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5.0 classic
All That Remains The Fall of Ideals
Angelcorpse The Inexorable
Arcana Coelestia Le Mirage de L’idéal
Arch Enemy Burning Bridges
Arizmenda Within the Vacuum of Infinity...
Arizmenda Stillbirth in the Temple of Venus
Arizmenda's third full-length is undoubtedly the Southern California's strongest collection of songs as of yet. While the previous two releases seemed to be the product of free-flowing jam sessions, the songwriting here proves to be decidedly deliberate, providing more consciously structured pieces. As a result, the songs while more streamlined, are also more memorable. The band hasn't abandoned their now signature brand of discordance, but this time around there is also palpable sense of melody embedded within the tracks. This easily could have been a misstep considering the raw nature of the band, but they incorporate this new element into their patented sound seamlessly, simultaneously staying true to their roots, while treading new ground. Overall, this is an excellent release and recommended for fans of raw, atmospheric black metal.
Backyard Mortuary Lure of the Occult
Another band in the OSDM revivalist movement, Backyard Mortuary play super thick death metal with hints of doom and blackened death metal. This shit is fucking stellar and my favorite death metal album this year.
Black Swan Black Swan (In 8 Movements)
Easily the best ambient album from last year, Black Swan is a literal descent into hell; majestic, orchestrated themes may open this monolithic album but as each track passes, an anxious dissonance takes hold, it's grip getting ever tighter with each passing movement. No, Black Swan doesn't have a happy ending; as "Pt. VII"'s deceivingly joyous melodies fade into a noisy stupor, the claustrophobia of "Pt. VIII" drags us into the pit once again. Harrowing, immersible and all so impressive Black Swan is an extremely personal record that creates different experience for each listener, one that surely won't be forgotten anytime soon.
Black Swan The Quiet Divide
Much thanks to sources who I will not name here, I have luckily gotten to listen to the follow-up of one of my favorite ambient album ever and let me tell you, I'm not disappointed in the least; following where the last years s/t left off, The Quiet Divide is the album that all of us Black Swan fans were waiting for. Like Black Swan (In 8 Movements), The Quiet Divide's first (and title-track) The Quiet Divide is an example of pure orchestral based ambient bliss, once again conjuring melodies and harmonies that will hit you at your core. A reminder that Black Swan isn't all just about beautiful atmospheric landscapes, tracks like "Chaos Reigns" and "The Bleeding Heats Alliance (Phase 3)" recall the cold, noise filled drones of the previous album with an even darker edge. Overall, The Quiet Divide proves to be an effort that is more than worthy to follow Black Swan's amazing debut; taking the formula of old and intensifying it tenfold, The Quiet Divide is an improved version of an already impressive formula that will sweep you off your feet.
Blink-182 blink-182
Blink-182 Enema of the State
Burzum Hvis lyset tar oss
Carcass Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious
Carcass Symphonies of Sickness
Converge Axe to Fall
Cradle of Filth Midian
Cradle of Filth Cruelty and the Beast
Cradle of Filth Dusk and Her Embrace
Cradle of Filth Hammer of the Witches
Simultaneously overblown and tasteful, Hammer of the Witches is ACTUALLY Cradle of Filth's best album since Midian. No longer using their symphonics as a crutch for weak songwriting, the skill of new axe-slingers Richard Shaw and Marek 'Ashok' ?merda make this one of Cradle's most guitar dominated albums to date. Of course the band still has an affinity for grand orchestrations, but their incorporation is more thoughtfully done, accentuating the other instruments instead of suffocating them. As if these other factors weren't enough, Dani sounds at the top of his game here, his vocals seemingly revitalized by band's new blood. Even Cradle haters may have a tough time scoffing at this one.
Cradle of Filth Dusk and Her Embrace - The Original Sin
Cradle of Filth Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay
Absolutely amazing album and the perfect continuation of the sound they introduced with Hammer. They brought
back some classic Filthisms without sounding stale and dated. And this could honestly be Dani's best album
vocally, he kills it.
Daft Punk Random Access Memories
Dance Gavin Dance Acceptance Speech
sometimes, i stand in front of my mirror with nothing but a dgd shirt on, cup my nuts, squeeze them tight and try to sing just like tillian
Dance Gavin Dance Downtown Battle Mountain
Dance Gavin Dance Happiness
Dance Gavin Dance Downtown Battle Mountain II
Dance Gavin Dance Instant Gratification
Dance Gavin Dance Mothership
COCAINEEEEE CRINGE-FESTTTTTrAfter IG I was genuinely worried that Tilian-era wouldn't be able to top what's been their best album since Happiness, but it seems my fears have been allayed, because Mothership is easily not just one of their best of this iteration, but the one of the best in the band's discography. They've become more concise without sacrificing the technical chaos we've come to expect from them. Tilian is still probably their most polarizing vocalist, but he's never shined brighter than he does here. He can be soulful like Jonny, funky like Kurt, and poppy like nobody else has been before. Fucking great.
Darkthrone A Blaze in the Northern Sky
Darkthrone Under a Funeral Moon
Darkthrone Transilvanian Hunger
Darkthrone Panzerfaust
Deafheaven Sunbather
what if the album title is "sun bat her" and we are all wrong and stupid
Def Leppard Hysteria
Eighteen Visions Until the Ink Runs Out
Grand Belial's Key Judeobeast Assassination
Immolation Close to a World Below
Immolation Dawn of Possession
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden
Undoubtedly Iron Maiden's magnum opus; amazing energy, great musicianship and a raw factor that is unfortunately absent with Dickinson era albums. "Prowler" remains to be the best song the band ever wrote.
Jellyfish Spilt Milk
Killswitch Engage Alive or Just Breathing
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Morbid Angel Blessed Are the Sick
Morbid Angel Covenant
Morbid Angel Altars of Madness
Motley Crue Too Fast for Love
Motley Crue Shout at the Devil
Motley Crue Motley Crue
Motley Crue Decade of Decadence
Obliteration Black Death Horizon
rating classic to remind myself to get this also fu sputnik i dont need yr 50 chrctrs
Pearl Jam Ten
Pierce the Veil Collide with the Sky
Rhinocervs RH-08 "Untitled 1 & 2"
Rhinocervs Odour of Dust and Rot
Sacrmentary Abolishment The River Coricone
After fifteen years, The River Corticone is an album that by all means, is the definition of being completely and utterly underrated. Superbly written blacked death metal that succeeds in being both primal and astoundingly mature AT THE SAME TIME.
Senses Fail Let It Enfold You
Skid Row Skid Row
Slipknot Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses
Slipknot Vol.3: The Subliminal Verses [Reissue]
Soundtrack (Film) Sucker Punch
Holy shit if watching this movie already made me wanna bang emily browning this just ... sets me offf
Still Remains Of Love and Lunacy
Summoning Stronghold
The Black Crowes Shake Your Money Maker
The Black Twilight Circle Tliltic Tlapoyauak
This just reaffirms why The Black Twilight Circle are the most important thing in black metal today. It's amazing to see the growth in the returning bands - Arizmenda's track might just be the best thing they've ever done. Axeman's song could be one of the best black metal songs EVER. Even the newer bands manage to pull their own weight. Kampilan rocks the foundation with their thundering brand of filthy death/doom while In Lakech Ala Kin triumphantly represent the disturbed brand of atmospheric black metal The Black Twilight Circle has become known for. Seriously, any and every black metal fan needs to get their hands ALL OVER THIS. Hopefully, this is a prelude to a whole slew of releases from this enigmatic group of bands, and if it is, the underground has a lot to look forward to.
The Hope and the Failure The Lights Are on But This Dance Never Ends
Ugh this is like the best screamo album of all time, it's so fucking amazing ughaldfkajdf
The Offspring Smash
The Offspring Ixnay on the Hombre
The Speed of Sound in Seawater Red Version
A slight departure from the math rock driven path of Blue Version, Red Version still strongly upholds The Speed of Sound In Seawater's penchant for off-kilter noodling but this time around truly embraces the indie pop elements that previously remained in the backseat. An absolutely stunning album from start to finish, Red Version's six songs offer nothing less than pure musical bliss, packed full jubilant melodies, memorable hooks and brilliant instrumentation.
Tukaaria Raw to the Rapine
Ulver Kveldssanger
Van Halen Van Halen
William Fitzsimmons The Sparrow and the Crow

4.5 superb
A Day To Remember What Separates Me from You
I don't know what it is; perhaps the way they integrated an all time low type pop punk sound (that didn't suck) and heavier sections with overall more personality (particularly because of vocalist jeremy mckinnon's INCREDIBLY improved screams) and definite shift from their previous metalcore styled breakdowns to straight hardcore breakdowns, but ehhh I'm listening to to album A LOOOOOOOOOOOT! Ahhh, i'm so gay for liking this.
Accidental Suicide Deceased
Anagnorisis Overton Trees
Anathema Judgement
Arch Enemy Burning Japan Live 1999
Arghoslent Hornets of the Pogrom
ARTS Vault of Heaven
Modern raw black metal done right. Apocalyptic, misanthropic, this shit is about as true as it gets.
Ash Borer and Fell Voices Split
Avenger Shadows of the Damned
Azarath Diabolic Impious Evil
Chaotic and brutal Immolation inspired death metal from these amazing Polish blasphemers.
Bestial Warlust Vengeance War Til Death
Bestial Warlust Blood & Valour
Blink-182 Take Off Your Pants And Jacket
Blood Incantation Starspawn
Well, this is really good.
Bluetile Lounge Lowercase
I must say my first experience with slowcore has been a pleasant one thanks to Bluetile Lounge; Lowercase easily deserves its title as a quintessential album for the genre. Slow, minimalistic compositions that still manage to carry a whopping amount of emotion, Lowercase is a phenomenal album that is recommended to anyone.
Bluetile Lounge Half-Cut
Brides Of Destruction Here Come The Brides
Brutally Deceased Satanic Corpse
Buckethead Colma
Buckethead Electric Tears
Buckethead Population Override
Buckethead The Dragons Of Eden
Buckethead Shadows Between The Sky
A definite comeback from his last two releases, Shadows Between The Sky sees Buckethead delve into his most melodic territory since Electric Tears. Great melodies, quality playing and song-writing that slays for days
Burzum Burzum
Burzum Burzum/Aske
Burzum Det som engang var
Cara Neir Sublimation Therapy
2012 is the year of Cara Neir; after an awesome split with the blackened crust unit Ramlord, these crazy Texans return with an EP that is easily one of the best to come out in extreme metal each year. Although most of the tracks barely scrape past the one minute mark, it totally works in the band's favor. It's actually quite remarkable to see how they can do so much in such a short amount of time. So fucking good.
Carcass Swansong
Charles Bronson Complete Discocrappy
Children of Bodom Follow the Reaper
Children of Bodom Hatebreeder
Circle of Ouroborus Armon Keitaalla
Cirrhus Cirrhus LP
Clandestine Blaze Falling Monuments
Along with Paracletus, Mikko Aspa has had his hands in two of 2010 best black metal albums. Cold, unrelenting yet containing enough melody to ensnare the attention of both black metal veterans and newcomers, Falling Monuments is not a black metal record that breaks any new ground but is just a black metal record that kicks copious amounts of ass.
Converge You Fail Me
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind
Cradle of Filth Vempire or Dark Fairytales in Phallustei
Deceased Fearless Undead Machines
The culmination of the changes started on The Blueprints for Madness, the sci-fi themed classic Fearless Undead Machines displays Deceased fully embracing their thrash and progressive influences, dropping all elements of death metal vocally and implementing a sound that many would call their best. Replacing aggression for dynamics, Fearless Undead Machine is nowhere near as angry as the band's earlier albums but with incorporation of more melody as well as their obviously heightened songwriting skills, Deceased more than make up for the largely diminished trait of old. An album to check out if you are looking for something other than your run of the mill standard death metal.
Dephosphorus Night Sky Transform
Holy fuck. I've really never enjoyed Dephosporus until
now; Night Sky Transform changed my opinion on the
band within its first thirty seconds. This record is just
massive, a superb juxtaposition of black metal
coldness and punk attitude. With that combination of
personalities, sonically the album ranges from
astoundingly fast to awesomely groovy allowing the
band's grindier side to take precedence with elements
of black metal resonating within its distant cousin.
Dephosphorus go about playing blackened grind on
their own terms, a bold move that has seemed to have
paid off in dividends here.
Disemballerina Undertaker
Dissection Storm of the Light's Bane
Dominus Xul To the Glory of the Ancient Ones
Drowning the Light Varcolaci Rising
Eighteen Visions The Best of Eighteen Visions
A collection of re-recorded songs from Lifeless, ]Time Is Yesterday Killed, and No Time For Love, The Best of Eighteen Visions is a shining example of why Eighteen Visions were one of the best metalcore bands of the early 2000's. With an improved production and the same unwavering enthusiasm, 18v relentless rips through 11 tracks of devastating metalcore that emphasize mosh-worthy riffage, whirlwind drumming and psychotic vocals.
El-Ahrairah El-Ahrairah
It should be celebrated that El-Ahriarah created a raw black metal album that breaks the rules. With touches of
experimentalism littered throughout the course of this album, it's a record that is so many things at once, but still
feels unified under a singular vision. It's melodic, it's punk-y, it has a million different kinds of bells-and-whistles,
and they all come together to make this album one of the best black metal records of the year.
El-Ahrairah El-Ahrairah 2009 Demo
El-Ahrairah Demo MMXII
Electrocution Inside the Unreal
Electrocution played technical death metal before it was really called technical death metal; instead of all the gravity blasting, sweep abusing shit that comes out now, Inside the Unreal was old-school death metal with an extra technical edge. Still full of great, thick riffage, Electrocution literally played circles around everyone else but never come off as over the top; the balance between standard death metal elements and added instrumental ability here is perfect, allowing for this album to be remembered in the classic status it so rightfully deserves.
Enslaved Axioma Ethica Odini
Axioma Ethica Odini is without a doubt the ultimate culmination of Enslaved's previous efforts; retaining the progressing rock elements of their last three albums while boosting the black metal elements that remained strangely absent, Axioma Ethica Odini is undoubtedly Enslaved's masterpiece album.
Enslaved Vikingligr Veldi
Enslaved Mardraum - Beyond the Within
Exhumation (GR) Dance Across the Past
Fall Out Boy Take This to Your Grave
Fell Voices 2010 Tour CD-R
Fell Voices Untitled
Four Year Strong Rise Or Die Trying
Ghosts and Vodka Addicts and Drunks
Gospel The Moon Is a Dead World
Grinning Death's Head Blood War
Guidelines S/T_EP
Hadez Aquelarre
Horribly underrated early black/death album that like most extreme metal from South America has very noticeable thrash influences as well. With a sense of minimalism that carries on from the riffs to the suitably dry production, Aquelarre's bare-bones approach is always effective, whether the band be performing their high-speed tremolo picked riffs or delving into the depths of doom with simple yet crushing chords and a funeral crawl pace. Also packed full of leads that range from absolute whammy-bar shred to creepier, more atmospheric lines, the lack of atmosphere from the production is more than made up for with a myriad of different yet equally terrifying guitar textures. To complete this near perfect package are the vocals, a great mash-up of hoarse gutturals and raspy high pitched screeches. Overall an album that is highly developed despite its simplistic presentation, Aquelarre to this day, still deserves to be a more recognized album within death and black metal's formative years.
He Is Legend I Am Hollywood
He Is Legend Suck Out The Poison
Heinali And Matt Finney Lemonade
Heinali And Matt Finney Conjoined
WTF TOO MUCH GOOD MUSIC. Conjoined is better than it's predecessors and they are already both in my top 25 of the year!
Heinali And Matt Finney Town Line EP
HIM Venus Doom
Immolation Here in After
Iron Maiden Killers
Jellyroll Rockheads Kill Trend Thrash
Jordablod Promo
Jordablod is both raw and progressive. They are certainly ugly, evil, and everything you want black metal to be, but there is a sense of class to them as well that is generally lost on their peers. Overall, really fucking good.
Kathaaria The Complex Void of Negativity
Killswitch Engage As Daylight Dies
Kurt Travis/Paul Travis Split EP
L.A. Guns Tales From The Strip
Lana Del Rey Born to Die
Last Days These Places Are Now Ruins
Liquicity Escapism 3
Lord Snow Solitude
Lord Snow Sovngarde
Lugubrum De Vette Cuecken
Machine Head Burn My Eyes
Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What!
Mercyful Fate Melissa
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Misery Signals Mirrors
Miss Fortune A Spark To Believe
Motley Crue Red, White, & Crue
Muse Absolution
My Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Nocturnal Blood Devastated Graves...
Nocturnal Triumph Into Light's Graven Womb
It's pretty rare that I am completely floored by something, but this is one of the best black metal albums I've heard in a long time. It has this unidentifiable quality about it, this aura of mysticism and magic that reminds me of black metal's second wave. It has that same classic feeling, effortlessly. The production is perfectly bad, and together with the grand, sweeping melodies, creates a euphoric listening experience that's rare to come by. Recommended.
Obituary Cause of Death
Odz Manouk Odz Manouk
Order From Chaos Stillbirth Machine
Panopticon Autumn Eternal
Pentatonix PTX Vol. II
For the longest time I thought a cappella was cheesy without redemption (and maybe it is) but Pentatonix is the sound of its future
Pentatonix PTX, Vol. 1
Plainwords Overgrow to Overthrow
Portal Seepia
Although easily the band's most "conventional" release, Portal's first demented album, Seepia is still a sick and twisted listening experience. Performed in filth ridden production, Seepia shows Portal playing more riff oriented blackened death while still beginning to exhibit some of the claustrophobic and dense atmospheres that would take precedence on later albums. They might have not have found their feet yet, but Seepia is still an incredible album and "Glumurphonel" is still one of the group's best songs to date.
Portal Outre
Portal Swarth
Prosanctus Inferi Noctambulous Jaws Within Sempiternal Night
Two years after their excellent Red Streams of Flesh, Prosanctus Inferi have returned and with their best release to date. With their death metal influences (well Incantation) really taking precedence, Noctambulous Jaws Within Sempiternal Night is a veritable riff-fest from beginning to end. A really impressive growth for the band.
Reel Big Fish Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live
Rhinocervs RH02
Rhinocervs RH-11
Rhinocervs RH-07
Roadrunner United The All-Star Sessions
RVIVR The Beauty Between
holy shit holy shit holy shit holy shit holy shit holy shit holy shit
Rx Bandits Gemini, Her Majesty
This is just so ridiculously catchy. Perfect summer album.
Sacramentary Abolishment The Distracting Stone
Sacrmentary Abolishment The Distracting Stone
Seether Disclaimer II
Seether Karma And Effect
While Disclaimer was more natural in the band's raw mongrel rock, its follow-up Karma and Effect takes the unexpected route in being MUCH heavier than its predecessor. Impressively forsaking an attempt to go more mainstream, Seether's second effort is heavily influenced by metal and benefits greatly from it. For a "mainstream" rock band, these guys sure can write some motherfucking riffs. Great shit.
Senses Fail Renacer
Album should have been called "Yes, We Lift"
Shadows Fall The War Within
When Shadows Fall released The War Within, it was just another album, albeit a great one but there was nothing overtly special about it; it didn't make any crazy cultural impact, it wasn't the most original album and it wasn't even the best album of the year... but it will forever remain a life-changing release for me. You see, this is the first record I bought with screamed vocals, a decision that changed my musical life. From this point on there were no more boundaries, no more caps to what I could listen to. This album opened my mind to world of extreme metal and will forever and always remain a milestone in my musical development.
Shataan War Cry Lament
Underrated so hard. Musically this is a fantastic combination of psychedelic, dark folk, and black that easily sets the band apart. The vocals get some take some getting used to but Damn when it finally hits you, it really hits you
Sleeping With Sirens If You Were a Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack
Slipknot Slipknot
Solstice (USA-FL) Solstice
FUCKING EXCELLENT RECORD. It's beyond me how these guys didn't up blow up with the rest of Floridian death metal scene in the early 90's, Solstice's first self-titled effort easily holds its ground against any classic produced from that time period. This album is basically just the complete package; absolutely crushing guitar riffs, killer solos, (two guest solos from the famous James Murphy!) along with great, technical drumming and some vocals that actually manage to stand out from the pack. Highly recommended!
Someplace To Hide Shouting, "Saintly Not Ghostly!"
Spite Extreme Wing Vltra
Symphony X Paradise Lost
The Color Morale My Devil In Your Eyes
The Electric Boa Candy Coated Cyanide
The hard rock hometown heroes of Philadelphia, The Electric Boa's debut album, Candy Coated Cyanide is easily one of the best and unique straight up rock albums to come out in the last decade. With The Rolling Stones swagger, The Black Crowes unabashed love for the blues and the modern edge of Buckcherry (without the suck!) The Electric Boa is simply put, one of kind. As if all those factors wasn't enough, when you add lead songwriter and crooner John "Higgsy" Higginbottom and all his eccentricities, you get an album that that is truly memorable and instantly enjoyable. Super highly recommended, this is definitely an album that deserves to be heard by ANYONE.
The Push Kings Far Places
The Strokes Angles
The Toll (USA) The Toll
The Wallflowers Bringing Down the Horse
The Weeknd House of Balloons
The Word Alive The Word Alive
Thorngoth Leere
Hell yeah had to bump rating up! Album fucking rules face and is a great example of a modern take on traditional black metal. EPIC AS SHIT. In my top ten of the year.
Tides of Man Dreamhouse
Times of Grace The Hymn of a Broken Man
Tina Dico Tina Dickow w/ Danish National Chamber Orchestra
Toil Relics of Decaying Splendor
Trachimbrod A Collection of Hidden Sketches
Trophy Scars Never Born, Never Dead
Ulver Bergtatt - Et eeventyr i 5 capitler
Uncanny Splenium For Nyktophobia
Underoath The Changing of Times
Verwustung When Light Broke the Stars, Humanity Rejected Us
Viggo Mortensen Pandemoniumfromamerica
Violent Dirge Craving
For those of you who love Cynic but wish that they were heavier, Violent Dirge's second album, Craving is the perfect album for you; still achieving that uber technical jazziness while also having a foundation more firmly placed in the death metal camp, Craving is the answer to all of you who have asked themselves "What if?".
Vlad Tepes/Belketre March To The Black Holocaust
While the Black Legions had some good material,this split remains to be one of the best albums released from the group.
Volahn Dimensiones del Trance Kosmico
Volahn Aq Ab Al
Absolutely fantastic black metal courtesy of The Black Twilight Circle. Very much inspired by their Aztec roots, the Spanish influenced music certainly sets Volahn apart from their contemporaries in the best way possible. Add in the impressive musicianship and sweeping melodic breaks and you have all the ingredients for an excellent album.
With the End in Mind Unraveling; Arising
It's been a long time since I've been so genuinely floored by a black metal album, and the last place I expected it to come from was Cascadia. That scene may be dead, but apparently With the End In Mind didn't get the memo. The juxtaposition of the naturalistic timbre of the aforementioned movement and winsome dolor of post-black metal is executed so tactfully throughout, bringing to light the strengths of both scenes without their flaws anywhere in sight. The pristine production can't belie how raw the sentiment underneath is, and waves of despair slice through your gut like jagged, but fine shards of glass. Superficially beautiful, but emotionally tormented, Unraveling; Arising is truly a special album.
Woe Quietly, Undramatically
Zella Day Zella Day

4.0 excellent
*shels Sea of the Dying Dhow
1349 Hellfire
1349 Massive Cauldron of Chaos
A Day To Remember Common Courtesy
A Lot Like Birds DIVISI
A Pregnant Light The Feast of Clipped Wings
Raw and punked up black metal from Colloquial Sound Recordings that gets better with every listen.
A Pregnant Light Stars Will Fall
A Pregnant Light Live to Tell
A Pregnant Light Before I Came
A Static Lullaby Rattlesnake!
Aakon Keetreh Dans La Foret
Excellent dark ambient from the ex-Belketre frontman Lord Aakon Keetreh. A dark melancholic atmosphere supplemented by eerie chants, moody guitar and LLN style production.
Abominable Putridity The Anomalies of Artificial Origin
Okay so this is a lot better than I initially gave it credit for.
Absum/Odz Manouk Rotting Esophagus
Abuse. Abuse
Acephalix Deathless Master
Addaura Addaura
Another band coming from the Cascadian black metal scene, Addaura's debut demo is a masterful exercise is slightly folk tinged black metal. Featuring the excellent shriek of female vocalist Chantal, amazing atmospheres and non-traditional black metal lyrical fare, this is a release that is not only worth your time but leaving you hungry for more.
Addaura Burning for the Ancient
Addaura's first full-length album is a more than worthy effort; Burning for the Ancient is a bit more "Wolves In The Throne Room" than the material on the band's 2010 demo, but the group also greatly explores (and expands on) some of the more distinguished moments present on their previous release, intelligently using the awesome range of new vocalist Ryan to lead the charge. Sometimes the songs do drag just a bit, but overall the band manages to keep the songs interesting throughout their average thirteen and a half minute runtimes. This isn't quite as good as I think Addaura are really capable of creating, but on its own merit Burning for the Ancient is still a very good release.
Addaura ...And The Lamps Expire
Coming three years after their full-length debut, ...And The Lamps Expire sees Addaura starting to shed their Cascadian black metal roots in favor of beginning to search for an identity of their own. This release is very much a transitory effort, but the two tracks here are still excellent. There is noticeable reduction of WIITR-worship, and bit more experimentation, especially in the song's arrangements. By breaking up the long(er)-winded black metal sections with minimal folk breaks, creates an excellent sense of dynamics, and though both "Amid the Tumult..." and "The Sun Shines To-day Also" are about ten minutes each, they certainly don't feel that long. Hopefully the band continues to explore their sound, because this could very much be the beginning of a great career.
Aeon Spoke Aeon Spoke
Aeon Spoke Above the Buried Cry
Aethyrvorous Demo
Against Me! White Crosses
Agressor Neverending Destiny
Aguynguerran Perverting the Nazarene Cult
Aguynguerran's first full-length is not one to be underestimated; combining black metal with elements of melodic death metal, Perverting the Nazarene Cult features awesome riffs, great solos and some surprisingly catchy moments. Great record for both hardcore and newer fans of the black metal.
Ajuna Prisoners of the Sun
Akatharsia Demo
Aksumite Tormented By Blessings Abundant
All That Remains ...For We Are Many
Regaining their senses after the mediocre Overcome, on ...For We Are Many All That Remains not only thankfully reintroduces melodeath back into the fold, but metalcore producer extraordinaire Adam D. also makes the welcome return back as producer. Almost like the jump from This Darkened Heart to The Fall of Ideals, compared to Overcome the band has definitely made large strides of improvement; although still inferior to The Fall of Ideals, ...For We Are many is easily the band's next best effort and the true follow-up to their best album. Once again boosting a perfectly clear production, All That Remains once again seems alive; Labonte has discarded the overly processed, robotic vocal approach of the last album opting for a more organic effort that not only suits him, but the band better overall. "Some of the People, All of the Time" represents not only a great performance by him (where he shows great variety in his screamed vocals and comes up with a great chorus melody) but the rest of the band also once again seems lively. Bringing back a guitar style that more strongly follows The Fall of Ideals aesthetic, Herbert and Martin great some ridiculously heavy guitar lines as well as stirringly melodic ones. Herbert's trademark solo style is more intact here as well, with the solos in songs such as "Faithless" and "The Waiting One" easily holding up amongst his classic solos of old. Hopefully this is a trend that will follow ATR until their next album, where they may regain their titles as kings of modern metalcore. ...For We Are Many has gotten my hopes up, now lets hope they deliver.
Altar of Plagues White Tomb
Alvvays Alvvays
Amon Amarth Surtur Rising
Babyss - 5 Classic :Dark Tranquility - Skydancer/Of Chaos and Eternal Light, Dark Tranquility - The Gallery, Dimmu Borgir - Enthrone Darkness Triumphant, Keep of Kalessin - Kolossus,Ordo Draconis - Camera Obscura Pt. 1 ,Radiohead - OK Computer, Rhapsody of Fire - Symphony of Enchanted Lands, Septic Flesh - The Ophidian Wheel, Septic Flesh - Mystic Places Of Dawn, Septic Flesh - Esoptron, Septic Flesh - A Fallen Temple, Sonata Arctica - Winterheart's Guild, Sonata Arctica - Reckoning Night
Anal Vomit Demonic Flagellations
It's fairly obvious that whoever rated this album 1 only did so based on the bands ridiculous name --yes while Anal Vomit is truly an awful name, the band plays black/death metal so well they deserve to get away with it.
Angelcorpse Hammer of Gods
After spending the better part of his youth in the legendary Order From Chaos, in 1995 Peter Helmkamp formed what would become his most recognized project and arguably one of the greatest blackened death metal bands of all time, Angelcorpse. With Helmkamp performing bass and vocals, guitarists Bill Taylor and Gene Palubicki and John Longstreth on drums, the group's first album Hammer of Gods was not the best this band would craft but set them on a path that would see them achieve great heights in years to come. Combining Morbid Angel's unorthodox guitar madness with black metal's unrelenting speed and Helmkamp's clever wordplay, Hammer of Gods put Angelcorpse on the map, securing a place in the annals of hell for this truly blaspheming band.
Antediluvian Through the Cervix of Hawaah
I had the highest hopes for this album and needless to say, it fully delivered
Antediluvian Under Wing of Asael
Filthy blackened death metal from Canada; these guys combine the occult atmosphere of band's like Portal with some older school sensibilities to create a truly terrifying album with Under Wing of Asael.
Anti Toxin Demo
Combining elements of punk, hardcore and thrash, Anti Toxin played fast and fun crossover that slays for days.
Anti Toxin The Tower
Apoptygma Berzerk Welcome To Earth
Aqualung Magnetic North
Arch Enemy Stigmata
Arizmenda Without Circumference Nor Center
Stylistically very similar to Within the Vacuum of Infinity, Without Circumference Nor Center continues to follow Arizmenda in creating disturbingly dark atmospheric black metal. With the shortest song clocking in at a lengthy seven minutes, the highly engaging sonic beating the band delivers definitely justifies such long pieces; from the amount of riffs, to the tempo changes, to even the ever so subtle psychedelic influences, the bands unwavering technique ensnares your attention, only releasing its grip in the albums dying moments. While structurally dissonance is the very foundation the album was built upon, its the melody that really separates Arzimenda from their peers with guitarist Juan Cabello imbuing fierce tremolo picked lines with haunting melodies and absolutely thriving during the albums cleaner sections.rHonestly, this is an album with an infinite amount of admirable qualities, but for the sake of this not turning into a full review and giving you the chance to read the other albums I have on the list Ill just close with this statement: Without Circumference Nor Center is definitely a challenging listen, but youll find that if you give it the time it deserves, the feeling once finishing it is immensely gratifying and fulfilling hence why it deserves not only the accolades it has received here, but almost everywhere else on the internet.r
Arizmenda Beneath This Reality of Flesh
I've never had more mixed emotions about how to feel about an album. I want to love it so much because it's Arizmenda, and there are certainly some fantastic moments, but it seems like something is missing.
Arizmenda Despairs Depths Descended
Arnaut Pavle Demo Tape MMXIII
Riffy riffy black metally goodnessy
As I Lay Dying An Ocean Between Us
As I Lay Dying The Powerless Rise
Ash Borer Tour Rehearsal Demo
Ashdautas Where the Sun is Silent...
Aspid Extravasation
Assorted Heap Mindwaves
Mindwaves by Assorted Heap is quite the thrash album; beefing up their sound to incorporate more elements from the then newly found death metal scene, Assorted Heap played a form of highly technical death/thrash that really emphasized the latter. Great riffs, great drumming, songs like "Mindwaves" display the band at their heaviest while tracks like "Holy Ground" reveal the band's keen sense of melody, an often hidden element that does wonders when revealed. Overall, Mindwaves is an incredibly solid piece of extreme metal, a must have for all fans.
At the Gates Slaughter of the Soul
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen
Aves Aves
An instrumental post-rock/punk band with black metal influences, Aves first rarely delves deep into the latter genre, leaving way for wondrous jangly guitar riffs, feel good basslines and programmed drumming actually that doesn't take an ounce out of the record's overall enjoyability. There is some truly beautiful work to be had on this.
Axis of Advance Strike
Axis of Advance Obey
Axis of Advance The List
Axis of Advance Purify
Axis of Light By the Hands of the Consuming Fire
Combining epic, sweeping raw black metal with hardcore undertones, Axis of Light's debut album By The Hands of Consuming Fire is a very powerful 2012 release
Azarath Blasphemers' Maledictions
After a few weeks of thorough and intense listening, Azarath's Blasphemer's Malediction has so far definitely has earned the top stop in my top albums of the year without a second thought or question. In a super aggressive blackened death metal style somewhat comparable to a band like Weapon, Azarath (who have been around since 1998) have really created a special album with Blasphemer's Malediction. With a certain emphasis definitely placed on the more deathy side of Azarath's playing, Blasphemer's Malediction is a goldmine of crushing headbang inducing riffery. There still is some pretty obvious black metal vibes though with a lot of melancholy-filled atmospheric chord formations and tremolo picked sections. Despite all positive aspects of the guitar's rhythm side, where guitarist BartBomiej "Bart" Szudek (ex-Cenotaph) really shines is in his lead playing; going for both intense shred licks ("Supreme Reign of Tiamat") and even some melodic, more atmospheric formations ("Under the Will of the Lord") his playing is both diverse, tasteful and a huge element to what makes this album enjoyable.rThe vocals (courtesy of also bassist/singer Necrosodom) are harsh and phglemy, taking a middle stance inbetween black metal's screeches and death metal's gutturals. Drummer Inferno (of Behemoth) is pretty incredible, pulling of some truly speedy and militant blast beats while also slowing it up nicely at times to complement the more atmospheric sections ("The Abjection"). Overall this album just fucking rapes faces and is highly recommended.
Azoic Gateways
Labyrinth like blackened death metal that takes cues from Ulcerate and Deathspell Omega. Frightening atmospheric and disappointingly underrated.
Bacchus Bacchus
Bad Dream Demonstration
Bad Meets Evil Hell: The Sequel
Although I'm not really much of a rap fan, Bad Meets Evil is an album that I'm attracted to a lot of the time because of it's sheer intensity; while "intensity" may see like a strange word to use, there is an aggression here that really transcends music and is I think the reason as to why I enjoy the album so much.
Baring Teeth Atrophy
A great combination of technical prowess and atmosphere.
Battlemaster Warthirsting & Winterbound
Blackened death metal with an emphasis on technical instrumentation, Battlemaster may come off as a bit cheesy at times, but at the end of the day these guys are a tight unit with some good songs.
Bea5t Empathy Is a Gift
Beach Pneumatic Beach Pneumatic
Beats Antique Collide
Begrime Exemious Impending Funeral of Man
Beheaded Perpetual Mockery
Although generally only labelled as "brutal death metal" Beheaded on Perpetual Mockery are actually so much more than then that; incorporating a whopping amount of technical prowess into what is more aggressive than average death metal, Beheaded succeeds in being both unrelentingly heavy and appropriately melodic. Definitely a great start to what would prove to be a fruitful career.
Belketre Ambre Zuèrkl Vuorhdrévarvtre
Bhang Khang 2011 Demo
Birthplace Ameliorate
Black Breath Sentenced To Life
Dark and sinister hardcore with touches of Swedish death metal and crust. All around awesome
Black Everest/Captain, Your Ship is Sinking Split
Black Freighter Graves And Monuments
Holy shit, how was this not heard before? Fucking AMAZING blackened sludge. Tons of great riffs, great vocals and most importantly great fucking songs, Graves and Monuments is a hidden gem of 2010 that definitely deserves an unearthing.
Black Mass Of First and Last Things
Bleeding Through The Truth
Bleeding Through Declaration
Blink-182 Dude Ranch
Blink-182 The Mark, Tom and Travis Show
Blink-182 Neighborhoods
Blood Revolt Indoctrine
Blut Aus Nord 777 - Sect(s)
The Paracletus of 2011. Don't get me wrong, this is in no way a carbon copy of DsO's last album; 777 is black metal at its most haunting, combining eerie atmospheres with labyrinths of dissonant riffage and somber melodies to create a nightmarish album of epic proportions. Unorthodox in about every way possible, 777 doesn't make sense at all, but it's the album's unpredictability along with its genius crafting that will make it one of the better black metal albums of this year.
Boreal The Battle of Vosad
Combining low-fi atmospheric black metal with elements of folk and ambient The Battle of Vosad may initially be a a rough listen, but over time the soothing melodies and droning song nature is appreciated.
Bosse-de-Nage All Fours
Botanist VI: Flora
Boys of Fall Thank You and Goodbye
Breaking Benjamin Saturate
Breaking Benjamin We Are Not Alone
Breaking Benjamin Phobia
Brutality Screams of Anguish
Buckethead Giant Robot
Buckethead Bucketheadland 2
Buckethead The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell
Buckethead The Elephant Man's Alarm Clock
Buckethead Chicken Noodles
Buckethead Pepper's Ghost
Buckethead Decoding the Tomb of Bansheebot
Buckethead Chicken Noodles II
Bullets And Octane Bullets And Octane
Burden of a Day Blessed Be Our Ever After
Burn Down Rome Devotion
Burzum Belus
Cabal Midian
Cadence Fox Metaphors for the Decline of Humanity
Capharnaum Reality Only Fantasized
Capital Lights This Is An Outrage!
Captain, We're Sinking The Animals Are Out
Cara Neir Stagnant Perceptions
This album is awesome. If you disagree you are entitled but prepare for a shunning.
Cara Neir Portals To A Better, Dead World
Cara Neir The Overwatch
Totally differing from the black metal/screamo of Portals to a Better, Dead World, Cara Neir's newest EP The
, returns to the more succinct compositions of Sublimaton Therapy, all while continuing to expand
their already diverse sound. It's a mixture of all their influences, yet it still wears the unmistakeable Cara Neir
and it's easily one of their most enjoyable releases to date. Recommended.
Cara Neir/Ramlord Split
I haven't listened to the Ramlord side of this yet but the Cara Neir side is fucking phenomenal. By far their most post-rock/screamo set of songs to date, it's amazing how well they can pull off black metal with all these difference nuances
Cara Neir/Wildspeaker Guilt and His Reflection
Musically, Guilt and His Reflection is one of the most interesting things I've heard all year. It defies categorization; Cara Neir is seamlessly avant-garde, metal, screamo, hardcore, and many other things. Wildspeaker is a bit more straightforward, but their blend of black metal/hardcore/post- is equally as compelling. The vocals on both sides are furious and vitriol-filled, with Chris' rasps and shouts feeling schizophrenic and harrowing (perfect for the split's concept) and Natalie's sounding like a more black metal influenced Jacob Bannon. There is a concept strewn across all the songs, revolving around cannibalism in a post-apocalyptic world, and the mental/physical effects it has on the story's main character. This shit is fucking tight.
Carcass Heartwork
Carcass Reek of Putrefaction
Carrion of Torrent Inituum Calamitatis Regni
Carved Cross Demo III
Carved Cross Carved Cross
Catholic Girls Distant
Cauteror They Fell
Cease Upon the Capitol Untitled
Charts and Maps Dead Horse
Jazzy post-rock woooooooooooooooooooooooooo omg orgasm
Children of Bodom Tokyo Warhearts
Children of Bodom Something Wild
Children of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?
Chronaexus Algedonic Awakening
Chthe'ilist Le Dernier Crépuscule
Church Whip Psychedelic Nightmare
Cinderella Night Songs
Circle of Ouroborus Kuuhun Kahlittu
Cirrhus Cirrhus
Clandestine Blaze Fist of the Northern Destroyer
Clandestine Blaze Night Of The Unholy Flame
Converge Jane Doe
i bet half of you didn't even listen to this and rated 5
Converge Petitioning the Empty Sky
Converge No Heroes
Converge When Forever Comes Crashing
Cradle of Filth Thornography
Cradle of Filth Lovecraft & Witch Hearts
Cradle of Filth The Principle of Evil Made Flesh
Crazy Lixx Loud Minority
Crooked Necks Alright Is Exactly What It Isn't
This is an album I've been waiting a long time for - I've been a fan of this band since their days as Frail, and even though the majority of the bands black metal influence has been thrown to the wayside, they've definitely proven themselves here as a solid post-punk/shoegaze project. Glistening melodies coupled with jubilant bass-lines, Crooked Necks creates music that sticks with you, crafting melodies that will speak to your soul and raise spirits even in their darkest hours. The music is truly beautiful, and the raw production edge (one of the few black metal remnants the band contains) only adds to the amazing atmosphere. Like I said, I've been waiting a long time for this -- I'm glad I wasn't disappointed.
Cruentus (ITA) In Myself
Cryptophobism Demo '98
Cynic Focus
Cynic Traced in Air
D.R.I. Dealing with It!
Damian Valles Bow Echoes
Dance Gavin Dance Dance Gavin Dance
Dance Gavin Dance Whatever I Say Is Royal Ocean
Darkest Hour So Sedated, So Secure (Re-Issue)
Darkest Hour Deliver Us
Darkseid The Three Mothers
Obscure death metal from France, Darkseid was a great little band that only put out The Three Mothers concept demo in 1996 before completely dropping off the face of the Earth. Pretty different from anything that was going on in the United States or any other country for that matter, Darkseid played a catchy yet heavy form of death metal with some interesting experimental tendencies. Unlike most other death metal, Darkseid's standard tuned guitar may have sacrificed them some of the sheer heaviness of their peers, but it certainly helped when it came to creating some of the unorthodox guitar lines the album is centered on. The gutturals are also pretty great, containing a nice hoarseness that helps the singer from being just another death metal vocalist. Overall a great, interesting listen.
Darkthrone The Cult Is Alive
Das Oath Das Oath
Das Plague Das Plague
David Tagg Pentecost
Deafheaven 2010 Demo
Death Human
Death From Above The Physical World
Deathspell Omega Paracletus
Decapitated Winds of Creation
Decapitated Nihility
Deceased Luck of the Corpse
Before mostly abandoning death metal on subsequent releases, Deceased first album Luck of the Corpse is an early death/thrash classic. Capitalizing on King Fowley's excellent gutturals and creative drum patterns as well as the beefed up thrash inspired guitar riffs, Luck of the Corpse is truly a standout release within death metal's formative years.
Deceased The Blueprint For Madness
Generally seen as a weaker album in Deceased's early discography, The Blueprint For Madness is very much the interim album between the band's two best known releases. However that in no way means The Blueprint for Madness doesn't contain quite a bit of excellent material itself; introducing the progressive elements the band would later capitalize on, here is where Deceased started showing their true ingenuity, fusing the raw direction of their past with more melodic qualities, such as tuneful solos and even some really awesome Maiden inspired harmonies. At the end of the day, The Blueprint For Madness is an underrated album within the Deceased catalog.
Deceased Surreal Overdose
Decrepitaph Profane Doctrines Unburied
Defaced Creation Serenity in Chaos
Swedish death metal with an extra technical edge to it making for a very successful album
Deicide The Stench of Redemption
Del Paxton Worst. Summer. Ever.
Demilich Nespithe
Demon Hunter Storm the Gates of Hell
DernierMartyr/LifelessSorrow/AllTheCold The Plague of Our Lands
Desolate Shrine Tenebrous Towers
Desolate Shrine popped up in the atmospheric death metal boom of the 2010's, but definitely stand out from the sea of Incantation emulators. They are atmospheric in a more traditional sense, with purposeful breaks separating the bouts of punk-y death metal savagery straight out of Stockholm.
DevilDriver The Fury of Our Maker's Hand
Dimmu Borgir Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
Dimmu Borgir Death Cult Armageddon
Diocletian Gesundrian
Dir Yassin Discography
Dissection The Somberlain
Dissection Reinkaos
Dissection Live Rebirth
Dodsengel Mirium Occultum
a new take on classic norweigan black metal that for the most part, works well
Dommedagssalme Division
Donovan Wolfington Stop Breathing
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage
DragonForce Sonic Firestorm
DragonForce Valley of the Damned
Drastus Serpent's Chalice - Materia Prima
Dressed In Streams The Search for Blood
Drowning the Light The Blood Of The Ancients
Drowning the Light The Fading Rays Of The Sun
Drowning the Light The Serpents Reign
Drowning the Light Oceans of Eternity
Despite being one of the most inconsistent black metal musicians in previous years, Azgorh has since become a fairly strong force within the genre; the quality of the music has improved greatly, and in turn, Drowning The Light's popularity has deservedly soared. This is some top-notch atmospheric black metal, complete with all the recently great melodic choices that have made the past few DTL releases worthwhile.
Drowning the Light From the Abyss
Drowning The Light continue to get better. Each song has a "special" something that makes it memorable.
Drowning The Light/Acherontas Drowning the Light / Acherontas
Hailing from Australia (Drowning The Light) and Greece (Acherontas) respectfully, both bands play a raw, majestic form of atmospheric black metal. Acherontas provides a more harsh yet melodic approach while Drowning the Light adds the perfect amount of keyboard atmospherics to match their almost equally as scathing approach. Although only 2 songs long, this is split recommended to anyone.
Drowning The Light/Circle of Ouroborus Moonflares
Drowning The Virgin Silence Beneath The Sulfur Sky
Dystopia Na! Syklus
Eigenlicht Sacral Regicide
Hellenic inspired black metal from Washington. Really fucking awesome stuff.
Eighteen Visions Yesterday Is Time Killed
Eighteen Visions XVIII
XVIII sounds like the forgotten child of Until the Ink Runs Out and Vanity, and I am not complaining one bit.
Eithel Sirion Misanthropic Spheres of Damnation
El-Ahrairah The Blessing
Em Dath Rir The First Demonstration
Emarosa Versus
Emarosa Relativity
Emarosa Emarosa
Empire of Hate Visions of A Better Time
Encoffination O Hell, Shine In Thy Whited Sepulchres
Engraved Before The Tales
Unlike much of modern melodeath which comes of as generic and uninspired, Engraved's demo 1995 is a true marriage of original death metal stylings and epic melodies. Backed by a truly fitting muddy production, this demo features some great, downtuned riffs, excellent guttural vocals and great, classic metal inspired melodies.
Enslaved Vertebrae
Enslaved Below the Lights
Enslaved Eld
Enslaved Monumension
Enslaved Frost
Epheles Je Suis Autrefois
These french black metal veterans just don't know how to make a bad album
Erraunt The Portent
Eructation 1992 Demo
Escalator Demo
Escape the Fate Dying Is Your Latest Fashion
Exalted Eyes Rolled Back
Excellent punk influenced black metal EP. Fast, chaotic yet still extremely catchy and lots of fun. Although it is truly a shame this is EP is so short (only two songs), one thing it does for sure is make you want to check out the band's back catalog as well as get you excited for future material. Awesome.
Exhumation (GR) Seas of Eternal Silence
Exoto Carnival of Souls
Face the Rail Face the Rail
Failures Failures
Fallen Christ Abduction Ritual
Father Befouled Revulsion of Seraphic Grace
Fell Voices Fell Voices
Fields of Mildew Fields of Mildew
Fields of Mildew self-titled album is definitely one of my favorite releases of 2015; distributed by Fallow Field, but neither black metal or power electronics, Fields of Mildew is stirring, lo-fi folk of the highest caliber. Consisting of only guitars and vocals, whoever is behind Fields of Mildew is quite adept at creating despondent, yet beautiful melodies. Recommended.
Fire In The Cave Fire In the Cave
Firebird No. 3
Firehouse Firehouse
Forest Mysticism Forest Mysticism
Forest Mysticism Demo Collection (2006-2011)
Forest Mysticism/Larmes d'Hivers Blood of the Woodland / The Fall of Autumn's Leave
Forgotten Spell Desecrated, Decayed and Still Holy
Forgotten Spell The Necromancer Demo
Four Year Strong It's Our Time
Frameworks Small Victories
Frontier Demo
Hailing from Massachusetts, Frontier plays a form of modern black metal with slight "post" influences. Everything from the instrumentals to the vocals are top notch. Definitely a band to look out for.
Fuath I
Funebre Children of the Scorn
Furdidurke November 2005 Rehearsal
Furdidurke Furdidurke
Gaunt Demo
Glossolalia Gold in the Throat
God Forbid IV: Constitution of Treason
God Macabre The Winterlong
Grand Mood Final Urge To March
Taking cues from their contemporaries Cirrhus and Furdidurke, Grand Mood were a short-lived raw black metal/punk band that released this solitary demo in 2011. Able to conjure galloping black metal melodies with a raucous punk stomp, it's truly a shame this band called it quits after only one, excellent tape. They could have gone on to do great things.
Green Day American Idiot
Grinning Death's Head Black Sun Rising
When you listen to Grinning Death's Head, you pretty much know what you expect: dirty and disgusting blackened punk reminiscent of Bone Awl. And yes, while they certainly recall the aforementioned kings of black punk -most bands in the genre do- honestly, they do it much better. Grinning Death's Head always manage to imbue destructive grooves into their four chord mayhem, creating music that is equal parts devastating, and catchy. Black Sun Rising is undoubtedly one of their strongest efforts, and an essential of the blackened punk genre.
Guidelines Rules of the Sife
Haapoja Haapoja
Hallow Hallow
An album based upon paintings by Mark McCoy, it is a great combination of black metal and noise
Happy Particles Under Sleeping Waves
Hate Eternal Phoenix Amongst The Ashes
Haust Ride The Relapse
He Is Legend 91025
Heart on My Sleeve Blood Is Not Thicker Than Wine
Great dynamic screamo EP from this year; catchy, fun and played with tons of emotion, this simple yet striking EP would be a great listen to for anyone
Heart on My Sleeve Stand​ ​by, We're Going In For Life
Heavy Weather/The Hope and the Failure Split
Never thought I would see The Hope and The Failure release a new song, but all I can say is THANK FUCK THEY DID. Their ability write genuinely heartbreaking screamo hasn't diminished one bit. The music is wonderfully dynamic and Ina sounds fantastic. Heavy Weather's track is also just killer. The melodic depth it has is incredible. Damn, this split is good.
Heinali And Matt Finney Aint No Night
Hellacaust Disgust
Hellacaust put thrash, death and black metal into a blender, spice it up with some punk attitude and serve it cold. Riffs, voKILLS and blasphemy, this album has it all.
Heretoir Existenz
Heretoir The Circle
Hexis XI
Grim and hateful hardcore with strong as balls black metal influences
HIM Love Metal
Horrid Cross Demo II
How to Destroy Angels Welcome Oblivion
I Have Dreams Three Days 'Til Christmas
I See Stars Digital Renegade
IDYLLS Farewell All Joy
Immolation Failures for Gods
Immortal Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism
Immortal Battles in the North
Immortal At the Heart of Winter
Immortal Pure Holocaust
Immortalis Indicium De Mortuis
Impetigo Horror Of The Zombies
Impetuous Ritual Relentless Execution of Ceremonial Excrescence
Imynvokad Tongues of Death
Extra melancholic raw black metal that constantly straddles between clean picked sections of pure dissonance and coldly melodic yet churning tremolo picked riffs of epic proportions. Either way, win.
In This Moment The Dream
Incursus Incursus
Deeply inspired by early Norwegian black metal, Incursus' debut EP is two songs of raw, hateful black metal. Backed by a fitting murky production, this USBM knows how to bring the kvlt.
Inearthed Implosion Of Heaven
Inearthed Shining
Innards I've Lost Everything
Inquisition Obscure Verses for the Multiverse
Into Eternity The Scattering of Ashes
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind
Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time
Irrwisch Irrwisch
Ives Abandon
Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier Tropical Malady
Jesse Barrera Love In Technicolor
shameless radio pop that somehow never made it on the radio. stupid, cliched, catchy and just fun fun fun. the type of album you sit back and enjoy not over analyze
Kallathon Before Drifting into the Abyss
Kato Buried With The Rain
Kerasphorus Cloven Hooves at the Holocaust Dawn
Cloven Hooves At The Holocaust Dawn maybe the more polished alternative to the likes of Diocletian or Father Befouled, but Kerasphorus are still every bit as aggressive as their fellow black death/bands as their first and only release displays really enjoyable, if not standard blackened death metal with some awesome riffs at times.
Kerasphorus Necronaut
King Apathy Eine Momentaufnahme - Der Rest ist nur Einsamkeit
King Apathy The Elk
Krabathor Cool Mortification
Old school death metal from the Czech Republic with experimental and thrash influences aka FUCKING OWNS.
Krypts Open the Crypt
Excellent old-school styled death metal from Finland. Well produced, well-written this band has a great future ahead of them.
Kuxan Suum Kinich Ahau
Kuxan Suum Kuxan Suum
Another project of Eduardo Ramirez (Volahn, Axeman, etc...), Kuxan Suum is the manifestation of Ramirez's desire to blend psychedelic elements with raw black metal. The result is a resounding success, as the two tracks here "Kinich Ahau" and "Principle of Harmonic Resonance" are excellent examples of progressive, forward-thinking black metal that never loses sight of its bestial roots.
L.A. Guns LA Guns
La Dispute Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair
lastletters From Her to Here
What first drew me to lastletters. was the album cover for From Her to Here and what kept me coming back was the music. The melodies here resonate strongly and thanks to the more straightforward structuring of the songs (akin to melodic hardcore) they are super effective. Vocally, the screams here are typical of the genre but amazing nonetheless; literally cracking with passion, when lyrics like "We?ll always be a part of something greater than this, something real, and I can feel it now" , not only do you pay attention, you relate, something that just makes the EP all the more enjoyable. lastletters. have made a super enjoyable release with From Her to Here and are definitely a band to keep an eye on
Le Kraken Exalt
Leper End Progress
While black metal/crust punk and ska seem like genre's that would never mesh together well, Leper does a great job of successfully integrating these influences into burst of intense, great music. Diverse and fun, this album deserves more attention.
Light of the Morning Star Nocta
Limbonic Art Promo 1995
Linkin Park Meteora
Long Live Nothing Long Live Nothing
Lord Snow Lord Snow
Loss of Self Twelve Minutes
Lugubrum Albino de Congo
Machine Head The Blackening
Machinemade God Masked
Mahumodo Waves
ManBearPig Ruined Emo
Martire Martire
Released in 1991 by Dominator Records, the Martire EP was the first official release from this unknown Australian horde. While the earlier songs on the EP definitely accentuate the band's love for black metal, as the record progresses the band begins to reveal their knack for creating sick and twisted death metal, with tons of awesome riffs and great, technical instrumentation intertwined with black metal's ferocity. The vocals in particular really stood out to me with vocalist/guitarist Vince Feleppa providing screeches suitably spawned from hell. Overall a great EP that definitely comes recommended!rFun Fact: This band also features members of Mournful Congregation and Portal, and while Martire definitely has (well had) a sound of their own, this should reassure you that the quality is nothing less than exceptional.
Mayhem Chimera
Me and Mark Me and Mark
Megadeth The System Has Failed
The System Has Failed is the perfect interim Megadeth album; somewhere in between their more commercial oriented route and the overtly technical thrash they began with, The System Has Failed does not only hints at once was and will be, but in itself is a great addition to the Megadeth discography.
Megadeth Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!
Megadeth Rust in Peace
Megadeth Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
Metallica Garage Inc.
Metallica Live Shit: Binge & Purge
Miserere Luminis Miserere Luminis
Misericordia (RUS) The Microbiological Revolution
Misery Signals Controller
Misfits American Psycho
Mister Heavenly Out of Love
Mizmor Yodh
One of the most dense, challenging, and ultimately rewarding albums I've listened to this year. As a combination of black metal, drone, and doom, there is a lot to digest here, and to be honest it isn't easy. Not one track falls under the 10 minute mark, and there are many layers of music to dig through. However, the depth makes this release come alive, and the dichotomy of slow churn and blistering rampage is utilized here at its best. This is daunting and horrifying, but gorgeous and wondrous within the same breadth. It's an album that thrives on contrasts, with each opposing section accentuating the strengths of the other. Yodh was meticulously constructed, and I recommend you listen to it with the same attention to detail, because if you do, you'll be richly rewarded with an excellent album.
Mom Jeans best buds
Monomakh MMXII
Monvment I
Morbid Angel Domination
Morbid Angel Formulas Fatal to the Flesh
Morbid Angel Gateways to Annihilation
Morgue Eroded Thoughts
Mors Atra Crucis I
Mother Love Bone Apple
Motley Crue Theatre of Pain
Motley Crue Dr. Feelgood
Motley Crue New Tattoo
Mr Twin Sister Mr Twin Sister
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
Nameless Coyote Devoured by the Swirling Night
Nameless Coyote Blood Moon
Napalm Death From Enslavement to Obliteration
Naphobia Of Hell
More overlooked Floridian death metal, Of Hell Naphobia's only full-length album is played in the style of most United States based OSDM bands, meaning there are few things you can automatically guess about whats in store you when listening to this record; uber technical instrumentation, a pace almost too fast to follow, and great production values. Naphobia didn't stray from any formulas but rather just put their heart into perfecting one, making for a great performance by all the group's members. Of Hell is plain and simple incredibly solid from start to finish, and if you can't take my word for it, take it from Chuck Schuldiner and Gene Hoglan two death metal luminaries that wouldn't ever waste their precious time guesting on an album that didn't offer anything but the best.
Nembrionic Psycho One Hundred
Death/grind that focuses much more on the death aspects of the music, Nembrionic delivers both deliciously crunchy riffs and enjoyably primal grind riffs along with an overall great instrumental delivery. Featuring a great production that no doubt helped the band give a more dense, well-structured performance, Psycho One Hundred is another fantastic slice of Dutch death metal heaven.
Neon Trees Habits
Nevermore This Godless Endeavor
Noctivago III
Nocturnal Blood True Spirit of Old
Nokturnel Nothing But Hatred
Obituary Slowly We Rot
Obliti Devoravit Obliti Devoravit
Odz Manouk/Tukaaria Split
Opeth Orchid
Order From Chaos An Ending In Fire
Ordrhein Atavism
Ornamental Headpiece Masks of Ash
Orrery Nine Odes to Oblivion
Orth Ano Kato
Burping voKILLZ in addition to some prime old school tech death metal goodness
Our Place of Worship is Silence The Embodiment of Hate
Panopticon Panopticon
Panopticon Collapse
Panopticon On the Subject of Mortality
Panopticon's already well established awesomeness + shoegaze influences = EVEN MORE AWESOMENESS
Panopticon/Vestiges Split
I won't even try to deny that I'm a huge Panopticon fanboy. That being said, I wasn't a huge fan of his two releases, which to me just seemed a bit by the numbers. This split returns to A's exploration of post-rock and shoegaze, and it is easily his most successful fusion of the two so far. Beautiful melodies coupled with pained barks and an entrancing atmosphere make his two songs here essential to any fan of his work so far. Honesty, I often forget to praise Vestiges, but they do an excellent job here as well, contributing only one song but it's epic as hell.
Panopticon/Wheels Within Wheels II
Haven't heard Wheels Within Wheels side yet but Panopticon's side was so fucking impressive, WWW could literally have recorded themselves taking wet shits and I still would still rate this a 4.5.
Pantheon I Worlds I Create
Paramore Riot!
Pathologist Putrefactive and Cadaverous Odes About Necroticism
Paul Travis Braille
Peaking Lights Imaginary Falcons
Pensees Nocturnes Grotesque
Generally 'sophisticated" and "black metal" are never mentioned in the same sentence, yet with Pensees Nocturne's Grotesque the band brings a certain level of refinement that the genre overall could use.
Pensees Nocturnes Vacuum
Pentatonix Pentatonix
Pestilence Consuming Impulse
Idk, probably one of the best death metal albums ever
Planks The Darkest of Grays
Planks Funeral Mouth
Pretty Little Flower Devious Persecution And Wholesale Slaughter
Profanatica Sickened By Holy Host
It's good to see that after twenty two years the original black metal band is still playing by the rules they themselves set so long ago - Profanatica doesn't play to please the fans, they don't play to please the critics, they play because they genuinely love to create some of the most crude and simplistic black metal racket to ever exist. Sickened By Holy Host is one of the band's best releases yet.
Prosanctus Inferi Pandemonic Ululations of Vesperic...
Probably the best black/death metal release from last year
Prosanctus Inferi Sacreligious Desecration In Excelsis
Although most days I prefer their full-length, Prosanctus Inferi's first demo is absolute descent into hell; spawning riffs of pure malevolence, choking with its conjuration of a thick, stifling and ever so tangible atmosphere and battering with an assaulting percussive performance, Sacrilegious Desecration In Excelsis is more than just music, it's a ritualistic satanic journey from which there may be no return. Listen at your own risk.
Qrixkuor Three Devils Dance
Rational Animals Bock Rock Parade
Reactor (CH) The Tribunal Above
Reel Big Fish Turn the Radio Off
Reel Big Fish Why Do They Rock So Hard?
Reflux The Illusion Of Democracy
Rehashed Rehashed Demo
Hardcore and thrash metal combo that maintains a contain stream of unbridled aggression. Great riffs, awesome vokillz and overall just good vibes this album is fun as it is dangerous.
Reka II
Reka I
Revenant Prophecies of a Dying World
Revenge (CAN) Triumph.Genocide.Antichrist
Revenge (CAN) Victory.Intolerance.Mastery
Revenge (CAN) Infiltration.Downfall.Death
Revenge (CAN) Scum.Collapse.Eradication
Hailing from the same lineage as famed blackened blasphemers such as Angelcorpse and Order From Chaos, Revenge has always been one of the best blackened death metal groups around; fourth full-length album Scum.Collapse.Eradication solidifies this as the band continues to purvey some of the most vile and wretched music to grace this earth.
Rhinocervs RH01
Rhinocervs RH-12
Rhinocervs RH-13
Rites of Thy Degringolade Totality
Rites of Thy Degringolade The Caryatid
Rites of Thy Degringolade An Ode To Sin
Ritual Necromancy Oath of the Abyss
Roanoke Beautiful People
Wow, this is some REALLY fantastic stuff
Rose Kemp Golden Shroud
Sacramental Blood Ternion Demonarchy
Sacriphyx The Western Front
Salvation Mortality Interactions
Salvation's second full-length is a definite step-up from their already impressive debut, containing more even more aggression, more demonic shrieks courtesy of vocalist Adis and even more buzzed out hardcore riffs. Raw but still catchy as fuck, Mortality Interactions is a fantastic and unique hardcore gem from last year.
Sanctum On The Horizon
Saor Aura
Sarcophagus For We... Who Are Consumed by the Darkness
Scraps Aaargh!
French hardcore styled after Japanese hardcore that rules
Sectioned Purulent Reality
I somehow forgot about this. Sectioned is a UK based death metal band who takes a feather out of Benediction and Bolt Thrower's mid-paced cap. It's decidedly old-school, and rife with melody la Vital Remains; sparse and effective. Recommended. The heavier parts are exactly original, but they are damn memorable. Don't let the fact I forgot about this fool you; I'm just kinda dumb. This is worth checking out.
Sen Deni No More
Another great example of post-rock infused screamo, Belarus's own Sen Deni create very captivating songs with overflowing amounts of emotion. From faster paced sections with bright and blissful powerchord assaults to beautiful clean interludes, Sen Deni isn't reinventing the wheel whatsoever but they rule just the same.
Sen Deni письма
Senses Fail The Fire
Senses Fail From the Depths of Dreams
Sepsism Distorting the Mortal Visage
Seven Sisters of Sleep Seven Sisters of Sleep
Sexdrome Grown Younger
Shadows Fall The Art of Balance
Shataan Weigh Of The Wolf
After War Cry Lament (which I loved), Shataan have steadily been going downhill; certainly nothing they released was bad, but couldn't compare to their first demo. Weigh of the Wolf absolutely does. His fusion of black metal and psychedelic (with some slight, surprising, and welcome hints of surf rock) has never sounded better than it does here. It's melodic, raw, catchy, and offensive all at once. The bass in particular steals the show, taking a prominent role and bouncing around all over the place. Great album with thought-provoking lyrics.
Shikari 1999 - 2003
Shining (SWE) I - Within Deep Dark Chambers
Shining (SWE) II - Livets Andhallplats
Shining (SWE) IV - The Eerie Cold
Shinki Chen Shinki Chen and his Friends
Sickening Gore Destructive Reality
Sigh Scorn Defeat
Sigh Imaginary Sonicscape
Six Brew Bantha Six Brew Bantha
Skid Row Slave to the Grind
Slayer Hell Awaits
Sleepwalker Sleepwalker
Sleepwalker 2010 Tour CD-R
Sleepwalker follow up their excellent first demo with something a bit more experimental this time around, throwing in dashes of drone into their already slick combination of black metal, post-rock and shoegaze.
Slipknot Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.
Slipknot Iowa
Slipknot Disasterpieces [DVD]
Soilwork Stabbing the Drama
Spite Extreme Wing Non dvcor, dvco
Sport Colors
SQRM Rodeo
Stone Sour Come What(ever) May
Sum 41 All Killer No Filler
Sum 41 Does This Look Infected?
Sum 41 Chuck
Summoning Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame
Sump Autumn Blood
Sump Taken Dead
Surgeon (PHL) Beast of Light
If Children of Bodom and Cradle of Filth had a baby together and it listened to Dream Theater but only gleaned the important parts, it would sound like this. I don't know this is pretty diverse, but it's good as hell.
Talvihorros Let Us Be Thankful We Have Commerce
Tau Tau Eyelids
Holy shit i don't like this electro bullshit pop shit generally but this is really good
Taut Fantasty Mapped In Blood
Tawny Peaks Tawny Peaks
Tenebrae in Perpetuum L'Eterno Maligno Silenzio
In essence Tenebrae in Perpetuum is the manifestation of true black metal; high pitched shrieked vocals, repetitive, tremolo picked guitar chords and quite the sinister atmosphere are all staples of the band's sound and of course the genre yet Tenebrae In Perpetuum seems to add just the perfect amount of odds and ends to raise this album above a good portion of the genres other practitioners
Terzij de Horde A Rage of Rapture Against the Dying of Light
Tevlo/Veela Icy Love EP
2016 has been a great year for Veela. Finally making a comeback after a few years of reduced output, her releases this year have all been fantastic and this is no exception. A more "pop" oriented release, her collaboration with fellow electronic vocalist/producer Tevlo is an extremely fun, and oftentimes sexy release. The production in particular is sleek and sharp, and the don't even get me started on the hooks. Each of the three tracks has its own flavor, making it easy to revisit time and again.
The Bad Form No More Neo No Wave
The Black Twilight Circle Worship Black Twilight
The Black Twilight Circle Desert Dances and Serpent Sermons
The Cancer Kids The Possible Dream
Thrashcore that doesn't pull any punches. Violent, spastic chaotic, The Cancer Kids play one of hardcore's most visceral sub-genres a brimming energy that is nothing less than awe-inspiring
The Chronicles Of Israfel Starborn, Tome I
The Color Morale We All Have Demons
The Devil Wears Prada Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord
The Devil Wears Prada Plagues
The Devil's Blood The Time Of No Time Evermore
Fucking awesome occult rock that sounds like it come out in 1969
The Haunting Presence The Haunting Presence (II)
Assuming I'm rating the right one (because this band has no less than three separate self-titled releases) The Haunting Presence's most recent effort is their best yet. First listens show how talented THP is at creating completely bestial and brutalizing blackened death metal; further listening reveals how well constructed these songs actually are. THP has been creating music like this for some time now under one moniker or another; first Nocturnal Blood, now this, so his craft has naturally gotten better with time. This collection of songs are not only just aggressive bursts of metallic violence, but they perfectly capture the oppressive atmosphere a lot of music in the vein lacks.
The Lion's Daughter Shame On Us All
The Mausoleums Blackened Fawns Cleanse the Earth With Fire
The Offspring Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace
In reality, Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace isn't too different from The Offspring's past releases; sure, there some minor kinks to their same patented formula, what would you expect from this twenty some odd year old punk band? The same damn catchy albums they have producing throughout their career.
The Offspring Americana
The Offspring The Offspring
The Offspring Greatest Hits
The Rosebuds Sand + Silence
The Speed of Sound in Seawater Blue Version
The Speed of Sound in Seawater Underwater Tell Each Other Secrets
Following up the superb Red Version, Underwater Tell Each Other Secrets is stylistically a return to the math-rock oriented approach of their debut Blue Version while keeping the sugary sweet vocal harmonies of Red Version. Just like everything this band has done, this album rules fucking hard and is highly recommended to the world.
The Stalin STOP JAP
The Tidal Sleep The Tidal Sleep
The Veils Total Depravity
The Venus De Melos Fatty
I absolutely love this. It's like The Speed of Sound in Seawater, but more noodle-y and also more poppy. Love love love love it.
The Wonder Years Suburbia I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing
Threnos By Blood and By Earth
The often uncredited beginners of the Cascadian black metal scene, Threnos was around long enough only to put out one release but it really fucking ruled.
Tilian Pearson Material Me
Timeghoul Tumultuous Travelings
Timeghoul Panaramic Twilight
Timeghoul Complete Discography
I don't remember which label decided to do this, but whoever it was obviously pays keen attention to metal blogs -- this band's two demos have been posted quite a few times in the past few months. Really unique and individual death metal, this awesome release offers the chance for people to own a physical copy of previously rare material.
Tiny Hawks People Without End
Tiny Hawks Fingers Become Bridges
Tiny Moving Parts This Couch Is Long & Full of Friendship
Torture Chain Mountains of Hate
Torture Chain Wasting Syndrome
Trivium Ascendancy
Trivium Shogun
Ulcerate The Destroyers of All
Ulver Nattens Madrigal
Undead Creep The Ever-Burning Torch
Underoath Define the Great Line
Underoath Cries of the Past
Unearth The Oncoming Storm
Unfun Caroline
Unsacred Where The Light Dims
As blackened hardcore/crust becomes a more prevalent trend in music more and more bands continue to show just how far and how interesting this newfound genre can be taken.
Utumno Across the Horizon
Valkyrie Valkyrie
An amazing folk album a truly elusive American group; epic yet serene the band's keen sense of melody and dynamics makes this relatively short demo a real pleasure.
Various Artists Odour of Dust and Rot
Vasaeleth Crypt Born & Tethered To Ruin
Veela 2233
Vegas Martyrs Harlot Widow
Veins Veins
Verwustung Beyond The Watercolor Sunset, We Feel New Life
amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing
Violent Ends Black Moon
Vortex of End In Satan and Plutonium We Trust
Vreid V
I can't really say I was ever a particularly huge fan of Vreid before, but with the excellence of V, the Norwegian based black metal band has definitely sparked my interest. 9 tracks, of scathing yet melodic black metal composed with a refined edge that never fails to impress, V is an extremely dynamic record that will hold your interest till the end. Harboring a welcome display of modest technical ability, Vreid's amazing instrumentation varies in all sorts of things, tempo, aggression etc... but one thing that remains consistent throughout all the music's various incarnations is the fact that Vreid has crafted a black metal album that will both please the fans of old and gain the band many legions of basement dwelling trolls anew.
War Hungry War Hungry
There's no denying that this Wilkes-Barre based hardcore unit has a lot going on for them; from crushing hardcore riffs, balls to the wall thrash breakdowns and just an overall great sense of songwriting, War Hungry's debut album is pretty spectacular. Imagine a more intense Corrosion of Conformity and you're halfway to what these guys sound like.
Warthog Exterminate Me
Weak Teeth What a Plague You Are
Weakling Dead as Dreams
Weapon From The Devil's Tomb
There must of have been something in the water during 2010 because the amount of black/death releases that ruled seemed to raise exponentially during that time, which of course, was when Weapon released From The Devil's Tomb; more heavily emphasizing their death metal upbringing's, From The Devil's Tomb has awesome riffs, devilish vocals and ridiculously shredding solos, just about everything a black/death fan would need.
White Wolves Kommando Our Empire of Shadows
White Wolves Kommando Black Metal Resistance
William Fitzsimmons Lions
The album will probably be a 4/5 but his beard 5/5 all day.
Winter Dust Existence
Witch In Her Tomb Witch In Her Tomb
Witch Ripper Witch Ripper
Witchcraft (Hun) Carpathian Fire
Witchcraft play a formed of traditional second wave black metal and they do it right; buzzing guitars, necro vocals and a filthy production the band could easily be confused for any of the original Norwegian black metal bands during their prime. Mixing the typical Darkthrone-esque droning guitar lines with little specks of melody, Carpathian Fire is a straight up great black metal album.
Woe A Spell For The Death Of Man
Yellow Swans Going Places
Yellow Swans At All Ends

3.5 great
A Day To Remember Homesick
A Day To Remember For Those Who Have Heart
A Day To Remember And Their Name Was Treason
Abhorrence Vulgar Necrolatry
Absence of Dawn And the Sun is Fading...
When one is listening to Absence of Dawn's sole demo release, And The Sun Is Fading... a feeling of lost potential cannot help but to be had; while the band certainly portrays a fair amount of talent, whether it be in their harmonized guitar lines or the sporadically used keyboard embellishments, it always seems like they are capable of more. Perhaps better vocals and a cleaner production (the one heard is thin, stale and lifeless) could of made this a classic release.
Absum Purgatoire 2007-2009
Absurd Existence Silence
Acephalix Interminable Night
Acualli Pact Of Possession
Acualli / The Haunting Presence Transform With Limitless Will
Adversarial All Idols Fall Before the Hammer
Agatus Dawn of Martyrdom
Much like the other bands in Hellenic black metal's first wave Agatus does not carry the rawness that was common in most 90's black metal; instead the band concentrates on a mid-tempo pace and elegant keyboard arrangements. Not as fierce as their Norwegian counterparts yet still a great album and worth checking out, especially if new to the genre.
Aguynguerran Horde Of The Antichrist
Delving much further into the roots of black metal then their 2009 full-length, Hordes of the Antichrist is still an above average black metal demo
Airs Adore
Discarding almost all traces of their 'blackgaze' past, Airs new shoegaze/indie rock direction actually makes them a band worth mention. Richly atmospheric, Airs dreamy soundscapes are absolutely beautiful, punctuated by at times intense drumming and soothing vocals. Some black metal elements remain but perfectly fit into the new aesthetic the band has created for themselves. Yeah, you want this.
Aksumite The Gleam of Wetted Lips
Alioth Channeling Unclean Spirits
Alluring Alluring
Anagnorisis Peripeteia
Haven't listened to these guys since Overton Trees, but on a first listen this is really great. The melodic parts are especially impressive and a bit unexpected as times, which for a black metal album is rare these days. I expect my rating to go up in time.
Ancestors (Black Metal) II
Ancestors (Black Metal) I
Ancestors (Black Metal) In Death
Ancestors (Black Metal) III
Anchor Recovery
Angelcorpse Exterminate
Antediluvian Revelations in Excrement
Antediluvian λόγος
Antediluvian Primeval Cyclical Catastrophism
Anthrax State of Euphoria
Anthrax Spreading the Disease
Anthrax Among the Living
Antichrist (Canada) Sacrament of Blood
Anubi Kai pilnaties akis uzmerks Mirtis
Apocalypse Command Abyss Fiend of Darkness
Apostate (FIN) Flight of the Halycon
Appalachian Terror Unit Armageddon Won't Be Brought By Gods...
Arch Enemy Anthems of Rebellion
Archgoat The Light-Devouring Darkness
On a first listen this is good if not standard blackened death. As per usual the faster moments are a bit monotonous but the slower sections are groovy and great.
Ares Kingdom Return to Dust
Death/thrash from former members of legendary blackened death band Order From Chaos - as expected it's not as good as the fellows past endeavors but it's still pretty good.
Arktika Symmetry
Arktika's second full-length is hit or miss - while some melodies really break through, there are times where this becomes a bit stale and lifeless. However, it is definitely more good than bad and the second half is inarguably solid.
Arms Like Yours .Architect.
Army Of The Pharaohs Ritual Of Battle
Artifex Pereo Passengers
Ashdautas Shadow Plays of Grief and Pain
Aspbergers/1984 Split
Assault Assault Demo
An amazing gem from the Japanese hardcore scene. Crossover influenced hardcore with an extra metal edge, Assault skillfully cross speedy hardcore with breakneck thrash influenced guitars and traditional Japanese style hardcore vocals. While this already makes for a great album, Assault don't stop there; adding elements of emo to the formula, the Assault demo carries a certain sense of melody and dynamics that is sure to captivate all who listen.
Atreyu A Death-Grip on Yesterday
Attack Attack! (US) Attack Attack! (Deluxe Reissue)
Attack Attack! (US) Someday Came Suddenly
AUM Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum
Auspicium Here Is No Heaven
Autopsy The Headless Ritual
In tribute to Sodom, the original OSDM band.
Avenged Sevenfold City of Evil
Avulsed Eminence in Putresence
Avzhia The Key of Throne
Axeman Arrive
Axis Of Light / Death Fortress Split
Bael Deathly Pale
Banished Deliver Me Unto Pain
The more I listen to this the more it grows on me - great old school styled death metal with flourishes of the classic New York slamming. Definitely a great and overlooked album and definitely something that grows on you.
Baptists Baptists
Baptists Bushcraft
Bastard Priest Merciless Insane Death
Batilda January 2014
Before Their Eyes Before Their Eyes
Although not an overtly distinctive band, Before Their Eyes' first album is nonetheless a very enjoyable modern post-hardcore release; the vocals may be a bit iffy at times (mostly the screams) but overall the band can write a good hook and does have some pretty interesting guitar-work. Nothing too spectacular, Before Their Eyes is a fun listen and easily the band's best work.
Birkabein Land der ewigen Nacht
The sole demo from members of Old Pagan and Grausamkeit, Land Der Ewigen Nacht is a low-fi atmospheric black metal gem. Packed with raw and hateful guitars mixed with majestic keyboard embellishments this demo will make you wish the project stayed together.
Black Beasts II
Black Earth Diagrams of a Hidden Order
Blasphemy Fallen Angel of Doom
Bleachers Strange Desire
Blink-182 Cheshire Cat
Blink-182 Buddha
Blue Hummingbird On The Left Bloodflower
One of the Black Twilight Circle's newest acquisitions, Blue Hummingbird onn the Left forsakes the often atmospheric playing of their fellow inductees, playing a rawer form of black metal with crust and thrash influences. With lyrical themes centered upon Mexican Nationalism and Huitzilopochtli War Culture, Blue Hummingbird on the Left is certainly a fun, quick listen to energetic raw black metal. Oh and did I mention the flute playing?
Body Void Ruins
Bolt Thrower Realm of Chaos
Book Of Sand Occult Anarchist Propaganda
Borknagar Epic
Breaking Benjamin Dear Agony
Breaking Benjamin So Cold
Bring Me The Horizon This Is What the Edge of Your Seat Was Made For
Bring Me The Horizon Count Your Blessings
Buckethead Inbred Mountain
Buckethead Bucketheadland
Buckethead Day of the Robot
Buckethead Monsters & Robots
Buckethead Funnel Weaver
Buckethead Bermuda Triangle
Buckethead Kaleidoscalp
Buckethead Crime Slunk Scene
Buckethead Albino Slug
Buckethead A Real Diamond In The Rough
Built on Secrets Reflections
Burden of a Day OneOneThousand
Burn in Silence Angel Maker
Burzum Umskiptar
This album is actually really good, I don't know what you are being faggots about. Varg still shows he has plenty of spark left and compared to other modern black metal, this album actually stands out quite a bit. A return to grace for black metal's most controversial figure.
Cadaver Dog Cadaver Dog
Cannibal Corpse Eaten Back to Life
Capital Lights Rhythm N Moves
Cara Neir Part I / Part II
Carcass Surgical Steel
Okay so this sucks.
Carved Cross Demo II
Carved Cross Futile Reflections of a Failed Existence
Exceedingly raw black metal from Australia. Brings the kvlt.
Celeste Animale(s)
Cemetary An Evil Shade of Grey
Cerekloth Pandemonium Prayers
Cerekloth In the Midst of Life We Are In Death
Children of Bodom Trashed, Lost & Strungout
Children of Bodom Chaos Ridden Years - Stockholm Knockout
Children of Bodom Hate Crew Deathroll
Children of Bodom Halo of Blood
Chrome Waves Chrome Waves
CHVRCHES The Bones of What You Believe
Circle of Ouroborus/Crooked Necks Ruins of Resurrection
Circle Takes the Square As the Roots Undo
Cirrhus 2008 Demo
Cirrhus Promo 2012
Clair Cassis Clair Cassis II
Clikatat Ikatowi Orchestrated and Conducted By
Cogs and Sprockets The Black Friday EP
Eleven songs, four minutes, DO THE FUCKING MATH. Grinds your face in harder than I grind your mom every night of the week.
Coldworld Autumn
Overall this album is great, but it has the nasty tendency to drag. The more repetitive parts are an obvious weakness, and more plodding sections are tedious to sit through. However, when it all comes together (which is quite frequently) Autumn can be truly magnificent.
Colors Palindromes
Conducting from the Grave When Legends Become Dust
Conqueror War Cult Supremacy
Consolation Stahlplaat
Cornigr Relics of Inner War
Cradle of Filth From the Cradle to Enslave
Cradle of Filth Bitter Suites to Succubi
Cradle of Filth Live Bait for the Dead
Cradle of Filth Nymphetamine
Craft Total Soul Rape
Craven Idol Ethereal Altars
Crebain Nachtkrieg
Nachtkrieg is a great release. Some cool riffs, great ideas and decent musicianship all guarantee that. Bearing that in mind why is it only great? It seems that sole member Ancalagon The Black (lol) cannot exactly decide which form of black metal to be. DSBM one song, old school the next, there is certain inconsistency that bogs down the quality of this demo. Oh and the vocals suck.
Creepmime Shadows
Is it just me or does a lot of quality death metal come out of the Netherlands? Creepmime is yet another great Dutch act that on their first full-length, Shadows, combines murky old school death metal with lurching doom metal also throwing in some classic metal inspired melodies and some uber technical moments.
Dads American Radass (This Is Important)
Damezumari No Hugging, No Learning
Dammerfarben Im Abendrot
Dammerfarben do the whole melodic/folk black metal thing right for the most part -- they never get overly cheesy with folk melodies and overall I'm a big fan of the clean interludes on this album. That being said the songs often feel as they never end and theRE is a lot of similarity between the songs "heavier" sections.
Darklord Symphony Satanikka
Coming from the Australian underground Darklord combines brutal and intense death metal with symphonic black metal, an unlikely mixture and proves to be quite successful thanks to the great execution of the band. Aside from the heavy use of symphonic elements (which actually doesn't come across as TOO cheesy) the also makes frequent use of neoclassical elements within their songs, especially in the guitar solos. Overall a good record if you don't mind lots of keyboards.
Darkthrone Soulside Journey
Darkthrone Total Death
Darkthrone Ravishing Grimness
Darkthrone Hate Them
Darkthrone Sardonic Wrath
Darkthrone Circle the Wagons
Dawn Treader Post Mortem
Deafheaven Roads to Judah
Deafheaven New Bermuda
new ber muda
Death Angel Killing Season
Deathspell Omega The Synarchy of Molten Bones
Decapitated The Negation
Decapitated Organic Hallucinosis
Demented Ted Promises Impure
Demonic Sacrifice Enter the Realm of Pure Darkness
Demonical Death Infernal
This is pretty great stuff. These guys and Entrails seem to be doing a decent job at reviving the swedish sound
Departures When Losing Everything Is Everything You Wanted
Destruktor Nailed
Devil's Dung Devil's Dung
Another one of Mark McCoy's one-off black metal projects (this time featuring Dominick Fernow of Ash Pool, Em Dath Rir, Vegas Martyrs, etc..), Devil's Dung play a mean brand of raw black metal that is poorly produced and sloppy but enjoyable and genuine nonetheless. Black metal was never meant to be perfect and this "mess" of an album perfectly demonstrates how mistake filled black metal can still make the above average cut.
DevilDriver DevilDriver
DevilDriver The Last Kind Words
DevilDriver Pray for Villains
Devouring Ghost Devouring Ghost
The latest project of Mark McCoy explores the realm of stripped down raw black metal and chilling minimal ambient works. It's certainly nothing ground-breaking, and hearkens back to the Norse black metal of yore, but it is enjoyable all the same.
Dimmu Borgir Spiritual Black Dimensions
Dimmu Borgir Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia
Diocletian War of All Against All
Disgrace Debts of God
Disma Towards the Megalith
Disthory Perfidia y Obito
What happens when you mix Discharge with Bathory... DISTHORY
Disturbed Ten Thousand Fists
Dolorvotre Dolorvotre
Domains Sinister Ceremonies
Dommedagssalme Terra
Doom Formation Definition of Evil
Doth Datura Wrightii
DragonForce Maximum Overload
Dross I & II
Drowning the Light Catacombs of Blood
Drowning the Light Through The Noose of Existence
Drowning the Light An Alignment of Dead Stars
Drowning the Light A Pact With Madness
Drowning the Light Of Celtic Blood & Satanic Pride
Drowning the Light A World Long Dead
Drowning the Light To The End Of Time
Drowning the Light 06/06/06 It Begins Here...
Eidola Degeneraterra
Well fuck me, this rules.
Eighteen Visions Obsession
Eighteen Visions Vanity
Embers Shadows
End Times Descension
Enslaved Ruun
Enslaved Blodhemn
Entrails (SWE) The Tomb Awaits
I probably like this more than I should but there is something about Entrails no-deviation Swedish death metal sound that inspires me; everything here is run of mill, but who says that's such a bad thing?
Epheles Les Anges de la derniere Scene
Eroded (JPN) IN
Eternity Forever Fantasy
Definitely not bad, but "Fantasy" and "Letting Go" were the highlights off this and I've already played them to the
point of exhaustion. Hopefully an LP yields some more consistent fare.
Exeloume Fairytale of Perversion
Eye of Solitude Canto III
Eye of Solitude Sui Caedere
Failures Decline And Fall
Faith No More The Real Thing
Fall Out Boy Infinity on High
Falling in Reverse The Drug in Me Is You
Falling in Reverse Fashionably Late
Famous Last Words Pick Your Poison
These guys may be doing that whole dancey metalcore stuff but hey, it's catchy. We can't be looking for serious music all the time, and during those off times when you need a little brevity, this is a fun little EP that is pretty easily enjoyable.
Fatal FE Transfornation
What the hell? A trance influenced post-hardcore band that actually doesn't completely suck, in fact actually rules quite a bit. Fail Emotions display a much higher level of technicality than some of their contemporaries that they manage to perfectly weave in and out in-between swathes of frisky, danceable electronica fun. The vocals are heavily autotuned but the band still pulls them off in style, juxtaposing the extremely commercial production technique against harsh screams and screeches.
Father Befouled Morbid Destitution of Covenant
There is a lot of Incantation worship that goes on these days, and these guys plain and simple do it without much deviance. Good thing Incantation rules or these guys would be in trouble.
Father Befouled Desolate Gods
At this point, Father Befouled do Incantation better than Incantation.
Femacoffin Demo 2013
FKJ French Kiwi Juice
Four Year Strong Enemy of the World
fun. Aim and Ignite
Funeral Chic Hatred Swarm
Funereum Re Velatio
I'm usually not a fan of melodic death/doom, but Re-Velatio is pretty great. They are bit heavy-handed on the atmospherics, but overall the incorporation of synthesizers is pretty well done, and the addition of clean, female vocals is a nice fit. Nothing groud-breaking, but well done nonetheless.
Furdidurke Native
Garden of Silence Demo 92
Ghost (POL) The Lost of Mercy
Old school death/doom that fucking slays. RIFFS RIFFS RIFFS.
Gorephilia Ascend to Chaos
Grafvolludr Promo 2014
Grandmother Grandmother
Grave Miasma Odori Sepulcrorum
Grinning Death's Head Demo
Although it's not quite as developed as their later releases, Grinning Death's Head premier release is one of the most fun black metal/punk hybrids I've heard. Despite the fact that it's essentially total Bone Awl worship, Grinning Death's Head generally do it better than the blackened punk forefathers. Listen to "Prey" and try not to bob your head... You can't, right?
Gyibaaw Ancestral War Hymns
Gyibaaw is a pretty vicious little number from Canada who like their contemporaries Mitochondrion, Portal and Antediluvian delve deep into blackened death metal. Unbashedly chaotic, Ancestral War Hynms often times feels like it's exploding into seven different directions at once, but at close inspection you can really have nothing but respect for these Canadian metallers. Overall the songwriting is much more intricate than one can tell at first glace. This is superb debut and I expect great things from this blackened death crew.
Hail the Sun Wake
Hands Like Houses Ground Dweller
Hardware Hardware
Generally I would stick far away from industrial death metal (because most of it just plain sucks) however when it comes to Mexico's Hardware, I'll make an exception. Calling their keyboard infected brand of extremity "cyber death metal", Hardware ridiculously titled self-created genre actually does take on a life of its own in the hands of these Mexican banditos. Like most demos the production values for this release are pretty abysmal but the band kills it, blasting away squeaky tremolo picked lines and double bass rhythms while being backed by the unique keyboard atmospherics that create some pretty melancholic tones. It's not perfect and sometimes the band does seem a little less inspired as compared to other times, but overall this is an interesting release from the Mexican and 90's death metal scenes for sure.
HellHammer Satanic Rites
Hellkvlt Mexica Males Antiguos
Well, this was a pleasant surprise. Hailing from Mexico (duh), Hellkvlt Mexica eschew the usual war metal delivery of their country for a more unique black/death metal approach. Consisting of sinister free-flowing instrumentation, the music here is disjointed, but in a good way? I don't know, it's actually pretty hard to describe, but it's fucking good, so listen to it.
Hexis/As We Draw/Euglena Split
A great release by three up and coming post-hardcore bands, the Hexis/As We Draw/Euglena split very much offers a look into the darker side of the aforementioned genre. While As We Draw and Euglena sprinkle in elements of post-metal to make their songs extra epic, Hexis's contributions dabble in the realm of black metal giving the album a nice sense of diversity. Although there are still some things that could be worked on, these three bands hint here that they just may have some pretty bright futures ahead of them.
Hierophant (IT) Great Mother: Holy Monster
HIM Razorblade Romance
HIM Dark Light
Hopelorn Golden Fields Black Wings
Horrid Cross Demo III
Huata Atavist of Mann
Ignivomous Contragenesis
Illapa Deshonestos Y Hechiceros
Illapa Lascivo Culto Solar
Immolation Unholy Cult
Immolation Harnessing Ruin
Immolation Majesty and Decay
my cat has a bruise on it's right eye. because i kicked it. oh and yeah the album rules.
Immortal Blizzard Beasts
Impetuous Ritual Blight Upon Martyred Sentience
In Flames Clayman
In Flames The Jester Race
In Tormentata Quiete In Tormentata Quiete
Inarborat Wisdom Sans Words
Incarpathia Lost
I'm not a deathcore fan by any standards; even the mere mention of the genre sickens me basically. That being said, I love this album. Taking minimal doses of deathcore and combining it with melodic death metal, this US based quintet has released one of the best deathcore EPs there is; and nobody knows about it.
Inferno Requiem Gloomy Night Stories
Iron Maiden Powerslave
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Iron Maiden Fear of the Dark
Iron Maiden The X Factor
Iron Maiden Brave New World
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death
Issues Issues
This nigga did not just call this "radio-core", did he?
Istapp Blekinge
Ives Burial of the Modernized Soulless
Jackman Bad Intentions
Jellyroll Rockheads Wake Up, Music
John Frum A Stirring In The Noos
Jordablod Upon My Cremation Pyre
Katharsis Kruzifixxion
Katharsis Fourth Reich
Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage
Killswitch Engage The End of Heartache
Killswitch Engage Disarm the Descent
"Why do you guys keep rating an album WITHOUT listening to it in it's entirety? It hasn't came out yet, it hasn't leaked, so who already rated this as "Classic", "Superb" or anything else is a moron." Yeah, okay, THEY are the morons...
Krieg The Isolationist
Although they aren't really apparent until a few listens in, there are some very fine moments on this album. One of the more underrated black metal albums of the past few years.
Krisiun AssasiNation
Although this is a bit repetitive , Krisiun make it work
Krypts Krypts
Kyte Dead Waves
L.A. Guns Cocked & Loaded
La Luna Always Already
Lamb of God Sacrament
Laster Ons Vrije Fatum
Leichengott Cyrograf
Leichengott Ostrza
Leper Embarrassed to Be Human
Les Discrets Septembre Et Ses Dernières Pensées
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Lizards Have Personalities Snows of Kilimanjaro
Lizards Have Personalities/Book Of Caverns Split
Lorna Shore Flesh Coffin
Loss of Self Demo
Lotus Thief Gramarye
lovechild In Heaven, Everything is Fine
Luciation Infernalistic Flames of Luciftias
Machine Head The Burning Red
Man's Gin Rebellion Hymns
Masachist Death March Fury
Mastication 1991 Demo
Mata Mata Mata Mata
Mayhem De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
Mayhem Grand Declaration of War
Mayhem Ordo ad Chao
Mayhem Deathcrush
Megadeth Countdown to Extinction
Mesarthim .- -​.​.​. .​.​. . -. -​.​-​. .
Very keyboard-saturated atmospheric black metal. That being said, the synth work never feels overdone. This was created with the express purpose to have that element be the most prominent. It creates a beautiful, celestial, and wonder-filled album. It gets a bit repetitive at times, but overall it's very enjoyable.
Metallica S&M
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited
Mgla With Hearts Toward None
Milumet Myth Is The Womb Which Fact Must Pass
Milumet Blood Songs
Misfits Famous Monsters
Mitochondrion Parasignosis
Is it just me or does this album get a little longer each listen?
Morbosidad Muerte de Cristo en Golgota
Motley Crue Girls, Girls, Girls
Motley Crue Generation Swine
Motley Crue Saints of Los Angeles
Mourning Forest Au Coeur de l'Ombre
Muknal CN-22
One of the weaker bands to come from Crepsculo Negro but these guys are still pretty good
Munn Selbstmordwald
Muse Showbiz
Muse Origin of Symmetry
Muse Black Holes & Revelations
Mystifier The World Is So Good That Who Made It Doesn't Live
Nader Sadek In the Flesh
Nails Abandon All Life
Napalm Death Scum
Narrows Painted
Natural Law Slump
Modern hardcore that still recalls the genres classic elements, Natural Law are loud, fast, dirty and they don't even give a fuck.
Necros Christos Doom of the Occult
Nekros Manteia Deus Otiosus
Night Verses Into the Vanishing Light
Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks
Nocturnal Blood Nocturnal Cruxifictions
Nocturnal Blood Invocation of Spirits
NOFX Wolves in Wolves' Clothing
Notches High Speed Crimes
Really endearing pop-punk with an emphasis on PUNK. It's fuzzed out, sloppy, catchy, energetic, and loads of fun.
Obituary The End Complete
Obolus Lament
Of Mice and Men The Flood
Coming off an average debut album, the departure (and subsequent rejoining) of the ever controversial Austin Carlile, Of Mice & Men have still managed to overcome all their trials and tribulations to craft a modern post-hardcore album that is actually worth giving a damn over; more creative song-writing, better instrumentals and with Shayley Bourget's soaring vocals taking more precedence than seen before, Of Mice & Men are a band that is well on their way to some well-deserved success.
Old Witch Come Mourning Come
Opeth Blackwater Park
Order From Chaos Dawn Bringer
Palisades I'm Not Dying Today
Panic! at the Disco Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!
years later and i still cant get over the fact they passed on the name panic! at the discoteca
Panopticon/Lake of Blood Split
Pantheist Pantheist
Paragon Impure To Gaius
This shit is fucking intense. Raw as fuck, dissonant as anything, there is literally nothing accessible about this album. And I love it.
Parkway Drive Killing with a Smile
Pathology The Time of Great Purification
I am generally not a fan of brutal death metal at all but fuck this is really good. I think the main reason I enjoy it so much is because everything from the riffs to the vocals are extremely reminiscent of Abominable Putridity
Paysage d'Hiver/Lunar Aurora Split
Pensees Nocturnes Ceci est de la musique
This could very well be my black metal album of the year; retaining the strong yet tasteful use of symphonic and theatrical elements, Pensees Nocturnes 2011 release sees sole member Vaerohn not only mustering truly impressive atmospheric backdrops but also adding much more bite to the bands brand of avant-garde black metal. And while Vaerohn easily proves himself to be a truly awe-inspiring multi-instrumentalist he also conjures one hell of a hoarse wail, the perfect type of vocals to accompany an album that is just drench in melancholy. Fucking recommended.
Pierce the Veil Selfish Machines
Portal Vexovoid
Pretty Little Flower Ultimate Whirlwind of Incineration
Fuck bitches and listen to P.L.F.
Prison Suicide 2016 Demo
Five minute long hardcore demo from Colloquial Sound Recordings. Nothing fancy, just an absolutely ripping release that's tons of fun.
Proclamation Nether Tombs of Abaddon
Profanatica Disgusting Blasphemies Against God
Profanatica is all about the blasphemy; decrying religion at almost every chance they get, if any devout Catholic heard a minute of their 2010 opus Disgusting Blasphemies Against God (or even just heard the title) they would probably declare some sort of Armageddon warning. Musically, the band plays a pretty raw form of black metal, yet nothing really new. Definintely more enjoyable when in a certain mood, yet for the most part this is just another average black metal release with above average lyrics of blasphemy.
Profanatica The Curling Flame of Blasphemy
Well, it's definitely a Profanatica record
Prosanctus Inferi Red Streams of Flesh
Pseudogod Deathwomb Catechesis
Psychic Blood Autumn Curses
Psycroptic The Scepter of the Ancients
Puce Mary Rubber Therapy
Pulczesar Pulczesar
Push Over Demo
Rahu Caput Draconis
Ratt Out of the Cellar
Ravachol Great Moments in the Void
Raw Nerve Nervous Habits
A great tape by another great Youth Attack! hardcore band. I wonder how long until it's too trendy to like any YA! bands and we are all forced to ignore their consistent brilliance.
Reel Big Fish Everything Sucks
Rites of Thy Degringolade Totalitys Commad
Roman Cross Make Graves the Home of Men
Ruminations Rehersal Demo
Rx Bandits Mandala
Sael The Sixth Extinction
Sallow II: Corpses and Ruins
Sallow play of a very modern form of classic black metal; it's cold, unforgiving, aggressive, and evocative of an assailing winter tempest. Every once in a while they will have a brilliant moment -each track has at least one or two - but as whole, this is standard black metal brought to you by a band that has yet to unlock their true potential.
Salvaticus Hidden Manna
Salvation Of Unforgiving Wind
Uber aggressive buzzed out hardcore from Pennsylvania.
Salvation House of the Beating Hell
A part of the Youth Attack! music conglomerate, Philadelphia's Salvation have been releasing great and seriously moody hardcore since 2009 with the release of their debut album, Of Unforgiving Wind. Seemingly at odds with the sheer violence of their first album (and sophomore effort, Mortality Interactions) Salvation's latest EP shows the band paying more attention to detail, crafting a set of songs that may lack their previous aggression but more than makes up for it with their obviously more thoughtful compositions. House of the Beating Hell is still very much a Salvation release, but it is easily their most mature to date.
Sargeist/Drowning the Light Crimson Wine/As the Blood Flows On...
Scar Symmetry Pitch Black Progress
Scar Symmetry Symmetric in Design
Scar Symmetry Holographic Universe
Seagraves Weight of the World
Secret Creation Holding My Carrot
Secret Creation Bye Bye Bunny
Sectioned Elme
Infusing elements of old school death metal with elements of thrash and even black metal, Sectioned's Elme is a competent excursion into realms of (slightly) experimental black metal. Fast riffs, excellent vocals and some pretty cool song-writing this album doesn't come highly recommended, but recommended nonetheless.
Seether Disclaimer
Sejr Demo
Senses Fail Life Is Not a Waiting Room
Serpentine Dominion Serpentine Dominion
Sexdrome Sexdrome
Shaolin Finger Jabb Santa Maria Powerviolence
No holds barred, female fronted powerviolence that absolutely rips. Also the song titles are actually pretty funny.
Shark Bait/Adaje Split
Shining (SWE) III - Angst, Självdestruktivitetens Emissarie
Shizune Shizune
Shyy/... The Path Toward Forgetfulness
A release between two bands that are arguably some of the better groups from the shoegazing black metal pool, The Path Towards Forgetfulness has some pretty glaring errors but overall is an extremely enjoyable listen. Although they have received much more attention, Shyy is easily the weaker band here, creating two decent songs that have more in common with straightforward indie but definitely get their vocal style from shoegaze. ... on the other hand (yes, the name of the band is "...") create three completely entrancing pieces which if honestly had been by themselves would have made for an excellent demo/EP. The songs transition beautifully from more depressive black metal sections (which are actually wonderfully done) to clean vocal driven shoegaze dreamfests. Definitely a band to look for, if these songs are any indication, this band will do great things on future releases.
Sigh Ghastly Funeral Theatre
Sigh Infidel Art
Sigh Gallows Gallery
Silent Civilian Rebirth of the Temple
Sinat Hinam Sinat Hinam
Black metal influenced crust punk from Israel. Thick murky guitars that swap between simpler crust punk lines, tremolo picked guitar and classic metal inspired passages Sinat Hinam is heavy, pounding and passionate crust that doesn't hold anything back
Sista Sekunden Aldras Med Stil
Sixx:A.M. This Is Gonna Hurt
Mainstream rock that isn't embarrassing to listen to. We all knew Sixx:A.M. would make this album, an album that further propels their burgeoning mainstream sound but it's so damn catchy who cares if there's little to no substance to be found here? Great vocals, catchy melodies and surprisingly solid instrumentation This is Gonna Hurt continues Sixx:A.M.'s hot-streak of writing awesome modern rock records.
Skid Row Subhuman Race
Sky Eats Airplane Everything Perfect on the Wrong Day
Slaegt Ildsvanger
Sleeping Village Fragments
Slipknot 9.0: Live
Sonne Adam Transformation
Static-X Start a War
Stone Sour Stone Sour
Sugartown Cabaret The First Time I Lost The Road Map
Sugartown Cabaret Beyond Foam
Suicide Nation Suicide Nation
Summoning Minas Morgul
Summoning Dol Guldur
Summoning Oath Bound
Sump Demo
Symptom Opulent Atrocity
System of a Down Toxicity
System of a Down System of a Down
Tennis Cape Dory
Terrorizer World Downfall
Testament The Formation of Damnation
The Atlas Moth The Old Believer
The Color Morale Know Hope
The Color Morale Desolate Divine
Leading up to the release of this album I was kind of worried; the past two albums have seen the band
deteriorating at an alarming rate, and based on the pre-release singles, it seemed they like so many others in the
current crop of post-hardcore, had abandoned their "heavier" roots. Fortunately, Desolate Divine proved my
expectations wrong. The ratio of singing to screaming is certainly tipped in the favor of the former, but as usual,
Garrett's soulful croon is a joy to experience. The heavier parts are a bit dialed in, but their sparsity and
placement make them effective, and Mike Honson taking over harsh vocals was an excellent decision. His voice
is nasty and guttural without going too far, a great compliment to the -core aspects. Surprisingly solid.
The Great Old Ones Al Azif
The Offspring Ignition
The Offspring Conspiracy of One
The Offspring Baghdad
The Offspring Club Me
The Offspring A Piece of Americana
The Speed of Sound in Seawater First Contact
The Strokes Comedown Machine
The Tidal Sleep Four Song EP
The Weeknd Starboy
You don't have to runnnnnnn I know what you can doooooo
The Word Alive Deceiver
band was much better with mabbitt and you're just kidding yourselfs if you think otherwise

Don't listen to Comatorium., he's putting Bring Me The Horizon on the end of his year list
This Gift Is A Curse This Gift Is A Curse
This Station of Life Antithetic
Threnodist The Vomitous Demo
Tilian Pearson Future Friends
Titan (CAN) Burn
Todos Caeran After Dark
Torture Chain Across Great Landscapes to a Legacy of Blood
Total Control Henge Beat
Trivium Ember to Inferno
Truppensturm Salute to the Iron Emperors
Tuman Transylvanian Dreams
Ufesas Ufesas
Ulcerate Vermis
Undercroft Twisted Souls
Underoath Act of Depression
Underoath They're Only Chasing Safety
Underoath Disambiguation
Unholy Vampyric Slaughter Sect Canticle Bound In Spirit-Faith In Vampyric Blood
Vacuus Demo
Vacuus II
Vanhelgd Temple of Phobos
The production is absolutely fantastic, but the songwriting is whatever. The songs just don't move at all.

Edit: okay Willie, I see you

Double edit: Okay, this is better than I initially gave it credit for.
Venus Star Nigredo Expulsion
vhmnt / blsphm vhmnt / blsphm
Viggo Mortensen Intelligence Failure
Vigrid Throne of Forest
Awesome folk influences black metal with some classic metal influences
Vilkacis The Fever of War
Volahn / Blue Hummingbird On The Left Debajo del Simbolo del Sol
Volahn/Kallathon Disequilibrium of the Ecliptic Plane
Wet Petals s/t II
When Bitter Spring Sleeps/Panopticon Split
White Wolves Kommando Dark Ages Return
With the End in Mind Thresholder
Woe, Is Me Number[s]
Wolves in the Throne Room Black Cascade
Woods of Desolation Torn Beyond Reason
Wotanorden The Hands of Faith
Wrath of the Weak Solace
Wrath of the Weak Alogon
Wrath of the Weak Wrath of the Weak
Wreodan Heahl Laecig
Symphonic black metal has a certain negative connotation amongst the genre's more "elite" listeners (whatever
that means), but there are still some great acts of that variety out there: Wreodan Heahl is one of them. It's
medieval symphonic black metal in the vein of early Dimmu Borgir, and it absolutely slays. The orchestrations are
perfectly done, and the black metal segments are nice and cold, just like they should be.
Wvnder Precipice
XII Boar Beyond the Valley of The Triclops
Fucking raucous as fuck rock'n'roll. Heavy-hitting groove riffs, sludgy bass, and throat-shredding vocals for days. Great shit.
Yellow Eyes Silence Threads the Evening's Cloth
Yellow Swans Being There
Yersinia Pestis (US) Finis Gloriae Mundi
Reminiscent of Sweden's burgeoning melodic death/black metal scene of the early 90's, Yersinia Pestis is six tracks of fairly solid extreme metal with enough aggression, melody, and buzzsaw guitar tone to satisfy both newcomers and older fans of the genre alike.
You Plus Me Rose Ave.
Heavy as shit hardcore that also has some awesome melodic flourishes
YOUWRETCH Sympathy Of Wolves
Zella Day Kicker

3.0 good
A Skylit Drive Wires...and the Concept of Breathing
Abandon All Ships Geeving
Abhomine Larvae Offal Swine
Absurd Existence Anglewings
Playing melodic death/doom with a ton of gothic metal influences, Absurd Existence just comes off as a bit boring; sure, they can strike the occasional somber melody at times and are they the worst at what they do? Definitely not, but that still doesn't save Angelwings from being the first-class snooze of an album it is, devoid of anything worth note and full of things that have been done before and done better.
Adversarial / Antediluvian Initiated in Impiety as Mysteries
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Ahulabrum The Transitivity of Strangeness
The Transitivity of Strangeness isn't really an album you get on the first listen; a dark, murky production mixed with fast tremolo picked chords and strange (even for black metal) vocals, the first experience with this album may be enough for some. However, upon repeated listens one begins to strangely appreciate the how intense and fucked up the album really is. Musically nothing revolutionary, but an entertaining listen for those who truly enjoy raw black metal.
Aksumite Self Interference
Alcest Écailles de Lune
This is a low 3.5. Seriously Ecailles De Lune (Pt.1) is mostly the only song I ever listen too. And generally when I do, I'm only doing it for the last two minutes of the song. But holy fuck, it's pretty epic. But yeah, expecting rating drop to 2.5 in (near) future.
Alcest Les Voyages de l'Âme
Alda Alda
All That Remains Overcome
Alle Totmachen! Demo 2
Alle Totmachen! Demo I
Anaal Nathrakh In the Constellation of the Black Widow
Anthrax Return of the Killer A's
Anthrax Sound of White Noise
Apocalypse Command Damnation Scythes of Invincible Abomination
Another project spawning from the infamous Angelcorpse legacy, Apocalypse Command is certainly a competent project but does little to expand upon or even improve upon their now slightly worn black/death style, ultimately making DSoIA an enjoyable but predictable listen.
Arch Enemy Black Earth
Arch Enemy Wages of Sin
ARTS Thousand Wounds Of War
As I Lay Dying Shadows Are Security
Asking Alexandria The Black
Asmodee Aequilanx
Asphyx The Rack
Asphyx Deathhammer
Aspyhx's Deathhammer is a good album but it's also a slight disappointment considering the high caliber work of the bands past.
Atreyu Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses
Atreyu Lead Sails Paper Anchor
Attack Attack! (US) Attack Attack!
Attack Attack! (US) This Means War
Automobile, Swift Enemy, Enemy
Avenged Sevenfold Diamonds in the Rough
Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold
Azriel A Will Of Fire
Bane (Srb) Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness
Belial Never Again
Belial 3
Blessthefall His Last Walk
Bring Me The Horizon Suicide Season
Buckethead Forensic Follies
Buckethead Somewhere Over the Slaughterhouse
Buckethead Enter the Chicken
Buckethead Cyborg Slunks
Buckethead Slaughterhouse on the Prairie
Buckethead Enter The Chicken (Reissue)
Buckethead Kevin's Noodle House
Bullet For My Valentine The Poison
Bullet For My Valentine Hand of Blood
Burzum Filosofem
Byzantine To Release Is to Resolve
Carved Cross Demo I
Centinex Reborn Through Flames
Combining the old school brutality of their previous efforts with a newfound sense of melody, Centinex's Reborn Through Flames is not your best or most original slab of Swedish death metal, but it certainly remains to be an enjoyable listen for all those who enjoy melodeath with some added bite.
Cinsera Coryphée
Coffinworm IV.I.VIII
Corpsessed Corpsessed
Cradle of Filth Total Fucking Darkness
Cradle of Filth Damnation and a Day
Csejthe La Mort du Prince Noir
Dark New Day Twelve Year Silence
Darkest Hour Godless Prophets and The Migrant Flora
Even though the heaviness is a contrived effort after the mainstream inclinations of their last album, the new Darkest Hour is okay, even if it does sound like everything else Kurt Ballou produces. The melodic death metal influence is sorely missing though.
Darkthrone Plaguewielder
Darkthrone F.O.A.D.
Darkthrone Dark Thrones and Black Flags
Deep Mountains Deep Mountains
Well, this certainly was a huge disappointment. While it has some pretty cool moments this is overall nothing really that special.
Demoniac Stormblade
Der Weg Einer Freiheit Der Weg Einer Freiheit
Dimmu Borgir For All Tid
Dimmu Borgir Stormblast
Dimmu Borgir Stormblast (Re-Recording)
Disinter Desecrated
Death metal with little substance, Desecrated is a good album for a listen if you are in the mood for death metal that isn't trying to be overtly technical; angry, brutal but perhaps most importantly simple, Disinter craft some pretty cool moments but overall Desecrated won't be an album you'll be telling all your friends about.
Disturbed Indestructible
Drowning the Light The Weeping Moon
Drowning the Light The Masters Call
Edguy Rocket Ride
Eighteen Visions Eighteen Visions
Elysian Blaze Cold Walls And Apparitions
Enslaved Isa
Enter Shikari Take to the Skies
Ethicist II
Eye of Solitude The Deceit
Fire From The Gods Narrative
Flourishing The Sum of All Fossils
Foxes (UK) All I Need
Foxes (UK) Glorious
Hands Like Houses Unimagine
He Is Legend It Hates You
Heresiarch Death Ordinance
Blasphemy styled war metal with little to no surprises, but still solid enough to be enjoyable overall.
Horrendous Anareta
Hypomanie A City In Mono
Hypomanie follow up their great She Couldn't Find a Flower, But There Was Snow with an album that isn't bad, but only leaves you wanting to explore the more developed pastures of Hypomanie's contemporaries. Musically more shoegaze with black metal influences, Hypomanie's purely instrumental sophomore effort has moments of body-shuddering beauty (a saving grace, no doubt) but ultimately those moments sparsity coupled with album's overall derivative nature that create what is a mostly dull listening experience, jam packed full of songs that bleed onto the next.
I Am King Onehundred
I See Stars 3D
I See Stars The End of the World Party
Iced Earth Something Wicked This Way Comes
Immolation Shadows in the Light
Immolation Atonement
Immortal Sons of Northern Darkness
In Thoth In Thoth
Incantation Profane Nexus
Infant Annihilator The Elysian Grandeval Galèriarch
Iron Maiden No Prayer for the Dying
Iron Maiden Dance of Death
Issues Black Diamonds
Jackman Demo 2010
Judecca Awakened By The Stench of the Dead
Raw, old-school death metal from Florida; crushing, fast, and of course mentioning Satan at almost every available chance possible, Judecca didn't quite posses the technical skill on their second demo to match most of their peers, but the primal intensity of "Awakened By The Stench of the Dead" is worth commending nonetheless.
Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage II
Kolga Demo
A huge disappointment considering it's an Austin Lundr project. It's like a stripped down version of Panopticon's material on their second split with Wheels Within Wheels, and even though I loved that album, this is just a shadow of former glories.
Les Discrets Virée Nocturne
Though I don't enjoy all of it, I have to acknowledge and commend Fursy for his ambition. It doesn't always work; "Capricorni.Virginis.Corvi" is a mess of jumbled percussion, glide guitar, and ethereal vocals with little in the way of cohesion. In his efforts of trying to break from his post-rock/shoegaze roots, he at times overdoes the experimentation. That being said, there are still a few inspired and well-executed moments stemming from that same ambition. Opener "Vire Nocturne" marries Massive Attack-esque trip-hop atmosphere and shoegaze melodies splendidly, creating a gray-colored soundscape filled with melancholy. At the very least, this EP will generate enough curiosity for the upcoming full-length.
Liar Liar Cross On Fire Exposed, Barren and Often Windswept
Light This City Stormchaser
Light This City Facing The Thousand
Liturgy Aesthethica
Love American Love American
Machine Head The More Things Change...
Mahria Mahria
overrated female fronted screamo say whatttttttttt -- seriously if a guy was doing the vocals chances are nobody would really give two hoots about this. the vocals aren't even that great anyway
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster III
Megadeth Youthanasia
Megadeth Cryptic Writings
Metallica Load
Moonknight Senmorta
Morbid Angel Abominations of Desolation
Motley Crue Carnival Of Sins Live
Nokturnal Mortum The Voice of Steel
Nuit Noire Black Form
Ophiolatry Anti-Evangelistic Process
Parkway Drive Deep Blue
Parkway Drive's latest offering may not be the most original piece of metalcore to date, but it still retains a certain sense of enjoyability thanks to some key riffs and melodies. Also, vocalist is a beast
Phobocosm Bringer Of Drought
not bad, but definitely not great either
Pure Disgust Pure Disgust LP
Red End of Silence
Reel Big Fish Cheer Up!
Reel Big Fish We're Not Happy 'Till You're Not Happy
Remmirath Polis Rouge
Rhizome (USA) Demo
Pissed-off female fronted hardcore from San Fransisco. Some genuinely catchy moments dispersed throughout the usually vicious hardcore fare.
Rivendell Farewell - The Last Dawn
Ruined Families Blank Language
Seether Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces
Sen Deni Secret of the Sea
Senses Fail Pull the Thorns from Your Heart
I still need to listen to this 10-15 more times before I can rate this accurately, but as far as first listens go, this sounds like choppier version of Renacer. Sure, it's simultaneously their most technical and most ethereal, but it's also their most disjointed. Really hoping this grows on me.
Serpent Column Ornuthi Thalassa
Sexdrome On What Draw
Shadows Fall Fallout From The War
Sheidim Shrines of the Void
Shining (SWE) VII: Fodd Forlorare
Sigh Scenario IV: Dread Dreams
Sigh Hail Horror Hail
Slaves Through Art We Are All Equals
Slayer Show No Mercy
Slayer South of Heaven
Slipknot All Hope Is Gone
Spawn of Possession Incurso
Srodek Forfall
Another band to incorporate a hefty does of alternative influences into their black metal sound, Srodek occasionally falls flat on their face thanks to ultra repetitive song structures and less than inspired melodies but overall deliver an enjoyable does of post-black metal fun.
Stalingrad Stalingrad
I have no qualms in saying that part of me likes this only because it's a project of YakNips, who overall, is a very cool dude. The other part of of me legitimately enjoys the rawness and the primitive bashing of the album's slower moments. However, this release as a whole is ruined by the production, which makes the guitar during the faster parts completely undecipherable.
Still Remains The Serpent
Suhnopfer Nos Sombres Chapelles
Summoning Lugburz
Sun Kil Moon Benji
Tanpopo Crisis Everything Flows
The Black Heart Rebellion Har Nevo
The Color Morale Hold On Pain Ends
The Devil Wears Prada With Roots Above and Branches Below
The Dillinger Escape Plan Dissociation
The Offspring Splinter
The Speed of Sound in Seawater Acoustics
The Sword Age of Winters
The Wonder Years The Greatest Generation
The Word Alive Empire
The Word Alive Dark Matter
If The Word Alive and Breaking Benjamin had an illegitimate love-child who listened to djent and then formed a band, it would sound like this.
Todos Caeran Todos Caerán
Traveler (MO) Something Blue
good, genuine pop-punk. kinda sloppy in an endearing way.
Trivium The Crusade
Unearth III: In the Eyes of Fire
Vim Patior Magni Nominis Umbra
Violent Hammer Demo 2014 - More Victims
Violet Cold Magic Night
Vukari Divination
The definition of middle-of-the-road; the black metal parts are fairly inoffensive and the shoegaze/post-rock parts aren't as gorgeous as one would hope. It's still not bad, but overall this release is just kind of ... there.
White Lies Friends
White Wolves Kommando White Wolves Power
Wold Screech Owl
Good idea Bulldog go right from listening to Gucci Mane to Wold and have some expectations of possibly liking it
Xavlegbmaofffassssit.... Gore

2.5 average
1349 Liberation
1349 Beyond the Apocalypse
Abandon All Ships Abandon All Ships!
Much like contemporaries Attack Attack! and This Romantic Tragedy, Abandon All Ships! often fall victim to the pitfalls that oft make their fellow bands near unlistenable; repetitive breakdowns, a lack of originality and a sever lack of musicianship among many other things. Although this short EP does feature a few bright moments, most of your time spent listening to this will make you wish you weren't.
Abigail Williams In the Absence of Light
All That Remains This Darkened Heart
All That Remains A War You Cannot Win
Alter Bridge Fortress
Ancalagon First Age : Entering Legenda
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Animal Collective Feels
Ironically, feels is about the only thing this album doesn't give me.
Aosoth III - Violence & Variation
Arch Enemy Rise of the Tyrant
Atreyu The Curse
Atreyu The Congregation of the Damned
Atreyu Visions
Avenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh Trumpet
Basilisk A Joyless March Through The Cold-Lands
Buckethead Island of Lost Minds
Buckethead Captain Eo's Voyage
Capitis Damnare Black Stigmatized
Childish Gambino Because the Internet
CKY An Answer Can Be Found
Cradle of Filth Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder
Cradle of Filth The Manticore and Other Horrors
Decubitus Codex Sinaiticus
Demoniac The Fire And The Wind
Dimmu Borgir In Sorte Diaboli
Disturbed The Sickness
Disturbed Believe
Djevel Dodssanger
Hailing from Norway, Djevel's allegiance to playing "trve" black metal is understood even if it is horribly generic; sure there are some cool twists every now and then, and vocalist Erlend Hjelvikbut (also of the ever popular Kvelertak) sounds pretty good, but overall Dodssanger is an average, second rate representation of everything glorious about 90's black metal
Epitaph Seeming Salvation
While Seeming Salvation is certainly not a horrible album when it really comes down to it their brand of Swedish death metal lacks a personality. Without the fair that led so many of their fellow countrymen to fame in the extreme metal underground, Epitaph's stagnant combination of thrash and death metal shows potential but just never quite gets a hold of utilizing it correctly
Favorite Weapon Sixty Saragossa
Four Year Strong Go Down In History
Makes me not want to take history class anymore. And I LOVED history class.
fun. Some Nights
Furze UTD
Gorguts Colored Sands
Immortal Damned In Black
Imperium Dekadenz Dis Manibvs
In Flames Come Clarity
Insomnium In the Halls of Awaiting
Iron Maiden Virtual XI
Kvelertak Kvelertak
Light This City The Hero Cycle
Lord Mantis Death Mask
Machine Head Supercharger
Metallica Death Magnetic
Metallica Metallica
Metro Station Metro Station
"Control" is such a fucking jammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Mortualia Blood Of The Hermit
Upon reading other reviews comments on Mortualia's second full-length, i couldn't help but get excited; tales of great melodies and excellent atmospheres were abundant yet sadly, overexaggerated. Despite first song "Becoming Meaningless" because a great track of depressive black metal, the rest of the album suffers from too much repetition. Shautrag definitely has some great ideas, yet plays them out for too long, effectively killing the potential of the album.
Obscura Akróasis
Omnium Gatherum Grey Heavens
As far as melodic death metal in 2016, this isn't bad. You've heard this album before by a few different bands, but these guys do it with admirable enthusiasm and a surprise every now and then. The clean vocals seem thrown in a bit haphazardly, and only seem to work on the album's best track "Majesty and Silence", but they aren't too detrimental to the album's overall quality. Recommended for people who started listening to melodic death metal yesterday and Insomnium fans.
Opeth Watershed
Oskoreien Oskoreien
holy overrated black metal album batman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Parkway Drive Horizons
Reka III
Scar Symmetry Dark Matter Dimensions
Shadows Fall Threads of Life
Simply Death Crucification
The best part of this demo are the vocals, which are reminiscent of Altars of Madness-era David Vincent. Otherwise Simply Death are simply put, not worth your time.
Slayer Reign in Blood
Svart Crown Witnessing The Fall
I don't see why everyone is fapping about this album it's pretty boring
Svartsot Mulmets Viser
One of those cheesy metal bands that blend folk, black and death metal; still boring, still monotonous and still really gay.
Tawny Peaks Harris Harris Harris EP
The Devil Wears Prada Dead Throne
Underoath Lost in the Sound of Separation
Vastum Carnal Law
Watain Sworn to The Dark
Wolves in the Throne Room Celestite
Now that we know WIITR has a pair of celestits, maybe they can grow a pair of celesticals for their next album?

2.0 poor
Abbath Abbath
Ablaze My Sorrow If Emotions Still Burn
Agalloch The Serpent and the Sphere
Agnostic Front Victim in Pain
All That Remains Behind Silence and Solitude
Altar of Plagues Mammal
Arch Enemy Doomsday Machine
Arch Enemy The Root of All Evil
As I Lay Dying Frail Words Collapse
As I Lay Dying Awakened
Atriarch Forever the End
this ish is zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
August Burns Red Constellations
August Burns Red Leveler
Auspicium Death Will Claim Us All
Be'lakor Of Breath and Bone
Before Their Eyes The Dawn of My Death
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect
Black Malachite Torn Soul
Like the phoenix from the ashes of mediocrity, here comes another Black Malachite release.
Black Tide Light From Above
Unless you're Helloween and you've just released Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 1, playing the bastard child of power metal and thrash, speed metal has never really been the "cool" thing to do. Kind of makes you wonder what the teenage comprised Black Tide were (or weren't) thinking when they recorded Light From Above, a below par, mainstream marketed, speed metal album with tons of hair metal influence to boot. "Warrior of Time" slays and quartet shows technical promise, (especially singer/guitarist Gabriel Garcia pre-puberty) but when it come to songwriting, it's obvious these Miami natives still have a lot of growing up to do.
Born of Osiris The Discovery
Like a bad Meshuggah album with b-side Children of Bodom keyboard sections.
Buckethead Needle In A Slunk Stack
Bullet For My Valentine Fever
Bullet For My Valentine Scream, Aim, Fire
Crossfade Crossfade
Darkthrone Goatlord
Decapitated Carnival Is Forever
Dimmu Borgir Abrahadabra
Endlosung / Morbus Mundi Endlosung / Morbus Mundi
A dual NSBM split masterminded by Boreas Meru, Endlosung / Morbus Mundi is a complete mess of a record. Endlosung's side manages to suffer from disgusting repetition (despite the fact the songs barely reach over a minute and half in length) and Morbus Mundi's side is 1) barely audible while still suffering from the same problems as Endlosung. Awful.
Hemlock (USA) Funeral Mask
When listening to first song on Funeral Mask "Frozen Tears" it seems that if anything Hemlock play a competent if slightly generic version of atmospheric black metal. However once second track "Way of the Wolf" begins it is increasingly apparent that Hemlock is nothing but a poor man's second wave of black metal rip-off. No originality, shitty musicianship and man, does that lead vocalist have a fucking annoying voice.
Heretoir Heretoir
Yeah uhhhhh so this pretty much sucks and your soundoff is too short
Horrenda Neronian Times
Immolation Kingdom of Conspiracy
This is going to be uncompromising .... ly average.
Immortal All Shall Fall
In Flames A Sense of Purpose
Insomnium Above the Weeping World
Killswitch Engage Incarnate
Lantlos Melting Sun
Light This City The Hero Cycle (Re-Issue)
Light This City Remains Of The Gods
Machine Head Through the Ashes of Empires
Megadeth Dystopia
Meshuggah obZen
Meshuggah Koloss
This album chug chug chug chug chug chug chug chug chug chugs a lot of dick
Metallica Reload
Metallica St. Anger
Moonsorrow Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa
Goddamnit DarkNoctus, can you stop horribly overrated every piece of mediocre black metal garbage
Motley Crue 20th Century Masters
Motley Crue Greatest Hits (1998)
Mt. Meridian Emeritus
Muse The Resistance
Necromass Mysteria Mystica Zothyriana
After reading nothing but praise for Mysteria Mystica Zothyiana (a name that probably should have hinted me off) I can't but feel pretty disappointing after finally listening to the album. Sure, Necromass aren't horrible but they aren't so great either, creating an album full of worthless atmospherics, generic vocals and uninspired melodies.
Reel Big Fish Monkeys for Nothin' and The Chimps...
Reel Big Fish Fame, Fortune and Fornication
Rishloo Feathergun
Rotting Christ Rituals
Ruined Families Ruined Families
The first song on this kicks ass, as a nice combination of hardcore and black metal, after that however everything is just grating.
Senses Fail Still Searching
Slayer World Painted Blood
Snowing Fuck Your Emotional Bullshit
Snowing has potential; displaying an energetic performance, competent musicianship and a weird sense of honesty about them by all means they could go on to be great...once they dump their singer whose vocals literally make this near unlistenable.
System of a Down Steal This Album!
System of a Down Mezmerize
Taetre The Art
Taproot Plead the Fifth
Trivium In Waves
Trivium Silence in the Snow
Unearth Alive From The Apocalypse
Watain Casus Luciferi
Watain Lawless Darkness
seriously guys, this shit sucks more dick than special3ff3cts. and that's a lottttttttta dicks
Wintersun Wintersun
Wrathprayer In Utter Darkness
Filth covered blackened death metal with a surprisingly strong amount of ambience. Of course this one thing does not make up for the rest of the album, which is actually pretty dull.
xSPONGEXCOREx How Tough Are Yah?
Young and in the Way When Life Comes to Death

1.5 very poor
An Autumn For Crippled Children Everything
Avenged Sevenfold Nightmare
Book Of Sand The Face Of The Deep
Burzum Fallen
Children of Bodom Blooddrunk
Cradle of Filth Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa
Insomnium Across the Dark
Insomnium Since the Day It All Came Down
Pestilence Doctrine
RIP Pestilence!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!r
System of a Down Hypnotize
Vranorod Vranorod
Awful combination of black metal with post rock and shoegaze influences. I repeat: AWFUL
Watain The Wild Hunt
Winds of Plague The Great Stone War
Witchcraft (Hun) Mortuus
A really disappointing release from what once a good band. Everything from the riffs to the vocals seem really contrived and overall this just doesn't hold the raw majesty of the bands first demos.
Young and in the Way I Am Not What I Am
This is so ridiculously boring

1.0 awful
Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit
Before Their Eyes Untouchable
Formorket Mane Absolute Fucking Darkness [Demo]
Iwrestledabearonce Ruining It for Everybody
r"to balance out the idiots giving this a 1."rYes because giving this a 5 is PURE GENIUS
Linkin Park Live In Texas
Morbid Angel Illud Divinum Insanus - The Remixes
Ov HELL The Underworld Regime
Scars on Broadway Scars on Broadway
Six Feet Under Graveyard Classics IV: The Number Of The Priest
Unexpect In a Flesh Aquarium
We Came As Romans To Plant a Seed

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