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Project: Failing Flesh - Count Back From Ten
21.01.2011 | Industrial Thrash Metal

Project: Failing Flesh are able to indulge in some of the most exciting experimentation of 2010, while still remaining respectful of the classics (Voivod, Fear Factory, Godflesh) that went before them. Quite a feat indeed!

Count Back From Ten is the perfect album for those of us who love proper industrial metal.

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jupitreas
Darkside Momo
Metallica - St. Anger
18.01.2011 | Gimme Fue! Gimme Fai! Gimme Dabajabaza!

So the biggest metal band on the planet is turning 30 this year.

As the story goes, back in 1981, some dude called James Hetfield answered a newspaper ad by a certain Lars Ulrich... and the legend was born. 30 years later, the success story that is Metallica still remains unequaled.

Happy 30th birthday, Metallica!

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Thryce
Windir - 1184
16.01.2011 | Viking Black metal

Marking seven years since the incredibly unfortunate death of Valfar. This album is perhaps his best work, with the chilling and unsettlingly real "Journey To The End" to mark the end.
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Baz Anderson
!J.O.O.E.!, Promonex, Raiden, daniell_p, Angelique, Fat & Sassy!, Mr. Doctor
The Chant - This Is The World We Know
11.01.2011 | Suomi metal

Everything you need to know about this album and why you should listen to it, is clearly explained in this review... Jeez, how lazy can you get?

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Thryce
Therapy? - We're Here To The End
04.01.2011 | Alternative metal

Some kick-ass live party music to get this New Year rolling in style...
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Thryce

Doom, served up traditional Chilean-stylee. Powerful, emotive vocals paired up with awesome riff after awesome riff after awesome riff. We had lots of nice things to say about their 2009 E.P. "Cult of Disease", which set the bar high for this release... and they exceeded those expectations.

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BitterCOld
Marcel Hubregtse, !J.O.O.E.!, daniell_p, dismaleuphony, White Winter Sun, Nefarious, Mr. Doctor
Todtgelichter - Angst
02.01.2011 | Sonic post-modernism

The cover already shows that Todtgelichter aren't your average panda black metal band anymore. With elements of black metal, progressive metal, post-metal, new wave, shoegaze and alternative rock (and a short passage reminiscent of proto-dubstep), Angst is a bleak yet strangely beautiful vision of post-modern life. Highly recommended for fans of Enslaved, Amesoeurs, Alcest and Agrypnie.
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Promonex
dismaleuphony, BitterCOld, Thryce, !J.O.O.E.!, Ag Fox, Fat & Sassy!, Mr. Doctor
The Meads Of Asphodel - The Murder Of Jesus The Jew
29.12.2010 | Medieval Black metal

Well this is a strange one. Predominantly black metal, these Englishmen have delivered a perplexing album that seemingly knows little in the way of boundaries. It isn't a very polished or musically tight album, but it is very interesting in the journey it provides, with maybe just a glimpse of greatness in there hiding.
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!J.O.O.E.!, Mr. Doctor
Haarp - The Filth
28.12.2010 | Sludge / Doom

Some skull-crushing, filthy, oppressive sludgy doom metal to get you through the endless string of holiday hangovers...
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Thryce
BitterCOld
Klone - Black Days
26.12.2010 | Alt-prog

Groovy, gritty, alt-prog album you'll be spinning long after your "Best of 2010" list is forgotten. It'll remind you a bit of classic Tool, but Klone has crafted their very own mesmerizing world of darkness... Black Days are ahead indeed.

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Lyrinan
Jeff, Dane Train, Ag Fox, Mr. Doctor
Mandrake - Innocence Weakness
21.12.2010 | Gothic Metal

Releases like this are few and far between for me. Mandrake continue to refine their gothic metal style, walking their own solitary path throughout a city of antiquity, traveling on paths left oft-unexplored, hidden between the shadows of overproduced and commercialized albums. They reveal a sorrowful, passionate song writing, full of coarse male vocals and sincere female vocals, ready to slowly haunt you with its own honesty and yearning for a release from own our psychological seclusions. This is easily my Gothic Metal album of 2010!

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Lyrinan
Khlyst - Chaos Is My Name
21.12.2010 | Merry fucking Christmas!

Some cheerful Christmas carols to get you through the worst time of the year...

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!J.O.O.E.!, Mr. Doctor
Bongripper - Satan Worshipping Doom
17.12.2010 | satan worshipping doom

This album is a contradiction. four tracks spread across over 50 minutes, yet Bongripper find no time for vocals/lyrics. Nor do they find time for solos. Hell, they barely have time to create song names... the four tracks are simply titled:

1. Hail
2. Satan
3. Worship
4. Doom

All they have time to do is beat you about the head and neck with riff after riff after riff for nearly an hour.
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BitterCOld
Thryce, Marcel Hubregtse, White Winter Sun, Mr. Doctor, ScreamingSteelUS
Place Of Skulls - As A Dog Returns
14.12.2010 | Doom

Not only are these guys massive live, their latest disc is as well. The production really lets those bluesy doom riffs take center stage, and Victor's vocals and lyrics are delivered with purpose and depth. From the thick opening sounds "The Maker" to the reflective "Though He Slay Me," and finally to my choice in "Timeless Hearts" with its great groove, this is metal that calms while also inspiring the mind and soul.

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dismaleuphony
Dane Train, Marcel Hubregtse, Troy Gallant, White Winter Sun
Dark The Suns - Sleepwalking In A Nightmare
14.12.2010 | Gothic metal

Some melancholic dark metal to get you into the season's spirit...

(Definitely not their best release though.)

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Ag Fox