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Blind Guardian - Nightfall In Middle-Earth
29.05.2018 | Music, in the truest sense of the word

I'm about a month late for the exact anniversary, but Nightfall In Middle-Earth is 20 years old now, and for the last 10, it has been my favorite album of all time. Andre Olbrich's guitar solos, Hansi Kürsch's vocals, the songwriting, the production, the choirs, the drama, the emotion, the cover art, even the cavalcade of excessive interludes - just about every characteristic of this album is, for me, the gold standard by which that characteristic is measured in all other works of music. I can still clearly remember hearing "Nightfall" for the first time and thinking within the first ten seconds, "This is the perfect band for me." Ten years later, I feel the same sentiments I did that first time. Happy birthday, Nightfall. Happy anniversary, Bards of Metal.

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ScreamingSteelUS
BloodTears, BitterCOld, Demonic Tutor, Daniell
The Body - I Have Fought Against It, But I Can't Any Longer.
22.05.2018 | Industrial noise dark ambient sludge something or other
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There's not much new here out of Chip, Lee, and company, but when their atypical, genre-bending formula has been working so well lately, what's really worth fixing? Here industrial, sludge, noise, and black metal influences combine yet again into a frightening yet oddly beautiful maelstrom. Certainly not for everyone, but definitely for those who love nightmarish music that has no qualms in smashing down artistic boundaries.

Listen.

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Apothecary
Dew-Scented - Inwards
19.05.2018 | Brutalityyyyyyyyy

After 26 years and ten albums whose titles all start with the letter "i," Dew-Scented have decided to make the world a nicer, calmer, gentler, and overall suckier place by taking themselves out of it. This was one of the bands that first acclimatized me to harsh vocals and more extreme forms of metal, and what a band to start with; to this day, Inwards is one of my go-to albums whenever I need something that is loud, fast, brutal, angry, unsubtle, and wicked sick in equal measure. I hate to see them go, but we've still got in "Bitter Conflict" one of the finest metal songs ever written.
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ScreamingSteelUS
Death Grips - Bottomless Pit
01.04.2018 | Krokodil

Is you a hot head bent on giving bad people good ideas? Or just some trash trying to ring a bell with some Houdini magic tricks? Eh, it don't really matter I suppose. But if you're looking to avoid the warping spikes in the bottomless pit and the BB poison in the bubbles buried in this jungle, please dial 80808 to find the three bedrooms in a good neighborhood.
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Apothecary
Eryn Non Dae. - Abandon Of The Self
26.03.2018 | Post-stuff

Eryn Non Dae. continue their chaotic sonic journey, exploring some more ambient territories this time.
While the first contact will probably be disappointing after the beast that is Meliora, don't be fooled: this is another exceptional release. Mellower, but probably more difficult to tame (hint: use headphones )...

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Darkside Momo
Long Distance Calling - Boundless
19.03.2018 | Post

If you want post metal done right, Long Distance Calling should be your first pick this year. Boundless is an album full of absolutely breathtaking music true to its name. With an excellent production to match it soars freely in the sky and you'll enjoy every moment of freedom of imagination it brings.

Try the first two tracks of the album: "Out There" and "Ascending".
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BloodTears
Motörhead - Ace Of Spades
12.01.2018 | RIP Fast Eddie

Today marks the death of the last original Motorhead member.

Just reminding you to raise a beer and blast these immortal riffs in honor of Fast Eddie and the boys.

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Doc Godin
Daniell, Mr. Doctor, ScreamingSteelUS, BloodTears, Darkside Momo
Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor
13.12.2017 | In Memory

Rest In Peace, Warrel Dane. Thanks for everything!

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BloodTears, Daniell, Mr. Doctor, Demonic Tutor, Deadsoulman, ScreamingSteelUS
Primordial - To The Nameless Dead
25.11.2017 | Epic black metal
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So yesterday yours truly celebrated two big events: My not-so-young ass turned 25 and one of the modern classics in black metal turned a full decade!
With its' massive riffs, tasteful drumming, and let's not even start with the unique and thundering vocals of Mr. Nemtheanga... To The Nameless Dead is an album you cannot miss.

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Mr. Doctor
Daniell, Darkside Momo, ScreamingSteelUS

Seems I was about to miss one of this year's greatest albums, but thanks to their tour with Igorrr that won't be the case.
So guess what? That's Pryapisme at their best: Cat-worshipping electro / zheul / jazz / avant-garde / metal, still as wacky as usual, but a bit more, er, progressive as far as song structures are concerned. Purrr-fect!

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Darkside Momo
ScreamingSteelUS, BloodTears
Pylar - A Ella Te Conduce La Sagrada Espyral
16.10.2017 | Expansionist drone metal

"So man, what's new for music today?"
"Eh, not much. Pylar, that Spanish band, they just dropped a new album that takes the drone genre to incredible heights once again, incorporating chanting, string instruments, horns, native percussion, and intricate, jazz-like drumming into a massive, doomy core. All with artwork and lyrics that allude to ancient shamanism and druidism as well."
"Meh, drone is so boring. When's that new Morbid Angel coming out?"

Immerse thyself.
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Apothecary
BloodTears
Process Of Guilt - Black Earth
22.09.2017 | Post

Black Earth is a great opening salvo for what promises to be an awesome last 100 days of 2017 for \m/. An unrelentingly heavy assault that is a fine tuning of their approach which sounds like an organic Streetcleaner. Process Of Godflesh anyone?
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BitterCOld
Daniell, Paz, BloodTears
Loss - Horizonless
07.08.2017 | Funeral Doom
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Those who know me know I have had a perfectly wretched July. This was the perfect soundtrack for it. Check it out when you have a miserable day/week/month going on and spread the feel bads.

This One Time, At FuneralCamp
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Mr. Doctor
Tchornobog - Tchornobog
24.07.2017 | Black / Doom / Death Metal

One word: album of the year.

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Paz
Daniell
Bullet Height - No Atonement
20.06.2017 | Prog / Electronic

Remember the amazing Pure Reason Revolution which split up about half a decade ago? Well, Bullet Height is the spiritual successor put together by the former PRR guitarist Jon Courtney, joined by Sammi Doll on vocals. It's a bit darker, a bit heavier, and somewhat more electronic, yet it unmistakably retains the vocal harmonies and songwriting hooks that made PRR so good. It is recognisable as a follow up to PRR's "Hammer and Anvil" and, if anything, advice to follow the musician has never been more apt.

Try "Bastion," "Hold Together," or "Wild Words."
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Ivor
BloodTears