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Reverence - The Asthenic Ascension
08.04.2012 | French Black Metal (should say it all)

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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!J.O.O.E.!
Troy Killjoy, Mr. Doctor, Daniell, DerRozzengarten, Nefarious, Ag Fox

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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Ivor
Dane Train, Ag Fox, Milena, Nefarious
High On Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis
04.04.2012 | Stonersludge
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Nothing fancy here. The band that put the POWAH! in power trio, High On Fire, are back with another pummeling album featuring dalekian vocals, pounding drums, pummeling guitar and bass riffs, and Matt Pike's frenetic solos. Tracks like "Spiritual Rites" and "Serums Of Liao" are the sonic equivalent of a bar room brawl. Enjoy.

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BitterCOld
Daniell, Ag Fox, Mr. Doctor, wormdrink414, Troy Killjoy, Doc Godin, BudDa
Overkill - The Electric Age
03.04.2012 | Thrash

Well whaddayaknow. Another good Overkill release.

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wormdrink414
Daniell, Ag Fox, Promonex, Mr. Doctor
Anguish - Through The Archdemons Head
27.03.2012 | Candlemass Adoration
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Totally unashamed Candlemass worship, right down to the guitar tone, only with a Cronos-alike on vocals. Just shield your eyes when looking at that album artwork *shivers*



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Daniell, Doc Godin, Mr. Doctor, Marcel Hubregtse, wormdrink414, GT
Thee Orakle - Smooth Comforts False
27.03.2012 | Gothic / Death / Touch of Avantgarde

You like female fronted gothic metal but don't want to look like a pussy? You kind of like death metal but, then again, you kind of don't? You like some experimentation in your music but want it to remain within sensible boundaries? A bit of saxophone sounds hip to you? How about a couple of jazz interludes? If it's all yes, then this might be an album for you.

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Ivor
BloodTears, Ag Fox, Mr. Doctor
Step In Fluid - One Step Beyond
20.03.2012 | Jazz Prog

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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Doc Godin
Mr. Doctor, Introspekrieg, wormdrink414, Fat & Sassy!
Monolithe - Interlude Second
14.03.2012 | 2012: A Space Metal Odyssey AKA Frone Metal
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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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Troy Killjoy, Mr. Doctor, Doc Godin, DerRozzengarten, Introspekrieg, Ag Fox, Nefarious
Dissona - Dissona
12.03.2012 | Progressive/Avantgarde
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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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MoraWintersoul
Ag Fox, BloodTears, Nefarious, Susan, Introspekrieg
Djerv - Djerv
10.03.2012 | Blackened Heavy Metal

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
07.03.2012 | rustingdoom
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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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BitterCOld
Doc Godin, Marcel Hubregtse, Mr. Doctor, wormdrink414, Ag Fox, Introspekrieg
Asphyx - Deathhammer
26.02.2012 | Death metal as it's supposed to be.

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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Daniell
Mr. Doctor, Baz Anderson, White Winter Sun, Marcel Hubregtse, wormdrink414, Ag Fox, !J.O.O.E.!, Doc Godin, BitterCOld, Promonex, Nefarious, BloodTears
Hail Spirit Noir - Pneuma
26.02.2012 | Avant-Garde Black Metal
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Bouncy, catchy, spooky, sinister, campy black metal.

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Mr. Doctor, Fat & Sassy!, wormdrink414, Troy Killjoy, Introspekrieg, R'Vannith, Darkside Momo
Last Chance To Reason - Level 2
23.02.2012 | Run and gun side scrolling shoot-em-up
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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
Hellshock - They Wait For You Still
21.02.2012 | Crust/Thrash/Death

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