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A Forest Of Stars - A Shadowplay For Yesterdays
24.07.2012 | Unique Atmospheric / Avantgarde Black
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Maybe, maybe, more accessible than their previous two offerings, yet still completely unique, A Forest Of Stars didn't disappoint at all with this new gem of an album.



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Darkside Momo
!J.O.O.E.!, Mr. Doctor, Troy Killjoy, Introspekrieg, Ag Fox, Promonex
Merrimack - The Acausal Mass
19.07.2012 | black

Take a drink. Another French black metal band, another great release. Not as wistful as Alcest, not as out there as Deathspell Aus Nord, this is closer to good old raging and dissonant black metal. A release worth looking into.
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BitterCOld
Mr. Doctor, Marcel Hubregtse, wormdrink414, Ag Fox
Master - The New Elite
17.07.2012 | Death

This is nothing but brass tacks, to the point, down your pint, grab-your-pool-stick-and-start-smacking-people-with-it straight-forward DM.
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wormdrink414
Ag Fox, Marcel Hubregtse, Promonex
Black Pyramid - Black Pyramid II
12.07.2012 | stoner doom

Black Pyramid's II is a happy trippy fun stoner doom jam record reminiscent at times of some of Cathedral's groovier, more upbeat tunes.
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BitterCOld
Dane Train, Marcel Hubregtse, Mr. Doctor
Pictured - Strand Of Time
10.07.2012 | Melodeath

Not reinventing any wheels here, just a wide variety of different takes on melodic-extreme metal combined into a homogenous, well executed mixture.

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Doc Godin
Milena
In The Silence - A Fair Dream Gone Mad
06.07.2012 | Atmospheric / Progressive Metal

Whoa! Where did this come from?!

What In The Silence have managed to achieve with this, their self-financed & independently released debut is nothing short of remarkable. The beautiful yet haunting atmosphere, intricate songwriting & talented musicianship displayed throughout this album will leave you spellbound. This may well just be one of the best debut albums of the year. A must for all fans of progressive metal.

Go check them out.

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Nefarious
Ag Fox, BloodTears, Ivor, Milena, Mr. Doctor, Susan, Introspekrieg
Frequency Drift - Laid To Rest
05.07.2012 | Prog

This will have been the most beautiful prog album you have heard so far this year. Outstanding and beautiful female vocals, haunting melodies, harps, violins, flutes, and theatrical - nay, cinematic - delivery. Frequency Drift have some stunning song writing and arrangement skills. Now, excuse me, I have to go see them live. Adieu!

Check the first track here!
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Ivor
Introspekrieg, dismaleuphony, Ag Fox, Mr. Doctor
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.

For album preview head here!

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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