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Deeds Of Flesh - Of What's To Come
01.03.2011 | Br00tal Death metal

There's a new Deeds Of Flesh coming up and nobody cared to inform the MS News department? Thanks for nothing, you pricks. Hope your ears explode when it's out.

Anyway, the band will start recording Portal to Canaan in May/June, with a late 2011 release through Unique Leader Records. There. In the meantime, please enjoy this monster of an album.
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Troy Gallant, Ag Fox
In Flames - The Jester Race
22.02.2011 | Gothenburg metal

Nostalgic reminder: exactly fifteen years ago melodic death metal was still a respectable genre instead of a curse word, and we all thought In Flames were the tits!

Crazy times, crazy times... now get the hell off my playground!

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Collin, !J.O.O.E.!, Darkside Momo, BloodTears, Mr. Doctor, White Winter Sun, MoraWintersoul
Year Of No Light - Ausserwelt
15.02.2011 | Post-Metal
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One of 2010's little treasures you might have missed... and certainly worthy of an Award *cough cough* Just saying.

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Marcel Hubregtse, !J.O.O.E.!, White Winter Sun, Collin, BitterCOld, Ag Fox, Mr. Doctor, Darkside Momo
Helstar - Glory Of Chaos
08.02.2011 | Thrash! Thrash! Thrash!

Not here to influence your voting decisions or anything... but uh, here's a reminder this band Helstar released one mighty fine record last year *cough cough* Just saying.
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BitterCOld, !J.O.O.E.!, Marcel Hubregtse, dismaleuphony, White Winter Sun
Lazarus A.D. - Black Rivers Flow
01.02.2011 | Thrash! Thrash! Thrash!

Thrashers rejoice! Because, lo and behold, here's the first noteworthy thrash album of 2011. Crank 'em loud!

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Despised Icon - The Healing Process
25.01.2011 | Deathcore

2010 was a pretty rough year for metal... But probably among the worst news of 2010 was the break-up of Despised Icon.

Sucky deathcore bands come a dime a dozen, but a really great deathcore band are the rarest of breeds. Which is why Despised Icon will be sorely missed.
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White Winter Sun
Metallica - St. Anger
18.01.2011 | Gimme Fue! Gimme Fai! Gimme Dabajabaza!

So the biggest metal band on the planet is turning 30 this year.

As the story goes, back in 1981, some dude called James Hetfield answered a newspaper ad by a certain Lars Ulrich... and the legend was born. 30 years later, the success story that is Metallica still remains unequaled.

Happy 30th birthday, Metallica!

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The Chant - This Is The World We Know
11.01.2011 | Suomi metal

Everything you need to know about this album and why you should listen to it, is clearly explained in this review... Jeez, how lazy can you get?

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Therapy? - We're Here To The End
04.01.2011 | Alternative metal

Some kick-ass live party music to get this New Year rolling in style...
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Thryce
Haarp - The Filth
28.12.2010 | Sludge / Doom

Some skull-crushing, filthy, oppressive sludgy doom metal to get you through the endless string of holiday hangovers...
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BitterCOld
Khlyst - Chaos Is My Name
21.12.2010 | Merry fucking Christmas!

Some cheerful Christmas carols to get you through the worst time of the year...

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!J.O.O.E.!, Mr. Doctor
Dark The Suns - Sleepwalking In A Nightmare
14.12.2010 | Gothic metal
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Some melancholic dark metal to get you into the season's spirit...

(Definitely not their best release though.)

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Ag Fox
Coffinworm - When All Became None
07.12.2010 | Doom / Sludge / Black
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It's December, and the traditional end-of-year-list season is coming up... Which is why I'll provide you with yet another awesome tip, so your own silly best of 2010 list will already look a little less terrible. You're very welcome.

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Marcel Hubregtse, daniell_p, !J.O.O.E.!, Doc Godin, BitterCOld, Troy Gallant, White Winter Sun, Mr. Doctor
The Ocean - Anthropocentric
30.11.2010 | Ambient Soundtrack Doomrock
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The new The Ocean album is much better than the other new The Ocean album.

The album lies perfectly in line with its predecessor, with the sole difference that Anthropocentric shows aggression, heaviness, power and, well, everything else Heliocentric was lacking.
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Mr. Doctor
Altars Of Destruction - Gallery Of Pain
23.11.2010 | Thrash! Thrash! Thrash!

24 years after the band's conception, one of the best-kept secrets in the Finnish thrash metal underground has finally released its debut full-length. Needless to say Altars Of Destruction will be kicking ass up and down the scene with this beast of an album.
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White Winter Sun, BitterCOld