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The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet
03.07.2012 | Experimental schizophrenic heavy rock

And now for something completely different. It is simply the combustion of great ideas and forward-thinking execution. The weirdness is addicting, the electronic volts are fiery and the dreamy voice is the icing on the cake. There is nothing wrong with tasting something a little bit different.
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BloodTears
Mr. Doctor, !J.O.O.E.!, Introspekrieg, Marcel Hubregtse
Orphaned Land - The Road To Or-Shalem
29.06.2012 | Progressive Folk Metal

A real eye-opening performance from an honest band trying to bring people together through music we love. What's not to like?
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Demonic Tutor
Nefarious, Introspekrieg, Dane Train, BloodTears, Darkside Momo, Fat & Sassy!, White Winter Sun
ReinXeed - Welcome To The Theater
28.06.2012 | Power metal

Swedes ReinXeed are on their fifth album now, and Welcome To The Theater has the added gimmick that each song is about a famous film. Straightforward and solid power metal, a seemingly rare thing these days. Check out their awesome song "Temple Of The Crystal Skulls" here!
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Susan, GT
Black Breath - Sentenced To Life
27.06.2012 | Death

A fast, dirty, scuzzy, dirty, tooth-shattering fist to the face.

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wormdrink414
Mr. Doctor, Marcel Hubregtse, BitterCOld, Ag Fox, Promonex

Technical, sludgy, avantgarde, and even atmospheric at times. Unconventional, yet captivating music that's for sure.

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Ag Fox
BloodTears, !J.O.O.E.!, Mr. Doctor
Headspace - I Am Anonymous
15.06.2012 | Prog rock / metal

This album is pretty huge. For starters it features Wakeman legacy, Adam Wakeman on keyboards to be precise - it's in the family. More to the point, though, the vocals are provided by Damian Wilson, one of the most talented singers in the genre. And that matters! I Am Anonymous is complex, technical, multifaceted, deep lyrically, and perfectly executed. A solid prog meal with a djenty aftertaste. This is simply one of the best prog albums released so far this year.

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Ivor
Introspekrieg, Dane Train, Nefarious, Milena, BudDa, BloodTears
Witchsorrow - God Curse Us
15.06.2012 | CatheDroom

No jokes, no lies, no deceptions. Just fantastically sounding doom from the UK, like good old Cathedral used to play. A hefty improvement over their debut, this is some mighty fine misery with an occult edge.

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!J.O.O.E.!
Marcel Hubregtse, Daniell, Mr. Doctor
Primate - Draw Back A Stump
12.06.2012 | Grind/Hardcore Punk

Uhhh...Contains members of Mastodon and Brutal Truth. Is there really any more that needs to be said?

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Doc Godin
BitterCOld, Mr. Doctor, BudDa
Gnaw Their Tongues - Eschatological Scatology
08.06.2012 | Symphonic Power Metal
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As everyone knows, I'm a huge power metal fan. I've heard quite a bit of power metal so far this year and on reflection I would have to say this is the genre's strongest output of the last 6 months. Rip-roaring melodies that soar higher than the stars, achingly beautiful leads and harmonies betwixt Mories' exceptional vocal range and adeptness with the keyboard.

Dragons and unicorns have never sounded so good.



Hahaha, foolish power metal suckers...
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!J.O.O.E.!
Mr. Doctor, Troy Killjoy, Ag Fox, Introspekrieg
Diablo Swing Orchestra - Pandora's Piñata
06.06.2012 | More fun than you've ever had with avant metal
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If you liked anything about DSO's previous 2 albums, or you're curious what all the fuss is about, then don't miss the opportunity to bask in their 3rd offering. They've tripled the energy, intensity, and crazy fun. No world music is safe from this insane band.

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Susan
Darkside Momo, Introspekrieg, wrathchild, !J.O.O.E.!, Mr. Doctor, Fat & Sassy!, wormdrink414, Ag Fox, White Winter Sun, psykometal
Various Artists - Falling Down IIV
06.06.2012 | forward thinking musicians

Two disks, 20 previously unreleased tracks by 20+ artists covering huge portions of the musical landscape. Pink Floyd worship here, slowly building post rock there. Tripped out stoner doom? Check. Abrasive blackened tunes? Yep, it's in here. And one awesome collaborative effort from Year Of No Light and Mars Red Sky.

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BitterCOld
Mr. Doctor
Deathhammer - Onward To The Pits
05.06.2012 | Thrash

It's like Asma Assad's bathing suit area: raw, evil-sounding, and barbarous. We are talking about thrash though, so I mean that in the best way possible.

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wormdrink414
BitterCOld, R'Vannith, Mr. Doctor
Galahad - Battle Scars
03.06.2012 | Neo-prog

I don't know whether you proggers noticed or not but veteran British neo-prog scene delivered a set of strong albums last year. Pendragon, Pallas, Arena - just to set you straight what I'm thinking of. So, here's more from UK - Galahad. A bit too focused on keyboards, some ups and downs, at times a bit annoying but overall enjoyable stuff that's been spinning more than I initially thought possible. I can't put my finger on it but there's something there that keeps me returning for yet another go.

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Ivor
Ag Fox
Pseudogod - Deathwomb Catechesis
29.05.2012 | Death/Black
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This thing is as vicious as its song titles are hackneyed and pretentious-sounding.

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wormdrink414
Marcel Hubregtse, Mr. Doctor
3 Inches Of Blood - Long Live Heavy Metal
24.05.2012 | Heavy Metal

You know what? This was a hard album to grow attached to. While it may not contain instantaneously infectious 3 Inches' anthem classics like "Deadly Sinners", "Trial Of Champions" or "Battles And Brotherhood", you'll find tracks like "Dark Messenger", "4000 Torches", "Leave It On The Ice" and "Men Of Fortune" still cram-packed with great riffs, which is, at their core, what this band is all about.

Excuse the fanboy moment.

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Doc Godin
Troy Killjoy, Promonex, Mr. Doctor, psykometal