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Created by: Liafev | 17.04.2023

1. Prognan - Naši Životi Više Ne Postoje
8.2 - Excellent pagan / folk black over here. The voice doesn't seem to appeal everyone, but I think it fits the music perfectly. I particularly like how they manage to keep they riff ideas interesting through their songs by constantly evolving the arrangements supporting it. A very good album from start to finish, despite its length.
2. Non Est Deus - Legacy
3. Fires In The Distance - Air Not Meant For Us
4. Hypno5e - Sheol
5. Suotana - Ounas I
7.5 - Fun album that reminded me of Ulthima or Euphoreon. It felt even better on second listen. It does sound a bit cheesy at times though.. But still a good epic melodeath album.
6. Aara - Triade III: Nyx
7. Dødheimsgard - Black Medium Current
8.3 It's quite rare that I give an album a second chance if it didn't convince me on first listen these days.. I did hear a lot of great things in this one on first listen, but more in an analytical, music nerd kind of way. The music itself didn't really move me and I didn't plan to come back to it. However, after seeing it in all eoy tops, I decided to give it another chance, and I am now glad I did. After 3 spins I am totally in love with it, both on the analytical and pleasure levels. Very varied, creative, and smart.
8. Hanging Garden - The Garden
9. Doomas - R'lyeh
10. Klone - Meanwhile
11. The Ocean - Holocene
12. Ciemra - The Tread Of Darkness
7.4 - Really like the slow and hypnotic atmosphere on this one. We need some black metal that's not going 100km/h once in a while.
13. Wayfarer - American Gothic
14. Krigsgrav - Fires In The Fall
15. Cursebinder - Drifting
8.0 - Excellent drumming on this one! I don't even really know how to describe it, the grooves, the fills, the sound texture, everything feels perfect. Definitely the heart of the music for me, but the whole album is great from start to finish.
16. Blackbraid - Blackbraid II
17. Domkraft - Sonic Moons
18. Apodemus - Atlas
19. Godthrymm - Distortions
8.0 Great doom release with a captivating atmosphere, very dreamy and melancholic. The sound design is amazing on this record, it sound thick, heavy, yet super clean. Greta job.
20. Phlebotomized - Clouds Of Confusion
This might be my favourite death metal release of the year so far, at the least the most unexpected and surprising. I really love the atmosphere the synth creates, it sounds old school but clean, which is how I like my odsm, the songwriting has lots of interesting twists, and the singing is very powerful. Great album.
21. Sulphur Aeon - Seven Crowns And Seven Seals
22. Crypta - Shades Of Sorrow
23. Kaunis Kuolematon - Mielenvalta
24. Green Yeti - Necropolitan
I love the sound of the bass on that record. It somehow feels like we hear the strings more than usual. Good and varied record overall, I like the different singing style that make the whole album remain interesting.
25. Godthrymm - Distortions
26. Thronehammer - Kingslayer
27. Pyramaze - Bloodlines
This album gets bashed for being too pop, and I usually hate things which are too pop, but I somehow like this one a lot. It has a lot of beautiful and emotional moments, and I think they manage to keep the darkness while becoming more accssible.
28. Polar - Everywhere, Everything
7.5 - Albeit not very original, this is top Metalcore to me. Way too many bands overuse cleans or fall on the pop side of things for my taste, Polar manage to remain darker, and do not user much cleans, but rather a slightly harsher version of them for the choruses. This plugs the hole Architects left in my library in the recent years.
29. Austere - Corrosion Of Hearts
30. Labyrinthus Stellarum - Tales Of The Void
31. Entropia - Total
32. Unearth - The Wretched; The Ruinous
33. Mental Cruelty - Zwielicht
34. ...And Oceans - As In Gardens, So In Tombs
35. Carnosus - Visions Of Infinihility
36. Inherits The Void - The Impending Fall Of The Stars
37. Katatonia - Sky Void Of Stars
7.9 I wasn't expecting this new Katatonia to be that good. It got me from the first riffs. It confirms the trajectory of Katatonia being more and more rock, though it still have very pleasant moments of heavyness here and there. Overall very nice and soothing atmosphere.
38. For I Am King - Crown
39. Sermon - Of Golden Verse
40. Marianas Rest - Auer
41. Enslaved - Heimdal
42. Contrarian - Sage Of Shekhinah
43. Kalmankantaja - Unohdettu
44. Lamp Of Murmuur - Saturnian Bloodstorm
45. Thy Catafalque - Alföld
46. Carnifex - Necromanteum
47. Ov Sulfur - The Burden Ov Faith
48. Norrhem - Norrhem / Sielunvihollinen
49. Isole - Anesidora
50. Tomb Mold - The Enduring Spirit
51. Foretoken - Triumphs
52. A Dark Halo - Omnibus One
53. The Lion's Daughter - Bath House
54. Sworn - A Journey Told Through Fire
55. Obituary - Dying Of Everything
7.2 This is another Obitary album. No surprise, but I like their style so that album is alright for me.
56. In Flames - Foregone
57. Insomnium - Anno 1696
58. Moonlight Sorcery - Horned Lord Of The Thorned Castle
59. Aodon - Portraits
60. Atavistia - Cosmic Warfare
61. Rye - В​с​ё
62. Asinhell - Impii Hora
63. Rezn - Solace
64. Trold - Der Var Engang​.​.​.
65. Bloodred Hourglass - How's The Heart?
66. Ad Infinitum - Chapter III: Downfall
67. Ice Giant - Ghost Of Humanity
68. Rise Of The Northstar - Showdown
69. Soen - Memorial
70. Orbit Culture - Descent
71. Mephorash - Krystl​-​Ah
72. Svalbard - The Weight Of The Mask
73. Downfall Of Gaia - Silhouettes Of Disgust
74. Vastum - Inward To Gethsemane
75. Heretoir - Nightsphere
76. Arkona - Kob'
77. Genus Ordinis Dei - The Beginning
78. Tryglav - The Ritual
79. Dopelord - Songs For Satan
80. Mass Hysteria - Tenace - Part 1
81. Horrendous - Ontological Mysterium
82. Weeping Silence - Isles Of Lore
83. Dishonor - Smoke Screen
84. Boötes Void - Singularity
85. Immortal - War Against All
86. Vorna - Aamunkoi
87. Imperium Dekadenz - Into Sorrow Evermore
88. Finsterforst - Jenseits
89. Dawn Of Ouroboros - Velvet Incandescence
90. Smoulder - Violent Creed Of Vengeance
91. Inverno - Stasis
92. Dozer - Drifting In The Endless Void
93. Rannoch - Conflagrations
94. Dwaal - Never Enough
95. Feuerschwanz - Fegefeuer
96. Мещера [Meschera] - Жатва
97. Desolate Realm - Legions
Not the most exciting, but the sound texture is really cool, nice guitar tone, very cool vocals. I might come back to this.
98. Morne - Engraved With Pain
99. Bizarrekult - Den Tapte Krigen
7.4 Nice blend of traditional Norwegian black metal and post black metal. Cool riffs, nice tempo, good atmosphere.
100. Harboured - Harboured
101. Kadaverficker - Superkiller (A Musical Journey Between Life And Death)
102. Morne - Engraved With Pain
103. Sulphur Aeon - Seven Crowns And Seven Seals

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