Howls Of Ebb - Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows

Lovecraftian black/death 17.06.2016

Howls Of Ebb are a fine example of the growing tendency towards experimentation taking place right now not only in black metal, but in death metal as well. There's little that can be said about this album other than that it's a bizarre, stimulating journey into a blackened death whirlwind oozing of psychedelic bounce and eerie atmospheres. Say that doesn't sound fun and Yog-Sothoth will smack you with his tentacles.

Sing to the Old Ones.
Picked by: Apothecary
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Terra Tenebrosa - The Reverses

Unadulterated darkness 16.06.2016

They did it again...

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Lascaille's Shroud - The Roads Leading North

Extreme sci-fi prog death awesomeness!!! 30.05.2016

If I really have to tell you why I'm Staff Picking this album, then you just... you're just... fuck, you people have no excuse for not checking this project out after I've been peddling it for 3+ years. All his albums (save for the new one cuz it's not released yet) are on Bandcamp for Name Your Price. Get on it.

YouTube full album stream

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Flotsam And Jetsam - Flotsam And Jetsam

Thrash, finally 26.05.2016

Simply put, the best thrash album of this year so far.
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Demonic Tutor, Marcel Hubregtse

Withered - Grief Relic

Broken neck 25.05.2016

Grief Relic is my first time crossing paths with Withered, the joining of the mighty Ethan McCarthy (Primitive Man, Vermin Womb, ex-CTTTOAFF) to the band being a treat that immediately raised interest. This black/death metal infantry is armed to the teeth with all the fixins: blitzkrieg guitars, thundering drum and bass, monstrous vocals from Ethan and Mike Thompson, and a pleasantly variable tempo ranging from frantic bangers one moment to slow, painful crushers the next. If you've been running low on the brutality pills lately, Withered are happy to compensate.

Get rekt.
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Deadsoulman, Marcel Hubregtse

Sólstafir - Í Blóđi Og Anda

Melodic and Progressive Black 19.05.2016

This currently re-released album is an overlooked gem in Sólstafir's back catalogue. A raw, dare I say "warm" but fierce output along a path, the band has long since strayed from; with good production and more than a few elements that will surprise you.

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Almyrkvi - Pupil Of The Searing Maelstrom

Industrial BM... in space 10.05.2016

As further testament to the fact that Icelandic black metal is not purely confined to Deathspell Omega emulation, Almyrkvi, the one man project of Garðar S. Jónsson, is hitting the scene hard this year with this debut EP. The music here is something of an industrial-influenced brand of ambient black metal: thick, almost mechanical-sounding riffs create a hypnotizing atmosphere, enhanced by atmospheric breaks interspersed throughout. Think something along the lines of Blut Aus Nord + Darkspace. Easily one of the best BM releases I've yet heard this year.

Slabdragger - Rise Of The Dawncrusher

Sludge + Doom 06.05.2016

Ok, with a name like Slabdragger and an album titled Rise Of The Dawncrusher one might expect riffs. You would not be disappointed. From slow, powerful doomy riffs and clean singing to Indian-like shrieking, Slabdragger beat you about the head and neck with riffs, riffs and more riffs. Viva La Bandcamp.
Picked by: BitterCOld
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Westfield Massacre - Westfield Massacre

Melodic Death/Metalcore 01.05.2016

The sound we all knew Tommy's vocals were much more suited for than Divine Heresy's.

Picked by: psykometal

Babymetal - Metal Resistance

Desu-core 23.04.2016

Look, I can't explain this album, and neither can you. It has djent, it has DragonForce, and it has nonstandard time signatures. At this point, I'm not ruling out a collaboration with Cattle Decapitation and Wardruna on a Bathory cover for the inevitable Babymetal III - The Kawaii-ening. You might question the nature of reality and what it really means to be a fan of music ('cause I sure did), but it's good. Just... just listen. Shut up and listen.

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Iamthemorning - Lighthouse

Prog 10.04.2016

Lighthouse is without contest the most beautiful album released this year, past and future. This young duo from Russia keep improving on their already very skilful song-writing and deliver something that is magical. This time with guest appearances from Gavin Harrison, Colin Edwin and Mariusz Duda. If prog rock built around piano, classically inclined composition and beautiful voice is your thing, don't miss out on it.

Enjoy Lighthouse at Bandcamp.

Graves At Sea - The Curse That Is

Doom/Sludge 02.04.2016

While oppressively heavy and quite abrasive, Graves At Sea manage to remain catchy and subtly melodic at the same time. If doom and sludge are your thing, this album is a must. Even if they aren't, listen anyway.

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Apothecary, Marcel Hubregtse
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The Algorithm - Brute Force

Electro + metal = madness.exe 31.03.2016

A refined polymorphic code of madness. Ten slabs of heavy hitting, guitar infused, abrasive electro shit.
Now with added Igorrr / Pryapisme value!

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Primitive Man - Primitive Man / Sea Bastard [Split]

Dirty doom dabblings 18.03.2016

The misanthropic, kvlt-tinged sludge of Primitive Man is ready to throw down with Sea Bastard's lumbering, cavernous brand of doom on this monstrous new split. It's the Primitive Man side that leaves the greater impression, with a pleasant return to a grittier, Scorn-like production, but the crushing Sea Bastard track is nonetheless a powerful, worthy complement. I'm not usually one to get all that crazy about splits, but this one's a definite beast.

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Oceans Of Slumber - Winter

Prog 08.03.2016

I feel like a ton of bricks has fallen on me. I don't know nor care what this band was without Cammie Gilbert but she makes this album perfect in its little imperfections. I'm floored by her voice. I'm in love with her voice. It scratches the very depths of my soul. This is an album I wasn't prepared to find... And, man, that The Moody Blues cover is just wonderful.

Listen to "Winter" or "Suffer the Last Bridge" or just go get the whole damn album. It's totally worth it.

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