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   Necronomicon - Advent of the Human God
Symphonic death metal that lacks variation
   Devilskin - Be Like the River
Bouncy hard rock from New Zealand with some versatile vocals
   Noctem - Haeresis
Symphonic black metal that is what Dimmu Borgir wishes they were
   Bullcreek - Osschaert
Traditional death metal that follows the late 80's and early 90's formula
   Balfor - Black Sun Rising
Blackened Death from Ukraine
   Killing Addiction - Shores of Oblivion
Blackened Death metal from the swamps of Florida
   Faces of Cain - Along Corpse Roads
Strange doom/black hybrid
   Krokus - Big Rocks
Swiss rockers pay tribute to classic rock gems
   Embrio - Karmadoom
Aggressive groove metal from these Brazilian vets
   The Furor - Cavalries of the Occult
Blackened Thrash/Death from Down Under
   Dakhma - Suna Kulto
U.S. blend of black and post black metal that is superbly done
   Moloch - Verwüstung
One man black metal outfit that delivers powerful material
   Thrawsunblat - Metachthonia
Canadian blackened folk metal that delivers
   Aborted Fetus - The Art of Violent Torture
Russian death metal that is slightly predictable
   Impalers - Styx Demon
Raw and fast-tempo thrash metal from Denmark
   Mercyless - Pathetic Divinity
Old school death metal that rips
   Furia - Ksiezyc milczy luty
Polish post black metal with some folk elements
   Scenario II - A New Dawn
Post apocalyptic death/thrash with a few surprises
   Pestifer - Execration Diatribes
Death metal from Portugal that packs a punch but lacks on dynamism
   Stomb - The Grey
Excellent instrumental progressive d'jent from France
   Pretty Maids - Kingmaker
A barn-burner
   Black Swamp Water - Chapter One
Explosive new hard rock out of Denmark
   Jinjer - King of Everything
Ukrainian chaotic metal that is somewhat befuddling
   Imperial State Electric - All Through the Night
Another great blend of rock and pop from the diverse Swedes
   AC Angry - Appetite for Erection
Equal parts Danko Jones and Anvil from this party heavy German hard rock act
   Testament - Brotherhood of the Snake
The best album in over 20 years for these Bay-Area titans
   In Flames - Battles
Lethargic energy levels
   Crobot - Welcome to Fat City
Phenomenal record from this PA stoner rock band
   Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage
A good album, but something is just amiss
   Desecrate the Faith - Unholy Infestation
Great Texas tech death with plenty of groove
   Deserted Fear - Dead Shores Rising
German death metal with a touch of the old school
   Bloodwraith - The Omnipresent Darkness Demos
Lo-fi Black Metal from West Virginia
   Stench Price - Stench Price
Grind supergroup that isn't that super
   Verwoed - Bodemloos
One man atmospheric black metal that is well done
   Sound Storm - Vertigo
Italian symphonic metal that leaves much to be desired
   T.O.M.B. - Fury Nocturnus
Noisy bizarre metal that just lacks any redeeming quality
   Sumerlands - Sumerlands
Very promising debut with fresh take on traditional metal
   Soulburn - Earthless Pagan Spirit
Frigid blackened death doom metal

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