Staff picks


Nachtmystium - Addicts: Black Meddle, Part 2
20.07.2010 | Psychedelic Black metal

Back in 2008, Assassins created quite some buzz around the board, and Nachtmystium were, once again, highly praised for their abilities to color outside the lines.

Apparently it is up to me to generate the buzz around its successor Addicts; an intense album that likes walking the thin line between sheer brilliance and mental madness. The music is still out of this world, though in a different way than Part 1.

There's also a song that Stereogum describes as "Burzum On The Dance Floor"... You wouldn't want to miss THAT, would you?

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Troy Gallant, BitterCOld, Marcel Hubregtse, daniell_p, White Winter Sun, Doc Godin, Mr. Doctor, Darkside Momo, Ag Fox
Heaven Shall Burn - Invictus
13.07.2010 | Metalcore

Now here's a top-notch metalcore onslaught for you. Blazing metalcore rudeness with verve and panache, how it should be done... everyone else take note. Dig in to the feast of carnage.

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Collin, White Winter Sun, Promonex, Mr. Doctor, Darkside Momo, Ag Fox
Alice In Chains - Black Gives Way To Blue
06.07.2010 | Grunge / Heavy

Unexpectedly heard Alice In Chains perform last weekend when I dropped by the Werchter Festival for a few beers outside the festival grounds... Which reminded me they have a "new" album out. Had almost forgotten how rock-solid it is... Which reminded me to remind you they have a "new" album out.

The ideal soundtrack for a summer barbecue. You bring the beer, AIC'll bring the blues.

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BitterCOld, jupitreas, Dane Train, Jeff
Sick Of It All - Based On A True Story
10.06.2010 | Hardcore
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Listening to more Sick Of It All is a common treatment prescribed by most doctors. There's nothing unhealthy about top-notch old school New York Hard Core that will smash you against the walls. Plus it's good for your skin and neck-muscles.

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White Winter Sun, Vuvuzelas ftw
The Flight Of Sleipnir - Lore
28.05.2010 | Folk Doom / Stoner

"Incredibly captivating" - The New York Times

"An intriguing expose on the rampant use of folk-ish doom metal goods in the stoner industry" - Wall Street Journal

"Leaves the listener breathless and keen for more" - Daily News
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Dio - Holy Diver
17.05.2010 | For Ronnie James Dio...

Released exactly 27(!) years ago, this album is regarded as Dio's best work, and an undeniable classic in the heavy metal genre in general. Simple as that.

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Doc Godin, Darkside Momo, Marcel Hubregtse, Collin, BitterCOld, Jeff, White Winter Sun, fade, MoraWintersoul, Mr. Doctor, ScreamingSteelUS
The Angelic Process - Weighing Souls With Sand
24.04.2010 | Ambient / Drone

This week we commemorate the passing of The Angelic Process mastermind K. Angylus, who died two years ago. As a tribute, this staff pick is dedicated to one of the most phenomenal albums ever recorded. Weighing Souls With Sand is nothing short of a masterpiece. Period.

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Lucas, Marcel Hubregtse, Collin, Troy Gallant, Mr. Doctor, Ag Fox, !J.O.O.E.!
Overkill - Ironbound
17.04.2010 | Thrash! Thrash! Thrash!

Just in case you've been living in a cave or in complete denial for the past several weeks, here's a quick reminder there's a new Overkill album in stores. And it's something to be excited about since it's one of band's best efforts in many years. Get it while it's hot.

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Baz Anderson, Collin, White Winter Sun, daniell_p, BitterCOld, Troy Gallant, Darkside Momo
In Mourning - Monolith
10.04.2010 | Progressive Melodic Death metal

Monolith is easily among the most awesome releases I've heard all year. This addictive and hauntingly beautiful album is every reason why In Mourning are/should be top of the class.
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Collin, White Winter Sun, Nefarious, BloodTears, Ag Fox, Darkside Momo
Heathen - The Evolution Of Chaos
03.04.2010 | Thrash! Thrash! Thrash!
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In case you haven't heard the news, one of the best Thrash albums of 2010 has already been released. Don't make me say I told you so, but this album is totally awesome. And act surprised when they win a Metal Storm Award, okay?

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Baz Anderson, Marcel Hubregtse, White Winter Sun, BitterCOld, Darkside Momo
Life Of Agony - River Runs Red
27.03.2010 | Alternative metal

This week-end I'll be seeing Life Of Agony play their entire River Runs Red album live (needless to say I'm psyched). The perfect occasion for the both of us to dust off this old record. A real classic - they don't make them like that anymore.
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Marcel Hubregtse, Collin, Promonex, dismaleuphony, White Winter Sun, yields, jupitreas, Mr. Doctor, Ag Fox
Have A Nice Life - Deathconsciousness
20.03.2010 | Shoegaze / Post Punk / Black metal

Brilliant. Bewitching. Bright. Beautiful. Breathtaking. Bemusing... All that and so much more. Nothing short of a wonderful experience! In any case, a highly applauded album you should hear before you die.

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Mr. Doctor
Torture Division - Evighetens Dårar
13.03.2010 | Death effing metal

This is some good savage death metal. And yeah, it's more brutal than pitchfork-impalement insurance. Available for free download here. Terrorize those ears now, thank me later.
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After All - Cult Of Sin
05.03.2010 | Thrash! Thrash! Thrash!

Belgium's loudest export product are at it again. This is the kind of thrash metal that is cruel, angry, fast and as tight as a mosquito's ass. The bombardment of an album features guest appearances by members of King Diamond, Agent Steel, Armored Saint and Helstar. Are you listening yet?? Because you definitely should be...
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Anger As Art - Disfigure
26.02.2010 | Thrash! Thrash! Thrash!

In case you don't know Anger As Art, the band is basically the second incarnation of cult thrash band Abattoir (if you don't know Abattoir either, you have a lot of homework to do, boy). In case you don't know this album, it's basically one of the most overlooked thrash gems of the past year - no doubt. The album is an assault of neck-wrecking riff mania - no shit - and the level of aggression is simply off the charts. In case you still don't have a clue what I'm talking about, it's an in-your-face knock-out kind of album you should hear NOW!
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Marcel Hubregtse, White Winter Sun, Ag Fox