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The best albums flying under the radar that I've come across in the past few months.
Hart Genossen: Von Abba Bis Zappa

Superbly executed instrumental jazz metal that's begging to be heard by anyone looking for something that's definitely different. 4.5

One of the best displays of black/funeral doom metal I've heard in a while. While they released their newest album "Iter Ad Lucem" earlier this year, "Sepulcrum" (released in 2006) is a better display of what this band is capable of. 4.5
3Sun of the Blind

Amazing atmospheric black metal from Zhaaral of Darkspace with all kinds of nightmarish musical ingredients mixed in. 4.5
Musaeum Esotericum

A very mature, well-produced, and classy showing of ambient/classical black metal. Dark and romantic, Musaeum Esotericum entrances the listener with the droning buzz of the guitars and infatuates him with the soothing, somber tone of the piano, the cello, and the violin. 4.5
5Pantheon I
Worlds I Create

Although "Worlds I Create" suffers from the "blast beat curse", it's still a very impressive exhibition of classically-influenced black metal with a good sense of balance. 4
6Hallowed Butchery
Funeral Rites for the Living

From the musical genius of Ryan Scott Fairfield (who?) and the cold wilderness of Kennebec County, Maine (where?) comes this incredible funeral doom/acoustic folk/experimental black metal EP. Think a combination of Esoteric and Agalloch. This release's only downfall is that it wasn't longer. 4
7Bliss of Flesh
Emaciated Diety

Blisteringly harsh, gritty French black/death metal. 4

Bitter, cold, and haunting atmospheric black metal from Germany. There's no shortage of ambiance in this fine musical interpretation of a ghost ship lost at sea. The beautiful yet melancholy oceanic tones throughout the record do well to sell the desperate, lonely feeling of drifting aimlessly in the open water.

From the former lead guitarist of Windir and Cor Scorpii and the members of Windir-worshippers Sigtyr, comes this excellent Norwegian folk/black/viking metal debut. Fans of Vreid, Windir, Myrkgrav, Thyrfing, and Cor Scorpii will especially enjoy this one. That means you, Balls. 4
10Process of Guilt

Another fine doom/death release from the most talented Portuguese doom metal act. I've struggled not to give this a 4.5 as it's quickly ascending my charts as my doom record of the year. 4
11Lord Mantis
Spawning the Nephilim

Dirty, dark, and sexy blackened sludge metal from Chicago. Interestingly enough, Lord Mantis shares their hometown with Lair of the Minotaur which is probably the most similar-sounding band, it's surprising they don't share any members. 4
Spectral Extravagance

A well-crafted progressive/technical death metal debut from this talented Greek band. 4

Gross and sludgey blackened crust metal with some punk influences from Sweden. 4
14Sui Caedere

Incredibly depressing funeral black/doom metal so thick and hypnotizing that seems to lull the listener into a suicidal coma. 4

Fast-paced pagan black metal from Germany. 4
16Sights and Sounds

Some of the best post hardcore I've listened to this year. Anyone who enjoyed Closure in Moscow's "First Temple" should look into this one. 4
Black Illumination

Absolutely solid Swedish black metal-inspired Irish bm. Marduk and Sacramentum fans will enjoy this. 4
After the Fall

Very well-done traditional doom metal a la Solitude Aeturnus from Malta.
19Opus Nigrum
Journey In the Dark

Lush neoclassical dark ambient. For fans of Arcana, Dead Can Dance, etc. (fire, check this out). 4
20 Fall of Efrafa

Dark post metal with crust, hardcore, and sludge elements. 4
When The Time Comes, There Will Be No Time

More excellent post hardcore with some minor punk elements similar to earlier Thrice.
22Iron Age
The Sleeping Eye

Very unorthodox thrash metal with psychadelic doom metal undertones. 4
The Lay of Leithian

Tolkien-inspired neofolk/neoclassical ambient. 4
Danza de Nieblas

Spanish sludge/post metal that shares some glaring similarities with Neurosis. 4
The Wrath of God

Modern old school death metal for those who enjoyed Lay Down Rotten, Vomitory, and Monstrosity's latest releases. 4
26The Mire
Volume: I

Outstanding post metal with sludge and hardcore elements that shows immense potential from this UK band. Although this EP is only twelve minutes long, it's twelve minutes of post metal bliss. Anyone who considers themselves Baroness fans must check this out. 4
Insidious Awakening

A solid debut by a talented Portuguese melodic death/thrash metal band. Solo whores will especially enjoy this. 3.5

Very headbangable Russian folk/melodic death metal with a strong hint of Koorpiklaani. 3.5

Excellent hardcore-infused post metal with a superb vocal delivery. 3.5
30Keeper of Dreams
Taste Smashed to Pieces

Technical death/thrash metal with an old school vibe a la Death. 3.5
31Allvaters Zorn

German folk/ambient black metal. Drudkh fans will find this an interesting listen. 3.5
32Fractal Gates
Altered State Of Consciousness

French progressive death metal relying heavily on the synth to produce a believable but forced-sounding celestial atmosphere. 3.5

Well-executed and produced Polish symphonic/classical black metal that proves to be listenable only in small doses. 3.5
34Memory Driven
Relative Obscurity

Solid, dreary American progressive doom metal. 3.5
35Hand of Fatima

Instrumental post rock/post metal similar to Red Sparowes and Isis. 3.5
X-Ray Sun

The new EP from this Polish futuristic industrial blackened death metal band shows much promise for their next full length release and is a worthy follow-up to their superb debut "Plazmadchaos". 3.5
Chapter I

Atmospheric USBM with obvious influence from Darkspace and Vinterriket. 3.5
38Time of the Wolf
Time of the Wolf

Pretty good black/thrash metal from Washington D.C. Check this out if you like Aura Noir, Destroyer 666, etc. 3.5
39As You Drown

Solid, catchy, and well-executed Swedish death metal. 3.5
Od Poludnia Na Polnoc...

Though not as good as 2008's "Neoheresy", this orchestral folk/black metal solo project doesn't fail to add another worthy release to the Hellveto discography. 3.5
To Those Who Walk Behind Us

Another solid release from this Danish death metal band. Think a better version of Darkane. 3.5
Disciples of the Unseen

Middle eastern melodic death/thrash metal from Canada. 3.5
Obscure Reflections

Israeli progressive/melodic death metal. 3.5

One of my biggest disappointments of the year, Shin-Ken is definitely a solid progressive/symphonic death metal record but is no where near as good as their last release. Compared to "Core", Shin-Ken is a stale, uninspired, and recycled album that did nothing to introduce new ideas or display even 1% of the creativity that this band possesses. 3
From Beyond

Well-produced experimental/symphonic black metal that ultimately suffers from a lack of direction. 3
46Hiss of Atrocities
Ritual of the Lost

The LA-based Hiss of Atrocities shows a lot of promise with their melodic death/thrash debut "Ritual of the Lost" but fails to deliver with an album devoid of any distinguishable tracks. 3
47After All
Cult of Sin

Satisfying for a while, but boring after a few listens, "Cult of Sin" is a decent display of modern old school thrash metal from a Belgian band that's been making music for over two decades. I expected better though. 3
Brahmavidya: Transcendental I

Vedic death/thrash metal that was a little disappointing after their previous releases, but still pretty solid. 3

Good, albeit relatively average Swiss death metal. 3
Rites of the Pentagram

Decent blackened death/thrash metal from the US. 3
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