Staff picks


Bakos Attila - Aranyhajnal
05.12.2016 | Non-BM Taranis
Bandcamp music player

Remember Taranis? Then you should remember the name Attila Bakos (presented in Hungary's traditional name orientation for this release). If you read any interviews with him post Kingdom's release, then you know he promised to make more music, but in a much less extreme format than Taranis.

This is that release. Imagine an entire album in the style of the melodic/non-extreme moments of Kingdom, with lyrics in Hungarian, and you get Aranyhajnal. And the artwork is, of course, just as epic as Kingdom's since it's the same artist.

Bandcamp
Picked by:
Thumbs up:
psykometal
Demonic Tutor, BloodTears
Blood Of An Outlaw - Southern Hymns
03.07.2016 | Deathcore/Metalcore
Bandcamp music player

Up and coming -core band from my hometown, Houston, TX. Check 'em out. My favorite track is "Foundations".

Bandcamp
Picked by:
psykometal
Lascaille's Shroud - The Roads Leading North
30.05.2016 | Extreme sci-fi prog death awesomeness!!!
Bandcamp music player

If I really have to tell you why I'm Staff Picking this album, then you just... you're just... fuck, you people have no excuse for not checking this project out after I've been peddling it for 3+ years. All his albums (save for the new one cuz it's not released yet) are on Bandcamp for Name Your Price. Get on it.

YouTube full album stream

Read review ››
Picked by:
Thumbs up:
psykometal
Demonic Tutor, ScreamingSteelUS
Westfield Massacre - Westfield Massacre
01.05.2016 | Melodic Death/Metalcore

The sound we all knew Tommy's vocals were much more suited for than Divine Heresy's.

Bandcamp
Picked by:
psykometal
Funeral Oppression - The Prisoners Of Life
19.12.2015 | Depressive bm
Bandcamp music player

Do you like Nontinuum?

Bandcamp
Picked by:
psykometal
Sunless Rise - Unrevealed
05.12.2015 | First-era CoB
Bandcamp music player

They're not quite as neoclassical as Children Of Bodom was, but slightly more dynamic. Certainly a good fix for the old-school CoB fanboys/girls looking for a worthy successor to that sound/style.

Bandcamp
Picked by:
Thumbs up:
psykometal
BloodTears, wrathchild, ScreamingSteelUS
Black Tongue - The Unconquerable Dark
28.11.2015 | Doomcore

Apparently there's a new "thing" out there now - 'Doomcore'

Deathcore played slower, or down-tempo. Name's actually kinda catchy, and it's certainly less to say than "downtempo deathcore" (if it catches on anyway).

Chugga chugga, mothafuggas!
Picked by:
Thumbs up:
psykometal
ScreamingSteelUS, Mr. Doctor
Odious - Skin Age
21.11.2015 | 'Oriental black death metal' from Egypt

Read style above. If like, check out.

YouTube video for single, Dungeon Keys
Picked by:
psykometal
Mesarthim - Isolate
14.11.2015 | 'Cosmic atmospheric bm'
Bandcamp music player

Read style above. If like, check out.

Bandcamp
Picked by:
Thumbs up:
psykometal
Apothecary, ScreamingSteelUS, Fat & Sassy!, wormdrink414
The Bloodline - We Are One
15.08.2015 | Modern melodic Metal

Grooves, hooks, riffs and lots of melodies!

Features Travis Neal (Divine Heresy) and Shaun Glass (ex-Broken Hope, ex-SOiL)

Picked by:
psykometal
Judicator - At The Expense Of Humanity
03.04.2015 | US Power
Bandcamp music player

Def PM AOTY material right here

Picked by:
Thumbs up:
psykometal
Mr. Doctor
Deadworld - Deadworld
13.03.2015 | Blackened deathcore
Bandcamp music player

Some pretty bitchin' deathcore. Imagine good deathcore, kinda down-tempo, with some old school bm-style production.

Picked by:
Thumbs up:
psykometal
Mr. Doctor, Deadsoulman, Ag Fox
Born From Ruins - Falling From Grace
05.01.2015 | Alternametal

Local heroes from my neck of the woods that know how to rock!



Read review ››
Picked by:
psykometal
Ovid's Withering - Scryers Of The Ibis
29.12.2013 | Symphonic blackened technical deathcore
Bandcamp music player

^Yes, it's really that much of a mouthful. Lol!

Picked by:
Thumbs up:
psykometal
Mr. Doctor
Oceans Of Slumber - Aetherial
16.11.2013 | Progressive metal
Bandcamp music player

Progressive metal that has some extreme elements in it, but not so much of it to really justify calling them "Extreme progressive metal".

This is definitely rivaling Lascaille's Shroud for my prog AOTY right now.

Features drummer Dobber Beverly (ex-Insect Warfare, Ingurgitate), and some other current members of Ingurgitate.

Picked by:
psykometal