Chain Reaction - Cutthroat Melodies

Groove Thrash 09.04.2010

Although the songwriting can be at times patchy, this is still the best album in recent memory for the sound fetishists amongst us. A meditation on the pure sonic impact and bliss that comes from listening to a distortion guitar, Cutthroat Melodies, when played on a good sound system, will definitely remind us why we got into metal in the first place.

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Holy Terror - Terror And Submission

Thrash 05.04.2010

Holy Terror are a second-wave thrash band that put out a couple albums in the 80's, then disappeared. Terror And Submission was recently re-issued (again) along with Mind Wars, making it obtainable for those of us who still buy disks.

What they lacked in finesse they made up for in droves with boundless, raw kinetic energy, enthusiasm, and the fantastic vocals of Keith Deen.

"T&S" is recommended for fans of raw 80's thrash metal.



Heathen - The Evolution Of Chaos

Thrash! Thrash! Thrash! 03.04.2010

In case you haven't heard the news, one of the best Thrash albums of 2010 has already been released. Don't make me say I told you so, but this album is totally awesome. And act surprised when they win a Metal Storm Award, okay?

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Urna - Iter Ad Lucem

Glacial Funeral Doom 03.04.2010

Urna combines Esoteric-esque hellfire with glacial sorrow. Iter Ad Lucem ("Path towards the light") thrives on it's wonderfully sorrowful, lucid and opaque guitar tone. Soaring melodies are deeply buried, although still very audible. Iter Ad Lucem will tear your soul apart with it's translucent honesty, a jewel to remember.

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Triptykon - Eparistera Daimones

Genre: Debatable 02.04.2010

This is the continuation of Celtic Frost. In the similar style of "Monotheist", this album is essentially Celtic Frost with a different rhythm section. Dark, gloomy, reflective, yet also at a slightly more exciting pace than Tom Warrior's last output. This is as heavy as they come. A top quality release from the mind behind the frontman of one of the most influential extreme metal bands in history.

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Life Of Agony - River Runs Red

Alternative metal 27.03.2010

This week-end I'll be seeing Life Of Agony play their entire River Runs Red album live (needless to say I'm psyched). The perfect occasion for the both of us to dust off this old record. A real classic - they don't make them like that anymore.



Corrupted - Se Hace Por Los Suenos Asesinos

Ethereal Sludge Doom 27.03.2010

Corrupted is one of the most intriguing bands I've ever come across. Their discography is impressive and filled with little and big gems. Of the full-lengths, Se Hace Por Los Suenos Asesinos is their most accesible, but that does not mean it's a sellout's attempt at easy cash. "Gekkou No Daichi" is a seventeen minutes soothing acoustic piece, with Hevi's majestic spoken word. "Rato Triste" and "Sus Futuros" are two insanely heavy sludge-numbers, with killer riffs and immensily brutal vocals. If you and Se Hace... manage to click, there's a world of beauty and brutality waiting to be explored by you.

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Profetus - Coronation Of The Black Sun

Funeral Doom 26.03.2010

The album opens reminding the listener "the outer body is a stinking cadaver, because it still lives in poison", and goes downhill from there. Glaciers advance faster than the songs on this album. Empty, reverberating drums, painfully slow guitar melodies, somewhat buried vocals, wrapped in a Yanni-paced organů these guys sure put the "Fun" in "Funeral!"



Toxik - Think This

Thrash metal 26.03.2010

An old album from a band that has only just recently come into my attention. This is the band's second album and probably the most solid. This is thrash metal, but is also very melodic and speed metal-like in places with the clean vocals, as it is also somewhat progressive in places. If this sounds like something that might appeal to you, definitely go for it.

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The Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Paralysis

Progressive Hardcore 21.03.2010

Great return of the craziest american band. Powerful, progressive, violent, disturbing, funky and jazzy... just unique! The Dillinger Escape Plan is the living proof that metal can still be original nowadays. Option Paralysis, released by the french label Season Of Mist, should convice old fans like new ones who are maybe looking for something a bit more accessible.

Answer the 23th of march 2010!

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Have A Nice Life - Deathconsciousness

Shoegaze / Post Punk / Black metal 20.03.2010

Brilliant. Bewitching. Bright. Beautiful. Breathtaking. Bemusing... All that and so much more. Nothing short of a wonderful experience! In any case, a highly applauded album you should hear before you die.

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Chaos Moon - Languor Into Echoes, Beyond

Cosmic Black metal 20.03.2010

Chaos Moon perfectly merged ambient beauty with terrifying Black metal on their second full-length, the enigmatically titled Languor Into Echoes, Beyond. Depressive riffs couple with astral synths, voids of dissonance alternate with infinite vistas of beautifully coloured ambience. Languor Into Echoes, Beyond is inventive, enveloping and euphoric cosmic-themed Black metal. Come sail the endless seas of astral ecstasy.

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Kylesa - Static Tensions

Sludge 19.03.2010

a nice raging slab, Static Tensions retains a more raw sludge approach when compared to their fellow Georgians Baroness' and Mastodon's 2009 releases. Some great riffs, two drummers drumming, and harsh shouted male throat work balanced with some pleasant female vocals make for a compelling and enjoyable listen.



Dark Funeral - Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus

Black metal 19.03.2010

Released at the end of last year, what better way is there to worship Satan than while listening to this chaotic and hellish black metal? Haha, ok. Seriously though, this is some good quality black metal when recently, others in the genre haven't seemed to have been pulling their weight. It's fast, it's black metal, what more could you want?

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Laments Of Silence - Restart Your Mind

Death Metal 17.03.2010

You like interesting death metal? How about getting your mind started on this one?

The musicianship is modern and complex, yet precise and well structured. The band uses a keyboard on a lot of the songs and regularly employs clean singing. Make no mistake though, this is extreme metal. The drums are pounding full-speed ahead for most of the album and the main vocals consist of good and heavy growling. Speed, aggression and melody; that's what this band's all about.

Laments Of Silence play death metal for those who want/need something fresh and exciting. They take straightforward heaviness to a more complex and varied level - without going over the top - and add a layer of melodic beauty on the way.

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