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5.0 classic
Altar Of Plagues Teethed Glory And Injury
I may be pulling the trigger here a touch early, but this is your AOTY. It swirls, transcends, grabs, pulls, grows and takes a hold on the darkest parts of your emotions. It's a change from previous releases in more than a couple of ways. Track length suits a better all rounded sense and they have dropped the black metal intensity opting for a smoother post/experimental sound.
Darkthrone The Underground Resistance
Who could fault Darkthone for doing what they do? Certainly there is nothing surprising going on here, but that's okay we don't need surprises. Darkthrone write the music they want to write.
Finsterforst Rastlos
Frigoris Wind

4.5 superb
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Anaal Nathrakh The Codex Necro
Ataraxie L Etre et La Nausee
Burzum Hvis lyset tar oss
Eye of Solitude Canto III
Karnivool Asymmetry
Locktender Kafka
Morbus Chron Sweven
Opeth Blackwater Park
Secrets of the Moon Antithesis
A display of a black metal band that simply knows how to do the simple things well, one the best of the genre, even though not widely heard.
Talisman Stone LoveCraftopolis
Trvth Black Horse Plague
An opus of a record, moving from free flowing prog, to the dankest of black metal growls. Yes, the run time is huge, but how could you not grace such a massive record without the time needed to allow for full expression? Trvth is a modern take at 70s inspired movements shaped with precision and crafted down to the "tee". The album is beauty rolled, twisted transcending the norm. rfree download - http://trvth.bandcamp.com/album/black-horse-plague
We Lost The Sea The Quietest Place on Earth

4.0 excellent
Adrift for Days Come Midnight...
Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit
Anaal Nathrakh Vanitas
Appalachian Winter I Become The Frozen Land
Ash Borer Cold of Ages
Autopsy Severed Survival
Autopsy Mental Funeral
Avantasia The Mystery Of Time
Bathory Bathory
Behemoth Demigod
Blood Red Throne Blood Red Throne
Bong Stoner Rock
Carcass Surgical Steel
Crosses Crosses
Cult of Luna Vertikal
Cynic Focus
Deicide Deicide
DevilDriver Pray for Villains
Doomsword The Eternal Battle
Dragged Into Sunlight WidowMaker
Evoken Antithesis of Light
Evoken Atra Mors
Falls of Rauros The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood
Grand Magus The Hunt
Grave Miasma Odori Sepulcrorum
This is one of those records that will swing an ax into your groin, take heed, but don't forget to come back to it.
Hela Broken Cross
Hexis Abalam
Hope Drone Hope Drone
Australia's Hope Drone marks an excellent entry into the world of hybrid post-black metal. It's gritty, clean transcending the typical "pretty" sounds peppered in the genre. It's not for light listening, these four tracks were made with intent, and intent is surely given.
Impure Wilhelmina Black Honey
Incantation Vanquish in Vengeance
Kagrenak Black Vertical Shadows
Katatonia Night Is the New Day
Kauan Pirut
Kayo Dot Hubardo
Les Discrets Ariettes Oubliees...
Meshuggah Koloss
Nails Abandon All Life
Got seventeen minutes? Of course you do. Abandon All Life is the sultry hard-hitting sonic onslaught of oppressive heaviness. Keep in mind that short was never meant to be ?sweet? on Nail?s sophomore ?full-length?. From top to bottom (no matter how short that may be) Abandon All Life ensures the utmost of intensity highlighting the gift of Todd Jones behind the microphone. A fury rarely seen and upheld over the course of ear-splitting riffs and semi-thundering drum patterns gives life to a release over before it can be fully processed. See ?In Exodus? for proof that ?heavy metal? is real and relatable in today?s music industry. There?s no remorse, no guilt, no waiting period or white flag signalling the retreat. Nails have come to place their boot on the neck of the hardcore genre, tying in some truly ferocious chops along the way.
Of Solitude and Solemn Starlight's Guide
Of Solitude and Solemn Of Solitude and Solemn
Opeth Watershed
Paysage d'Hiver Das Tor
A perfect mood setter for days dry and windy. The mood is bleak but somehow the setting provides a stark beauty in a barren wasteland. It's times like this when you can fully understand why the bands of this genre spend so much time focusing on what others usually miss.
Portal Swarth
Portal Vexovoid
Pyrrhon The Mother of Virtues
Rorcal Vilagvege
Rush Signals
Sacriphyx The Western Front
Saor Roots
Secrets of the Moon Seven Bells
Sepultura Roots
Sepultura Chaos A.D.
Serious Beak Huxwhukw
Slayer Reign in Blood
Slayer Seasons in the Abyss
Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused to Sing
Still Remains Ceasing to Breathe
Stone Sour House of Gold and Bones - Part 2
Suffocation Effigy of the Forgotten
Summoning Old Mornings Dawn
The Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us Is the Killer
The Fall of Every Season Amends
Thou Tyrant
Thou Peasant
Thou Heathen
Ulcerate Vermis
Ulver Messe I.X-VI.X
Unhappy Despair
Unhappy Dear God, Thanks for the Suicide Option
Until Death Overtakes Me Symphony III: Monolith
We All Die (Laughing) Thoughtscanning
Wedrujacy Wiatr Tam, Gdzie Miesiac Oplakuje Swit
Whelm A Gaze Blank and Pitiless as The Sun

3.5 great
Ade Spartacus
Agalloch Faustian Echoes
Alcest Les Voyages De L Ame
Altar Of Plagues Mammal
Amenra Mass V
Amon Amarth Deceiver of the Gods
An Autumn For Crippled Children Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love
Anaal Nathrakh In the Constellation of the Black Widow
Anaal Nathrakh Hell Is Empty and All the Devils Are Her
Anaal Nathrakh Eschaton
Anaal Nathrakh Domine Non Es Dignus
Antediluvian Through the Cervix of Hawaah
Ash Borer Ash Borer
Ataraxie Slow Transcending Agony
Autopsy Acts of the Unspeakable
Behemoth The Satanist
Bell Witch Longing
Benighted Asylum Cave
Black Label Society Catacombs of the Black Vatican
Black Label Society have lifted the expectations of their own music. It's not flashy in regards of toppling a genre but strong enough to bring back the band's former glory.
Blood Red Throne Souls of Damnation
Blood Red Throne Come Death
Blut Aus Nord 777 - Cosmosophy
Bong Idle Days On The Yann
Coffinworm When All Became None
Cult of Luna Vertikal II
Four tracks with one remix, it's not an expansive full-length release but its merits are deserved. Play it off the end of Vertikal (1) and the atmosphere matches the first. A display of self-ness, presented by a band that didn't want it any other way.
Darkthrone Sempiternal Past - The Darkthrone Demos
Darkthrone Circle the Wagons
Dead Letter Circus The Catalyst Fire
Deos Fortitude.Pain.Suffering
Masterminded by the Eye Of Solitude vocalist Daniel DEOS highlights how one man can stretch away from his flagship project and stay well within his nuances.
DevilDriver Winter Kills
DevilDriver The Last Kind Words
Disma Towards the Megalith
Dragged Into Sunlight Hatred For Mankind
Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Events
Ea Ea
Enshine Origin
Enthroned Sovereigns
A change up in members doesn't shake the foundations of Enthroned's music. At the same time, there's no 'real' disappointment as the new blood holds pace with the band's back catalog. 'Sovereigns' is another bombastic slab of black metal with a modern infusion. It's dynamic and shifts enough to maintain interest.
Ethereal Shroud Absolution|Emptiness
Eye of Solitude The Deceit
Eye of Solitude Sui Caedere
Falls of Rauros Into the Archaic
Fleshgod Apocalypse Labyrinth
The technicality's still here, the pace is maintained and the symphonic is as prominent as ever. It's not perfect, this combination will always clash heads but it seems that Fleshgod Apocalypse are finally putting the two together in a manageable and interesting form. The album does what it needs to and well, but the almost fifty-five minutes of symphonic cliches tied over a melodic tech-death instrumental effort does tire the listener. It's got room to grow, just not a lot.
Gojira The Way of All Flesh
Grand Magus Triumph and Power
Won't topple the likes of 'The Hunt' but has some chops to match any of the band's other records. Only this time around the band is more cohesive throughout.
Gris A lame Enflammee, lame Constellee
Horseback A Plague Of Knowing
Immolation Majesty and Decay
Impetuous Ritual Relentless Execution of Ceremonial Excrescence
Insain Enlightening the Unknown
Intervals A Voice Within
Kagrenak Part Two
Short exposures to the monolithic world of funeral doom metal, only this is the second chapter.
Kampfar Djevelmakt
Kataklysm In the Arms of Devastation
Katatonia Dead End Kings
Kongh Sole Creation
Lethe When Dreams Become Nightmares
Lidande I II III
Lunar Aurora Hoagascht
Lvcifyre Svn Eater
Meshuggah Nothing
Miserable Failure Hope
October Falls The Plague of a Coming Age
Opeth Heritage
Opeth Deliverance
Opeth Damnation
Paradise Lost Tragic Idol
Portal Seepia
Portal Outre
Power Trip Manifest Decimation
Raxa Starchildren
Red Fang Whales and Leeches
Rosetta The Anaesthete
Secrets of the Moon Carved in Stigmata Wounds
Secrets of the Moon Privilegivm
Separatist Closure
Septa The Lover
Sepultura Kairos
Sigur Ros Kveikur
Skindred Kill the Power
It has the hooks to drive its guitar laden, bombastic approach. But the overall song writing steps back from the band's previous release. Make no mistake the quasi formulaic structures are great and the rest push through.
Slidhr Deluge
Soilwork The Living Infinite
Twenty tracks of joy for a band that was slowly fading off the map. Soilwork have stretched out, when they really needed to.
Still Remains Of Love and Lunacy
Sun Devoured Earth A Static Life
Sunn O))) Black One
Sunn O))) LA Reh 012
Sunn O))) Monoliths and Dimensions
Thaw Thaw
Thou Summit
Thranenkind The Elk
Trivium Shogun
Unhappy Dark Crows
Unhappy Songs Before My Suicide
Until Death Overtakes Me Prelude To Monolith
How minimal is this, how long can you sit still? And why the fuck don't people know about this band?
Vader Welcome to the Morbid Reich
Within Temptation Hydra
Wolves in the Throne Room Celestial Lineage
Woods of Desolation Sorh [Ep]
Woods of Desolation As The Stars
Year of No Light Ausserwelt

3.0 good
A Day To Remember Common Courtesy
Aborym Dirty
Adrift for Days The Lunar Maria
Alcest Souvenirs d'un autre Monde
Alcest Shelter
Altar Of Plagues White Tomb
An Autumn For Crippled Children Only The Ocean Knows
Arcturus La Masquerade Infernale
Ash Borer Bloodlands
Behemoth Evangelion
Behemoth The Apostasy
Black Sabbath 13
Blut Aus Nord 777 - Sect(s)
Blut Aus Nord 777 - The Desanctification
Burzum Sol austan, Mani vestan
Capharnaum Fractured
Carnifex Die Without Hope
Cathedral The Last Spire
Coffins Mortuary in Darkness
Conan Blood Eagle
Cough Ritual Abuse
Cough Sigillum Luciferi
Crowbar Sever The Wicked Hand
Cult of Luna Somewhere Along the Highway
De Magia Veterum The Divine Antithesis
Deicide To Hell With God
Deicide In the Minds of Evil
Devil Time to Repent
Devil You Know The Beauty of Destruction
Despite the ever-growing hype train from the ashes of former Killswitch Engage frontman, Howard Jones and the other various artists joining on this new moniker, The Beauty Of Destruction leaves something to be desired. Devil You Know releases 47 minutes of passable metalcore filled to the brim with the nuances that made Jones' stint with KsE so successful. The Beauty Of Destruction is formulaic, but delivers everything it was meant to. 'For The Dead And Broken' stands as a distinguishable highlight.
DevilDriver Devildriver
DevilDriver Beast
DevilDriver The Fury of Our Maker's Hand
Dodecahedron Dodecahedron
Dream Theater Dream Theater
Drudkh / Winterfylleth Thousands of Moons Ago / The Gates
Dying Sun Transcendence
Evoken A Caress of the Void
Falls of Rauros Hail Wind and Hewn Oak
Fell Voices Regnum Saturni
Five Finger Death Punch American Capitalist (Deluxe Edition)
Five Finger Death Punch War Is the Answer
Forlorn Path Man's Last Portrait
Ghost B.C. Infestissumam
Album leaks and Sput's userbase goes wild. Sure enough Ghost's second release is a steady beast but it just like the Archille's heel, it doesn't have the same impact as the debut. Tracks like Secular Haze, Year Zero (the album's singles) are standouts but the band did everything they needed to on the first release. Make no mistake, the album will Satan your socks off, but it will tickle your feet as it does so.
Gorguts Colored Sands
Grand Magus Grand Magus
Why we have no review for this? rYour soundoff was too short, it has to be at least 50 characters
Horseback Half Blood
Immolation Kingdom of Conspiracy
Imprecation Satanae Tenebris Infinita
Indian From All Purity
Insomnium Ephemeral
Inter Arma Sky Burial
Jesu Every Day I Get Closer To The Light...
Kagrenak Part One
Kataklysm Prevail
Kataklysm Serenity in Fire
Kauan Aava Tuulen Maa
Mechina Xenon
Mephistopheles Sounds Of The End
Meshuggah obZen
Monster Magnet Dopes to Infinity
Mourning Beloveth Formless
Opeth The Roundhouse Tapes
Outwailed Observant
Primitive Graven Image Traversing the Awesome Night
Richard Cheese The Sunny Side of the Moon
Rush Caress of Steel
Samothrace Reverence to Stone
Secrets of the Moon The Exhibitions
Secrets of the Sky To Sail Black Waters
Sepultura The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart
I guess they can but there are those who need not wait for a stream to hear the album early....
Sirenia Perils of the Deep Blue
Skagos Anarchic
Skindred Union Black
Slayer World Painted Blood
Slough Feg Digital Resistance
Soulfly Savages
Suffocation Pinnacle of Bedlam
Suffocation Suffocation
Sun Devoured Earth Sounds of Desolation
Svart Det Personliga Helvetets Spiral
The Body Master, We Perish
The Fall of Every Season From Below
The Howling Void Nightfall
Passable at best, Nightfall continues The Howling Void's legacy. It's not impressive but it will do.
Thy Light No Morrow Shall Dawn
Trivium In Waves
Trvth Alpha
Tyr Valkyrja
Until Death Overtakes Me Symphony II: Absence Of Life
Until Death Overtakes Me Days Without Hope
This one man minimalistic funeral doom metaler culminates a bit of everything found in his past release creating a quality listen from front to back. The album has flaws in bringing it all together and for some reason that's why the other albums fair better in terms of quality.
Until Death Overtakes Me Symphony I: Deep Dark Red
Vindensang Alpha
Watain The Wild Hunt
Watain release something just better than acceptable. Who would've thought they would bring a little Metallica to their modern day black metal, no, I'm not talking a case of the Hetfield "Yeah's", rather the mellow ballad somehow highlights the album.
We Lost The Sea Crimea
Windhand Soma
Wolves in the Throne Room Black Cascade
Wolves in the Throne Room Malevolent Grain
Woods of Desolation Toward the Depths
Year of No Light Tocsin
YIDHRa Hexed

2.5 average
AFI Decemberunderground
Agalloch The Grey
Apocynthion Sidereus Nuncius
Ataraxie Anhedonie
Autopsy The Headless Ritual
Avenged Sevenfold Hail to the King
Benighted Carnivore Sublime
Blut Aus Nord What Once Was...Liber III
Blut Aus Nord What Once Was... Liber II
Born Of Osiris Tomorrow We Die Alive
Children of Bodom Halo of Blood
Chimaira Crown of Phantoms
Time for Chimaira to hang up their gear. This is too streamlined, for a band that's always used hooks this is over the top almost to a commercially viable, pop/radio level. It doesn't help when the groove has less edge, less gusto, the aggression is gone for a band who really should have been able to do better than this.
Conquering Dystopia Conquering Dystopia
Craven Idol Ethereal Altars
Culted Oblique to All Paths
Dark Tranquillity Construct
Deafheaven Sunbather
Death Angel Killing Season
Doomsword Doomsword
Esoteric Subconscious Dissolution into the Contin
Evergreen Terrace Dead Horses
Five Finger Death Punch The Wrong Side of Heaven and The Righteous Side...
Five Finger Death Punch American Capitalist
Frosttide Awakening
Hacride Back To Where You've Never Been
High on Fire De Vermis Mysteriis
Junius Days of the Fallen Sun
Kampfar Mare
Kataklysm Heaven's Venom
Katatonia Dethroned & Uncrowned
Korn The Paradigm Shift
Korn continue to make music where listeners' collectively "sigh".
Lacuna Coil Broken Crown Halo
Lycus Tempest
Ministry From Beer to Eternity
Misery Signals Absent Light
Mouth of the Architect Dawning
Moving Mountains Moving Mountains
My Dying Bride The Manuscript
Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks
Obliteration Black Death Horizon
Opeth Burden
Palms Palms
Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork
Quest Of Aidance Misanthropic Propaganda
Satyricon Satyricon
Secrets of the Moon Stronghold of the Inviolables
Self Defense Family Try Me
Shattered Hope Waters Of Lethe
Sithu Aye Pulse
Skagos Ast
Suffocation Blood Oath
Sunn O))) and Ulver Terrestrials
The Devil Wears Prada 8:18
The Gardnerz It All Fades
TotalSelfHatred TotalSelfHatred
Trivium Trivium
Trivium The Crusade
Wolves in the Throne Room Two Hunters
Woods of Desolation Torn Beyond Reason
Zealotry The Charnel Expanse

2.0 poor
Architects Lost Forever // Lost Together
Autopsy Macabre Eternal
Autopsy Shitfun
Behemoth Grom
Blut Aus Nord Debemur MoRTi
Burzum Umskiptar
Cold Body Radiation A Clear Path
Cynic Kindly Bent to Free Us
Lifeless, formless heading in one single direction
Deicide Till Death Do Us Part
Drowning Pool Sinner
Fit For An Autopsy Hellbound
Five Finger Death Punch Pre-Emptive Strike
Five Finger Death Punch The Wrong Side of Heaven... Vol. 2
Five Finger Death Punch Way Of The Fist
Funeral for a Friend Conduit
Havok Unnatural Selection
Morbid Angel Illud Divinum Insanus
Orphaned Land All Is One
Pathology Lords of Rephaim
Ringworm Hammer of the Witch
Sargeist Feeding the Crawling Shadows
Suicidal Angels Divide And Conquer
Tempel On the Steps of the Temple
Trivium Vengeance Falls
Wednesday 13 The Dixie Dead

1.5 very poor
Anaal Nathrakh Passion
Bring Me The Horizon Sempiternal
Just saw this compared to a 2.0 version of Metallica. Threw up a little bit. Now that's all good and fine if you're willing to throw the band into the same boat. But, as far as it goes LULU looks impressive when compared to this. Changing the recipe slightly does not change the fact that cheese and chalk should never be put on the same plate.
Brutality Will Prevail Suspension Of Consciousness
Gaped The Murderous Inception
I Killed The Prom Queen Beloved
Make Them Suffer Neverbloom
The Defiled Daggers
The Unguided Fragile Immortality
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