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5.0 classic
Anacrusis Screams and Whispers
Arcturus La Masquerade Infernale
Aspid Extravasation
Beefcake Drei
Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell
Boris Boris At Last -Feedbacker-
Burial Burial
Burial Untrue
Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
Carcass Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious
Carcass Heartwork
Chroma Key Dead Air For Radios
Coroner Grin
Coroner No More Color
Cynic Focus
Death Symbolic
Depressive Age Electric Scum
Dream Theater Images and Words
Dream Theater Awake
Grand Funk Railroad Closer To Home
Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion II
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
Megadeth Rust in Peace
Mekong Delta The Music of Erich Zann
Mekong Delta Kaleidoscope
Meshuggah I
Meshuggah Catch Thirtythree
Metallica Master of Puppets
Monster Magnet Dopes to Infinity
Nevermore The Politics of Ecstasy
Orphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)
Ozric Tentacles Become the Other
Pain of Salvation Remedy Lane
Paradise Lost Draconian Times
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd The Wall
Primordial The Gathering Wilderness
Psychotic Waltz A Social Grace
Psychotic Waltz Into the Everflow
Psychotic Waltz Mosquito
Psychotic Waltz Bleeding
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime
Slayer South of Heaven
Soundtrack (Film) Oldboy
Ulver Perdition City
Vauxdvihl To Dimension Logic
AUSSIES 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=relmfu
Vaya Con Dios Night Owls
The 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 Waters
Voivod Nothingface
Voivod Dimension Hatross
Voivod Killing Technology

4.5 superb
Alice in Chains Dirt
Amorphis Tales From the Thousand Lakes
Anathema Alternative 4
Annihilator Never, Neverland
Annihilator Bag of Tricks
Ark Burn the Sun
Atheist Piece of Time
Avatarium Avatarium
Leif 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 Oppositorum
Black Sabbath Paranoid
Blind Guardian Somewhere Far Beyond
Blotted Science The Animation of Entomology
Boards of Canada Geogaddi
Boris Smile
Breach Kollapse
Bruce Dickinson The Chemical Wedding
Candlemass Nightfall
Cathedral The Ethereal Mirror
Cathedral Endtyme
Code Resplendent Grotesque
Control Denied The Fragile Art of Existence
AWESOME RECORD! the lead guitars on this record compete in quality with those found in "Symbolic".
Converge Axe to Fall
Cult of Luna Salvation
Cypress Hill Black Sunday
Dark Tranquillity The Mind's I
Death The Sound of Perseverance
Death Human
Death Angel Act III
Deep Purple Made in Japan
Depressive Age First Depression
Depressive Age Lying in Wait
Dio Holy Diver
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Eldritch El Nino
Enslaved Below the Lights
Enslaved Monumension
Evergrey The Inner Circle
Fates Warning A Pleasant Shade of Gray
Fleurety Department of Apocalyptic Affairs
Gordian Knot Gordian Knot
Gorguts Obscura
Grip Inc. Power of Inner Strength
Head Control System Murder Nature
Heathen Victims of Deception
Heathen The Evolution of Chaos
Heathen are back for good. "Evolution of Chaos" is a worthy heir of "Victims of deception".-
Hexenhaus The Edge of Eternity
Hittman Hittman
Awesome US power metal with seemless prog and glam rock leanings, fantastic and really uplifting stuff...
Howard Shore The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey
Saw the movie yesterday, it was awesome as expected, the film score in it slays too.........
Iced Earth Burnt Offerings
Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time
Iron Maiden Live After Death
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Isis Panopticon
Jethro Tull Aqualung
Jex Thoth Blood Moon Rise
Jex 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 Dream
Judas Priest Painkiller
Kamelot The Black Halo
Katatonia Night Is the New Day
Katerina Gogou & Kyriakos Sfetsas Sto Dromo
In 1980, Greek director Pavlos Tasios (R.I.P.) filmed Παραγγελιά (The Song Order), the real story of Nikos Koemtzis (R.I.P.) who, one night in 1973, knifed a company of men in a tavern, just because they wanted to dance on a song he had "ordered" from the musicians, a song his younger brother was supposed to dance all alone in front of the musicians. For the film soundtrack, anarchist poet Katerina Gogou (R.I.P.) and acclaimed Greek composer Kyriakos Sfetsas joined forces and crafted Στο Δρόμο (On The Road), a devastating film score, a score that hasn't aged a day, despite its 33 years of existence. Gogou's vitriolic/profound proze about social discrimination and mental frustration is superbly blended with the magnificent progressive/psych/jazz/folk rock compositions of Sfetsas. Those searching for little diamonds buried by the dust of time, should check this out asap, even if they can't understand the Greek language. The album was reissued in early 2014 by the Greek branch of Capitol Records.
King Crimson Red
King Diamond Abigail
King Diamond ''Them''
Kreator Coma of Souls
Kreator Extreme Aggression
KYPCK Черно (Black)
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment 2
Essential instrumental 90's prog rock/metal.-
Madder Mortem Deadlands
Mastodon Remission
Mekong Delta Mekong Delta
Mekong Delta Dances of Death (and other Walking Shadows)
Memento Mori Rhymes of Lunacy
Memento Mori Life, Death, and Other Morbid Tales
Memory Garden Tides
Memory Garden Forever
Intense 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=WYeKZvn3G5w
Meshuggah Alive
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Michael Jackson Bad
Mind Over Four Out Here
In 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 Abandonment
Motorhead Ace of Spades
Neurosis The Eye of Every Storm
Nevermore In Memory
Nightfall Athenian Echoes
Nile Those Whom the Gods Detest
Nocturnus Thresholds
Nostromo Hysteron - Proteron
Who would have imagined that a grind group would adapt its material for acoustic guitars sooo successfully...

An underground classic!
Opeth Still Life
Opeth Blackwater Park
Opeth Deliverance
Opeth Damnation
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
Pain of Salvation Entropia
Pantera Vulgar Display of Power
Patrick Rondat Amphibia
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Porcupine Tree Lightbulb Sun
Primordial Storm Before Calm
Prototype Trinity
Queensryche Rage for Order
Rage The Missing Link
Red Harvest Sick Transit Gloria Mundi
Sick Transit Gloria Mundi manifests the absolute crossover between the extreme spectrum of metal (tech-thrash/death/black) and industrial.

Ageless......
Rory Gallagher Calling Card
Rotting Christ Non Serviam
Rotting Christ Triarchy of The Lost Lovers
Rush Moving Pictures
Sacred Reich The American Way
Sade Promise
Sade Diamond Life
Sade Stronger Than Pride
Sade Love Deluxe
Samael Passage
Sanctuary Into the Mirror Black
Santana Santana III
Santana Abraxas
Saturnus Martyre
Scanner Terminal Earth
Sepultura Arise
Sieges Even The Art of Navigating by the Stars
Skyclad Prince of the Poverty Line
Skyclad Irrational Anthems
Slayer Seasons in the Abyss
Slayer Reign in Blood
Sodom Agent Orange
Solitude Aeturnus Into the Depths of Sorrow
Solitude Aeturnus Beyond the Crimson Horizon
Solitude Aeturnus Through the Darkest Hour
Soul Cages Moments
Soundgarden Superunknown
Soundtrack (Film) Jackie Brown
Soundtrack (Film) Out Of Sight
Stratovarius Episode
Stratovarius Dreamspace
Suffocation Pierced from Within
Tad Morose Modus Vivendi
Tension Breaking Point
Breaking Point is nothing short of killer '80s power/prog with engaging thrash edges here and there, a must-have for every old school metal fan out there...
The Cure Faith
The Future Sound of London Dead Cities
The Gathering Souvenirs
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as Love
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath
The Ocean Precambrian
The Tea Party Transmission
Theatre Of Tragedy Velvet Darkness They Fear
Therion Theli
Thorns Thorns
Tiamat Wildhoney
Titan Force Titan Force
Debut album from Titan Force is an underground gem of '80s heavy/proto-progressive/power metal that hasn't aged a day since its official release...
Troldhaugen Obzkure Anekdotez For Maniakal Massez
A bunch of Australian dudes (plus guests) flew over the cuckoo's nest and crafted an astonishing genre hopping album that draws inspiration from an abundant list of musical references, namely extreme metal, electronic music, prog rock, classical music, folk music from all over the world, and Broadway musicals. Fantastic sound production, top notch/tech metal instrumental performance and a vast spectrum of aptly sung vocal melodies by all singers, male and female. Dinosaur prog/avant-garde metal bands need to listen to this album so as to take their intended pun and possibly remember how essentially adventurous music is done these days.
Trouble The Skull
Excellent 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 Babes
Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats Vol. 1
Vaya Con Dios Vaya Con Dios
Veni Domine Material Sanctuary
Vicious Rumors Digital Dictator
Virus (NO) The Black Flux
Voivod The Outer Limits
Voivod Phobos
Voivod Warriors of Ice
Yann Tiersen Le fabuleux destin d'Amelie Poulain
Yanni Live at the Acropolis
YOB The Unreal Never Lived
YOB The Great Cessation
subliminal, 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 Catharsis
Zed Yago Pilgrimage

4.3 superb
Neue Regel In A Word
AUSSIES RAGE FOR ORDER REVISITED!

Neue Regel picked up from where Vauxdvihl (also from Australia) had stopped and crafted a criminally underrated album of atmospheric gothic/doom/progressive metal.

For fans of the usual suspects, i.e. Vauxdvihl (To Dimension Logic-era), Queensryche (Promised Land-era), Psychotic Waltz (Into The Everflow-era), Saviour Machine (Saviour Machine I-era) and Fates Warning (A Perfect Shade Of Grey-era).

4.2 excellent
Aeon Sable Visionaers
Germany's Aeon Sable go through the various subtleties that bring together and (at the same time) separate genres such as gothic rock, post-punk and atmospheric metal, and deliver a highly immersive album. The sound production is crystal clear, the arrangements are an excellent ode to minimalism, whereas the vocals tend to reach the level of excellence set by the various forefathers of the styles adopted in this album. Fans of Fields of the Nephilim, Sisters of Mercy, The Mission, The Cure, Theatre of Tragedy, Paradise Lost, Tiamat and Depeche Mode should NOT miss this album streaming at the band's official bandcamp location.

4.1 excellent
TrenchRot Necronomic Warfare
Death metal fans look for old Obituary in this year's Obituary, whereas they should merely get a hold of this awesome band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Moreover, TrenchRot can be seen as an effective painkiller for the unease caused by the prolonged absence of outfits such as Bolt Thrower. Crushing groove, apt musicianship, analogue sound production, what more can anyone ask from death metal these days? Stream: http://trenchrotdeathmetal.bandcamp.com/album/necronomic-warfare

4.0 excellent
*shels Sea of the Dying Dhow
1000 Funerals Portrait Of A Dream
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
Abstrakt Algebra Abstrakt Algebra
AC/DC Back in Black
AC/DC Let There Be Rock
AC/DC High Voltage (International)
Accept Restless and Wild
Acid Death Pieces of mankind
Acrimonious Purulence
Hellenes Acrimonious decorate their adventurous second-wave black/death metal with bitter -and sometimes nostalgic ("Spirit's Eclipse")- melodies and craft a rather unusual manifesto for chaos.
Aerosmith Toys in the Attic
Aghora Aghora
Aghora Formless
Agnes Vein Soulship
The Bathory-meets-Neurosis-meets-Isis, epic doom/black metal of Hellenes Agnes Vein is becoming more and more effective with each subsequent release.

http://agnesvein.bandcamp.com/
Agusa Högtid
What we have here is a little prog rock gem from (where else?) Sweden. An instrumental band by default, Agusa use subtle (if not generic) melodies and rhythms so as to introduce themselves and their listeners to their intimate and atmospheric jams... Which in contrast, have a genuinely spontaneous way of development through the course of time. Awesome hammond improvisations are mixed with rhythm electro-acoustic guitars playing spacey or classic prog rock themes in the rear, while the lead guitars give out the epic feeling classic rock is much renowned for. Stream: http://agusaband.bandcamp.com/releases
Alchemist Organasm
Alchemist Austral Alien
Alice Cooper Trash
Alice in Chains Facelift
Alice in Chains Black Gives Way to Blue
Amorphis Tuonela
Anacrusis Manic Impressions
Anathema Judgement
Angel Dust Into the Dark Past
Angel Dust To Dust You Will Decay
Angelo Badalamenti Mulholland Drive (score)
Angstridden Fuck Humanity With Pride
Annihilator Alice in Hell
Annihilator King of the Kill
Anthrax Fistful of Metal
Arch / Matheos Sympathetic Resonance
Arcturus The Sham Mirrors
Arleta Demo
Back 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 Soul
Atheist Unquestionable Presence
Aura Noir Black Thrash Attack
Norwegian avant-garde black metal gangstas thrashing hard....... AAAAAARRRGGGGGHHHHHH!
Behemoth Demigod
Behemoth Evangelion
Believer Gabriel
Biomechanical Eight Moons
Bjork Post
Bjork Debut
Black Sabbath We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll
Black Swan The Quiet Divide
Blind Guardian Follow the Blind
Blue Oyster Cult Secret Treaties
Blues Pills Bliss
This 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 Victory
Bolzer Aura
Adventurous and abysmal, the death/black metal of this Swiss outfit can be easily categorized as one of this year's extreme metal underground treats.
Bolzer Soma
Bolzer build on the acclaimed merit of the Aura EP with two tracks of groovy, transcendental and mazed death metal that clock at almost 20 minutes of time. Although the element of surprise is absent and Soma merely picks up from where Aura ended, band is still far fro, saturation and sets the bar higher for a future full length album, although the string of EPs has worked well so far.
Boris Heavy Rocks
Boris Amplifier Worship
Boris Absolutego
Boris BXI
This band simply can never fail...
Ian Astbury's has never singed like this before, vocals of tremendous emotional depth......
Boris Attention Please
Boris Noise
A pair of ears heavily exposed to the abundant production of Boris music will find it hard to deny that the band has not gone through the motions in Noise. Despite being derivative (think of what the band tried from Pink up to Attention Please, with the addition of Heavy Rocks and Boris At Last -Feedbacker-), the new songs sound fresh every time they are reproduced.
Boris With Michio Kurihara Rainbow
Breach Venom
Bruce Dickinson Balls to Picasso
Bruce Dickinson Accident of Birth
Burial Ghost Hardware
Burst Origo
Burst Lazarus Bird
Candlemass Tales of Creation
Candlemass King of the Grey Islands
Carcass Swansong
Carcass Surgical Steel
CAUGHT IN A MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cathedral The Carnival Bizarre
Celtic Frost Into the Pandemonium
Celtic Frost Monotheist
Ceremony (USA-VA) Distance
On 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/distance
Children of Bodom Something Wild
Chimaira Resurrection
Chroma Key You Go Now
Conception In Your Multitude
Confessor Unraveled
A criminally overlooked work towards the prog/doom vein. Everything is so close to perfect...

The drumming on this is stellar...
Converge You Fail Me
Converge Jane Doe
Coroner Mental Vortex
Coroner Coroner
Coroner's quirky personna in a nutshell... Despite its inhomogeneity as a compilation album, it still delivers.
Cult of Luna Cult of Luna
Cyanotic (DK) Sapphire Season
Cyanotic's debut is anything but an ordinary melodic death metal album...
Cynic Traced in Air
Cynic Re-Traced
Cypress Hill Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom
Excellent stuff in here, the psychedelic touch blends nicely with the band's hip-hop agenda... Really well done!
Cypress Hill Los Grandes Exitos En Espanol
Danzig Danzig II: Lucifuge
Dayglo Abortions Out of the Womb
PUNKZ NOT DEAD!!!!!!
Dead Congregation Promulgation of the Fall
Album 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 Crows
Death Spiritual Healing
Death Leprosy
Death Individual Thought Patterns
Death In Vegas The Contino Sessions
Decapitated Organic Hallucinosis
Decapitated The Negation
Defleshed Under the blade
Defleshed's second album is an underground Swedish death/thrash metal gem...
Depeche Mode Violator
Depeche Mode Playing The Angel
Depeche Mode Songs of Faith and Devotion
Depeche Mode Music for the Masses
Depressive Age Symbols for the Blue Times
Dio The Last in Line
Dire Straits Dire Straits
Disasterhate Sacrifice To Eclipse
How come no one outside Italy took notice of this band and EP? What we have here is an band (three fourths are female musicians) that delivers a frantic, dystopic, and semi-technical death/thrash metal which branches out to post metal ("God Is Dead", "Jupiter Effect"), doom metal ("Sacrifice To Eclipse"), even hardcore ("Domina Mundis" and as a general vibe in the male/female vocal interplay). The sound production is loud and fuzzy, and producers specializing in extreme metal really to need to check the this EP and see how things were properly done in the not so distant past. Favorite song: "Jupiter Effect".

EP stream: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJ8NBJt2NWfwqtHZFyazwNC0SKUHAGvXg
Disincarnate Dreams of the Carrion Kind
Doctor Butcher Doctor Butcher
Dodheimsgard Kronet Til Konge
"Monotonous", nihilistic, ravishing, Kronet Til Konge got Dodheimsgard amongst Norwegian black metal's finest proprietors.
Drive Characters In Time
Excellent 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 Skull
Eldritch Seeds Of Rage
Eldritch Reverse
Eldritch Headquake
Electric Moon Innside Outside
A sublime trip to the cosmic unknown residing within and around us...

"Outside" stream: http://soundcloud.com/electricmoon/outside
Enabler Shift of Redemption
The 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 Fire
Old school metal lives and these Swedes should be worshiped accordingly.-
Ennio Morricone The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Enslaved Isa
Esoteric Paragon Of Dissonance
Exodus Bonded by Blood
Exodus Fabulous Disaster
Exodus Another Lesson in Violence
Faith No More King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime
Faith No More Angel Dust
Fates Warning Perfect Symmetry
Fates Warning Parallels
Fates Warning Inside Out
Fates Warning FWX
Fates Warning Disconnected
Fates Warning Darkness in a Different Light
On 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 Demanufacture
Fear Factory Obsolete
Fear Factory Mechanize
Fear of God Within the Veil
Fight War Of Words
Fleurety Min Tid Skal Komme
Quite 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 Cuatro
Flying Lotus Cosmogramma
Forte Stranger Than Fiction
The 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 Water
Funereus ......Return Of The Old Goat
On their sophomore album, Mexico's Funereus give out an awesome crossover between the "second wave" and the "Motorhead/thrash" ends of black metal. Excellent sound production and frantic performance make for an album that easily files under black metal's best releases for this year.
Genghis Tron Board Up the House
Goetic Equivalent Goetic Equivalent
Aavant garde black metal has received a handful of different renditions during the '00s and the '10s, but one of its most distinct currents is the kind of black metal Mayhem, Thorns, Satyricon, Ved Buens Ende and Dodheimsgard introduced to the world during the turn of the millenium. To that end, Greece's oddly named Goetic Equivalent have done an awesome job with their self-titled debut album. The nihilistic vocals, the tech rhythm section (although it is a drum machine, it is an extremely well programmed one. Think of Meshuggah's excellent work in Catch 33, with all analogies accounted for), the intense yet precise riffing, the bitter melodies, they all fit the bill very very well.
Gordian Knot Emergent
Gorguts Colored Sands
Haven'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 Funk
Grand Funk Railroad E Pluribus Funk
Grave Endless Procession Of Souls
OLD SCHOOL DEATHSTERZ NOT DEAD!!!!
Grave Digger Tunes of War
Graveyard Lights Out
Green Carnation The Acoustic Verses
Green Carnation A Blessing In Disguise
Grip Inc. Solidify
Grip Inc. Nemesis
Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion I
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
Gustavo Santaolalla The Motorcycle Diaries
Awesome soundtrack for an awesome film. On another note, this reminds me of Paris, Texas film score from Ry Cooder.
Hate Morphosis
Morphosis is an overlooked death/black gem from Poland, baring a good share of "alien" influences (industrial)...
Hate Solarflesh
Solarflesh 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 Silence
Heathendom Nescience
Heavens Gate Livin' In Hysteria
Heir Apparent Graceful Inheritance
Heir Apparent One Small Voice
Hellion Hellion
Badass '80s metal with the ballsy female vocals of Ann Boleyn...
Helloween Walls of Jericho
Helstar Nosferatu
Holocaust (Gbr) The Nightcomers
Holy Moses Finished with the Dogs
Horisont Tva Sidor Av Horisonten
Horseback The Invisible Mountain
House of Spirits Turn of the Tide
Excellent 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 Abducted
Hypocrisy Hypocrisy
Illwill Evilution
In Solitude In Solitude
This album is the ultimate Mercyful Fate worship, hands down. Pelle's vocal work is up there with King Diamond, whereas the band delivers some frantic, and at times complex old school metal. Up the horns!
Integral Sercosa
Major kudos to Zettel and his review that brought this album to my attention. I have been always searching for this kind of essential subtlety in electronic music (to little success) and this album fits the profile perfectly.
Iron Maiden Powerslave
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind
Iron Maiden Fear of the Dark
Isis Oceanic
Jag Panzer The Fourth Judgement
Jag Panzer Casting the Stones
Jamiroquai A Funk Odyssey
Jamiroquai Travelling Without Moving
Jamiroquai Rock Dust Light Star
Jan Garbarek In Praise Of Dreams
Jega Variance
Jethro Tull Minstrel in the Gallery
Jethro Tull Songs from the Wood
Jex Thoth Jex Thoth
An ensemble of mystics from Madison, Wisconsin resonated with the primordial vibes of this world and had them recorded on tape... Stream: http://ihate.bandcamp.com/album/jex-thoth
Jim Matheos First Impressions
Joe Satriani Joe Satriani
Judas Priest British Steel
Judas Priest Defenders of the Faith
Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance
Judas Priest Sad Wings of Destiny
Judas Priest Killing Machine
Karl Sanders Saurian Meditation
Katatonia Viva Emptiness
Katatonia The Great Cold Distance
Kathaaria The Complex Void of Negativity
Kawir Isotheos
Hellenes 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 Kaiserhof
Kevin Moore Ghost Book
Khonsu Traveller
This awesome EP will really work for all those (yours truly included) who yearn for the return of industrial metal behemoths such as Norway's Red Harvest. See, in Traveller Khonsu (also from Norway, featuring members of Keep of Kalessin) deliver some frenetic/technical death/black - think of Red Harvest, Thorns, later era Mayhem etc - metal combined with inventive and dystopic electronic music patterns. Contrary to tracks 2-4, the album opener/closer revolves exclusively around the said patterns, which are properly sustained by the excellent sound production. The awesome cover to Bjork's "Army of One" may be the highlight of the EP, I can't have enough of it.
King Crimson Larks' Tongues in Aspic
King Crimson Starless and Bible Black
King Diamond House of God
King Diamond Voodoo
King's X Out of the Silent Planet
Kreator Enemy of God
Kreator Phantom Antichrist
Kreng L'Autopsie Phenomenale De Dieu
Labyrinth Return to Heaven Denied
Last Crack Sinister Funkhouse #17
Highly energetic metallic rock with a twist from this bunch of American wackos!!!!

Shelter (live):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AyFx_CRVRo
Led Zeppelin BBC Sessions
Lethal Programmed
Lethal'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 Eyes
Machine Head The Blackening
Madder Mortem Desiderata
Madder Mortem Eight Ways
Manes Vilosophe
Manowar Sign of the Hammer
Mar De Grises Streams Inwards
Marshall Law Marshall Law
In 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 Leviathan
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Mastodon The Hunter
Mayhem Grand Declaration of War
Mayhem Ordo Ad Chao
Meanstreak Roadkill
Megace Inner war
Megadeth Countdown to Extinction
Megadeth Youthanasia
Megadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?
Mekong Delta Lurking Fear
Mekong Delta The Principle of Doubt
Mekong Delta Visions Fugitives
Mekong Delta Pictures at an Exhibition
Mekong Delta Classics
Mekong Delta In a Mirror Darkly
Mekong 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 Carnival
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve
Meshuggah Nothing
Meshuggah Chaosphere
Meshuggah Nothing (Re-release)
Meshuggah obZen
Metal Church Metal Church
Metal Church The Dark
Metal Church Hanging in the Balance
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Metallica Metallica
Ministry Psalm 69
Minsk With Echoes in the Movement of Stone
Monster Magnet Monolithic Baby!
Monster Magnet Spine of God
Monster Magnet Superjudge
Monstrosity Spiritual Apocalypse
Morbid Angel Blessed Are the Sick
Morbid Angel Covenant
Morbid Angel Domination
Morbid Angel Heretic
Death metal that lies within the interfaces.
Motorhead Orgasmatron
Municipal Waste Massive Aggressive
My Dying Bride The Angel and the Dark River
My Dying Bride The Dreadful Hours
My Dying Bride Songs Of Darkness, Words Of Light
My Dying Bride The Light at the End of the World
My Dying Bride A Line Of Deathless Kings
My Dying Bride I Am The Bloody Earth
My Dying Bride The Voice of the Wretched
My Dying Bride Trinity
Nachtmystium Assassins: Black Meddle Pt.1
National Pornografik D.
Neil Young Dead Man
Neurosis A Sun That Never Sets
Nevermore Enemies Of Reality
Nevermore Dreaming Neon Black
Nevermore This Godless Endeavor
Nightfall Parade into Centuries
Parade 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 Superfreak
Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York
November 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 Valonielu
Album 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 Free
OSI Office of Strategic Influence
Overkill Horrorscope
Overkill Feel the Fire
Ozric Tentacles Arborescence
Ozzy Osbourne Diary of a Madman
Pain of Salvation Be
Pain of Salvation The Perfect Element, Part 1
Pain of Salvation Road Salt One
Pain of Salvation Road Salt Two
Paradise Lost Paradise Lost
Paradise Lost In Requiem
Paradise Lost Icon
Paradise Lost Symbol Of Life
Paradise Lost Tragic Idol
Paradise Lost Tragic Illusion 25
Tragic Illusion 25 is a compilation made from rare and unreleased tracks drawn from different periods of the Halifax based gothic metal outfit. However, the flow of a random listening session is so smooth, that the album could pass as a regular full-length one. The restoration of tracks from the first two albums ("Gothic" and "Our Saviour") is excellent, while the same applies for the Spear of Destiny and Everything But The Girl covers. To that end, I would really like to see the band making a covers album with material from '80s English (or other) melancholic pop, that endeavour would really make sense.
Phase Reverse Phase Reverse
Phase 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=related
Pink Martini Sympathique
Pink Martini Hang on Little Tomato
Poem The Great Secret Show
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
Porcupine Tree Deadwing
Porcupine Tree Stars Die: The Delerium Years
Primordial To the Nameless Dead
Propagandhi Failed States
Prototype Continuum
Purson The Circle and the Blue Door
Purson turn their spotlight towards the intermediate space between '70s pop, progressive, and occult/folk rock and deliver an enticing debut album.
Queensryche Empire
Queensryche Promised Land
Rabbit Junk REframe
Rabbit Junk Rabbit Junk
Rabbit Junk Pop That Pretty Thirty
Rubbit Junk have delved into more extreme deliberations in the past (especially in the first two albums), but Pop That Pretty Thirty sees the band's industrial/blackened dancecore going mainstream on its own terms. In a fair world, "Precipice" should become an instant hit within out-of-the-norm dance floors around the world.
Rage End of All Days
Rage Black In Mind
Red Harvest Cold Dark Matter
Red Sparowes At The Soundless Dawn
Released Anger Violent Instincts
Debut 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 Teratogenesis
Riot Immortal Soul
Riot Thundersteel
Rory Gallagher Blueprint
Rotting Christ Sanctus Diavolos
Rotting Christ Kata Ton Demona Eaftou
The 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 Royal
Running Wild Under Jolly Roger
Rush Permanent Waves
Ry Cooder Chávez Ravine
Ry Cooder Paris, Texas
Sacred Reich Still Ignorant
Sadus Elements of Anger
Samael Ceremony Of Opposites
Santana Santana
Sarissa Demo 1987
For 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 Ascension
Savatage The Hall of the Mountain King
Savatage Dead Winter Dead
Savatage Gutter Ballet
Savatage Edge Of Thorns
Savatage Handful of Rain
Saxon Denim and Leather
Saxon Unleash the Beast
Scorpions Blackout
Scorpions Love At First Sting
Scorpions Lovedrive
Scott Kelly The Wake
Screaming Trees Sweet Oblivion
Sear Bliss Phantoms
Sentenced Down
Septicflesh The Ophidian Wheel
Septicflesh Communion
Septicflesh Sumerian Daemons
Septicflesh The Great Mass
Sepultura Beneath the Remains
Sepultura Chaos A.D.
Sieges Even Paramount
Sieges Even A Sense of Change
Skaphe Skáphe
Amidst the off-beat ambient/doom passages and the chaotic black metal outbursts, Skaphe from Los Angeles CA have transformed their oneiric nightmares to music in the most prominent of ways. Skaphe can be described as an amalgam of mid '90s avant-garde black metal (Ved Buens Ende come in mind) and transcendental death/doom metal, in the vein of Switzerland's Bolzer.
Skeptor United We Stand Together We Fall
In between tech speed/thrash metal outfits such as Toxik and Watchtower, Skeptor's debut album rips skulls, while it attempts raising a voice of its own. On another note, the album title/concept are among the most intelligent, bitter and cynical I have recently come across...
Skid Row Skid Row
Skyclad A Burnt Offering for the Bone Idol
Skyclad Vintage Whine
Skyclad Tracks From The Wilderness
Skyclad Outrageous Fourtunes
Skyclad 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.......

Fantastic groove................

Stream: http://tribunalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-work-of-idle-hands
Sleepin Pillow Apples on an Orange Tree
In 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=6vNQMGDoLFU
Slumber Fallout
Excellent doom/death metal right here. Too bad that the band dissolved before releasing more albums...
Sodom Persecution Mania
Sodom Better Off Dead
Solitude Aeturnus Downfall
Somali Yacht Club The Sun
By blending the psychedelic, the post- and the stoner ends of rock plus some unexpected surprises (the reggae passage in "Sightwaster"), Ukraine's Somali Yacht Club have crafted an exciting album that more people into the said genres need to discover. The jams flow unpretentiously, the sound production treats the heavier and the mellower parts accordingly, whereas the sparse male vocals heard in the rear, come to complete the mesmerizing experience.
Sore Plexus HaPTePHObiC
Soundgarden Badmotorfinger
Soundtrack (Film) Death Proof
Soundtrack (Film) Trainspotting: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack (Film) The Edukators
In so many words, "The Edukators" is the soundtrack to our personal revolution against catastrophic capitalism.-
Soundtrack (Film) Road House
Soundtrack (Film) The Insider
Soundtrack (Film) Collateral
Awesome soundtrack and of high replay value.

And 9 out of 10 Michael Mann movies rip skulls. Easily.
Spectral Lore III
In a supposed list with the best black metal albums of 2014, the 4th album of Greece's Spectral Lore would be included therein, no questions asked. In III, "total"/post/ethereal black metal gives way to majestic/gloomy folk passages and back, in temporally prolonged/labyrinth-like compositions that need the listener's undivided immersion to be fully appreciated. The above being said, the album's merit is totally worth of any investment placed upon it.
Spice and the RJ Band The Will
Spiral Architect A Sceptic's Universe
Spiritual Beggars Spiritual Beggars
Spiritual Beggars Another Way To Shine
Spiritual Beggars Earth Blues
In 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 Attack
First 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.html
Stabbing Westward Darkest Days
Steel Panther All You Can Eat
It's been ages since glam rock/metal was THIS effective.... SUNSET STRIP GLAMSTERZ NOT DEAD.-
Steve Vai Alien Love Secrets
Alien Love Secrets is the best Vai record by far...
Steven Price Gravity
Basically 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 Earth
It'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 Alien
Stratovarius Twilight Time
Suffocation Effigy of the Forgotten
Suffocation Blood Oath
Sun of Nothing The Guilt Of Feeling Alive
Sunn O))) and Boris Altar
Swarms Old Raves End
Symphony X The Divine Wings of Tragedy
Symphony X Twilight in Olympus
System of a Down Hypnotize
Tesla Mechanical Resonance
Testament The Gathering
Tetragrammaton Descendere
Coated with an excellent sound production, the Descendere EP is Tetragrammaton's (led by multi-instrumentalist Christian Bale) emphatic take on how ambient and black, doom, and sludge metal should be blended to excellent effect. If I was to describe the music merely by band name dropping I would be sure to mention Bolzer, YOB, Ved Buens Ende, Skaphe, Deathspell Omega, legit ambient/black metal outfits (put your favorite band here) and so on.
The Answer Rise
The Cult Electric
The Devil's Blood Come, Reap
Excellent 70's occult/psychedelic/heavy rock from the Dutch masters... Satan will prevail...
The Devil's Blood The Time Of No Time Evermore
The Gathering if_then_else
The Gathering How to Measure a Planet?
The Gathering Nighttime Birds
The Gathering Mandylion
The Gathering Black Light District
The Graviators Motherload
On 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 Pay
The Jeff Healey Band See the Light
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The Mars Volta Amputechture
The Mars Volta Octahedron
The Police Reggatta de Blanc
The Police Outlandos d'Amour
The Tea Party The Edges Of Twilight
The Tea Party The Interzone Mantras
Theory In Practice The Armageddon Theories
Therapy? Troublegum
Thin Lizzy Thunder and Lightning
This Is Nowhere Turn On, Tune Down, Drop D
This is the best fuzzed out/psychedelic/haze-like stoner rock you haven't heard yet from the land of the Greek gods. Amazing, totally loose and nebulous jams are blended with Glenn Danzig/Martin Gore-like vocal invocations, so as to make for a tremendously mesmerizing listen. Favorite tracks: "Theme For Bootsy", "Moondub"

album stream: http://thisisnowhere.bandcamp.com/album/turn-on-tune-down-drop-d
Thorns Stigma Diabolicum
Thou Art Lord The Regal Pulse of Lucifer
Hellenic mid-90s death/black metal revisited and then some.
Threshold Psychedelicatessen
Thunder Back Street Symphony
Tiamat A Deeper Kind of Slumber
Timo Tolkki Classical Variations and Themes
Tom Waits The Heart of Saturday Night
Tom Waits Beautiful Maladies: The Island Years
Trapeze Medusa
Trespassers William Different Stars
Triptykon Eparistera Daimones
Triptykon pick up from where Celtic Frost left off, and with the infusion of new blood, they let the people know how doom/death metal should sound these days. On another note, it's a guilty delight gazing at the H.R. Giger (R.I.P.) art while listening to the album.
Trouble Manic Frustration
Trouble Trouble
Trouble Psalm 9
Troubled Horse Step Inside
Sweden keeps on churning awesome vintage rock and this outfit right here, is no exception. Awesome stuff.
Turbonegro Party Animals
TV on the Radio Return to Cookie Mountain
Ulver A Quick Fix of Melancholy
Ulver Svidd Neger
Ulver Lyckantropen Themes
Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats Blood Lust
Universe217 Never
Psychedelic/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 Uzala
Seldom has psychedelic doom metal sounded so awesome...

album stream: http://uzala.bandcamp.com/
Various Artists Nativity in Black - A Tribute to Black Sabbath
Vaura The Missing
On their second album, Vaura are highlighting the seamless links connecting '80s goth rock, pop-punk and black metal, with excellent results.
Vauxdvihl Vog
Ved Buens Ende Those who Caress the Pale
Veni Domine Light
Veni Domine have taken many left turns since their first two highly acclaimed albums in the early '90s and for better or for worse, most of them were not fully embraced by fans of adventurous doom metal. This year's Light album however, is the exception that justifies the rule. The Swedes have brought the lyricism of progressive doom metal with the (often) void existence of melodic (some call it adult oriented) rock in holy matrimony. In that light, the lack of guitar distortion is balanced by the simple, yet adequately elaborate arrangements and the divine vocals of Fredrik Fredrik Sjoholm, who sounds as if he's releasing the burdens of his soul to his confessor. The success of the album is also reflected in the superb rendition of the 1991 song "Oh Great City" (from the debut Fall Babylon Fall album), which sounds even better than the original version.
Vicious Rumors Welcome to the Ball
Vicious Rumors Warball
Vicious Rumors Word Of Mouth
Vicious Rumors Razorback Killers
Vicious Rumors Electric Punishment
At 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 Punishment
This 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 Convent
On 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) Carheart
Voivod Target Earth
Voivod 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 Idol
Wardrum Spadework
Warrior Soul Last Decade Dead Century
Heavy 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 Resistance
Windfaerer Solar
All 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/solar
Windhand Soma
In 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 Tidings
Sometimes, 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 Winterborn
It'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 Monday
Wooden Shjips West
Fantastic '60s psychedelic/minimalistic noisy rock... The perfect soundtrack for driving out in the open road...
Wooden Shjips Back To Land
Wooden 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=watchr
Yann Tiersen Good Bye Lenin! (Soundtrack)
YOB The Illusion Of Motion
YOB Clearing The Path To Ascend
Normally, it would be fair to write about YOB's going anew through their motions in this album and rate accordingly, but the importance of the Clearing The Path To Ascend album is that in "In Our Blood" and "Unmasking The Spectre", YOB deliver an updated rendition of the bluesy/drone-y doom metal first evidenced in Catharsis, the first major and sparsely mentioned (unfortunately) YOB album. On another note, the drone vibes revel in the album also due to the natural emergence of subtle guitar leads near the end of the album opener and "Nothing To Win", the tribal succession of riffs in the same tune (which brings in mind YOB's mid '00s sludgier behemoths) and of course the simple but utterly majestic, recurring guitar theme of the album closer "Marrow", which goes on and on for about 19 minutes, but does not wear off for one split moment. It goes without writing, but the band is (as always) stiff instrumentally, and Scheidt's clean vocals are wonderful.
Your Hand In Mine Every Night Dreams
YUREI Working Class Demon
Yurei 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 Zaxas
Zed Yago From Over Yonder

3.8 excellent
Abbotoir Reveal
Normally, Irland's Abbotoir could be adequately described as a great funeral doom/death metal band with sudden but welcome black metal outbursts. What brings them, though, to the brink of "awesome" is their know-how in combining the said genres with hellish drone and majestic ambient/goth passages. All three songs exceed the 20 minute mark, yet they are anything but boring, provided that the listener has made the necessary time and patience to digest the album. Apart from the - typical for drone - perpetual repetition of musical themes, Abbotoir's patent in turning the guttural vocals sound to a distant sonic blur works very very well regarding the album's drone character. Despite its gargantuan temporal length, Reveal calls for repeated listens and makes for one of the best drone/doom metal albums released this year. Stream/"name your price" download: http://abbotoir.bandcamp.com/album/reveal
Alkoholizer Free Beer... Surf's Up!!!
Italy's Alkoholizer have recorded the crossover thrash album of the year... The intensity is massive, while the sound lies optimally between "old school" and "over-produced". The wheel is not reinvented in any case, yet the song writing hails and kills, while the instrumental performance often flirts with tech thrash. The above said, the album loses some points due the fact that Alkoholizer are merely paying a worthwhile tribute to their heroes (Anthrax, Exodus, Sacred Reich etc.) and some vocal aberrations, albeit the Italian accent grants the band a character of its own (analogously to what applies for Teutonic thrash outfits). Favorite track: "Breathalize and Destroy". Stream: http://alkoholizer.bandcamp.com/album/free-beer-surfs-up
Argus Beyond The Martyrs
The contemporary old school metal scene is bursting with creativity and the third Argus album is a representative example in that respect.
Bolesno Grinje Chronicles from the Tomb
Bolesno Grinje come from Croatia and while most of their lyrics can be perceived exclusively by their fellow country men, their music should be appreciated by every fan who wants his/her grindcore devastating, technical and most importantly; fun. Don't look for memorable tracks here, just allow yourself to get caught in the mosh. Stream: http://bolesnogrinje.bandcamp.com/album/chronicles-from-the-tomb
Exarsis The Brutal State
With 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 Conspires
Going 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 Dark
W.E.B. For Bidens
Although I'm not aware of the band's past efforts, For Bidens inclines me to say that this is where everything truly begins for Greece's W.E.B.. Band has an utterly convincing penchant for blending extreme (as in thrash/death/black, not in that particular order) metal, fantastic industrial synths, goth rock, elements from classical music (the sopranos of the album are excellent), even some folk. Some (but few nonetheless) of the introduced ideas don't work well in the arrangements, the clean vocals in "Malaise" and the clean male vocals in general could be better, but W.E.B. are just a few turns away from creating even better music in releases to come.

3.7 great
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms
Abramis Brama Enkel Biljett
Enkel Biljett is literally a one-way ticket to '70s heavy rock bliss, further decorated with traces of stoner rock. Abramis Brama stand on the same level of quality with more known Swedish outfits like Graveyard and although the lyrics are written in Swedish, the album makes for an ideal point of entry to this great band. Favorite song: "Vaggar Mig Till Ro"
Anathema Distant Satellites
Anathema 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 Eyewall
The 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/releases
Blues Pills Blues Pills
Great album and a major breakthrough for vintage rock this year, Blues Pills deserve all the success that has come down for them. I just wish the band would have new material in place of the songs previously featured in the EPs, that's just me though. For everyone else into retro rock, the album is a blast, anyway you stretch it.
Burial Hordes Incendium
On 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 Opium
Fantastic old school heavy metal by this US outfit, despite the female vocals being somewhat inconsistent...
Deadwood Picturing a Sense of Loss
Not the biggest fan of post/black metal, but I have to admit that Deadwood have their way of exploiting the dynamics of the genre for their own benefit. Their recipe (the same found in bands like Entropia) works well, but nevertheless it's exactly the same in each and every song. For some reason and imho, a more lo-fi/coarse sound (and I'm talking about bands like Oranssi Pazuzu) would grant the band more character. Stream: http://deadwoodvoid.bandcamp.com/
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Dream Theater Falling into Infinity
Falconer Black Moon Rising
I'm not aware of the band's previous albums, but this one rocked the hell out of me, albeit it's does not reinvent the wheel in a marked way. Falconer adopted a sound production suitable for tech power/thrash metal outfits, because they do sound like one most of the time. Ultra-heavy/aggressive rhythm guitars, frantic leads, fantastic/technical (on the brink of tech thrash) rhythm section, are combined with the uplifting power metal cheese, folk melodies and the melodic, down-to-earth vocals of band's mastermind Mathias Blad. The latter is distanced from the high pitch practices commonly found in power metal.
Hatriot Dawn of the New Centurian
Hatriot deliver some killer "Exodus" thrash metal on their sophomore album. Excellent sound production (although it could sound coarser/dirtier), Steve "Zetro" Souza's vocals are always appealing, the lead guitars are almost shredding, and the riffs are solid, at least. On several occasions, the album reminded me a lot of Heathen's latest album, which is excellent. On another note, the lyrics are really good, for example in the album opening cut, and the shout "Free Pussy Riot" towards the end of "Superkillafragsadisticactsaresoatrocious" may become anthemic, should more people pay attention to the track.
In Solitude Sister
In Solitude signify the twilight of their idols and the result is a rather unusual "goth" metal album.
Insanity Alert Insanity Alert
Band sounds like the European answer to Municipal Waste and that's saying a lot or nothing, depending on how one feels about bands taking serious loans from other outfits. From where I stand, the album sounds great and fresh. Album closer "Run to the Pit" is a hilariously awesome tribute to Iron Maiden's "Run to the Hills". Stream: http://insanityalert.bandcamp.com/album/insanity-alert
Lago Tyranny
On their first album, Lago prove that they really feel the vibes of East Coast US death metal, especially Morbid Angel (Gates of Annihilation/Formulas Fatal To The Flesh-era) and Immolation. Indeed, the melodic guitar leads and some passages throughout each song hint at old Opeth and European death/black metal in general. Favorite track: "The Tyranny Of Men". Album stream: http://lagometal.bandcamp.com/album/tyranny
Leather (USA-OH) Shock Waves
As 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-waves
Lost Society Terror Hungry
Highly energetic, semi-technical, the sophomore Lost Society album is, without a doubt, a thrash metal jam that fans of the genre should pay attention to. The album's only flaw is the abundance of tracks that assess it as somewhat derivative in terms of domestic abuse. It will slay in live concerts, though.
Marty Friedman Inferno
I 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 Sun
Mastodon 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 Warfare
Mayhem go through the motions of intelligent black metal, yet their craft remains unmatched.
Mr. Kitty TIME
Great album, the fusion of goth, post punk and electronic music really works. The only "negative" thing is that the most memorable tracks are diluted by the less memorable ones, but still this is worth checking out.
Nasheim Solens Vemod
I'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 God
A major improvement compared to Wisdom Machine, Siamese God finds Hellenes Need giving the right angles to their Pantera-meets-Nevermore-meets-Pain Of Salvation metal, albeit they don't completely hide the influence from the aforementioned bands on both the music and the vocals.
Oado Life Era
Oado have made a wonderful folk album, the atmosphere is overwhelming, however it's that very atmosphere rather than the compositions themselves, that truly remains upon the completion of every listening session.
Raven Throne Доктрина Ненависти
This band and album come as strong evidence that great metal music is lurking in the shadows of the former iron curtain countries, waiting to be discovered. The ingredients this album relies on is black metal, industrial and noise, and if Rave Throne appear reluctant in fully capitalizing their potential on the first three tracks, their talent in combining the aforementioned styles is readily evident during the second half of the album. Highlights: the Depeche Mode worship track 4, and track 6.
Redrum (GR-DE) No Turning Back
Hellenes 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 Necrogenesis
This 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 Reverend
Rude Soul Recall
San Francisco's Rude revisit the times when Pestilence, Morbid Angel, Death, Suffocation and Autopsy took the teachings of Slayer to the next level and shaped the face of old school tech death metal. What's at display in Soul Recall is maze-like death/thrash metal with top notch "Morbid Angel level" instrumentation, vocals that pay a huge tribute to Leprocy-era Chuck Schuldiner, and a fantastic analog, yet heavy as hell sound production.

album stream: http://portal.xtreemmusic.com/streaming-en-exclusiva-del-album-completo-de-rude-soul-recall/
Sanctuary The Year the Sun Died
Past tense to future tense and a new chapter unfolds for Sanctuary and maybe (?) Seattle metal. Apart from the involved heavy/power metal style, Sanctuary develop a stronger penchant for doom and gloom in several songs, whereas their discrete opening to transcendental heavy rock with The Doors cover "Waiting For The Sun" and their own "The Dying Age" is more than welcome.
Sceptic Unbeliever's Script
Seduced (AT) The Proclamation
What's at display here is a band going about the intermediate space between tech grind/death (more) and black metal (less) with class. Now, if I was to link the band to more known outfits then Carcass, Behemoth, Decapitated and Cannibal Corpse would be appropriate examples, but Seduced have the required skills and audacity to look all these outfits right in the eyes. The abundance of tracks - 16 in total - lowers the merit of the album, and if the best song writing ideas and riffs herein were squeezed in, let's say, 8-9 songs, we would be talking about an indisputably excellent album. The album is streaming at the band's official bandcamp location.
Seprevation Consumed
On 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 Lethe
On 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-lethe
Slough Feg Digital Resistance
More than anything, Digital Resistance brings in mind the hard rocking metal works and days of late '70s/early '80s and outfits such as Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden. The familiarity and warmth of the music herein, along with Scalzi's characteristic vocals, make for yet another essential Slough Feg album.
Solitude Aeturnus Alone
Suffocation Pinnacle of Bedlam
Supertanker Songs from the Ashes
Fantastic album; First of all, Supertanker have an excellent vocalist resonating between Phil Anselmo and Layne Staley, whereas the track titles ("I Can't Live a Second Life") imply that the band is interesting lyrics-wise. As for the actual music, band is really proficient on every instrument, while genre-wise we have a hybrid made of nu metal, sludge, thrash, metalcore and some doom. Shaken not stirred (sic) and there you have it, an album that more people need to listen/discover. Stream: http://supertanker.bandcamp.com/album/songs-from-the-ashes
Thantifaxath Sacred White Noise
Canada's Thantifaxath have emerged to the surface with an album that does a little more than encapsulating the essential traits of adventurous black metal... The arrangements are ferociously executed, some really demented atmospheres and melodies intervene within the traditional black metal patterns, while the sound production has granted the album the transcendental aura every black metal album of this sort needs. The above being said, it's merely a matter of time for Thantifaxath to find that extra "something" in order to further separate themselves from their peers in the future.
Torrens Conscientium All Alone with the Thoughts
The list of dependable doom/death metal outfits grows more and more and Ukraine's Torrens Conscientium are a definite entry with their debut album. Majestic/gothic atmospheres, stiff arrangements and genuine gloom make for one of the best soundtracks for times of personal introspection. Stream: http://torrensconscientium.bandcamp.com
Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats Mind Control
In their third album, Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats have adapted their sound to the album's concept about the mechanisms of human mind control. Songs are doom-ier, hypnotic and even drone-ish at times, while the vocals are clearly Beatles-driven. Without a doubt, the album is worth listening/purchasing and clearly attains a character of its own, however it feels "incomplete" and it is really difficult to objectively explain the said notion....
Universe217 Universe217
Bumping this to a 3.7 (from a 3.5), despite its few flaws, there is literally nothing that sounds like this... HQ Experimental doom metal.....
Wardrum Desolation
Second Wardrum album is great in its own right, however the intimate '80s heavy/proto-prog character of the debut is absent...
Wooden Shjips Dos
In Dos, the drone/meditative character of Wooden Shjips made some room for an equally fuzzed out, but more up tempo, "monotonous"/psych/60s garage rock. Good stuff.
Wrong Pessimistic Outcomes
As far as metal goes and regardless of specific genres, Spain underwent a renaissance this year and this band is yet another proof in the said respect. I really like how Wrong treat the atmospheric elements, while giving in to the primordial teachings of the second wave black metal, and up to a point, to the black metal modernization realized in the late '90s by bands like Thorns, Dodheimsgard and the like. Favorite track: His Hatres Breathes. Stream: http://wrongblackmetal.bandcamp.com/album/pessimistic-outcomes

3.6 great
Artificial Brain Labyrinth Constellation
Somewhere 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 Torture
Not 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 Ones
Instrumentally 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 Beauty
Chelsea 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 Realm
With the concept of their debut album revolving around cursed personalities of the Greek mythology, North Carolina based Dang are offering a badass piece of heavy rock on their debut album and one that will make everybody's foot banging the floor during a live concert.
Dead Sea Apes High Evolutionary
This album contains some of the most unpretentious drone/psych/post rock jams I've listened to in quite a while. While the instrumental, calm and "hazy" mood of the album is optimal for "after hours"/meditating listens and grants it a character of its own, none of the individual tracks is particularly memorable, save (maybe) for the more upbeat "Regolith". Stream: http://deadseaapes.bandcamp.com/album/high-evolutionary
Doctor Smoke The Witching Hour
On their debut album, Doctor Smoke bring about the groove on retro heavy rock, the latter carrying its fair load of sludge. Vocals remind me of the vocalist in the bands "3" and Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats. Stream: http://doctorsmoke.bandcamp.com/
Dying Out Flame Shiva Rudrastakam
The debut album of Nepalese(!) death metal outfit Dying Out Flame is a token of solid (but not particularly original) technical brutal death metal, mixed with traditional music and vocals from their native land. The said mix is original, the atmospheric folk parts are well blended with the metal mayhem, however the blending appears to have a big margin for improvement. Dying Out Flame are certainly a band to look upon in time to come.
Edguy Space Police - Defenders of the Crown
Despite 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 Sateen
The fire of '70s occult rock is burning strong, and Electric Citizen are among its most relevant keepers.
Fall to November Sky... A Little Sounds for an Empty World
Away from words, minimal and decorated with great atmospheres, the debut album of this Russian one-man project will certainly claim its rightful place among this year's remarkable shoegaze/post-black metal albums of 2014. Favorite tracks: In the Lonely Universe and Night Road. Stream: http://falltonovembersky.bandcamp.com/album/a-little-sounds-for-an-empty-world
Funerary Starless Aeon
I saw Willie's soundoff and decided to give it a go, and I'm glad I did. Funerary have come up with some profoundly solid trip-y funeral doom metal on their debut album. While the rhythm section is merely crawling like a snail, the guitars balance between crushing doom parts and subtle yet psychedelic lead melodies, while the vocals range from totally ripped out shrieks to chorus-like chants placed in the rear. Favorite tracks: "Atonement", "Beneath The Black Veil".
Gigandhi Rafflesia
This 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.
Hessian (USA-ME) Bachelor of Black Arts
On their debut album, Hessian deliver an energetic, old fashioned, boogie hard rocking metal which extends to doom rock and progressive rock. The arrangements are tight and maze-like on occasion, the entertainingly eccentric male vocals blend nicely with coarse/shouting female ones, while the sound production fully endorses the adopted style of music. For fans of first period Judas Priest, Slough Feg, Christian Mistress, Thin Lizzy, Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats and so on.
HORNSS No Blood, No Sympathy
California's HORNSS throw equal dosages of old fashioned hard rock and stoner rock into their cauldron, and come up with a great album that's beefed up with energy and amplifier feedback. Band could easily go on tour with Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats.
Horror Vacui The Return of Empire
This is post-punk from the land of pasta leaning towards the angrier side of the genre, while keeping its shit together with a vampiric twist. On the same page (although a bit inferior) with the recently released Beastmilk album, and it would be great to see both bands doing a tour together. Stream: http://hpgd.bandcamp.com/album/return-of-the-empire
Iron Reagan The Tyranny Of Will
Get up on your feet
Don't look so obsolete
And crossover thrash like an athlete!

Stream: http://ironreagan.bandcamp.com/album/the-tyranny-of-willr
Megace Human errors
Red Spektor Red Spektor
What's a display here is badass retro hard rock with traces of stoner rock. The wah-wah guitars are all over the place, the sound production is on par with the adopted music style, and the groove is relentless at places.
Riot V Unleash The Fire
Fortunately for all those who know their US heavy/power metal, Riot have decided to go on for as long as their feet hold them. The album is great and a "definite buy", but some of the strength evident in Immortal Soul, is absent herein.
Sacral Rage Deadly Bits of Iron Fragments
On their debut EP, Sacral Rage pay a great tribute to heavy/speed metal, as it was introduced to the world during the '80s. The awesome high pitched vocals and the semi-technical instrumental performance enclosed in Deadly Bits of Iron Fragments work in favor of the music, and the band needs to be circulated more around the old school heavy metal revival circuit.
Salem's Pot ...Lurar Ut Dig Pa Prarien
On 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 Saviours
Standing on the shoulders of giants, these English dudes provide some of the most entertaining thrash metal I've heard in ages; Every direction explored by Bay Area thrash - crossover included - is welded together with badass attitude (sic) and impeccable technical level.
Solitude Aeturnus Adagio
Sterilizer Sterilizer
Certainly among this year's industrial metal albums that deserve credit, Sterilizer's self-titled debut packs the noise, the metal and the industrial elements into one effective piece of work. Favorite tracks: "Sterilizer", "[Dis]content". Stream: http://sterilizer.bandcamp.com/
The Devil's Blood The Thousandfold Epicentre
Twilight Of The Gods Fire On The Mountain
Twilight Of The Gods deliver some badass old school/epic metal. Instrumentally, the band does not go out of its comfort zone (80s metal/Bathory metal), but Nemtheanga's vocals are captivating as always.
Vega (USA-WI) Vega
Some really tight (and loose at the same time!) doom/stoner metal at display here, with some great moments like the epic album closer, "Machine", "Highway" and "Behemoth" etc. Vega certainly know how to build tension through short or extended jams.
Veil Of Light Ξ (ksi)
If � (ksi) excels in something, is its icy, industrial-ish goth/post-punk synth atmospheres that will make you wanna hit the dance floor at a goth club near you, if you are eager to resonate with them in the first place. The above said, few (if none) tracks really stay in memory unfortunately, probably because the music is based on the same handful of synth patterns rather than the (very) discrete guitars. Well, we can't have it all sometimes, can we? Favorite track: Martyr. Stream: http://veiloflight.bandcamp.com/album/-
Villagers of Ioannina City Riza
The successful interplay between desert/post rock and the folk music of Greece's Epirus region is what makes Riza such as great album. That been said though, most songs are similar in structure, the album relies almost exclusively on the inherent melodies of the aforementioned Greek tradition, with the band's own character being suppressed to the brink of non-existence.

3.5 great
27 Songs From the Edge of the Wing
3 Wake Pig
3 The End is Begun
5ive Hesperus
AC/DC For Those About to Rock We Salute You
Acid Death Promo 2011
Acid Death Balance of power
Aethenor En Form for Bla
Agarttha A Water Which Does Not Wet Hands
Dwell 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 Duality
Airbourne Runnin' Wild
Alchemist Tripsis
Alice in Chains Jar of Flies
Altars Of Grief This Shameful Burden
Judging by the album title and art, one expects to listen to solid doom/death metal and that's what Canada's Altars of Grief bring on the table, as they tread on the footsteps of old British doom/death metal. The sound is excellent, the arrangements create the tension the genre demands by default, be it due to the grandiose synths, the rhythm section which is pounding hard, and last but not least, the ripped out vocals, which lean towards black metal and make for the album's real catch. That being said, band needs to work on making the arrangements more interesting in terms of the guitar melodies and riffs. Overall though, the core attributes of the sound adopted herein, seem to have been fully figured out. Favorite track: The Plague that Haunts the Darkness. Stream: http://altarsofgrief.bandcamp.com/album/this-shameful-burden
Amon Amarth Once Sent from the Golden Hall
Amorphis Elegy
Anathema A Natural Disaster
Anathema A Fine Day to Exit
Anathema The Silent Enigma
Anathema Hindsight
Angel Dust Border of Reality
Angelo Badalamenti The Straight Story
Annihilator Set the World on Fire
Annihilator Carnival Diablos
Anthrax Among the Living
Antidrasi Orkos Tou Misous
The 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.com
Antimatter Lights Out
Antimatter Saviour
Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos
Apocalyptica Inquisition Symphony
Apocalyptica Reflections
Apollo 440 Electro Glide In Blue
Apollo Ra Ra Pariah
Arch Enemy Doomsday Machine
Arch Enemy Anthems of Rebellion
Arcturus Disguised Masters
Ark Ark
Artillery When Death Comes
Asphyx God Cries
Atheist Elements
Atheist Jupiter
Audrey Horne No Hay Banda
Avatarium Moonhorse
The 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 Brave
BADBADNOTGOOD BBNG
Band of Spice Feel Like Coming Home
Baroness Red Album
Battlefield We Come to Fight
Fantastic female-fronted '80s thrash decorated with awesome lead guitar work.
Bauhaus The Sky's Gone Out
Beefcake Polycontrale Contra Punkte
Behemoth Satanica
Behemoth Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond)
Behemoth Thelema.6
Behemoth The Satanist
The Satanist is Behemoth's first attempt at becoming more than just an awesome Polish death metal band. While the album is great overall, it's obvious that the band needs more time and work to lead the new elements into better music.
Believer Transhuman
Benediction Transcend the Rubicon
Bewitched Encyclopedia of Evil
Beyond Creation The Aura
Biomechanical The Empires of the Worlds
Black Mass (USA-MA) The Second Coming
Only 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 Cherry
Black Swan Black Swan (In 8 Movements)
Black Swan Aeterna
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerie... Especially the closing track, for which the whole record works for.............
Black Symphony Black Symphony
Blind Thorns Blind Thorns
Most of the time, albums like the self-titled Blind Thorns debut wind up as monumental disasters. However, Blind Thorns is an exception, as the band knows how to preserve both the chaos and the order in the arrangements, with smooth transitions between different styles. In effect, the album is worth the listens, when someone is in an "experimental" mood, albeit the magnitude of its replay value is extremely arbitrary. Stream: http://blindthorns.bandcamp.com/album/blind-thorns
Blood 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 Headphase
Bolt Thrower Mercenary
Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet
Bon Jovi Keep The Faith
Bon Jovi New Jersey
Boris Pink
Boris Akuma No Uta
Boris New Album
Moments 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 II
Boris With Merzbow Klatter
Borknagar Origin
Brainstorm Hungry
Brainstorm 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-All
Bruce Dickinson Skunkworks
Buddy Lackey The Strange Mind of Buddy Lackey
Bunker 66 Out of the Bunker
The 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 Halo
Candlemass Candlemass
Candlemass Psalms For The Dead
Canvas Solaris Irradiance
Car Bomb Centralia
Carta The Faults Follow
Subtle, atmospheric and bleak, this is a great soundtrack for the small hours of the night.
Cathedral The Garden Of Unearthly Delights
Cathedral Forest of Equilibrium
Cathedral The VIIth Coming
Cave In Perfect Pitch Black
Cave In Planets of Old
Christian Mistress Possession
Chroma Key Graveyard Mountain Home
Cinderella Long Cold Winter
Circle II Circle Delusions Of Grandeur
Circuit Des Yeux Overdue
Haley 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 Dead
Combo De La Muerte Tropical Steel
Conception Flow
Conception Parallel Minds
Confessor Condemned
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind
Convixion Metal Drinkin' Conspiracy
Long 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 Decadence
Corrosion of Conformity Deliverance
Corrosion of Conformity IX
On their 9th album, Corrosion of Conformity deliver yet another solid observation of "southern" blues/heavy rock, save for a couple of punk-ish rock numbers. Band's performance is exceptional, but the material at display here tends to go through the motions of the genre COC file under.
Cosm Primengender
At first, the doom/stoner metal of this Florida based outfit is adventurous, energetic and tense, it even hints latently to thrash metal (EP opener). From the third track onwards though, groove and melody tends to prevail, but the arrangements remain adventurous. The female vocals are melodic for the most part, although they do tread on more extreme paths from time to time,whereas the sound is excellent.
Crematory Illusions
Crippled Black Phoenix (Mankind) The Crafty Ape
Crosswind Vicious Dominion
Vicious Dominion is one of this year's great tokens of European heavy/power metal, the latter played with grit and conviction. Greek-Thessalonikians Crosswind have been preparing their debut album for many years and that's evident in the elaborate strong structures, the dynamic vocals and the excellent instrumental work, especially in the lead guitars. The above said, there aren't any songs that stand out of the rest of the lot or the genre's classic releases, whereas the sound production could sound heavier/thrashier, especially since there are relevant parts in Crosswind's music.
Cult of Luna The Beyond
Cult of Luna Somewhere Along the Highway
Custom Made Noise Hypoxia
Contrary 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=UU56gnKXBHJoUnuei8TbSPyQ
Cyanotic The Medication Generation
Cynic Carbon-Based Anatomy
Cypress Hill Cypress Hill
Dark Tranquillity The Gallery
Darkstar Marching Into Oblivion
David Gilmour David Gilmour
David Gilmour On An Island
Deadsoul Tribe The January Tree
Deadsoul Tribe A Lullaby For The Devil
Deadsoul Tribe Deadsoul Tribe
Death Angel Frolic Through the Park
Death Angel The Art of Dying
Death Angel Relentless Retribution
Death In Vegas Scorpio Rising
Death In Vegas Milk It
Death In Vegas Trans-Love Energies
Far from "excellent", yet superbly intimate...
Deathrow Raging Steel
Decapitated Nihility
Decapitated Carnival Is Forever
Decapitated Blood Mantra
Great album, I really like the crossover aesthetic by which Decapitated play extreme metal. The album lacks of truly memorable moments in terms of the actual music, but the thing that really stays in mind here and gives the album a solid replay value, is the previously mentioned crossover aesthetic, found for the most part in hardcore/thrash outfits.
Decoryah Wisdom Floats
Decoryah's debut is a quirky piece of atmospheric doom/death metal...

Really strange album...
Depeche Mode Ultra
Derek Sherinian Inertia
Destruction Eternal Devastation
Destruction Spiritual Genocide
Devil Time to Repent
In 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 Nothing
Diskreet Engage the Mechanicality
While 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 Mass
Doomsquad Kalaboogie
An 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-lp
Douglas State Of Rock
Although 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 Within
Dropped Flyer Lowlife
Drysill Welcome to the Show
Solid '80s metal from Iceland

unofficial stream: http://www.metal-samples.com/2013/05/drysill-welcome-to-show-1985.html
E-Force Evil Forces
Earthless From The Ages
Earthless 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 Dominae
This is high octane gas for power-greedy, dream pop engines.
Eldritch Portrait Of The Abyss Within
Eldritch Neighbouhell
Eldritch Tasting the Tears
Since the release of Blackenday in 2007, Italian metal veterans Eldritch have strived for making their music interesting again, and Taste The Tears is a decisive step in the right direction. The album is markedly better than its predecessor, first of all in terms of the ultra-heavy sound production. Musically speaking, band has adopted a modern atmospheric/groove/thrash metal hybrid (with traces of prog metal lying in the rear), which is combined with fantastic and really well thought dark/goth keyboards. Regardless of the tempo, all the songs transmit a certain melancholy, also ascribed to Terrence Holler's vocals (which are improved with respect to Gaia's Legacy, yet they are nowhere near his best moments in the '90s) and lyrics which revolve around personal matters. First half of the album is better than second one, however Taste The Tears flows nicely overall.
Enslaved Ruun
Enslaved Vertebrae
Enslaved Axioma Ethica Odini
Enter Shikari Take to the Skies
Essence Beyond Carnivalism
As far as brutal tech death metal goes, this EP is nothing new under the sun, but if you cherish albums like Deicide's Once Upon The Cross and Suffocation's Pierced From Within, this Greek-Athenian outfit is a welcome surprise. Excellent flow per song and as a whole, and excellent instrumental performance. Sound production is not as heavy as it should be, but it grants the audibility of every instrument, the free-form bass included.
Evergrey Glorious Collision
While 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 Stars
Fanttasma Another Sleepless Night
Brazilian 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 Industrialist
Fifth Reason Within Or Without
Flotsam and Jetsam No Place for Disgrace
Flotsam and Jetsam High
Flotsam and Jetsam Drift
Flotsam and Jetsam The Cold
this 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 Evil
Forbidden Twisted into Form
Forbidden Omega Wave
Great semi-technical thrash from the Bay Area thrash veterans...
Forte Vae Solis
Fourth Dimension Novo
In 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 Within
Future of the Left The Plot Against Common Sense
Galactic Cowboys At The End Of The Day
Gentle Giant Octopus
Godflesh Streetcleaner
Grand Funk Railroad We're An American Band
Grand Magus Grand Magus
Grand Magus Wolf's Return
Grand Magus Triumph and Power
The 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 Reaper
Greenleaf Greenleaf
Grip Inc. Incorporated
Guardian Angel Oblivion Seas
Guillotine Blood Money
Really solid thrash from this berserk bunch of Swedes

Stream: http://pulverised.bandcamp.com/album/blood-money
Guns N' Roses G N' R Lies
Hark Mythopoeia
Although 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-7
Heaven and Hell The Devil You Know
Heavens Gate Hell For Sale!
Hellion Screams In The Night
Helstar Glory of Chaos
Superb 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 Night
We need more metal records like this one, that's for sure!!
Hinayana Endless (demo)
Austin TX citizen Casey Hurd, the sole person behind Hinayana, gives out a solid piece of melodic doom/death metal and it's legitimate to wonder why he tagged Endless as "demo", as it lacks nothing - the production, the music, the cover - compared to label-level, "professional" releases. Let's hope that Hinayama will eventually turn into a full band, as there's enough going on for the outfit to persist through time and space.
Holy Mount We Fell From The Sky
Holy Mount's debut is a great piece of psychedelic desert blues/rock, ideal for copious listening sessions... Really great...
Hooded Menace Fulfill the Curse
Horizon (ESP) The Last Man In Terminus
Spanish rock/metal scene is on the rise and this cool stoner rock album does not say otherwise. The songs are simple in design, yet effective, whereas the singer really fits the genre's prerequisites. I wish there was more psychedelic stuff like "Vostok 1" and "Space Argonauts", but in general, the band needs to be looked upon by fans and fellow bands alike. Favorites: "Sub-Atomic Eye" and "Vostok 1".
House of Spirits Psychosphere
Iced Earth Night of the Stormrider
Iced Earth The Dark Saga
Immolation Majesty and Decay
In Flagrante Delicto Ultio
On their debut album, In Flagrante Delicto deliver some haunted, blackened gothic/shoegaze/depressive drone, which is best experienced during nightfall...
In Flames The Jester Race
Inferno (USA) Psychic Distance
Infest (SRB) Cold Blood War
Over 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-war
Infidel I, Oathbreaker
Infidel King Of Cynical Control
Inmoria Invisible Wounds
Members 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 Ashes
iNTRiKeT Songs For Sleepy
Intronaut Valley of Smoke
Iron Maiden The X Factor
Iron Maiden No Prayer for the Dying
Iron Maiden A Real Live Dead One
Iron Maiden Ed Hunter
Iron Maiden A Real Dead One
Iron Maiden A Real Live One
Isis Celestial
Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius
Jag Panzer Thane to the Throne
Jag Panzer The Scourge of the Light
Jake Bowman Leftöver Kanye
I'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 Cowboy
Jeff Buckley So Real: Songs From Jeff Buckley
Jester's March Beyond
Jesu Silver
Jethro Tull Benefit
Jim Matheos Away with Words
Joe Satriani The Extremist
Kam Kama Shift
Kam Kama's debut album is a solid piece of post-punk, in the vein of the acclaimed forefathers of the genre. With the exception of the last two songs, where a discrete affinity for post rock is revealed, the rest come as slight variations of the same song writing recipe.
Kamchatka The Search Goes On
Since 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 Djevelmakt
The 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 Exorcisms
Karma To Burn Almost Heathen
Katatonia Brave Murder Day
Katatonia Discouraged Ones
Katatonia Dead End Kings
This 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 & Uncrowned
With 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 EP
This 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 Notice
Kinetic The Chains That Bind Us
King Crimson Discipline
King Crimson In the Wake of Poseidon
King Crimson Three of a Perfect Pair
King Crimson THRAK
King Diamond Conspiracy
King Diamond The Spider's Lullabye
Knut Terraformer
Kreator Violent Revolution
Kreator Terrible Certainty
Kreator Renewal
In this album, Kreator craft thrash that lies in the interfaces...
Kreator Cause for Conflict
Kreator Outcast
KYPCK 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 Autumn
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin Presence
Less Than Human To Breed True
Lethal Your Favourite God
Lizardia Lizardia
Greece's stoner rock outfit Lizardia stepped into 2014 with a great self-titled debut album, an album which often flees from its core incentive towards the blues and old fashioned psychedelia. It's kind of weird that this band and album didn't receive more attention within Greece, because the album has been adequately brought to the light by foreign media.
Lizzy Borden Give 'em the Axe
Loincloth Loincloth
Luna (UA) Ashes To Ashes
Ukraine's Luna adopt the funeral end of doom metal, and further decorate it with "gothic" keyboards/piano. The recursive sequence of a handful of rhythms and melodies, combined with the absence of vocals throughout the 57 minutes of the one-song album, make for an engaging listen, even though there's nothing new under the moon (sic) here.
Lunarsapian (USA-AL) Fade Into Oblivion
Most of the drone/doom metal albums I come across these days are not worth the effort, but Lunarsapian and their debut album are certainly an exception. The arrangements are well thought and realized, as the recurring musical themes convey the listener deep into that claustrophobic vibe drone is known for. Band cites Khanate and Trees (from Oregon) as references, I would add Halo too.
Lunatic Soul Lunatic Soul
Madder Mortem Mercury
Madder Mortem All Flesh is Grass
Madder Mortem Where Dream And Day Collide
Madleaf Sinners
Make a Change...Kill Yourself Fri
Manilla Road Live by the Sword: The Very Best of Manilla Road
Manowar Kings of Metal
Mark Lanegan Imitations
Certain 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 Infra
Medalyon Visions
Although 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 Writings
Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What!
Mekong Delta Wanderer on the Edge of Time
Mekong Delta Intersections
Melvins A Senile Animal
Memento Mori Songs For The Apocalypse, Vol. 4
Memorain Reduced to Ashes
Memory Garden Doomain
Solid as a whole, Memory Garden's fifth observation will satisfy dedicated power/doom metal fans, whereas it is a good starting point for getting acquainted with the band and the sub-genre they file under.
Menace Ruine Venus Armata
The ritual noise/drone of these Canadian shamans is as mysterious as it is engaging, especially during the nightly hours... I really should get a hold of their back catalogue. Stream: http://profoundlorerecords.bandcamp.com/album/venus-armata
Mencea Dark Matter Energy Noir
The death/thrash of this Hellenic outfit is promising...
Mephisto Mephisto
Mephisto'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 Shadows
Meshuggah Koloss
Metallica The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited
Mike Scheidt Stay Awake
YOB's Mike Scheidt strays away from the amplifier worship, picks up an acoustic guitar and starts to sing about the deeper concepts in life. A great album to spin every once in a while.
Miles Davis Kind of Blue
Mind Odyssey Schizophenia
Minsk Out of a Center Which is Neither Dead nor Alive
Moby Innocents
The 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 Howling
Monster Magnet 4-Way Diablo
Monstrosity Rise to Power
Moonspell Irreligious
Morbid Angel Formulas Fatal to the Flesh
Morbid Angel Gateways to Annihilation
Morbus Chron Sweven
This 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 Sanctified
Morpheus Tales Samples of Reality
With their debut album/EP (with 3 tracks clocking at 27 minutes, I leave you to decide haha) Samples of Reality, Morpheus Tales draw a primary, yet adequately detailed map of psychedelic black metal, the way they envision it. Core influences come from black metal acts that took the genre to the next level, namely Dodheimsgard, Arcturus, Satyricon, as well as avant-garde prophets like Celtic Frost (mostly in the clean vocals). However, band shows a legitimate penchant for innovation, when, for example, it adds some unexpected, but totally fitting "belly-dance" oriental passages within "Hymn To Will". Along with Hail Spirit Noir and Spectral Lore, Morpheus Tales is yet another Greek psych black metal outfit to keep an ear to.
Mortified Mortician The Dearly Disgusted
With Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie pumping out new material every once in (quite) a while, these newcomers from Portland OR and their modern, fairly industrialized "nu" rock/metal are a welcome addition to the fold. Do yourself a favor, crank the volume and blast your stereo with tracks like "Ghoulish Fuckdoll". Album stream: http://mortifiedmortician.bandcamp.com
Motorhead Snake Bite Love
Motorhead Overnight Sensation
Motorhead Aftershock
It's Motorhead doing what Motorhead do better than any outfit out there.
Municipal Waste The Art of Partying
Municipal Waste The Fatal Feast
My Dying Bride Like Gods of the Sun
My Dying Bride 34.788%... Complete
My Dying Bride An Ode To Woe
My Dying Bride Symphonaire Infernus Et Spera Empyrium
My Dying Bride The Thrash Of Naked Limbs
My Dying Bride A Map Of All Our Failures
Myty Konkeror I Miss The Future
The 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 Some
Nasty Savage Penetration Point
Need Orvam: A Song for Home
Five years after their sophomore album, Need re-emerge with a new album, an album in which gloomy progressive rock has overshadowed all their other - and more extreme sounding - influences evidenced in Siamese God. Performance is passionate, album is technically flawless and legitimately enjoyable, but imho and unlike Siamese God, the elements of surprise and freshness are missing.
Neurosis Times of Grace
Neurosis Given to the Rising
Nevermore Dead Heart In A Dead World
Nevermore Nevermore
New Testament Apocalypse
Nightstalker Dead Rock Commandos
Nightstalker 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 Nevermind
No-Man Returning Jesus
Noctum Final Sacrifice
An 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 Tomb
Officium Triste Mors Viri
I 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-viri
Oliver Magnum Drive By
Opeth Orchid
Opeth Morningrise
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Opeth Watershed
Opeth Heritage
Orphans of Dusk Revenant
New Zealanders Orphans of Dusk deliver an elaborate piece of gothic/doom/death metal in the vein of Tiamat, Paradise Lost and Type O Negative. Song structures are moderately convoluted, hence progressively comprehensive. As for the vocals, the guttural once have the expected impact, while the clean ones seem to have drawn inspiration from Nick Holmes, Peter Steele, even Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory).
OSI Blood
OSI Fire Make Thunder
Overkill Ironbound
Ozric Tentacles Floating Seeds
Ozzy Osbourne The Ultimate Sin
Ozzy Osbourne Ozzmosis
Pain of Salvation One Hour by the Concrete Lake
Pain of Salvation Scarsick
Pain of Salvation Linoleum
truly new soundz from POS...
can't wait the new album.-
Pantera Cowboys from Hell
Pantera Far Beyond Driven
Pantera The Great Southern Trendkill
Pantheist Journey Through Lands Unknown
Paradise Lost Gothic
Paradise Lost One Second
Paradise Lost Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us
Paradox Product of Imagination
Great 80's thrash with a serious tech twist
Pariah (UK) Detroit Falls
Pathos (SWE) Katharsis
Pearl Jam Ten
Peeping Tom Peeping Tom
Pelican Australasia
Pelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...
Pentagram (TUR) Anatolia
Perished Seid
Great 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 Ancients
Peter Gabriel Us
Pink Martini Hey Eugene!
Porcupine Tree Signify
Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream
Porcupine Tree Voyage 34: The Complete Trip
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
Porcupine Tree Nil Recurring
Poverty's No Crime The Chemical Chaos
Primordial Redemption at the Puritan's Hand
Prototype Cloned
Prototype Catalyst
Psychosis (USA-CA) Lifeforce
Psycrence A Frail Deception
Greek prog metal outfit Psycrence make a great start for themselves with their debut album. Band does not reinvent the wheel, but manages nevertheless to keep things interesting by mixing all the interesting elements from the major prog metal schools (US and European) with a latent djent vibe. The vocals are very good (they could be better with more practice and better sound mixing in future albums), rhythm section is "tech" but rather restrained at that, the 7-string guitars/sound production are/is skull ripping, and the keyboards build tense atmospheres in the rear. First few and last few tracks are what makes the album work, but the less interesting parts of the album are also worth checking out.
Queensryche Queensryche
Queensryche 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 Rainbow
Raven Mind Over Metal
Realm Suiciety
Red Harvest Internal Punishment Programs
Resurgency False Enlightenment
False 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 Syndrome
Rocka Rollas Conquer
This 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 Contract
Rotting Christ A Dead Poem
Rotting Christ Khronos
Royal Thunder Royal Thunder
A 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 Come
Sacred Reich Ignorance
Sacred Reich Heal
Samael Above
Saprogenic Expanding Toward Collapsed Lungs
This is some really solid US death metal right here.
Sarissa Sarissa
Savage Messiah Plague of Conscience
Plague 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 Collective
Scanner Hypertrace
Great heavy/speed metal with sci-fi lyrics and really unique vocals. A solid stepping stone for their magnum opus, Terminal Earth
Sceptic Internal Complexity
Sceptic Blind Existence
Sceptic'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 Heat
Seahawks Paradise Freaks
A soothing dream/ambient pop album for meditation and introspection...
Sebastian Bach Angel Down
Seduce The Heaven Field Of Dreams
In 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 Titan
Titan'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 Roots
Sigh Imaginary Sonicscape
Sigur Ros Takk...
Skogen Brinner Fasornas Berg
Solid '70s heavy rock from this company of Swedes...

http://ljudkassett.bandcamp.com/album/fasornas-berg
Skyclad The Answer Machine?
Slash's Snakepit Ain't Life Grand
Slave Machine Disconnected
Not particularly memorable but solid in any case, I don't see why this French outfit won't please fans that need their industrial tight. Those who like bands such as Sweden's Red Harvest, should check this pronto. With some luck, song "Antrophobia" could become an underground hit. Stream: http://slavemachineband.bandcamp.com/
Slayer Hell Awaits
Slayer Divine Intervention
Slayer Undisputed Attitude
Slayer 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 Illusion
Slayer World Painted Blood
Slough Feg The Animal Spirits
A solid slab of old-school heavy metal... Butter on the bread for fans of Thin Lizzy and Skyclad.
Sodom Masquerade in Blood
Sodom 'Til Death Do Us Unite
Sodom In War and Pieces
Solstice (Metal) Death's Crown Is Victory
Solstice 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 Sortilege
Solid '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 Cages
Soul Cages Craft
Soundtrack (Film) Last Action Hero
Soundtrack (Film) Once
Soundtrack (Film) Juno
Soundtrack (Film) Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Soundtrack (Film) Blow
Soundtrack (Film) Broken English
Spell (CAN) The Full Moon Sessions
What'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 Fear
Spider Kickers Alcoholic
Although the death/thrash metal of Hellenes Spider Kickers is not mind bending in any case, it is neck breaking all the way...
Spiders Shake Electric
The Swedish vintage rock underground never really sleeps and the sophomore Spiders album is yet another proof of the said disposition. Apart from the self-titled single, few (if any) cuts really stand out, however the band doesn't know how to fall below the quality standards of the Swedish scene and wind up delivering a great album as a whole.
Stereo Animal Neolithic
Stereo Animal deliver an attractive blend of modern rock with noise, hardcore and thrash, not too far from where bands such as Prong or Helmet lie. The arrangements and the temporal length of some songs leave a sense of incompleteness, but there's a handful of numbers ("The Directors", "Megatons"(!!), "Level Zero"(!!), "Red Glowing" and "God Perfect None") that more than deliver the goods. The album is available at a "name your price" deal at the band's bandcamp page.
Steve Vai Fire Garden
Steven Wilson Insurgentes
Strange Attractor Back To The Cruel World
Minimal, 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 Black
Stratus Stratology
The 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 Massacre
SubRosa More Constant Than The Gods
Good 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.
Sumerlands The Guardian (demo)
The only reason this doesn't get a (much) higher rating is because it's merely a three-song demo EP. The material herein revolves around awesome US heavy/power metal complemented with excellent/energetic musicianship and addictive grooves. Band certainly deserves a record deal. EP stream: http://sumerlands.bandcamp.com/releases
Sun of Nothing ...In the Weak and the Wounded
Syd Barrett The Madcap Laughs
Symphony X Paradise Lost
Tad Morose Undead
Tad Morose Revenant
Tad 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 Low
Testament The Formation of Damnation
The Alan Parsons Project Eye in the Sky
The Amenta n0n
The Chemical Brothers Dig Your Own Hole
The Cult Sonic Temple
The Cure Three Imaginary Boys
The Devil's Blood Fire Burning
The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity
The Flaming Lips Dark Side of the Moon
The Gathering Home
The Gathering Disclosure
The Myrrors Burning Circles In The Sky
The Police Synchronicity
The Tea Party Splendor Solis
The Tea Party Triptych
The Tea Party Seven Circles
The Vintage Caravan Voyage
This Icelandic power trio offers some legitimate vintage hard n' heavy rock on its sophomore album, and there's really no wonder as to why Nuclear Blast has signed the band. The three 19-year-old dudes have a bright future ahead of them, should they play their cards right. Stream: http://thevintagecaravan.bandcamp.com/album/voyage
Theory In Practice Colonizing The Sun
Thin Lizzy Johnny the Fox
Thorns Thorns vs Emperor (split w/ Emperor)
Threshold Clone
Thunder Laughing On Judgement Day
Tiamat Clouds
Tom Waits Closing Time
Tom Waits Nighthawks At The Diner
Tool 10,000 Days
Tourist Tonight
Fans 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=W8OKSoIt9xo
Trademark Fatal Blues
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas Eve and Other Stories
Trans-Siberian Orchestra The Christmas Attic
Transistor Things You Miss When You Blink
Trapeze Trapeze
Trouble Unplugged
Turbonegro Scandinavian Leather
TV on the Radio Dear Science
Ugly Kid Joe America's Least Wanted
Ulver Blood Inside
Ulver Shadows of the Sun
Ulver Teachings In Silence
Ulver Silence Teaches You How to Sing EP
Ulver Silencing the Singing
Ulver 1993-2003: 1st Decade In The Machines
Ulver Wars of the Roses
Ulver Messe I.X-VI.X
Messe 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 Snakes
Universe217 Familiar Places
Unleashed Odalheim
Odalheim 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 City
Varathron Untrodden Corridors of Hades
Varathron return after a 5-year long absence and deliver a great album decorated with elements from pure heavy, black, doom and (some) goth metal, on par with the style of Greek black metal. The sound production is old fashioned but good overall, and hints back to the early '90s. The current line up seems capable of producing even better music in the future, both instrumentally and in terms of song writing. In here though, the arrangements could be more elaborate with respect to the first few and last few (less) or the middleground tracks (more).

Stream: http://agoniarecords.bandcamp.com/album/untrodden-corridors-of-hades
Vauxdvihl Siberian Church Recordings
Vaya Con Dios The Promise
Vektor Black Future
Vektor Outer Isolation
Vicious Rumors Vicious Rumors
Vicious Rumors Soldiers Of The Night
With 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 Assault
Virus (NO) The Agent That Shapes The Desert
Borrowing 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 Clock
Virus 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) Visitör
Voivod Katorz
Voivod Angel Rat
Voivod Negatron
Voivod Voivod
Voivod Rrroooaaarrr
Voivod War and Pain
Voivod Infini
Wardog Scorched Earth
Wardrum Messenger
Wardrum 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 Learning
Human 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 Adrift
Wolverine The Window Purpose
Wooden Shjips Wooden Shjips
Debut 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 Woodsman
The 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/woodsman
Yngwie Malmsteen Rising Force
YOB Atma
Yob 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 Mine
Yumi Zouma Yumi Zouma
Random work from dream pop acts such as this one works perfectly for me as intermission from my usual (metal) music rotation.

3.4 great
Aenaon Cendres Et Sang
If anything, Aenaon's debut is a great black metal album brimming with intensity. The attempted diversions from the genre - the blues rhythms, the piano phrases, the female operatic vocals and the saxophone lines - are certainly engaging, yet they are not thoroughly refined so as to give the album a truly distinct character.

album stream - http://possessionproductions.bandcamp.com/album/cedres-et-sang
At Dusk Anhedonia
Judging by the content of Anhedonia, Ad Dusk are fully aware of the dynamics of "monotonous"/majestic "post"/black metal. Nothing really stays in memory except for the record's overall mood, which is enough to grant it a good replay value. On another note, the sound could be a bit more loud. Stream: http://atdusk.bandcamp.com/
Gamma Ray Empire of the Undead
Gamma Ray seldom disappoint and this album is anything but... That being said, I'm digging the new Edguy album a tad more.
Spital Summoning Evil
Spital come from Oulu, Finland, yet their death metal is totally "Stockholm, Sweden". The sound seems like it's been engineered at Sunlight Studios, the song structures are fairly elaborate, with greatly recurring, traditional "Swe" death and doom parts, while the overall package is easily up for occasional listens. Listen to this if you like bands like Grave, old Entombed, Asphyx, Vallenfyre etc. Stream/"name your price" download: http://spital.bandcamp.com/
The Dead-End Alley Band Odd Stories
Markedly better than its predecessor, Odd Stories has encapsulated different sides of '70s retro rock, namely its doom, psychedelic, boogie and blues ones. The sound comes as "ancient" and "haunted", whereas the minimal arrangements go from short songs ("The Nightmare Goes On") to extended, but essential psychedelic jams ("Lost Again"). On their end, vocals have been improved as well, albeit more work is needed with respect to the eradication of some falsettos and off-key slips. Stream: http://deabperu.bandcamp.com/album/odd-stories
Two Witches Goodevil
When I first checked Goodevil, I wasn't aware that Two Witches go all the way back to the early '90s. As far as electro/goth/post-punk goes, the album is tight, although it's not as memorable as the recent Beastmilk album, for example. Stream: http://gothicmusicrecords.bandcamp.com/album/two-witches-goodevil

3.3 great
ANCST Taima
Good ambient/drone for personal meditation or whenever someone has to focus on a tedious task and needs an appropriate listen to ease his/her mind.
Battleroar Blood of Legends
On their 4th album, Battleroar give out some "by the numbers" but enjoyable epic metal, that works better when performed on a live stage. The vocals of Gerrit Mutz are certainly an acquired taste, whereas the enticing violin melodies of the album may bring in mind outfits such as Skyclad (or even My Dying Bride!), which is, of course, a good thing.
Binah A Triad of Plagues
As of late, it seems that certain extreme metal labels are out to sign the most interesting bands out there; England's Binah have an affinity for death metal done the Swedish way (track 2), but they try to put something of their own in the mix, with varied arrangements and atmospheric/transcendental lead guitar work. Not as good/intriguing as this year's Bolzer EP, but still worth a listen or two, at least.

tracks 1,3: http://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/a-triad-of-plagues
track 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuaGKvDodE8
Cage The Gods Favourite Sin
What we have here is some really well played US-radio-friendly hard rock. I would choose this band over Nickelback and their numerous clones on any given occasion. Fans of the genre should give it a listen, at least.
Corrosive (ESP) World of Lies (demo)
With their debut EP, Corrosive from Spain prove that they are an crossover thrash outfit to look upon. Band is technically skilled and has a good taste arrangements-wise. Stream/download: http://corrosive1.bandcamp.com
Cyaxares Whores Of Babylon
Metal bands consisting of one multi-instrumentalist are starting to become more and more relevant and the middle-eastern death metal project of Cyaxares (from Iraq) certainly fits the description. The sound is great, the arrangements of Mir Shamal Hama-faraj are as well balanced as his instrumental skills. The above said, the song are merely enjoyable, mostly due to the solid but unremarkable rhythm (less) and lead (more) guitar themes. If all go well and if more work is put on the guitars, the next album should be better. Favorite track: Hours. Stream: http://cyaxares.bandcamp.com/releases
Cynic Kindly Bent to Free Us
Cynic 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 Light
Leave The Light finds Demon Eye feeling right at home, playing by-the-numbers '70s hard rock, the way Deep Purple and Black Sabbath did some decades back. While the album is certainly going through the genre's motions, the warmth of the material therein, grants that little extra excuse to revisit it every once in a while. Until the band decides to reveal more of its personality at its sophomore album, that is.
Edenian Forgotten Once
This band and EP took me back to the late '90s where male/female fronted gothic/doom metal was a serious trend. The female vocals are exceptional, the male ones are equally adequate, while the arrangements are solid but not too involved. Finally, the two covers on Xandria and Paradise Lost ("Eternal") material were more than decent.
Grst Plague Seed
Plague Seed is a solid album of ferocious black metal, if anything else. Grst have managed to keep the intensity throughout its duration, whereas their attempt in incorporated some atmospheric elements, is solid, if somewhat underdeveloped.
Heat Labyrinth
Heat's retro hard rock is solid nonetheless, but when compared to other homologous album, it follows the norm too eagerly. The bottom line; excellent music for live concerts, solid stuff for domestic usage. Let's hope that the band will pour more character in the next one. Favorite track: Labyrinth. Stream: http://heatberlin.bandcamp.com/album/labyrinth
Helevorn Compassion Forlorn
The third album from Spain's Helevorn contains some dependable (if anything else) gothic/doom/death metal, in the vein of bands such as Saturnus, Draconian and Slumber. Songs have easily engulfed the essential guidelines of the aforementioned genres, hence they are fairly satisfactory, however the elements that would make the album really memorable are rather absent. It's a good album, but it lies a few steps below the majority of similar and great albums out there.
Hypnos (SWE) The Mountain
Despite the fact that this is merely a two-song single (the rating is low only because the songs are clocking at 8 minutes in total), Sweden's Hypnos show remarkable skill at freshly reproducing that late '70s, old fashioned heavy rock, that was introduced by Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy and their peers. Really looking forward for their self-titled debut, which is expected to be out later this September.
Ice Dragon Seeds From A Dying Garden
Ice Dragon deliver a mildly immersive psychedelic folk album that falls short in terms of really memorable moments. Still, it's worth a handful of listens.
Outcast (AUS) Outcast (demo)
The excellent, old fashioned cover of the demo EP perfectly sets the mood for the old school heavy metal that these Melbourne based Aussies endorse. Nothing new under the sun (in the vein of Slough Feg, Hellion, Iron Maiden with Di Anno and so on), but Outcast sound incredibly tight and passionate, hence the lack of originality can be largely disregarded.

"name your price" download: http://heavychainsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/outcast
Procession (USA-MI) Your Turn To Feel
More 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 Everything
Seirom's sophomore effort is an ideal ambient soundtrack for meditation and introspection.
The Crimson Brigade Blood Battalion
In view of its fair merit, Blood Battalion is an album that deserves to be heard at least once. While the lyrics are war themed, England's The Crimson Brigade don't sound as yet another Bolt Thrower/Hail of Bullets wannabe. Rather, they try to secure a location between goth, death/black and doom metal. The atmospheres are eerie due to the ever present "early '90s" keyboards, while there are some interesting arrangements in thefirst half of the record. The second half is not as strong, as as the song writing wears off due to the abundance (13) of album tracks. Favorite track: As the Vtlava Runs red (Under the Bridge of Corpses). Stream: http://thecrimsonbrigade.bandcamp.com/album/blood-battalion
The Rough Boys Blood, Booze and Gasoline
On 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 Leaving
While 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 Apocalypse
The 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 good
Absolutely Free Absolutely Free
Absolutely free are doing what their band name implies, bringing together psych with dream pop, post-rock and some noise. The album's nice, especially the first 2-3 songs, but it merely stays in mind as a good experiment. Favorite track: "Beneath The Air". Stream: http://atdusk.bandcamp.com/album/at-dusk
Acquaintance Satellite Stream
Satellite Stream is a solid piece of '80s dance pop, but it's a bit too "mainstream" for my liking.
Endsight A Vicious Circle
Fairly enjoyable, but pretty standard at the same time, the melodeath metalcore of Hellenes Endsight is a great invitation for revisiting At The Gates, Dark Tranquility (The Mind's I-era) and the best bands metalcore has to offer.
Endstille Kapitulation 2013
Endstille's 8th album is an extremely solid piece of second wave black metal, however it is devoid of any element that could give it a distinct character.
Gatecreeper Gatecreeper
Gatecreeper live in Tucson, AZ yet their minds are set to Stockholm, Sweden, and the early '90s where the local death metal scene was just starting to take its toll. Nothing new under the sun, but the EP does a fine job at bringing on board the classic Entombed/Grave/Asphyx/Celtic Frost grooves.

stream/"name your price" download: http://gatecreeper.bandcamp.com/
Malka Spigel Gliding
Enjoyable and seamless, the ethereal shoegaze of Gliding comes and goes like a faint breeze.
Massacre Back from Beyond
There's some really solid early '90s death metal at display here (ideal for live concerts!). However, the abundance of tracks and the formulaic song structures deprive Back from Beyond of additional merit, in terms of domestic listening jams.
Midnight Snack The Times
Midnight Snack play this kind of subdued yet elaborate "soul" rock, that goes hand in hand with a glass of wine after a really long day. Good album. Stream: http://midnightsnackmusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-times
Parthian Shot Parthian Shot
Enjoyable but standard, the eponymous EP from Parthian Shot is a solid effort in revisiting '90s prog rock/metal.
Ringworm Hammer of the Witch
This 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 Unleashed
This 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 Forward
Tempelheks Red Forest
Norway's Tempelheks (Norwegian for "the temple of the witch") and this EP are in the vein of vintage/heavy rock bands like Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats, however they do not sound as attractive as their much renowned peers. This is due to the arrangements which seem to lack some (much needed for the genre) nerve, and the vocals which could use some proofreading. Nevertheless, it's a solid piece of work for those who want to keep up with every vintage rock release and outfit out there.
The Silent Wedding Livin' Experiments
Hellenes 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 Vision
On his second album under the YUREI moniker, Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Bjeima sacrificed the claustrophobic atmosphere of Working Class Demon in favor of rather generic "prog" rock approach. I don't have anything against prog rock in principle, but overall, Night Vision feels formulaic.

3.1 good
Borrowed Time Arcane Metal Arts
This 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-arts
Forest Field Onwards And Upwards
Onward And Upwards is supposed to be the (Dutch) project's second full length album, but their bandcamp page says otherwise. Anyway, what's a display here is an easy listening blend of laid back "prog" rock with ambient and folk elements. Half of the songs are instrumental and half with excellent male vocals, while the songs are solid yet subtle in their details, but not so memorable at the end of the day. If you want something good to jam in the background, give this a listen, at least.
Godslave Out of the Ashes
Solid, 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-ashes
Heirs of the Void Four Horsemen Of Doom
The blackened funeral doom metal of this German outfit is as close as it can get to the sound of silence. The arrangements are subtle and ritualistic, the pace is really slow (to the point where the utterly minimal rhythm section is barely perceivable), and overall, the band flirts with ambient music as well. It's a good album by all means, but it can work only as a background (and relaxing at certain cases) listen.
Sargeist Feeding the Crawling Shadows
This is a good "second wave" black metal album overall, but most of the songs are crafted with the exact same formula, at the expense of the album's replay value. The raw sound further homogenizes the album, which is ideal for casual black metal listening sessions only.

3.0 good
1902 Motsi
Acid Death Random's Manifest
Acid Death Eidolon
I 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 Stone
Agnosia Trace Decay
Altar of Oblivion Sinews of Anguish
In 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 Hour
Anathema We're Here Because We're Here
Annihilator Waking the Fury
Antimatter Planetary Confinement
Arcturus Sideshow Symphonies
Arcturus My Angel
Armistice Armistice
As I Lay Dying Awakened
Asteroid Asteroid EP
Away Cities
Away 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=twitter
Beverly Careers
On their debut album, Beverly let out some kind of fuzzed out/dreamy shoegaze pop that's a little too subtle and under-elaborate to stay in memory. That doesn't mean though, that the album is not enjoyable, especially for this time of year...
Beyond Reclaim Hopes They Die
Turkish female multi-instrumentalist Pinar Akbay delivers a solid piece of depressive/blackened post metal, albeit not particularly memorable.
Biomechanical Cannibalised
Bjork Telegram
Black Swan Heaven
Black 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 Porphyrogenesis
In 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 Keys
Bob 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 Chamber
Born of Osiris Tomorrow We Die Alive
The mixing of deathcore with electronic music is intriguing, but as the album progresses temporally, the whole thing becomes repetitive.
Brains (IE) Alchemy
Burial and Four Tet Moth/Wolf Club
Callisto Providence
Carnal Forge When All Else Fails
Carnal 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 Certainty
Chimaira The Impossibility Of Reason
Chimaira The Infection
Concept of God Visions
Conception The Last Sunset
Cosm (USA-MN) Pluto
This EP consists of 18 minutes of mind numbing drone, in case someone's not entirely happy with the static from his/her radio...
Dark Nova The Dark Rhapsodies
David Gilmour About Face
Deadsoul Tribe The Dead Word
Death In Vegas Satan's Circus
Dead air for radios......
Deathrow Riders of Doom
Depeche Mode Exciter
Devil Magister Mundi Xum
Diamond Plate Pulse
Nominally, 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 Angel
Dodheimsgard Supervillain Outcast
Donovan Blanc Donovan Blanc
Subtle, 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 Hive
Draconian A Rose For The Apocalypse
Unfortunately, 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 Octavarium
Dream Theater Dream Theater
Dream 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 MadnessDeadGrave
Duff McKagan's Loaded Sick
Dying Fetus Descend Into Depravity
Eagle Eye Cherry Desireless
Eidolon Zero Hour
Eidolon'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 Legacy
Enchant Break
Enola Gay Strange Encounter
Enslaved RIITIIR
Exodus Impact Is Imminent
Firewind Few Against Many
Gehenna Unravel
Gehenna's 7th album isn't half bad, but then again it's not terribly remarkable either. Sanrabb's vocals are more than adequate for what black metal stands for, but as the songs come and go, they go through the motions, motions that are finalized during the first few tracks. Regarding the actual music, the interplay of the hazy, doom-laden parts (included in the previous album WW too) with the traditional black metal blast beating sounds promising at first. On the long run though, the arrangements are not leading anywhere in particular, because of the repetition of the same musical themes and the same stale song writing approach. Repetitiveness is not a bad thing, especially in black metal, but its constituents in Unravel tend to work against it.
Ghost B.C. Opus Eponymous
Gojira From Mars to Sirius
Gojira The Way of All Flesh
Golgatha Strength of the World
Gozu Locust Season
Grave Dominion VIII
This 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 Ground
Hades $avior$elf
Halford Crucible
Hate Erebos
Erebos 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 Selection
The 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) Rebirth
Heathendom The Symbolist
Hell (UK) Human Remains
Helloween Straight Out of Hell
High Spirits You Are Here
On 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 Abyss
Iced Earth Iced Earth
Iced Earth Plagues of Babylon
Iced 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 Subjected
Indica (USA) Pavement
Isis Oceanic: Remixes and Reinterpretations
Isis In the Absence of Truth
Isis Wavering Radiant
Ivanhoe Visions and Reality
Jag Panzer Dissident Alliance
Jamiroquai Emergency on Planet Earth
Jamiroquai Dynamite
Jethro Tull Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die!
Job for a Cowboy Gloom
Joe Satriani Unstoppable Momentum
This is a good Joe Satriani album, but nowhere near albums such as Flying In A Blue Dream.
Judas Priest Rocka Rolla
Judas Priest Redeemer of Souls
In their n-th album, Judas Priest go through the motions, motions that established them within the worldwide heavy metal elite many years ago. Going through the motions is not necessarily bad, especially for bands like Judas Priest (and Motorhead and so on), as long as the produced music sounds fresh. Unofortunately for this album, Judas Priest sound tired in all sectors but the exceptional, lightning-fast, trademark lead guitar work. Still, Redeemer Of Souls is a good album, but nowhere near the first choices of an individual in need of cutting-edge Judas Priest metal...
Judd Madden Float
Influenced 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/float
Kamelot Poetry for the Poisoned
KEN mode Venerable
Killers Murder One
King Crimson Islands
KISS You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!!
Kreator Endorama
Kylesa Spiral Shadow
Lack of Faith Aeternus Caligatio
Lacuna Coil Dark Adrenaline
Laxsid Svarot
Laxsid go about a complete change of style, as the black metal of Oriental Demolition has given way to the dark ambience of the Svarot EP. The shortness in length and the minimality of the arrangements, assess Svarot as nothing but a decent exercise in the previously mentioned style. Stream: http://laxsid.bandcamp.com/album/svarot
Loincloth Iron Balls of Steel
Madder Mortem Misty Sleep
This 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) Entrance
Good-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 Surrender
This is some good radio-friendly rock, but not something terribly essential imho.
Megadeth Endgame
Melechesh The Epigenesis
Meshuggah Contradictions Collapse
Molasses Barge Jewels
Solid 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 Room
Moriturus Black Thoughts
Motorhead Sacrifice
Mottek Hypnose
Mottek'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 Mourn
Long 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 Sire
I 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 3/5
Na Hearadh Teaglach
The folk/black metal of these English lads sounds promising, that's that though, because this is merely an EP/single. Stream: http://nahearadh.bandcamp.com/album/teaglach
Nazareth The Catch
Nightfall Astron Black and the Thirty Tyrants
No Trouble Looking for Trouble
Novembers Doom Aphotic
Obituary Inked in Blood
Album's not bad, it's just that the songs don't really lead anywhere and the digital sound production has sweeped the last fragments of that killer style the band attained during the first half of the '90s...
Opeth Pale Communion
There was a time when every new Opeth release was expected on my behalf with great anticipation. Unfortunately, from Ghost Reveries onwards, this anticipation is constantly fading. In principle, Opeth's fleeing to progressive rock was a logical decision, I remember enjoying Heritage quite a bit, but Pale Communion is as the album title implies... Pale... Apart from the first two songs which are fairly interesting, the rest of the album is totally unremarkable. The album is enjoyable as a whole, only when it's used as a background listen.
Orbital The Altogether
Oz Heavy Metal Heroes
Ozric Tentacles Erpsongs
Paradise Lost Shades of God
Perversity In the Garment of Lust
Debut 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 Macabre
Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother
Poenari Rule of the Damned
Porcupine Tree The Incident
Predator Predator
Predator Born in Blood
Psychotic Waltz Dark Millenium
Purged Form Of Release
Despite 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 Night
Queen Made in Heaven
Red Harvest Nomindsland
Relic 45 Relic 45
Riverside Anno Domini High Definition
Rotting Christ Sleep of the Angels
Rust Shoot Them Higher
Ruthless Steel Die in the Night
Die 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 Entangled
Sadist Lego
This is so weird... The band goes completely berzerk on this... Awkward, awkward...
Sadus Out for Blood
Sahg III
Samael Lux Mundi
Saturnus Paradise Belongs to You
Saxon Saxon
Scorpions Sting in the Tail
Sea of Dreams Dawn of Time
This 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 Recurrence
Seer's Tear Precious
Serpent Venom Carnal Altar
Serpent's Knight Released from the Crypt
Shebrew Provenance
Sixx:A.M. 7
Sodom Sodom
Solefald Norron Livskunst
Souls at Zero Souls at Zero
Soundtrack (Film) Black Snake Moan
Soundtrack (Film) Songs in the Key of X
Spider Kickers The Northwest Emperor
Steve Vai Passion and Warfare
Steve Vai The Ultra Zone
Stratovarius Fright Night
Suffocation Souls to Deny
Suffocation Suffocation
Sweet 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 Devil
In 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-devil
The Devil's Blood The Graveyard Shuffle
The Free Fall Band Elephants Never Forget
The Gates Of Slumber Hymns of Blood and Thunder
The Last Drive News From Nowhere
Solid 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 Veil
Therion Lepaca Kliffoth
Tiamat Skeleton Skeletron
Torr Armageddon
Toxic Waltz Decades Of Pain
This German metal company of men has chosen one of the best thrash metal songs to name their band, so the question is: is Decades of Pain nearly as good? The blunt truth is that the band must try harder in order to become as a good as some of its peers and veterans of the genre. Sure, their guitarist is a riff master, the band as a whole has a decent level of musicianship and song writing ability, but for now Toxic Waltz seem to lack a distinct identity; influences range from heavy/power to thrash metal, but they don't end up yielding truly remarkable music. Band needs to proofread its output with austerity, because there's a certain potential at display. Stream: http://toxicwaltzofficial.bandcamp.com
Tricky Maxinquaye
Troubled Horse Bring My Horses Home
Velvet Viper Velvet Viper
Solid "'80s" metal with the excellent vocals of Jutta Weinhold, the female incarnation of Ronnie James Dio...
Veni Domine 23:59
Venom Cast in Stone
Vildhjarta Masstaden
Virus (GBR) Pray for War
Although it is TOTALLY chaotic in nature, the thrashing of these guys is highly addictive... ROTTEN TO THE CORE...
Volbeat Beyond Hell/Above Heaven
Voracious Souls No Tribute No Thanx Fuck Off
Despite the poor sound production, the heavy/thrash of these German guys is so m/!!!


AAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!
Watchtower Energetic Disassembly
Wolf The Black Flame
Wolverine Still
Wolverine Communication Lost
Yama Demo 2011
Yellow Devil Sauce Yellow Devil Sauce
On their debut, self-titled album, Yellow Devil Sauce from Athens, Greece have embraced that hard rock/grunge hybrid, introduced by Tool and Alice In Chains in the '90s. That being said, the album has been granted the all too familiar ills of a band treading the first steps of its career. All songs rely heavily on 1-2 riffs and rhythms, at the expense of diversity. As for the vocals, they show some promise, but they are also subject to inconsistency more often than not. Album is handy when in need of cool rock music heard in the background.
YIDHRa Hexed
YIDHRa's otherwise solid stoner/doom metal needs some spicing up in order to become more interesting.
YOB Elaborations Of Carbon
YOB Demo
YOB get their thing on the move......
Zaz Zaz
Zenith Prisoner
Pretty 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 Place
This 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 good
Nervosa Victim of Yourself
Decent thrash metal album overall, but Nervosa should have proofread their material more, in terms of song writing.

2.8 good
Snailking Storm
I wish I could have liked it more, but the album makes it difficult for me. While the music is not the best (but definitely not the worst) doom/sludge metal out there, the sound production detracts serious merit from the Snailking's effort. For instance, the sound of the snare drum is barely perceived throughout the album. Stream: http://snailking.bandcamp.com/album/storm
Sypsis Hypnosis
Hypnosis signifies a decent start for this hellenic tech thrash metal outfit, the instrumental performance is tight, yet the vocals, as well as the sound production, could be more elaborate.

2.7 average
Aphrodite (SWE) Aphrodite
This EP of '80s rock/metal would be a lot more enjoyable, if the vocals sounded much better.
Mist (SI) Demo 2013
Slovenia rocks and so does this all-female outfit with two songs of pretty decent but rather generic doom (more)/stoner (less) metal.

2.5 average
Accuser Agitation
American Hell The Great Dying
For the time being American Hell seem to go through metalcore's motions.
Blood Revolt Indoctrine
Bullet for My Valentine Fever
Caustic (CH) Malicious
Cenobite The Black
Cerebral Effusion Idolatry Of the Unethical
Judging 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 Power
Cryostatic Dream Boundaries
If 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 Elvis
Drakar Let Draka / The Flight of the Dragon
Despite 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 Events
Adult oriented "progressive" rock from the once pioneering act of Dream Theater...

Ideal for background music...
Eldritch Blackenday
Emmure Speaker of the Dead
Epidemic (GR) Industrial
Iron Maiden Virtual XI
Knut Wonder
Maplerun Restless
Megadeth The World Needs a Hero
Megadeth Risk
Metallica Reload
Metallica Load
Monster Magnet Mastermind
Morbid Angel Illud Divinum Insanus
Need The Wisdom Machine
Nevermore The Obsidian Conspiracy
Only "And the Maiden Spoke" kind of stands out of the general mediocrity of this record...
Omen Escape to Nowhere
Party Vibez Legends Of Gnarlia
The 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-gnarlia
Sacred Reich Independent
Sarin House of Leaves
Decent debut EP, but the band needs to make its sludge/doom metal much more interesting in the future.
Silent Voices Reveal the Change
This 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 Scenario
Species Legion
Steve Harris British Lion
The Dead-End Alley Band Whispers Of The Night
Peru's The Dead-End Alley Band got themselves started with a decent blues/rock album that, unlike its successor, falls short in terms of character and substance. Stream: http://deabperu.bandcamp.com/album/whispers-of-the-night
The Haunted Unseen
Threshold (FR) Within The Expanse
Vicious Rumors Something's Burning
Wolverine Fervent Dream
Youth (USA-OR) June

2.3 average
Decibel Enigma
The sophomore Decibel album comes as the the natural continuation of the debut and unfortunately, that doesn't say much, as Decibel need a lot of work so as to produce better music in the future. Nominally, the band stays focused on the hypnotic/drone doom rhythms, but there's nothing here that could grant the album repeated hearings.

2.2 poor
Decibel Malice
According to the short press release note giving away Malice at the one-man band's bandcamp page, "this album delivers a crushing blow from start to finish". However, what's really offered in Decibel's debut album is the exact same hypnotic drum pattern from start to finish, with subtle and totally predictable transitions, and solid but all too generic riffing. Still, the album kind of becomes more involved during the two last songs. The almost-spoken goth (?) vocals are kind of interesting, the same applies for the guttural ones too. Overall, the album's more drone-y than doom/sludge-y, but without the inherent perks of all mentioned genres.

2.0 poor
Aceldama Blood
B-Thong Skinned
If the vocals weren't so HORRIBLE (!!!), this would be a cool (as in 3/5) Pantera/Prong related record...
Hoodie Allen All American
In Flames Siren Charms
One hell of a mess of an album, it feels like it was written overnight. The sound production is top notch, but the content lacks of character and cohesion. Instead of being a well structured mosaic of the styles adopted herein - metalcore, modern metal, emo, goth etc - the album is merely an amorphous pulp of the above. If I was to reference a really good album in a similar vein, my pick would be the recent Through Our Darkest Days album from Mercenary.
Metallica St. Anger
Nickelback Dark Horse
Paris Hilton Paris
Slamophiliac Slam Obsessed
There is so much better brutal death metal out there... Avoid this album at all costs!

http://slamophiliac.bandcamp.com/album/slam-obsessed

1.5 very poor
Abandoned by Light Life O' Despicable Life
Some good black metal riffs here and there, but the album is a complete mess in terms of arrangements...
Ankou Awaits Oberour Ar Maro
It'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-maro
Emmure Eternal Enemies
While I can cope with metalcore beat-downs per se, the vocals/lyrics are beyond awful....
MetaL BrotherS Thunders - Demo
New Kids on the Block No More Games - The Remix Album

1.0 awful
Blind Illusion Demon Master
Blind 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.......

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