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Kreator - Gods Of Violence
31.01.2017 | Thrash

The year 2016 showed us that some old American thrash bands still have it in them. Kreator shows us that 2017 in Europe will not be worse. "Gods of Violence" is simply excellent.

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Demonic Tutor

Apparently the band has read on the internet that their vocals are ridiculously annoying and acted on that. They managed to craft a lot of great music too.
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Marcel Hubregtse, Mr. Doctor, psykometal
Hammers Of Misfortune - Dead Revolution
23.08.2016 | Progressive
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Intelligent, expansive, diverse. Engaging, intriguing, inspired. If these six adjectives appeal to you, give this album a chance.
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Fat & Sassy!, Marcel Hubregtse
Thrawsunblat - Metachthonia
10.08.2016 | Blackened folk, I guess
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Far from flawless, but still probably the best folk metal album of the last few months.
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Susan, psykometal, BloodTears, ScreamingSteelUS
Flotsam And Jetsam - Flotsam And Jetsam
26.05.2016 | Thrash, finally

Simply put, the best thrash album of this year so far.
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Demonic Tutor, Marcel Hubregtse, ScreamingSteelUS
Graves At Sea - The Curse That Is
02.04.2016 | Doom/Sludge
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While oppressively heavy and quite abrasive, Graves At Sea manage to remain catchy and subtly melodic at the same time. If doom and sludge are your thing, this album is a must. Even if they aren't, listen anyway.

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Apothecary, Marcel Hubregtse
Hands Of Despair - Bereft
10.02.2016 | Progressive Death/Black?
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Five years later, these guys are as good as before (or the one guy who is the mastermind behind this project), or perhaps even better. "Bereft" is so varied, that it should satisfy fans of quite a few metal genres.
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Ahab - The Boats Of The Glen Carrig
02.09.2015 | Duh, doom.

Ahab are constantly evolving . Every album adds something new to their repertoire. In this (theoretically) confined genre Ahab always finds another way to surprise us, another direction towards which to push the genre. The Boats of the Glen Carrig might be the most brilliant facet of this gem that is Ahab.

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Marcel Hubregtse, Deadsoulman, Apothecary, Nefarious, BitterCOld, BloodTears
Tribulation - The Children Of The Night
28.04.2015 | Oh well.

Perhaps less proggy, definitely less death metal-ly, definitely more concise. Definitely brilliant. Don't miss this gem.

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Mr. Doctor, Nefarious, Apothecary, wormdrink414, Ag Fox, Marcel Hubregtse, Deadsoulman
Overkill - White Devil Armory
18.07.2014 | Need you ask?

New Overkill. Same old shit 3rd time in a row. I wish more bands recorded the same old shit 3 times in a row to such good effect. Screw modern copycats, listen to real thrash. Yeah, I know. Broken record syndrome - I always bash new thrash bands and praise Overkill. Judging by the quality of Overkill's recent output, it's not likely to change any time soon. Sue me.

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R'Vannith, wormdrink414
Vader - Tibi Et Igni
31.05.2014 | Death metal

The most varied and adventurous Vader album. I didn't think they could surprise me, but they did, and I've been a fan since 1990...

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D.T. Metal, Doc Godin, BloodTears, R'Vannith
Domains - Sinister Ceremonies
09.04.2014 | Death metal
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The death metal album of the year was released on the first day of 2014. I knew that the moment I listened to the first song off the album. Do yourself a favour and LISTEN
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psykometal, Ag Fox, Collin
Gamma Ray - Empire Of The Undead
02.04.2014 | Power metal, what else.

I lost faith in power metal many years ago. An exhausted genre that is going nowhere. But at least some veterans still know how to play it

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wormdrink414, D.T. Metal
Fungoid Stream - Prehuman Shapes
09.03.2014 | For want of a better name, funeral doom

One of the most original and cryptic doom bands, no doubt. The new album, as hard as it is to get, is at least on a par with their previous releases.
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Marcel Hubregtse, R'Vannith, BitterCOld, Nefarious, Ag Fox, Darkside Momo, Mr. Doctor

If you know the band, you know what to expect. And you won't be disappointed. Chances are, you'll be amazed.

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BloodTears, Demonic Tutor