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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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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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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
A Forest Of Stars - Beware The Sword You Cannot See
04.03.2015 | Gentlemen music!
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The gentlemen's club of A Forest Of Stars came again from the 1890's to bring us their fourth album of their unique take on atmospheric black metal.

Check it out on bandcamp!
Unless you prefer videos, then ckeck this and this!


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Darkside Momo
Mr. Doctor, Apothecary, wormdrink414, R'Vannith, Ag Fox, Deadsoulman, Demonic Tutor, ScreamingSteelUS, Introspekrieg
Death Karma - The History Of Death & Burial Rituals Part I
23.02.2015 | Transcendental black/death
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Infernal Vlad seems to like death. A lot. Death Karma is a new band that sees the Cult Of Fire front man teaming up with the band's drummer for a musical spectacle that can only be described as stunning. Black and death metal combine seamlessly, in a way that is both thundering and bang-able, but also eerily hypnotic and surprisingly catchy with its sense of groove and enhancement from Vlad's distinct sense of melody. If these guys needed any further proof that they're incredibly skilled composers, this is it. Early AOTY contender.

Bandcamp.

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Apothecary
wormdrink414, Mr. Doctor, Ag Fox
Shepherd - Stereolithic Riffalocalypse
10.02.2015 | Stoner/Sludge
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It's always weird listening to the tunes of an MS user. You are afraid they'll suck and then you'll have to let a cool dude know his tunes suck. No worries here, just crunchy riffs and tasty tunes. Really solid album. How solid? The best thing to come from India since chicken Tikka Masala.

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BitterCOld
Apothecary, Mr. Doctor, wormdrink414
Iron Fist - Boneshaker
08.02.2015 | punk/metal
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It's kinda like Midnight with a bigger beer gut.

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wormdrink414
Doc Godin, BitterCOld, Mr. Doctor
Beardfish - +4626-COMFORTZONE
30.01.2015 | Prog

Beardfish excel with their new album. It is an exercise in rhythms but it's also so much more. It will take you places because it's a bloody fantastic prog album. It is truly exciting music.

Listen in full here.
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Ivor
Fat & Sassy!, BloodTears, R'Vannith
Senmuth - Dakhmas
12.01.2015 | Industrial Siberian Khatru Metal
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What would happen if Genghis Khan traveled in time to our current era, stole Fredrik Thordendal's guitar, and then played an electronic symphony for himself back in the 1200s with it and his own little folk instruments while his hordes swept across the steppes of Russia? Why, Senmuth's Dakhmas would happen, of course.

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Apothecary
Susan