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Wijlen Wij - Coronachs Of The Ω

Right from the get-go Wijlen Wij plunge their listener into the murky depths.

"Boreas" opens powerfully with subhuman vocals and organ cloaked power chords that sound is if recorded by an 8 track in some massive subterranean cave. Rather than the often slick and powerful production like a lot of their Solitude label mates sport, they went for a more primitive sound.

Like a lot of their contemporaries in the extreme doom world, they crafted an album of five tracks that total more than 60 minutes of music, meaning you get a couple 17 minute pieces, and a few "short" tracks that clock in around 6-8 minutes. As mentioned, tons of indecipherable, guttural deathgrowl vocals, distorted power chords, and occasional moments of tension release. Not strict adherents to the formula, Quadruple U toss in other elements.

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Posted: 09.08.2014 by BitterCOld | Comments (2)

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Wo Fat - The Conjuring

So yeah man, there's like, this band called Wo Fat, and they've been playing some heavy grooves for a good time now dude.

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Posted: 07.08.2014 by Apothecary | Comments (46)

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Crib45 - Marching Through The Borderlines

While listening to a boatload of sludge/post-metal, I have come to the realization that the bands in this genre are one of three things:

A) Cult Of Luna worshipers
B) Isis worshipers
C) (A + B) = Rosetta worshipers

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Posted: 06.08.2014 by tea[m]ster | Comments (17)

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Tankard - R.I.B.

Well...It's time to party. I guess. Tankard - when at their best - should inspire you to drink a lot and destroy someone's property. Destruction and violence delivered in a cheeky, endearing way is what Tankard is usually about...Usually. This party is about as wild as a Kelly Clarkson music video.

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Posted: 06.08.2014 by Doc Godin | Comments (6)

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Vader - Tibi Et Igni

News flash: Old people aren't completely useless. While arguably a good chunk of long-time running bands really need to pack it in, these past couple years have proven there's a bunch of death metal geezers not ready to be put out to pasture. Not by a long shot. Tibi Et Igni is another example of quality meets longevity.

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Posted: 05.08.2014 by Doc Godin | Comments (5)

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Steamforged - The Endless

The Endless is an almighty creature of infinite power, of all and nothing. The Endless might as well rank among your instrumental AOTY.

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Posted: 04.08.2014 by R Lewis | Comments (4)

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Wovenwar - Wovenwar

I'm sure when the bailiff commanded everybody to rise upon the arrival of the judge, many of those present in the courtroom must have done so, but secretly wishing they were rising for Tim Lambesis instead, frontman and co-founder of metalcore heavyweights As I Lay Dying. Most of you have heard about his murder-for-hire plot to kill his wife. He has been sentenced to six years in prison and the band as a whole took the backlashing ripples upon the chin. Surprisingly enough, the tragedy that put one of theirs behind bars, careened the rest of the band into light by delivering on the expectations their fans hinted at. Indeed, they couldn't have possibly headed in a better direction.

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Posted: 03.08.2014 by Mindheist | Comments (5)

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This Social Coil - After The Day Before

A great thing about the metal music landscape is the perpetual evolving nature of its creators and followers. So, while sitting at the Metal Storm round table, the topic of bands being "metal enough" was discussed.

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Posted: 03.08.2014 by tea[m]ster | Comments (8)

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Empyrium - The Turn Of The Tides

Have you ever waited at the shore and listened to the waves rolling in? There's something predictable in the familiarity of it, as you become accustomed to the sound of the movement of the water toward you and then away again. This is The Turn Of The Tides.

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Posted: 03.08.2014 by R'Vannith | Comments (8)

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Krigblåst - Power Till Demise

Power Till Demise opens with an acoustic bit that sounds like a stripped version of Bathory's "Foreverdark Woods" and closes with a cover of "Transilvanian Hunger," but it's not a black or viking metal disc. Leave out a pretty negligible smattering of black-style chord progressions and you're left with crusty stuff almost exclusively.

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Posted: 03.08.2014 by wormdrink414 | Comments (0)

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Steel Prophet - Omniscient

Just look at the album artwork for Steel Prophet's Omniscient. Skulls, guns, and the word "steel" in the band name. It's nothing too surprising, as far as metal goes. In a lot of ways, the cover is sort of like the music itself.

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Posted: 03.08.2014 by Mattybu | Comments (0)

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Nachtmystium - The World We Left Behind

Blake Judd, love him or hate him, is now presenting us with the last chapter in the saga of Nachtmystium, one of the most important names in American black metal of the past decade, and a thirteen year trip through savage territories both familiar and unconventional. And what a fitting end piece it is.

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Posted: 03.08.2014 by Apothecary | Comments (27)

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Bjarm - Imminence

"Fuck it. Synths." - Bjarm's Imminence in a nutshell.

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Posted: 02.08.2014 by Doc Godin | Comments (4)

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Trudger - Dormiveglia

Trudger; a name on its way to prominence in the sludge scene. This British band presents a new be-all and end-all for sludge metal, which is to progressively crush the listener into a fine paste with their hardcore assault and use said paste to paint a vision all their own. Trudger are artistes from the school of "hit 'em hard," closely affiliated with the school of "hit 'em where it hurts." Their creative debut, Dormiveglia demonstrates all that is fresh in the genre of sludge.

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Posted: 01.08.2014 by R'Vannith | Comments (16)

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Origin - Omnipresent

Anyone play soccer or some other sport as a kid? Remember when the team went to the pizza restaurant after the game, and when the kiddies got bored they sat there and poured anything they could find on the table into one horrifying concoction? The salt, the pepper, the ice cream, maybe spit in the drink a bit for good measure.

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Posted: 30.07.2014 by Mattybu | Comments (15)

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Funerary - Starless Aeon

How the hell do you judge an album like this? It's so good, yet simultaneously flat and deflated. Welcome to Starless Aeon... an album of amazing atmosphere built through cavernous production, yet somehow is just irritatingly substance-less.

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Posted: 30.07.2014 by Doc Godin | Comments (3)

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