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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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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
Chaos Echús - Transient
30.10.2015 | Indecipherable
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Chaos Echús are a prime example of why French metal has gained such a solid reputation for being very forward-thinking and experimentally inclined in the past decade. Typically labeled as death metal or death doom, this album doesn't stop there, with the band also adding in elements of black metal, drone, jazz, psychedelia, and more to their sound. At some points fast and incredibly heavy, at others meditative and transcendent, Transient is a bizarre, polymorphous beast that defies classification, and seems to be nothing more than a full embrace of the power of human ingenuity.

Go have a listen and ponder over the nature of improvisation.

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Apothecary
Deadsoulman, Marcel Hubregtse, Mr. Doctor, wormdrink414, BloodTears, BitterCOld, Darkside Momo
Major Parkinson - Live At Ricks
28.10.2015 | Prog gone cabaret gone live
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With Twilight Cinema being one of the best and imaginative albums of 2014 (in my opinion of course), there is just no way you would not want to see this manic band perform this album almost in its entirety live and then do some more. That's right, not just hear but also see it live. Drop whatever series you were planning on watching and have a go at this one instead. This is just so much pure fun!

Watch on YouTube or listen at Bandcamp.
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Ivor
Clutch - Psychic Warfare
24.10.2015 | Hard Rock

If you find Firebirds and energy weapons interesting, or maybe you're a sucker for witches and have nasty yankee mannerisms, you know--you're not listening to this obsessively yet why? Truly we're living in an age of great Clutch albums.
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wormdrink414
Introspekrieg, Ivor, Mr. Doctor, BitterCOld, Deadsoulman
Dead To A Dying World - Litany
16.10.2015 | Blackened Crust/Doom
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Despite the long running time, Litany's numerous stylistic influences, great atmosphere & compositional depth keep the listener engaged for the entire duration of the album. In fact, with music this good the challenge isn't really about if you can get to the end without hitting the 'stop' button...but if you can stop yourself from immediately hitting 'play' again!

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Nefarious
Deadsoulman, ScreamingSteelUS, Mr. Doctor
Cattle Decapitation - The Anthropocene Extinction
15.10.2015 | Very Frightening

Nobody regurgitates slimy, unsettling grindy-death like Cattle Decapitation. The Anthropocene Extinction is on the one hand technical, cold, and rigid, and on the other a great, big, bloody mess of disgusting offal and pulsating remains. Top it all off with one of extreme metal's most remarkable vocal juggernauts, and the gory might of Cattle Decap cannot be contained. Whatever they've been doing these last few years has paid off immeasurably.
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ScreamingSteelUS
Deadsoulman, wormdrink414, psykometal
Chaos Moon - Amissum
27.09.2015 | black
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Chaos Moon return with a swell four track. Two atmospheric black tracks before they close out on a harsh note. Yippee.
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BitterCOld
Apothecary
Ahab - The Boats Of The Glen Carrig
02.09.2015 | Duh, doom.

Ahab are constantly evolving . Every album adds something new to their repertoire. In this (theoretically) confined genre Ahab always finds another way to surprise us, another direction towards which to push the genre. The Boats of the Glen Carrig might be the most brilliant facet of this gem that is Ahab.

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Daniell
Marcel Hubregtse, Deadsoulman, Apothecary, Nefarious, BitterCOld, BloodTears
Ewïg Frost - The Railroad To Hell
31.08.2015 | Blackened Speed Punk

These guys must be the illegitimate bastard brothers-in-arms of Iron Fist... The 4 track EP is under 10 minutes of, well, High Octane Anarchy, showcasing two tracks off a past album, two off a forthcoming one. "Deepwater Horizon" is a special version, performed in the band's native Viennese German. Heavy Metal Vomit Party time!
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BitterCOld
Marcel Hubregtse, Abattoir, wormdrink414
Kekal - Multilateral
23.08.2015 | Avantgarde metal
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If you've heard Kekal before you understand that they are a weird Indonesian experimental band.
The production value on this is horribly raw and flat, but in a strangely endearing way. A few songs feature VOCALOID, which I assume from a google search is some sort of pillow waifu thing. There is also a prominent barf outro. From their bandcamp: "All musical contributions to this album are kept anonymous. Kekal has no official band members as of 2015." I don't understand, but I'll accept it. Recommended for fans of Unexpect (lots of chaotic electro abrasions mixed in), Sigh (esp. Imaginary Sonicscape), Mr. Bungle, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Ephel Duath, and Ved Buens Ende.
Highly recommended if you like Pestilence - Spheres or the raw vocoder days of Cynic.
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Introspekrieg
Mr. Doctor, Ag Fox, ScreamingSteelUS
The Bloodline - We Are One
15.08.2015 | Modern melodic Metal

Grooves, hooks, riffs and lots of melodies!

Features Travis Neal (Divine Heresy) and Shaun Glass (ex-Broken Hope, ex-SOiL)

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psykometal
Mion's Hill - Torture
01.08.2015 | Black/Doom

Better mixing. Better pizza. And I'm all out of gum, papa John.

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wormdrink414