Litrosis - I Am Death

Melodic Black Metal 17.05.2012

Catchy Euro Power metal meets raging wall-of-sound black metal? Yes please.

Here's a taste.

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Aura Noir - Out To Die

Black/Thrash 16.05.2012

Hit and miss black/thrash in the end, but when it's flat you'll still be stomping around, and when it's good it's more good than a global peace summit led by Martin Luther King, Jesus, and Salma Hayek's boobs would be. Definitely worth checking out.

Diskord - Dystopics

Weirdly Curious Death Metal Of A Distinctly Bizarre Nature 10.05.2012

So, already bored of Asphyx's recent derivative regurgitation of old school death metal? Fancy seeing what can be done with an old-school vibe when you apply brains and a modern aesthetic to it? No, I didn't think you would.

If though, on the hypothetical chance, you ARE interested in the best death metal of the year so far then you should hit up this crazy, mind-melting little number a.s.a.p.

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Hands Of Despair - Hereafter

Read below! 07.05.2012

Why am I hearing the best album of 2011 in 2012, for blue fuck's sake? Instead of trying to define the band myself, let me quote their own words: "a mixture of the heaviness of death metal, the intensity of black metal, the ambiance of doom metal and the complex structures of progressive metal". Fuck my descriptions, listen to the music. Make sure to listen to the whole album, it's very diverse and genuinely breathtaking.

The whole album here
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Cattle Decapitation - Monolith Of Inhumanity

Deathgrind 07.05.2012

Avoid listening to this album with animals nearby. They'll getcha.

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Onirophagus - Defiler Of Hope

Death/doom, more death than doom 30.04.2012

While not the biggest purveyor of great metal bands, Spain apparently has some hidden gems here and there, and this is one of them. Great, pulverizing riffs, surprising tempo changes and overall coolness of this band shouldn't go unnoticed.
If you're into either doom or death, you should enjoy Onirophagus.

Have a taste here.
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Agruss - Morok

Black Metal 30.04.2012

No funny stuff. Just black metal with a face-vs-brick-wall type impact. Unbelievably loud & crushing.

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Faal - The Clouds Are Burning

doom 26.04.2012

To steal a line from my forthcoming review:

"When is epic fail epic win?"

When it's Faal's epic "The Clouds Are Burning".

Four tracks of unforgiving doom punishment that shifts up tempos from glacial to epic swagger to full on headbanging, all while the members of the band assault you, your family and the girl you took to prom with tons of sonic cold fuzzies.

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Waning - The Human Condition

Progressive Black Metal 24.04.2012

Modern progressive Swedish Black Metal packed full of great riffs with a cold, bleak atmosphere. What is there not to love?
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Hour Of Penance - Sedition

Brutal death metal 19.04.2012

Honestly? Just go fucking nuts and break shit. But be quick - you've only got about a half-an-hour to tear it all down before this thing ends.

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Bong - Mana-Yood-Sushai

Sitar-Driven, Psychedelic Drone 18.04.2012

So you think drone is all about oppressive atmospheres, crushing banality and putting )))'s on the end of your name? Well Bong may change your little minds on that. Taking a bit of a cue from Barn Owl (the band, not the animal) and their more chilled out and relaxed approach to the genre, Bong have shifted their sound into deeper, rather than denser surroundings. Extremely well produced, expansively psychedelic and mysterious but ultimately very listenable drone music.

Sitars are frigging awesome.

Alkerdeel - Morinde

Mindfucking Filth 18.04.2012

After getting crushed during their set at Roadburn. It is more than appropriate to let you know about the disgusting beast of a band that is Alkerdeel and their sophomore record.
An ever-present and pulsing bass, rocking wall of sound, hypnotic and chaotic drums, sick vocals.
It is doom, sludge and black blended beyond distinction.

This is not for the faint of heart.

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Cancer Bats - Dead Set On Living

Hardcore 10.04.2012

Awesome hardcore.
Get it?
Got it?

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Reverence - The Asthenic Ascension

French Black Metal (should say it all) 08.04.2012

Finally, Reverence have delivered the album they always had in them. A richly veiled exercise of varied, deeply textured, winding and intelligent modern black metal, deriving influence from contemporaries Deathspell Omega and Blut Aus Nord but ultimately creating something all their own.

At this moment in time Reverence truly embody and exemplify the sound of French black metal.

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Beyond The Bridge - The Old Man And The Spirit

Prog 07.04.2012

A proper recommendation of conceptual prog rock/metal is in order. A début album years in the making, beautiful and technically complex melodies, orchestrations, male and female vocals, often layered and following different leads, excellent musicianship - this is Beyond The Bridge. If you want a reference, bit of Haken's Visions might give you some footing you seek, though, don't build your expectations on that.

Hear a sample here, or a full track "The Apparition" at the homepage here.

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