Staff picks


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

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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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
Anopheli - The Ache Of Want
03.07.2015 | Post-hardcore , Crust punk
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Having released one of the best EP's of the year in 2014 with their demo A Hunger Rarely Sated, Anopheli have followed this up with an equally brilliant yet slightly more refined debut album The Ache Of Want. This is 40 minutes of cello infused Crust punk/post-hardcore that deserves your attention, so go give it a listen NOW!

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Nefarious
Darkside Momo, Deadsoulman, BloodTears, ScreamingSteelUS, Mr. Doctor
Metallic Taste Of Blood - Doctoring The Dead
30.06.2015 | Experimental and noisy

This album is an amalgamation of ambient atmosphere, structure and noise. It's convoluted yet sensible enough not to appear to be completely out to lunch. This is food for the restless mind. If you, like me, enjoyed their début album, this will definitely sit well with you.

Try the album teaser at SoundCloud.
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Ivor
Darkside Momo, BitterCOld, Mr. Doctor, Ag Fox, Apothecary, psykometal
Heavydeath - Eternal Sleepwalker
30.06.2015 | death doom
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First offering from the former Runemagick members lives up to the name Heavydeath. Great doom tunes, deathy vocals - but a good share of droning elements are the perfect accompaniment. And it is a tad amusing that Eternal Sleepwalker was released on Caligari records.
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BitterCOld
Marcel Hubregtse, Deadsoulman
Sleep Terror - Unihemispheria
27.06.2015 | Technical Progressive death metal
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I'm not sure what keeps instrumental tech-death musicians from sleeping at night, but as long they keep producing these fantastic insomnia-themed albums, I hope they never find rest. Bonus, better-produced versions of select tracks from 2006's Probing Tranquility. For the sleepless, fans of metal jazz fusion and these bands: Blotted Science, Cynic, Animals As Leaders, Exivious, Atheist, Pestilence, Chimp Spanner, Sky Sanctuary, Anup Sastry, Canvas Solaris, Cloudkicker.
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Introspekrieg
Weedeater - Goliathan
24.06.2015 | Good ol' Southern sludge

Nothing new and fancy to see here, folks, just pounding, crunchy sludge with a bit of a bluesy twist that hits the groove gene right where it needs to. If you can't get enough of the sound of bands like Bongzilla, Eyehategod, etc. and you haven't yet heard Weedeater, do yourself the favor. Finger-lickin' good!

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Apothecary
Deadsoulman, wormdrink414
High On Fire - Luminiferous
18.06.2015 | Stoner/Sludge
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High On Fire release another album. Bitter runs around Rancho de COld throwing empty beer bottles and air punching. Take a drink. Just be sure to empty it before throwing if you've got this album blaring in the background. That's a pro tip.

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BitterCOld
R'Vannith, Daniell, Apothecary, wormdrink414, Marcel Hubregtse, Deadsoulman, Doc Godin, psykometal, Introspekrieg, ScreamingSteelUS
My Sleeping Karma - Moksha
14.06.2015 | Psychedelic Stoner

For some odd and inexplicable reason I tend to forget how damn good My Sleeping Karma albums are. What a fabulous trip this one is. Grab something relaxing to drink, hit play, and enjoy. Oh, and if you have a chance to see them live, do so; trust me, you're in for a treat.

Listen to "Prithvi" or "Moksha" off the new album.
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Ivor
Apothecary, Mr. Doctor, Deadsoulman, R'Vannith, Ag Fox, psykometal, BitterCOld, ScreamingSteelUS
Forefather - Curse Of The Cwelled
11.06.2015 | Sóncræft Angelcynnes
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Grab your sweord and scyld, because those pesky Danes are back demanding their Danegeld. How will you ever be Engla Cyning if you keep throwing all your geld at those wave-walking interlopers instead of building burhs? Arm thyself, ye thegn of Wessex, and let Forefather lead you to æsctír.
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ScreamingSteelUS
R'Vannith