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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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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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Mr. Doctor
Blut Aus Nord - 777 - The Desanctification
08.11.2011 | Industrial Black Metal

"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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White Winter Sun
Sirenia - An Elixir For Existence
05.11.2011 | Symphonic Gothic metal

The timeless classic piece from Sirenia. This release possesses all the good qualities of its sister band Tristania and also has the well-defined features that make it different from Tristania. This album is a highlight of Sirenia's discography for it features the best characteristics Sirenia has ever managed to display. The edgy extreme side, the keyboards and strings, the choir and the unforgettable vocal performance of Henriette Bordvik make this album a true experience for all who like symphonic and Gothic style.

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Hobbit Viggo
Ag Fox, dismaleuphony, BloodTears, Promonex, GT, DerRozzengarten, Darkside Momo
SubRosa - No Help For The Mighty Ones
01.11.2011 | Female Vocal + Violin Driven Sludge Metal
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In a sadly frequent number of cases the inclusion of the female vocal in the more extreme end of metal is typically employed for mere novelty effect (if not for the "crumpet" effect), occasionally adding another shade to the proceedings where it might. Not only do the three-fifths female outfit SubRosa manage, without effort, to waylay this unfortunate paradigm, they succeed in turning the sludge genre on its head and make the unconventional female vocal (think Bloody Panda rather than Nightwish) and the jarring violin (think A Forest Of Stars rather than Apocalyptica) its prime catalyst, creating a distinct and unusual approach to the sound. Both offbeat and dissonant whilst heavy and crushing (but not without a woman's touch) this is quite possibly the album of the year because of it.

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!J.O.O.E.!
BloodTears, Mr. Doctor, Ag Fox, Lyrinan, White Winter Sun, DerRozzengarten
Red Fang - Murder The Mountains
01.11.2011 | Stoner Metal/Hard Rock
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Stonerish tunes for drunk people, by drunk people. Those of greener intoxicant persuasions will probably need to stub out their spliffs and shotgun a PBR or five if they want to really get it.

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wormdrink414
Doc Godin, !J.O.O.E.!, Marcel Hubregtse, Mr. Doctor, Dane Train, Ag Fox, Nefarious
Mournful Congregation - The Book Of Kings
01.11.2011 | Funeral Doom

If you know the band, you know what to expect. They deliver what you expect and then some. Less than 5% of metal population will appreciate this morose journey. It's better to be among the few than among many...
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Daniell
Marcel Hubregtse, Nefarious, Troy Killjoy, DerRozzengarten, Mr. Doctor
Smohalla - Resilience
31.10.2011 | Avant-Garde? Post black? Something, something....

Being pleasant and happy is totally lame. Here's something completely miserable & haunting to help you be one of the cool kids.

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Doc Godin
DerRozzengarten, !J.O.O.E.!, Ag Fox, Troy Killjoy, Mr. Doctor, Darkside Momo