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2023: Jan-Jun


Same deal as always - scenes if I somehow manage to break the 1200-album record I hit last year

Created by: musclassia | 04.01.2023



1. Sermon - Of Golden Verse
[9.0] - Every bit as dope as I would hope the follow-up to Birth Of The Marvellous would be, and with a bit more range included too.
2. Ne Obliviscaris - Exul
[9.0] - Another great listen from NeO; Misericorde joins the pantheon of their best songs.
3. Fvnerals - Let The Earth Be Silent
[8.5] - Take Chelsea Wolfe's Abyss, make it doomier and more metallic, and you're approaching the majesty of this record.
4. Enslaved - Heimdal
[8.5]
5. Moonreich - Amer
[8.5]
6. Omnerod - The Amensal Rise
[8.5]
7. Natt - Natt
[8.5] - Fascinating instrumental post-rock/metal/krautrock, two excellent first songs, then the final track goes beyond this to become celestial drone (metal), fantastic record.
8. Entropia - Total
[8.5]
9. Insomnium - Anno 1696
[8.5]
10. Katie Gately - Fawn / Brute
[8.5]
11. Fires In The Distance - Air Not Meant For Us
[8.0]
12. Pronostic - Chaotic Upheaval
[8.0
13. Ikarie - Arde
[8.0]
14. The Black Cat's Eye - The Empty Space Between A Seamount And Shock​-​Headed Julia
[8.0]
15. Hypno5e - Sheol
[8.0]
16. Unfurl - Ascension
[8.0]
17. Rezn - Solace
[8.0]
18. Khan - Creatures
[8.0]
19. The Ocean - Holocene
[8.0]
20. Oak - Disintegrate
[8.0]
21. Witch Ripper - The Flight After The Fall
[8.0]
22. Seek - Kokyou De Shinu Otoko
[8.0] - Bulldozing sludge debut from Japan.
23. Herod - Iconoclast
[8.0]
24. Nebulae Come Sweet - De Lumi​è​re
[8.0]
25. Caratucay - Nocturnes Of The Incarcerated
[8.0]
26. Vulture Industries - Ghosts From The Past
[8.0]
27. Death Engine - Ocean
[8.0]
28. Miserere Luminis - Ordalie
[8.0] - Strong post-black release with piano/orchestral passages to add atmosphere.
29. Riverside - ID.Entity
[8.0]
30. Hollow Hour - Till The Grey Skies Are Gone
[8.0]
31. Ocean Of Grief - Pale Existence
[8.0]
32. Insomnium - Songs Of The Dusk
[8.0]
33. Lethvm - Winterreise
[8.0]
34. Cursebinder - Drifting
[8.0] - Pretty damn decent atmospheric post-black.
35. The World Is Quiet Here - Zon
[8.0]
36. Scáth Na Déithe - Virulent Providence
[8.0]
37. Bizarrekult - Den Tapte Krigen
[8.0] - Very solid, emotional, post-y black-y metal.
38. Silent Whale Becomes A Dream - North
[8.0] - Elite post-rock band produces elite post-rock EP, they really have an aura that so many of their peers lack.
39. Cattle Decapitation - Terrasite
[8.0]
40. S​ó​l Án Varma - S​ó​l Án Varma
[8.0] - Slightly too long, but very strong Icelandic BM debut with good mix of riffs, atmosphere and melodic hints.
41. Kalmah - Kalmah
[8.0]
42. Mental Cruelty - Zwielicht
[8.0] - Lorna Shore-esque blackened symph-deathcore.
43. Sworn - A Journey Told Through Fire
[8.0]
44. The Arcane Order - Distortions From Cosmogony
[8.0]
45. Anachronism - Meanders
[8.0]
46. Bosco Sacro - Gem
[8.0] - Really nice gloomy atmospheric rock/slightly metal release.
47. Atavistia - Cosmic Warfare
[8.0]
48. Ring Of Gyges - Metamorphosis
[8.0]
49. Lo! - The Gleaners
[8.0] - Malevolent sludge-heavy post-metal with darkness and intensity.
50. At The Altar Of The Horned God - Heart Of Silence
[8.0]
51. Suotana - Ounas I
[8.0] - Very entertaining extreme power/melodeath with lots of innate hookiness.
52. Lunar Chamber - Shambhallic Vibrations
[8.0]
53. Hasard - Malivore
[8.0]
54. Arkona - Kob'
[8.0]
55. Hills Like White Lions - Meander
[8.0] - Posty, proggy stuff that sounds fairly unique and evocative.
56. Nightmarer - Deformity Adrift
[8.0] - Unusual, doomy and dense disso-death.
57. Sunrot - The Unfailing Rope
[8.0] - Malevolent sludge doom with some malicious grimness but also surprising hints of levity.
58. Entheos - Time Will Take Us All
[8.0] - Pretty great progressive deathcore that sounds great in deathcore, djent, tech-death or prog mode.
59. Blindfolded And Led To The Woods - Rejecting Obliteration
[8.0] - Great mix of tech-death, deathcore, and other proggy and more melodic sounds.
60. Pupil Slicer - Blossom
[8.0]
61. Pa Vesh En - Martyrs
[8.0]
62. Henget - Beyond North Star
[8.0] - Bold stylistic mix of black, prog death, and some other quirks.
63. Nemesis Sopor - Firmament
[8.0] - Emphatic, powerful, blast-heavy post-tinged black metal effort.
64. Úkryt - 1897
[8.0] - A more blackened version of Year Of No Light/Silent Whale Becomes A Dream, pretty awe-inspiring in its grandest moments.
65. Carnosus - Visions Of Infinihility
[8.0] - Good mix of riffs, solos and venom on this modern-sounding DM effort.
66. Vortesvin - The Beauty Of Extinction
[8.0] - Excessive at 83 minutes long, but it's actually a very solid prog death/black album with good musical extremes and moments.
67. Ethir Anduin - Холод
[8.0] - Strong, diverse, melodically inclined black metal with other elements in there.
68. Håndgemeng - Ultraritual
[8.0]
69. Telos - Delude
[8.0]
70. Kostnatění - Úpal
[8.0] - Demented avant-garde black metal with bizarre dissonance and weird folkish tones.
71. Saturnus - The Storm Within
[8.0]
72. Contemporary Noise Ensemble - An Excellent Spiritual Serviceman
[8.0] - Really enjoyable Cinematic Orchestra-style soft jazzy post-rock.
73. Shores Of Null - The Loss Of Beauty
[8.0] - Rich, melody-heavy quasi-extreme doom record with excellent vocals.
74. Thy Catafalque - Alföld
[8.0]
75. Late Night Venture - V: Bones Of The Extinct
[8.0] - Sounds a lot like Amenra mixed with Gloson, but is satisfying like both those bands can be.
76. Healthyliving - Songs Of Abundance, Psalms Of Grief
[8.0] - Chelsea Wolfecore/doom, subdued and haunting.
77. Dirge (IND) - Dirge
[8.0] - I'm disappointed that a post-metal album by Dirge doesn't indicate a return from the French band, but this Indian group are also very proficient at textured, atmospheric post-metal.
78. Mammal Hands - Gift From The Trees
[8.0] - Really nice Portico Quartet/GoGo Penguin-style jazz.
79. Derhead - The Grey Zone Phobia
[8.0] - Strong frenetic black metal with plenty of blasting and subtle psychedelic hints.
80. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - PetroDragonic Apocalypse; Or, Dawn Of Eternal Night: An Annihilation Of Planet Earth And The Beginning Of Merciless Damnation
[8.0] - Ridiculous name, solid album.
81. ...And Oceans - As In Gardens, So In Tombs
[8.0]
82. 3xperimental - Cosmic Tales
[8.0] - The name fits - this is an oddball, eclectic display of meloblack with industrial, electronic, symphonic, post-metal and other elements on top.
83. Hyldr - Order Of The Mist
[8.0] - Very decent gothic doom debut with some unexpected musical detours.
84. Sarmat - Determined To Strike
[8.0]
85. Anatomy Of Habit - Black Openings
[8.0] - Unconventional post-metal with post-punk, industrial and death rock elements.
86. Remote Viewing - Modern Addictions
[8.0] - Solid slab of grim sludge with venom alongside some quieter noise rock moments.
87. Rye - В​с​ё
[8.0] - More stylistically consistent than the half-blackgaze/half-funeral doom debut, this ambient atmo-black release has a nice mix of approaches and subtle melody (with a little funeral doom return in the last song).
88. Gorod - The Orb
[8.0] - Upper-tier prog/tech-death, the jam midway through We Are The Sun Gods is dope.
89. Kanaan - Downpour
[8.0] - Exciting heavy psych rock bonanza.
90. Ironmaster - Weapons Of Spiritual Carnage
[8.0] - 2000s Behemoth-esque death metal juggernaut, a lot of fun.
91. Okhema - Okhema
[8.0] - Sharp-edged, impressive meloblack debut.
92. Iron Buddha - Raze//Repose
[8.0] - Tasty sludge with post/mathy bits.
93. Downfall Of Gaia - Silhouettes Of Disgust
[8.0] - Fairly gazey post-black.
94. Deviser - Evil Summons Evil
[8.0] - Very catchy meloblack.
95. Austere - Corrosion Of Hearts
[8.0]
96. Guts Club - Cliffs/Walls
[8.0] - Drone with noise rock vibes, works really well having the slow heavy drums building suspense.
97. Predatory Void - Seven Keys To The Discomfort Of Being
[7.5] - More malicious side-project than the day job of 2 Amenra members.
98. For I Am King - Crown
[7.5]
99. Karmanjakah - Ancient Skills
[7.5]
100. Yawning Man - Long Walk Of The Navajo
[7.5] - Really pleasant instrumental psych rock jam record.
101. Fromjoy - Fromjoy
[7.5] - Weird, eclectic, chaotic, diverse X-core.
102. Antrisch - Expedition II: Die Passage
[7.5] - Very respectable high-energy meloblack debut.
103. Autumn Tears - Guardian Of The Pale
[7.5]
104. Samtar - Shadow Of The King's Charade
[7.5]
105. Harboured - Harboured
[7.5]
106. Isolde Laseon - Oh Dear
[7.5] - Really nice tone to these moody understated pop-style songs.
107. Úlfúð - Of Existential Distortion
[7.5]
108. Koronus - Sentinel
[7.5]
109. The Infinity Ring - Nemesis & Nativity
[7.5] - Nice moody gothy dark folk.
110. Balmong - Covenants Of Salt
[7.5] - Feisty 20-minute single-song black metal EP.
111. Polymoon - Chrysalis
[7.5] - Very solid prog/psych rock.
112. Wooden Veins - Imploding Waves
[7.5] - Strong proggy gothic doom debut, bit Ghost Brigade-y.
113. Dødheimsgard - Black Medium Current
[7.5]
114. Black Orchid Empire - Tempus Veritas
[7.5]
115. Nospūn - Opus
[7.5]
116. A Constant Knowledge Of Death - Dissecting A One-Winged Bird
[7.5] - Grisly deathened proggy sludge/post-metal trudge.
117. M83 - Fantasy
[7.5]
118. Man Must Die - The Pain Behind It All
[7.5] - Really decent death that goes in a few different directions - groovy, techy, atmos/melodic - but manages to be consistently unpredictable and satisfying.
119. WuW - L'Orchaostre
[7.5]
120. They Watch Us From The Moon - Cosmic Chronicles, Act I: The Ascension
[7.5]
121. Paenil Era - Deviere
[7.5]
122. Zopp - Dominion
[7.5] - Another cool Canterbury-style album, with occasional vocals now too.
123. Big Brave - Nature Morte
[7.5] - Another solid effort from these dronesters, love the percussion and vibe.
124. Thantifaxath - Hive Mind Narcosis
[7.5] - Contorted, unorthodox, savage black metal; it's pretty great.
125. Periphery - Periphery V: Djent Is Not A Genre
[7.5]
126. Hwaino - Ashes Of The World Tree
[7.5] - Tender, evocative blackgaze/post-rock.
127. Eterknight - Forgotten Tales
[7.5] - Fun, super-energetic folk power debut.
128. Klone - Meanwhile
[7.5] - Another very enjoyable proggy alt album from these guys that is just below being great.
129. Einar Solberg - 16
[7.5] - Long and has a couple of missteps, but it's a very solid record overall.
130. Host - IX
[7.5] - Neat return to the goth rock times from the Paradise Lost cohort.
131. HamaSaari - Ineffable
[7.5] - Nicely atmospheric modern prog album, it has its heavy moments but is quite mellow too.
132. Smote - Genog
[7.5] - Cool psychedelic drone folk stuff, gets heavy on some tracks but others are more dreamy psych rock.
133. Vintersea - Woven Into Ashes
[7.5] - Varied mix of styles; perhaps slips at moments in how seamlessly the styls are integrated, but it's a good album all in all.
134. Ocular Trauma - The Dissection Of Tragedy
[7.5] - Very solid techy-death 25-min EP.
135. Teitan - In Oculus Abyss
[7.5] - Cacophonic avant-garde black metal with lots of demented samples and sound effects.
136. Akilla - The Gods Have Spoken
[7.5] - Very Insomnium-esque, and very enjoyable as a result.
137. Bongzilla - Dab City
[7.5] - Droney, sludgy stoner with swagger.
138. Thron - Dust
[7.5] - Super-riffy quasi-melodic black metal; The Golden Calf is a banger.
139. Void Of Light - Enshroud
[7.5] - Solid two-track blackened post-metal EP.
140. Dark Sanctuary - Cernunnos
[7.5] - Love the strings on the title track; really nice understated neoclassical darkwave.
141. Pandrador - Seiðr
[7.5] - Solid death metal, some OSDM hints but also some more modern and more evil sounds.
142. Cypherium - Moral Injury
[7.5]
143. Outlaw - Reaching Beyond Assiah
[7.5] - Riff-heavy meloblack with everything important down pat, albeit with relatively few frills.
144. Viscera - Carcinogenesis
[7.5] - Solid deathcore with good riffs, decent breakdowns and nice melodic guitar moments.
145. The Devil's Trade x JOHN CXNNOR - Live At Roadburn 2022
[7.5] - Nice to get to hear this performance again.
146. Nerve End - The Cycle
[7.5] - Nifty djent-prog with djent-heavy riffing, an upbeat melodic aura and emotive vocals.
147. Marianas Rest - Auer
[7.5] - More lush melodeath/doom with Insomnium-esque and Ghost Brigade-esque songs.
148. Shodan - None Shall Prevail
[7.5] - Polish death, proggier than Dormant Ordeal and not quite as great.
149. Raze The Void - Para Sempre
[7.5] - Melodeath/doom - parts of it are pretty unnoteworthy, but damn is Edge Of The Universe lovely.
150. Walg - III
[7.5] - Exciting high-energy meloblack record.
151. Leiþa - Reue
[7.5] - Slightly questionable spoken vocals on track 2 aside, this is a really decent meloblack release, enjoyed it a lot.
152. Conjoined Twin Octopus - The Infinite Pregnancy
[7.5] - Fascinating genre-hopping madness.
153. Druids Of Eld - A Day Of Sorrow
[7.5]
154. Inherus - Beholden
[7.5]
155. Kaksonen - Universumin Kuningas
[7.5]
156. Bríi - Último Ancestral Comum
[7.5] - Production hinders it in places, but overall it's another solid black/electro outing from Bríi.
157. The Machine - Wave Cannon
[7.5]
158. Chronicle - Where Chaos Thrives
[7.5] - High-tempo Gothenburg with tech-death slant.
159. Ignea - Dreams Of Lands Unseen
[7.5] - Enjoyable symph-lite prog with pleasantly gentle lead vocals.
160. 71TONMAN - Of End Times
[7.5] - Devastatingly heavy doomy sludge.
161. ALL HANDS_MAKE LIGHT - "Darling The Dawn"
[7.5] - Ethereal ambient post-'rock'.
162. Santo Rostro - Despu​é​s No Habrá Nada
[7.5]
163. Mélancolia - HissThroughRottenTeeth
[7.5] - Fairly monstruous and tasty blackened deathcore with slight post- and symph features.
164. The Motion Mosaic - Limbo Conditions
[7.5] - Really dig these guys, hope there's more on the way.
165. The Eating Cave - The Miscalculation
[7.5] - Ballistic, frenetic proggy tech-death.
166. TDK - Nemesta
[7.5] - Exuberant mesh of jazz, math rock, prog, and post-metal that works pretty well.
167. 66crusher - Limbo
[7.5] - Starts off as thrash but ends up closer to something like Evergrey, pretty solid album.
168. Ruadh - 1296
[7.5]
169. Cloak - Black Flame Eternal
[7.5]
170. Crown Lands - Fearless
[7.5]
171. Hexer - Abyssal
[7.5] - Solid non-conventional sludge album with a few different musical flavours, both lighter and more primitive.
172. Skrying Mirror - Omnimalevolence
[7.5] - Densely atmospheric extreme industrial metal album, it's weird and unorthodox but also rather satisfying.
173. Venuvian - Lost
[7.5]
174. GoGo Penguin - Everything Is Going To Be OK
[7.5]
175. Onheil - In Black Ashes
[7.5]
176. Summer Haze '99 - Inevitable
[7.5]
177. Witte Wieven - Dwaallicht
[7.5] - At-times post-y, at times melodic/atmo, black metal.
178. Stömb - Massive Disturbed Meta Art
[7.5]
179. PoiL & Junko Ueda - PoiL / Ueda
[7.5] - Hypnotic, cacophonic psych rock.
180. Vorna - Aamunkoi
[7.5] - Warm, melancholic pagan/meloblack - has somee Tyr and Vintersorg to it, particularly vocally.
181. Contrarian - Sage Of Shekhinah
[7.5] - Weird but fairly compelling proggy/techy death taking clear influence from the 90s Florida tech-death bands like Atheist, Cynic and later Death.
182. Royal Thunder - Rebuilding The Mountain
[7.5]
183. Wallowing - Earth Reaper
[7.5]
184. Velaraas - Pantheon
[7.5] - Prog/tech death with some TBDM-ish melodeath at times too.
185. Sacred Outcry - Towers Of Gold
[7.5] - Heiman makes another power metal band great.
186. Seven Impale - Summit
[7.5] - Intriguing jazzy prog rock with heavy metallic moments.
187. Legacy Of Brutality - Travellers To Nowhere
[7.5] - Retro-death metal with melodeath/folk melodies woven in.
188. MOOR - Heavy Heart
[7.5] - Bleak sludge doom with a lot of tragedy in its making.
189. Isiliel - 月​虹​創​聖​記
[7.5] - Nice mix of power metal with folk, symphonic and other elements.
190. Gyrdleah - Spellbinder
[7.5] - One-man black metal debut album a long time in the making, pretty solid now that it's here.
191. Undrask - God Emperor
[7.5] - Solid, fun melodeath release.
192. Aetherius Obscuritas - A Sors Sz​ü​rke Pora
[7.5]
193. Hellripper - Warlocks Grim & Withered Hags
[7.5]
194. Krigsgrav - Fires In The Fall
[7.5]
195. Rană - Richtfeuer
[7.5] - Lengthy, crusty BM songs with a few quirks, such as the more melodic hardcore ending of the last one.
196. Johnny The Boy - You
[7.5] - Sludge/post-black distinctive sound from CBP members.
197. Vexing - Grand Reproach
[7.5] - Solid sludge debut with proggy inclinations; slightly hindered by muted production.
198. Fjoergyn - Judasmesse
[7.5] - Peculiar meloblack with clean singing/spoken word - a bit like something like Lifelover.
199. Vnder A Crvmbling Moon - I: Oblivion
[7.5] - Prefer the sludgier parts to the funeral doom.
200. Keep Of Kalessin - Katharsis
[7.5] - Enjoyably dramatic and epic symph-meloblack.
201. Godflesh - Purge
[7.5]
202. Krallice - Porous Resonance Abyss
[7.5]
203. Corpus Necromanthum - He ... Who Suffers Knowledge
[7.5] - Solid blackened death effort.
204. Lurk - Aegis
[7.5]
205. Dawn Of Ouroboros - Velvet Incandescence
[7.5]
206. Phlebotomized - Clouds Of Confusion
[7.5] - Pretty cool proggy melodeath with more extreme current; keys are a bit cheesy though.
207. Maulén - El Miedo De Amar Pero Igual Lo Hago
[7.5]
208. Haken - Fauna
[7.5]
209. Barren Heir - Died Down
[7.5] - Post-tinged brooding, menacing sludge album.
210. Oath Of Cranes - The Unsung Mantras
[7.5]
211. The Acacia Strain - Failure Will Follow
[7.5] - Fun sludge doom.
212. Omnium Gatherum - Slasher
[7.5] - Cheesy Maniac cover, but this is as lush as ever for OG.
213. Itself - The Absence
[7.5] - Lively, groovy tech-death with some symphonic bombast and other oddities.
214. Craving - Call Of The Sirens
[7.5] - Up-tempo catchy meloblack/folk.
215. Abyssal - Sepulchorporeal / Amore
[7.5]
216. As Light Dies - The Laniakea Architecture Vol​. ​II
[7.5] - Unusual, unpredictable mix of black, prog, doom and other styles.
217. Hex A.D. - Delightful Sharp Edges
[7.5] - I liked this one more than the predecessor.
218. Usnea - Bathed In Light
[7.5] - Sludgy, blackened funeral doom, works well.
219. The Anchoret - It All Began With Loneliness
[7.5]
220. Poltergeist - Impressions Of The Bizarre And The Uncanny
[7.5] - Gnarly Meshuggah-leaning lengthy EP.
221. Xandria - The Wonders Still Awaiting
[7.5]
222. Horizon's End - The Great Destroyer
[7.5]
223. Conspiracy Of Zero - Ahthos Arouris
[7.5] - Starts off as fairly unassuming death metal, but evolves quite impressively, particularly with the clean solos on the likes of Ahthos Arouris I.
224. Aiming For Enrike - Empty Airports
[7.5]
225. Lazaret - Emphasis
[7.5] - By-the-book but potently evocative post with samples.
226. Halls Of Oblivion - Eighteen Hundred And Froze To Death
[7.5] - Intriguing melodeath with blackgaze and meloblack elements.
227. Victory Over The Sun - Dance You Monster To My Soft Song!
[7.5] - More approachable than the last one.
228. Moral Collapse - Divine Prosthetics
[7.5] - Malevolent proggy tech-death with some omious harsher noise passages.
229. Ugly - Autograph
[7.5] - Grim doomy industrial-tinged sludge.
230. The Bipolar Disorder Project - Black
[7.5] - A short-but-pleasant album from a gone-too-soon artist.
231. Stormhaven - Blindsight
[7.5] - Opethy prog death, not sold on the clean vox totally but decent record.
232. Back To R'lyeh - The Break
[7.5] - Solid EP that's exuberant and unpredictable without being obnoxious.
233. Mystic Circle - Erzdämon
[7.5] - Lively meloblack with some cool lead shredding bits in there.
234. Ignominy - Imminent Collapse
[7.5] - It's not the best disso-death album, but it's a good demonstration of how easily I get into disso-death.
235. Räum - Cursed By The Crown
[7.5] - Blast-heavy but gripping post-tinged black metal.
236. Afraid Of Destiny - Contra Omnes
[7.5] - Solid atmo/depressive black with some scene-stealing guitar solos.
237. Majesties - Vast Reaches Unclaimed
[7.5]
238. Snakemother - Snakemother
[7.5] - Proggy, stoner-y all-fem doom debut.
239. Enforced - War Remains
[7.5] - No-frills, full-pelt sharp thrash.
240. Klidas - No Harmony
[7.5] - Solid quirky psych-rock instrumental effort.
241. Asteriæ - Gasn​ą​c
[7.5] - Solid gazey post-black with some hardcore moments but also some more post-metallish parts.
242. The Abbey - Word Of Sin
[7.5]
243. Serotonin Syndrome - Seed Of Mankind
[7.5] - Post-black metal with a solid mixture of both and atmosphere to be up my street.
244. Ashen Horde - Antimony
[7.5] - Prog black is a fair tag for this, but it's not obviously similar to any other prog black records, quite a distinctive sound executed well.
245. Ascension (UK) - Under The Veil Of Madness
[7.5] - Playful power metal album with showmanship - I get a slight weird vibe with the vocals, but they're generally solid.
246. Cruachan - The Living And The Dead
[7.5]
247. Alconaut - Endless Skies
[7.5]
248. Scar Symmetry - The Singularity (Phase II - Xenotaph)
[7.5]
249. Poh Hock - Gallimaufry
[7.5]
250. Midwife - Orbweaving
[7.5]
251. Thumos - Symposium
[7.5]
252. Vale - A Senseless Progression
[7.5] - Varied atmo-blackgaze with nice delicacies and heavier moments (but an unconvincing detour into Opeth territory towards the end).
253. Allochiria - Commotion
[7.5] - Decent, brooding sludge-heavy post-metal.
254. Theophonos - Nightmare Visions
[7.5] - Solid proggy blackened hardcore.
255. Crown Of Madness - Elemental Binding
[7.5]
256. O.S.M. - Plagued By Doubts
[7.5] - Solid proggy, post-y stuff.
257. Cincinnati Bowtie - Incantation
[7.5] - Tad overlong, but exciting techy deathcore release.
258. Atsuko Chiba - Water, It Feels Like It's Growing
[7.5]
259. Ævangelist - Simulacra Retrospectræ
[7.5] - Impressively cacophonic 31-minute hellish epic.
260. Ulthar - Helionomicon
[7.5] - The more meandering, dense approach on these two super-long songs is impressive.
261. Vvilderness - Path
[7.5]
262. Dreadrealm - Live From The Fall
[7.5] - Very pleasant folky atmo-black.
263. Telesterion - Myesis
[7.5] - Another compelling edition of this high-productivity post-metalgaze sound.
264. Aisles - Beyond Drama
[7.5] - Neat modern heavy prog rock record.
265. Paracrona - Sun God
[7.5] - Respectable prog- and melo-tinged BM debut.
266. 18 Slashes - Jawnnobyl
[7.5]
267. Haliphron - Prey
[7.5] - Symphonic death metal with good emphasis on symphonics that aren't banal; the playful piano on The Resistance is fun.
268. Dhishti - Life Is Suffering
[7.5]
269. Mithridatum - Harrowing
[7.5] - Solid atmospheric doomy disso-death.
270. Wounds Of Recollection - Warm Glow Of The End Of Everything
[7.5] - Doesn't break the dreamy blackgaze mould, but has exuberance and conviction that makes it stand out.
271. Snow Ghosts - The Fell
[7.5] - Cool moody electronic folk.
272. Quantum Loba - Descending Void
[7.5]
273. Trollband - Woolgatherings
[7.5] - Fiery, sharp meloblack.
274. Exdestrier - Glorious Barbarism
[7.5] - Rowdy, unpredictable blackened prog sludge.
275. Radien - Unissa Palaneet
[7.5] - Sludge doom with expansive final song.
276. Alase - A Matter Of Time
[7.5] - Pleasantly melancholic Finnish prog with occasional djenty bits.
277. Hanging Garden - The Garden
[7.5]
278. Invent Animate - Heavener
[7.5]
279. Weight Of Emptiness - Withered Paradogma
[7.5] - Rather satisfying symph-tinged melodic death/doom; occasionally the vocals undersell it, but most of the time it's rather solid.
280. Dragoncorpse - The Drakketh Saga
[7.5] - Pretty creative power metal/deathcore fusion.
281. Snorlax - The Necrotrophic Abyss
[7.5] - Gnarly graduation from CCs.
282. Avkvrst - The Approbation
[7.5] - 00s Porcupine Tree worship.
283. Avenged Sevenfold - Life Is But A Dream...
[7.5]
284. Sleepsculptor - Divine Recalibration
[7.5] - Vicious yet groovy mathcore.
285. Demonstealer - The Propaganda Machine
[7.5] - Pretty decent modern death metal album with techy bits, symphy bits, melodic sung bits, and a plethora of guests.
286. Ov Sulfur - The Burden Ov Faith
[7.5] - Guest-heavy symph-tinged blackened deathcore - not the best in the genre but somewhat memorably hooky and not too breakdown-reliant.
287. Brundarkh - Those Born Of Fire & Shadow
[7.5] - Pretty decent symphy melodeath Tolkein-themed debut.
288. Full Of Hell - Suffocating Hallucination [Collaboration]
[7.5]
289. Sunbeam Overdrive - Diama
[7.5] - Proggy alt-metal, best when it's proggiest.
290. Chrome Waves - Earth Will Shed Its Skin
[7.5] - Pleasant posty blackgazey stuff, fairly inoffensive.
291. Blood Ceremony - The Old Ways Remain
[7.5]
292. Bell Witch - Future's Shadow Part 1: The Clandestine Gate
[7.5]
293. Molekh - Ritus
[7.5] - Solid onslaught of deathy black, a tad modern Behemoth-y at times.
294. Frozen Crown - Call Of The North
[7.5] - High-energy, vibrant power metal, a good amount of enjoyment to be got from it.
295. Afsky - Om Hundrede År
[7.5]
296. Ayyur - Prevail
[7.5] - Tunisian atmo-inclined black metal - accessible and enjoyable, particularly near th end, albeit with some rough edges in songwriting.
297. Desert Storm - Death Rattle
[7.5]
298. Depravation - IV:LETVM
[7.5] - Black + crust + other stuff, I like it quite a bit.
299. Pyramid Mass - Monolith
[7.5]
300. The Mask Of Prospero - Hiraeth
[7.5] - Djentcore that I like quite a bit, particularly in the more emotional moments, but isn't quite as consistently great as I'd like.
301. Haradrim - Death Of Idols
[7.5] - Solid Behemoth worship.
302. Shy, Low - Babylonica
[7.5]
303. Nexorum - Tongue Of Thorns
[7.5]
304. Fauns - Surcease
[7.5] - Neat 2-song post-doom EP.
305. Atlases - Between The Day & I
[7.5]
306. Ockra - Gratitude
[7.5] - Fairly fun proggy doom with stoner tinges.
307. Asphagor - Pyrogenesis
[7.5] - Meloblack with hints of other extreme styles in, this is a solid record.
308. Prognan - Naši Životi Više Ne Postoje
[7.5] - Solid meloblack album, although I don't entirely love the vocal style.
309. Fathers - He Who Greets With Fire
[7.5] - Sludge-tinged hardcore with abrasion but also some nice solos and melodic bits scattered in, and some post-metal inclinations. Slow Fall
310. Yaaroth - The Man In The Wood
[7.5] - I, Voidhanger doom, not so unusual for the style as to make clear sense on that label, but there's a bit more to this than pure retro-doom, especially the 70s prog rock quirks.
311. 8 Hour Animal - Kill Your Boss
[7.5] - Deliciously distorted industrial metal, no frills venom.
312. Gridfailure & Interstitia - Sunyata Ontologoy
[7.5] - Neat dark ambient electronica.
313. Omen Astra - The End Of Everything
[7.5] - Standard but solid sludge debut.
314. Ancient Settlers - Transition
[7.5] - Promising EP that is based in melodeath, but also incorporates prog, gothic, metalgaze and other sounds.
315. Oceanlord - Kingdom Cold
[7.5] - Unhurried, bluesy stoner doom with Samsara Blues Experiment vibes.
316. Mistral - In The Throes Of Losing Love
[7.5] - Dreamy, poignant blackgaze.
317. Median Omega - Insolence
[7.5]
318. BLACK:I - Kimah Elenu Su'ati Bahlu
[7.5]
319. Dead Quiet - IV
[7.5] - Lively, hooky hard rock.
320. Neurotech - Ave Neptune
[7.5]
321. Edoma - Buried By Permafrost
[7.5]
322. Acid King - Beyond Vision
[7.5] - Cool stoner doom, Electro Magnetic is nicely Om-ish in its droning nature.
323. Soulkeeper - Holy Design
[7.5] - Pure aggression mathcore with no melody/moments of respite.
324. Pressure Points - The Island
[7.5] - The growls don't necessarily detract from this album, but it is a classic prog album with some random growls.
325. Lampr3a - ESnSE
[7.5] - Jørgen Munkeby leaves the saxophone aside for a frenetic instru-prog/djent manicfest.
326. Sarmat - Dubious Disk
[7.5] - Chaotic jazz metal EP.
327. Vorder - False Haven
[7.5] - Melodeathdoom/post-metal mesh.
328. Idolos - Ajchikaj
[7.5] - Decent meloblack EP with quirks.
329. Aphronic Threnody - When Death Becomes Again
[7.5] - Evocative melodic funeral doom, but overly long.
330. Ulthar - Anthronomicon
[7.5] - The more compartmentalized of the two albums, it's got plenty of vicious black/death that sounds good, but didn't quite pull me in.
331. Fucked Up - One Day
[7.5] - Less sprawling and stylistically diverse than my previous taste with them, but an interesting core-y release.
332. Soulmass - Let Us Pray
[7.5] - Solid doomy death metal with good prog and melodeath infusions.
333. Ciconia - Animal Chapters
[7.5] - Fun instru-djent with style and groove.
334. Hypnodrone Ensemble - The Signal In The Signal
[7.5] - Slick drone rock featuring a Nadja member.
335. V:XII - Lu-Cipher-Sabbatean
[7.5] - Grim, malevolent industrial electronica.
336. Grottos - Ч​е​р​е​з т​о​п​и
[7.5] - Pretty tasty post-black/post-hardcore/metalgaze.
337. Nothingness - Supraliminal
[7.5] - Tasty mix of OSDM and more brutal sounds with some quality riffs.
338. Haxprocess - The Caverns Of Duat
[7.5] - Pretty cool proggy Egyptian-themed technical OSDM-sounding debut.
339. Temptress - See
[7.5] - Psychedelic stoner/hard rock, the more psychedelic tracks are great, the more stoner-y ones are fine, but a bit less impressive.
340. Daydream Flights - The Garnet Bracelet
[7.5] - Suitably enjoyable post-hardcore/blackgaze.
341. Necropanther - Betrayal
[7.5] - Hard-edged thrashy melodeath with some neat melodic guitar moments in there.
342. Vosbúð - Heklugjá
[7.5] - As far as melo/atmo-black from Iceland with long songs goes, it's not quite a new Nasheim, but it's a very decent album.
343. Ὁπλίτης - Ψ​ε​υ​δ​ο​μ​έ​ν​η
[7.5] - Intriguing proggy dissoblack record, albeit not one that ever fully engaged me.
344. Strider (TUR) - Midnight Zen
[7.5] - Decent proggy stoner with hints of Elder/Weedpecker, albeit not quite at the level of either group at their best.
345. Turbid North - The Decline
[7.5] - Stoner/sludge and death metal aren't obvious bedmates, and there is some inconsistency between tracks here, but overall it's a solid and curious album.
346. Frozen Dawn - The Decline Of The Enlightened Gods
[7.5] - Conventional but solid chilled-edges meloblack.
347. Yashira - Yashira / Horsewhip
[7.5]
348. Redemption - I Am The Storm
[7.5]
349. Fange - Privation
[7.5] - Perhaps their best yet, the grimness is turned down for more ominous industrial; the Hangman's Chair track is cool.
350. Kamelot - The Awakening
[7.5]
351. Sound Of Smoke - Phases
[7.5] - Fun retro hard rock album with swagger.
352. Iterum Nata - Trench Of Loneliness
[7.5] - Pleasant proggy folk stuff.
353. Eyes - Congratulations
[7.5] - Hard/metalcore with DEP-esque mixes of groove, venom and brief mathy outbursts.
354. Sightless Pit - Lockstep Bloodwar
[7.5]
355. Graveworm - Killing Innocence
[7.5] - Solid return from symph-tinged blackish metallers.
356. Ad Infinitum - Chapter III: Downfall
[7.5]
357. Tribulation - Hamartia
[7.5]
358. Troller - Drain
[7.5]
359. Burden Of Ymir - Heorot
[7.5] - I prefer the artwork to the album as a whole, but there are some nice folk melodies in here.
360. Trailight - Mirrors
[7.5] - Occasionally slightly gothy alt-prog with nice Keenan-ish vocals.
361. Kollapsed - An Altar In Mind
[7.5] - Very conventional post-metal, but it's got strong atmosphere and good writing.
362. Colosso - Zero
[7.5] - Brief, vicious, riffy modern death.
363. Elvenking - Reader Of The Runes - Rapture
[7.5] - A few duddy songs and not a huge fan of the vocals, but some great instrumental work.
364. The Privateer - Kingdom Of Exiles
[7.5] - Pleasant folk metal with power and melodeath elements; I'd say the folkiest parts are most to my tastes.
365. Pylar - L​í​myte
[7.5] - Preferred the previous Pylar release.
366. Daughters Of Sophia - ソ​フ​ィ​ア​の​娘​た​ち
[7.5] - Pleasant dreamy instrumental metalgaze.
367. Numeron - Road To Valhalla
[7.5] - Artwork is better than the music, but it's a good blackgaze record.
368. Triumpher - Storming The Walls
[7.5] - Pretty solid old-school power/speed/heavy metal.
369. Nekus - Sepulchral Divination
[7.5] - Cavernous, malevolent death/doom.
370. Hellwitch - Annihilational Intercention
[7.5] - Black-tinged thrash/speed with riffs and venom.
371. Cerbère - Cendre
[7.5] - Bleak sludge doom that becomes a bit more uplifting near the end, almost dreamy ambient staticy.
372. Kong - Traders Of Truth
[7.5]
373. Nephilim's Noose - Blood Chants Of Impiety
[7.5] - Tastily deathly doom with nicely grim atmosphere.
374. Covet - Catharsis
[7.5] - Slightly heavier than past efforts in moments.
375. Black Helium - Um
[7.5] - Fun stoner/psych rock album.
376. Ossaert - Offerdier
[7.5]
377. Imperium Dekadenz - Into Sorrow Evermore
[7.5]
378. As Everything Unfolds - Ultraviolet
[7.5] - Hyper-accessible but catchy metalcore with nice clean-heavy vocals.
379. Tithe - Inverse Rapture
[7.5] - I'm not really hearing any doom here, but the deathly grind is pretty tasty.
380. The Mon - Eye
[7.5]
381. Neverus - Burdens Of The Earth
[7.5] - Folky, symphy extreme power/melodeath, good fun.
382. Church Of Misery - Born Under A Mad Sign
[7.5]
383. Spotlights - Alchemy For The Dead
[7.5] - Post-y alt rock/metal, pretty distinctive sound and better than the earlier EP.
384. Raider - Trial By Chaos
[7.5] - Dark, gritty death/thrash.
385. Geld - Currency // Castration
[7.5] - Short, direct hardcore, but also with a lively sound and sense of fun with the wackier rockabilly-style soloing.
386. Isole - Anesidora
[7.5] - Slightly too trudging for my tastes, but a very respectable epic doom album.
387. Grandiosa Muerte - Egregor
[7.5] - Bit too standard OSDM at times, but some of the more expanded aspects of the sound (e.g. the semi-clean tones and deep echoing vocals on Oculto) make this LatAm death metal album pretty neat.
388. Bong Coffin - The End Beyond Doubt
[7.5] - Just about stoner due to the grooves, but with a lot of grimness and intensity that pushes it towards sludge.
389. Olde Throne - In The Land Of Ghosts
[7.5] - Artwork is arguably the standout element, but the mix of slightly rawer atmo-black with folk-heavy parts results in quite a nice melodic black album.
390. Fimbulvet - Portale
[7.5] - Nice folk melodies; vocals are slightly weak.
391. Ahab - The Coral Tombs
[7.5]
392. The Abortionist - Deceiving Hales
[7.5] - Solid melodeath-tinged techy-death debut.
393. Silence Before The Storm - V: The Dead Eyes Of Eternity
[7.0] - Decent melodeath reminiscent of early In Flames.
394. OHHMS - Rot
[7.0]
395. Eïs - Loather
[7.0]
396. Man As Plague - Titanomancy
[7.0]
397. Autumn Nostalgie - Awaking Mechanon
[7.0] - Enjoyable post-black/blackgaze split.
398. Curse Of Cain - Curse Of Cain
[7.0]
399. Non Est Deus - Legacy
[7.0]
400. Witchskull - The Serpent Tide
[7.0] - Decent stoner-ish rocky doom.
401. Mast Year - Knife
[7.0] - Suitably misanthropic noise rock/sludge metal, improves as the album progresses.
402. Fatal Embrace - Manifestum Infernalis
[7.0] - Aspects of this meloblackdeath I enjoy quite a bit, but the shrieks are a bit too front and centre, and there's a lack of hooks.
403. My Hair Is A Rat's Nest - Fragment
[7.0]
404. Night Demon - Outsider
[7.0] - Solid up-tempo trad-heavy record.
405. Wanderer - Indulgence Of The Unreal
[7.0] - Brief, feisty metallic hardcore EP with crunch and groove.
406. Iravu - A Fate Worse Than Home
[7.0] - Nice shredding guitar solos and proggy inclinations of this melody-tinged black metal record.
407. Blaze Of Sorrow - Vultus Fati
[7.0] - Fun blast-heavy meloblack.
408. Smoulder - Violent Creed Of Vengeance
[7.0] - Good doomy trad heavy.
409. Netherlands - Severance
[7.0] - Weird sludge with psychedelic, noise rock and alt rock elements.
410. Ascended Dead - Evenfall Of The Apocalypse
[7.0] - Fairly OSDMy, but remains interesting due to the sheer velocity, bursts of brutality and technicality, and the deranged vocals.
411. JAAW - Supercluster
[7.0] - Gnarly industrial metal/noise rock.
412. Myrkur - Ragnarok (Original Soundtrack)
[7.0]
413. Whythre - Impregnate My Hate
[7.0]
414. Yossi Sassi - Prediluvian
[7.0]
415. When Plagues Collide - An Unbiblical Paradigm
[7.0] - Solid symph-tinged deathcore.
416. Sunscourge - Wraith
[7.0]
417. Sick To The Back Teeth - Where Was I?
[7.0] - Very DIY but intriguing psychedelic metal release with stoner, doom, sludge, drone aspects.
418. Mournful Congregation - The Exuviae Of Gods - Part II
[7.0]
419. Chained To The Bottom Of The Ocean - Obsession Destruction
[7.0] - Bit dragged out, this sludge doom effort.
420. Draconian Reign - Tragedy Eternal
[7.0] - Solid early-career symph-deathcore EP.
421. Faced Out - Faced Out
[7.0] - Charming folksy midwest emo stuff.
422. FrostSeele - D​ä​mon
[7.0] - Nice melancholic prog mixed with blackgaze.
423. Malice Divine - Everlasting Ascendancy
[7.0] - Impressive blackened tech-death.
424. They Grieve - To Which I Bore Witness
[7.0] - Solid enough doomy/sludgy post-metal, but has a few awkward bits in it.
425. Mesarthim - Arrival
[7.0]
426. Walk With Titans - Olympian Dystopia
[7.0]
427. Spectral Lore - 11 Days
[7.0] - Still has some awkward moments, but on the whole it's more appealing than the last record, and integrates the ambient stuff a bit more cohesively and satisfyingly.
428. Orbital - Optical Delusion
[7.0]
429. The Lightbringer Of Sweden - The New World Order
[7.0]
430. Wothrosch - Odium
[7.0] - Unspectacular but pretty enjoyable ominous Behemoth-tinged black metal with a doomy current to it.
431. KOLLAPS\E - Phantom Centre
[7.0]
432. Abused Majesty - Proxima Inferni
[7.0]
433. Heretoir - Wastelands
[7.0]
434. Tenhi - Valkama
[7.0] - Overlong but soothing stripped-down acoustic neofolk.
435. Helleruin - Devils, Death And Dark Arts
[7.0]
436. A Horrible Death To A Horrible Man - Days Gone By
[7.0] - Dreary metalgaze, it's alright.
437. Lesotho - Through The Dying Light
[7.0]
438. Bandit - Siege Of Self
[7.0] - Tasty deathly grindcore.
439. Bacchus - II
[7.0]
440. Moribund Mantras - ...Of Fathomless Depths
[7.0]
441. Ὁπλίτης - Τ​ρ​ω​θ​η​σ​ο​μ​έ​ν​η
[7.0]
442. Against Myself - Tides Of Insanity
[7.0] - Well-produced symphonic prog/power running a bit low on memorability.
443. A Lapse Of Solitude - Aeon
[7.0]
444. Shadows - Out For Blood
[7.0] - Early Motley Crue with a tinge of Mercyful Fate.
445. Kaal Akuma - Turiya
[7.0] - Beastly Bangladeshi brutal death/doom.
446. Enchantya - Cerberus
[7.0] - Bombastic, well-layered symphonic.
447. Fever Ray - Radical Romantics
[7.0] - Some songs don't work, but generally neat.
448. Ruiner - The Book Of Patience
[7.0] - Protracted descent from celestial ambience into churning noise.
449. Illuminated Void - Veriditas
[7.0]
450. Gatekeeper - From Western Shores
[7.0]
451. A Pretext to Human Suffering - Endless Cycle Of Suffering
[7.0] - Surprisingly decent brutal death.
452. Adversvm - Vana Marga
[7.0]
453. August Burns Red - Death Below
[7.0] - Not as memorable as Phantom Anthem, but more interesting than Guardians.
454. To Be Gentle - Loneliness Will Sit Over Our Roofs With Brooding Wings
[7.0] - Screamo with a couple of blackgaze moments.
455. Tales Of A Liquid Dawn - The Rise Of Emperor Var
[7.0] - Extremely long space/psych-rock, a bit too meandering for its own good but pretty cool.
456. Manigance - The Shadows Ball
[7.0] - Pretty solid melodic album with power metal leanings, enjoyable and catchy.
457. Minenwerfer - Feuerwalze
[7.0] - No-frills riffy black metal with some solid shredding.
458. Lovebites - Judgement Day
[7.0] - Generally enjoyable power metal, the vocals occasionally get a bit much.
459. Deathsbroom - Quietus
[7.0] - Conventional but solid black metal debut with occasional meloblack/dungeon synth moments.
460. SHRVL - Limbus
[7.0] - Ambient spin-off from Holocene.
461. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Land Of Sleeper
[7.0]
462. Devangelic - Xul
[7.0] - Filthy growls for this Nile-y death metal.
463. Memoriam - Rise To Power
[7.0]
464. Underneath - Nothing Here Is Held Sacred
[7.0] - Feisty deathcore EP.
465. Conjureth - The Parasitic Chambers
[7.0] - Ferocious, ever-so-slightly-techy OSDM record that's good fun.
466. Wooden Shadow - Eternal Land Of Wrath And Mourn
[7.5] - Well-made mid-tempo Nordic folk metal.
467. Sarvekas - Woven Dark Paths
[7.0] - Decent Behemoth-style black.
468. Immortal - War Against All
[7.0]
469. Saint Deamon - League Of The Serpent
[7.0] - Power-ish melodic heavy metal, pleasant listening.
470. Mesmur - Chthonic
[7.0]
471. Rise To The Sky - Two Years Of Grief
[7.0]
472. Vomitory - All Heads Are Gonna Roll
[7.0] - Straight OSDM, but at least it's got some energy unlike Obituary.
473. Holy Moses - Invisible Queen
[7.0]
474. K.F.R - Pain​/​Ter
[7.0] - Ambient black metal that's not as noisey/ambient as Kryatjurr; it's a bit more accessible, but perhaps slightly less intriguing as a result.
475. Duthaig - Hiraeth
[7.0] - Blackgaze/atmo-black with some subtle other ideas (trip-hop interludes); good, but not as enchanting as the artwork.
476. Foretoken - Triumphs
[7.0] - The general lively vibe is cool for this ex power/melodeath album, but it does seem a bit lacking in memorability.
477. VoidCeremony - Threads Of Unknowing
[7.0] - Cacophonic, odd, proggy tech-death, has cool moments in it.
478. Anubis Gate - Interference
[7.0]
479. Arriver - Azimuth
[7.0] - On the plus side, this mixture of post-metal, prog, alt-metal, sludge and other sounds is fairly distinctive; on the downside, it's not particularly enjoyable.
480. Angstskríg - Angstskríg
[7.0] - Respectable black metal album with some neat riffs or clean detours, but also a lack of exceptional aspects.
481. Young Fathers - Heavy Heavy
[7.0]
482. Revolution Saints - Eagle Flight
[7.0] - Lande-esque vocals and heartfelt songs makes this pretty enjoyable for a melodic hard rock album.
483. Dysmal - Gates To Apperception
[7.0] - Pleasant Gothic-tinged melodeath debut.
484. Sleep Terror - Railroad To Dystopia
[7.0] - Bit all over the place, but a fun album.
485. Birdflesh - Sickness In The North
[7.0] - Grindcore with some variety and a slight sense of fun.
486. Dark Flood - Illusion Of Light
[7.0]
487. Spirit Possession - Of The Sign​.​.​.
[7.0] - Thrashy/first wave-style black metal, fun enough.
488. Phantom Fire - Eminente Lucifer Libertad
[7.0] - More varied and enjoyable than I would expect for blackened speed metal, the changes in tempo and electronic interlude are nice touches.
489. Polterguise - Eurydice
[7.0]
490. Heathen Foray - Oathbreaker
[7.0]
491. Ornamentos Del Miedo - Frío
[7.0] - Not as solid as last year's album, some of the guitar leads were a tad distracting on track 1, but I enjoyed the melancholy of track 2.
492. Wedingoth - Five Stars Above
[7.0] - Pretty decent prog effort with pleasant vocals (a bit Universal Migrator Pt 1), and quite an impressive 15-minute epic near the end.
493. Overkill - Scorched
[7.0]
494. Babymetal - The Other One
[7.0]
495. Hail The Void - Memento Mori
[7.0] - Generic doomy stoner with occultish vocals and heavy riffs: unremarkable but enjoyable.
496. Tribunal - The Weight Of Remembrance
[7.0] - Pleasant moody melodies on this gothic doom release.
497. Zørormr - The Monolith
[7.0] - Rudimentary meloblack but with solid soling.
498. Katatonia - Sky Void Of Stars
[7.0]
499. Le Mur - Caelum Invictus
[7.0] - The emotion in the vocals is a key strength in the favour of this alt rock record.
500. Jethro Tull - RökFlöte
[7.0]
501. Elyose - Déviante
[7.0] - Djenty industrial/cyber metal; reminds me a bit of Mechina, but with some actual dynamics and briefer songs - I like it.
502. Sortilège - Apocalypso
[7.0] - Bit stylistically scattered, but when on form (e.g. Walkyrie), a solid decades-in-waiting comeback.
503. Inherits The Void - The Impending Fall Of The Stars
[7.0] - Decent meloblack that is consistently full-pelt and high-energy.
504. Sorrowful Land - Faded Anchors Of The Past
[7.0] - Nicely crafted melodic death/doom.
505. Vitrail - Le M​é​pris Du Monde
[7.0] - Nice post-black/blackgaze EP with Deafheaven-style vocals and a nice dark undercurrent to it.
506. Azken Auzi - Azken Auzi
[7.0] - Decently chonky and thick groovy sludge doom, enjoyable without pushing any particular boundaries.
507. Primitive Rage - Enemies Left To Crush
[7.0] - Metallic hardcore with lots of short songs rounded out by one over 10 minutes sounds very Jane Doe, but the closing title track is a lot more vicious; kudos for making such a long and misanthropic track consistently engaging.
508. Lamp Of Murmuur - Saturnian Bloodstorm
[7.0]
509. Queens Of The Stone Age - In Times New Roman...
[7.0]
510. Hammock - Love In The Void
[7.0] - Dreamy ambient post-rock.
511. Dissentient - Labyrinth
[7.0] - Djent/deathcore/prog record, a bit one-dimensional but kinda decent groovefest.
512. Ice Age - Waves Of Loss And Power
[7.0] - Very classic-style prog metal, too classic for my tastes but it's well made.
513. The Enigma Division - The Enigma Division
[7.0] - Classic-style prog with some extreme/modern moments.
514. Happy Days - En Enfer, J'ai Régné
[7.0] - Pleasant blackgaze/meloblack.
515. Silver Bullet - Shadowfall
[7.0] - Found this to be lively and memorable enough to do the job as a Europower release - some slight BG hints in there.
516. FaithXtractor - Contempt For A Failed Dimension
[7.0] - Good classic death metal sound.
517. Thy Darkened Shade - Liber Lvcifer II: Mahapralaya
[7.0] - Generally decent sinister black metal, but it can be quite corny and it's also a tad short on standout moments for me.
518. Hand Of Doom - Stray From The Path
[7.0]
519. Pyramaze - Bloodlines
[7.0] - Soothing, catchy prog/power.
520. Siena Root - Revelation
[7.0] - Nice retro psych/blues rock, vocals and writing are good enough to be more enjoyable than quite a lot of similar efforts.
521. Sigur Rós - Átta
[7.0] - Bit too dreamy for me.
522. Death Of Giants - Ventesorg
[7.0] - Evocative gothic melodeathdoom debut, not sure about the Maiden cover though.
523. Dozer - Drifting In The Endless Void
[7.0] - Decent desert action with good vocals.
524. Neo Inferno 262 - Pleonectic
[7.0] - Tad cheesy with the electronics but half-decent industrial/electronic/black metal fusion.
525. Thecodontion - Thecodontion / Ceremented
[7.0] - Two different takes on guitarless extreme metal.
526. The Human Race Is Filth - Cognitive Dissonance
[7.0] - Fairly standard deathgrind, but has the very occasional clean or otherwise unexpected moment, plus good riffs both slow and frantic.
527. Wytch Hazel - IV: Sacrament
[7.0]
528. Moonthoth - Uroczysko
[7.0] - Ominous atmo-black on the grimmer side, good but not quite there.
529. XL Life - The Boogie Down South
[7.0] - Punky, rappy stuff that's not too shabby.
530. Slog - Divination
[7.0] - Satisfying doomy take on death metal that has retro elements without feeling too retro itself.
531. Twilight Force - At The Heart Of Wintervale
[7.0] - Extraordinary bombast in the ROF-style power metal, but it's certainly enjoyable for the style.
532. Vale Of Amonition - Immortalizing The Lugubrious, Or Those Of Evolving Despair
[7.0] - Classic-sounding gothic-tinged doom, comes with the perks and drawbacks of that style, but pretty decent.
533. The Howling Void - Into Darkness Ever More Profound
[7.0]
534. Narnia - Ghost Town
[7.0] - A bit too mid-tempo for a flowery power metal album, but good vocals and some nice melodic hooks.
535. RIAH - A Man And His Nature
[7.0] - Heavy post-rock/soft post-metal with gentle vocals and soothing melancholic soundscapes.
536. A.M.E.N. - The Book Of Lies - Liber I
[7.0] - Impressively cacophonic jazzy death metal, but quite grating at times.
537. Wrack - Alt​ä​re Der Verg​ä​nglichkeit
[7.0] - Enjoyable viking-y meloblack a bit let down by subpar clean singing (which doesn't appear enough to derail the whole record).
538. Turrigenous - Vesper, The Evening Star
[7.0] - Predominantly classic-style prog metal with some thrash or extreme moments.
539. Unto The Wolves - Chapter IV: Covered In Ash
[7.0] - Sounds like a kinda melodeathy Trivium; the vocals aren't always great, but it's pretty decent overall.
540. Aran Angmar - Atavism & Dying Stars
[7.0] - Behemoth-ish blackened death; the penultimate song is the clear highlight that saves it from a lower score.
541. Fifth Angel - When Angels Kill
[7.0]
542. Aodon - Portraits
[7.0]
543. Megaton Sword - Might & Power
[7.0] - The good songs for the style are very good (e.g. Iron Plains), but the AC/DC vocals and trudging nature of some other songs (e.g. The Raving Light Of Day) are not for me.
544. Elder Devil - Everything Worth Loving
[7.0]
545. Witchthroat Serpent - Trove Of Oddities At The Devil's Driveway
[7.0] - Full-on Electric Wizard-style stoner doom, but has the flow and patience to be engaging.
546. Voidscape - Odyssey Of Spite
[7.0] - Decent melodeath EP with occasional bland passages.
547. Urarv - Substratum
[7.0]
548. Ison - Stars & Embers
[7.0] - Still pleasant, but a bit drearier than Aurora.
549. Ǥứŕū - Nova Lvx
[7.0]
550. See You Next Tuesday - Distractions
[7.0] - Satisfying hardcore/grindcore with venom but also some moments that go beyond pure savagery.
551. Aphotic - Abyssgazer
[7.0] - Death/doom or doomy death.
552. Winds Of Tragedy - Hating Life
[7.0] - The tone of this album is clear from the title; depressive meloblack/blackgaze with harsher moments, works fine without being outstanding.
553. Transgressive - Extreme Transgression
[7.0]
554. Ardent Nova - Ardent Nova
[7.0] - Melodeathy pagan NWOBHM - lead guitar stuff is the highlight.
555. E-an-na - Alveolar
[7.0] - Bit scattered, but can be cool in some parts.
556. Floor Jansen - Paragon
[7.0]
557. Trespasser - Αποκάλυψις
[7.0] - Pretty cool riffy meloblack.
558. Hellish Form - Deathless
[7.0]
559. Uriah Heep - Chaos & Colour
[7.0]
560. Decemberance - Implosions
[7.0]
561. Blind Oath - Blind Oath
[7.0] - Rowdy, thrashy trad metal with barked vocals and a decent energy to it.
562. Orpheus Omega - Portraits
[7.0] - Decent Soilwork imitation on the last song; generally OK melodeath EP.
563. Daevar - Delirious Rites
[7.0] - Very Windhand-y release; does the job, but doesn't do enough more than said job in order to stand out.
564. Coffin Nail - The Hanged Man
[7.0] - It's grind, got a bit of murky depth to it but pretty par for the course.
565. Zustand Null - Beyond The Limit Of Sanity
[7.0] - Solid disso-death-black, not too remarkable but good for a listen or two.
566. Jeffk - Tar
[7.0] - Does try to mix things up to avoid being just standard instru-post, but is decent but not super exciting.
567. Imperial Demonic - Beneath The Crimson Eclipse
[7.0] - The least-frills meloblack possible, but it's a decent EP.
568. Vanish - A Hint Of Solace
[7.0] - Occasionally power metal in terms of speed, but mainly mid-tempo melodic metal with power metal vocals; good enough for the style.
569. Galneryus - Between Dread And Valor
[7.0] - Flamboyant but entertaining power metal.
570. Air Raid - Fatal Encounter
[7.0] - Solid enough up-tempo trad heavy album with neat understated vocal style.
571. Häxanu - Totenpass
[7.0] - Pretty standard atmoblack.
572. Гнёт - Передай Нерождённым Мои Крики
[7.0] - Nice atmoblackgaze release with almost Earthshine-tier lo-fi production.
573. All Out War - Celestial Rot
[7.0] - Thrashy hardcore with a good balance of riff hooks and outright aggression.
574. Scalp - Black Tar
[7.0] - Brief, furious burst of black-tinged grindcore.
575. Sear - Grief In V Stages
[7.0] - Only 13 minutes, this screamo record is short but sweet.
576. Elizabeth Shaw - III
[7.0]
577. Sacred Son - Privolva
[7.0]
578. Angerot - The Profound Recreant
[7.0] - OSDMy, but not completely dry retro, found it generally enjoyable while it was on.
579. Palace Of Worms - Cabal
[7.0] - Fluid, unpredictable mesh of several styles.
580. Stargazer (NOR) - Life Will Never Be The Same
[7.0] - On the stadium rock/heavy metal borderline, it's pretty decent for the genre.
581. Rexoria - Imperial Dawn
[7.0] - Heavy/power with good vocals, memorable melodies and general competence, if not rising above that threshold.
582. Firienholt - White Frost And Elder Blood
[7.0] - Pleasant Summoning worship.
583. Onmyo-Za - 龍凰童子
[7.0] - Usual Visual Kei fare - well made, although 71 minutes is way too much.
584. Gravehuffer - ...Depart From So Much Evil
[7.0] - Grindcore, but also not grindcore; the 22-minute song is very ambitious.
585. Die Like Gentlemen - Hard Truths
[7.0] - Curious alt/doom/sludge sound, has a cool swagger to it, even if it's not super engaging.
586. Dryad - The Abyssal Plain
[7.0] - Straightforward, no-nonsense lo-fi black/death metal assault with occasional keyboards spicing things up.
587. Magic Opera - Battle Of Ice
[7.0] - Perhaps even cheesier than Twilight Force, still professional and competent RoF worship.
588. Fredlös - Fredlös
[7.0]
589. Thulcandra - Hail The Abyss
[6.5]
590. Tsjuder - Helvegr
[6.5]
591. Esoctrilihum - Funeral
[6.5]
592. Foo Fighters - But We Are Here
[6.5] - It's Foos, but it's fine.
593. Sleep Token - Take Me Back To Eden
[6.5]
594. Heidevolk - Wederkeer
[6.5] - Not keen on the vocals, and some songs are straight boring, but it does have enough strong moments to be a bit above average.
595. Currents - The Death We Seek
[6.5]
596. Jag Panzer - The Hallowed
[6.5]
597. Duelist - Spaghetti Western Black Metal
[6.5] - Bit rudimentary and overly repetitive on some tracks, but still good to hear more bands trying the Western black metal approach.
598. Rotten Sound - Apocalypse
[6.5]
599. Metuzalem - Infra
[6.5] - Meandering, menacing death metal, a bit too hookless to really make an impact, but has intriguing ideas.
600. Crowne - Operation Phoenix
[6.5] - Power metal-leaning arena-style heavy metal elevated above its inherent super-cheesiness by a very good vocalist.
601. Botanist - VIII: Selenotrope
[6.5]
602. Angus McSix - Angus McSix And The Sword Of Power
[6.5]
603. Brand Of Sacrifice - Between Death And Dreams
[6.5]
604. Metallica - 72 Seasons
[6.5]
605. The Arson Project - God Bless
[6.5]
606. These Beasts - Cares, Wills, Wants
[6.5] - Respectable Kylesa-esque sludge with irksome effects-laden vocals.
607. Dream Awake - Enigma
[6.5] - Prog-metalcore with djent moments; it's not amazing, but a couple of songs (Dystopia in particular) are pretty dope.
608. Invicta - Triumph And Torment
[6.5] - Melody-tinged tech-death, generally strong sound but gets tiring over a whole album listen.
609. Grey Stag - Call Of The Mountain
[6.5]
610. Bolverk - Svarte Sekunder
[6.5]
611. The Acacia Strain - Step Into The Light
[6.5] - Somewhat forgettable core-fest.
612. Portrayal Of Guilt - Devil Music
[6.5] - First half is fine, the strings don't quite fit in the second half.
613. Lunar Spells - Shadowrealm Incantations [Split]
[6.5] - Rudimentary BM.
614. Larvae - Entitled To Death
[6.5]
615. Lum - Lunaria - I Racconti Del Falò
[6.5] - Has occasional quirks (e.g. flute sounds), but is mostly fairly straight-nosed melody-tinged black metal; it's good, but slightly rudimentary.
616. Dawn Ray'd - To Know The Light
[6.5] - Folky meloblack, unspectacular but enjoyable.
617. Evermore - In Memoriam
[6.5] - Good instrumentals, not in love with the vocals.
618. Ūkanose - Šiaurum V​ė​jum
[6.5]
619. Fit For An Autopsy - The Aggression Sessions
[6.5] - Unremarkable deathcore split.
620. Elysion - Bring Out Your Dead
[6.5] - Pleasant enough synthy/electro goth-lite stuff.
621. Yakuza - Sutra
[6.5] - Decent sludge-lite music with dubious vocals on some songs.
622. Avaland - The Legend Of The Storyteller
[6.5] - Power metal album slightly undermined by excessive narration tracks and underwhelming lead vocals.
623. Falaise - After All This Time
[6.5]
624. Tidal Wave - The Lord Knows
[6.5] - The artwork is great, but this is completely ordinary stoner/desert rock.
625. Cromlech - Ascent Of Kings
[6.5] - I like the Hansi Kursch tone to the singer's voice and quite a few aspects of the album work for me, but it's overlong and some aspects of it do feel a bit rough.
626. Eremit - Weaver Of Numerous Forms
[6.5]
627. Dorthia Cottrell - Death Folk Country
[6.5]
628. False Memories - Hybrid Ego System
[6.5]
629. Exit Catacomb - No Escape From The Catacomb
[6.5]
630. Wings Of Steel - Gates Of Twilight
[6.5]
631. Boris - Bright New Disease
[6.5]
632. Rival Sons - Darkfighter
[6.5]
633. Megalith Levitation - Obscure Fire
[6.5] - Pretty standard stoner doom.
634. Altai-Sayan - S​ä​ngke​-​T​ū​rem Najt Mut​-​Mor​ä​h
[6.5] - Lo-fi atmo-black, intrinsically decent but a bit too one-dimensional for my tastes.
635. Morass Of Molasses - End All We Know
[6.5] - Suitably enjoyable but unremarkable generic stoner metal.
636. Embryo - A Vivid Shade On Misery
[6.5] - Competent but slightly dry melodeath.
637. Suicide Silence - Remember... You Must Die
[6.5]
638. Spotlights - Seance
[6.5] - Not as taken with this EP as the previous full-length.
639. Shrouded In Darkness - Be None Of You
[6.5] - Fairly solid but one-dimensional death/doom, the keys are overbearing, and I'm not keen on the drum sound.
640. Merlock - Onward Strides Colossus
[6.5] - Pretty decent sludgy stoner album, loses me at times.
641. Maggot Crown - Apparition Of Faces
[6.5] - Cacophonous deathgrind assault with some muddiness, but some cool moments.
642. Deep Cross - Royal Wateer
[6.5] - Decent industrial-based record with detours into lighter sounds closer to post-punk or post-rock.
643. The Fallen Prophets - Perpetual Damnation
[6.5] - Deathcore that's heavy on the death, it's OK.
644. Gorillaz - Cracker Island
[6.5]
645. Signo Rojo - There Was A Hole Here
[6.5] - Pretty decent sludge, a bit Hollow Leg-y, but for some reason I found it ever so slightly irritating - I can't identify why, but it's unfortunate.
646. Creye - III: Weightless
[6.5] - Pleasant 'soft' arena hard rock with a good vocalist and soothing tones.
647. Kardinal Sin - S.A.L.I.G.I.A
[6.5] - Generally pleasant arena-style power metal, but with a few iffy bits.
648. Morwinyon - Wastelands
[6.5] - Soothing but slightly insipid synth-heavy gazey atmo-black.
649. Ob Nixilis - Abhorred
[6.5] - Black-tinged death that is slightly 'accessible' at times but also has a weird streak; it's pretty interesting, but doesn't quite keep me engaged.
650. Lüger - Revelations Of The Sacred Skull
[6.5] - Retro trad-heavy/hard rock with some personality to it.
651. Avatar - Dance Devil Dance
[6.5] - My first time listening to Avatar, they were less annoying than I'd expected; for alt/nu stuff it's alright, and pretty heavy.
652. Wolfpath - Wolfpath
[6.5]
653. eMolecule - The Architect
[6.5] - Prog hard rock/metal a bit like Porcupine Tree at times, it's alright but a bit overlong.
654. Gates Of Mourning - Ruination
[6.5] - I honestly quite liked this, it's black but has a few unexpected moves, it's just a bit rough production- and songwriting-wise.
655. Big City - Sunwind Sails
[6.5] - Relatively good arena-oriented hard rock.
656. Judiciary - Flesh + Blood
[6.5] - Crossover thrashy hardcore, well enough made but a bit 'macho BS' for me.
657. Oak Pantheon - The Absen­ce
[6.5]
658. Cthulhu Dreamt - Precursor
[6.5] - Ok ex-prog/djent album, but not quite as great as you'd hope a Cthulhu djent/prog death album would be.
659. Distant - Heritage
[6.5] - Half-decent, but a bit too chuggy.
660. VV - Neon Noir
[6.5] - Pleasant enough, even if a bit unexciting.
661. Lord Mountain - The Oath
[6.5] - Competent and moderately satisfying doomy trad-heavy.
662. Suffering Quota - Collide
[6.5] - Very standard punky grind.
663. Orkrist - Luea
[6.5] - Stylistically varied, has elements of symph-power, meloblack, gothic doom and dungeon synth at different points; it's nice, but not great at any individual style.
664. Vengeant - Mana
[6.5] - Good vocals, but this operatic symph-power EP doesn't quite do enough for me beyond this.
665. Kossuth - Necronym
[6.5] - Tech-death(core) that does what it needs to for the genre - frenetic, technical, some nice solos - but doesn't quite have enough moments to stand out from the many other similar bands.
666. Great Cold Emptiness - Immaculate Hearts Will Triumph
[6.5] - Pleasant, dreamy blackgaze/atmo-black with Mesarthim-esque synths.
667. Kryatjurr Of Desert Ahd - Deafening Supercells Of Thunder And Death
[6.5] - More black metal so lo-fi it turns into noise.
668. Vitriolic Sage - 梦路
[6.5] - Not very keen on the production, and the section where it's just crying for a minute is a bit much.
669. The Dark Side Of The Moon - Metamorphosis
[6.5] - Soundtrack covers are never going to interest me, but at least it's competently made.
670. Upcdownc - Duel
[6.5] - Pretty much the epitome of 'solid but unnoteworthy' generic instru-post-metal.
671. Delain - Dark Waters
[6.5] - Could have been much worse given the mass exodus, but is clearly a step down from the last album with the older line-up.
672. King Potenaz - Goat Rider
[6.5] - Slightly iffy vocal production and generic writing, but when it's on form, such as the jammy closing track, it's enjoyable.
673. Sanguisugabogg - Homicidal Ecstasy
[6.5] - As far as brutal death goes, they're more appealing than a lot of them, but 45 mins is a lot for this style.
674. Wishing Well - Sin And Shame
[6.5] - Very retro-sounding stuff, the up-tempo songs like the opener are decent fun with cool guitar solos, but the vocals aren't quite good enough to carry the slower/softer tracks.
675. Enisum - Forgotten Mountains
[6.5] - Nice enough atmo-blackgaze, but the clean vocals aren't great.
676. Astral Moon - Into Solar Abyss
[6.5] - The goth-leaning vocals are a nice touch, but this is just stoner doom.
677. Crom - The Era Of Darkness
[6.5] - Pleasant enough folk/power metal, but lacking in great moments and has too many irritating ones.
678. Drakon Ho Megas - Έλευσις Αντίχριστου
[6.5] - Very conventional but likeable meloblack.
679. Iron Void - IV
[6.5]
680. Penumbra - Eden
[6.0]
681. Lucifer's Fall - Children Of The Night
[6.0]
682. Swans - The Beggar
[6.0] - Sadly, I fear the appeal of Swans will always elude me.
683. Psyclopean - Nostalgiamancer
[6.0]
684. Nymphrenia - Lonely Suicide [Split]
[6.0] - Fairly pedestrian DSBM, but some nice melodic aspects to it.
685. Alien Fucker - Gimplanet
[6.0] - Dumb as fuck, but it's kinda fun.
686. Kingsmen - Bones Don't Lie
[6.0] - Adequate accessible alt metal with some decent choruses and djenty riffs, but also some more awkward or irritating bits.
687. Dead Sun - Soul Diseased
[6.0]
688. In Flames - Foregone
[6.0]
689. Dark Sarah - Attack Of Orym
[6.0] - Good vocals and some charm, but runs a bit out of steam in terms of interest before it's over.
690. Dark Princess - Phoenix
[6.0] - At its best, I find this to be pretty enjoyable, but a bit too much of it is not at its best.
691. Høstsol - L​ä​nge Leve Dö​den
[6.0] - Just found this a bit boring really, it doesn't do anything wrong but there's little here that stands out.
692. Lumbar - The Very Strongest Of The Most Fragile
[6.0]
693. Ciemra - The Tread Of Darkness
[6.0]
694. Christian Cosentino/Winterquilt - Portals To Perdition
[6.0] - Erratic split album.
695. Velian - Spectacle Of Tragedy
[6.0] - Pleasant enough gothic doom, unspectacular but decent.
696. Ocean Districts - Phantom Islands
[6.0]
697. Avalanch - El Dilema De Los Dioses
[6.0]
698. Unearth - The Wretched; The Ruinous
[6.0]
699. Senshi - Rise Again
[6.0]
700. Stoned Jesus - Father Light
[6.0]
701. Grá - Lycaon
[6.0]
702. The Canyon Observer - Figura
[6.0]
703. Leper Colony - Leper Colony
[6.0]
704. Winter's Breath - Stories Left Behind
[6.0] - Meloblack with good bits, but too many meh bits to rise above average.
705. Infinite & Divine - Ascendancy
[6.0] - Fairly decent arena/hard rock with good vocals, but can't say I like it all that much.
706. Liv Sin - KaliYuga
[6.0] - Good vocals and OK AOR-style heavy metal songs.
707. Trastorned - Into The Void
[6.0] - Aggressive but generic thrash.
708. Shrezzers - Sex & Sax
[6.0] - Eclectic 'djent + other stuff' album that ruins decent material with obnoxious parts.
709. Arctic Rain - Unity
[6.0] - Competent arena hard rock.
710. Ancient Waters - Isjerna
[6.0] - Nordic folk-tinged symphonic record with nice ideas undermined by rough production and songwriting.
711. 1782 - Clamor Luciferi
[6.0]
712. Frenzy - Of Hoods And Masks
[6.0] - Short trad heavy album with a lot of the genre's irritating aspects.
713. Turmion Kätilöt - Omen X
[6.0]
714. Necrodeath - Singin' In The Pain
[6.0] - This is decent thrash in parts, but it also has some awkward-sounding moments.
715. Ruinthrone - The Unconscious Mind Of Arda
[6.0] - Has all the cheese meriting a 'symphonic folk power' genre tag, but not quite the songwriting chops to match.
716. Beyond The Black - Beyond The Black
[6.0] - 'Symphonic' metal light on symphonics; it's OK, nothing wrong with it, but a bit dull.
717. Veilcaste - Precipice
[5.5]
718. Veil Of Maya - [M]other
[5.5]
719. Maerzfeld - Alles Anders
[5.5]
720. Chelsea Grin - Suffer In Heaven
[5.5]
721. Obituary - Dying Of Everything
[5.5]
722. Mechina - Cenotaph
[5.5]
723. Ravenlight - Immemorial
[5.5] - Vocals fall flat for me on this one.
724. Zorya - Mystic Lament
[5.0] - Peculiar misstep following last year's decent EP.
725. Phantom Elite - Blue Blood
[5.0] - Bland pop metal with occasionally interesting synthy or djenty parts.
726. Our Last Crusade - Death Wins
[5.0] - Djent-core release that's good in moments but also has the capacity to irritate, particularly in some vocal moments.
727. Nanowar Of Steel - Dislike To False Metal
[5.0]
728. Dead Sun Rising - A Slow Decay
[5.0] - Lethargic, boring stoner/post.
729. The Faith Hills Have Eyes - The Riffth Element
[5.0]
730. Atreyu - The Hope Of A Spark
[5.0] - Bullshit cringe.
731. Messial - Ellipses II: Astronomicon Collapse
[4.5]
732. Joe D. Carpenter - Grimoire
[4.5]
733. Hercules - Waiting For The King
[4.0]
734. Najand - Battle For Emancipation
[3.0]



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04.01.2023 - 10:27
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Staff
Finally a musclassia list with only albums I reviewed
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Do you think if the heart keeps on shrinking
One day there will be no heart at all?
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04.01.2023 - 10:32
musclassia
Staff
Written by RaduP on 04.01.2023 at 10:27

Finally a musclassia list with only albums I reviewed

Considering this is the next one I'm going to listen to, this glorious time period will last for a whopping 20 minutes
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04.01.2023 - 17:53
Zap
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Quick, Radu, review it!
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06.01.2023 - 15:17
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
Contributor
Good luck with breaking your record, it's an astonishing amount of music but I'm betting you will surpass it I will be following this list closely as there's always hidden gems to be found amongst your colossal lists
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16.01.2023 - 10:32
Nejde
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Written by AndyMetalFreak on 06.01.2023 at 15:17

I will be following this list closely as there's always hidden gems to be found amongst your colossal lists

Same here. Conjoined Twin Octopus is this year's first discovery but certainly not the last. Gotta love that band name too
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17.01.2023 - 10:51
Dylan 1974
Thanks for 'Samtar - Shadow Of The King's Charade'. Far out, leftfield alt-prog.
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17.01.2023 - 11:01
musclassia
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Written by Dylan 1974 on 17.01.2023 at 10:51

Thanks for 'Samtar - Shadow Of The King's Charade'. Far out, leftfield alt-prog.

Yeah that was a good discovery from yesterday - will be giving it a shoutout in the next non-metal article so hopefully a couple other people can discover it as well
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17.01.2023 - 11:10
Dylan 1974
Written by musclassia on 17.01.2023 at 11:01

Yeah that was a good discovery from yesterday - will be giving it a shoutout in the next non-metal article so hopefully a couple other people can discover it as well

Nice one, mate. Will keep an eye out for your review. I might order the CD - pity it's unavailable on vinyl.
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12.02.2023 - 19:04
Vellichor
New Insomnium really that good? I’m very excited now
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12.02.2023 - 19:54
musclassia
Staff
Written by Vellichor on 12.02.2023 at 19:04

New Insomnium really that good? I’m very excited now

Gave it my first listens today - I'll need to revisit their past few as I'm not a diehard Insomnium fan, but from what I can remember of the other ones I don't feel any of them impressed me as consistently as this album did (excluding Winter's Gate, which is an entirely different animal). The song Godforsaken is one of their best I reckon, and a few others have really impressed me in the first plays (Starless Paths, The Witch Hunter, The Rapids)
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12.02.2023 - 19:57
Vellichor
Well they consistently put out quality material and I’m glad to hear this one’s no exception
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