Ufomammut - Eve

stoner doom 06.11.2010

Featuring tons of fuzzed out stoner doom distortion in the basic format of Sleep's Jerusalem - i.e. one long-ass song divided into several parts - these Italians followed up their MS Award winning Idolum with another superb effort. Eve is an enjoyable head-trip for after you've knocked out a couple belts of the firewater.

Melechesh - The Epigenesis

melodic black metal 30.10.2010

The masters of modern Mesopotamian melodic black are back. Epigensis sees Melechesh continuing to put their stamp on melodic bm by incorporating all sorts of exotic scales and instrumentation foreign to many western ears. All the exotic is piled on to a solid foundation of pounding drums, sneering vocals and ripping riffs to create an album that definitely stands apart from and above the crowd.

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Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini

Progressive Black 30.09.2010

Over the last couple records, Enslaved seemed to be moving towards metal middle age... from Black Metal to Black Floyd. AEO sees them continuing the prog path, but at the same time drawing from the best elements of their past work. The tone of this is harsher. At times they show the familiar gallop of their old BM works, at others the weirdness of Monumension and the confidence of Below The Lights. i love this album so much i want to fuck it.

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Mar De Grises - Streams Inwards

post doom 02.09.2010

The Chilean masters of prog-post doom have returned with their third, much anticipated full-length. The approach is similar to prior albums, in incorporating prog and post metal as well as ambient influences into their doom. It's appealing on emotional and cerebral levels. Quite possibly 2010's best release to date.

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Terzij De Horde - A Rage Of Rapture Against The Dying Of The Light

screaming post black(?!) 05.08.2010

A Rage Of Rapture Against The Dying Of The Light is a cacophony of screeches, nauseatingly fast wrong chords, roving bass and more horrifying screeches, the perfect soundtrack to a nice summer's eve picnic getaway with your special someone.

There is a nice review of this up, but since so few visited it i'm going to randomly beat you over the head with this release on the front page until some other artist releases a hidden gem that another staff member doesn't pick up on first.

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Marcel Hubregtse

Godflesh - Streetcleaner

Industrial Metal 01.07.2010

2010 saw the Godflesh reunite for a (marred) performance at Hellfest, and saw Earache re-release a special 2cd anniversary version of this classic with remastered versions of the original tracks on one disk, and unreleased mixes and live versions of the same track order on the second disk.

Whether the original Streetcleaner or the MMX reissue, it's a slow, crushing, claustrophobic, bleak, and asphyxiating album that will leave you roadkill.

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Shattered Hope - Absence

Doom 04.06.2010

Ok, so this Staff Pick is a bit unfair. It's more a "head's up!" than a "buy this now" recommendation. Why? The band is unsigned (some exec get on this!), but sent out 250 promo copies of their first full-length. Being one of the chosen few, I've had the chance to listen to a it a few times through and am delighted at their progress. A full, proper review shall be forthcoming.

In the mean time, if you like your doom with death-stylee vocals, lots of slow trudging with the occasional almost quiet atmospheric interlude or quickening of the pulse go ahead and visit the album page and add this to your wishlist ... and wait for some label to snap these guys up and start circulating this woeful yet wonderful release properly.

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Dio - The Last In Line

For Ronnie James Dio... 18.05.2010

so RJD had already cemented his place as an iconic front man by the early 80's for his work in Rainbow and Black Sabbath. Holy Diver showed how successful he could be on his own. and by his own, i mean as "first among equals." i'm sure RJD would be the first to agree and give 75% credit to the rest of the band.

The Last In Line is a worthy successor to his landmark initial offering, with blistering tracks like "We Rock" and "I Speed At Night", epic tunes such as "The Last In Line" and "Egypt", his sophomore effort was proof positive that Holy Diver was not just a one-hit wonder.

Considering you can find this cd new in the States for under $10, if you live in an industrialized nation you should stop reading right here, run to the local record store and buy this. pronto.

And if my word ain't enough, no less a metal aficionado than Fenriz listed this (and Sabbath's Mob Rules, which also features Dio on vocals) in the liner notes of Circle The Wagons in (another) installment of his "must have" metal albums.


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Negură Bunget - Maiestrit

black metal 04.05.2010

Maiestrit is a re-worked version of 2000's Maiastru Sfetnic and is a stunning and majestic affair, particularly the two "acoustic" tracks. Sadly, the is the last release from the original core of the band before Huppogramos and Sol Faur moved on. Maiestrit is a wonderful, yet bittersweet, album that fans of epic-length should definitely check out.

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Marcel Hubregtse, Ag Fox

Bison B.C. - Dark Ages

sludge 21.04.2010

Featuring seven tracks of guitar driven metal laden with double time blasting riffs, some positively S-L-O-W punishing riffs, lots of feed back and the fact these guys just RAWK makes this an enjoyable album worth checking out for those who like their metal with a nice coat of sludge.
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Thryce, Doc Godin, Mr. Doctor

Holy Terror - Terror And Submission

Thrash 05.04.2010

Holy Terror are a second-wave thrash band that put out a couple albums in the 80's, then disappeared. Terror And Submission was recently re-issued (again) along with Mind Wars, making it obtainable for those of us who still buy disks.

What they lacked in finesse they made up for in droves with boundless, raw kinetic energy, enthusiasm, and the fantastic vocals of Keith Deen.

"T&S" is recommended for fans of raw 80's thrash metal.

Profetus - Coronation Of The Black Sun

Funeral Doom 26.03.2010

The album opens reminding the listener "the outer body is a stinking cadaver, because it still lives in poison", and goes downhill from there. Glaciers advance faster than the songs on this album. Empty, reverberating drums, painfully slow guitar melodies, somewhat buried vocals, wrapped in a Yanni-paced organ… these guys sure put the "Fun" in "Funeral!"

Kylesa - Static Tensions

Sludge 19.03.2010

a nice raging slab, Static Tensions retains a more raw sludge approach when compared to their fellow Georgians Baroness' and Mastodon's 2009 releases. Some great riffs, two drummers drumming, and harsh shouted male throat work balanced with some pleasant female vocals make for a compelling and enjoyable listen.

Greymachine - Disconnected

Industrial 12.03.2010

A project featuring Justin Broadrick (Jesu, Godflesh) and Aaron Turner (Isis), "Disconnected" is 9 tracks of horribly oppressive, bleak industrial music designed to punish the listener. Good times.
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Zombie, M.D., Mr. Doctor

Krallice - Dimensional Bleedthrough

Black Metal 05.03.2010

fantastic follow-up to their self-titled release. seemed to fly a bit under the radar last year, and, honestly, it took me a while to appreciate it. you can find a full review of the album here.

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