Defeated Sanity - Chapters Of Repugnance

Brutal death metal 16.02.2011

Falling victim to the latest trend of picking albums that are totally irrelevant to the 2010 MS Awards, thus maintaining a strict level of professionalism and impartiality, I present to you one of 2010's strongest death metal releases.

Not that you should vote for it or anything.
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Troy Gallant
Baz Anderson



Year Of No Light - Ausserwelt

Post-Metal 15.02.2011

One of 2010's little treasures you might have missed... and certainly worthy of an Award *cough cough* Just saying.

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Eibon - Entering Darkness

blackened sludge doom 15.02.2011

Seemingly every year Lucas stumbles on to some relatively obscure release that I otherwise would have missed, and said release blows me away, earning a spot towards the high rent district of my "best of" list for that year.

Eibon is this year's find. Blackened sludgedoom which oozes forth and drowns the listener in it's foul taint... but just enough mellow moments to allow you the occasional breath while it continues to constrict away, slowly sapping your life force.

I just finally got my copy today, so I'm pimping this one again, for the benefit(?) of those who missed the first time around.

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Helstar - Glory Of Chaos

Thrash! Thrash! Thrash! 08.02.2011

Not here to influence your voting decisions or anything... but uh, here's a reminder this band Helstar released one mighty fine record last year *cough cough* Just saying.



TesseracT - Concealing Fate

Progressive Metal / Djent 06.02.2011

With one of the best EPs ever released by any band, TesseracT will be remembered forevermore for helping to define djent as a seperate genre. Or maybe not, its a pretty stupid term actually. Anyway, who cares?

This is forward-thinking, innovative metal of the highest caliber. Beautiful and also frighteningly heavy, Concealing Fate is a great teaser of the band's upcoming LP One. Mandatory for anyone reading this.



Lazarus A.D. - Black Rivers Flow

Thrash! Thrash! Thrash! 01.02.2011

Thrashers rejoice! Because, lo and behold, here's the first noteworthy thrash album of 2011. Crank 'em loud!

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Picked by: Thryce



Forgotten Tomb - Songs To Leave

Black Doom metal 31.01.2011

Italian band Forgotten Tomb released this, their debut LP, back in 2002. It remains not only their best release to date, but arguably one of the best black/doom metal releases ever made.

This album is a mix of utterly depressing modern day doom and black metal fused together to create an intense, cold atmosphere. It is an absolute masterpiece and a must have for fans of early Katatonia, Shining,, or anyone looking for something bleak but heavy and forward-thinking.

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Cancer Bats - Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones

Hardcore 31.01.2011

This easily hits the top of my list of "shit-I-should-have-checked-out-in-2010-but-didn't". I probably just ignored these guys based on the fact I saw their name on bills along with the likes of Billy Talent & Alexisonfire. Big mistake. I'm not even sure what this outrageously heavy hardcore act is doing wasting time with those mooks. This is great hardcore fused with a healthy dose of sludge & southern rock.
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Doc Godin
Thryce, wormdrink414, Mr. Doctor



aTelecine - A Cassette Tape Culture

Porn Stars Going Noisy 28.01.2011

aTelecine is a project involving Sasha Grey, effectively shutting down reason in all men. We're like that, we can't help it.

It's noise, it's industrial, it's hardcore porn mixed and mashed into a putrid pile of sonic dung. And it rules. Right? Yes, it does. It's made by Sasha Grey, duh!

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Lucas
Troy Gallant, Mr. Doctor



Ortega - 1634

post metal 28.01.2011

No. not the salsa... the four piece out of the Netherlands. 1634 is a slice of nautik post-doom or something. Part post-metal, part sludge, part doom, all awesome. They employ the best traits of each genre into a cohesive whole. Ebbing and flowing like the tides, with atmospheric passages countered by thundering sludge waves at a doomish pace.

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Despised Icon - The Healing Process

Deathcore 25.01.2011

2010 was a pretty rough year for metal... But probably among the worst news of 2010 was the break-up of Despised Icon.

Sucky deathcore bands come a dime a dozen, but a really great deathcore band are the rarest of breeds. Which is why Despised Icon will be sorely missed.
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Thryce
White Winter Sun



Mitochondrion - Parasignosis

Post-brutal death metal 25.01.2011

Fulfilling my pledge to pick a non-black metal album in 2011, Canadian (hell ya!) death metallers Mitochondrion have made it easy with this mind-blowing release. Parasignosis contains some of the most crushing, complex riffs ever recorded and manages to mix in a surreal post-apocalyptic atmosphere. January or not, this album will most likely receive my vote for the year's best death metal opus.

Believe the hype baby - these guys are for real.

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Demon Hunter - The World Is A Thorn

Alternative Metal/Metalcore 23.01.2011

Seattle's Demon Hunter exploded onto the scene a decade ago and helped to breathe new life into the Christian Metal realm. The combination of breakdowns and ballads creates a astonishing fifth record for these guys. Their signature sound is aided by some great guest vocalists like Christian Älvestam of Miseration (ex-Scar Symmetry), Dave Peters of Throwdown and Björn "Speed" Strid of Soilwork.

Even after the band has seen some drastic line up changes there is no sign of them slowing down with this record. Demon Hunter has found their sound and continue to kick the devil's ass.
Picked by: Dane Train



Murmuüre - Murmuüre

Alienated Black metal 21.01.2011

Murmuüre is Black metal made by aliens, weird aliens at that. Harsh, noisy and soulless Black metal. And with plenty of empty, starless cosmic plains. Err, plains? What do they call those, ehm, empty and ehm, starless spaces high up in the air?

Either way, check it out. Murmuüre will surprise you, promise! If not, your loss. Unless you like Power metal or fancy-pansy metal, then you'll probably hate it.

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Lucas
!J.O.O.E.!, Mr. Doctor



Project: Failing Flesh - Count Back From Ten

Industrial Thrash Metal 21.01.2011

Project: Failing Flesh are able to indulge in some of the most exciting experimentation of 2010, while still remaining respectful of the classics (Voivod, Fear Factory, Godflesh) that went before them. Quite a feat indeed!

Count Back From Ten is the perfect album for those of us who love proper industrial metal.

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jupitreas
Darkside Momo



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