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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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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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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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Blaze Bayley - Promise And Terror
10.12.2010 | Heavy metal
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Blaze might not have had the easiest of times either through his career or especially as of late. This guy has battled through all odds to release his most successful album to date. Promise And Terror is a great heavy metal album that touches on speed metal, but also towards the end touches on some very dark issues too. Give him another go; you might be surprised.
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Shattered Hope - Absence
10.12.2010 | death doom

so i've teased, tormented and tantalized you with a review of an album you could not have... Until Now.

It's a Festivus miracle.

If you like yer doom slow, drawn out, growly, and HELLenic, you know what to do.

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BitterCOld
Marcel Hubregtse, dismaleuphony, Troy Gallant, Mr. Doctor
Essenz - KVIITIIVZ - Beschwörung des Unaussprechlichen
08.12.2010 | Blackened Doom Metal, or Doomed Black Metal

Hailing from Germany, these guys took me by surprise with their debut full-length, whose title I refuse to even try to spell here. If you're into groovy, well-produced doom metal that speeds up quite often, Essenz will rock your boat till you fall out of it. Pseudo tribal chanting, eerie female voices, headbang-inducing riffage, pounding drumming, even a song that has no sound in it. If you try this, you'll be in for some seriously weird offering. It may amaze you, it may bore you, but it will not leave you indifferent. Most likely, Essenz will put you in a trance. It put me at least. A solid debut, promising a lot for the future.
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Coffinworm - When All Became None
07.12.2010 | Doom / Sludge / Black
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It's December, and the traditional end-of-year-list season is coming up... Which is why I'll provide you with yet another awesome tip, so your own silly best of 2010 list will already look a little less terrible. You're very welcome.

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Thryce
Marcel Hubregtse, daniell_p, !J.O.O.E.!, Doc Godin, BitterCOld, Troy Gallant, White Winter Sun, Mr. Doctor
Dukatalon - Saved By Fear
03.12.2010 | sludge

Sludge! From the "Riff Filled Land!"

Listening to this album is akin to being beaten about the head and neck (very slowly) with blunt objects. Only I imagine listening to this album is a lot more fun than being battered by blunt objects. Slow, deep, hard and drenched in feedback.

If you still need convincing, read my review for more.

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BitterCOld
Collin, Marcel Hubregtse, White Winter Sun, Nefarious, Troy Gallant, Mr. Doctor