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The best albums flying under the radar that I've come across in the past few months.
1Panzerballett
Hart Genossen: Von Abba Bis Zappa


Superbly executed instrumental jazz metal that's begging to be heard by anyone looking for something that's definitely different. 4.5
2Urna
Sepulcrum


One of the best displays of black/funeral doom metal I've heard in a while. While they released their newest album "Iter Ad Lucem" earlier this year, "Sepulcrum" (released in 2006) is a better display of what this band is capable of. 4.5
3Sun of the Blind
Skullreader


Amazing atmospheric black metal from Zhaaral of Darkspace with all kinds of nightmarish musical ingredients mixed in. 4.5
4Profanum
Musaeum Esotericum


A very mature, well-produced, and classy showing of ambient/classical black metal. Dark and romantic, Musaeum Esotericum entrances the listener with the droning buzz of the guitars and infatuates him with the soothing, somber tone of the piano, the cello, and the violin. 4.5
5Pantheon I
Worlds I Create


Although "Worlds I Create" suffers from the "blast beat curse", it's still a very impressive exhibition of classically-influenced black metal with a good sense of balance. 4
6Hallowed Butchery
Funeral Rites for the Living


From the musical genius of Ryan Scott Fairfield (who?) and the cold wilderness of Kennebec County, Maine (where?) comes this incredible funeral doom/acoustic folk/experimental black metal EP. Think a combination of Esoteric and Agalloch. This release's only downfall is that it wasn't longer. 4
7Bliss of Flesh
Emaciated Diety


Blisteringly harsh, gritty French black/death metal. 4
8Geist
Galeere


Bitter, cold, and haunting atmospheric black metal from Germany. There's no shortage of ambiance in this fine musical interpretation of a ghost ship lost at sea. The beautiful yet melancholy oceanic tones throughout the record do well to sell the desperate, lonely feeling of drifting aimlessly in the open water.
9Mistur
Attende


From the former lead guitarist of Windir and Cor Scorpii and the members of Windir-worshippers Sigtyr, comes this excellent Norwegian folk/black/viking metal debut. Fans of Vreid, Windir, Myrkgrav, Thyrfing, and Cor Scorpii will especially enjoy this one. That means you, Balls. 4
10Process of Guilt
Erosion


Another fine doom/death release from the most talented Portuguese doom metal act. I've struggled not to give this a 4.5 as it's quickly ascending my charts as my doom record of the year. 4
11Lord Mantis
Spawning the Nephilim


Dirty, dark, and sexy blackened sludge metal from Chicago. Interestingly enough, Lord Mantis shares their hometown with Lair of the Minotaur which is probably the most similar-sounding band, it's surprising they don't share any members. 4
12Cerebrum
Spectral Extravagance


A well-crafted progressive/technical death metal debut from this talented Greek band. 4
13Martyrdod
Sekt


Gross and sludgey blackened crust metal with some punk influences from Sweden. 4
14Sui Caedere
Threne


Incredibly depressing funeral black/doom metal so thick and hypnotizing that seems to lull the listener into a suicidal coma. 4
15Riger
Streyf


Fast-paced pagan black metal from Germany. 4
16Sights and Sounds
Monolith


Some of the best post hardcore I've listened to this year. Anyone who enjoyed Closure in Moscow's "First Temple" should look into this one. 4
17Myrkr
Black Illumination


Absolutely solid Swedish black metal-inspired Irish bm. Marduk and Sacramentum fans will enjoy this. 4
18Forsaken
After the Fall


Very well-done traditional doom metal a la Solitude Aeturnus from Malta.
19Opus Nigrum
Journey In the Dark


Lush neoclassical dark ambient. For fans of Arcana, Dead Can Dance, etc. (fire, check this out). 4
20 Fall of Efrafa
Inle


Dark post metal with crust, hardcore, and sludge elements. 4
21Krilin
When The Time Comes, There Will Be No Time


More excellent post hardcore with some minor punk elements similar to earlier Thrice.
22Iron Age
The Sleeping Eye


Very unorthodox thrash metal with psychadelic doom metal undertones. 4
23Ainulindale
The Lay of Leithian


Tolkien-inspired neofolk/neoclassical ambient. 4
24Neila
Danza de Nieblas


Spanish sludge/post metal that shares some glaring similarities with Neurosis. 4
25Disparaged
The Wrath of God


Modern old school death metal for those who enjoyed Lay Down Rotten, Vomitory, and Monstrosity's latest releases. 4
26The Mire
Volume: I


Outstanding post metal with sludge and hardcore elements that shows immense potential from this UK band. Although this EP is only twelve minutes long, it's twelve minutes of post metal bliss. Anyone who considers themselves Baroness fans must check this out. 4
27Echidna
Insidious Awakening


A solid debut by a talented Portuguese melodic death/thrash metal band. Solo whores will especially enjoy this. 3.5
28Leshak
Chertovorot


Very headbangable Russian folk/melodic death metal with a strong hint of Koorpiklaani. 3.5
29Achilles
Hospice


Excellent hardcore-infused post metal with a superb vocal delivery. 3.5
30Keeper of Dreams
Taste Smashed to Pieces


Technical death/thrash metal with an old school vibe a la Death. 3.5
31Allvaters Zorn
Geburt


German folk/ambient black metal. Drudkh fans will find this an interesting listen. 3.5
32Fractal Gates
Altered State Of Consciousness


French progressive death metal relying heavily on the synth to produce a believable but forced-sounding celestial atmosphere. 3.5
33Sonneillon
Polymorphous


Well-executed and produced Polish symphonic/classical black metal that proves to be listenable only in small doses. 3.5
34Memory Driven
Relative Obscurity


Solid, dreary American progressive doom metal. 3.5
35Hand of Fatima
Obake


Instrumental post rock/post metal similar to Red Sparowes and Isis. 3.5
36ID:Vision
X-Ray Sun


The new EP from this Polish futuristic industrial blackened death metal band shows much promise for their next full length release and is a worthy follow-up to their superb debut "Plazmadchaos". 3.5
37Andacht
Chapter I


Atmospheric USBM with obvious influence from Darkspace and Vinterriket. 3.5
38Time of the Wolf
Time of the Wolf


Pretty good black/thrash metal from Washington D.C. Check this out if you like Aura Noir, Destroyer 666, etc. 3.5
39As You Drown
Reflection


Solid, catchy, and well-executed Swedish death metal. 3.5
40Hellveto
Od Poludnia Na Polnoc...


Though not as good as 2008's "Neoheresy", this orchestral folk/black metal solo project doesn't fail to add another worthy release to the Hellveto discography. 3.5
41Illdisposed
To Those Who Walk Behind Us


Another solid release from this Danish death metal band. Think a better version of Darkane. 3.5
42Aeternam
Disciples of the Unseen


Middle eastern melodic death/thrash metal from Canada. 3.5
43Xenolith
Obscure Reflections


Israeli progressive/melodic death metal. 3.5
44Persefone
Shin-Ken


One of my biggest disappointments of the year, Shin-Ken is definitely a solid progressive/symphonic death metal record but is no where near as good as their last release. Compared to "Core", Shin-Ken is a stale, uninspired, and recycled album that did nothing to introduce new ideas or display even 1% of the creativity that this band possesses. 3
45Satanochio
From Beyond


Well-produced experimental/symphonic black metal that ultimately suffers from a lack of direction. 3
46Hiss of Atrocities
Ritual of the Lost


The LA-based Hiss of Atrocities shows a lot of promise with their melodic death/thrash debut "Ritual of the Lost" but fails to deliver with an album devoid of any distinguishable tracks. 3
47After All
Cult of Sin


Satisfying for a while, but boring after a few listens, "Cult of Sin" is a decent display of modern old school thrash metal from a Belgian band that's been making music for over two decades. I expected better though. 3
48Rudra
Brahmavidya: Transcendental I


Vedic death/thrash metal that was a little disappointing after their previous releases, but still pretty solid. 3
49Requiem
Infiltrate...Obliterate...Dominate


Good, albeit relatively average Swiss death metal. 3
50Gravehill
Rites of the Pentagram


Decent blackened death/thrash metal from the US. 3
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