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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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R'Vannith
Kontinuum - Kyrr
07.06.2015 | Post
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This is a fantastic album. Awesomeness runs strong in this one beyond my expectations even. I love how some of the songs almost reach out into gothic territories. If amidst the Sólstafir drama you are looking for a new Icelandic favourite, this should definitely be your choice.

Head over to Bandcamp to give it a listen.
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Ivor
R'Vannith, Ag Fox, Deadsoulman, BloodTears, Nefarious, Demonic Tutor, Mr. Doctor, ScreamingSteelUS
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, Darkside Momo
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