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Intronaut - Valley Of Smoke
16.11.2010 | Progressive Post-Metal / Sludge
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It's always a thrill when hyped bands such as Intronaut release new material, but fortunately the band delivers! An album that changes colors every time you give it a listen.

Hop on the Intronaut bandwagon or get out of the way, bitch.
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Thryce
Dane Train, White Winter Sun, BitterCOld, BloodTears
Rosetta - A Determinism Of Morality
09.11.2010 | Post-Metal / Atmospheric Sludge / Ambient
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Definitely among the best albums of the year. Rosetta are pushing the boundaries of metal once again, practically raising it to a form of art. Brilliant release through and through!
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BitterCOld, White Winter Sun, DreamWeaver, Ag Fox, Mr. Doctor
War From A Harlots Mouth - MMX
02.11.2010 | Mathcore / Technical Metalcore / Jazz

New War From A Harlots Mouth album! New War From A Harlots Mouth album!
New War From A Harlots Mouth album! New War From A Harlots Mouth album!

Here's the stream link... you know what to do.
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Thryce
Collin, Mr. Doctor
The Man-Eating Tree - Vine
26.10.2010 | Suomi metal

Clear melancholia and pure sadness, the essential Finnish way. Just delightful, isn't it?
And just like that, a little piece of Sentenced lives on. Winter cannot come fast enough...
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Thryce
Ion Dissonance - Cursed
19.10.2010 | Deathcore

If there's one worthwhile deathcore album released in 2010, that you'll still be playing when you're old and flatulent, it's Ion Dissonance's meteorite of a record. Intelligent deathcore that will wreck your head!

(Thanks again Dangerboner for the tip!)
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!J.O.O.E.!, Mr. Doctor
System Divide - The Conscious Sedation
12.10.2010 | Melodic Death metal

Modern melodic death metal never sounded so fresh... and surpassingly versatile... and crushing.

Spiced up with the female vocals of ex-Distorted singer Miri Milman, Aborted frontman Sven de Caluwé is back with another unforgiving assault of an album!
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White Winter Sun, Ag Fox
Insomnium - Across The Dark
21.09.2010 | Melancholic Melodic Death metal
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Gentle reminder: Insomnium is awesome.


FYI, there's also a new Insomnium song, "Weather Storm", online. Rare and previously unreleased. All you have to do is share this link on Facebook or Twitter to receive a free download of the song (plus a track by some band called Dark Tranquillity), or wait until some wise guy uploads the whole thing on YouTube. The song features a guest appearance by Mikael Stanne.

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Thryce
Promonex, Troy Gallant, Dane Train, White Winter Sun, Mr. Doctor, MoraWintersoul
With Abandon - Maturation
14.09.2010 | Mathcore / Technical Hardcore / Deathcore

Pretty good stuff. And with good I mean twisted, heavy-as-fuck and delightfully disfigured. Probably more metal than you can handle, but still, it's sure as shit worth giving a shot.

FREE download available here.

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GT
Cephalic Carnage - Misled By Certainty
07.09.2010 | Experimental death-grind

Cephalic Carnage is the kind of trip you can't make sober. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll whoe. You'll whoa. You'll dance the night away in trance... only to wake up in a dumpster five hours later.

God, I ♥ progressive disco.

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Thryce
Troy Gallant, Promonex, Marcel Hubregtse, White Winter Sun, Mr. Doctor
Battle Of Mice - A Day Of Nights
31.08.2010 | Post-Metal

Exactly one year ago, post-metal "super-group" Battle Of Mice broke up. Not enough Kleenex boxes can describe the tragedy of this event, as they really could have accomplished so much more together...

To commemorate this sad anniversary, I want you to play the band's only full-length album over and over and over again, and be stunned by its many layers of sheer brilliance. Sleep and dream...
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Doc Godin, Mr. Doctor
God Is An Astronaut - Age Of The Fifth Sun
24.08.2010 | Instrumental Post-Rock

This is an album that is as awesomely relaxing as it is uplifting. Perfectly suited for a non-metal coffee break!

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White Winter Sun, Ag Fox
Angelus Apatrida - Clockwork
17.08.2010 | Thrash! Thrash! Thrash!

Why re-invent the wheel, when you can keep it classy and old school? This is solid and entertaining thrash, with a certain old-and-thus-good Megadeth caliber. You should really give these guys a shot if you're remotely into thrash.

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Thryce
Lacrimas Profundere - The Grandiose Nowhere
10.08.2010 | Gothic metal
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"This is so unexpected. We got ALL the votes? Wow.

Thanks goes out to the bitch that inspired this heartfelt and sorrowful album. Your fine sense for melodrama will for always reflect in the somber and emotive atmosphere of this majestic album. Also thanks to our singer Vitacca who really carries this album with his distressing vocals.

Peace."

-- Lacrimas Profundere's acceptance speech during the Metal Storm Awards 2010 Gala, March 2011.

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Thryce
Landmine Marathon - Sovereign Descent
03.08.2010 | Bolivian panpipe music

Tired of all that heavy shit I've been recommending lately? Yeah, me too. Here's something to relax.

Landmine Marathon's soothing lullabies will put you into a peaceful slumber in no time. Get comfortable on these meditative tunes that are everything but face-ripping. Lay back and concentrate on that calm voice, which sounds nowhere near ferocious female grunts and screams. And enjoy those beautiful dreams of not being a giant pussy.
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BitterCOld, Troy Gallant, Mr. Doctor
Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire - Songs Of Ill Hope And Desperation
27.07.2010 | Grindcore / Sludge / more Grindcore
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Easily the discovery of the year; this band just slays babies.

Obliterating everything within sight, this album is a crushing and punishing assault of pure metal mayhem with a twist. Wish I had lost my virginity to this harsh and merciless album...

Highly recommended!

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Thryce
Troy Gallant, Mr. Doctor