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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
Isole - Born From Shadows
30.10.2011 | Doom metal

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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White Winter Sun
!J.O.O.E.!, DerRozzengarten, Marcel Hubregtse, Ag Fox, Daniell, Troy Killjoy, Mr. Doctor, Nefarious
Vallenfyre - A Fragile King
28.10.2011 | Death metal

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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Baz Anderson
Daniell, Nefarious, White Winter Sun, DerRozzengarten, wormdrink414, Ag Fox
Oranssi Pazuzu - Kosmonument
25.10.2011 | Psychedelic Black Metal
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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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!J.O.O.E.!
DerRozzengarten, Marcel Hubregtse, Mr. Doctor, Tory Gallant, hanna of steel, White Winter Sun, BitterCOld
Rudra - Brahmavidya: Immortal I
18.10.2011 | "Vedic Metal" (in my opinion progressive black metal with a bit of death & thrash)

Quality Singaporean outfit showcases their 6th album of intelligent, riff-heavy metal soaked in exotic influences. For fans of Melechesh methinks.
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!J.O.O.E.!
Ag Fox, Promonex, Marcel Hubregtse, Daniell, White Winter Sun, Mr. Doctor, wormdrink414
Skeletonwitch - Forever Abomination
13.10.2011 | Thrash-Black-Death

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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Doc Godin
wormdrink414, Daniell, Mr. Doctor
Ghost Brigade - Until Fear No Longer Defines Us
11.10.2011 | Atmospheric Sludge metal
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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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White Winter Sun
Troy Gallant, Ag Fox, Ivan, hanna of steel, Nefarious
The Browning - Burn This World
10.10.2011 | Trendy

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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Ag Fox, GT
Glorior Belli - The Great Southern Darkness
06.10.2011 | the great southern black metal

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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BitterCOld
DerRozzengarten, wormdrink414, Marcel Hubregtse, White Winter Sun, Mr. Doctor, Troy Killjoy
Moon - Caduceus Chalice
06.10.2011 | Depressive black metal / dark ambient
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Go find a tree to hang yourself from.
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Troy Gallant
Ag Fox, !J.O.O.E.!, Marcel Hubregtse, DerRozzengarten, White Winter Sun, Mr. Doctor
Nadiwrath - Nihilistic Stench
03.10.2011 | Black

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

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Troy Gallant