Yob - Atma

sludge 11.09.2011

Yob is back and crushing skulls with undeniably groove-laden thunderous riffs and Dalekian vocal shrieks. Atma would make a swell soundtrack next time you and your sweetie want to enjoy the changing foliage with a nice picnic lunch... and ensure no one else gets within earshot of your blanket. Oh, and Yob spelled backwards is Boy. As in "Boy is this good!"

Book Of Black Earth - The Cold Testament

Death 06.09.2011

At first I was all like "Meh."
Then I was like "Hmm..."
Now I'm all "Whoa."

Not sure why it took me a few months to revisit this. I'm glad I did though, Book Of Black Earth create massive, rowdy sounding death metal with nothing but their guitars. No need to drag any keyboard player away from his Gossip Girl marathon.
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Diamond Plate - Generation Why?

Thrash 02.09.2011

Shredding followed by more shredding followed by more shredding followed by more shredding.

Yep, that does this album justice. Will pat myself on the back now.

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Ag Fox

ReinXeed - 1912

Power metal 01.09.2011

For anyone wondering where all the good power metal bands have gone, ReinXeed are here with their fourth album of cheesy goodness.
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Baz Anderson

Skullflower - Fucked On A Pile Of Corpses

Noise, Noise and some more Noise with a bit of Noise thrown in 31.08.2011

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Mr. Doctor, wormdrink414

Lazuli - [4603 Battements]

Unique Prog Rock 30.08.2011

Trying to resume this album with the Prog Rock tag is bound to fail. This is some beautiful, eerie, haunting music, with otherworldy soundscapes (thanks to the Léode), finely crafted melodies and some quite crushing crescendos. Because no, they aren't metal, but they can play some heavy and powerful stuff indeed.

And the mood? Think somewhere around Riverside, but maybe a bit more sad and despondent with the actual state of the world. And for those of you who can actually understand French, you're in for a good deal more listening pleasure, as the lyrics are poetic and really beautifully written.

A must listen for prog fans... and all the others too!
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Ivor, Ag Fox, Lyrinan

Nader Sadek - In The Flesh

Death 26.08.2011

This is about as thick, crude, and altogether awesome as its subject matter: oil. Easily one of the better death metal albums of the year.

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Leprous - Bilateral

Progressive Metal 22.08.2011

A highly anticipated release from this up-and-coming Norwegian outfit, Leprous has exceeded almost insurmountable expectations. Their previous effort, Tall Poppy Syndrome, was thoroughly enjoyable but somewhat derivative (...Opeth). The off-beat brilliance hinted at before is fully realized and really shines with the dynamics of beautiful production. As the touring band for Ihsahn recently, it is appropriate that the man himself would make an appearance to add to the intensity of it all. Soaring vocals, great atmospheres, and techie musicianship make this a recommendation for fans of Arcturus, Devin Townsend and Shaolin Death Squad. (And Opeth... duh.)

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Sacred Ally - Reality Hammer

Thrash/Prog 22.08.2011

Here's something that doesn't suck for you; a nice little prog-thrash hybrid cram-packed with awesome riffs. Don't like prog? Neither do I. Somehow, this just works, though.

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MoraWintersoul, Mr. Doctor
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Abruptum - Potestates Apocalypsis

Blackened Ambient Noise 17.08.2011

Hell. Rich, noisy pulsating soundscapes, surprisingly restrained and varied with distant chants and hopeless patriotic songs, pounding drum beats like bomb blasts caught in time and inaudible chatter over broken radio static. Paints a picture of an old war; those constant drones the sound of fighter planes with nowhere to go. It's its own visual pallet - just close your eyes. Not a single element of metal here though aside from the sound of scraping iron. Just instinctive nothingness, death.
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DerRozzengarten, Mr. Doctor

Hail!Hornet - Disperse The Curse

Sludge 09.08.2011

Life getting a bit pretentious for you? Eat a bag of pine cones and crank up Disperse The Curse.

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Fleshgod Apocalypse - Agony

Brutal/symphonic death metal 08.08.2011

It's pretty simple: If you like Fleshgod Apocalypse, you'll love Agony. Hop to it, bitches.

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Shai Hulud - Misanthropy Pure

Hardcore 05.08.2011

HxC recommendations for metalheads #3: Everyone report to the mosh pit! There's a hard-hitting hardcore party going on that will raise the roof. Can I get a woop woop?
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!J.O.O.E.!, Mr. Doctor

Chthonic - Takasago Army

Melodic Black/Folk Metal 03.08.2011

Having never heard any of this Taiwanese band's previous releases, I kinda figured that the oriental folk elements of the album were going to be obnoxiously forced into the music. But alas, these elements are tastefully blended in with the metal on this album and make for yet another solid release this year that will probably swoop under everyone's radar. Anyone interested in melodic black metal or folk metal should definitely check this puppy out.

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SSS - Problems To The Answer

Crossover 01.08.2011

This album provides the kind of meal I like. It's got fruit bowls full of hardcore candy with a few plates of meat n potatah thrash. Consider SSS's sense of humor the pitcher of beer on the side.

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