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Bong - We Are, We Were And We Will Have Been
01.06.2015 | Epic hail Shiva Hindu raga sitar drone
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Are Bong really doing anything new here? No. Do they need to? No. Coming back with another chapter in their sitar-fueled drone rituals, the band's music is as focused, relaxing, and meditative as ever.

Go get yo trance on.
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Apothecary
Deadsoulman, Daniell, Mr. Doctor, Nefarious, Ag Fox, ScreamingSteelUS
Lurker Of Chalice - Lurker Of Chalice
28.05.2015 | Ambient Black Metal

Too much of a fanboy? Probably...
Yet I still feel the obligation to remind our users that one of the modern classics of black metal has just turned a decade old.

It remains as unique and soul-draining as the very day it was released.
No happiness, no sadness, no fear, no hope... Pure emptiness.

Celebrate the void!

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Mr. Doctor
Apothecary, Marcel Hubregtse, BitterCOld, wormdrink414
Izah - Sistere
23.05.2015 | Sludge
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I reviewed their 2008 EP and thought they had potential. Consider that potential realized. Four tracks, all over 10 minutes, one over 30 - including one from the EP - show they've improved significantly over the years. Well done.
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BitterCOld
R'Vannith, Nefarious, BloodTears, Ag Fox, ScreamingSteelUS, Mr. Doctor
Malthusian - Below The Hengiform
23.05.2015 | behemot clone rip of
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Poaching another Fenriz-Approved, stream it here.

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wormdrink414
Marcel Hubregtse
Sigh - Graveward
10.05.2015 | A Robust Slurry of Everything
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Sigh: the Pier Gerlofs Donia of extreme underwater basket-weaving, the Brough Superior SS100 of the 1805 Unspunnenfest, the Crank 2 of Tammany Hall, the Swabian Salute of double-corrugated, eight-fold, 14-gauge cardboard boxes. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but there's a little bit of everything - everything you didn't know you absolutely needed in a metal album.

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ScreamingSteelUS
Nefarious, Apothecary, Fat & Sassy!, Mr. Doctor, Introspekrieg, Deadsoulman, Ag Fox, Darkside Momo, Demonic Tutor
Native Construct - Quiet World
06.05.2015 | Haken
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Waiting for the new Haken already? Try Native Construct instead. Way too much fun!

For listening head over to Bandcamp.
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Ivor
BloodTears, Introspekrieg, ScreamingSteelUS, Nefarious
Område - Edari
29.04.2015 | Avantgarde

If you happen to like your avantgarde airy and dreamy, infused with a bit of electronica and trip-hop, if you tend to stack your avantgarde up against the likes of Ulver and Manes, then Område's début is something you will definitely not want to pass by.

Listen to "Mótsögn".
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Ivor
ScreamingSteelUS
Tribulation - The Children Of The Night
28.04.2015 | Oh well.

Perhaps less proggy, definitely less death metal-ly, definitely more concise. Definitely brilliant. Don't miss this gem.

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Daniell
Mr. Doctor, Nefarious, Apothecary, wormdrink414, Ag Fox, Marcel Hubregtse, Deadsoulman
Ghost Ship Octavius - Ghost Ship Octavius
18.04.2015 | Melodic/progressive metal

Matt Wicklund and Van Williams make a winning team in Ghost Ship Octavius's debut album. Their talent to produce intricate, hard-hitting songs combined with the soaring performance of vocalist Adōn Fanion reaches epic proportions. Dark in atmosphere and themes, Ghost Ship Octavius borrows elements like groovy riffs à la Nevermore and Communic, and the melodic virtuosity of the likes of Darkwater. Add outstanding solos and a grandiose sound to the equation, and you have a very auspicious start for this band.
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BloodTears
corrupt, psykometal, Promonex, Ag Fox
Dødheimsgard - A Umbra Omega
16.04.2015 | Avant-garde black with an industrial touch

If you haven't heard it yet, you're missing out. Dødheimsgard raise the creativity bar for experimental bands everywhere. Call it avant-garde, call it black, call it industrial, or call it post. This is a musical milestone that combines Dødheimsgard's unique extreme sound with a wide variety of influences and an unequalled vocalist duo. If metal is more for you than melodic riffs and blast beats, this is your album.

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corrupt
Apothecary, BloodTears, Mr. Doctor, ScreamingSteelUS
Santo Rostro - II: The Bleed
13.04.2015 | Spanish Stoner/Sludge
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Santo Rostro's sophomore effort is more riff-driven, mostly mid-paced stonerrific jams with power and just a dash of groove. Worthy of checking out? My advice, "Hunt It Down."

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BitterCOld
Deadsoulman, Abattoir
Judicator - At The Expense Of Humanity
03.04.2015 | US Power
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Def PM AOTY material right here

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psykometal
Mr. Doctor
Taiwaz - I Am All
01.04.2015 | Heavy

Half from 2014, half from 1988/89, all ugly as a whole.

Vocals are the highlight, stream it here
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wormdrink414
Fat & Sassy!
Deadworld - Deadworld
13.03.2015 | Blackened deathcore
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Some pretty bitchin' deathcore. Imagine good deathcore, kinda down-tempo, with some old school bm-style production.

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psykometal
Mr. Doctor, Deadsoulman, Ag Fox
Ethereal Shroud - They Became The Falling Ash
12.03.2015 | Black Metal
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"They Became The Falling Ash", the product of a one man project, is a great album. Not only worthy of checking out, possibly a brilliant soundtrack for nocturnal explorations for the creepier parts of town or country near you.

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BitterCOld
Mr. Doctor, Ag Fox, Deadsoulman, ScreamingSteelUS