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Shepherds Of Cassini - Helios Forsaken
28.12.2015 | Post / Prog
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This album slowly seems to be working its way under my skin. It's a kind of a borderline post metal and prog album, highly reminiscent of Giant Squid at times, and for some reason reminds me of Indukti, though I've not listened to that one in ages. Love the violin on this one.

Try it out at Bandcamp.
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Ivor
Nefarious, BloodTears
Vastum - Hole Below
24.12.2015 | Death Metal
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This is dirty, menacing & crushing Death metal of the highest order that grabs your attention from the first note until the last.

Sound like your kinda thing? Then check it out here
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Nefarious
wormdrink414
Degial - Savage Mutiny
22.12.2015 | death

All I want for Christmas is ....

Degial couldn't have picked a better date to release their new monster of an album. If you liked their previous efforts than you won't be disappointed by Savage Mutiny; in your face death metal at it's finest.

Have a listen HERE
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D.T. Metal
Marcel Hubregtse
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Instrumental post rock / metal done right. It's been growing on me throughout the year, and I like it more with each spin. It's way better than God Is An Astronaut. It beats even Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster's third album which in my case says a lot. The Kraken is good stuff.

Listen at Bandcamp.
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Ivor
Darkside Momo, BloodTears, ScreamingSteelUS
Marriages - Salome
20.12.2015 | Alternative

If you are familiar with Emma Ruth Rundle's solo work, you might have heard of Marriages as well. Even though the music is different, the genius work is the same only heavier. Caustic, experimental and painfully tormented at times, Salome gets dreamier and dreamier the deeper you reach. It merits repeated consumption and can be quite addictive.

Binge!
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BloodTears
Ivor, Ag Fox, Jason W., R'Vannith, Mr. Doctor, Apothecary
Funeral Oppression - The Prisoners Of Life
19.12.2015 | Depressive bm
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Do you like Nontinuum?

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psykometal
Saurom - Sueños
08.12.2015 | Happy Hobbit Dance Party Metal

Garden-fresh, clean as a whistle, immoderately melodic, and soaked to the very strings with the uncomplicated happiness of a halfling who's just found himself in the possession of a wagon full of mince pies. This album is the perfect mash-up of power and folk metal - bright, dramatic, loud, pure, energetic, life-affirming, and boasting especially incredible performances on the parts of the vocalist and folk instrumentalist. Every song is a celebration in itself, and there are a lot of songs.
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ScreamingSteelUS
Fat & Sassy!
Sunless Rise - Unrevealed
05.12.2015 | First-era CoB
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They're not quite as neoclassical as Children Of Bodom was, but slightly more dynamic. Certainly a good fix for the old-school CoB fanboys/girls looking for a worthy successor to that sound/style.

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psykometal
BloodTears, wrathchild, ScreamingSteelUS
Black Tongue - The Unconquerable Dark
28.11.2015 | Doomcore

Apparently there's a new "thing" out there now - 'Doomcore'

Deathcore played slower, or down-tempo. Name's actually kinda catchy, and it's certainly less to say than "downtempo deathcore" (if it catches on anyway).

Chugga chugga, mothafuggas!
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psykometal
ScreamingSteelUS, Mr. Doctor
Wild Throne - Harvest Of Darkness
25.11.2015 | Prog
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The Mars Volta runs strong in this one. All in all it's a pretty intense record.

Listen at Bandcamp.
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Ivor
psykometal
Odious - Skin Age
21.11.2015 | 'Oriental black death metal' from Egypt

Read style above. If like, check out.

YouTube video for single, Dungeon Keys
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psykometal
Subsignal - The Beacons Of Somewhere Sometime
15.11.2015 | Prog rock/metal

Subsignal always seem to fly under the radar. But this new album shouldn't. The Marillion influence is strong on this one both musically and vocally. With top-notch songwriting and melodies, stunning vocal lines and well-placed bursts of aggression, The Beacons Of Somewhere Sometime shows how resourceful and creative this band is. This album is prog heaven. And the prog is good.
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Ivor
Mesarthim - Isolate
14.11.2015 | 'Cosmic atmospheric bm'
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Read style above. If like, check out.

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psykometal
Apothecary, ScreamingSteelUS, Fat & Sassy!, wormdrink414
Pombagira - Flesh Throne Press
10.11.2015 | stoner doom
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Extended, reverb-laden stoner doom jams that just blissfully go on and on. Really enjoyable album late at night.

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BitterCOld
Spelljammer - Ancient Of Days
09.11.2015 | Stoner doom

Spelljammer was featured in our Clandestine Cuts in 2012 and now they're all grown up and signed. Check out their debut full-length Ancient Of Days for its fuzzy, spacey, heavy, stonery, doomy goodness.

LISTEN, then buy the gorgeous red vinyl.
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Susan
BloodTears