Average Rating: 3.71
Rating Variance: 0.31
Objectivity Score: 65% (Fairly Balanced)
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 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 DayKing 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 Jackie BrownSoundtrack 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 3rd and the Mortal Painting On GlassThe 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...Trouble The SkullExcellent progressive doom 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 (Perfect Symmetry-to-Disconnected-era).4.0 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 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/ Alchemist 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.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 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 StraitsDisincarnate 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 HeadquakeEnabler 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 WaterGenghis Tron Board Up the HouseGordian 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)...Hate 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!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 WoodJim 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 BookKing 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 cover 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 JunkRage 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 BeastSceptic Unbeliever's ScriptScorpions 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 ChangeSkeptor United We Stand Together We FallIn between 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 DownfallSore Plexus HaPTePHObiCSoundgarden BadmotorfingerSoundtrack Death ProofSoundtrack Trainspotting: Music from the Motion PictureSoundtrack The EdukatorsIn so many words, "The Edukators" is the soundtrack to our personal revolution against catastrophic capitalism.-Soundtrack Road HouseSoundtrack The InsiderSoundtrack CollateralAwesome soundtrack and of high replay value.
And 9 out of 10 Michael Mann movies rip skulls. Easily.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 GatheringThe 3rd and the Mortal Tears Laid In EarthThe 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 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 LightningThorns Stigma DiabolicumThou Art Lord The Regal Pulse of LuciferHellenic mid-90s death/black metal revisited and then some.Threshold PsychedelicatessenThunder Back Street SymphonyThunder Laughing On Judgement DayTiamat 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 StarsTrouble 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 Universe217Bumping this to a 4 from a 3.5, despite its few flaws, there is literally nothing that sounds like this... HQ Experimental doom metal.....Universe217 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 PaleVicious 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.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=watchrYann Tiersen Good Bye Lenin! (Soundtrack)YOB The Illusion Of MotionYour 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 excellentArgus Beyond The MartyrsThe contemporary old school metal scene is bursting with creativity and the third Argus album is a representative example in that respect.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.Shrapnel (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 Dark3.7 greatA Perfect Circle Mer de NomsAnathema 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/releasesBurial 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.Christian Mistress Agony and OpiumFantastic old school heavy metal by this US outfit, despite the female vocals being somewhat inconsistent...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.In Solitude SisterIn Solitude signify the twilight of their idols and the result is a rather unusual "goth" metal album. Leather (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-wavesMarty 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. 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. 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 ReverendSeprevation 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.Suffocation Pinnacle of BedlamUncle 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.... Wardrum DesolationSecond Wardrum album is great in its own right, however the intimate '80s heavy/proto-prog 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. 3.6 greatArtificial 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.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.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.Lost 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.Megace Human errorsSalem'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.The Devil's Blood The Thousandfold EpicentreTwilight 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.3.5 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 FliesAmon 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 refine 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 SymphonyBlood 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. Crematory IllusionsCrippled Black Phoenix (Mankind) The Crafty ApeCult 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 ForeverDecoryah 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.Ejecta DominaeThis is high octane gas for power-greedy, dream pop engines.Eldritch Portrait Of The Abyss WithinEldritch NeighbouhellEnslaved RuunEnslaved VertebraeEnslaved Axioma Ethica OdiniEnter Shikari Take to the SkiesEssence Beyond CarnivalismThis 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, the technical brutal death metal of 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 WithoutFlotsam 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!!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 CurseHouse of Spirits PsychosphereIced Earth Night of the StormriderIced Earth The Dark SagaImmolation Majesty and DecayIn 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 ExtremistKamchatka 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 GodLizzy 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. Lunatic Soul Lunatic SoulMadder Mortem MercuryMadder Mortem All Flesh is GrassMadder Mortem Where Dream And Day CollideMadleaf SinnersMake 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.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-RevisitedMiles 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.Motorhead 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 PointNeurosis 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 HeritageOSI 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) LifeforceQueensryche 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 RainbowRaven 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.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 PiecesSolitude Aeturnus AdagioSolitude Aeturnus AloneSolstice (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 Last Action HeroSoundtrack OnceSoundtrack JunoSoundtrack Vicky Cristina BarcelonaSoundtrack BlowSoundtrack 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...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 WoundedSyd 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 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.Theory In Practice Colonizing The SunThin Lizzy Johnny the FoxThorns Thorns vs Emperor (split w/ Emperor)Threshold CloneTiamat 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 CityVauxdvihl 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...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 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.3.3 greatCage 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.Cynic 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. Procession (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 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 goodAcquaintance Satellite StreamSatellite Stream is a solid piece of '80s dance pop, but it's a bit too "mainstream" for my liking.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.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.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.Parthian 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 ForwardThe 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.YUREI Night VisionOn his second album under the YUREI moniker, Bjeima sacrificed the claustrophobic atmosphere of Working Class Demon in favor of generic "prog" rock. 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-artsGodslave 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-ashes3.0 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... 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 SunsetDark 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 BreakEndsight 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.Enola Gay Strange EncounterEnslaved RIITIIRExodus Impact Is ImminentFirewind Few Against ManyGhost 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 CrucibleHate 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 as an inhomogeneous amalgama of ideas instead of an inspired yet diverse 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...Havok 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 SymbolistHelloween 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.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 RollaJudd 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 AdrenalineLoincloth 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 3/5Nazareth The CatchNightfall Astron Black and the Thirty TyrantsNo Trouble Looking for TroubleNovembers Doom AphoticOrbital 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 Black Snake MoanSoundtrack 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 ArmageddonTricky 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 2011YIDHRa 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.2.7 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) IndustrialHell (UK) Human RemainsIron 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 Haunted UnseenThreshold (FR) Within The ExpanseVicious Rumors Something's BurningWolverine Fervent DreamYellow 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. Youth (USA-OR) June2.0 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 AmericanMetallica 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 poorAnkou 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 MasterBlind Illusion shit 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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