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Primal Fear
Best of Fear
Best of compilation of the band's four album, ten year history with Frontiers
Nhor
Wildflowers: Autumn
Nhor provides the soundtrack to the Autumn Equinox
Darkenhold
Memoria Sylvarum
Very accessible release to those who find black metal a little too harsh
White Ward
Futility Report
Saxophones in black metal, what's happening here?
Gigan
Undulating Waves Of Rainbiotic Iridescence
If Hate Eternal, Voivod, and Gorguts had a baby it would be called Gigan
Trepaningsritualen
Kainskult
A truly different sort of metal that is equally engaging and creepy
DSKNT
PhSPHR Entropy
Discordant, misanthropic; the soundtrack to impending doom
Elder
Reflections Of A Floating World
More generous helpings of their tasty prog-doom
Unreqvited
Disquiet
Depressive black metal that is as beautiful as it is melancholic
Satyricon
Deep Calleth Upon Deep
Veteran returns to the fold with a bit of a minimalistic roar
Xanthochroid
Of Erthe and Axen: Act II
Masters of musical story telling
Pink Mass
Necrosexual
An amalgamation that is a buffet of brutality and a blast to listen to
Párados
Catharsis
An aural journey that you won't want to miss
Fozzy
Judas
A misdirection for the band and a failed pop experiment
Various Artists
British Steel: The Rising Force of British Heavy Metal
Label compilation of presentations of new wave of traditional heavy metal
Seventh Genocide
Toward Akina
Experimental Black Metal that is trippy and quite engrossing
Arch Enemy
Will to Power
Against the grain rebellion finely tuned by seasoned veterans
Throne of Heresy
Decameron
Concept album that is just expertly executed and rich with content
Doom Side Of The Moon
Doom Side Of The Moon
Remake of the Dark Side Of The Moon album that is full of surprises!
Fleurety
Inquietum
A triumphant release by one of the pioneers of avant garde black metal
Zornheym
Where Hatred Dwells & Darkness Reigns
A truly immersive symphonic metal experience
Leprous
Malina
Sheds some metal of previous efforts but still is a prog rock masterpiece
The Haunted
Strength in Numbers
Unified rebellion with melody and lyrical substance
Nyss
Princesse Terre (Three Studies of Silence and Death)
Beautifully dark experimental ambient black metal
Belphegor
Totenritual
A soundtrack for the apocalypse
LATEST SUMMARY REVIEWS
Enslaved
E
A strong, engaging and adventurous album
Legend
Charging the Field
Awesome mix of aggression, melody and coldness
In-Defilade
Elude
Punishing and menacing blackened death metal that leaves you charred and crispy
Coraxo
Sol
Nifty mix of black metal, electronics and ambient that works surprisingly well
Bloodstrike
Execution of Violence
Provides some decent death metal for the masses
Until The Sky Dies
The Year Zero Blueprint
Avant garde doom that keeps things rather interesting
Thrown into Exile
Safe Inside
Los Angeles act playing tight-knit metalcore
Seeds of Mary
The Blackbird and the Dying Sun
French hard rock act that is fairly inventive
Death Rattle
Volition
The hard-hitting band deliver an overdose of energy
Feral
Forever Resonating In Blood
The wailings of a feral cat put to metal music
The Parity Complex
The Parity Complex
Swedish act focusing on electronic, ambient and modern rock
The Dahmers
In the Dead of Night
Punk-fused hard rock from Sweden
Friendship
Hatred
Plodding, downtuned hardcore that loses some of its luster
Appice
Sinister
Iconic drummers team up with a who's who of metal superstars
Fight the Fight
Fight the Fight
Fun Norwegian metalcore band that incorporates hard rock anthems
Old Iron
Lupus Metallorum
Old Iron deliver a powerful sophomore album of sludgy madness
Midnight Sin
One Last Ride
Never senseless or pretentious, just straight-ahead rock and roll
Crnkshft
Crnkshft
Modern enthusiasts should find this groovy sound pleasing
National Suicide
Massacre Elite
Bay area thrash with a slight nod to Germany
WarCall
Invaders
Canadian act blending loose thrash with heavy grooves and rough vocals
Greytomb
Monumental Microcosms
Doesn't really set itself apart from the pack
Blood Freak
Total Destruction of the Human Form
Quality extreme metal with poor production
Dark Waters End
Submersion
Death metal with a technical flair and a few twists and turns
Paradise Lost
Medusa
Paradise Lost drops another consistent gothic, doom metal monster
The Ruins of Beverast
Exuvia
Epic black metal madness that dwell further into multiple genres






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