Staff picks


Shining - Redefining Darkness
20.10.2012 | Progressive Black Metal
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I'll be honest with all of you: After albums like VI, their cover EP and worst of all: VII, I really felt that Shining didn't have it in them anymore and should just die.
I don't mind eating my words with a pound or two of shit as long as I can do it while listening to this album.

Shining is back.
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Mr. Doctor
DerRozzengarten
Indesinence - Vessels Of Light And Decay
19.10.2012 | Death/Doom

Without a doubt one of the best death/doom releases of the year! But don't just take my word for it, go listen to it here. You will not be disappointed.
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Nefarious
Daniell, !J.O.O.E.!, Mr. Doctor, DerRozzengarten, wormdrink414, Marcel Hubregtse, Abattoir, BloodTears, BudDa, Ag Fox
Anaal Nathrakh - Vanitas
16.10.2012 | Industrial Black Metal/Grindcore
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December 21st was 67 days early.

Listen here.
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J. N.
Mr. Doctor, DerRozzengarten, wormdrink414, Baz Anderson, !J.O.O.E.!, psykometal, Ag Fox, Darkside Momo, Abattoir, Promonex
De Magia Veterum - The Deification
16.10.2012 | Insanity moulded into sound

Chaos = Beauty

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!J.O.O.E.!
Mr. Doctor, DerRozzengarten, Susan, Ag Fox
Vindicator - United We Fall
11.10.2012 | Thrash

Doesn't take no Mensa shit to figure this one out: You like riffs? You'll like this.

Listen to it in full here
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wormdrink414
Daniell, Mr. Doctor
Skogen - Eld
05.10.2012 | Atmospheric Black Metal

Atmospheric black metal of the highest quality!

These Swede's don't try & reinvent the wheel, but they know what they are doing & do it well. This is a multi-layered, mid-paced black metal record that incorporates acoustic passages and clean chants with a beautiful yet sombre atmosphere. With a total running time of 60 minutes & with only one track clocking in under six & a half minutes it won't suit everyone's tastes, but If you are willing to invest the time & soak in all the layers on offer you will be rewarded with a truly great listening experience.
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Nefarious
Abske Fides - Abske Fides
02.10.2012 | Doom
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Beneath Brasil's beaches with topless goddesses and tropical drinks, behind the mask of Carnival, you have rampant poverty, crime, and slums. A dark side concealed under the sheen of tourist hotels and beaches. In other words, a great breeding ground for some awesome doom... enter Abske Fides.

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BitterCOld
Ag Fox, Susan, Marcel Hubregtse, Nefarious, Dane Train, Mr. Doctor, Abattoir, BloodTears
Kong - Merchants Of Air
23.09.2012 | Prog
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I wonder why I haven't heard of Kong before as this mostly instrumental outfit apparently goes back a while. The music of Kong blends influences from electronica and industrial with prog metal. Some of it packs a punch. Oh, those riffs and those rhythms!

Listen to the whole album on their Bandcamp page. If you're looking for a recommendation, take "Astral Calls."
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Ivor
Marcel Hubregtse, Darkside Momo, Dane Train, !J.O.O.E.!, Ag Fox, Mr. Doctor
Midnight - Complete And Total Hell
22.09.2012 | Speed/Black
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A compilation of blackened Motörhead-worship from an Ohioan outfit that completely destroys.

Click here for the tunes.
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wormdrink414
!J.O.O.E.!, Marcel Hubregtse, Fat & Sassy!, Mr. Doctor
Ancestors - In Dreams And Time
16.09.2012 | Stoom

I don't delve deep into either stoner or doom. But albums such as this make the occasional forays so much more worthwhile. Doomy atmosphere with a drive of a stoner rock is how I like it to be served. This is no less than a stellar release.

Just listen to "On The Wind" here.
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Ivor
Ag Fox, Daniell, wormdrink414, Marcel Hubregtse, Dane Train, Mr. Doctor, Susan, !J.O.O.E.!, BudDa, Introspekrieg
Threshold - March Of Progress
15.09.2012 | Progressive metal

This is how it should be: long, nice and easy, and sinewy. I'm talking about good prog, of course. And that is exactly what you'll find in March Of Progress. No big tricks, just good songs really.
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BloodTears
Ag Fox, Ivor, Introspekrieg, Milena, Nefarious
Hooded Menace - Effigies Of Evil
12.09.2012 | Death/Doom
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Perhaps a tad weaker than their older releases, but still a joyride full of creepy melodies that creep out from between heavy-as-lead riffs.
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Daniell
Marcel Hubregtse, Mr. Doctor, wormdrink414, BloodTears, Susan, BudDa
Ørkenkjøtt - Ønskediktet
12.09.2012 | Proggy shizz

Both progressive and extreme and original! Oh fuck, those are three things. Nevermind. Why haven't I picked this before? Because I'm an idiot, that's why.
Disclaimer: There are no actual horses playing pianos on this album.
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Milena
Nefarious, !J.O.O.E.!, Ivor, Introspekrieg, BloodTears, Mr. Doctor, Troy Killjoy
Sunn O))) - Rehearsal Demo Nov 11 2011
09.09.2012 | Drone Doom

Meat and potatoes Sunn O))). Stripped down, roughly-cut drone in its purest form with some curious Russian film samples (Posetitel muzeya) scattered here and there, giving it a strangely Soviet edge.

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!J.O.O.E.!
Mr. Doctor
Unipolar Manic-Depressive Psychosis - Psychodelicus Decibeli
06.09.2012 | Avantgarde / Extreme Prog
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In line with most of my picks, we're in front of some pretty unique form of metal here that's relatively unknown. Alchemist is the most legitimate name drop I could do for you to get a rough idea of how this sonic-bomb sounds.

Or you can just go here (and thank me right away).
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Ag Fox