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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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Doc Godin
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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Introspekrieg
!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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wormdrink414
Riverside - Memories In My Head
19.02.2012 | Prog the way it should be

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

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Daniell
MoraWintersoul, BloodTears, Mr. Doctor, Nefarious, Introspekrieg, Dane Train, Ivor
Sentenced - Buried Alive
18.02.2012 | Finnish specialty

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.
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MoraWintersoul
Lurk - Lurk
15.02.2012 | Doom/Sludge/Death/Black
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*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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Doc Godin
Marcel Hubregtse, wormdrink414, !J.O.O.E.!, Mr. Doctor, Daniell, Lyrinan, BitterCOld, White Winter Sun
Fukpig - 3
14.02.2012 | THROW ME THE LYSOL
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"Scummy" would be an understatement.
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wormdrink414
Doc Godin
Crippled Black Phoenix - (Mankind) The Crafty Ape
13.02.2012 | Prog / Post / Experimental rock

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
12.02.2012 | Progressive / Melodic Black / Intensely amazing

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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Lyrinan
MoraWintersoul, Fat & Sassy!, Troy Killjoy, GT, Ag Fox, BloodTears, Promonex, psykometal
Profetus - ...To Open The Passages In Dusk
09.02.2012 | FUNeral Doom!

Happy Happy Joy Joy... err, wait, Misery Misery Woe Woe. Profetus, the embodiment of all things toasterbath are back with another four song affair so bleak it will make those Sarah McLachlan SPCA ads seem like a trip to Disneyland after gobbling half a bottle of your mom's happy pills by comparison. Bon appetit!

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BitterCOld
Marcel Hubregtse, Mr. Doctor, Daniell, DerRozzengarten, Troy Killjoy, Nefarious
Goatwhore - Blood For The Master
08.02.2012 | Black/Death/Thrash
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Goatwhore have finally seemed to find their niche. Furiously awesome...thrash?...Death n roll?...Black n roll? Who the hell knows. This is just simply awesome.

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Doc Godin
Mr. Doctor, Ag Fox, Troy Killjoy, wormdrink414, BudDa

Awesome grind built on great, bouncing riffs, a few melodic leads here and there, some catchy chanting...and...banjo & trumpet?

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Doc Godin
wormdrink414, Mr. Doctor