accomplishes something rare nowadays, first, it doesn't spoil the band's "Legacy", second, it just kicks ass. This is pure Autopsy in the vein of Mental Funeral. A no brainer for fans of the band.

Mid-tempo crushing death metal with a doomish feeling like only Autopsy can make. Recommended.
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Marcel Hubregtse, Mr. Doctor



Sepia Dreamer - The Sublime

Instrumental Progressive Metal 28.02.2010

The Sublime is a long-time favourite of mine and has been part of my top 4 albums since I first listened to it. Above everything else this album is grand, epic and intricate in its own elegant way. Emotional and full of mood-swings, it seems delicate at times and radiating with power at others. With its many facetes this release defies genre boundaries and sounds more complete than it ever could with vocals.

Sepia Dreamer's The Sublime isn't exactly easy to get into on initial listening, but believe me, it's well worth the try. If you feel up to the challenge you can give "Capitulation" (the last track of the album and the only one off it on their myspace page) a shot!

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Darkside Momo, Lucas



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