Staff picks


Hands Of Despair - Bereft
10.02.2016 | Progressive Death/Black?
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Five years later, these guys are as good as before (or the one guy who is the mastermind behind this project), or perhaps even better. "Bereft" is so varied, that it should satisfy fans of quite a few metal genres.
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Daniell
Spazztic Blurr - Before... And After
17.01.2016 | (Old)

Sounds like a pack of grown adults in a Discovery Zone ball pit who also have some anthrax.

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wormdrink414
Marcel Hubregtse, Fat & Sassy!
Weeping Silence - Opus IV Oblivion
09.01.2016 | Gothic Doom

From the guitar riffs drowning in gloom, to the mixture of somber beauty and ominous power of the male and female vocals, Weeping Silence deliver an album full of poetic pain and mourning for happiness, the individual, and the Earth itself. They pay homage to the withering effects of time, and offer the listener an "icy throne in winter's embrace" to sit in as they stand beside you, as we all watch the sun set one last time.

Listen here
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Jason W.
BloodTears

It tickles my retro so.

Tickle yours at Bandcamp.
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Ivor
Apothecary, wormdrink414, Mr. Doctor, BloodTears, Fat & Sassy!, D.T. Metal
Ysengrin - Nigrum Nigrius Nigro [Split]
04.01.2016 | Hermetic Dark Metal

It's like when someone tells you that someone you don't know is weird and you go give that someone a shot because "weird" is overused and then you find out that, yeah, he is weird.

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wormdrink414
ScreamingSteelUS
Motörhead - Orgasmatron
30.12.2015 | lemmy metal

Year was 1990. Buddy and I rented a car near the Navy Base. It had a tape deck, so we stopped by a music store and he bought this tape. Over the course of our weekend Rent-A-Wreck adventures, he altered the lyrics of the title track to "I am the one, <insert bitter's real name here> son, the outstretched gaping hand...my image is of agony, my servants rape the land."

This beer's for you, Lemmy. (with a toast to Worsham, should he ever randomly stumble on this site.)

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BitterCOld
ScreamingSteelUS, psykometal, Mr. Doctor, Deadsoulman, BloodTears, Apothecary, Darkside Momo, Fat & Sassy!, D.T. Metal, Introspekrieg, Marcel Hubregtse, Daniell, wormdrink414, Jason W., Abattoir
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