Wo Fat - Midnight Cometh

stonerdoomsludge 22.08.2016

Discussing this with Pippin, he described as "If Orange Goblin and Tool had a psychedelic doom baby". What he said. bandcamp cometh



Thrawsunblat - Metachthonia

Blackened folk, I guess 10.08.2016

Far from flawless, but still probably the best folk metal album of the last few months.



Ewïg Frost - No Dice

punk speedmetal 18.07.2016

Hooray! loved the "High Octane Anarchy" of Ewig Frost's EP and now they are back with another Motorhead worship punked-up speed metal Atomic Release. 13 songs, 30 minutes of ugly, gritty, rip-roaring Black Mountain Madness. Get yer smash on!
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Abattoir



Névoa - Re Un

Black metal (plus all kinds of stuff) 03.07.2016

It's hard to find massive albums that really engulf you from the start and grab you until the very last note. But Névoa's Re Un is one of those albums. This stellar work from the Portuguese duo owes a lot to their name, Névoa (or "mist" in English). The immersive riffs just hoover around like a dim fog of hopelessness. The atmosphere is everything on this release and so is the unexpected. The music is anything but predicable with sludge, post, black and doom all mixed up into one big cauldron of hypnotic and hallucinatory musings. It's desolate, contemplative and slow. You might look for a beacon of light in Re Un's darkness but you will never find one, only mist.
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Susan, Paz
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Blood Of An Outlaw - Southern Hymns

Deathcore/Metalcore 03.07.2016

Up and coming -core band from my hometown, Houston, TX. Check 'em out. My favorite track is "Foundations".

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Barús - Barús

Progressive Death Metal 29.06.2016

The self-titled EP by Frenchies Barús is fantastique. Four separate tracks of slightly proggy death with vision, each with their own unique feel and vibe. Listened to this more than a dozen times now over three months, each time enjoying it while hating myself for not pounding out a review saying how much I enjoy it. Thus ends my confession. Hold not my sins against the band. Check it out.
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Nefarious
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Blut Aus Nord - Codex Obscura Nomina [Split]

Hallucinatory BM... and some Ævangelist 28.06.2016

This new split really feels more like a Blut Aus Nord EP + a rather poorly produced Ævangelist track than anything else. While Ævangelist largely disappoint with their contribution, Blut Aus Nord meanwhile craft a mesmerizing, 4 track journey that sounds somewhat like MoRT at points, but is also strikingly new, dripping of a strange psychedelic influence in the guitar tone and background effects. A pleasant surprise for this year that is just too damn short.

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Nails - You Will Never Be One Of Us

Hardcore 19.06.2016

Another solid, brutal release in the genre of "show up 15 minutes late, miss first 3 bands". A few more sprinklings of death metal and doom riffs in this one, along with the grindy frantic intensity that Nails is known for. Be uplifted by the sheer optimism of songs like "Life Is A Death Sentence" and "Violence Is Forever" as you watch the world burn.

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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.

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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.



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.



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