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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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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
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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

Something you probably haven't stumbled across but deserves your very much in demand attention. I mean, how can you ignore an album with a title like that? Fact is, you can't. This record is backed by an actual scientific research. True story. Sometimes a bit djenty (ain't that a hot potato nowadays?), featuring cool soundscapes, often including bad ass riffs - this Jolly album is overall a beautifully structured record. If it ain't going to make you happy, it should at least make you feel good.

Taste it here!

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Ivor
jupitreas, Lyrinan, Ag Fox, MoraWintersoul, Mr. Doctor
Steelwing - Zone Of Alienation
30.01.2012 | Nineteen eighty-something

Iron Maiden's new album is pretty sweet, guys.

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Fat & Sassy!
MoraWintersoul, Marcel Hubregtse, wormdrink414, Daniell, White Winter Sun, Mr. Doctor
Lord Vicar - Signs Of Osiris
29.01.2012 | Doom

Classic doom metal doesn't get better than this. If you want an album that you will remember every single song off of, this is the one.
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Daniell
Marcel Hubregtse, Nefarious, White Winter Sun
Terra Tenebrosa - The Tunnels
22.01.2012 | Claustrophobic

A description? What? You want a description? It's simple, really. Go in a cave, a really deep one. Now get relentlessly crushed by tons of rocks. That'll do the trick.

Or, in other words, it's some dissonant avant/post/sludge/drone stuff. Or something else. But who cares, as long as it's awesome?
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Darkside Momo
!J.O.O.E.!, Mr. Doctor, Ag Fox, psykometal, Apothecary