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Long lost demo's from late 80's Thrash titans!
The Grip of Time
Moody hard rock from Denmark with a penchant for hooks and melody
Empires of Ash
Black metal that could provide the soundtrack for a new LOTR movie
BM meets shoegaze in this album that deals with a person becoming a tree
Body Count
Nothing is out of reach for the tirade of fury
Corpus Diavolis
Atra Lumen
Dark and oppressive black metal that would make Lucifer and the Old Ones proud
Prime Creation
Prime Creation
Swedish prog-power that is defined and enhanced through modern production
Blood Divisions
Cardinal One
Fun charity collaboration that showcases cover tunes from traditional bands
II-The Mephisto Waltzes
Dark, poetically engaging Gothic metal from England
The Lightbringer
A strange yet intriguing blend of power metal and black metal
Forgotten Woods
As The Wolves Gather+
Two classic black metal albums in one release that you won't want to miss
Battle Beast
Bringer of Pain
Once they were power metal, now synth-pop
Gods of Violence
Kreator are very much alive and in command
Syron Vanes
Chaos from a Distance
The pinnacle of success for these 40-year vets of hard 'n heavy
Ghost Bath
Ambient, shoegaze and black metal with a touch of sorrow
Thinking person's thrash that utilizes prior blueprints to advance its cause
Simple in execution but brutal in delivery
Crystal Viper
Queen of the Witches
Consistent Teutonic glory from Poland's premier true metal act
Eternal Rituals For The Accretion Of Light
A heavy post-metal album with a big Deftones influence!
Virulent Depravity
Fruit of the Poisoned Tree
One of the best technical death metal albums I've heard in a long time
Galactic Empire
Galactic Empire
Star Wars soundtrack tunes done Metal style!
Graham Bonnet Band
The Book
Traditional heavy rock from a genre cornerstone
The Somme
A well-thought out concept album that fell just a tad short musically
Glenn Hughes
Another stellar effort from this iconic staple of British Hard Rock
Black Star Riders
Heavy Fire
Quite possibly the best active band on the planet right now
   Mothership - High Strangeness
Fuzzy stoner riffs churn and burn from this Texas act
   Set and Setting - Reflectionless
Brings back memories of Pelican's first album
   Warcrab - Scars Of Aeons
Brutal death infused sludge metal!
   Vomit Remnants - Hyper Groove Brutality
Hyper Groove Brutality...just like the title of the album says!
   JD Miller - World War X
Commercially accessible with plenty of factory polish
   Ofermod - Sol Nox
No nonsense black metal that is sure to please
   Klabautamann - Smaragd
Beautifully crafted progressive black/folk metal from Germany
   The Devil's Music - The Devil's Music
British groove metal that sounds menacing and ominous
   Tyranex - Death Roll
Over the top Swedish thrash played with conviction
   Ghost Horizon - The Erotics of Disgust
Black metal with ambience that gets a little repetitive
   Digir Gidim - I Thought There Was the Sun Awaiting My Awakening
Hard to stay focused on this ambient black metal
   The Chronicles Of Israfel - A Trillion Lights, Tome II
Brilliant progressive metal from former Pulse Ultra guitarist!
   In Death… - The Devil Speaks
Death metal that has enough groove and punch to catch your attention
   Aversions Crown - Xenocide
Typical deathcore album that feels a bit over produced
   Convulsions - Culture Shock
Beefy riffing and deep, rumbling vocals highlight this bruiser
   Ghölem - Matter Without Form, Body Without Soul
A great throwback to early 90's death metal
   Loom of Time - NihilReich
Busy black/death/doom that has some good moments
   Siniestro - Revelations in Mayhem
Swedish metal mixture that is heavy, catchy and damn fun
   Arch Enemy - As the Stages Burn
Swedish extreme heaviness showcased live
   Tygers of Pan Tang - Tygers of Pan Tang
Fresh and energetic traditional metal from these UK vets
   Afar - Selfless
Atmospheric metal from New Jersey that hits the mark
   Gurthang - Shattered Echoes
Great blend of atmospheric and traditional black metal
   Harlott - Extinction
Harlott creates a new Slayer record
   Epi-Demic - Malformed Conscience
Unlistenable poverty thrash
   Mike Tramp - Maybe Tomorrow
Very organic and softer rock album from this Danish vocalist
   All Else Fails - The Forever Lie
Metalcore that just goes through the motions and lacks ingenuity
   Katharos XIII - Negativity
Black metal that just feels so strange and different
   Ashen Horde - The Alchemist
A little sampling of some good black metal with some twists and turns
   Soothsayer - At This Great Depth
Irish doom that plumbs the depths of darkened waters
   With Our Arms to the Sun - Orenda
Epic post rock/metal mix that is flat out fantastic
   Vescera - Beyond the Fight
Pure melodic US heavy metal in the vein of 80's Shrapnel
   Cut Up - Wherever They May Rot
Swedish death metal with gore and riffs but lacking substance
   Mercy Brown - Mercy Brown
Experimental hard rock that has a bit of old and new sound to it
   Equilibrium - Armageddon
Folk metal that is part serious and part goofy
   Cult of Erinyes - Tiberivs
Belgian black metal that is just a bit scatterbrained
   John 5 and The Creatures - Season of the Witch
Fun filled musical ride that is a bit different than what you'd expect
   Cemetery Winds - Unholy Ascensions
Melodic death metal with black metal elements
   Arthemis - Blood-Fury-Domination
Modern production and industrial elements highlight this Italian power metal
   Lock Up - Demonization
Grind/Death supergroup delivers what you'd expect
   [In Mute] - Gea
Spanish extreme metal that gets hung up by production
   Mord'A'Stigmata - Hope
Mid-paced Avant-garde Black Metal with a few shining moments
   Emmure - Look At Yourself
Emmure gets a hefty makeover with former Glasscloud & TTDTE members!
   Illimitable Dolor - Illimitable Dolor
Depressive and emotional black metal
   Craven Idol - The Shackles of Mammon
Old school organic death metal
   Warbringer - Woe to the Vanquished
Warbringer is back but they lost their sound somewhere along the way
   John Garcia - The Coyote Who Spoke in Tongues
Acoustic desert rock album from one of the genre's pioneers
   Hell Fire - Metal Masses
San Francisco speedy metal that has a traditional feel
   Immolation - Atonement
Brutal assault with an early 90's DM influence!
   Orm - Orm
Black metal from Denmark with a nod to Ulver
   Rudra - Enemy of Duality
Promising backdrop that just doesn't deliver the goods
   Extremity - Extremely Fucking Dead
Extremely heavy music that is just a little off the mark
   Evocation - The Shadow Archetype
Solid mix of old school and new school death metal for the masses
   Sloth Herder - No Pity, No Sunrise
Chaotic, complex metal with a menagerie of styles
   A Sun Traverse - A Sun Traverse
Atmospheric doom-death from Denmark
   Of The Sun - Before A Human Path
Part Pantera, Part Mastodon and a touch of everything else!
   Six Feet Under - Torment
A step in the right direction, but nowhere close to classic SFU
   Tim Bowness - Lost In The Ghost Light
Mellow, Pink Floyd-esque prog rock from No-Man vocalist
   Vastum - Carnal Law
Has the feel of the grave oozing from your speakers
   Jailbirds - Break the Silence
Youthful energy from these Irish-Australian hard rockers
   Dark Sarah - The Puzzle
Symphonic concept story delivered via an epic metal presentation
   Tyketto - Reach
Quality hard rock from this long-time New York band
   Crossbones - WWIII
Modern straight-laced aggro metal from Albania
   Black Anvil - As Was
Black Metal's new Dark Side Of The Moon album!
   Rising Steel - Return of the Warlord
French power metal that follows the formula a little too closely
   Sweet Lich - Never Satisfied
Traditional heavy metal from Sweden

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