Step In Fluid - One Step Beyond

Jazz Prog 20.03.2012

There's not a lot of "funky" metal out there these days that doesn't sound like crap. Here's a great prog album that is as much jazz as it is metal.

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Monolithe - Interlude Second

2012: A Space Metal Odyssey AKA Frone Metal 14.03.2012

This is every fleeting dream you have ever had about alien worlds, every alternate dimension where 2 + 2 = 3 and where colours exist that cannot be comprehended within the limited scope of the human brain. This is something you haven't heard before.



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Dissona - Dissona

Progressive/Avantgarde 12.03.2012

If you're too lazy to read the awesome review that's one click away from you (shame on you!), this is what Alice heard while she was falling down the rabbit hole. You'll spend your first spin wondering what the hell is going on, and then it will grab you and never let you go.

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Djerv - Djerv

Blackened Heavy Metal 10.03.2012

Catchy heavy metal with a rough, razor-sharp black metal edge. A big thumbs up for those who love a little raw aggression in their melodic metal.

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Promonex, Mr. Doctor



Tort - Tort

rustingdoom 07.03.2012

Tort is a kissing-cousin to Doc's prior staff pick, Lurk. Well, not sure if they kiss, or are even cousins... but both bands put out awesome ugly, raw, doom-ish based music, and are on the same label.

Tort is an affront to all things decent, and, thus, is a swell addition to the musical library of anyone who stumbles across this site. If you dig the cover art, odds are you'll dig the album. Highly recommended.

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Asphyx - Deathhammer

Death metal as it's supposed to be. 26.02.2012

Screw all your tech death bullshit fretboard wankers who forgot what death metal is and only churn out chaotic assemblies of soulless hogwash mistakenly called music. Asphyx is the shit, ladies and gentlemen. Let Deathhammer pulverize you.

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Hail Spirit Noir - Pneuma

Avant-Garde Black Metal 26.02.2012

Bouncy, catchy, spooky, sinister, campy black metal.

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Last Chance To Reason - Level 2

Run and gun side scrolling shoot-em-up 23.02.2012

One of those heard-of-em, will check out albums that simply flew under my radar last year. Touring with Animals As Leaders should have brought more exposure to this gem, but it somehow went unnoticed. Prog metal has seen it's fair share of concept albums, but a fully interactive concept album? Blurring the lines between music and gaming, LCTR has teamed up with indie game developer Tom Vine to create a playable version of the album. Rumored to be reminiscent of R-Type, Contra, and Super Metroid, this album already proves it will have a killer soundtrack. Recommend for fans of Protest The Hero, Cynic, Between The Buried And Me, SikTh, hell, I even hear some nice stuff for King Crimson fans in there. Allergy Warnings: -core, cheese, photosensitive seizures.
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!J.O.O.E.!, Ag Fox
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Hellshock - They Wait For You Still

Crust/Thrash/Death 21.02.2012

This remains catchy despite how remorselessly, horse-beatingly savage it gets. Great album here.
Picked by: wormdrink414



Riverside - Memories In My Head

Prog the way it should be 19.02.2012

Old, established prog bands are becoming stale and repetitive. Riverside isn't.

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Sentenced - Buried Alive

Finnish specialty 18.02.2012

Buried Alive sums up the glory of Sentenced (mostly of its later years) and their special combination of lightweight, melancholic music with dark humor and authentically painful lyrics. I always mistakenly call it End Of The Road instead of its real name, because for me it's a painful reminder that Miika Tenkula is not among us anymore, and that the solo he played during the last song is the last one he ever played on stage.
Picked by: MoraWintersoul



Lurk - Lurk

Doom/Sludge/Death/Black 15.02.2012

*Curls into fetal position and rocks back and forth*
*Checks closet*
*Turns on night light*
*Pulls blanket over head*

"It was just a bad dream..."

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Fukpig - 3

THROW ME THE LYSOL 14.02.2012

"Scummy" would be an understatement.
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wormdrink414
Doc Godin
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Crippled Black Phoenix - (Mankind) The Crafty Ape

Prog / Post / Experimental rock 13.02.2012

Metal Storm Awards is so last year. So, for those of you who balance on the bleeding edge of new releases, here's a suggestion to keep you on track and in check. The great stuff that is Crippled Black Phoenix is back with a new album. From depressing post rockish experimental atmosphere to Floydy tunes, they have it and they own it. So, you take your time to enjoy it.

Try it out!
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Ivor
Mr. Doctor



Taranis - Kingdom

Progressive / Melodic Black / Intensely amazing 12.02.2012

This album is one of the most seamless blends of genres you've heard in a while. It's melodic, no wait, it's extreme! It's prog, but it's black metal, but then it's not black metal. One thing that steals the show is the clean vocals. Trust me on this one, this dude has one of the most soaring male voices in metal today, or any day.

Get it here.

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