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Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicAnacrusis Screams and WhispersArcturus La Masquerade InfernaleAspid ExtravasationBeefcake DreiBlack Sabbath Heaven and HellBoris Boris At Last -Feedbacker-Burial BurialBurial UntrueCandlemass Epicus Doomicus MetallicusCarcass Necroticism: Descanting the InsalubriousCarcass HeartworkChroma Key Dead Air For RadiosCoroner GrinCoroner No More ColorCynic FocusDeath SymbolicDepressive Age Electric ScumDream Theater Images and WordsDream Theater AwakeGrand Funk Railroad Closer To HomeGuns N' Roses Use Your Illusion IIKing Crimson In the Court of the Crimson KingLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IVMegadeth Rust in PeaceMekong Delta The Music of Erich ZannMekong Delta KaleidoscopeMeshuggah IMeshuggah Catch ThirtythreeMetallica Master of PuppetsMonster Magnet Dopes to InfinityNevermore The Politics of EcstasyOrphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)Ozric Tentacles Become the OtherPain of Salvation Remedy LaneParadise Lost Draconian TimesPink Floyd The Dark Side of the MoonPink Floyd The WallPrimordial The Gathering WildernessPsychotic Waltz A Social GracePsychotic Waltz Into the EverflowPsychotic Waltz MosquitoPsychotic Waltz BleedingQueensryche Operation: MindcrimeSlayer South of HeavenSoundtrack (Film) OldboyUlver Perdition CityVauxdvihl To Dimension LogicAUSSIES RAGE FOR ORDER!
By far the most obscure gem in progressive metal.-
Listen to the links - and the whole record in YouTube - and then five this.
The Weapon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCfirW9b1H8&feature=relmfu
To Dimension Logic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwSyakozXCI
Questions Of Misanthropy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQVCwiYMlzw&feature=relmfuVaya Con Dios Night OwlsThe quality of this record is simply beyond words, due to the divine vocals of Dani Klein and the superb arrangements in every song.
A true classic in European jazz/pop/rock.Ved Buens Ende Written In WatersVoivod NothingfaceVoivod Dimension HatrossVoivod Killing Technology4.5 superbAlice in Chains DirtAmorphis Tales From the Thousand LakesAnathema Alternative 4Annihilator Never, NeverlandAnnihilator Bag of TricksArk Burn the SunAtheist Piece of TimeAvatarium AvatariumLeif Edling is detached from the anchor that Candlemass had gradually become during the '00s in terms of innovation, and with a team of new associates, he is renovating the monolithic doom metal that the said outfit had introduced in the mid '80s. Singer Jennie-Ann Smith sounds beyond awesome, while the lead guitar work of Marcus Jidell from Evergrey forms a summit of its own. Album of the year contender in doom metal along with Jex Thoth's Blood Moon Rising, hands down.Beefcake Coincidentia OppositorumBlack Sabbath ParanoidBlind Guardian Somewhere Far BeyondBlotted Science The Animation of EntomologyBoards of Canada GeogaddiBoris SmileBreach KollapseBruce Dickinson The Chemical WeddingCandlemass NightfallCathedral The Ethereal MirrorCathedral EndtymeCode Resplendent GrotesqueControl Denied The Fragile Art of ExistenceAWESOME RECORD! the lead guitars on this record compete in quality with those found in "Symbolic". Converge Axe to FallCult of Luna SalvationCypress Hill Black SundayDark Tranquillity The Mind's IDeath The Sound of PerseveranceDeath HumanDeath Angel Act IIIDeep Purple Made in JapanDepressive Age First DepressionDepressive Age Lying in WaitDio Holy DiverDream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a MemoryEldritch El NinoEnslaved Below the LightsEnslaved MonumensionEvergrey The Inner CircleFates Warning A Pleasant Shade of GrayFleurety Department of Apocalyptic AffairsGordian Knot Gordian KnotGorguts ObscuraGrip Inc. Power of Inner StrengthHead Control System Murder NatureHeathen Victims of DeceptionHeathen The Evolution of ChaosHeathen are back for good. "Evolution of Chaos" is a worthy heir of "Victims of deception".-Hexenhaus The Edge of EternityHittman HittmanAwesome US power metal with seemless prog and glam rock leanings, fantastic and really uplifting stuff...Howard Shore The Hobbit - An Unexpected JourneySaw the movie yesterday, it was awesome as expected, the film score in it slays too.........Iced Earth Burnt OfferingsIron Maiden Somewhere in TimeIron Maiden Live After DeathIron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh SonIsis PanopticonJethro Tull AqualungJex Thoth Blood Moon RiseJex Thoth have created an enticing doom/blues rock soundtrack for the "small" hours of the night, where thoughts and spirits from the past come to mess with the mind.Joe Satriani Flying In A Blue DreamJudas Priest PainkillerKamelot The Black HaloKatatonia Night Is the New DayKaterina Gogou & Kyriakos Sfetsas Sto DromoIn 1980, Greek director Pavlos Tasios (R.I.P.) filmed Παραγγελιά (The Song Order), the real story of Nikos Koemtzis (R.I.P.) who, one night in 1973, knifed a company of men in a tavern, just because they wanted to dance on a song he had "ordered" from the musicians, a song his younger brother was supposed to dance all alone in front of the musicians. For the film soundtrack, anarchist poet Katerina Gogou (R.I.P.) and acclaimed Greek composer Kyriakos Sfetsas joined forces and crafted Στο Δρόμο (On The Road), a devastating film score, a score that hasn't aged a day, despite its 33 years of existence. Gogou's vitriolic/profound proze about social discrimination and mental frustration is superbly blended with the magnificent progressive/psych/jazz/folk rock compositions of Sfetsas. Those searching for little diamonds buried by the dust of time, should check this out asap, even if they can't understand the Greek language. The album was reissued in early 2014 by the Greek branch of Capitol Records.King Crimson RedKing Diamond AbigailKing Diamond ''Them''Kreator Coma of SoulsKreator Extreme AggressionKYPCK Черно (Black)Led Zeppelin Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IILiquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment 2Essential instrumental 90's prog rock/metal.- Madder Mortem DeadlandsMastodon RemissionMekong Delta Mekong DeltaMekong Delta Dances of Death (and other Walking Shadows)Memento Mori Rhymes of LunacyMemento Mori Life, Death, and Other Morbid TalesMemory Garden TidesMemory Garden ForeverIntense Power/Doom metal in the vein of Solitude Aeturnus.
Track 1/4 - Warlord (live): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXMDelXvvbI&feature=related
Track 2/4 - Inarticulo Mortis: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYeKZvn3G5wMeshuggah AliveMetallica Ride the LightningMichael Jackson BadMind Over Four Out HereIn their debut, Mind Over Four deliver experimental punk/funk/atmospheric/rock/metal of the highest caliber...
Words are poor to describe what these four ultra-crazies are doing here...
Essential...Minsk The Ritual Fires of AbandonmentMotorhead Ace of SpadesNeurosis The Eye of Every StormNevermore In MemoryNightfall Athenian EchoesNile Those Whom the Gods DetestNocturnus ThresholdsNostromo Hysteron - ProteronWho would have imagined that a grind group would adapt its material for acoustic guitars sooo successfully...
An underground classic!Opeth Still LifeOpeth Blackwater ParkOpeth DeliveranceOpeth DamnationOpeth My Arms, Your HearsePain of Salvation EntropiaPantera Vulgar Display of PowerPatrick Rondat AmphibiaPink Floyd Wish You Were HerePorcupine Tree Lightbulb SunPrimordial Storm Before CalmPrototype TrinityQueensryche Rage for OrderRage The Missing LinkRed Harvest Sick Transit Gloria MundiSick Transit Gloria Mundi manifests the absolute crossover between the extreme spectrum of metal (tech-thrash/death/black) and industrial.
Ageless......Rory Gallagher Calling CardRotting Christ Non ServiamRotting Christ Triarchy of The Lost LoversRush Moving PicturesSacred Reich The American WaySade PromiseSade Diamond LifeSade Stronger Than PrideSade Love DeluxeSamael PassageSanctuary Into the Mirror BlackSantana Santana IIISantana AbraxasSaturnus MartyreScanner Terminal EarthSepultura AriseSieges Even The Art of Navigating by the StarsSkyclad Prince of the Poverty LineSkyclad Irrational AnthemsSlayer Seasons in the AbyssSlayer Reign in BloodSodom Agent OrangeSolitude Aeturnus Into the Depths of SorrowSolitude Aeturnus Beyond the Crimson HorizonSolitude Aeturnus Through the Darkest HourSoul Cages MomentsSoundgarden SuperunknownSoundtrack (Film) Jackie BrownSoundtrack (Film) Out Of SightStratovarius EpisodeStratovarius DreamspaceSuffocation Pierced from WithinTad Morose Modus VivendiTension Breaking PointBreaking Point is nothing short of killer '80s power/prog with engaging thrash edges here and there, a must-have for every old school metal fan out there...The Cure FaithThe Future Sound of London Dead CitiesThe Gathering SouvenirsThe Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as LoveThe Mars Volta The Bedlam in GoliathThe Ocean PrecambrianThe Tea Party TransmissionTheatre Of Tragedy Velvet Darkness They FearTherion TheliThorns ThornsTiamat WildhoneyTitan Force Titan ForceDebut album from Titan Force is an underground gem of '80s heavy/proto-progressive/power metal that hasn't aged a day since its official release...Troldhaugen Obzkure Anekdotez For Maniakal MassezA bunch of Australian dudes (plus guests) flew over the cuckoo's nest and crafted an astonishing genre hopping album that draws inspiration from an abundant list of musical references, namely extreme metal, electronic music, prog rock, classical music, folk music from all over the world, and Broadway musicals. Fantastic sound production, top notch/tech metal instrumental performance and a vast spectrum of aptly sung vocal melodies by all singers, male and female. Dinosaur prog/avant-garde metal bands need to listen to this album so as to take their intended pun and possibly remember how essentially adventurous music is done these days. Trouble The SkullExcellent progressive doom metal here, way way before bands like Solitude Aeturnus, Confessor or Memento Mori come to the surface...TV on the Radio Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty BabesUncle Acid And The Deadbeats Vol. 1Vaya Con Dios Vaya Con DiosVeni Domine Material SanctuaryVicious Rumors Digital DictatorVirus (NO) The Black FluxVoivod The Outer LimitsVoivod PhobosVoivod Warriors of IceYann Tiersen Le fabuleux destin d'Amelie PoulainYanni Live at the AcropolisYOB The Unreal Never LivedYOB The Great Cessationsubliminal, yet intelligent noise/doom metal at its best...
the opening riff in "Burning the Altar" is already in the top five riffs of this (ending) decade....YOB CatharsisZed Yago Pilgrimage4.3 superbNeue Regel In A WordAUSSIES RAGE FOR ORDER REVISITED!
Neue Regel picked up from where Vauxdvihl (also from Australia) had stopped and crafted a criminally underrated album of atmospheric gothic/doom/progressive metal.
For fans of the usual suspects, i.e. Vauxdvihl (To Dimension Logic-era), Queensryche (Promised Land-era), Psychotic Waltz (Into The Everflow-era), Saviour Machine (Saviour Machine I-era) and Fates Warning (A Perfect Shade Of Grey-era).4.2 excellentAeon Sable VisionaersGermany's Aeon Sable go through the various subtleties that bring together and (at the same time) separate genres such as gothic rock, post-punk and atmospheric metal, and deliver a highly immersive album. The sound production is crystal clear, the arrangements are an excellent ode to minimalism, whereas the vocals tend to reach the level of excellence set by the various forefathers of the styles adopted in this album. Fans of Fields of the Nephilim, Sisters of Mercy, The Mission, The Cure, Theatre of Tragedy, Paradise Lost, Tiamat and Depeche Mode should NOT miss this album streaming at the band's official bandcamp location.4.1 excellentTrenchRot Necronomic WarfareDeath metal fans look for old Obituary in this year's Obituary, whereas they should merely get a hold of this awesome band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Moreover, TrenchRot can be seen as an effective painkiller for the unease caused by the prolonged absence of outfits such as Bolt Thrower. Crushing groove, apt musicianship, analogue sound production, what more can anyone ask from death metal these days? Stream: http://trenchrotdeathmetal.bandcamp.com/album/necronomic-warfare4.0 excellent*shels Sea of the Dying Dhow1000 Funerals Portrait Of A DreamA Perfect Circle Thirteenth StepAbstrakt Algebra Abstrakt AlgebraAC/DC Back in BlackAC/DC Let There Be RockAC/DC High Voltage (International)Accept Restless and WildAcid Death Pieces of mankindAcrimonious PurulenceHellenes Acrimonious decorate their adventurous second-wave black/death metal with bitter -and sometimes nostalgic ("Spirit's Eclipse")- melodies and craft a rather unusual manifesto for chaos.Aerosmith Toys in the AtticAghora AghoraAghora FormlessAgnes Vein SoulshipThe Bathory-meets-Neurosis-meets-Isis, epic doom/black metal of Hellenes Agnes Vein is becoming more and more effective with each subsequent release.
http://agnesvein.bandcamp.com/ Agusa HögtidWhat we have here is a little prog rock gem from (where else?) Sweden. An instrumental band by default, Agusa use subtle (if not generic) melodies and rhythms so as to introduce themselves and their listeners to their intimate and atmospheric jams... Which in contrast, have a genuinely spontaneous way of development through the course of time. Awesome hammond improvisations are mixed with rhythm electro-acoustic guitars playing spacey or classic prog rock themes in the rear, while the lead guitars give out the epic feeling classic rock is much renowned for. Stream: http://agusaband.bandcamp.com/releasesAlchemist OrganasmAlchemist Austral AlienAlice Cooper TrashAlice in Chains FaceliftAlice in Chains Black Gives Way to BlueAmorphis TuonelaAnacrusis Manic ImpressionsAnathema JudgementAngel Dust Into the Dark PastAngel Dust To Dust You Will DecayAngelo Badalamenti Mulholland Drive (score)Angstridden Fuck Humanity With PrideAnnihilator Alice in HellAnnihilator King of the KillAnthrax Fistful of MetalArch / Matheos Sympathetic ResonanceArcturus The Sham MirrorsArleta DemoBack in the mid '70s, Demo would be Arleta's first credible effort in reaching the folk audiences outside Greece, if the head of Lyra Records hadn't decided to bury the record and confine her talent within the -then- rapidly developing New Wave of the Greek folk scene.At the Gates Slaughter of the SoulAtheist Unquestionable PresenceAura Noir Black Thrash AttackNorwegian avant-garde black metal gangstas thrashing hard....... AAAAAARRRGGGGGHHHHHH!Behemoth DemigodBehemoth EvangelionBeliever GabrielBiomechanical Eight MoonsBjork PostBjork DebutBlack Sabbath We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' RollBlack Swan The Quiet Divide Blind Guardian Follow the BlindBlue Oyster Cult Secret TreatiesBlues Pills BlissThis outfit has stormed out of nowhere to make a strong stand within the vintage/blues rock scene. Everything is in place; The ballsy, heartfelt vocals of female Swedish singer Elin Larsson (in the vein of Janis Joplin, and that says a lot!!), the wildly ranging in mood, raging lead guitars of French teenager (!!) Dorian Sorriaux and last but not least, the sexy groove of the rhythm section, complements of bassist Zack Anderson and drummer Cory Berry. Looking forward to hear more from this band in the future.Bolt Thrower ...For VictoryBolzer AuraAdventurous and abysmal, the death/black metal of this Swiss outfit can be easily categorized as one of this year's extreme metal underground treats.Bolzer SomaBolzer build on the acclaimed merit of the Aura EP with two tracks of groovy, transcendental and mazed death metal that clock at almost 20 minutes of time. Although the element of surprise is absent and Soma merely picks up from where Aura ended, band is still far from saturation and sets the bar higher for a future full length album, although the string of EPs has worked well so far.Boris Heavy RocksBoris Amplifier WorshipBoris AbsolutegoBoris BXIThis band simply can never fail...
Ian Astbury's has never singed like this before, vocals of tremendous emotional depth......Boris Attention PleaseBoris NoiseA pair of ears heavily exposed to the abundant production of Boris music will find it hard to deny that the band has not gone through the motions in Noise. Despite being derivative (think of what the band tried from Pink up to Attention Please, with the addition of Heavy Rocks and Boris At Last -Feedbacker-), the new songs sound fresh every time they are reproduced. Boris With Michio Kurihara RainbowBreach VenomBruce Dickinson Balls to PicassoBruce Dickinson Accident of BirthBurial Ghost HardwareBurst OrigoBurst Lazarus BirdCandlemass Tales of CreationCandlemass King of the Grey IslandsCarcass SwansongCarcass Surgical SteelCAUGHT IN A MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Cathedral The Carnival BizarreCeltic Frost Into the PandemoniumCeltic Frost MonotheistCeremony (USA-VA) DistanceOn their third album, Ceremony from Virginia craft the absolute shoegaze/psychedelic/noise rock soundtrack for the unstable emotional life of actual and/or virtual teenagers.
https://moonsoundsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/distanceChildren of Bodom Something WildChimaira ResurrectionChroma Key You Go NowConception In Your MultitudeConfessor UnraveledA criminally overlooked work towards the prog/doom vein. Everything is so close to perfect...
The drumming on this is stellar...
Converge You Fail MeConverge Jane DoeCoroner Mental VortexCoroner CoronerCoroner's quirky personna in a nutshell... Despite its inhomogeneity as a compilation album, it still delivers.Cult of Luna Cult of LunaCyanotic (DK) Sapphire SeasonCyanotic's debut is anything but an ordinary melodic death metal album...Cynic Traced in AirCynic Re-TracedCypress Hill Cypress Hill III: Temples of BoomExcellent stuff in here, the psychedelic touch blends nicely with the band's hip-hop agenda... Really well done!Cypress Hill Los Grandes Exitos En EspanolDanzig Danzig II: LucifugeDayglo Abortions Out of the WombPUNKZ NOT DEAD!!!!!! Dead Congregation Promulgation of the FallAlbum after album, the Greek death metal scene is getting stronger and stronger. On their long awaited sophomore effort, Dead Congregation deliver nothing but crushing old school death metal that sounds even fiercer when performed live.Deadsoul Tribe A Murder of CrowsDeath Spiritual HealingDeath LeprosyDeath Individual Thought PatternsDeath In Vegas The Contino SessionsDecapitated Organic HallucinosisDecapitated The NegationDefleshed Under the bladeDefleshed's second album is an underground Swedish death/thrash metal gem...Depeche Mode ViolatorDepeche Mode Playing The AngelDepeche Mode Songs of Faith and DevotionDepeche Mode Music for the MassesDepressive Age Symbols for the Blue TimesDio The Last in LineDire Straits Dire StraitsDisasterhate Sacrifice To EclipseHow come no one outside Italy took notice of this band and EP? What we have here is frantic, dystopic, and semi-technical death/thrash metal which branches out to post metal ("God Is Dead", "Jupiter Effect"), doom metal ("Sacrifice To Eclipse"), even hardcore ("Domina Mundis" and as a general vibe in the male/female vocal interplay). The sound production is loud and fuzzy, and producers specializing in extreme metal really to need to check the this EP and see how things were properly done in the not so distant past. Favorite song: "Jupiter Effect".
EP stream: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJ8NBJt2NWfwqtHZFyazwNC0SKUHAGvXgDisincarnate Dreams of the Carrion KindDoctor Butcher Doctor ButcherDodheimsgard Kronet Til Konge"Monotonous", nihilistic, ravishing, Kronet Til Konge got Dodheimsgard amongst Norwegian black metal's finest proprietors. Drive Characters In TimeExcellent US power metal with discrete progressive metal leanings and in the vein of bands such as Vicious Rumors and Oliver Magnum, this is fantastic stuff.Earth The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's SkullEldritch Seeds Of RageEldritch ReverseEldritch HeadquakeElectric Moon Innside OutsideA sublime trip to the cosmic unknown residing within and around us...
"Outside" stream: http://soundcloud.com/electricmoon/outsideEnabler Shift of RedemptionThe clue of this excellent EP lies in Enabler's superb crossover from metallic hardcore (think no other outfit than Converge) to Swedish death/thrash metal (Abducted-era Hypocrisy) and back. The last (instrumental) track is not too far from early '90s atmospheric death metal (Ophidian Wheel-era Septic Flesh), blended with atmospheric post-hardcore. Highly recommended!!Enforcer Death By FireOld school metal lives and these Swedes should be worshiped accordingly.-Ennio Morricone The Good, the Bad and the UglyEnslaved IsaEsoteric Paragon Of DissonanceExodus Bonded by BloodExodus Fabulous DisasterExodus Another Lesson in ViolenceFaith No More King for a Day... Fool for a LifetimeFaith No More Angel DustFates Warning Perfect SymmetryFates Warning ParallelsFates Warning Inside OutFates Warning FWXFates Warning DisconnectedFates Warning Darkness in a Different LightOn their 11th album, Fates Warning give way to extrovert heavy rock at the expense of their inherent introspective conduct. The album refrains from revealing its merit during the first few listens, yet it is a slow grower and it kicks serious ass live.Fear Factory DemanufactureFear Factory ObsoleteFear Factory MechanizeFear of God Within the VeilFight War Of WordsFleurety Min Tid Skal KommeQuite original sound here, in terms of avant-garde black metal, female voices singing over bm blast beats, jazz passages, ambient soundscapes... It's somewhere between a 3.5-4 for me, and i rate with a 4/5 due to its originality.Flotsam and Jetsam CuatroFlying Lotus CosmogrammaForte Stranger Than FictionThe debut album from Oklahoma based Forte, is a fantastic piece of technical power/speed/thrash metal that will please fans of bands such as Annihilator, Lethal, Oliver Magnum, Vicious Rumours and so on.Free Fire and WaterFunereus ......Return Of The Old GoatOn their sophomore album, Mexico's Funereus give out an awesome crossover between the "second wave" and the "Motorhead/thrash" ends of black metal. Excellent sound production and frantic performance make for an album that easily files under black metal's best releases for this year.Genghis Tron Board Up the HouseGoetic Equivalent Goetic EquivalentAavant garde black metal has received a handful of different renditions during the '00s and the '10s, but one of its most distinct currents is the kind of black metal Mayhem, Thorns, Satyricon, Ved Buens Ende and Dodheimsgard introduced to the world during the turn of the millenium. To that end, Greece's oddly named Goetic Equivalent have done an awesome job with their self-titled debut album. The nihilistic vocals, the tech rhythm section (although it is a drum machine, it is an extremely well programmed one. Think of Meshuggah's excellent work in Catch 33, with all analogies accounted for), the intense yet precise riffing, the bitter melodies, they all fit the bill very very well. Stream: http://goeticequivalent.bandcamp.com/album/goetic-equivalentGordian Knot EmergentGorguts Colored SandsHaven't heard anything this mind bending in extreme metal since "forever"... First half of the record is monumental, second is strong yet it lacks the spark of the first half. Be it as it may, Gorguts have definitely set the bar much much higher this time.Grand Funk Railroad Grand FunkGrand Funk Railroad E Pluribus FunkGrave Endless Procession Of SoulsOLD SCHOOL DEATHSTERZ NOT DEAD!!!! Grave Digger Tunes of WarGraveyard Lights OutGreen Carnation The Acoustic VersesGreen Carnation A Blessing In DisguiseGrip Inc. SolidifyGrip Inc. NemesisGuns N' Roses Use Your Illusion IGuns N' Roses Appetite for DestructionGustavo Santaolalla The Motorcycle DiariesAwesome soundtrack for an awesome film. On another note, this reminds me of Paris, Texas film score from Ry Cooder.Hate MorphosisMorphosis is an overlooked death/black gem from Poland, baring a good share of "alien" influences (industrial)... Stream: http://listenable-records.bandcamp.com/album/morphosisHate SolarfleshSolarflesh is the 8th observation from the Polish death/black outfit of Hate and captures the band going upward again after the low flight of Erebos. Their sense in arranging their blast beat driven death/black metal (second (?) only to their fellow country men Behemoth) has shown some progress in here. The band has managed to successfully infuse melody within the blast beat chaos and amplify the majestic feeling that made albums such as Morphosis so great in the first place. That being said, their attempts in exploring the area outside their comfort zone are a hit or miss. The 3.5 rating is about the limited edition of the album. Excluding the bonus tracks, the album is much more solid, close to a 4/5.Heathen Breaking the SilenceHeathendom NescienceHeavens Gate Livin' In HysteriaHeir Apparent Graceful InheritanceHeir Apparent One Small VoiceHellion HellionBadass '80s metal with the ballsy female vocals of Ann Boleyn...Helloween Walls of JerichoHelstar NosferatuHolocaust (Gbr) The NightcomersHoly Moses Finished with the DogsHorisont Tva Sidor Av HorisontenHorseback The Invisible MountainHouse of Spirits Turn of the TideExcellent power/progressive metal with one foot stepping on the path Queensryche opened (Operation Mindcrime/Empire era) and the other treading the territory of the critically acclaimed German melodic prog metal scene (Sieges Even, Soul Cages etc).
A must listen for every Queensryche fan!!!!!!Hypocrisy AbductedHypocrisy HypocrisyIllwill EvilutionIn Solitude In SolitudeThis album is the ultimate Mercyful Fate worship, hands down. Pelle's vocal work is up there with King Diamond, whereas the band delivers some frantic, and at times complex old school metal. Up the horns!Integral SercosaMajor kudos to Zettel and his review that brought this album to my attention. I have been always searching for this kind of essential subtlety in electronic music (to little success) and this album fits the profile perfectly.Iron Maiden PowerslaveIron Maiden The Number of the BeastIron Maiden Piece of MindIron Maiden Fear of the DarkIsis OceanicJag Panzer The Fourth JudgementJag Panzer Casting the StonesJamiroquai A Funk OdysseyJamiroquai Travelling Without MovingJamiroquai Rock Dust Light StarJan Garbarek In Praise Of DreamsJega VarianceJethro Tull Minstrel in the GalleryJethro Tull Songs from the WoodJex Thoth Jex ThothAn ensemble of mystics from Madison, Wisconsin resonated with the primordial vibes of this world and had them recorded on tape... Stream: http://ihate.bandcamp.com/album/jex-thothJim Matheos First ImpressionsJoe Satriani Joe SatrianiJudas Priest British SteelJudas Priest Defenders of the FaithJudas Priest Screaming for VengeanceJudas Priest Sad Wings of DestinyJudas Priest Killing MachineKarl Sanders Saurian MeditationKatatonia Viva EmptinessKatatonia The Great Cold DistanceKathaaria The Complex Void of NegativityKawir IsotheosHellenes Kawir have been refining their "ancient Greek" folk/pagan black metal since the mid '90s, and Isotheos is the current peak of the said refinement.Kayser KaiserhofKevin Moore Ghost BookKhonsu TravellerThis awesome EP will really work for all those (yours truly included) who yearn for the return of industrial metal behemoths such as Norway's Red Harvest. See, in Traveller Khonsu (also from Norway, featuring members from Keep of Kalessin) deliver some frenetic/technical death/black - think of Red Harvest, Thorns, later era Mayhem etc - metal combined with inventive and dystopic electronic music patterns. In contrast to tracks 2-4, the album opener/closer revolves exclusively around electronic music, which are properly sustained by the excellent sound production. The awesome cover to Bjork's "Army of One" may be the highlight of the EP, I can't have enough of it.King Crimson Larks' Tongues in AspicKing Crimson Starless and Bible BlackKing Diamond House of GodKing Diamond VoodooKing's X Out of the Silent PlanetKreator Enemy of GodKreator Phantom AntichristKreng L'Autopsie Phenomenale De DieuLabyrinth Return to Heaven DeniedLast Crack Sinister Funkhouse #17Highly energetic metallic rock with a twist from this bunch of American wackos!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AyFx_CRVRoLed Zeppelin BBC SessionsLethal ProgrammedLethal's debut is a US power metal gem, band performance and especially Tom Mallicoat's higher-than-the-sky vocals are the tits..Machine Head Burn My EyesMachine Head The BlackeningMadder Mortem DesiderataMadder Mortem Eight WaysManes VilosopheManowar Sign of the HammerMar De Grises Streams InwardsMarshall Law Marshall LawIn their debut album, Marshall Law present a highly addictive '80s heavy metal blend, with one foot standing on US heavy/power metal and the other on Los Angeles glam rock/metal...
In any case, this is awesome stuff.Mastodon LeviathanMastodon Blood MountainMastodon Crack the SkyeMastodon The HunterMayhem Grand Declaration of WarMayhem Ordo Ad ChaoMeanstreak RoadkillMegace Inner warMegadeth Countdown to ExtinctionMegadeth YouthanasiaMegadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?Mekong Delta Lurking FearMekong Delta The Principle of DoubtMekong Delta Visions FugitivesMekong Delta Pictures at an ExhibitionMekong Delta ClassicsMekong Delta In a Mirror DarklyMekong Delta are cracking the whip again, as their 10th observation is a custom/seamless blend of classical music, progressive rock and tech-thrash. Memory Garden Carnage CarnivalMeshuggah Destroy Erase ImproveMeshuggah NothingMeshuggah ChaosphereMeshuggah Nothing (Re-release)Meshuggah obZenMetal Church Metal ChurchMetal Church The DarkMetal Church Hanging in the BalanceMetallica Kill 'Em AllMetallica ...And Justice for AllMetallica MetallicaMinistry Psalm 69Minsk With Echoes in the Movement of StoneMonster Magnet Monolithic Baby!Monster Magnet Spine of GodMonster Magnet SuperjudgeMonstrosity Spiritual ApocalypseMorbid Angel Blessed Are the SickMorbid Angel CovenantMorbid Angel DominationMorbid Angel HereticDeath metal that lies within the interfaces.Motorhead OrgasmatronMunicipal Waste Massive AggressiveMy Dying Bride The Angel and the Dark RiverMy Dying Bride The Dreadful HoursMy Dying Bride Songs Of Darkness, Words Of LightMy Dying Bride The Light at the End of the WorldMy Dying Bride A Line Of Deathless KingsMy Dying Bride I Am The Bloody EarthMy Dying Bride The Voice of the WretchedMy Dying Bride TrinityNachtmystium Assassins: Black Meddle Pt.1National Pornografik D.Neil Young Dead ManNeurosis A Sun That Never SetsNevermore Enemies Of RealityNevermore Dreaming Neon BlackNevermore This Godless EndeavorNightfall Parade into CenturiesParade Into Centuries is an atmospheric doom/early '90s death metal gem, unworn by time.
Songs are diverse, time-lengthy, yet memorable, while the musicianship is top notch. Bassists should really take note of the bass which feels like it has been played by Steve Di Giorgio or Sean Malone...Nightstalker SuperfreakNirvana MTV Unplugged in New YorkNovember En Ny Tid Ar Har...In their debut album, November from Sweden deliver an excellent piece of vintage blues/rock.
Although the record got released in 1970, it still sounds fresh as if it was released by one of those bands that are relevant with the 21st century revival of the genre.
Don't let yourself be disappointed by the fact that all lyrics are written in Swedish, this still rocks.Oranssi Pazuzu ValonieluAlbum is dope. The drone/psych elements are perfectly blended with the inherent black metal ethics, i.e. repetition, minimalism and nihilism. Although all tracks are excellent, special mention is due to "Olen aukaissut uuden silm?n (I Have Opened A New Eye)" which is dope^dope^dope...OSI FreeOSI Office of Strategic InfluenceOverkill HorrorscopeOverkill Feel the FireOzric Tentacles ArborescenceOzzy Osbourne Diary of a MadmanPain of Salvation BePain of Salvation The Perfect Element, Part 1Pain of Salvation Road Salt OnePain of Salvation Road Salt TwoParadise Lost Paradise LostParadise Lost In RequiemParadise Lost IconParadise Lost Symbol Of LifeParadise Lost Tragic IdolParadise Lost Tragic Illusion 25Tragic Illusion 25 is a compilation made from rare and unreleased tracks drawn from different periods of the Halifax based gothic metal outfit. However, the flow of a random listening session is so smooth, that the album could pass as a regular full-length one. The restoration of tracks from the first two albums ("Gothic" and "Our Saviour") is excellent, while the same applies for the Spear of Destiny and Everything But The Girl covers. To that end, I would really like to see the band making a covers album with material from '80s English (or other) melancholic pop, that endeavour would really make sense. Phase Reverse Phase ReversePhase Reverse really hit the spot with their groovy/chill-out heavy rock, as everything - the riffs, the vocals (a mix of Chris Cornell with Eddie Vedder) and the mature songwriting - is really in place.
I Got Your Back - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9iPSiFzzK8
Road Fever - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1NvSHTtlPs&feature=related
High Hopes - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C63JJiPanhQ&feature=relatedPink Martini SympathiquePink Martini Hang on Little TomatoPoem The Great Secret ShowPorcupine Tree In AbsentiaPorcupine Tree DeadwingPorcupine Tree Stars Die: The Delerium YearsPrimordial To the Nameless DeadPropagandhi Failed StatesPrototype ContinuumPurson The Circle and the Blue DoorPurson turn their spotlight towards the intermediate space between '70s pop, progressive, and occult/folk rock and deliver an enticing debut album.Queensryche EmpireQueensryche Promised LandRabbit Junk REframeRabbit Junk Rabbit JunkRabbit Junk Pop That Pretty ThirtyRubbit Junk have delved into more extreme deliberations in the past (especially in the first two albums), but Pop That Pretty Thirty sees the band's industrial/blackened dancecore going mainstream on its own terms. In a fair world, "Precipice" should become an instant hit within out-of-the-norm dance floors around the world.Rage End of All DaysRage Black In MindRed Harvest Cold Dark MatterRed Sparowes At The Soundless DawnReleased Anger Violent InstinctsDebut EP from Hellenic thrashers Released Anger is all about '80s euro/US thrash (in the vein of Extreme Aggression-era Kreator and Breaking The Silence-era Heathen) done excellently.-Revocation TeratogenesisRiot Immortal SoulRiot ThundersteelRory Gallagher BlueprintRotting Christ Sanctus DiavolosRotting Christ Kata Ton Demona EaftouThe 11th Rotting Christ album picks up from where Aealo stopped and further strengthens the testament of its predecessor with intense Bathory driven, majestic goth/folk/black metal. Tolis brothers are in terrific shape!!Running Wild Port RoyalRunning Wild Under Jolly RogerRush Permanent WavesRy Cooder Chávez RavineRy Cooder Paris, TexasSacred Reich Still IgnorantSadus Elements of AngerSamael Ceremony Of OppositesSantana SantanaSarissa Demo 1987For those who get goosebumps whenever they choose to engage themselves in '80s old school metal, the 1987 demo of the Hellenes Sarissa is an underground gem that deserves to be discovered. Saturnus Saturn in AscensionSavatage The Hall of the Mountain KingSavatage Dead Winter DeadSavatage Gutter BalletSavatage Edge Of ThornsSavatage Handful of RainSaxon Denim and LeatherSaxon Unleash the BeastScorpions BlackoutScorpions Love At First StingScorpions LovedriveScott Kelly The WakeScreaming Trees Sweet OblivionSear Bliss PhantomsSentenced DownSepticflesh The Ophidian WheelSepticflesh CommunionSepticflesh Sumerian DaemonsSepticflesh The Great MassSepultura Beneath the RemainsSepultura Chaos A.D.Sieges Even ParamountSieges Even A Sense of ChangeSkaphe SkápheAmidst the off-beat ambient/doom passages and the chaotic black metal outbursts, Skaphe from Los Angeles CA have transformed their oneiric nightmares to music in the most prominent of ways. Skaphe can be described as an amalgam of mid '90s avant-garde black metal (Ved Buens Ende come in mind) and transcendental death/doom metal, in the vein of Switzerland's Bolzer.Skeptor United We Stand Together We FallIn between tech speed/thrash metal outfits such as Toxik and Watchtower, Skeptor's debut album rips skulls, while it attempts raising a voice of its own. On another note, the album title/concept are among the most intelligent, bitter and cynical I have recently come across...Skid Row Skid RowSkyclad A Burnt Offering for the Bone IdolSkyclad Vintage WhineSkyclad Tracks From The WildernessSkyclad Outrageous FourtunesSkyclad bring forth their intimate folk melodies at the expense of their heavy/thrash practice.
Indispensable EP!!!Slammer The Work of Idle Hands...Although it is not groundbreaking in the least, the Bay Area driven thrash of these English folks will force some heads to roll.......
Stream: http://tribunalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-work-of-idle-handsSleepin Pillow Apples on an Orange TreeIn their debut album, Hellenes Sleepin Pillow derive a highly original blend of post rock, psychedelia, electronica and Hellenic/Oriental traditional music.
Really awesome stuff...
Instrument Of Time - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vNQMGDoLFUSlumber FalloutExcellent doom/death metal right here. Too bad that the band dissolved before releasing more albums...Sodom Persecution ManiaSodom Better Off DeadSolitude Aeturnus DownfallSomali Yacht Club The SunBy blending the psychedelic, the post- and the stoner ends of rock plus some unexpected surprises (the reggae passage in "Sightwaster"), Ukraine's Somali Yacht Club have crafted an exciting album that more people into the said genres need to discover. The jams flow unpretentiously, the sound production treats the heavier and the mellower parts accordingly, whereas the sparse male vocals heard in the rear, come to complete the mesmerizing experience.Sore Plexus HaPTePHObiCSoundgarden BadmotorfingerSoundtrack (Film) Death ProofSoundtrack (Film) Trainspotting: Music from the Motion PictureSoundtrack (Film) The EdukatorsIn so many words, "The Edukators" is the soundtrack to our personal revolution against catastrophic capitalism.-Soundtrack (Film) Road HouseSoundtrack (Film) The InsiderSoundtrack (Film) CollateralAwesome soundtrack and of high replay value.
And 9 out of 10 Michael Mann movies rip skulls. Easily.Spectral Lore IIIIn a supposed list with the best black metal albums of 2014, the 4th album of Greece's Spectral Lore would be included therein, no questions asked. In III, "total"/post/ethereal black metal gives way to majestic/gloomy folk passages and back, in temporally prolonged/labyrinth-like compositions that need the listener's undivided immersion to be fully appreciated. The above being said, the album's merit is totally worth of any investment placed upon it.Spice and the RJ Band The WillSpiral Architect A Sceptic's UniverseSpiritual Beggars Spiritual BeggarsSpiritual Beggars Another Way To ShineSpiritual Beggars Earth BluesIn view of the flourishing vintage/heavy rock revival circuit, Earth Blues may as well be the album that will introduce Spiritual Beggars (est. 1992!) as one of its inherent forefathers.Spitfire (GR) First AttackFirst Attack is an amazing offering of hard rocking heavy/power metal and on the same caliber with Dio's first two albums.
With this album, Spitfire single-handedly put the (strictly underground until that point) Hellenic metal scene into the map of world metal.
album stream: http://www.metal-samples.com/2013/05/spitfire-first-attack-1987.htmlStabbing Westward Darkest DaysSteel Panther All You Can EatIt's been ages since glam rock/metal was THIS effective.... SUNSET STRIP GLAMSTERZ NOT DEAD.-Steve Vai Alien Love SecretsAlien Love Secrets is the best Vai record by far...Steven Price GravityBasically what Alex said, all I will add is that this soundtrack is so good it can exist purely on its own. If I had to site a couple of references, I would quote Ulver's Svidd Neger and the music for the 1998 PC game Ubik (Cryo Interactive).Stomach Earth Stomach EarthIt's been ages since I've listened to anything as abyssal and majestic in extreme doom metal, as this album right here...
album stream: http://stomachearth.bandcamp.com/Strapping Young Lad AlienStratovarius Twilight TimeSuffocation Effigy of the ForgottenSuffocation Blood OathSun of Nothing The Guilt Of Feeling AliveSunn O))) and Boris AltarSwarms Old Raves EndSymphony X The Divine Wings of TragedySymphony X Twilight in OlympusSystem of a Down HypnotizeTesla Mechanical ResonanceTestament The GatheringTetragrammaton DescendereCoated with an excellent sound production, the Descendere EP is Tetragrammaton's (led by multi-instrumentalist Christian Bale) emphatic take on how ambient and black, doom, and sludge metal should be blended to excellent effect. If I was to describe the music merely by band name dropping I would be sure to mention Bolzer, YOB, Ved Buens Ende, Skaphe, Deathspell Omega, legit ambient/black metal outfits (put your favorite band here) and so on.The Answer RiseThe Cult ElectricThe Devil's Blood Come, ReapExcellent 70's occult/psychedelic/heavy rock from the Dutch masters... Satan will prevail...The Devil's Blood The Time Of No Time EvermoreThe Gathering if_then_elseThe Gathering How to Measure a Planet?The Gathering Nighttime BirdsThe Gathering MandylionThe Gathering Black Light DistrictThe Gorlons The GorlonsFantastic album; The Gorlons have taken the swirling rock n' roll of the '60s, totally fuzzed it out, and slipstreamed in it the level of intensity that will get you off your chair and make you resonate (even headbang!) with their Hammond-driven groove. That being said, there some calmer, psychedelic portions of the album have some "alien" (post rock?) elements. Favorite track: Dirty. Stream/"name your price" download: http://thegorlons.bandcamp.com/album/the-gorlonsThe Graviators MotherloadOn their third observation, Swedes The Graviators have outed an excellent album of '70s doom/hard rock, with serious groove, psychedelic, blues and progressive rock leanings spicing things further. Easily among the best albums of 2014 in the said genres.The Jeff Healey Band Hell To PayThe Jeff Healey Band See the LightThe Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric LadylandThe Mars Volta Frances the MuteThe Mars Volta AmputechtureThe Mars Volta OctahedronThe Police Reggatta de BlancThe Police Outlandos d'AmourThe Tea Party The Edges Of TwilightThe Tea Party The Interzone MantrasTheory In Practice The Armageddon TheoriesTherapy? TroublegumThin Lizzy Thunder and LightningThis Is Nowhere Turn On, Tune Down, Drop DThis is the best fuzzed out/psychedelic/haze-like stoner rock you haven't heard yet from the land of the Greek gods. Amazing, totally loose and nebulous jams are blended with Glenn Danzig/Martin Gore-like vocal invocations, so as to make for a tremendously mesmerizing listen. Favorite tracks: "Theme For Bootsy", "Moondub"
album stream: http://thisisnowhere.bandcamp.com/album/turn-on-tune-down-drop-dThorns Stigma DiabolicumThou Art Lord The Regal Pulse of LuciferHellenic mid-90s death/black metal revisited and then some.Threshold PsychedelicatessenThunder Back Street SymphonyTiamat A Deeper Kind of SlumberTimo Tolkki Classical Variations and ThemesTom Waits The Heart of Saturday NightTom Waits Beautiful Maladies: The Island YearsTrapeze MedusaTrespassers William Different StarsTrial (SWE) Vessel2015 is no more than a month in, but I just know that this album of barbaric heavy metal will wind up being one of the best of this year. I mean, it's like... Where was this band hiding all this time??? On their sophomore album, Trial from Sweden are all about '80s heavy/speed metal for the most part, but that does not stop them from straying to doom, progressive and even black metal (the guitars), without sounding generic. Their vocalist, who sounds like a crossbreed between Harry "The Tyrant" Conclin, King Diamond and Kai Hansen, is cracking the whip throughout the album, along with the rest of the band, namely the guitarists who, in so many words, hail and kill. Band stands on the same level with other modern Swedish classic metal stalwarts, namely In Solitude and Portrait. Favorite track: Ecstasy Waltz. Stream the album at play.spotify.comTriptykon Eparistera DaimonesTriptykon pick up from where Celtic Frost left off, and with the infusion of new blood, they let the people know how doom/death metal should sound these days. On another note, it's a guilty delight gazing at the H.R. Giger (R.I.P.) art while listening to the album.Trouble Manic FrustrationTrouble TroubleTrouble Psalm 9Troubled Horse Step InsideSweden keeps on churning awesome vintage rock and this outfit right here, is no exception. Awesome stuff.Turbonegro Party AnimalsTV on the Radio Return to Cookie MountainUlver A Quick Fix of MelancholyUlver Svidd NegerUlver Lyckantropen ThemesUncle Acid And The Deadbeats Blood LustUniverse217 NeverPsychedelic/majestic/post/you-name-it, female fronted doom metal bearing various awesome vibes.
Prepare to be severely overwhelmed by Tanya's vocals...
http://universe217.bandcamp.com/Uzala UzalaSeldom has psychedelic doom metal sounded so awesome...
album stream: http://uzala.bandcamp.com/Various Artists Nativity in Black - A Tribute to Black SabbathVaura The MissingOn their second album, Vaura are highlighting the seamless links connecting '80s goth rock, pop-punk and black metal, with excellent results. Vauxdvihl VogVed Buens Ende Those who Caress the PaleVeni Domine LightVeni Domine have taken many left turns since their first two highly acclaimed albums in the early '90s and for better or for worse, most of them were not fully embraced by fans of adventurous doom metal. This year's Light album however, is the exception that justifies the rule. The Swedes have brought the lyricism of progressive doom metal with the (often) void existence of melodic (some call it adult oriented) rock in holy matrimony. In that light, the lack of guitar distortion is balanced by the simple, yet adequately elaborate arrangements and the divine vocals of Fredrik Fredrik Sjoholm, who sounds as if he's releasing the burdens of his soul to his confessor. The success of the album is also reflected in the superb rendition of the 1991 song "Oh Great City" (from the debut Fall Babylon Fall album), which sounds even better than the original version.Vicious Rumors Welcome to the BallVicious Rumors WarballVicious Rumors Word Of MouthVicious Rumors Razorback KillersVicious Rumors Electric PunishmentAt their eleventh observation, Vicious Rumors reproduce their brand of US power metal with class, and while they are getting themselves closer and closer to Bay Area thrash, they further diversify their sound with 80s glam rock and the blues.Vicious Rumors Live You to Death 2 - American PunishmentThis live album is not just for the die-hard fans of the band, but also for every fan of quality heavy/power metal.Vinum Sabbatum Songs From The ConventOn their debut EP, Norwegian Vinum Sabbatum simply amaze with their mature blend of occult rock, albeit they don't offer the universal sensation of the genre, namely the voluptuous female vocals of some already acclaimed bands, like The Devil's Blood and the alike.
Instead there are crooning male vocals, amazing lyrics (listen to "Witch Woman"), thick/warm sounding hammond, the riffs (the fucking riffs!!!), classic rock solos, and the traditional doom/ '70s hard rock thing at its best. Virus (NO) CarheartVoivod Target EarthVoivod just can't do no wrong and give their fans enough reasons as to why they should continue as a band.
Target Earth is a condensed re-run of all the places Voivod have visited from Killing Technology up to Voivod, their industrial era (Negatron, Phobos) excluded. Dan Mograin does wonders in the guitars, emulating Piggy's style.W.A.S.P. The Crimson IdolWardrum SpadeworkWarrior Soul Last Decade Dead CenturyHeavy rock played will huge balls and a 100% punk attitude. The vocals -and the lyrics, THE FUCKIN' LYRICS!!!!- of Corey Clarke are second to none... Watchtower Control and ResistanceWindfaerer SolarAll those into black metal with folk/epic leanings, should take hold of this band and EP, as the folk/epic thing is blended superbly with old-school black metal under a skull crushing sound production.
Not sure yet about the exact rating, although it already feels like a 3.5 at least...
http://windfaerer.bandcamp.com/album/solarWindhand SomaIn case anyone's wondering about how to delay the course of time, Windhand's female fronted, psychedelic stoner/doom metal is one of the best ways to do it...Wolf People TidingsSometimes, good things come when you least expect them and this excellent album of '60s (not '70s!!) blues/rock n' roll literally came out of the blue (from a good friend) with a handful of really unusual references.
In the album's interludes, multi-instrumentalist (rhythm section, guitar, tambourine, harmonica, flute, vocals)/only member (up to 2010) Jack Sharp gives at display some cool improvisations, along with some equally cool small talk between him and the people who recorded him... Quite probably, the psychedelic instrumental madness of The Mars Volta (Frances The Mute-era) may come to mind.
The proper songs (plus one instrumental) of the album literally slay. The groove is insane, the atmosphere gets gloomy at times, there are odd time signatures (!! - "October Fires"), whereas Sharp's vocals sound exactly (!!!) like Kvohst's superb clean vocals on Code's avant-garde black metal masterpiece Resplendent Grotesque.Wolfheart WinterbornIt's November the 6th and yet the weather in Greece is too warm to fully appreciate the winterborn (sic) folk/black/melodeath metal of Sukkonen's new band. While there is merely nothing new under the sun compared to Sukkonen's prior outfits, everything in Winterborn is masterfully executed. Wolverine Cold Light of MondayWooden Shjips WestFantastic '60s psychedelic/minimalistic noisy rock... The perfect soundtrack for driving out in the open road...Wooden Shjips Back To LandWooden Shjips came up with a lighter and more easy going way of expression with respect to their '60s/'70s psychedelic/drone rock, while conforming fully to the core directives the band identifies with.Yann Tiersen Good Bye Lenin! (Soundtrack)YOB The Illusion Of MotionYOB Clearing The Path To AscendNormally, it would be fair to write about YOB's going anew through their motions in this album and rate accordingly, but the importance of the Clearing The Path To Ascend album is that in "In Our Blood" and "Unmasking The Spectre", YOB deliver an updated rendition of the bluesy/drone-y doom metal first evidenced in Catharsis, the first major and sparsely mentioned (unfortunately) YOB album. On another note, the drone vibes revel in the album also due to the natural emergence of subtle guitar leads near the end of the album opener and "Nothing To Win", the tribal succession of riffs in the same tune (which brings in mind YOB's mid '00s sludgier behemoths) and of course the simple but utterly majestic, recurring guitar theme of the album closer "Marrow", which goes on and on for about 19 minutes, but does not wear off for one split moment. It goes without writing, but the band is (as always) stiff instrumentally, and Scheidt's clean vocals are wonderful.Your Hand In Mine Every Night DreamsYUREI Working Class DemonYurei allow for themselves to be influenced by the works of Oslo avant-garde metal league, yet they manage to add a good load of original ideas to the mix...Zaxas ZaxasZed Yago From Over Yonder3.8 excellentAbbotoir RevealNormally, Irland's Abbotoir could be adequately described as a great funeral doom/death metal band with sudden but welcome black metal outbursts. What brings them, though, to the brink of "awesome" is their know-how in combining the said genres with hellish drone and majestic ambient/goth passages. All three songs exceed the 20 minute mark, yet they are anything but boring, provided that the listener has made the necessary time and patience to digest the album. Apart from the - typical for drone - perpetual repetition of musical themes, Abbotoir's patent in turning the guttural vocals sound to a distant sonic blur works very very well regarding the album's drone character. Despite its gargantuan temporal length, Reveal calls for repeated listens and makes for one of the best drone/doom metal albums released this year. Stream/"name your price" download: http://abbotoir.bandcamp.com/album/revealAdimiron TimelapseAdimiron have taken the best elements from bands such as Gojira, Mastodon, Baroness, Cynic, Meshuggah etc. and have come with an frenetic metal amagalm. Not sure how this sound will turn out in the future, but right now the mix of said elements seems to stand only a few instances away before its transformation to a homogeneous and truly unique sound. Favorite track: Furnace Creek. Stream: http://adimironband.bandcamp.com/album/timelapseAlkoholizer Free Beer... Surf's Up!!!Italy's Alkoholizer have recorded the crossover thrash album of the year... The intensity is massive, while the sound lies optimally between "old school" and "over-produced". The wheel is not reinvented in any case, yet the song writing hails and kills, while the instrumental performance often flirts with tech thrash. The above said, the album loses some points due the fact that Alkoholizer are merely paying a worthwhile tribute to their heroes (Anthrax, Exodus, Sacred Reich etc.) and some vocal aberrations, albeit the Italian accent grants the band a character of its own (analogously to what applies for Teutonic thrash outfits). Favorite track: "Breathalize and Destroy". Stream: http://alkoholizer.bandcamp.com/album/free-beer-surfs-upANCST In TurmoilThis band seems to undergo through tectonic style shifts between releases; Taima was a soothing ambient/drone listen, whereas this compilation of remastered rare material sees the band delving into black metal with hardcore vocals. That being said, the band hails and kills instrumentally, and that technical proficiency strives for an even more engaging musical experience. Stream: http://angstnoise.bandcamp.com/album/in-turmoilArgus Beyond The MartyrsThe contemporary old school metal scene is bursting with creativity and the third Argus album is a representative example in that respect.Bolesno Grinje Chronicles from the TombBolesno Grinje come from Croatia and while most of their lyrics can be perceived exclusively by their fellow country men, their music should be appreciated by every fan who wants his/her grindcore devastating, technical and most importantly; fun. Don't look for memorable tracks here, just allow yourself to get caught in the mosh. Stream: http://bolesnogrinje.bandcamp.com/album/chronicles-from-the-tombDeleyaman The EdgeMany outfits have been introduced to their audience as "genre melting", "genre hopping", "crossover" and the like, but in reality, few of them have managed to divert their influences into a style that can be barely referenced, yet it is utterly enticing. The oddly named Deleyaman outfit belongs to the latter category, as genres like folk (the clarinet reminds me of traditional Greek folk music in the best of ways), post-punk, goth and dream pop have traveled to the same place through pathways unknown to people other than the duo responsible for the music in The Edge. Stream: http://deleyaman.bandcamp.com/album/the-edge Exarsis The Brutal StateWith one foot stepping on Bay Area and the other on the more raw European school, this band and album are in the top 5% of the worldwide thrash revival scene. Immense technical skills at all instruments and insane vocals (imagine Tim Baker from Cirith Ungol thrashing) are combined with a totally FRENZIED (at last!!!!!!) performance and a warm, analogue sound production that avoids the sterile pitfalls most of their peers fall in.Morti Viventi The Day The Dead Returned...Most of the time, one-man metal projects fall short in terms song writing, sound production and overall effectiveness. English thrash metal oufit Morti Viventi does not file under the previous description by any stretch. The instrumental performance is impeccable (drums and vocals included), the songs are surprisingly balanced, whereas the sound rips skulls. This album deserves to be heard by as many thrashers as possible. Favorite track: Thrash Or Die. Stream/"name your price" download: http://mortiviventiuk.bandcamp.comPrognathe Revelation FleshImagine Converge treading on death metal territory and giving into sludge and industrial-ish grindcore with discrete epic sites, expressed through grandiose keyboards and chorus-like vocals. Stream/"name your price" download: http://prognathe.bandcamp.com/album/revelation-fleshShrapnel (UK) The Virus ConspiresGoing about every aspect of adventurous thrash on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, Shrapnel have crafted an album worthy of attention by the genre's fan base.Tad Morose Matters Of The DarkW.E.B. For BidensAlthough I'm not aware of the band's past efforts, For Bidens inclines me to say that this is where everything truly begins for Greece's W.E.B.. Band has an utterly convincing penchant for blending extreme (as in thrash/death/black, not in that particular order) metal, fantastic industrial synths, goth rock, elements from classical music (the sopranos of the album are excellent), even some folk. Some (but few nonetheless) of the introduced ideas don't work well in the arrangements, the clean vocals in "Malaise" and the clean male vocals in general could be better, but W.E.B. are just a few turns away from creating even better music in releases to come.3.7 greatA Perfect Circle Mer de NomsAbramis Brama Enkel BiljettEnkel Biljett is literally a one-way ticket to '70s heavy rock bliss, further decorated with traces of stoner rock. Abramis Brama stand on the same level of quality with more known Swedish outfits like Graveyard and although the lyrics are written in Swedish, the album makes for an ideal point of entry to this great band. Favorite song: "Vaggar Mig Till Ro"Aenaon ExtanceAenaon have left their mark on 2014 with a markedly better sophomore album, compared to its predecessor. Song writing has become more concrete, the music is tense throughout, while the non-metal passages - blues, jazz etc. - are better incorporated in the album's main avant-garde, black metal body. In result, what we are given is an album of great replay value. Sound production wise, the guitars have adopted a custom "fuzzy" sound that works well in giving the album a special character, yet it detracts some edge from the actual riffs. Favorite track: Der Mude Tod. Stream: http://auralmusic.bandcamp.com/album/extanceAnathema Distant SatellitesAnathema go back to the sweet gloom of their late-'90s-early-00s era, take a small loan from their current indentity, and wind up with their most interesting album since 2003.Before the Eyewall Before the EyewallThe eponymous Before the Eyewall album is a great piece of instrumental, psychedelic doom metal with notable sludge and post- references. If anything, it signifies a great starting point for this Columbus, Ohio based outfit.
http://beforetheeyewall.bandcamp.com/releasesBlues Pills Blues PillsGreat album and a major breakthrough for vintage rock this year, Blues Pills deserve all the success that has come down for them. I just wish the band would have new material in place of the songs previously featured in the EPs, that's just me though. For everyone else into retro rock, the album is a blast, anyway you stretch it. Burial Hordes IncendiumOn the same page with the best offerings of outfits such as Bathory, Mayhem, Grave Miasma, Bolzer and the like, Incendium is nothing short of high impact Hellenic death/black metal. The super-heavy doom metal intermissions placed in between the blastbeat inferno, are letting the album and its audience catch some breathers before dwelling anew to the chaos.Cannibal Corpse A Skeletal DomainSince 2006, Cannibal Corpse have been making a conscious effort in escaping the old school death metal "bulkiness" that characterized their previous releases. A Skeletal Domain sees the band diversifying its core characteristics through technical playing, the adoption of thrash metal and finally, the relative modernization of the sound production. The album works well as a whole, as relatively few tracks ("High Velocity Impact Spatter", "Sadistic Embodiment", "Funeral Cremation") kind of stand out from the lot. Christian Mistress Agony and OpiumFantastic old school heavy metal by this US outfit, despite the female vocals being somewhat inconsistent...Deadwood Picturing a Sense of LossNot the biggest fan of post/black metal, but I have to admit that Deadwood have their way of exploiting the dynamics of the genre for their own benefit. Their recipe (the same found in bands like Entropia) works well, but nevertheless it's exactly the same in each and every song. For some reason and imho, a more lo-fi/coarse sound (and I'm talking about bands like Oranssi Pazuzu) would grant the band more character. Stream: http://deadwoodvoid.bandcamp.com/Dream Theater Train of ThoughtDream Theater Six Degrees of Inner TurbulenceDream Theater Falling into InfinityFalconer Black Moon RisingI'm not aware of the band's previous albums, but this one rocked the hell out of me, albeit it's does not reinvent the wheel in a marked way. Falconer adopted a sound production suitable for tech power/thrash metal outfits, because they do sound like one most of the time. Ultra-heavy/aggressive rhythm guitars, frantic leads, fantastic/technical (on the brink of tech thrash) rhythm section, are combined with the uplifting power metal cheese, folk melodies and the melodic, down-to-earth vocals of band's mastermind Mathias Blad. The latter is distanced from the high pitch practices commonly found in power metal.Hatriot Dawn of the New CenturianHatriot deliver some killer "Exodus" thrash metal on their sophomore album. Excellent sound production (although it could sound coarser/dirtier), Steve "Zetro" Souza's vocals are always appealing, the lead guitars are almost shredding, and the riffs are solid, at least. On several occasions, the album reminded me a lot of Heathen's latest album, which is excellent. On another note, the lyrics are really good, for example in the album opening cut, and the shout "Free Pussy Riot" towards the end of "Superkillafragsadisticactsaresoatrocious" may become anthemic, should more people pay attention to the track.Helstar This Wicked NestFirst of all, huge props are in order for Helstar, as along with bands such as Vicious Rumors and Sanctuary, they keep US tech power/thrash metal alive, to the utmost joy of genre fanboys like yours truly. Now about the new album; Twisted Wicked Nest starts ideally with three tracks of expertly executed and insanely aggressive tech power/thrash. Along with the said genres, some progressive metal passages have been slipstreamed here and there, hinting at the '80s Helstar classic Nosferatu minus its sub-par sound. About the latter, This Wicked Nest is nothing but superb. The album is a joy to jam, however it looses some merit because there are no real surprises musically, whereas the use of the prog metal elements is not so thoughtful given the band's great potential. On the other hand, the huge plus of the album is that the pure power metal - and borderline uninteresting - parts of Glory of Chaos, are completely gone here. On another note, the vocals of James Rivera sound fantastic, although he does struggle at times in delivering his trademark high pitch whenever and wherever is necessary.In Solitude SisterIn Solitude signify the twilight of their idols and the result is a rather unusual "goth" metal album. Insanity Alert Insanity AlertBand sounds like the European answer to Municipal Waste and that's saying a lot or nothing, depending on how one feels about bands taking serious loans from other outfits. From where I stand, the album sounds great and fresh. Album closer "Run to the Pit" is a hilariously awesome tribute to Iron Maiden's "Run to the Hills". Stream: http://insanityalert.bandcamp.com/album/insanity-alertLago TyrannyOn their first album, Lago prove that they really feel the vibes of East Coast US death metal, especially Morbid Angel (Gates of Annihilation/Formulas Fatal To The Flesh-era) and Immolation. Indeed, the melodic guitar leads and some passages throughout each song hint at old Opeth and European death/black metal in general. Favorite track: "The Tyranny Of Men". Album stream: http://lagometal.bandcamp.com/album/tyrannyLeather (USA-OH) Shock WavesAs any of the first 5 Chastain albums, Leather Leone's solo effort is one of the '80s heavy/power metal albums I go back to frequently. Fantastic vocals from Leather, whereas newcomer (at that time) Michael Harris shreds his guitar like a true master. The album's shortcomings lie in the dated sound production (rhythm guitars could sound better) - and the fact that the song structures get repetitive from a point further.
stream - http://tribunalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/shock-wavesLost Society Terror HungryHighly energetic, semi-technical, the sophomore Lost Society album is, without a doubt, a thrash metal jam that fans of the genre should pay attention to. The album's only flaw is the abundance of tracks that assess it as somewhat derivative in terms of domestic abuse. It will slay in live concerts, though.Marty Friedman InfernoI haven't been faithfully tracking Friedman's work outside of Megadeth - guilty as charged! - but Inferno sounds like his most diverse album yet. I really like how he embraces some of the numerous aspects of extreme metal and rock n' roll and filters it through his insane guitar shredding. The album has a good replay value overall and the only objection lies in the sound of the guitars which could be less polished and closer to what Blotted Science have respectively done. Last but not least, major kudos are due to Jason Becker for defying Gehrig's disease all these years by writing music constantly, and for contributing some of his wonderful guitar wizardry on "Horrors".Mastodon Once More 'Round the SunMastodon make one more spin around the sun and decorate the simple, yet effective classic rock/metal that was introduced in the previous album with traces of sludge metal that hint back to their debut album. In general the songs are good, yet the element of surprise is absent, whereas truly filler songs are kept down to a minimum. "Motherload" is by far the song of the year for me, music/lyrics-wise, along with "Ember City" and "Diamonds In The Witch House". Mayhem Esoteric WarfareMayhem go through the motions of intelligent black metal, yet their craft remains unmatched. Mr. Kitty TIMEGreat album, the fusion of goth, post punk and electronic music really works. The only "negative" thing is that the most memorable tracks are diluted by the less memorable ones, but still this is worth checking out.Nasheim Solens VemodI'm not so much into depressive post-/black metal, but the debut album of these Swedes has enough merit to make me visit it frequently from time to time, and search for equally good/representative material in the same vein.Need Siamese GodA major improvement compared to Wisdom Machine, Siamese God finds Hellenes Need giving the right angles to their Pantera-meets-Nevermore-meets-Pain Of Salvation metal, albeit they don't completely hide the influence from the aforementioned bands on both the music and the vocals. Oado Life EraOado have made a wonderful folk album, the atmosphere is overwhelming, however it's that very atmosphere rather than the compositions themselves, that truly remains upon the completion of every listening session.Primordial Where Greater Men Have FallenPrimordial escape the relative thinness of the previous album with better songs, excellent sound production (the drums are as physical as they can get these days) and a moderate retrospection of the sound evidenced in their first few releases. Besides the great epic heavy/black metal this Irishmen are known for, there are no real surprises here, but then again they might have not been expected in the first place. Favorite tracks: "Babel's Tower" and "Born to Night". Raven Throne Доктрина НенавистиThis band and album come as strong evidence that great metal music is lurking in the shadows of the former iron curtain countries, waiting to be discovered. The ingredients this album relies on is black metal, industrial and noise, and if Rave Throne appear reluctant in fully capitalizing their potential on the first three tracks, their talent in combining the aforementioned styles is readily evident during the second half of the album. Highlights: the Depeche Mode worship track 4, and track 6.Redrum (GR-DE) No Turning BackHellenes Redrum craft an attractive debut album, where melodic hard rock is found to be equally distanced from traditional metal, the blues and the infinitely more mellow, guitar-distortion-free AOR. Good stuff, every way one would look at it, and if it contained the more memorable songs only - 8-9 that is - it would be a perfect 4/5.Reek NecrogenesisThis band and album just came out of nowhere, as far as adventurous thrash metal anno 2014 goes. Song arrangements blend tech thrash with '80s metal, top notch lead guitar shredding, prog rock, even ambient (check the album closer!!). On another note, this album has BY FAR the best sound production I've heard IN A VERY LONG time!!! FINALLY, a band that has not given in the homogenized/compressed/plastic dictatorship of today's metal productions, plus I don't think that Reek had such a big budget at their disposal in order to do such an excellent job.Reverend ReverendRude Soul RecallSan Francisco's Rude revisit the times when Pestilence, Morbid Angel, Death, Suffocation and Autopsy took the teachings of Slayer to the next level and shaped the face of old school tech death metal. What's at display in Soul Recall is maze-like death/thrash metal with top notch "Morbid Angel level" instrumentation, vocals that pay a huge tribute to Leprocy-era Chuck Schuldiner, and a fantastic analog, yet heavy as hell sound production.
album stream: http://portal.xtreemmusic.com/streaming-en-exclusiva-del-album-completo-de-rude-soul-recall/Sanctuary The Year the Sun DiedPast tense to future tense and a new chapter unfolds for Sanctuary and maybe (?) Seattle metal. Apart from the involved heavy/power metal style, Sanctuary develop a stronger penchant for doom and gloom in several songs, whereas their discrete opening to transcendental heavy rock with The Doors cover "Waiting For The Sun" and their own "The Dying Age" is more than welcome.Sceptic Unbeliever's ScriptSeduced (AT) The ProclamationWhat's at display here is a band going about the intermediate space between tech grind/death (more) and black metal (less) with class. Now, if I was to link the band to more known outfits then Carcass, Behemoth, Decapitated and Cannibal Corpse would be appropriate examples, but Seduced have the required skills and audacity to look all these outfits right in the eyes. The abundance of tracks - 16 in total - lowers the merit of the album, and if the best song writing ideas and riffs herein were squeezed in, let's say, 8-9 songs, we would be talking about an indisputably excellent album. The album is streaming at the band's official bandcamp location.Seprevation ConsumedOn their debut album, England's Seprevation give out good-replay-value death/thrash metal. 2 extra tenths of a point go to the absolutely fantastic sound production, the band's frenetic, semi-technical (that free-form bass is quite something!) performance and last but not least, the fact that good death/thrash is kind of rare nowadays. Shattered Hope Waters Of LetheOn their second album, Shattered Hope move towards the funeral end of death/doom metal and cast their heavy shadow upon us. Every fan of the said genre should give this album a listen, at least.
album stream - http://shatteredhope.bandcamp.com/album/waters-of-letheSlough Feg Digital ResistanceMore than anything, Digital Resistance brings in mind the hard rocking metal works and days of late '70s/early '80s and outfits such as Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden. The familiarity and warmth of the music herein, along with Scalzi's characteristic vocals, make for yet another essential Slough Feg album.Solitude Aeturnus AloneSpidergawd SpidergawdThe self titled Spidergawd album will be hands down one of the slow burners of this year with respect to retro boogie/hard rock. Their singer is excellent (like really excellent), their song writing is effective whether it's short lived hard rock dynamites (the album's first two cuts) or progressive rock elegies ("Empty Rooms") and there's this fuzz (on the brink of noise rock) which gives another degree of freedom to the album. The above being said, the arrangements could be tighter, but hey guess what; band has been signed by Nuclear Blast Records (really no wonder about that.-) and the release of the sophomore album II has been slated for January 15 2015.Suffocation Pinnacle of BedlamSupertanker Songs from the AshesFantastic album; First of all, Supertanker have an excellent vocalist resonating between Phil Anselmo and Layne Staley, whereas the track titles ("I Can't Live a Second Life") imply that the band is interesting lyrics-wise. As for the actual music, band is really proficient on every instrument, while genre-wise we have a hybrid made of nu metal, sludge, thrash, metalcore and some doom. Shaken not stirred (sic) and there you have it, an album that more people need to listen/discover. Stream: http://supertanker.bandcamp.com/album/songs-from-the-ashesThantifaxath Sacred White NoiseCanada's Thantifaxath have emerged to the surface with an album that does a little more than encapsulating the essential traits of adventurous black metal... The arrangements are ferociously executed, some really demented atmospheres and melodies intervene within the traditional black metal patterns, while the sound production has granted the album the transcendental aura every black metal album of this sort needs. The above being said, it's merely a matter of time for Thantifaxath to find that extra "something" in order to further separate themselves from their peers in the future.Torrens Conscientium All Alone with the ThoughtsThe list of dependable doom/death metal outfits grows more and more and Ukraine's Torrens Conscientium are a definite entry with their debut album. Majestic/gothic atmospheres, stiff arrangements and genuine gloom make for one of the best soundtracks for times of personal introspection. Stream: http://torrensconscientium.bandcamp.comTriptykon Melana ChasmataDeprived of the element of surprise the debut had by default, Melana Chasmata sounds less spontaneous and probably not as good. However, going through the thrash metal outbursts or the goth/doom metal droning is still a mesmerizing experience, while gazing at H.R. Giger's otherworldly art. On Another note, the band seems to rely much less on the all-time-classic Celtic Frost groove ("Altar of Deceit" stands as the sole token in that respect).Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats Mind ControlIn their third album, Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats have adapted their sound to the album's concept about the mechanisms of human mind control. Songs are doom-ier, hypnotic and even drone-ish at times, while the vocals are clearly Beatles-driven. Without a doubt, the album is worth listening/purchasing and clearly attains a character of its own, however it feels "incomplete" and it is really difficult to objectively explain the said notion.... Universe217 Universe217Bumping this to a 3.7 (from a 3.5), despite its few flaws, there is literally nothing that sounds like this... HQ Experimental doom metal.....Wardrum DesolationSecond Wardrum album is great in its own right, however the intimate '80s heavy/proto-prog metal character of the debut is absent...Wooden Shjips DosIn Dos, the drone/meditative character of Wooden Shjips made some room for an equally fuzzed out, but more up tempo, "monotonous"/psych/60s garage rock. Good stuff. Wrong Pessimistic OutcomesAs far as metal goes and regardless of specific genres, Spain underwent a renaissance this year and this band is yet another proof in the said respect. I really like how Wrong treat the atmospheric elements, while giving in to the primordial teachings of the second wave black metal, and up to a point, to the black metal modernization realized in the late '90s by bands like Thorns, Dodheimsgard and the like. Favorite track: His Hatres Breathes. Stream: http://wrongblackmetal.bandcamp.com/album/pessimistic-outcomes3.6 greatApex Shrine Home Baked Great album; Even though Apex Shrine merely begin their journey into psychedelic rock, their debut album shows great deal of maturity on all sectors (instrumental, vocals, sound). The excellent lead guitars reminded me of Ten Years After. Favorite track: Out of Time: Stream/"name your price" download: http://apexshrine.bandcamp.com/album/home-bakedArtificial Brain Labyrinth ConstellationSomewhere in between outfits such as Gorguts and/or Bolzer, Artificial Brain give their own take on how transcendental death metal should sound. Although they stand a few steps lower than the latest offerings of both aforementioned outfits, Artificial Brain do a pretty good job with their own material.Basement Torture Killings A Night of Brutal TortureNot particularly memorable ("Kill For Satan" is an exception), kind of repetitive, but totally entertaining and ideal for non-stop pit moshing, the sophomore Basement Torture Killings album is, above all, a masterclass on how grind and tech death metal should be sound engineered. The sound of the drums and their patterns, in particular, are a delightful experience. On the same page with the last Carcass album in terms of intensity, only this one is more complex and grind-ish. As for the gore/splatter references and the vocals, they are reminiscent of Necroticism... and that's only a good thing.Black Soul Horde Tales Of The Ancient OnesInstrumentally the heavy/power metal of these Athenians is awesome, I can't say the same for the vocals though. Although they are adequate in principle, the margin for improvement is large.Chelsea Wolfe Pain Is BeautyChelsea Wolfe is growing more and more effective with every new album. Pain Is Beauty balances between avant-garde and mainstream dream pop, with the latter direction (somewhat) diluting the album's final merit.Dang Tartarus: The Darkest RealmWith the concept of their debut album revolving around cursed personalities of the Greek mythology, North Carolina based Dang are offering a badass piece of heavy rock on their debut album and one that will make everybody's foot banging the floor during a live concert.Dead Sea Apes High EvolutionaryThis album contains some of the most unpretentious drone/psych/post rock jams I've listened to in quite a while. While the instrumental, calm and "hazy" mood of the album is optimal for "after hours"/meditating listens and grants it a character of its own, none of the individual tracks is particularly memorable, save (maybe) for the more upbeat "Regolith". Stream: http://deadseaapes.bandcamp.com/album/high-evolutionaryDoctor Smoke The Witching HourOn their debut album, Doctor Smoke bring about the groove on retro heavy rock, the latter carrying its fair load of sludge. Vocals remind me of the vocalist in the bands "3" and Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats. Stream: http://doctorsmoke.bandcamp.com/Dying Out Flame Shiva RudrastakamThe debut album of Nepalese(!) death metal outfit Dying Out Flame is a token of solid (but not particularly original) technical brutal death metal, mixed with traditional music and vocals from their native land. The said mix is original, the atmospheric folk parts are well blended with the metal mayhem, however the blending appears to have a big margin for improvement. Dying Out Flame are certainly a band to look upon in time to come.Edguy Space Police - Defenders of the CrownDespite the abundant positive energy (the kind of energy we all need from time to time...) that this album transmits, few parts of it really remain in memory. Technicalities aside, Space Police... is as good as Teutonic power metal gets these days.Electric Citizen SateenThe fire of '70s occult rock is burning strong, and Electric Citizen are among its most relevant keepers.Fall to November Sky... A Little Sounds for an Empty WorldAway from words, minimal and decorated with great atmospheres, the debut album of this Russian one-man project will certainly claim its rightful place among this year's remarkable shoegaze/post-black metal albums of 2014. Favorite tracks: In the Lonely Universe and Night Road. Stream: http://falltonovembersky.bandcamp.com/album/a-little-sounds-for-an-empty-worldFunerary Starless AeonI saw Willie's soundoff and decided to give it a go, and I'm glad I did. Funerary have come up with some profoundly solid trip-y funeral doom metal on their debut album. While the rhythm section is merely crawling like a snail, the guitars balance between crushing doom parts and subtle yet psychedelic lead melodies, while the vocals range from totally ripped out shrieks to chorus-like chants placed in the rear. Favorite tracks: "Atonement", "Beneath The Black Veil".Gigandhi RafflesiaThis is an underrated band and album. Rafflesia bears some awesome but far from perfected tribal/psychedelic industrial vibes, which can be described as Godflesh (Streetcleaner-era) jamming with Alchemist (Austral Alien-era) and Ozric Tentacles.Havukruunu UsvakuningasFor those who take great joy in delving into the epic/melodic side of heavy/doom/black metal, Havukruunu from Finland are expected to make quite an impression, even though they are treading on their first steps as a band. Melodies make for an attractive antithesis to the coarser black metal parts, while the clean vocals are just as good as the black metal ones. The arrangements are not reinventing the wheel, yet they are tight and fairly technical at some sites, whereas the duration and diversity of the EP (ranging from pure black metal to heavy/black and doom metal) is optimal. Favorite tracks: Kuun Katkema. Stream/"name your price" download: http://hammerstunde.bandcamp.com/album/usvakuningasHessian (USA-ME) Bachelor of Black ArtsOn their debut album, Hessian deliver an energetic, old fashioned, boogie hard rocking metal which extends to doom rock and progressive rock. The arrangements are tight and maze-like on occasion, the entertainingly eccentric male vocals blend nicely with coarse/shouting female ones, while the sound production fully endorses the adopted style of music. For fans of first period Judas Priest, Slough Feg, Christian Mistress, Thin Lizzy, Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats and so on.HORNSS No Blood, No SympathyCalifornia's HORNSS throw equal dosages of old fashioned hard rock and stoner rock into their cauldron, and come up with a great album that's beefed up with energy and amplifier feedback. Band could easily go on tour with Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats.Horror Vacui The Return of EmpireThis is post-punk from the land of pasta leaning towards the angrier side of the genre, while keeping its shit together with a vampiric twist. On the same page (although a bit inferior) with the recently released Beastmilk album, and it would be great to see both bands doing a tour together. Stream: http://hpgd.bandcamp.com/album/return-of-the-empireHypnos (SWE) HypnosBecause of the label that brought them to the surface, Hypnos have been directly compared to Horisont due to their mutual affinity for retro heavy rock, however Hypnos tend to lean more towards the hard rocking metal of the early '80s and bands like Judas Priest, Motorhead and Thin Lizzy. Their singer is currently the closest there is to how Rob Halford sounded in British Steel and Killing Machine, and that's a huge plus for both the band and the album. With its turn, the music is tight and follows closely what the aforementioned outfits firstly introduced, so it's inevitable for the album to sound somewhat less interesting towards its end. Iron Reagan The Tyranny Of WillGet up on your feet
Don't look so obsolete
And crossover thrash like an athlete!
Stream: http://ironreagan.bandcamp.com/album/the-tyranny-of-willMegace Human errorsMortal Strike For the Loud and the AggressiveMortal Strike are newcomers to the thrash metal scene, yet on their debut album, they cut it as good as any genre veteran. If they were to be compared to a major outfit, that would definitely be Kreator. However, the album does not feel like a shameless rip-ofo. The Austrians keep a fairly large distance from the Essen behemoth, mainly through the balanced incorporation of heavy/power, death/black and "groove thrash" metal elements. The sound is excellent, the vocals are coarse and up to a degree, not typical for thrash, the drumming is fantastic (killer double bass pounding!), the rhythm guitars rip, in contrast to the leads which somewhat pale in comparison. Favorite tracks: Here comes the Tank, rSmash the Tyrants - Storm the Gates. Stream: http://mortalstrike.bandcamp.com/album/for-the-loud-and-the-aggressivePowerlord The AwakeningIf all the US heavy/power metal bands that emerged during the '80s were to be clustered in terms of geographic location, few outfits would be filed outside the West or the East Coast. Even fewer were the US heartland bands that managed to make an album before departing for good. Powerlord from Oklahoma are a case in point. The power/thrash metal included in The Awakening shows great promise on all sectors and it's a pity the band didn't got to record more music. In that light, there's no wonder why Shadow Kingdom Records, a label that specializes in unearthing obscure '80s metal gems, has recently reissued the album. Stream: http://shadowkingdomrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-awakeningRed Spektor Red SpektorWhat's a display here is badass retro hard rock with traces of stoner rock. The wah-wah guitars are all over the place, the sound production is on par with the adopted music style, and the groove is relentless at places.Riot V Unleash The FireFortunately for all those who know their US heavy/power metal, Riot have decided to go on for as long as their feet hold them. The album is great and a "definite buy", but some of the strength evident in Immortal Soul, is absent herein.Sacral Rage Deadly Bits of Iron FragmentsOn their debut EP, Sacral Rage pay a great tribute to heavy/speed metal, as it was introduced to the world during the '80s. The awesome high pitched vocals and the semi-technical instrumental performance enclosed in Deadly Bits of Iron Fragments work in favor of the music, and the band needs to be circulated more around the old school heavy metal revival circuit. Salem's Pot ...Lurar Ut Dig Pa PrarienOn their debut album, Salem's Pot are paying their dues to the blues based doom rock of the debut Black Sabbath, albeit with a solid psychedelic/stoner vibe. The album may be too monolithic for its own good, but its warm and misty atmosphere grant it the merit of a casual soundtrack for times of retrospection. Shrapnel (UK) No SavioursStanding on the shoulders of giants, these English dudes provide some of the most entertaining thrash metal I've heard in ages; Every direction explored by Bay Area thrash - crossover included - is welded together with badass attitude (sic) and impeccable technical level.Solitude Aeturnus AdagioSterilizer SterilizerCertainly among this year's industrial metal albums that deserve credit, Sterilizer's self-titled debut packs the noise, the metal and the industrial elements into one effective piece of work. Favorite tracks: "Sterilizer", "[Dis]content". Stream: http://sterilizer.bandcamp.com/Sumerlands The Guardian (demo)The only reason this doesn't get a (much) higher rating is because it's merely a three-song demo EP. The material herein revolves around awesome US heavy/power metal complemented with excellent/energetic musicianship and addictive grooves. Band certainly deserves a record deal. EP stream: http://sumerlands.bandcamp.com/releasesThe Devil's Blood The Thousandfold EpicentreThe Oath (DE) The OathTo describe the term "turmoil", Chinese have an ideogram depicting two women under the same roof. However, it's unknown whether the aforementioned ideogram is fitting the dissolution of the female duo of artists responsible for The Oath. What can be said with certainty though, is that The Oath includes 9 songs of really good, old fashioned heavy/doom rock with no redundancies in terms of melodies and arrangements. That said, it's hard to tell one song from the other, as the same song writing formula is used throughout, give or take. Of late, Linnea Olson has joined Beastmilk and Johanna Sadonis formed a new band called Lucifer, so in view of the album's solid (but not truly excellent) values, the disbandment of The Oath seems like the best solution for both parties.Twilight Of The Gods Fire On The MountainTwilight Of The Gods deliver some badass old school/epic metal. Instrumentally, the band does not go out of its comfort zone (80s metal/Bathory metal), but Nemtheanga's vocals are captivating as always.Vega (USA-WI) VegaSome really tight (and loose at the same time!) doom/stoner metal at display here, with some great moments like the epic album closer, "Machine", "Highway" and "Behemoth" etc. Vega certainly know how to build tension through short or extended jams.Veil Of Light Ξ (ksi)If � (ksi) excels in something, is its icy, industrial-ish goth/post-punk synth atmospheres that will make you wanna hit the dance floor at a goth club near you, if you are eager to resonate with them in the first place. The above said, few (if none) tracks really stay in memory unfortunately, probably because the music is based on the same handful of synth patterns rather than the (very) discrete guitars. Well, we can't have it all sometimes, can we? Favorite track: Martyr. Stream: http://veiloflight.bandcamp.com/album/-Villagers of Ioannina City RizaThe successful interplay between desert/post rock and the folk music of Greece's Epirus region is what makes Riza such as great album. That been said though, most songs are similar in structure, the album relies almost exclusively on the inherent melodies of the aforementioned Greek tradition, with the band's own character being suppressed to the brink of non-existence. Wulfhook Sacrifice (demo)Wulfhook's third demo is plain awesome US power metal in the vein of Helstar, Destiny's End, Vicious Rumors etc.
Check it here - http://www.youtube.com/user/WulfhookBand?feature=watchr3.5 great27 Songs From the Edge of the Wing3 Wake Pig3 The End is Begun5ive HesperusAC/DC For Those About to Rock We Salute YouAcid Death Promo 2011Acid Death Balance of powerAethenor En Form for BlaAgarttha A Water Which Does Not Wet HandsDwell in the drone........ Imagine the minimal synth masterpieces of John Carpenter's Assault On Precinct 13 and Howard Shore's Videodrome combined with doom-based rhythm section, psychedelic guitar leads and Francesca's soothing vocals and there you have it, from an outfit that deserves to be further known. Only drawback is that the album becomes repetitive from a point further.Agnes Vein DualityAirbourne Runnin' WildAlchemist TripsisAlice in Chains Jar of FliesAltars Of Grief This Shameful BurdenJudging by the album title and art, one expects to listen to solid doom/death metal and that's what Canada's Altars of Grief bring on the table, as they tread on the footsteps of old British doom/death metal. The sound is excellent, the arrangements create the tension the genre demands by default, be it due to the grandiose synths, the rhythm section which is pounding hard, and last but not least, the ripped out vocals, which lean towards black metal and make for the album's real catch. That being said, band needs to work on making the arrangements more interesting in terms of the guitar melodies and riffs. Overall though, the core attributes of the sound adopted herein, seem to have been fully figured out. Favorite track: The Plague that Haunts the Darkness. Stream: http://altarsofgrief.bandcamp.com/album/this-shameful-burdenAmon Amarth Once Sent from the Golden HallAmorphis ElegyAnathema A Natural DisasterAnathema A Fine Day to ExitAnathema The Silent EnigmaAnathema HindsightAngel Dust Border of RealityAngelo Badalamenti The Straight StoryAnnihilator Set the World on FireAnnihilator Carnival DiablosAnthrax Among the LivingAntidrasi Orkos Tou MisousThe anthemic crossover of this cult punk/hardcore/thrash act from Hellas would be a hell of a lot more effective, if it wasn't for the clean and surprisingly "silent" sound production (especially in the guitars)...
If someone like Kurt Ballou for example, could do his magic with the sound, this would be pure dynamite........
Get the record for free in here: www.antidrasi.comAntimatter Lights OutAntimatter SaviourApocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four CellosApocalyptica Inquisition SymphonyApocalyptica ReflectionsApollo 440 Electro Glide In BlueApollo Ra Ra PariahArch Enemy Doomsday MachineArch Enemy Anthems of RebellionArcturus Disguised MastersArk ArkArtillery When Death ComesAsphyx God CriesAtheist ElementsAtheist JupiterAudrey Horne No Hay BandaAvatarium MoonhorseThe two new songs from Leif Edling's new, female fronted doom metal project are really awesome, the rest of the album is expected to kick serious ass... The cover for Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" is awesome too.Azam Ali Elysium for the BraveBADBADNOTGOOD BBNGBand of Spice Feel Like Coming HomeBaroness Red AlbumBattlefield We Come to FightFantastic female-fronted '80s thrash decorated with awesome lead guitar work.Bauhaus The Sky's Gone OutBeefcake Polycontrale Contra PunkteBehemoth SatanicaBehemoth Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond)Behemoth Thelema.6Behemoth The SatanistThe Satanist is Behemoth's first attempt at becoming more than just an awesome Polish death metal band. While the album is great overall, it's obvious that the band needs more time and work to lead the new elements into better music.Believer TranshumanBenediction Transcend the RubiconBewitched Encyclopedia of EvilBeyond Creation The AuraBiomechanical The Empires of the WorldsBlack Mass (USA-MA) The Second ComingOnly three songs here, but these guys are very promising, even though they appear to be teenagers.
Combine Heathen, Testament and Slayer and there you have it m/Black Stone Cherry Black Stone CherryBlack Swan Black Swan (In 8 Movements)Black Swan AeternaEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerie... Especially the closing track, for which the whole record works for.............Black Symphony Black SymphonyBlind Thorns Blind ThornsMost of the time, albums like the self-titled Blind Thorns debut wind up as monumental disasters. However, Blind Thorns is an exception, as the band knows how to preserve both the chaos and the order in the arrangements, with smooth transitions between different styles. In effect, the album is worth the listens, when someone is in an "experimental" mood, albeit the magnitude of its replay value is extremely arbitrary. Stream: http://blindthorns.bandcamp.com/album/blind-thornsBlood Money Red, Raw and Bleeding!Red, Raw and Bleeding is a fantastic slab of British raw heavy/thrash that will reward every old school metal fan who will care to listen.Boards of Canada The Campfire HeadphaseBolt Thrower MercenaryBon Jovi Slippery When WetBon Jovi Keep The FaithBon Jovi New JerseyBoris PinkBoris Akuma No UtaBoris New AlbumMoments of sheer brilliance that this band can produce with a snap of its finger, are mixed with moments of pop-esque "naiveness" in the New Album, with the latter somewhat watering down the overall quality of the record. Nevertheless, the record remains a thoroughly interesting listen.Boris Heavy Rocks IIBoris With Merzbow KlatterBorknagar OriginBrainstorm HungryBrainstorm consist of those very rare German bands whose power/thrash leans more to the left than to the right bank of the Atlantic Ocean. For the thrash part, take Metallica, Testament, Annihilator and a tad of Slayer and mix it with a just a tad of Kreator. For the power part, take Vicious Rumors and Metal Church and mix it with just a tad of traditional German power metal.
This album is almost a guilty pleasure, I mean these guys are on their debut here, that is they take quite a few missteps in terms of the way compositions are set and developed and overall the music is catchy but not original. In addition, their singer is good but not overwhelming in any case. However leaving aside every setback, guitars and rhythm section are top notch for what they are up to, with killer/super-heavy riffs/leads and great drumming.
These guys are here to stay, that's for sure.
Standout songs: King Of Fools, Innocent Until Caught (GET IN THE MOSH!!!!!), Welcome To The Darkside, Mr. Know-It-AllBruce Dickinson SkunkworksBuddy Lackey The Strange Mind of Buddy LackeyBunker 66 Out of the BunkerThe Venom/Motorhead black/thrash of Italian act Bunker 66 is readily convincing, while a certain eccentricity with respect to the vocals, indicative of the infamous Italian temperament, gives this EP an additional twist. Burial Street HaloCandlemass CandlemassCandlemass Psalms For The DeadCanvas Solaris IrradianceCar Bomb CentraliaCarta The Faults FollowSubtle, atmospheric and bleak, this is a great soundtrack for the small hours of the night. Cathedral The Garden Of Unearthly DelightsCathedral Forest of EquilibriumCathedral The VIIth ComingCave In Perfect Pitch BlackCave In Planets of Old Christian Mistress PossessionChroma Key Graveyard Mountain HomeCinderella Long Cold WinterCircle II Circle Delusions Of GrandeurCircuit Des Yeux OverdueHaley Fohr's vocals cannot be mistaken for any other female vocalist out there, while the experimental nature of the album, soothing and calm for the most part and dissonant on occasion, is definitely worth checking out at least.Cirith Ungol King of the DeadCombo De La Muerte Tropical SteelConception FlowConception Parallel MindsConfessor CondemnedConverge All We Love We Leave BehindConvixion Metal Drinkin' ConspiracyLong before thrash titans such as Kreator or Testament bring forth anew their classic metal influences and infuse them to their sound, Hellenes Convixion were mixing the aforementioned ingredients with admirable results...Coroner R.I.P.Coroner Punishment for DecadenceCorrosion of Conformity DeliveranceCorrosion of Conformity IXOn their 9th album, Corrosion of Conformity deliver yet another solid observation of "southern" blues/heavy rock, save for a couple of punk-ish rock numbers. Band's performance is exceptional, but the material at display here tends to go through the motions of the genre COC file under. Cosm PrimengenderAt first, the doom/stoner metal of this Florida based outfit is adventurous, energetic and tense, it even hints latently to thrash metal (EP opener). From the third track onwards though, groove and melody tends to prevail, but the arrangements remain adventurous. The female vocals are melodic for the most part, although they do tread on more extreme paths from time to time,whereas the sound is excellent.Crematory IllusionsCrippled Black Phoenix (Mankind) The Crafty ApeCrosswind Vicious DominionVicious Dominion is one of this year's great tokens of European heavy/power metal, the latter played with grit and conviction. Greek-Thessalonikians Crosswind have been preparing their debut album for many years and that's evident in the elaborate strong structures, the dynamic vocals and the excellent instrumental work, especially in the lead guitars. The above said, there aren't any songs that stand out of the rest of the lot or the genre's classic releases, whereas the sound production could sound heavier/thrashier, especially since there are relevant parts in Crosswind's music. Cult of Luna The BeyondCult of Luna Somewhere Along the HighwayCustom Made Noise HypoxiaContrary to what their band name implies, Thessaloniki-Greece-based Custom Made Noise don't go far from the legacy of outfits such as Meshuggah or Pantera and the NWOAHM/metalcore circuit, ending up being no better yet no worse than the rest of the competition.
album stream: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18mSQiNMAD8&list=UU56gnKXBHJoUnuei8TbSPyQCyanotic The Medication GenerationCynic Carbon-Based AnatomyCypress Hill Cypress HillDark Tranquillity The GalleryDarkstar Marching Into OblivionDavid Gilmour David GilmourDavid Gilmour On An IslandDeadsoul Tribe The January TreeDeadsoul Tribe A Lullaby For The DevilDeadsoul Tribe Deadsoul TribeDeath Angel Frolic Through the ParkDeath Angel The Art of DyingDeath Angel Relentless RetributionDeath In Vegas Scorpio RisingDeath In Vegas Milk ItDeath In Vegas Trans-Love EnergiesFar from "excellent", yet superbly intimate... Deathrow Raging SteelDecapitated NihilityDecapitated Carnival Is ForeverDecapitated Blood MantraGreat album, I really like the crossover aesthetic by which Decapitated play extreme metal. The album lacks of truly memorable moments in terms of the actual music, but the thing that really stays in mind here and gives the album a solid replay value, is the previously mentioned crossover aesthetic, found for the most part in hardcore/thrash outfits.Decoryah Wisdom FloatsDecoryah's debut is a quirky piece of atmospheric doom/death metal...
Really strange album...Depeche Mode UltraDerek Sherinian InertiaDestruction Eternal DevastationDestruction Spiritual GenocideDevil Time to RepentIn a period where some of the leading occult rock bands are going uphill in terms of ambitiousness, Devil from Norway prefer to stick to the basics of the genre, doing a great job in the process...Discharge Hear Nothing See Nothing Say NothingDiskreet Engage the MechanicalityWhile this is a solid 3/5, it gets a 0.5 plus for the tremendous vigor by which the material is executed. Well done, indeed a band which shows great promise.
The song "Serpent Tongue" IS THE SHIT.
Dissect Swallow Swouming MassDoomsquad KalaboogieAn intriguing album from an intriguing band, Kalaboogie lies in between ambient, gothic, noise, industrial, ritual/electronic music and post-punk. The album is best experienced during the night.
stream: http://soundcloud.com/handdrawndracula/sets/doomsquad-lpDouglas State Of RockAlthough I'm not too fond of Adult Oriented Rock in general, the debut album from Douglas is great, as it lacks nearly nothing, compared to critically acclaimed bands such as Foreigner, for example.Draconian Turning Season WithinDropped Flyer LowlifeDrysill Welcome to the ShowSolid '80s metal from Iceland
unofficial stream: http://www.metal-samples.com/2013/05/drysill-welcome-to-show-1985.htmlE-Force Evil ForcesEarthless From The AgesEarthless are not re-inventing the wheel, but don't let that keep you from enjoying this album, the band is as tight as it gets, and there are some really solid stoner rock jams right here.Eldritch Portrait Of The Abyss WithinEldritch NeighbouhellEldritch Tasting the TearsSince the release of Blackenday in 2007, Italian metal veterans Eldritch have strived for making their music interesting again, and Taste The Tears is a decisive step in the right direction. The album is markedly better than its predecessor, first of all in terms of the ultra-heavy sound production. Musically speaking, band has adopted a modern atmospheric/groove/thrash metal hybrid (with traces of prog metal lying in the rear), which is combined with fantastic and really well thought dark/goth keyboards. Regardless of the tempo, all the songs transmit a certain melancholy, also ascribed to Terrence Holler's vocals (which are improved with respect to Gaia's Legacy, yet they are nowhere near his best moments in the '90s) and lyrics which revolve around personal matters. First half of the album is better than second one, however Taste The Tears flows nicely overall.Empire of the Moon ΠανσέληνοςGreek black metal outfit Empire of the Moon has made a great start with ���í����� (Greek for "Full Moon"). Band balances between the majestic/atmospheric/ritualistic and the totally primitive side of the genre, and packs a promise for better music in the future. Stream/"name your price" download: http://empireofthemoon.bandcamp.com/album/-Enslaved RuunEnslaved VertebraeEnslaved Axioma Ethica OdiniEnter Shikari Take to the SkiesEssence Beyond CarnivalismAs far as brutal tech death metal goes, this EP is nothing new under the sun, but if you cherish albums like Deicide's Once Upon The Cross and Suffocation's Pierced From Within, this Greek-Athenian outfit is a welcome surprise. Excellent flow per song and as a whole, and excellent instrumental performance. Sound production is not as heavy as it should be, but it grants the audibility of every instrument, the free-form bass included.Evergrey Glorious CollisionWhile the music is an undeniable 3.0/5, Englund's vocals and passion add a 0.5 to the cart. Hope they get their shit together in their next effort and reach the heights of The Inner Circle and the albums that came before it.Faithreat Thrashing With The StarsFanttasma Another Sleepless NightBrazilian outfit Fanttasma blends post rock with black metal, whereas some songs are further decorated with blues climaxes, saxophone and female vocals.
While the aforementioned package needs some work so as to sound more cohesive, the album is very interesting overall.
http://fanttasma.bandcamp.com/Fear Factory The IndustrialistFifth Reason Within Or WithoutFireWolfe We Rule the NightWhat drives Firewolfe in We Rule the Night is that characteristic brand of hard rocking metal introduced in the late '80s by bands like Dokken, Lynch Mob and the like. The band consists of really good players, whereas the vocals are on point with the genre's core ethics. The only thing that subtracts merit from the album is that everything therein has been heard before, but I would gladly see the band live, if I had the chance. Favorite track: We Rule The NightFlotsam and Jetsam No Place for DisgraceFlotsam and Jetsam HighFlotsam and Jetsam DriftFlotsam and Jetsam The Coldthis gets a 3.5 and not a 3.0, due to the decent, yet intense riffing and the passionate vocal performance of Erik AK...Forbidden Forbidden EvilForbidden Twisted into FormForbidden Omega WaveGreat semi-technical thrash from the Bay Area thrash veterans...Forte Vae SolisFourth Dimension NovoIn their debut EP, Hellenes thrashers Fourth Dimension show a keen sense in adapting their music to the tech branch of the Bay Area thrash scene (Master Of Puppets-era Metallica, Heathen, Testament), although the somewhat inconsistent vocals and the muddy sound production tend to spoil it for them in the process...Fredrik Thordendal's Special Defects Sol Niger WithinFuture of the Left The Plot Against Common SenseGalactic Cowboys At The End Of The DayGentle Giant OctopusGodflesh StreetcleanerGrand Funk Railroad We're An American BandGrand Magus Grand MagusGrand Magus Wolf's ReturnGrand Magus Triumph and PowerThe new Grand Magus album brings about the "same ol' same ol'" dilemma; When (almost) all is said and done, is it possible for a classic metal act such as Grand Magus to come up with fresh material? The answer for Triumph and Power is a definitive yes, should the album be played loud, and I'm looking forward to catch the band live.Grave Digger The ReaperGreenleaf GreenleafGrip Inc. IncorporatedGuardian Angel Oblivion SeasGuillotine Blood MoneyReally solid thrash from this berserk bunch of Swedes
Stream: http://pulverised.bandcamp.com/album/blood-moneyGuns N' Roses G N' R LiesHark MythopoeiaAlthough Mythopoeia is a two track 7'' EP, its content is enough to take Hark's brutal stoner/doom places...
http://superfirecords.bandcamp.com/album/mythopoeia-7Heaven and Hell The Devil You KnowHeavens Gate Hell For Sale!Hellion Screams In The NightHelstar Glory of ChaosSuperb tech thrash from the Bay Area veterans. I didn't remember them to be so aggressive in their past releases...Well done!
Edit: i'm changing this from a 4.0 to a 3.5 because the power metal songs of the record aren't anything special. If the whole record was pure thrash, it would be a 4.5 easily...High Spirits Another NightWe need more metal records like this one, that's for sure!!Hinayana Endless (demo)Austin TX citizen Casey Hurd, the sole person behind Hinayana, gives out a solid piece of melodic doom/death metal and it's legitimate to wonder why he tagged Endless as "demo", as it lacks nothing - the production, the music, the cover - compared to label-level, "professional" releases. Let's hope that Hinayama will eventually turn into a full band, as there's enough going on for the outfit to persist through time and space. Holy Mount We Fell From The SkyHoly Mount's debut is a great piece of psychedelic desert blues/rock, ideal for copious listening sessions... Really great...Hooded Menace Fulfill the CurseHorizon (ESP) The Last Man In TerminusSpanish rock/metal scene is on the rise and this cool stoner rock album does not say otherwise. The songs are simple in design, yet effective, whereas the singer really fits the genre's prerequisites. I wish there was more psychedelic stuff like "Vostok 1" and "Space Argonauts", but in general, the band needs to be looked upon by fans and fellow bands alike. Favorites: "Sub-Atomic Eye" and "Vostok 1".House of Spirits PsychosphereIced Earth Night of the StormriderIced Earth The Dark SagaImmolation Majesty and DecayIn Flagrante Delicto UltioOn their debut album, In Flagrante Delicto deliver some haunted, blackened gothic/shoegaze/depressive drone, which is best experienced during nightfall...In Flames The Jester RaceInferno (USA) Psychic DistanceInfest (SRB) Cold Blood WarOver the years, death/thrash metal was becoming more and more of a relic, but judging from this year's yield, the genre is anything but. One of the most recent cases in point is the Serbian outfit Infest and its fourth observation Cold Blood War. Although it's nothing new under the sun, the utter intensity of every album number (more than) compensates for the album's derivative character.
stream - http://xtreemmusic.bandcamp.com/album/cold-blood-warInfidel I, OathbreakerInfidel King Of Cynical ControlInmoria Invisible WoundsMembers from Morgana Lefay and Tad Morose join forces and churn out a great piece of ominous, neck breaking, Swedish heavy/power metal.Into Eternity The Scattering of AshesiNTRiKeT Songs For SleepyIntronaut Valley of SmokeIron Maiden The X FactorIron Maiden No Prayer for the DyingIron Maiden A Real Live Dead OneIron Maiden Ed HunterIron Maiden A Real Dead OneIron Maiden A Real Live OneIsis CelestialJaco Pastorius Jaco PastoriusJag Panzer Thane to the ThroneJag Panzer The Scourge of the LightJake Bowman Leftöver KanyeI'm not a casual fan of Kanye West or Leftover Crack, but I think that Jake Bowman's mashup album was worth the time invested by the man in realizing it. Opening track "Homeo-Power" absolutely kills and it should be jammed hard at avant-garde hip-hop joints around the globe. The rest of the album is enjoyable overall, although I have to admit that ska and hip-hop do not fully mix.Jamiroquai The Return Of The Space CowboyJeff Buckley So Real: Songs From Jeff BuckleyJester's March BeyondJesu SilverJethro Tull BenefitJim Matheos Away with WordsJoe Satriani The ExtremistKam Kama ShiftKam Kama's debut album is a solid piece of post-punk, in the vein of the acclaimed forefathers of the genre. With the exception of the last two songs, where a discrete affinity for post rock is revealed, the rest come as slight variations of the same song writing recipe.Kamchatka The Search Goes OnSince their beginning, Sweden's Kamchatka were always regarded as a legitimate source of vintage blues/hard rock and their latest album The Search Goes On continues that way in the sense that the outfit talks it like it walks it. Kampfar DjevelmaktThe 6th Kampfar offering should be embraced from those yearning for the old Enslaved material (Below The Lights-era and back). My personal favourites from the album are "Mylder", "Swarm Norvegicus" and "Our Hounds, Our Legion".Karl Sanders Saurian ExorcismsKarma To Burn Almost HeathenKatatonia Brave Murder DayKatatonia Discouraged OnesKatatonia Dead End KingsThis is Katatonia suffering from a burnt out syndrome (who's to blame: Night Is The New Day)
Still the record has its moments...Katatonia Dethroned & UncrownedWith Dead End Kings Katatonia coped adequately with the burn out syndrome that their previous magnum opus induced. With Dethroned & Uncrowned though, I see a band at the last stages of the healing process, as the album makes me want to revisit Dead End Kings and vice versa.Kayser The Good Citizen EPThis EP bridges the gap between Kayser's debut album Kaiserhof and their next and most recent album, Frame The World ... Hang It On The Wall. It contains probably the best song from the debut, "Good Citizen" and its video, 2 songs from their upcoming - then - second album and one new song. Their sound can be characterized as modern hard rock/metal with severe tech-thrash twists. Great work!!! Keelhaul Subject To Change Without NoticeKinetic The Chains That Bind UsKing Crimson DisciplineKing Crimson In the Wake of PoseidonKing Crimson Three of a Perfect PairKing Crimson THRAKKing Diamond ConspiracyKing Diamond The Spider's LullabyeKnut TerraformerKreator Violent RevolutionKreator Terrible CertaintyKreator RenewalIn this album, Kreator craft thrash that lies in the interfaces...Kreator Cause for ConflictKreator OutcastKYPCK Имена на стене (Name on the Wall)In their third observation, Finnish doomsters KYPCK (Russian for Kursk) are revisiting the simple but terribly effective style of their debut, and while Name On The Wall has a good replay value overall, it falls short on the aspect of truly memorable songs. That's a shame, because as far as KYPCK go, Sami Loppaka's vocal work herein is easily his best yet. Lake of Tears Forever AutumnLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IIILed Zeppelin PresenceLess Than Human To Breed TrueLethal Your Favourite GodLizardia LizardiaGreece's stoner rock outfit Lizardia stepped into 2014 with a great self-titled debut album, an album which often flees from its core incentive towards the blues and old fashioned psychedelia. It's kind of weird that this band and album didn't receive more attention within Greece, because the album has been adequately brought to the light by foreign media.Lizzy Borden Give 'em the AxeLoincloth LoinclothLuna (UA) Ashes To AshesUkraine's Luna adopt the funeral end of doom metal, and further decorate it with "gothic" keyboards/piano. The recursive sequence of a handful of rhythms and melodies, combined with the absence of vocals throughout the 57 minutes of the one-song album, make for an engaging listen, even though there's nothing new under the moon (sic) here. Lunarsapian (USA-AL) Fade Into OblivionMost of the drone/doom metal albums I come across these days are not worth the effort, but Lunarsapian and their debut album are certainly an exception. The arrangements are well thought and realized, as the recurring musical themes convey the listener deep into that claustrophobic vibe drone is known for. Band cites Khanate and Trees (from Oregon) as references, I would add Halo too. Lunatic Soul Lunatic SoulMadder Mortem MercuryMadder Mortem All Flesh is GrassMadder Mortem Where Dream And Day CollideMadleaf SinnersMadred Supersonic Brainfuck OverdriveOn their debut album, Madred from Finland offer a solid piece of speed/thrash metal with twists that go up to hard rock and the blues. Favorite track: Antidote. Stream/"name your price" download: http://imadred.bandcamp.comMake a Change...Kill Yourself FriManilla Road Live by the Sword: The Very Best of Manilla RoadManowar Kings of MetalMark Lanegan ImitationsCertain occasions call for an album of calm and subtle music that can serve as an essential listen and as background music. Any record featuring Mark Lanegan's crooning voice leans over the first end, while the soothing yet monotonous music of the album leans over the second. Hence the album is definitely worth of a... Max Richter InfraMedalyon VisionsAlthough it is not as effective as the work of more accomplished acts such as Lizzy Borden or Vicious Rumors, the debut Medalyon album delivers a solid slab of old school heavy/power metal.Megadeth Cryptic WritingsMegadeth So Far, So Good... So What!Mekong Delta Wanderer on the Edge of TimeMekong Delta IntersectionsMelvins A Senile AnimalMemento Mori Songs For The Apocalypse, Vol. 4Memorain Reduced to AshesMemory Garden DoomainSolid as a whole, Memory Garden's fifth observation will satisfy dedicated power/doom metal fans, whereas it is a good starting point for getting acquainted with the band and the sub-genre they file under.Menace Ruine Venus ArmataThe ritual noise/drone of these Canadian shamans is as mysterious as it is engaging, especially during the nightly hours... I really should get a hold of their back catalogue. Stream: http://profoundlorerecords.bandcamp.com/album/venus-armata Mencea Dark Matter Energy NoirThe death/thrash of this Hellenic outfit is promising...Mephisto MephistoMephisto's eponymous debut is a token of rather unusual '80s metal with non-trivial prog leanings and styles ranging from Teutonic metal (Helloween) to epic metal (Manowar) and even Bay Area thrash (Metallica). The rating would be much higher, should the record had more songs with vocals (there are 4 songs plus one intro and two instrumentals, one of which is rather weak) and more tracks in general. Nevertheless, this album is worth being discovered by fans of the previously described sound.Mercyful Fate In the ShadowsMeshuggah KolossMetallica The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-RevisitedMike Scheidt Stay AwakeYOB's Mike Scheidt strays away from the amplifier worship, picks up an acoustic guitar and starts to sing about the deeper concepts in life. A great album to spin every once in a while.Miles Davis Kind of BlueMind Odyssey SchizopheniaMinsk Out of a Center Which is Neither Dead nor AliveMoby InnocentsThe use of fundamentally different guest vocalists is what makes this album going, as for Moby's arrangements they are attractive as always, yet they lack the element of surprise.Mogwai The Hawk Is HowlingMonster Magnet 4-Way DiabloMonstrosity Rise to PowerMoonspell IrreligiousMorbid Angel Formulas Fatal to the FleshMorbid Angel Gateways to AnnihilationMorbus Chron SwevenThis album is an interesting experiment in the sense that Morbus Chron try to blend psychedelic/'70s rock with the repugnant death metal of outfits such as Autopsy. That being said, the album isn't as varied as people present it to be (the band's guitarist has said while being interviewed, that he knows about 5-6 riffs on the guitar and that's readily evident on the album). Moreover, a good portion of the songs are too loose-structured, and drag too long for their own good. Still, Morbus Chron's sophomore album deserves to be jammed from time to time, at least.Morgana Lefay SanctifiedMorpheus Tales Samples of RealityWith their debut album/EP (with 3 tracks clocking at 27 minutes, I leave you to decide haha) Samples of Reality, Morpheus Tales draw a primary, yet adequately detailed map of psychedelic black metal, the way they envision it. Core influences come from black metal acts that took the genre to the next level, namely Dodheimsgard, Arcturus, Satyricon, as well as avant-garde prophets like Celtic Frost (mostly in the clean vocals). However, band shows a legitimate penchant for innovation, when, for example, it adds some unexpected, but totally fitting "belly-dance" oriental passages within "Hymn To Will". Along with Hail Spirit Noir and Spectral Lore, Morpheus Tales is yet another Greek psych black metal outfit to keep an ear to.Mortified Mortician The Dearly DisgustedWith Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie pumping out new material every once in (quite) a while, these newcomers from Portland OR and their modern, fairly industrialized "nu" rock/metal are a welcome addition to the fold. Do yourself a favor, crank the volume and blast your stereo with tracks like "Ghoulish Fuckdoll". Album stream: http://mortifiedmortician.bandcamp.comMotorhead Snake Bite LoveMotorhead Overnight SensationMotorhead AftershockIt's Motorhead doing what Motorhead do better than any outfit out there. Municipal Waste The Art of PartyingMunicipal Waste The Fatal FeastMy Dying Bride Like Gods of the SunMy Dying Bride 34.788%... CompleteMy Dying Bride An Ode To WoeMy Dying Bride Symphonaire Infernus Et Spera EmpyriumMy Dying Bride The Thrash Of Naked LimbsMy Dying Bride A Map Of All Our FailuresMyty Konkeror I Miss The FutureThe heavy rock of these guys carries a serious twist, with influences from grunge (Screaming Trees come to mind), southern rock, psychedelia and noise rock...
This band might go places..Nashville Pussy Get SomeNasty Savage Penetration PointNeed Orvam: A Song for HomeFive years after their sophomore album, Need re-emerge with a new album, an album in which gloomy progressive rock has overshadowed all their other - and more extreme sounding - influences evidenced in Siamese God. Performance is passionate, album is technically flawless and legitimately enjoyable, but imho and unlike Siamese God, the elements of surprise and freshness are missing.Neurosis Times of GraceNeurosis Given to the RisingNevermore Dead Heart In A Dead WorldNevermore NevermoreNew Testament ApocalypseNightstalker Dead Rock CommandosNightstalker just don't know how to make boring heavy/stoner rock and this album is no exception, even though the band here sounds more "loose" than usual.Nirvana NevermindNo-Man Returning JesusNoctum Final SacrificeAn improvement over the debut album - the vocals, in particular - Final Sacrifice revolves around vintage hard rock, doom rock and '80s metal, and while it is a great album, it falls somewhat short in becoming a truly memorable sensation.Nocturnus Ethereal TombOfficium Triste Mors ViriI like this album a lot, the doom/death metal of these guys shows a certain twist towards traditional metal and 70s rock. That being said, it rests some steps lower with respect to other releases filing under the same genre such as the last Saturnus album, for example.
album stream: http://hammerheart.bandcamp.com/album/mors-viriOliver Magnum Drive ByOpeth OrchidOpeth MorningriseOpeth Ghost ReveriesOpeth WatershedOpeth HeritageOrphans of Dusk RevenantNew Zealanders Orphans of Dusk deliver an elaborate piece of gothic/doom/death metal in the vein of Tiamat, Paradise Lost and Type O Negative. Song structures are moderately convoluted, hence progressively comprehensive. As for the vocals, the guttural once have the expected impact, while the clean ones seem to have drawn inspiration from Nick Holmes, Peter Steele, even Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory).OSI BloodOSI Fire Make ThunderOverkill IronboundOzric Tentacles Floating SeedsOzzy Osbourne The Ultimate SinOzzy Osbourne OzzmosisPain of Salvation One Hour by the Concrete LakePain of Salvation ScarsickPain of Salvation Linoleumtruly new soundz from POS...
can't wait the new album.- Pantera Cowboys from HellPantera Far Beyond DrivenPantera The Great Southern TrendkillPantheist Journey Through Lands UnknownParadise Lost GothicParadise Lost One SecondParadise Lost Faith Divides Us - Death Unites UsParadox Product of ImaginationGreat 80's thrash with a serious tech twist Pariah (UK) Detroit FallsPathos (SWE) KatharsisPearl Jam TenPeeping Tom Peeping TomPelican AustralasiaPelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...Pentagram (TUR) AnatoliaPerished SeidGreat black/death metal from this Norwegian band! Although blast beats prevail for the most part of the record, they manage to endorse melancholic/epic melodies to the black metal mayhem. Well done indeed!Pestilence Testimony of the AncientsPeter Gabriel UsPink Martini Hey Eugene!Porcupine Tree SignifyPorcupine Tree Stupid DreamPorcupine Tree Voyage 34: The Complete TripPorcupine Tree Fear of a Blank PlanetPorcupine Tree Nil RecurringPoverty's No Crime The Chemical ChaosPrimordial Redemption at the Puritan's HandPrototype ClonedPrototype CatalystPsychosis (USA-CA) LifeforcePsycrence A Frail DeceptionGreek prog metal outfit Psycrence make a great start for themselves with their debut album. Band does not reinvent the wheel, but manages nevertheless to keep things interesting by mixing all the interesting elements from the major prog metal schools (US and European) with a latent djent vibe. The vocals are very good (they could be better with more practice and better sound mixing in future albums), rhythm section is "tech" but rather restrained at that, the 7-string guitars/sound production are/is skull ripping, and the keyboards build tense atmospheres in the rear. First few and last few tracks are what makes the album work, but the less interesting parts of the album are also worth checking out.Queensryche QueensrycheQueensryche are exorcising 15 years of unbearable mediocrity. Still, they have a long way to go so as to match the quality of their mid-'80s-to-mid-'90s back catalogue.Rage Trapped!Rainbow Ritchie Blackmore's RainbowRated X Rated XRated X have come up with an album of hard n' heavy/blues rock that adds up to the acclaimed legacy of every band member. A few prog rock elements here and there (mostly in the keyboards and the shredding lead guitars) and a slight AOR vibe work towards an energetic, but at the same time relaxing listen.Raven Mind Over MetalRealm SuicietyRed Harvest Internal Punishment ProgramsResurgency False EnlightenmentFalse Enlightenment from Hellenes Resurgency is a great piece of European/US old school death metal, as it combines the best elements from both worlds.Riverside Second Life SyndromeRocka Rollas ConquerThis EP and band are the perfect compensation for the blandness of the last Running Wild album.
Really good heavy/power metal.Rotting Christ Thy Mighty ContractRotting Christ A Dead PoemRotting Christ KhronosRoyal Thunder Royal ThunderA solid slab of bluesy heavy rock with exceptional female vocals....
the only reason that i don't rate this as a 4/5, is that it has only 6 songs...Sabbat History of a Time to ComeSacred Reich IgnoranceSacred Reich HealSamael AboveSaprogenic Expanding Toward Collapsed LungsThis is some really solid US death metal right here.Sarissa SarissaSavage Messiah Plague of ConsciencePlague of Conscience is fantastically executed, aptly sound produced (FANTASTIC guitars!!), yet it fails to be even more compelling mostly due to the relatively mediocre vocals...
In the vein of Heathen's Evolution of Chaos...Scale the Summit The CollectiveScanner HypertraceGreat heavy/speed metal with sci-fi lyrics and really unique vocals. A solid stepping stone for their magnum opus, Terminal EarthSceptic Internal ComplexitySceptic Blind ExistenceSceptic's debut is a superb tribute to Human-era Death and early 90's Cynic, decorated with sparse traces of originality and the universal constants of the critically esteemed Polish Death Metal scene...Scorpions Face the HeatSeahawks Paradise FreaksA soothing dream/ambient pop album for meditation and introspection...Sebastian Bach Angel DownSeduce The Heaven Field Of DreamsIn Field Of Dreams, Hellenes Seduce The Heaven combine a number of metal genres -power, death, progressive, metalcore- and manage to produce a homogeneous result of good replay value in half of the songs (tracks 1-4 and 6).
That being said, the sound production is definitely not favouring the magnificent female vocals, especially in view of the rather standard (ripped out/guttural) male ones. Septicflesh TitanTitan's biggest flaw is that it succeeds an album, in which everything that is Septicflesh was almost perfected. Leaving aside the increased complexity in song structures which does not impose a positive or negative effect overall, the album follows the same recipe used to make The Great Mass, yet it pales in comparison. The above being said and contrary to the overly negative impact of the singles posted prior to the album's release, Titan is an album of merit, but my fellow countrymen need to reshuffle the deck in albums to come.Sepultura RootsSigh Imaginary SonicscapeSigur Ros Takk...Skogen Brinner Fasornas BergSolid '70s heavy rock from this company of Swedes...
http://ljudkassett.bandcamp.com/album/fasornas-bergSkyclad The Answer Machine?Slash's Snakepit Ain't Life GrandSlave Machine DisconnectedNot particularly memorable but solid in any case, I don't see why this French outfit won't please fans that need their industrial tight. Those who like bands such as Sweden's Red Harvest, should check this pronto. With some luck, song "Antrophobia" could become an underground hit. Stream: http://slavemachineband.bandcamp.com/Slayer Hell AwaitsSlayer Divine InterventionSlayer Undisputed AttitudeSlayer cross the subway bridge that links punk and thrash. Judging by the rating average, i see that a lot of people neglect the fact that punk has played a great role for the Slayer sound, although it's not so apparent at first listen...Slayer Christ IllusionSlayer World Painted BloodSlough Feg The Animal SpiritsA solid slab of old-school heavy metal... Butter on the bread for fans of Thin Lizzy and Skyclad.Sodom Masquerade in BloodSodom 'Til Death Do Us UniteSodom In War and PiecesSolstice (Metal) Death's Crown Is VictorySolstice are breaking a 15-year silence with an EP of epic/barbaric heavy/doom metal, which also serves as a messenger of (even) better things to come from this band.Sortilege SortilegeSolid '80s metal with the awesomely sung lyrics being written in French, since the band is from France. However, the latter attribute is not annoying in the least...Soul Cages Soul CagesSoul Cages CraftSoundtrack (Film) Last Action HeroSoundtrack (Film) OnceSoundtrack (Film) JunoSoundtrack (Film) Vicky Cristina BarcelonaSoundtrack (Film) BlowSoundtrack (Film) Broken EnglishSpell (CAN) The Full Moon SessionsWhat's at display here is some solid old school heavy metal with a really warm sound and the occassional hard rock edge. The wheel is not reinvented by the Canadians, but The Full Moon Sessions is an excellent reminiscent of the times where '80s metal revelled in the world.Spice and the RJ Band Shave Your FearSpider Kickers AlcoholicAlthough the death/thrash metal of Hellenes Spider Kickers is not mind bending in any case, it is neck breaking all the way...Spiders Shake ElectricThe Swedish vintage rock underground never really sleeps and the sophomore Spiders album is yet another proof of the said disposition. Apart from the self-titled single, few (if any) cuts really stand out, however the band doesn't know how to fall below the quality standards of the Swedish scene and wind up delivering a great album as a whole.Stereo Animal NeolithicStereo Animal deliver an attractive blend of modern rock with noise, hardcore and thrash, not too far from where bands such as Prong or Helmet lie. The arrangements and the temporal length of some songs leave a sense of incompleteness, but there's a handful of numbers ("The Directors", "Megatons"(!!), "Level Zero"(!!), "Red Glowing" and "God Perfect None") that more than deliver the goods. The album is available at a "name your price" deal at the band's bandcamp page.Steve Vai Fire GardenSteven Wilson InsurgentesStrange Attractor Back To The Cruel WorldMinimal, rotten and abrupt, the second Strange Attractor album does a fine job at revisiting the '70s garage/punk rock sound.Strapping Young Lad The New BlackStratus StratologyThe ever increasing diversity of the retro rock genre, the way Swedes are exporting it to the rest of the world, tends to be neglected more often than not. While a fair load of Swedish outfits are downright feedback worshippers, there are power trios such as Stratus that tone down the electric fuzz and concentrate more on the melodic/lyrical aspect of things, with the occasional jazz/prog rock outbursts. As a whole, the album is a relaxing listen, with a handful of adventurous sites calling for the listener's increased attention.
http://stratusphere.bandcamp.com/Strike Master Up for the MassacreSubRosa More Constant Than The GodsGood album, the '90s doom/death metal references through the violin melodies are great, but the song arrangements don't justify the prolongued temporal length of most songs. Moreover, far more expressive female vocals have been evidenced in doom metal this year.Sun of Nothing ...In the Weak and the WoundedSwampGoat The Omega SyndicateIf in need of solid and properly produced drone/doom metal, SwampGoat's debut LP is a solid deal, even though the band sticks to the norm of the previously mentioned genres more closely that necessary. Stream/"name your price" download: http://theswampgoat.bandcamp.com/album/the-omega-syndicateSyd Barrett The Madcap LaughsSymphony X Paradise LostTad Morose UndeadTad Morose RevenantTad Morose have started climbing again that very mountain, whose summit they had conquered in 2003 with Modus Vivendi. The difference now is that the climbing has started from a higher point with respect to the band level right after the A Mended Rhyme album in the mid '90s. The first half of the record is what awesome Swedish power/doom/thrash metal is all about, while the second half continues in the same vein, albeit with a minor, but perceivable discount in quality. With less (8) songs, and a more careful song proofreading, things would be better, but the band is starting all over again and some inconsistency is justified up to a point. Also, the sound production, while crystal clean and strong in principle, cannot conceal its digital origin and the noticeable amount of power detracted from the album overall.Testament LowTestament The Formation of DamnationThe Alan Parsons Project Eye in the SkyThe Amenta n0nThe Chemical Brothers Dig Your Own HoleThe Cult Sonic TempleThe Cure Three Imaginary BoysThe Deathtrip Deep Drone MasterFor all those who saw Norwegian black metal attempting to escape its norms during the end of the '90s, Aldrahn holds a special place in their minds and hearts, hence the end of his prolonged hiatus with the debut The Deathtrip album is warmly heralded. That said, Deep Drone Master is sort of a mixed bag. Tracks like "Flag of Betrayal", "Dynamic Underworld" and "A Foot In Each Hell" live up to the known standards of the second wave Norwegian black metal just before the commencement of its immaculate mutation, but that's not the case for the whole album. Aldrahn is adequate in his vocal duties, but his otherwordly performance in albums like Kronet Til Konge or Thorns is absent, unfortunately. Moreover some not so good lyrics tend to work against certain songs ("Something Growing In The Trees").
In terms of the actual music, the sound production (courtesy of Snorre Ruch from Thorns - WE WANT A NEW THORNS ALBUM!!!) is great, the cold Norwegian black metal riffs are ever present, whereas some atmospheric guitar leads tend to make things more interesting. However, the latter are not fully developed nor endorsed by the main body of the songs. The rhythm section consists of a drum machine, which, in turn, decorates the album with a latent (and intended??) industrial vibe. Band is expected to have a full lineup for the follow up album, so a lot of the loose ends evident in here will probably be resolved. Stream: http://svartrecords.bandcamp.com/album/deep-drone-masterThe Devil's Blood Fire BurningThe Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating InfinityThe Flaming Lips Dark Side of the MoonThe Gathering HomeThe Gathering DisclosureThe Myrrors Burning Circles In The SkyThe Police SynchronicityThe Tea Party Splendor SolisThe Tea Party TriptychThe Tea Party Seven CirclesThe Vintage Caravan VoyageThis Icelandic power trio offers some legitimate vintage hard n' heavy rock on its sophomore album, and there's really no wonder as to why Nuclear Blast has signed the band. The three 19-year-old dudes have a bright future ahead of them, should they play their cards right. Stream: http://thevintagecaravan.bandcamp.com/album/voyageTheory In Practice Colonizing The SunThin Lizzy Johnny the FoxThorns Thorns vs Emperor (split w/ Emperor)Three Seasons GrowSwedes Three Seasons are a band for only four years, yet Grow is their third album already, in which the band continues to adopt the vintage/blues rock ethics with the expected attention and enthusiasm. The calling cardof Three Seasons lies in Sartez Faraj's vocals and the subtle (yet adventurous on occasion) arrangements. On another note, the production is old fashioned as expected, but some may think it borders into lo-fi as well, and not in a good way. Not a huge step forward with respect to previous releases, but not a regression either, the third Three Seasons album still delivers.Threshold CloneThunder Laughing On Judgement DayTiamat CloudsTom Waits Closing TimeTom Waits Nighthawks At The DinerTool 10,000 DaysTourist TonightFans of Burial and of good electronic music in general, will love this one...
First two tracks - http://www.earmilk.com/2013/02/08/tourist-i-have-no-fear/
Never Stop - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQMkvo1VNA0
Heartbeats - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8OKSoIt9xoTrademark Fatal BluesTrans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas Eve and Other StoriesTrans-Siberian Orchestra The Christmas AtticTransistor Things You Miss When You BlinkTrapeze TrapezeTrouble UnpluggedTurbonegro Scandinavian LeatherTV on the Radio Dear ScienceUgly Kid Joe America's Least WantedUlver Blood InsideUlver Shadows of the SunUlver Teachings In SilenceUlver Silence Teaches You How to Sing EPUlver Silencing the SingingUlver 1993-2003: 1st Decade In The MachinesUlver Wars of the RosesUlver Messe I.X-VI.XMesse I.X-VI.X feels like an unconscious attempt of combining the tidal/orchestral vibes of Svid Negger, the ethereal texture of Shadows Of The Sun and the minimal affair of Lycanthropen Themes. The result is a great, but somewhat "lesser" offspring than its parents...Undersmile A Sea Of Dead SnakesUniverse217 Familiar PlacesUnleashed OdalheimOdalheim is a record of good replay value if anything else, as Unleashed combined their traditional Viking death/black metal with lead/rhythm guitar work which brings in mind Nevermore and albums such as Enemies Of Reality and Dead Heart In A Dead World.Vangelis The CityVarathron Untrodden Corridors of HadesVarathron return after a 5-year long absence and deliver a great album decorated with elements from pure heavy, black, doom and (some) goth metal, on par with the style of Greek black metal. The sound production is old fashioned but good overall, and hints back to the early '90s. The current line up seems capable of producing even better music in the future, both instrumentally and in terms of song writing. In here though, the arrangements could be more elaborate with respect to the first few and last few (less) or the middleground tracks (more).
Stream: http://agoniarecords.bandcamp.com/album/untrodden-corridors-of-hadesVauxdvihl Siberian Church RecordingsVaya Con Dios The PromiseVektor Black FutureVektor Outer IsolationVicious Rumors Vicious RumorsVicious Rumors Soldiers Of The NightWith Soldiers of the Night, Vicious Rumors begin their superb course as a US heavy/power metal outfit. That being said, the album is partially plagued by a handful of mediocre songs and a latent, but perceivable incompatibility between the guitar playing of virtuoso Vinnie Moore and band founder Geoff Thorpe. It's really no wonder that Moore left the band after this album so as to pursuit a solo career, and that Vicious Rumors recorded their first magnum opus Digital Dictator by being, above anything else, a tight grip of a band.Violator Chemical AssaultVirus (NO) The Agent That Shapes The DesertBorrowing a song title from their debut album Carheart, "It's all gone weird" here... It seems that the band hasn't progressed at all with respect to its past work, although this assessment heavily depends on the listener's subjective whereabouts. Band's unique/trademark sound is here, however a certain confusion is floating in the air, as to where the band was heading with the new material... This album somewhat feels closer to their debut Carheart than to the The Black Flux album, taking a significant distance from the latter. Still, it's a tough nut to crack, as it can be characterized as anything between average and great...Virus (NO) Oblivion ClockVirus finalize/optimize their unfinished ideas from past recording/composing sessions and with the inclusion of rare material, they give out more of the(ir) quirky same, albeit with a minor twist.Visitor (USA) VisitörVoivod KatorzVoivod Angel RatVoivod NegatronVoivod VoivodVoivod RrroooaaarrrVoivod War and PainVoivod InfiniWardog Scorched EarthWardrum MessengerWardrum strive to establish themselves firmly within the old school heavy/power/progressive metal circuit and they are in a haste. Messenger is the third Wardrum album in three years and sees the band in further refining its many merits, namely the crisp sound production of bassist Kostas Scandalis, the excellent (almost tech-thrash at times) rhythm section of Stergios Kourou and Kostas Scandalis, the technical riffing and the keen sense in melody of guitar shredder Kostas Vretto, and last but not least, the passionate vocals of Yiannis Papadopoulos. However, the album is plagued by songs which seem to have been written overnight, and unfortunately I've caught myself skipping them quite often. With less songs (for example, tracks 1-5,8,9 and 11), the album would be granted a much better flow and a merit similar to the previous two Wardrum albums (especially its predecessor).When Drowning But LearningHuman subconscious made music... Don't search for logic here, only let yourself be drifted away from the cut n' paste music Lars Pedersen crafts...Wino AdriftWolverine The Window PurposeWooden Shjips Wooden ShjipsDebut album from Wooden Shjips is a great match between psychedelic '60s and minimal noise rock experimentation...
Fans of early Porcupine Tree (Delerium era) and Boris will definitely love this.Woodsman WoodsmanThe third Woodsman album has some really trippy and fluent psychedelic/post rock at display, a perfect soundtrack for the crack of each new dawn or the "small" hours of every night...
Stream - http://woodsmanman.bandcamp.com/album/woodsmanYngwie Malmsteen Rising ForceYOB AtmaYob merely go through the(ir) motions on this one, however the final product is still worth it...
Edit: Bumping this from a 3 to a 3.5, I totally agree about this being a grower, a very slow one though...Young Ejecta DominaeThis is high octane gas for power-greedy, dream pop engines.Your Hand In Mine Your Hand In MineYumi Zouma Yumi ZoumaRandom work from dream pop acts such as this one works perfectly for me as intermission from my usual (metal) music rotation.3.4 greatAenaon Cendres Et SangIf anything, Aenaon's debut is a great black metal album brimming with intensity. The attempted diversions from the genre - the blues rhythms, the piano phrases, the female operatic vocals and the saxophone lines - are certainly engaging, yet they are not thoroughly refined so as to give the album a truly distinct character.
album stream - http://possessionproductions.bandcamp.com/album/cedres-et-sang At Dusk AnhedoniaJudging by the content of Anhedonia, Ad Dusk are fully aware of the dynamics of "monotonous"/majestic "post"/black metal. Nothing really stays in memory except for the record's overall mood, which is enough to grant it a good replay value. On another note, the sound could be a bit more loud. Stream: http://atdusk.bandcamp.com/Audrey Horne Pure HeavyAudrey Horne have flooded their hard n' heavy rock with sunshine and optimism and the result is a fun and cheerful album, with good to great songs. Favorite cuts: "Holy Roller" and "Out of the City".Blind Guardian Battalions of FearI always (and erroneously) think that the first four Blind Guardian albums came out in the late '90s (where the Euro power metal scene was fully developed) and I'm always amazed every time I realize that the Germans invented a sound of their own during the late '80s and the first years of the '90s... While Battalions of Fear carries the inherent ills of a debut album, there are 3-4 tracks that show a band of a distinct character.Doomocracy The End Is WrittenJudging from The End Is Written album, Greek newcomers Doomocracy have come to fill part of the void created from the prolonged absence of progressive/doom metal stalwarts Solitude Aeturnus. The vibes of the latter and power/doom metal in general have been convincingly adopted here, first of all by means of the singer, who sounds fantastic on occasion ("Faceless" and the album title track). Along with Heathendom's singer, they are by far the best doom metal vocalists in Greece and among the good singers of the genre worldwide. The arrangements are solid overall with good replay value, although they tend to loose power from a point further, and especially when they tread on more "classic" metal paths. Technically, the sound is great - thick and heavy and "moody" - whereas the band's instrumental proficiency is good overall, but has yet to be improved in the future (especially the lead guitars). Band was invited this year to play at the Hammer of Doom festival, another proof of Doomocracy's promising aspects.Gamma Ray Empire of the UndeadGamma Ray seldom disappoint and this album is anything but... That being said, I'm digging the new Edguy album a tad more.Lucian the Wolfbearer ParadiseThe name of the band comes as rather pretentious, but aside from some sound-production-wise (the snare drum could sound better in the first two tracks) and style hiccups (the album closer is totally out of place with respect to the rest of the album), the music included in Paradise is very solid. The album kicks off with two doom/death metal tunes, further decorated with keyboard-driven ambient parts. The latter dominate the album both temporally and in terms of style through the "Paradise" songs, which constitute the album's biggest merits. Overall, Paradise deserves at least one spin by fans of the previously mentioned genres. Stream: http://lucianthewolfbearer.bandcamp.com/album/paradiseSpital Summoning EvilSpital come from Oulu, Finland, yet their death metal is totally "Stockholm, Sweden". The sound seems like it's been engineered at Sunlight Studios, the song structures are fairly elaborate, with greatly recurring, traditional "Swe" death and doom parts, while the overall package is easily up for occasional listens. Listen to this if you like bands like Grave, old Entombed, Asphyx, Vallenfyre etc. Stream/"name your price" download: http://spital.bandcamp.com/The Dead-End Alley Band Odd StoriesMarkedly better than its predecessor, Odd Stories has encapsulated different sides of '70s retro rock, namely its doom, psychedelic, boogie and blues ones. The sound comes as "ancient" and "haunted", whereas the minimal arrangements go from short songs ("The Nightmare Goes On") to extended, but essential psychedelic jams ("Lost Again"). On their end, vocals have been improved as well, albeit more work is needed with respect to the eradication of some falsettos and off-key slips. Stream: http://deabperu.bandcamp.com/album/odd-storiesTwo Witches GoodevilWhen I first checked Goodevil, I wasn't aware that Two Witches go all the way back to the early '90s. As far as electro/goth/post-punk goes, the album is tight, although it's not as memorable as the recent Beastmilk album, for example. Stream: http://gothicmusicrecords.bandcamp.com/album/two-witches-goodevilUniverse217 EaseWith the last full length album Never, Universe217 solidified their upward course, a course that was rewarded by acclaim outside the premises of Greece and a contract with Van Records, one of the most esteemed European independent labels. Their first release for the new label is the Ease EP in which the band leaves aside the electric feedback and treads on a more laid back and introvert road. A few months ago, Universe217 arranged a special release party where the EP was brought to life in its entirety, and reports spoke of a quite intimate experience. That's the merit and the shortcoming of this EP at the same time; Just like great movies truly live and breathe in the dark halls of a theater, the EP works perfectly during a live concert where the attention is focused exclusively on the band's visual and sonic arrangements. On another note, it's also fitting for those (more and more) rare occasions of the day, where the light is starting to grow dim, the everyday abstractions are absent, and the listener is left with his/her thoughts and a pair of good headphones. Stream: http://universe217.bandcamp.com/album/ease3.3 greatANCST TaimaGood ambient/drone for personal meditation or whenever someone has to focus on a tedious task and needs an appropriate listen to ease his/her mind. Battleroar Blood of LegendsOn their 4th album, Battleroar give out some "by the numbers" but enjoyable epic metal, that works better when performed on a live stage. The vocals of Gerrit Mutz are certainly an acquired taste, whereas the enticing violin melodies of the album may bring in mind outfits such as Skyclad (or even My Dying Bride!), which is, of course, a good thing.Binah A Triad of PlaguesAs of late, it seems that certain extreme metal labels are out to sign the most interesting bands out there; England's Binah have an affinity for death metal done the Swedish way (track 2), but they try to put something of their own in the mix, with varied arrangements and atmospheric/transcendental lead guitar work. Not as good/intriguing as this year's Bolzer EP, but still worth a listen or two, at least.
tracks 1,3: http://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/a-triad-of-plagues
track 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuaGKvDodE8Cage The Gods Favourite SinWhat we have here is some really well played US-radio-friendly hard rock. I would choose this band over Nickelback and their numerous clones on any given occasion. Fans of the genre should give it a listen, at least.Corrosive (ESP) World of Lies (demo)With their debut EP, Corrosive from Spain prove that they are an crossover thrash outfit to look upon. Band is technically skilled and has a good taste arrangements-wise. Stream/download: http://corrosive1.bandcamp.comCyaxares Whores Of BabylonMetal bands consisting of one multi-instrumentalist are starting to become more and more relevant and the middle-eastern death metal project of Cyaxares (from Iraq) certainly fits the description. The sound is great, the arrangements of Mir Shamal Hama-faraj are as well balanced as his instrumental skills. The above said, the song are merely enjoyable, mostly due to the solid but unremarkable rhythm (less) and lead (more) guitar themes. If all go well and if more work is put on the guitars, the next album should be better. Favorite track: Hours. Stream: http://cyaxares.bandcamp.com/releasesCynic Kindly Bent to Free UsCynic kindly bent to free themselves from the "obligation" of recording a "breakthrough" album, which feels like a "breakthrough" for the band per se, since fans expected Cynic to record a "breakthrough" album.Demon Eye Leave The LightLeave The Light finds Demon Eye feeling right at home, playing by-the-numbers '70s hard rock, the way Deep Purple and Black Sabbath did some decades back. While the album is certainly going through the genre's motions, the warmth of the material therein, grants that little extra excuse to revisit it every once in a while. Until the band decides to reveal more of its personality at its sophomore album, that is. Edenian Forgotten OnceThis band and EP took me back to the late '90s where male/female fronted gothic/doom metal was a serious trend. The female vocals are exceptional, the male ones are equally adequate, while the arrangements are solid but not too involved. Finally, the two covers on Xandria and Paradise Lost ("Eternal") material were more than decent.Grst Plague SeedPlague Seed is a solid album of ferocious black metal, if anything else. Grst have managed to keep the intensity throughout its duration, whereas their attempt in incorporated some atmospheric elements, is solid, if somewhat underdeveloped.Hate ErebosErebos is the 5th album from the Polish death/black act, Hate. Unfortunately, this is some steps down with respect to their previous album Morphosis. While the latter was a raw death/black blast beat orgy with a fair amount of experimentation (industrial influences), Erebos is somehow watered down... First of all, it must be stated that these guys can shred, but I'm afraid that's not good enough. The solos don't work so well, the drum patterns are not so inspired and that holds for the riffs as well which go from classic metal, to tech-metal and then to death/black, making the record feel more like an inhomogeneous amalgama of ideas instead of an really cohesive work... Ah i must say that here they resemble A LOT to Behemoth, without having the quirky touch of the latter, though... Too bad as Morphosis was immense... Stream: http://listenable-records.bandcamp.com/album/erebosHeat LabyrinthHeat's retro hard rock is solid nonetheless, but when compared to other homologous albums, it follows the norm too eagerly. The bottom line; excellent music for live concerts, solid stuff for domestic usage. Let's hope that the band will pour more character in the next one. Favorite track: Labyrinth. Stream: http://heatberlin.bandcamp.com/album/labyrinthHelevorn Compassion ForlornThe third album from Spain's Helevorn contains some dependable (if anything else) gothic/doom/death metal, in the vein of bands such as Saturnus, Draconian and Slumber. Songs have easily engulfed the essential guidelines of the aforementioned genres, hence they are fairly satisfactory, however the elements that would make the album really memorable are rather absent. It's a good album, but it lies a few steps below the majority of similar and great albums out there.Ice Dragon Seeds From A Dying GardenIce Dragon deliver a mildly immersive psychedelic folk album that falls short in terms of really memorable moments. Still, it's worth a handful of listens.Morpheus Tales Secular NoirSecular Noir is the Morpheus Tales' first full length effort in doing more than just a tribute to their influences with respect to the avant-garde/psychedelic end of black metal. Their ideas are all good and aplenty, the songs are fairly enjoyable, the flow of the album is far from optimal, the song writing is incomplete at places ("Event Horizon" ends long before it can be regarded as a proper song) and cohesion of the different - metal and non-metal - elements put together per song, tends to be lacking. The above said, Morpheus Tales remain a promising band and their next release is anticipated, as the Samples of Reality EP was quite great. Stream: http://morpheustales.bandcamp.com/album/secular-noirOutcast (AUS) Outcast (demo)The excellent, old fashioned cover of the demo EP perfectly sets the mood for the old school heavy metal that these Melbourne based Aussies endorse. Nothing new under the sun (in the vein of Slough Feg, Hellion, Iron Maiden with Di Anno and so on), but Outcast sound incredibly tight and passionate, hence the lack of originality can be largely disregarded.
"name your price" download: http://heavychainsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/outcastProcession (USA-MI) Your Turn To FeelMore solid noise/shoegaze/post-punk rock, anyone? I was looking whether the Chilean/Swedish doom metal band by the same name had a Bandcamp page, and I stumbled upon this album/band by accident, a good accident as it turned out.
stream - http://procession.bandcamp.com/Seirom And the Light Swallowed EverythingSeirom's sophomore effort is an ideal ambient soundtrack for meditation and introspection.The Crimson Brigade Blood BattalionIn view of its fair merit, Blood Battalion is an album that deserves to be heard at least once. While the lyrics are war themed, England's The Crimson Brigade don't sound as yet another Bolt Thrower/Hail of Bullets wannabe. Rather, they try to secure a location between goth, death/black and doom metal. The atmospheres are eerie due to the ever present "early '90s" keyboards, while there are some interesting arrangements in thefirst half of the record. The second half is not as strong, as as the song writing wears off due to the abundance (13) of album tracks. Favorite track: As the Vtlava Runs red (Under the Bridge of Corpses). Stream: http://thecrimsonbrigade.bandcamp.com/album/blood-battalion The Rough Boys Blood, Booze and GasolineOn their third EP, The Rough Boys from Toronto, Canada balance nicely between metallized punk and heavy rock. This EP won't change the world of rock n' roll, but it's fun as hell. Twinesuns The LeavingWhile it is not as abstract/mindbending as the work of outfits such as Kreng or Black Swan, the guitar driven ambient/noise/drone of Twinesuns certainly has its moments (for example, the ethereal album closer "Die Drei Gesichter Der Furcht"). Moreover, the album is an ideal soundtrack for times of personal isolation from external stimulae. Warfather Orchestrating The ApocalypseThe debut Warfather album has some solid death metal at display, there's no question about that. However it doesn't avoid going through the motions of the genre, despite Steve Tucker's awesome vocals and the really well played, atmospheric guitar leads here and there. The drumming is solid overall in its blast-beating duties, but from a point further, it becomes one-dimensional. For example, the drum fills during transitions could be much much better.3.2 goodAbsolutely Free Absolutely FreeAbsolutely free are doing what their band name implies, bringing together psych with dream pop, post-rock and some noise. The album's nice, especially the first 2-3 songs, but it merely stays in mind as a good experiment. Favorite track: "Beneath The Air". Stream: http://atdusk.bandcamp.com/album/at-duskAcquaintance Satellite StreamSatellite Stream is a solid piece of '80s dance pop, but it's a bit too "mainstream" for my liking.Endsight A Vicious CircleFairly enjoyable, but pretty standard at the same time, the melodeath metalcore of Hellenes Endsight is a great invitation for revisiting At The Gates, Dark Tranquility (The Mind's I-era) and the best bands metalcore has to offer.Endstille Kapitulation 2013Endstille's 8th album is an extremely solid piece of second wave black metal, however it is devoid of any element that could give it a distinct character.Gatecreeper GatecreeperGatecreeper live in Tucson, AZ yet their minds are set to Stockholm, Sweden, and the early '90s where the local death metal scene was just starting to take its toll. Nothing new under the sun, but the EP does a fine job at bringing on board the classic Entombed/Grave/Asphyx/Celtic Frost grooves.
stream/"name your price" download: http://gatecreeper.bandcamp.com/Malka Spigel GlidingEnjoyable and seamless, the ethereal shoegaze of Gliding comes and goes like a faint breeze.Massacre Back from BeyondThere's some really solid early '90s death metal at display here (ideal for live concerts!). However, the abundance of tracks and the formulaic song structures deprive Back from Beyond of additional merit, in terms of domestic listening jams.Midnight Snack The TimesMidnight Snack play this kind of subdued yet elaborate "soul" rock, that goes hand in hand with a glass of wine after a really long day. Good album. Stream: http://midnightsnackmusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-timesParthian Shot Parthian ShotEnjoyable but standard, the eponymous EP from Parthian Shot is a solid effort in revisiting '90s prog rock/metal.Ringworm Hammer of the WitchThis is a good metalcore album overall, I liked the band's angry mindset, in particular. That being said, the abundance of tracks (13 in total) and the band's stagnant confinement within the genre's confort zone, tend to dilute the album's merit. Skeletonwitch Serpents UnleashedThis is some solid and really well played melodic thrash/black metal, however the element of diversity is missing, I'm afraid. I would gladly pay a ticket to see this band live, but as far as domestic listening sessions go, Serpents Unleashed is just adequate.Tardive Dyskinesia Static Apathy in Fast ForwardTempelheks Red ForestNorway's Tempelheks (Norwegian for "the temple of the witch") and this EP are in the vein of vintage/heavy rock bands like Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats, however they do not sound as attractive as their much renowned peers. This is due to the arrangements which seem to lack some (much needed for the genre) nerve, and the vocals which could use some proofreading. Nevertheless, it's a solid piece of work for those who want to keep up with every vintage rock release and outfit out there.The Silent Wedding Livin' ExperimentsHellenes The Silent Wedding give out some solid, yet standard heavy/power metal with discrete prog references. That being said, the great merit of Livin' Experiments is severely compromised by the mediocre sound production, which is unfortunate because the band has some potential at display.The Skull For Those Which Are AsleepWhenever the name "Trouble" came to mind, I always wondered what made them so special in the first place; Was it the trademark vocals of Eric Wagner, the excellent guitars of Franklin and Wartell or the floating - between hard rock and doom metal - rhythm section? The question is rhetorical up to a point, but judging from The Skull's debut For Those Which Are Asleep, I'm inclined to believe that the guitars gave Trouble the definite touch of distinction, a sector in which The Skull can do much much better in future releases. In particular, the band goes about a laid back heavy/doom metal sound, but the album simply lacks the songs that will give it a truly distinct character. That said, Billy Anderson's sound work is excellent.YUREI Night VisionOn his second album under the YUREI moniker, Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Bjeima sacrificed the claustrophobic atmosphere of Working Class Demon in favor of rather generic "prog" rock approach. I don't have anything against prog rock in principle, but overall, Night Vision feels formulaic.3.1 goodBorrowed Time Arcane Metal ArtsThis compilation contains the 2010 demo Borrowed Time plus the two-song 2011 single Fog In The Valley. The coarse, almost epic metal of this band is treading steadily the trails of NWOBHM and bands such as Manilla Road, however the sound production detracts a significant amount of value from the whole package.
http://borrowedtimemetal.bandcamp.com/album/arcane-metal-artsForest Field Onwards And UpwardsOnward And Upwards is supposed to be the (Dutch) project's second full length album, but their bandcamp page says otherwise. Anyway, what's a display here is an easy listening blend of laid back "prog" rock with ambient and folk elements. Half of the songs are instrumental and half with excellent male vocals, while the songs are solid yet subtle in their details, but not so memorable at the end of the day. If you want something good to jam in the background, give this a listen, at least.Godslave Out of the AshesSolid, but standard thrash metal that works only in live concerts, while the vocals hint at (Swedish) death metal (Unleashed come to mind). I really like the sound of the rhythm guitars, though.
EP stream - http://godslave.bandcamp.com/album/out-of-the-ashesHeirs of the Void Four Horsemen Of DoomThe blackened funeral doom metal of this German outfit is as close as it can get to the sound of silence. The arrangements are subtle and ritualistic, the pace is really slow (to the point where the utterly minimal rhythm section is barely perceivable), and overall, the band flirts with ambient music as well. It's a good album by all means, but it can work only as a background (and relaxing at certain cases) listen. Sargeist Feeding the Crawling ShadowsThis is a good "second wave" black metal album overall, but most of the songs are crafted with the exact same formula, at the expense of the album's replay value. The raw sound further homogenizes the album, which is ideal for casual black metal listening sessions only.3.0 good1902 MotsiAcid Death Random's ManifestAcid Death EidolonI wish I could like this more, but Acid Death's prog death/thrash is really going through the motions on Eidolon, being far less complex and imaginative than both its predecessors.
Still, 2-3 songs kind of stand out, with "Dying Alone" being the best song of the album by far, as it successfully combines tech death/thrash with black metal.
Before listening anything from this band, listen to Pieces Of Mankind, their best album.Acrimony Hymns To The StoneAgnosia Trace DecayAltar of Oblivion Sinews of AnguishIn Sinews of Anguish, Altar of Oblivion present a pretty standard version of epic doom metal, with the vocals being the only element that stands out. The latter either they croon (imagine something between Messiah Marcolin and Scott Walker) or they resemble the voice of Ozzy Osbourne.Anacrusis Suffering HourAnathema We're Here Because We're HereAnnihilator Waking the FuryAntimatter Planetary ConfinementArcturus Sideshow SymphoniesArcturus My AngelArmistice ArmisticeAs I Lay Dying AwakenedAsteroid Asteroid EPAway CitiesAway from Voivod has crafted a sound collage from the various stops of the band at cities all over the world. Ideal for listening in the background - http://www.invisibleoranges.com/2013/07/album-stream-away-cities/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitterBeverly CareersOn their debut album, Beverly let out some kind of fuzzed out/dreamy shoegaze pop that's a little too subtle and under-elaborate to stay in memory. That doesn't mean though, that the album is not enjoyable, especially for this time of year... Beyond Reclaim Hopes They DieTurkish female multi-instrumentalist Pinar Akbay delivers a solid piece of depressive/blackened post metal, albeit not particularly memorable.Biomechanical CannibalisedBjork TelegramBlack Swan HeavenBlack Swan are among the best choices for entertaining ambient drone (sic) and Heaven continues that way. However one cannot overlook that it goes through the motions with respect to the ground-breaking dynamics evidenced in the three previous albums. Blot Mine PorphyrogenesisIn their debut, Swedish blacksters Blot Mine are capturing with ease the essential vibes of frosty hyper-fast black metal, which bares some melody but little breakthough altogether.
Ideal for background listening.Bob Katsionis Rest in KeysBob Katsionis is admittedly an established guitar and keyboards shredder, however impeccable abilities in instrument handling don't always guarantee essential songwriting and Rest In Keys is a case in point.
Enjoyable as background music but that's that.Boris With Michio Kurihara Cloud ChamberBorn of Osiris Tomorrow We Die AliveThe mixing of deathcore with electronic music is intriguing, but as the album progresses temporally, the whole thing becomes repetitive.Brains (IE) AlchemyBurial and Four Tet Moth/Wolf ClubCallisto ProvidenceCarnal Forge When All Else FailsCarnal Forge warm themselves up with a solid 2-song single of modern death/thrash metal. Let's hope that this will lead to a new album.Cephalic Carnage Misled by CertaintyChimaira The Impossibility Of ReasonChimaira The InfectionConcept of God VisionsConception The Last SunsetCosm (USA-MN) PlutoThis EP consists of 18 minutes of mind numbing drone, in case someone's not entirely happy with the static from his/her radio...Dark Nova The Dark RhapsodiesDavid Gilmour About FaceDeadsoul Tribe The Dead WordDeath In Vegas Satan's CircusDead air for radios...... Deathrow Riders of DoomDepeche Mode ExciterDevil Magister Mundi XumDiamond Plate PulseNominally, Pulse is a really solid heavy/thrash metal record, however little does it offer in terms of song writing freshness. That being said, songs "Still Dreaming" and "Rainmaker" kind of stand out from the rest of the lot. Also, the singer's clean vocals show more colour than his harsh ones.Dido No AngelDodheimsgard Supervillain OutcastDonovan Blanc Donovan BlancSubtle, soothing and overly relaxing, the folk/dream pop of Donovan Blanc album is ideal for times of personal isolation or as background to more intimate moments. That being said, the band may bring in mind Simon & Garfunkel.Double Square The HiveDraconian A Rose For The ApocalypseUnfortunately, this is a 3-3.5 (tops). In their previous album, there were songs that stood out of the bunch, but in here..... It is very difficult to pinpoint one or two, despite the fact that the production is perfect for the genre Draconian file under... The arrangements are pretty formulaic, I'm afraid...Dream Theater OctavariumDream Theater Dream TheaterDream Theater is a definite improvement over the previous DT album, however, the band has done infinitely better in the past and in this album, they are not willing to try new things anymore. To give back what's due though, Dream Theater make a decent effort in recapturing the spirit of the 1993 album Awake. The guitars sound heavier, Rudess's keys are actually working their way in the background on some songs (of course he is not Kevin Moore at that.-) and there are a few mildly enjoyable songs to go back to sometime.Dreamlongdead MadnessDeadGraveDuff McKagan's Loaded SickDying Fetus Descend Into DepravityEagle Eye Cherry DesirelessEidolon Zero HourEidolon's power/thrash blend in debut album Zero Hour, is leaning excessively towards melody at the expense of aggression. The latter element is further diluted due to the merely adequate vocals and an unexpected lack of nerve during song composing and instrument recording. Despite all these shortcomings, Zero Hour remains enjoyable (mostly because of the lead guitar work of Glen Drover), albeit with a rather questionable replay value.Eldritch Gaia's LegacyEnchant BreakEnola Gay Strange EncounterEnslaved RIITIIRExodus Impact Is ImminentFirewind Few Against ManyGehenna UnravelGehenna's 7th album isn't half bad, but then again it's not terribly remarkable either. Sanrabb's vocals are more than adequate for what black metal stands for, but as the songs come and go, they go through the motions, motions that are finalized during the first few tracks. Regarding the actual music, the interplay of the hazy, doom-laden parts (included in the previous album WW too) with the traditional black metal blast beating sounds promising at first. On the long run though, the arrangements are not leading anywhere in particular, because of the repetition of the same musical themes and the same stale song writing approach. Repetitiveness is not a bad thing, especially in black metal, but its constituents in Unravel tend to work against it. Ghost B.C. Opus EponymousGojira From Mars to SiriusGojira The Way of All FleshGolgatha Strength of the WorldGozu Locust SeasonGrave Dominion VIIIThis band just doesn't know how to make a bad album, however few tracks (Deathstorm, Bloodpath, 8th Dominion) stand out of the lot.Grave Burial GroundHades $avior$elfHalford CrucibleHavok Unnatural SelectionThe instrumental ability of Havok cannot be questioned, their take on heavy/thrash is enjoyable, yet pretty standard and they need to work more on making their songs more interesting.Headhunter (DEU) RebirthHeathendom The SymbolistHell (UK) Human RemainsHelloween Straight Out of HellHigh Spirits You Are HereOn their sophomore album, High Spirits exercise their '80s hard rocking metal according to the preachings of their debut album albeit with a latent punk twist, yet they fail to be as impressive as in before. Nevertheless, You Are Here is enjoyable, to say the least.Human Parasites Pathetic Human ParasitesWe are heading towards the dusk of 2014, yet this newly born (this December) Greek band comes to remind us how the local black metal scene sounded back in the early '90s. "Demo" production, primal "thrash metal" drum machine, vocals "in league with Satan", and guitars that sound like crickets on a Greek summer. Fans of early Thou Art Lord (Eosforos) and Rotting Christ (Non Serviam) should definitely give this a listen. Stream/"name your price" download: http://humanparasites.bandcamp.com/album/pathetic-human-parasitesHypnos (SWE) The MountainDespite the fact that this is merely a two-song single (the rating is low only because the songs are clocking at 8 minutes in total), Sweden's Hypnos show remarkable skill at freshly reproducing that late '70s, old fashioned heavy rock, that was introduced by Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy and their peers. Really looking forward for their self-titled debut, which is expected to be out later this September.Hypocrisy Into the AbyssIced Earth Iced EarthIced Earth Plagues of BabylonIced Earth don't know how to record a really bad album and Plagues of Babylon is no exception, still the new Iced Earth offering does not have enough potential to re-invite someone to listen to it repeatedly, with the exception of Stu Block's vocals, which are as engaging as always.Illogicist SubjectedIndica (USA) PavementIsis Oceanic: Remixes and ReinterpretationsIsis In the Absence of TruthIsis Wavering RadiantIvanhoe Visions and RealityJag Panzer Dissident AllianceJamiroquai Emergency on Planet EarthJamiroquai DynamiteJethro Tull Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die!Job for a Cowboy GloomJoe Satriani Unstoppable MomentumThis is a good Joe Satriani album, but nowhere near albums such as Flying In A Blue Dream.Judas Priest Rocka RollaJudas Priest Redeemer of SoulsIn their n-th album, Judas Priest go through the motions, motions that established them within the worldwide heavy metal elite many years ago. Going through the motions is not necessarily bad, especially for bands like Judas Priest (and Motorhead and so on), as long as the produced music sounds fresh. Unofortunately for this album, Judas Priest sound tired in all sectors but the exceptional, lightning-fast, trademark lead guitar work. Still, Redeemer Of Souls is a good album, but nowhere near the first choices of an individual in need of cutting-edge Judas Priest metal...Judd Madden FloatInfluenced from the blues, ambient, classical music and post rock, Judd Madden rounds up every edge and crafts ideal music for reading a book, for meditating and for easing the mind after a hard labor's day...
Float is a free download at http://juddmadden.bandcamp.com/album/floatKamelot Poetry for the PoisonedKEN mode VenerableKillers Murder OneKing Crimson IslandsKISS You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!!Kreator EndoramaKylesa Spiral ShadowLack of Faith Aeternus CaligatioLacuna Coil Dark AdrenalineLaxsid SvarotLaxsid go about a complete change of style, as the black metal of Oriental Demolition has given way to the dark ambience of the Svarot EP. The shortness in length and the minimality of the arrangements, assess Svarot as nothing but a decent exercise in the previously mentioned style. Stream: http://laxsid.bandcamp.com/album/svarotLoincloth Iron Balls of SteelMadder Mortem Misty SleepThis is where all begun for this great band.
Despite its numerous shortcomings - inconsistent vocals, "loose" arrangements, merely decent production - Misty Sleep demo contains in compressed form the unique goth metal character of the band, a character with a vast margin for improvement, as it was proven in albums that followed... Manitou (NO) EntranceGood-to-great prog rock/metal that somewhat resembles to Perfect Symmetry-era Fates Warning, without matching the latter in innovation and quality, though...
This obscure Norwegian band is where the great Oyvind Haegeland (Spiral Architect, Arcturus) made his debut vocal appearance.Manraze I SurrenderThis is some good radio-friendly rock, but not something terribly essential imho.Megadeth EndgameMelechesh The EpigenesisMeshuggah Contradictions CollapseMolasses Barge JewelsSolid but subtly diverse stoner/doom rock/metal from this project of Pennsylvania based musicians, the most known of them being Brian Balich (ex-Penance, Argus). Jewels IV is a little stoner/doom metal diamond...Mordred The Next RoomMoriturus Black ThoughtsMotorhead SacrificeMottek HypnoseMottek's debut is a good treat of 80's punk rock, with the lyrics written in the band's native language (German). The biggest shortcoming in this lies in the mediocre sound production, but still the whole thing works well...Mourn MournLong before the recent advent of female fronted doom metal, Mourn released their eponymous album through Lee Dorrian's Rise Above Records. As expected, the album is solid, but its replay value decays after a few listens. This is due to the monolithic (but uninteresting from a point further) structure of the arrangements and the adequate, but rather flat female vocals. My Dying Bride For Lies I SireI explain myself... It is average compared with earlier MDB stuff... Because there is no comparison with other bands...rAfter a lot of spins i conclude it's a solid 3/5Na Hearadh TeaglachThe folk/black metal of these English lads sounds promising, that's that though, because this is merely an EP/single. Stream: http://nahearadh.bandcamp.com/album/teaglachNazareth The CatchNightfall Astron Black and the Thirty TyrantsNo Trouble Looking for TroubleNovembers Doom AphoticObituary Inked in BloodAlbum's not bad, it's just that the songs don't really lead anywhere and the digital sound production has sweeped the last fragments of that killer style the band attained during the first half of the '90s...Opeth Pale CommunionThere was a time when every new Opeth release was expected on my behalf with great anticipation. Unfortunately, from Ghost Reveries onwards, this anticipation is constantly fading. In principle, Opeth's fleeing to progressive rock was a logical decision, I remember enjoying Heritage quite a bit, but Pale Communion is as the album title implies... Pale... Apart from the first two songs which are fairly interesting, the rest of the album is totally unremarkable. The album is enjoyable as a whole, only when it's used as a background listen. Orbital The AltogetherOz Heavy Metal HeroesOzric Tentacles ErpsongsParadise Lost Shades of GodPerversity In the Garment of LustDebut of this brutal death metal outfit from Slovakia is pretty standard, except for the audible bass which brings Steve Di Giorgio in mind...Pestilence Resurrection MacabrePink Floyd Atom Heart MotherPoenari Rule of the DamnedPorcupine Tree The IncidentPredator PredatorPredator Born in BloodPsychotic Waltz Dark MilleniumPurged Form Of ReleaseDespite their good intentions, Australian metallers Purged fail to impress with their Nevermore driven metal, due to the colorless vocals and the lack of imagination in diversifying the song structures.
Nevertheless, Form Of Release is a decent album in its own right.Puscifer Donkey Punch the NightQueen Made in HeavenRed Harvest NomindslandRelic 45 Relic 45Riverside Anno Domini High DefinitionRotting Christ Sleep of the AngelsRust Shoot Them HigherRuthless Steel Die in the NightDie in the Night is merely decent, female fronted '80s metal in the vein of outfits such as Hellion and Chastain, mainly due to the potent, yet inconsistent female vocals and the grossly under-refined arrangements.Sacrificial Forever EntangledSadist LegoThis is so weird... The band goes completely berzerk on this... Awkward, awkward...Sadus Out for BloodSahg IIISamael Lux MundiSaturnus Paradise Belongs to YouSaxon SaxonScorpions Sting in the TailSea of Dreams Dawn of TimeThis is merely enjoyable power/prog metal, a rather abrupt mixture of cheesy and melodic power metal with keyboard driven atmospheric ambient textures, cheesy, abstract or (even) dismal on occasion.
Really strange record.Sear Bliss Eternal RecurrenceSeer's Tear PreciousSerpent Venom Carnal AltarSerpent's Knight Released from the CryptShebrew ProvenanceSixx:A.M. 7Sodom SodomSolefald Norron LivskunstSouls at Zero Souls at ZeroSoundtrack (Film) Black Snake MoanSoundtrack (Film) Songs in the Key of XSpider Kickers The Northwest EmperorSteve Vai Passion and WarfareSteve Vai The Ultra ZoneStratovarius Fright NightSuffocation Souls to DenySuffocation SuffocationSweet Jets Breath of Heat"Cold? There's no cold in Canada. Listen to our sophomore album and all is well" says this Canadian surf rock trio, while it addresses an excellent counter reference to Supertramp's Crisis? What Crisis? album cover. The actual music is exactly what's needed for laying on the sand of a beach with the eyes closed, under the sun of the Greek summer.The Devil The DevilIn their debut album, The Devil complement their minimal and pretty much standard take on gothic/doom metal with abstract samples of spoken word, instead of proper vocals. That being said, the album is a very relaxing and atmospheric listen as a whole, however it is also devoid of any dynamics that would keep it interesting in future listening sessions.
album stream: http://candlelightrecordsusa.bandcamp.com/album/the-devilThe Devil's Blood The Graveyard ShuffleThe Free Fall Band Elephants Never ForgetThe Gates Of Slumber Hymns of Blood and ThunderThe Last Drive News From NowhereSolid garage rock from one of Greece's most renowned rock bands.
Streams for first two songs:
1. Let It Go - http://www.crackhitler.com/v3/11/the-last-drive-live/
2. Butterfly 69 - http://www.mixtape.gr/apoklistiko-stream-the-last-drive-butterfly-69/The Shadow Theory Behind The Black VeilTherion Lepaca KliffothTiamat Skeleton SkeletronTorr ArmageddonToxic Waltz Decades Of PainThis German metal company of men has chosen one of the best thrash metal songs to name their band, so the question is: is Decades of Pain nearly as good? The blunt truth is that the band must try harder in order to become as a good as some of its peers and veterans of the genre. Sure, their guitarist is a riff master, the band as a whole has a decent level of musicianship and song writing ability, but for now Toxic Waltz seem to lack a distinct identity; influences range from heavy/power to thrash metal, but they don't end up yielding truly remarkable music. Band needs to proofread its output with austerity, because there's a certain potential at display. Stream: http://toxicwaltzofficial.bandcamp.comTricky MaxinquayeTroubled Horse Bring My Horses HomeVelvet Viper Velvet ViperSolid "'80s" metal with the excellent vocals of Jutta Weinhold, the female incarnation of Ronnie James Dio...Veni Domine 23:59Venom Cast in StoneVildhjarta MasstadenVirus (GBR) Pray for WarAlthough it is TOTALLY chaotic in nature, the thrashing of these guys is highly addictive... ROTTEN TO THE CORE...Volbeat Beyond Hell/Above HeavenVoracious Souls No Tribute No Thanx Fuck OffDespite the poor sound production, the heavy/thrash of these German guys is so m/!!!
AAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!Watchtower Energetic DisassemblyWolf The Black FlameWolverine StillWolverine Communication LostYama Demo 2011Yellow Devil Sauce Yellow Devil SauceOn their debut, self-titled album, Yellow Devil Sauce from Athens, Greece have embraced that hard rock/grunge hybrid, introduced by Tool and Alice In Chains in the '90s. That being said, the album has been granted the all too familiar ills of a band treading the first steps of its career. All songs rely heavily on 1-2 riffs and rhythms, at the expense of diversity. As for the vocals, they show some promise, but they are also subject to inconsistency more often than not. Album is handy when in need of cool rock music heard in the background. YIDHRa HexedYIDHRa's otherwise solid stoner/doom metal needs some spicing up in order to become more interesting.YOB Elaborations Of CarbonYOB DemoYOB get their thing on the move......Zaz ZazZenith PrisonerPretty enjoyable while it lasts, but pretty forgettable soon afterwards, the hard rocking '80s metal of those German folks is a decent listen.Zodiac A Hiding PlaceThis is a good rock album overall, but one can't help noticing the band's hit-or-miss attempt in going through more atmospheric passages, or the noticeable lack of power in the guitars, which makes things even more underwhelming.2.9 goodNervosa Victim of YourselfDecent thrash metal album overall, but Nervosa should have proofread their material more, in terms of song writing.2.8 goodSnailking StormI wish I could have liked it more, but the album makes it difficult for me. While the music is not the best (but definitely not the worst) doom/sludge metal out there, the sound production detracts serious merit from the Snailking's effort. For instance, the sound of the snare drum is barely perceived throughout the album. Stream: http://snailking.bandcamp.com/album/storm Sypsis HypnosisHypnosis signifies a decent start for this hellenic tech thrash metal outfit, the instrumental performance is tight, yet the vocals, as well as the sound production, could be more elaborate.2.7 averageAphrodite (SWE) AphroditeThis EP of '80s rock/metal would be a lot more enjoyable, if the vocals sounded much better.Mist (SI) Demo 2013Slovenia rocks and so does this all-female outfit with two songs of pretty decent but rather generic doom (more)/stoner (less) metal.2.5 averageAccuser AgitationAmerican Hell The Great DyingFor the time being American Hell seem to go through metalcore's motions.Blood Revolt IndoctrineBullet for My Valentine FeverCaustic (CH) MaliciousCenobite The BlackCerebral Effusion Idolatry Of the UnethicalJudging from this album, it's more than obvious that Cerebral Effusion are worshipping early era Cannibal Corpse and similar acts. However, they have forgotten to put some of their own character into the songs, which lack any kind of variation... If you have listened to one song, you have listened to the whole album. Circle II Circle Consequence Of PowerCryostatic Dream BoundariesIf Boundaries shows one thing is that the musicians behind Cryostatic Dream haven't really given much thought about what they wanted to say with their debut album, albeit it is an instrumental one. Both of them are good with their instruments, yes, but for the time being, they are far from composing really interesting tracks. The instrument warm-up exercises for prog metal musicians, present in Boundaries, don't pass as complete songs anymore, the '90s are long gone.Death In Vegas Dead ElvisDrakar Let Draka / The Flight of the DragonDespite the fact that the guitars and drums sound stellar in some songs, the inconsistency in terms of sound production, song writing, and performance makes this Czech band's debut sound as merely decent...Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of EventsAdult oriented "progressive" rock from the once pioneering act of Dream Theater...
Ideal for background music...Eldritch BlackendayEmmure Speaker of the DeadEpidemic (GR) IndustrialIron Maiden Virtual XIKnut WonderMaplerun RestlessMegadeth The World Needs a HeroMegadeth RiskMetallica ReloadMetallica LoadMonster Magnet MastermindMorbid Angel Illud Divinum InsanusNeed The Wisdom MachineNevermore The Obsidian ConspiracyOnly "And the Maiden Spoke" kind of stands out of the general mediocrity of this record... Omen Escape to NowhereParty Vibez Legends Of GnarliaThe crossover thrash of this Australian bunch is decent but falls short on the fun part that this genre requisites.
On their next effort they must try really hard in order to be on the same level of entertainment with bands such as Municipal Waste for instance.
You can listen to the whole album in the following location:
http://partyvibez.bandcamp.com/track/party-vibez-debut-album-legends-of-gnarliaSacred Reich IndependentSarin House of LeavesDecent debut EP, but the band needs to make its sludge/doom metal much more interesting in the future.Silent Voices Reveal the ChangeThis is a decent '90s progressive rock/metal album, however there's not much in it that will grant it with a good replay value.Slammer Nightmare ScenarioSpecies LegionSteve Harris British LionThe Dead-End Alley Band Whispers Of The NightPeru's The Dead-End Alley Band got themselves started with a decent blues/rock album that, unlike its successor, falls short in terms of character and substance. Stream: http://deabperu.bandcamp.com/album/whispers-of-the-nightThe Haunted UnseenThreshold (FR) Within The ExpanseVicious Rumors Something's BurningWolverine Fervent DreamYouth (USA-OR) June2.3 averageDecibel EnigmaThe sophomore Decibel album comes as the the natural continuation of the debut and unfortunately, that doesn't say much, as Decibel need a lot of work so as to produce better music in the future. Nominally, the band stays focused on the hypnotic/drone doom rhythms, but there's nothing here that could grant the album repeated hearings.2.2 poorDecibel MaliceAccording to the short press release note giving away Malice at the one-man band's bandcamp page, "this album delivers a crushing blow from start to finish". However, what's really offered in Decibel's debut album is the exact same hypnotic drum pattern from start to finish, with subtle and totally predictable transitions, and solid but all too generic riffing. Still, the album kind of becomes more involved during the two last songs. The almost-spoken goth (?) vocals are kind of interesting, the same applies for the guttural ones too. Overall, the album's more drone-y than doom/sludge-y, but without the inherent perks of all mentioned genres.2.0 poorAceldama BloodB-Thong SkinnedIf the vocals weren't so HORRIBLE (!!!), this would be a cool (as in 3/5) Pantera/Prong related record...Hoodie Allen All AmericanIn Flames Siren CharmsOne hell of a mess of an album, it feels like it was written overnight. The sound production is top notch, but the content lacks of character and cohesion. Instead of being a well structured mosaic of the styles adopted herein - metalcore, modern metal, emo, goth etc - the album is merely an amorphous pulp of the above. If I was to reference a really good album in a similar vein, my pick would be the recent Through Our Darkest Days album from Mercenary.Metallica St. AngerNickelback Dark HorseParis Hilton ParisSlamophiliac Slam ObsessedThere is so much better brutal death metal out there... Avoid this album at all costs!
http://slamophiliac.bandcamp.com/album/slam-obsessed1.5 very poorAbandoned by Light Life O' Despicable LifeSome good black metal riffs here and there, but the album is a complete mess in terms of arrangements...Ankou Awaits Oberour Ar MaroIt's been ages since I've listened to an (black metal) album this poor... There are some decent riffs here and there, but there's not one decent song at display, plus the same song "structure" is adopted throughout an album that stands as perfect example of the term "complete mess"...
http://ankouawaits.bandcamp.com/album/oberour-ar-maroEmmure Eternal EnemiesWhile I can cope with metalcore beat-downs per se, the vocals/lyrics are beyond awful....MetaL BrotherS Thunders - DemoNew Kids on the Block No More Games - The Remix Album1.0 awfulBlind Illusion Demon MasterThis is Blind Illusion shitting on their legacy.
I can't believe that this record is a product of the band that recorded the underground prog-thrash classic The Sane Asylum...
This is hilarious even for 70's psychedelic prog rock's standards, as this is what the band (?) tries to play here.......
HORRIFIC VOCALS!!!!!The Great Kat Worship Me or Die!
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