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Krallice - Dimensional Bleedthrough
05.03.2010 | Black Metal
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fantastic follow-up to their self-titled release. seemed to fly a bit under the radar last year, and, honestly, it took me a while to appreciate it. you can find a full review of the album here.

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BitterCOld
Marcel Hubregtse, Troy Gallant, Mr. Doctor
Heavenly - Carpe Diem
05.03.2010 | Power metal

Fifth album from these French power metallers. Not only is this album cheesy as hell, it has a ton of Queen influence on it. This is basically a power metal version of Queen. You'll need your cheese shields for this one, if not for the music then the cover!
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Baz Anderson
GT, ScreamingSteelUS
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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Thryce
White Winter Sun
Autopsy - Horrific Obsession
01.03.2010 | Good old Death Metal
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A 2 song EP. Recorded in 2008 and released in early 2009 by US legends Autopsy.

Two songs might not be a lot, but this EP accomplishes something rare nowadays, first, it doesn't spoil the band's "Legacy", second, it just kicks ass. This is pure Autopsy in the vein of Mental Funeral. A no brainer for fans of the band.

Mid-tempo crushing death metal with a doomish feeling like only Autopsy can make. Recommended.
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yields
Marcel Hubregtse, Mr. Doctor
Sepia Dreamer - The Sublime
28.02.2010 | Instrumental Progressive Metal

The Sublime is a long-time favourite of mine and has been part of my top 4 albums since I first listened to it. Above everything else this album is grand, epic and intricate in its own elegant way. Emotional and full of mood-swings, it seems delicate at times and radiating with power at others. With its many facetes this release defies genre boundaries and sounds more complete than it ever could with vocals.

Sepia Dreamer's The Sublime isn't exactly easy to get into on initial listening, but believe me, it's well worth the try. If you feel up to the challenge you can give "Capitulation" (the last track of the album and the only one off it on their myspace page) a shot!

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Bas
Darkside Momo, Lucas
Asylum Pyre - Natural Instinct?
27.02.2010 | Symphonic metal
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This is one of the best albums of last year that reached me and I am glad it did. This French ensemble makes some modest but good quality symphonic metal with some progressive elements. The overall impression has some similarities with the early works of Nightwish. The best feature of the band is the blend of the classical female vocals and clean male singing.

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Hobbit Viggo
Dane Train, Bas
Oranssi Pazuzu - Muukalainen Puhuu
27.02.2010 | Psychonaut Black metal
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Muukalainen Puhuu is the perfect album for the seasoned space traveller. Their bewildered, chaotic and inventive style of Black metal incorporates krautrock and psychedelica (and more!) coupled with a cosmic theme and massively spaced-out vibe. If you're in need of a holiday for the soul, drop some acid and spin this baby.

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Lucas
Collin, Bararey, BitterCOld, yields, White Winter Sun, Jeff, Troy Gallant, Mr. Doctor, !J.O.O.E.!, Darkside Momo
Orphaned Land - The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR
26.02.2010 | Progressive Folk Metal

Released one month ago, it hasn't leaved my CD played (or my Ipod) since.
It's been six long years since Orphaned Land offered us the wonderful Mabool. Did they do better? I honestly can't say... But who cares? Both are awesome masterpieces of metal, extreme, folk, prog, melody, all of that and more.
So, come abroad in this musical journey, following a soul lost in darkness that becomes a warrior of light...
Definitely an album to be experienced, not merely listened to.

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Darkside Momo
Dane Train, White Winter Sun, Collin, Jeff, BloodTears
High On Fire - Snakes For The Divine
26.02.2010 | Sludge/Stoner
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Came out on Tuesday and has dominated my cd tray since. The production allows the bass and drum support, usually overshadowed by Pike's mighty axe, to shine through as well. This power trio is ugly, dirty, loud, barbaric, and tight. \m/

FROST HAMMERRRRRRRR!

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BitterCOld
Doc Godin, Collin, Marcel Hubregtse, Jeff, Mr. Doctor
Dream Evil - In The Night
26.02.2010 | Heavy Power metal

Dream Evil are back. These guys always put out top class heavy metal, and they've done it once more. This album isn't quite so catchy as a whole than some past albums, but the overall package is one of great solidarity. Some songs will make you think Judas Priest, others will make you laugh. These guys have a sense of humour, and aren't afraid to put it into the music. "In The Night" is a terribly addictive album that'll have you hooked. Extremely likeable, memorable, heavy power metal.
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Baz Anderson
GT
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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Thryce
Marcel Hubregtse, White Winter Sun, Ag Fox
Ghost Brigade - Isolation Songs
26.02.2010 | Atmospheric Sludge metal
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There's something about this album that makes you want to play it again and again. Isolation Songs is very addictive indeed, with a multitude of catchy riffs and hooks. Each song is separately memorable, but they also work very well as a whole, flowing naturally from one into another, balancing between being aggressively rough and hauntingly melancholic, with a lot of acoustic passages and clean vocals. Isolation Songs sounds like a cross between Dark Tranquillity and Porcupine Tree, with a unique powerful atmosphere that lingers long after the last song stops.

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Ivan
Marcel Hubregtse, Thryce, Promonex, Darkside Momo, White Winter Sun, Collin, BloodTears, Nefarious
Process Of Guilt - Erosion
26.02.2010 | Doom with post metal influences

Erosion is the stand-out album of 2009. The Portuguese gloom masters Process Of Guilt have really come into a sound of their own with this seminal album mixing death/doom with post metal influences hence creating some sort of post doom. A modern day classic is what Erosion is and hopefully the band's breakthrough album to the metal world outside of the doom scene and Portugal.

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Marcel Hubregtse
Collin, BitterCOld, Darkside Momo, dismaleuphony, Lucas, White Winter Sun, Götter, Troy Gallant, Nefarious, Mr. Doctor