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Forteresse - Crépuscule d'Octobre
08.12.2011 | Atmospheric black metal

Steady as she goes...

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Troy Killjoy
DerRozzengarten, Ag Fox, MoraWintersoul, Mr. Doctor
Total Fucking Destruction - Hater
06.12.2011 | Grindcore

Grindcore isn't really my thing, but for whatever reason the 27 tracks in 27 minutes catchy blast plastered a smile on face. This album won't be on "repeat repeatedly", but paired with a mug of coffee it is a nice adrenaline spike to get me going in the morning. Haters be hatin' Hater, but not me.
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BitterCOld
White Winter Sun
Shadowside - Inner Monster Out
01.12.2011 | Heavy Power Metal

Inner Monster Out has it all: heaviness; catchy melodies; non-cheesy vocals; boundless energy; badassitude; everything. Do you remember how great it felt to experience a truly amazing new power metal album? Let Shadowside remind you.
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Lyrinan
dismaleuphony, Ag Fox, GT, MoraWintersoul
The Fallen Divine - The Binding Cycle
28.11.2011 | Epic Progressive MeloBlack

Ok folks, shit just got real.

If Santa only brings your sorry ass one thing this year, pray it's The Fallen Divine's The Binding Cycle. It's a ferocious, yet melodic album that is appealing on so many levels.

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Doc Godin
Troy Killjoy
Wormrot - Noise
27.11.2011 | Grindcore

5.7 minutes of total ear demolition.
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wormdrink414
Mr. Doctor, Troy Killjoy, Doc Godin
Weeping Silence - Theatre Of Life
25.11.2011 | Atmospheric, Doom, & Gothic Metal

Melancholic & reflective, Weeping Silence's latest has us peering into a rain-soaked window of a forgotten cathedral, only to find a lush scene of classy atmospheric, doom & gothic metal within. Rich with warm female vocals, well-timed choir passages, and numerous memorable guitar melodies & contemplative instrumental sections, "Theatre Of Life" is a rewarding release of poetic sadness & reflection.
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dismaleuphony
Botanist - I: The Suicide Tree / II: A Rose From The Dead
22.11.2011 | Hammered Dulcimer Black Metal
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Yes, you read that correctly, hammered dulcimer black metal.

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!J.O.O.E.!
Mr. Doctor, Introspekrieg, DerRozzengarten
Arkona - Slovo
21.11.2011 | Folk Metal

What is it? FOLKING BRILLIANT, that's what. Much more comparable to Serdca K Nebu than their last effort, which is a good thing to my ears. So much variety packed into each song without sounding messy or forced. Every song (minus the interludes) is like a little baby epic.

And just so you cats know, since I don't speak a lick of any Slavic languages, I sometimes pretend that the female singer is chanting about eating pizza for bonus-fun-time-points. You know... FYI.
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Fat & Sassy!
Pure Reason Revolution - The Dark Third
20.11.2011 | Prog rock/metal

In a couple of days Pure Reason Revolution will embark on their very final tour consisting of just six dates in UK. As a parting gift, their brilliant début album The Dark Third will be played in its entirety for the first time ever. So, this is a fitting moment to step 5 years into the past and revisit this beautiful progressive masterpiece that has found its way into my playlist more times than I could possibly count. This is an album that I've probably enjoyed the most from the past decade.

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Ivor
Ag Fox, BloodTears, Fat & Sassy!, Lyrinan, Darkside Momo, Dane Train
Continuo Renacer - The Great Escape
20.11.2011 | Mushrooms

Weird stuff worth listening to.

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wormdrink414
BloodTears
Landmine Marathon - Gallows
18.11.2011 | grinding death

rawrrawrRAWR! riffriffriff pound pound pound screech ROAR! thud thud thud RAWR!

Gallows is just under 30 minutes of good old asskicking deathgrind fury, raw(R!) enough to make old-timers like me tear up. And tear up the house.

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BitterCOld
wormdrink414, Doc Godin, Mr. Doctor
Uigg - Of Moose And Men
17.11.2011 | Thrash

Living proof of how production can suck and yet still the album can rule. Great modern groove-thrash, highly recommended for fans of Rumpelstiltskin Grinder.

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Doc Godin
P.H.T.O - Affliction
14.11.2011 | Depressive black metal

Remember when I was all "yo go hang yourself"?

Well apparently this guy did.
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Troy Killjoy
Mr. Doctor
Blut Aus Nord - 777 - The Desanctification
08.11.2011 | Industrial Black Metal
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"The nauseating madness has been cast aside in favour of a slower, pounding industrial, typically Blut Aus Nord; absolutely not a novelty for this band, yet a strengthening of their experimental side, as well as a worthy second chapter of the trilogy... morbid and disquieting, rather than twisted and unpredictable. Always apocalyptic of course." - Kenos

A perfect descriptive testimony of the strengths of Blut Aus Nord.

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!J.O.O.E.!
Mr. Doctor, DerRozzengarten, Introspekrieg, Ag Fox, White Winter Sun, Darkside Momo
Enthring - The Grim Tales Of The Elder
07.11.2011 | Folk Metal With Balls

Enjoy stuff like Equilibrium & Ensiferum, but want a little more aggression? Enthring might just be what you need...

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Doc Godin
White Winter Sun