Mournful Congregation - The Book Of Kings

Funeral Doom 01.11.2011

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...

Smohalla - Resilience

Avant-Garde? Post black? Something, something.... 31.10.2011

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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Isole - Born From Shadows

Doom metal 30.10.2011

Melancholy and disenchanted sadness + low/mid-tempo riffing + one of the best voices in the genre + a really good production = Born From Shadows or how to release a pure gem of Doom metal.

Definitely, Born From Shadows is among noteworthy Doom metal albums of 2011. Please do not miss this piece of pure melancholy from Swedish metallers Isole. A must to have, really.

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Vallenfyre - A Fragile King

Death metal 28.10.2011

Vallenfyre is a grimey and powerful embodiment of grief. Stretching from doom to death metal, this is a wonderfully morbid combination of soul shattering earthly tones, top quality vintage-style death metal, and emotion.

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Oranssi Pazuzu - Kosmonument

Psychedelic Black Metal 25.10.2011

A bizarre, contorted journey through the multiple stomachs of an alien on the cosmic equivalent of Dimethyltryptamine. There's little more one can say about it than that.

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Rudra - Brahmavidya: Immortal I

"Vedic Metal" (in my opinion progressive black metal with a bit of death & thrash) 18.10.2011

Quality Singaporean outfit showcases their 6th album of intelligent, riff-heavy metal soaked in exotic influences. For fans of Melechesh methinks.

Skeletonwitch - Forever Abomination

Thrash-Black-Death 13.10.2011

Alright kiddies, go throw out your copies of Breathing The Fire. You won't need them anymore.

This renders 90% of the other thrash albums released this year unnecessary.

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Ghost Brigade - Until Fear No Longer Defines Us

Atmospheric Sludge metal 11.10.2011

Two years after the release of the gem Isolations Songs, Until Fear No Defines Us marks the return of Finnish metallers Ghost Brigade.

The recipe remains the same (and I would say it is not a bad thing), leading once again to a really solid album. So, check Until Fear No Defines Us out and do not miss this piece of melancholy!

Reminder: as appetizer, you can download for free a new track, entitled "Clawmaster", on the Season Of Mist's website over here. Enjoy!

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The Browning - Burn This World

Trendy 10.10.2011

You're either going take a rusty, shit-covered hook to your ears or get your dance on to this. Either way, check it out.

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Glorior Belli - The Great Southern Darkness

the great southern black metal 06.10.2011

GB are a French BM outfit that have allowed exterior influences in to their music... No, not from the Scandinavian north, but from the American south of all places. Raging, dissonant black metal is paired with murky sludge elements to create an awesome earful. This is what I had hoped Meet Us At The Southern Sign would be.

Viva la France, y'all!

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Moon - Caduceus Chalice

Depressive black metal / dark ambient 06.10.2011

Go find a tree to hang yourself from.

Nadiwrath - Nihilistic Stench

Black 03.10.2011

I know this is, like, hella old now, but goddamn it's fun for a black metal album.

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Textures - Dualism

Textured Goodness 30.09.2011

As technical and progressive as Silhouettes, but this time violence and wildly evolving song structures left some place for finely crafted melodies and atmospheres.

A new Textures album, a new wonder to immerse oneself in. Simple as that.

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Rising - To Solemn Ash

sludge 29.09.2011

Earlier this year Rising won the inaugural "Clandestine Cut" MSA... since then they done got signed and now have their first full-length slated for an October release*. The band were kind enough to shoot me a promo and it is more of the same. And by that I do mean MORE. Instead of a two or four song tease, now you get ten tracks worth of the visceral pounding and crushing riffs that earned them your choice as the 2010 CC Messy.

*sadly this will not be out in the US until January 2012. let me again repeat how thankful I am that Rising sent me an advance.

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Haken - Visions

Progressive Metal 27.09.2011

They're back, and with only a year since their spectacular debut, Visions oozes with enthusiasm. There is not enough space here to describe all the greatness offered in this effort, but trust me it's good. It'll keep you on your toes with surprises and the unexpected forays into different musical hemispheres. The tempo and mood changes flow seamlessly between emotive ballads and instrumental breaks. These moments of showmanship actually *cough* have a purpose in developing the song *cough*. The journey ends with an eccentric 22 min+ epic of dauntless proportions that will leave you craving repeat listens. So make a dramatic turn and pick this one up instead...

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