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Phrenelith Desolate Endscape4.5
Julia Holter In the Same Room4.5
Taphos Nomos / Urdun RIP4.5
Mount Eerie A Crow Looked At Me5.0
"Conceptual emptiness was cool to talk about, back before I knew my way around these hospitals."
Lantern II: Morphosis4.5
Venenum Trance of Death5.0
Holy fuck.
Gorephilia Severed Monolith4.0
Severed Monolith is a brilliantly paced and quite detailed album. Each song features several layers of tight, technical and varied music that only engages interest more and more over each subsequent listen. Penultimate track ?Crushed Under the Weight of God? displays this songwriting prowess with incredible nuance in its nine-minute runtime. But with its vast influences and erratic aesthetic tone uneasily hanging over every facet of the music, it can be hard to suspend disbelief and fully immerse yourself within its style. With perhaps an iota more care when developing the lyrical concepts, the song titles and the unity of its interludes to fit completely in line with one another and with the monstrously perfect artwork, Severed Monolith could have been a modern classic -- but it?s in those stupidly insignificant details that it loses me.
boring bathtimes Loss5.0
Sun Kil Moon Common As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood5.0
Rude Remnants...4.5
Code Orange Forever1.0
Kurt Ballou-core Goes Nu-Metal! Vol.1

Death Worship Extermination Mass2.5
After three years of waiting, I'm calling this the biggest disappointment in recent memory.
Jacob Scheppler & Volcanic Queen Black Tar3.5
Extremely pleasant and meditative noise and guitar improv that works wonders on repeat as just backing sound when reading or writing
Grok A Spineless Descent4.0
Teitanblood Accursed Skin4.5
Considering this features a track previously released on Woven Black Arteries (which in turn was a
release with another previously released song), it's hard to be super satisfied with it. The new
track is a brilliant expansion on the longer and more complex compositions featured on the band's
past few releases, and even features a clearer and less-dense production style, but musically is
just as challenging and in-depth as ever. Just leaves me wanting more new material rather than
deeply satisfied like with Death.
Bolzer Hero4.5
This album seems to be pretty divisive, I suppose from people who were expecting more typical or "complete" black/death metal, or perhaps those who just aren't into this style. I can understand not digging it (not saying "urgh you just don't get it"), but personally I'm really fucking feeling this one. Takes the sound of their EPs to a whole new level, and the enhanced atmospheric and even sludgy influence to it is really sounding unique, not so much like it's copying anything from any current or past black/death/sludge/post-metal circles.
Deathspell Omega The Synarchy of Molten Bones4.0
Has a bunch of those classic Deathspell moments that make each track worth revisiting over and over again. On par with Paracletus and Drought.
Dead Congregation Sombre Doom3.5
Pretty good.
Sleepwalkers (JPN) 57724.0
The ideas a bit haphazard, but they're all executed wonderfully. Though the first two tracks and their mix of dirty death, grind and psychedelic noise rockerhythms appeal to me the most.
Eordeslajyr Haxan3.5
Interesting enough to stand on its own but perhaps a bit too dependant on the fact that it's a soundtrack to the silent film
Void Meditation Cult Utter the Tongue Of The Dead4.0
Band's improved a great deal from their already excellent demos, really heavy vomitous black metal magic
Cultes Des Ghoules Coven5.0
Don't let the cover fool you, this is raw, ugly, ritualistic black metal that doesn't compromise its style for over a hour and a half. Utterly brilliant.
Vermin Womb Decline1.5
Sludgy grind band with crystal clear production like to pretend they're uber-heavy nihilists of filth,
comes across as try-hard and laughable. Who knew? Your feedback intros would sound more
genuine if they weren't just there to make this appear faux-DIY. This is a soy latte with artificial
sweetner that all the white hipster boiz who think it's the heaviest shit ever drink.
Ulcerate Shrines of Paralysis3.0
A step up after Vermis with the inclusion of surprisingly warm melodic sections, but overall even more of a dissonant mess with little to redeem it or the band from falling into the trap of their own influence.
Marching Church Telling It Like It Is4.5
In spite of the all the album?s wild inconsistencies, tonally, lyrically, musically -- that?s exactly why it succeeds. Each song feels so masterfully composed and deliberate. Recommended for fans of Nick Cave, Bruce Springsteen and post-punk in general.
Church of Disgust Veneration Of Filth4.0
Straight filth from the swamp, come to devour the world with death metal sludge.
John K. Samson Winter Wheat3.0
'Postdoc Blues', 'Winter Wheat' and 'Virtute At Rest' are among Samson's best work. 'Virtute At
Rest' especially is the beautiful and powerful closure we wanted for Virtute's story, but the other
piece in the story, '17th Street Treatment Centre', while explaining the story from the angle of
Virtute's owner, feels...forced, and empty. And the rest of the album is inconsequential,
wandering, boring. Nothing special happens, every moment seems either overwrought or under-
thought, and none of it sticks, sadly.
Auroch Mute Books3.0
The band continues honing a style that they're good at but isn't a great style to be good at.
Mithras On Strange Loops4.0
Nothing but consistency here, they don't really expand their sound, but they do continue their style of atmospheric tech death beautifully
Ichiko Aoba マホロボシヤ3.5
If only the full album held up to the standard of the first three tracks, this would be an undoubtable 5/5, but unfortunately, after the first three tracks, the album falls off. The extremely subtle atmospheric touches fall off, the connectivity, gone. Instead the rest of the album becomes a string of pleasant but ultimately forgettable tracks that don't have nearly the same impact or emotional resonance that the brilliance of the songwriting displayed early on shows.
Dark Millennium Midnight In The Void1.0
I like to pretend this band never made anything after the debut. Especially not this. Possibly one of the worst albums I've ever heard.
Darkthrone Arctic Thunder4.5
Rules, as expected. Arctic Thunder culminates all of Darkthrone's styles over the years into one insanely good record, with some new doses of slow and dark doom metal that Ted and Fenriz have injected into the mix.
Hikrahe Lily (The Wilt)4.0
Wonderful stuff.
Jenny Hval Blood Bitch4.0
Really lovely record, tastefully conveyed concepts and overall just an easy and wonderful listen
Asphyx Incoming Death4.0
Asphyx release their best album since Last One On Earth. Don't listen to Flug's poserisms, Van Drunen still provides the best death metal vocals around and this album makes death metal cool again
Nicolas Jaar Sirens4.0
A lot to take in on a first listen. Not sure if I enjoy it as much as his first album but there's a lot to love here.
Barrow Wight Kings In Saurons Service4.5
Equal parts epic heavy metal, first wave black metal, punk-infused speed and progressive/heavy psyche, this album is an incredible and essential listen for 2016.
AUM Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum4.0
When primitive caveman death metal finds spiritualism. A beautiful thing.
Pestilence Reflections of the Mind4.0
Preoccupations Preoccupations4.5
Preoccupations is the sound of dissecting every rotten feeling. An immediately familiar hood
hangs from its trappings and sullen, dancing monochromatic beats. From the opening drones of
'Anxiety', there's a brightly coloured ambiance that sounds as if dulled by some kind of blemish-
removing Instagram filter. I can't tell if it's triggered some kind of nostalgia, or if the album has just
tapped into some well of mundane, bare and utterly relatable ugly emotion.
Nox Formulae The Hidden Paths to Black Ecstasy4.5
Brilliant Hellenic black metal. From the mastermind behind Serpent Noir, once again showing us the true sound of occult black metal and basically making all other bands in 2016 irrelevant.
High Spirits Motivator4.5
Big step up from 'You Are Here' which felt a bit dull after their killer debut. The leads on this might be their best ever and are far and away some of the best of the year. Absolutely astoundingly good riffs and solos here, and the energy is enormous.
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree5.0
dear fucking lord this is the most devastating album i've heard
Blood Incantation Starspawn4.5
There's an ambiance underlying the record that elevates it as a listen. Throughout its short
runtime, it captures the essence of mystery, horror, and the cosmos perfectly. Your mind could
wander all day with the imagery, nostalgia and general feeling that Starspawn provides within its
unrelentingly beautiful and chasmic folds.
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma In Summer4.0
Michael Snoxall "Spooks."1.0
Album out on the 31st: https://michaelsnoxall.bandcamp.com/
Kayo Dot Plastic House on Base of Sky5.0
Ghoulgotha To Starve the Cross4.5
Death metal isn't supposed to progress, nor is it supposed to remain stagnant. Stagnancy is
unchanging, it's boring. Progress is growth. Death metal isn't supposed to grow; it's supposed to
rot. Much like a corpse will decay and change, for its namesake, death metal needs to retain that
character. I feel like many people will disagree with this position. I don't care. Ghoulgotha
represent the eminent decay of death metal.
Garroted In the Court of Nyarlathotep4.5
In the Court of Nyarlathotep is an eldritch, unnerving mess. It’s all over the place. Instrumentally,
everything is working overtime in perfect sync in order to create these fascinatingly uncanny
compositions, and it has everything that creates my perfect death metal ideal. It has that essence
that makes it feel all that more real. Garroted have only just begun to show the death metal scene
what they’re capable of, but it’s one of the best beginnings in a long time.
boring bathtimes Souls in a World of Dense Air4.5
Haunter (TX) Thrinodίa4.5
One of the best black metal albums of the year, killer weird and progressive stuff. The demo quality is a little bit of a nuisance considering bands of this sound tend to do better with a neater recording, but it's not a big deal, just not ideally suited to the fuzz.
Landmurks bring horrible production, musical ideas, shoddy transitions and the worst vocal performance I've ever heard in metalcore to the forefront for this mess of an album. Absolutely awful. It's all so thin, generic and just painful to listen to. The vocals especially make no sense, as the vocalist here seems to have no understanding of how vocals should work, and he fluctuates between screams and singing mid-word, like he doesn't know if he's meant to be singing, screaming or rapping, he just does it all at once.
boring bathtimes Your wild gales whipping desolate mountains3.5
Cadaveric Fumes Dimensions Obscure5.0
Probably the best death metal release of the year. I've been going back to this consistently since release and it never ceases to amaze.
Zealotry The Last Witness2.5
Another mammoth disappointment this year, along with the new Chttkjtt''ksisjsllksishest record.
Da Zai Shogyoumujou4.5
It's very rare that a modern prog record would have me so smitten, but this album is divine.
The Drones Feelin Kinda Free5.0
Scalare At the Edge of Darkness4.0
The best worst vocalist you can imagine. I love this shit.
Angel Sword Rebels Beyond the Pale4.5
So much replay-ability on this one. Riffs are too fun and I personally love the vocalist. wicked cool stuff.
Chthe'ilist Le Dernier Crépuscule2.5
At least the biggest disappointment of the year has gotten itself out of the way early. I wanted to fall in love with this so badly, but it just feels so empty.
Mystic Towers Caverns of Crystal4.5
The first track, a 25-minute slow burning dungeon synth masterpiece transports you to fantastical magical realms with its droning brilliance.rThe second track lets the release down somewhat with less impact, but it still an enjoyable dungeon synth piece nonetheless.
Washer Here Comes Washer4.0
A wonderfully catchy and achingly familiar indie rock record that ticks a lot of boxes in all the right ways.
Eternal Champion The Armor of Ire4.5
Probably the best heavy metal album of the year, gives Spell and Wytch Hazel a run for their money.
Pestilence The Dysentery Penance5.0
Pestilence's classic demos in one neat package, that's all you need in life, really.
boring bathtimes An Otherwise Clouded Mind4.0
Desecresy Stoic Death4.5
And again, Hawks is W R O N G, don't let his falses reviews cloud your mind. This band makes
unique and chasmically transcendental death metal with atmospheric leads, rotten vocals and
heavy, catchy riffs that slay for days. Play this loud over speakers to fill your house with devouring
atmosphere. Not at all meant to be an Ulver, Convulse, Infester or Morbid Angel album. Hawks is
an idiot. This has been a PSA.
Iglooghost Chinese Nü Yr3.5
Though Chinese N Yr explores such dynamism and rich musical patchwork, it leaves the listener wanting, and unfulfilled. Such carefully constructed music begs for a larger platform, a bigger, fuller voice. And through this, its greatest quality becomes its greatest flaw, as not even the beautiful music can rally enough enthusiasm and energy for this to be anything more than a promising footnote in your music library, or Iglooghost?s discography.
Cruciamentum Charnel Passages4.5
No other death metal album captures the genre's history as effectively as this one. With sounds
that are rooted strongly both in the European and US death scenes, Cruciamentum have created the defining
"old school" death metal album for modern times.
Deathhammer Evil Power5.0
Have you ever heard a modern band that worships classic thrash and black metal so hard that you
think they'll probably suffer an aneurysm should they even attempt to thrash any goddamn harder
than they already do? If so then you've probably heard Norway's Deathhammer. They aren't your
basic 80s thrash cover band, and they probably couldn't be even if they tried. True thrash courses
through the veins of Salsten and Sadomancer, and if there's a tighter, more vicious and visceral
blackthrash album released in recent years, there isn't.
boring bathtimes march of the process3.5
Cultes Des Ghoules The Rise of Lucifer5.0
Cultes des Ghoules continue to command respect as the single greatest "modern" black metal band to exist. Creating a legacy of what black metal should have been post-1993. The Necromantia cover is just as evil and fucked up as the original.
Kayo Dot Coffins on Io5.0
Coprocephalic The Oath of Relinquishment4.0
Vicarivs Filii Dei Non Cogitant Sed Tamen Sunt4.5
Absolutely insane, twisted melodies.
Kayo Dot Kraków5.0
Teitanblood Death5.0
The cancer that ravages the bodies of the weak from the inside. The sheets in the hospitals that can?t wash out the death of the thousand hosts they?ve harnessed. The ruination of nations. The sepulchral monuments to which the bodies lay buried. The rituals of sacrifice. The cults of lives stolen. The genocides of peoples. The dolmens of the ancient, unheard of and enigmatic lost peoples who had succumbed to life?s inevitability before our time. The confrontation of everything that has and will be drawn to an end. The breath of life given to dead bones--the learnings from those passed and the monolith of their impression. The silence, the cacophony, the burial, the pyramids, the temples, the sky and watered earth, the petrichor that rises from old graves. The nails and hair that grow long after the flesh has decayed.rThis is death metal.rThis is Death.rmortui vivos docent
Morbus Chron Sweven3.5
This album was a letdown after A Saunter Through The Shroud. I didn't gel with this at first and even now I still need to be in the right mood, since this cuts out almost all the savagery in place for a cleaner sound and some very poorly paced music that gets repetitive quickly. Sometimes the payoff for all their pot-boiling on this album isn't worth it, but other times it's just the ticket.
Black Magic Wizard's Spell5.0
Strange Game $TRANGE GAME$5.0
Pestilence Obsideo4.5
Ulcerate Vermis2.5
The death metal riffs begin to fade as Ulcerate get lost in their own tangled web of dissonance for what, at this point, begins to feel like it's just there for the sake of it.
Grim Fandango Flicker Noise4.0
A messy, brutally Australian album for a hot, confused summer
Kayo Dot Hubardo5.0
Immolation Kingdom of Conspiracy3.5
The riffs are great, the band is on point, but oof, that production kills this one. Could have been up there with Majesty and Decay if not for that high, polished sheen.
The Drones I See Seaweed5.0
Cultes Des Ghoules Henbane5.0
One of the greatest black metal albums of all time. This is a true occult ritual that brings sounds made ugly by bands like Beherit, Mortuary Drape, Necromantia and Bathory. This is what black metal sounds like.

Teitanblood Woven Black Arteries4.5
Coupling the band's epic 'Purging Tongues' 12" with a brand new track, this EP is a monstrous
addition to the band's stellar discography. I reckon if Purging Tongues, Sanctified Dysecdysis and
Accursed Skin were all saved to be released together as one full album as opposed to being mixed
and matched over three separate releases, it would make for a much more fulfilling experience.
Morbus Chron A Saunter Through The Shroud5.0
Morbus Chron were always a band that never really impressed me. Their early work was some solid horror dm but I always felt something was a little lacklustre. This EP was a revelation, some of the most brilliantly savage vocals in the genre along with the psychedelic death n roll vibes and the raw production made this a vicious package and held so much promise.
Spawn of Possession Incurso5.0
Kayo Dot Gamma Knife5.0
Teitanblood Purging Tongues5.0
A massive and intriguing conceptual track that the band considers their best work, and it's
certainly their most unique.
Cultes Des Ghoules Spectres over Transylvania4.5
I visit it less than their other work, but this is still better than most black metal going round today and it worth a listen regardless of its overshadowed place in the band's discography.
Pestilence Doctrine2.5
Definitely the worst of the reformation albums, Mameli doesn't seem to know what he wanted to do with this album, and its skewed vision and sometimes laughable guitar tones, riffs and vocals are just embarrassing after how good Resurrection Macabre was.
Ulcerate The Destroyers of All5.0
Negative Plane Stained Glass Revelations5.0

Big Blood Dark Country Magic4.5
Kayo Dot Stained Glass5.0
Gareth Liddiard Strange Tourist5.0
One of the most brilliant and engaging albums ever made, with such lyrical poignancy that the storytelling will keep you coming back time and time again.
Kayo Dot Coyote5.0
Immolation Majesty and Decay4.5
Kayo Dot Live In Bonn, Germany5.0
Ulcerate Everything Is Fire4.5
Teitanblood Seven Chalices5.0
this thing is the perfect vomitous ode to death metal undergrovnd
Pestilence Resurrection Macabre4.0
Teitanblood Black Putrescence of Evil5.0
Genocide Chants is one of my favourite demos of all times, and this compilation with the demo and the band's split material is absolutely essential for any lover of unique and barbaric black/death.
Cultes Des Ghoules Häxan5.0
Raw bass and pure evil.
The Drones Havilah5.0
Kayo Dot Blue Lambency Downward5.0

Cultes Des Ghoules Odd Spirituality4.0
Ulcerate Of Fracture and Failure2.5
Messy and lacking direction, it's incredible to hear how Ulcerate pulled themselves together to put out Everything Is Fire not long after this.
Immolation Shadows in the Light4.5
The Drones Gala Mill5.0
The Mountain Goats Get Lonely5.0
Pestilence Chronicles Of The Scourge4.0
Spawn of Possession Noctambulant5.0
Negative Plane Et In Saecula Saeculorum4.0
Killer album, but nothing compared to what they'd later achieve with Stained Glass Revelations.
Kayo Dot Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue5.0
The Drones Wait Long by the River...5.0
Immolation Harnessing Ruin3.5
It's Immolation, it's there, it's good, but it's not the best thing they've done or even worth going back to all that much, that said: when it's on, it's great.
The Drones The Miller's Daughter5.0

Necrophagist Epitaph4.5
My favourite 'phagist release, this one has some of the coolest tech riffs ever written.
Necrophagist Onset of Putrefaction (Re-issue)4.5
Brilliant tech death that birthed a whole lot of crap, but this one still holds up and kills
Mount Eerie Live In Copenhagen5.0
It's hard to encapsulate everything wonderful about this recording. It's two hours of personal time
with a man who's entertaining, witty, funny, sad and shy. There are innumerable highs and lows.
There's nothing I could write to fully envelop what makes this one of the most important albums in
my life and, in truth, what I believe is the most essential musical recording of all time.
Kayo Dot Choirs of the Eye5.0
Spawn of Possession Cabinet5.0
The Drones Here Come the Lies5.0
Immolation Unholy Cult4.5
Vuvr Pilgrimage5.0
The purest mix of death metal and jazz fusion there ever was, this is a classic.

Immolation Close to a World Below4.5
Immolation Failures for Gods5.0

Immolation Here in After4.5
Depressive Silence Demo III5.0
d&d soundtrack

Pestilence Mind Reflections4.5
Neurosis Enemy of the Sun5.0
Pestilence Spheres5.0
Asphyx Last One on Earth5.0
God, has a more alien or just straight up abnormal guitar tone ever been recorded? Guitars sound the best when they don't even sound like guitars anymore, just krushing noise. You'll never hear death metal that sounds like this in this day and age.
God Possession4.0
Liers In Wait Spiritually Uncontrolled Art5.0
I AM YOUR FUCKIN' OVERLORD. This album is twisted and chaotic, full of dynamic riffs, atmospheric keys and just crazy music. Definitely one of my favourite death metal albums, it's just a shame the project was so short-lived. This is some of the most deadly death metal there is.
The Dead C Harsh 70s Reality5.0
this is what love feels like
Confessor Condemned5.0
Tech thrash doom that's so off-kilter and obscure that when the vocals kick in its enough to turn anyone's milk sour.
Pestilence Testimony of the Ancients5.0
Immolation Dawn of Possession5.0

The Dead C Trapdoor Fucking Exit4.0
It's hard to explain the atmosphere and beauty that The Dead C could craft with their shoddy production and "shoddy" musicianship that initially comes across as sloppy, but in time reveals its magnificent aural eloquence in a way that only they could pull off.
Pestilence Consuming Impulse5.0
Vasilisk Acqua5.0
Since the first moment I heard it, 'Acqua' became one of my all-time favourite ambient albums. This album is just about everything right with ritual ambient music and is, by far, Vasilisk's crowning achievement. The serene and melodic beauty of 'Thorn' opens up the record and segues into the tribal percussion of 'Awakening'. The two tracks are contrasted by vastly different approaches but both hold the same overwhelming beauty, especially with how 'Awakening' builds into a heavy and atmospheric pounding track with drums and clapping and noise in the background. The album from then onward doesn't change it's formula much, driven almost entirely by this noise and tribal rhythm. The studio tracks only last short of a half an hour, but are impactful and lasting in their effect on me. Never have I heard such heavenly, ritual music. This is a gem that's not to be forgotten.
Pestilence Malleus Maleficarum5.0
Bordering chaotic thrash metal and devastating death metal, Malleus Maleficarum is Pestilence's first full length and their most unabashedly brutish, heavy and wild album. They'd go on to hone their death metal style on Consuming Impulse, but without the haphazard thrash hooks and Van Drunen's raspy unique shouts, which turned into howling and wobbly growls.
Arvo Part Passio5.0
Perfect beyond words.

Dead Can Dance Within the Realm of a Dying Sun4.0
Carnivore Retaliation2.5
Lacks a lot of the charm and energy of the first album, I don't know what it is exactly but I'm just not feeling this one at all.
Pestilence Dysentery4.5
Pestilence The Penance4.5
Death Scream Bloody Gore5.0
Napalm Death Scum5.0
Carnivore Carnivore5.0
T.A.G.C. Digitaria4.5
Possessed Seven Churches5.0
Metallica Ride the Lightning5.0
Does anything go harder than the intro to the title track? The answer is NO, it's basically a death metal intro let's face and it melts faces
Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A.5.0

Pylon Chomp4.0
Catchy as heck.
Bruce Springsteen Nebraska5.0
Asia Asia5.0
Art Pepper Winter Moon5.0
ya, perf
Bruce Springsteen The River5.0
Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town5.0

Bruce Springsteen Born to Run4.5

Bruce Springsteen The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle4.5
King Crimson Larks' Tongues in Aspic5.0
Message From Books and Dreams5.0

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