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Black Metal
Acherontas - Amenti - Ψαλμοί Αίματος και Αστρικά Οράματα
Agrynpie - Aetas Cineris
Altar of Plagues-Teethed Glory and Injury
An Autumn for Crippled Children - Hearts of Light | Blossoms
Arckanum - Fenris Kindir
Àrsaidh - Roots
Aosoth-IV: An Arrow in Heart
Apolion's Genocide-Ancient Wisdom
Ash Borer – Bloodlands
Blóðtrú-Sunwolf
Bolzer – Aura
Chaos Invocation - Black Mirror Hours
Christicide - Upheaval of the Soul
Clandestine Blaze - Harmony of Struggle
Cnoc An Tursa - The Giants of Auld
Craven Idol-Towards Eschaton
Csejthe-Reminiscence
Cultes Des Ghoules-Henbane
Deafheaven – Sunbather
Deggial - Confronted With Deggial's Wrath
Denouncement Pyre - Almighty Arcanum
Drowning the Light - Dead Soul Requiem
Fanisk - Insularum
Grave Miasma - Odori Sepulcrorum
Gris-À l'âme enflammée, l'âme constellée...
Horna - Askel Lähempänä Saatanaa
Infant Death - War
Inquisition-Obscure Verses for the Multiverse
Lantern – Below
Manii - Kollaps
Monarque-Lys Noir
Necromass-Calix. Utero. Babalon
Nightbringer / Dødsengel-Circumambulations of the Solar Inferno
Nordvrede - Monument Viktoria
October Falls - The Plauge of a Coming Age
Pagan Hellfire - On the Path to Triumph
Pensées Nocturnes-Nom d'une Pipe!
Peste Noire - s/t
Plaga - Magia Gwiezdnej Entropii
Profanatica-Thy Kingdom Cum
Prosanctus Inferi - Noctambulous Jaws Within Sempiternal Night
Rituaal-Datura at the Astral Sabbat
Rotting Christ-Κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού
Sangre Y Tierra - Cobarde
Sangre Y Tierra - En Los Arboles Que Florecen
Situs Magus - Le Grande Oeuvre
Skagos – Anarchic
Sombres Forêts-La Mort du Soleil
Sonnenbrand-В осознании превосходства
Sutekh Hexen-Moments Within The Current
The Meads of Asphodel – Sonderkommando
Thou Art Lord-The Regal Pulse of Lucifer
Trist - Večerní samoty
Von - Dark Gods: Seven Billion Slaves
Vulcano - The Man The Key The Beast
Watain-The Wild Hunt
Wędrujący Wiatr-Tam, gdzie miesiąc opłakuje świt
Wulkanaz - Paúrpura Fræovíbôkôs
Yellow Eyes - Hammer of Night

Death Metal
Abyssal - Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius
Antediluvian - Septentrional Theophany
Antediluvian-λόγος
Ares Kingdom - Veneration
Autopsy-The Headless Ritual
Avulsed - Ritual Zombi
Beyond - Fatal Power of Death
Bifröst - The Dance of the Evanescent
Brutality - Ruins of Humans
Carcass-Surgical Steel
Centurian -Contra Rationem
Cerekloth - In the Midst of Life We Are in Death
Duobetic Homunkulus-Ani já ani ty robit něbudzeme, šedněme do koča, vozit še budzeme
Gorguts-Colored Sands
Guttural Secrete - Nourishing the Spoil
Fleshgod Apocalypse-Labyrinth
Hacride - Take Me Back to the Place You've Never Been
Hypocrisy-End of Disclosure
Immolation - Kingdom of Conspiracy
Impaled-The Dead Still Dead Remain
Imprecation - Satanae Tenebris Infinita
In-Quest-Chapter IIX - The Odyssey of Eternity
Krypts - Unending Degradation
The Monolith Deathcult - Tetragrammaton
Mitochondrion-Antinumerology
Nunslaughter - Noctis
Portal-Vexovoid
Sacriphyx-The Western Front
Sinistrous Diabolus-Total Doom//Desecration
Skeletal Spectre-Voodoo Dawn
Suffocation-Pinnacle of Bedlam
Sulpher Aeon-Swallowed by the Ocean's Tide
Symptom - Opulent Atrocity
Temple of Void-Demo MMXIII
Tribulation-The Formulas of Death
Ulcerate - Vermis
Uzumaki - Gift of Tongues
Vasaeleth - All Uproarious Darkness
Vastum-Patricidal Lust
Vengeful - Karam MMXIII
Vorum - Poisoned Void
Waco Jesus - Mayhem Doctrine
Wormed-Exodromos
Zealotry-The Charnal Expanse

Melodic Death Metal
Amorphis-Circle
Children of Bodom-Halo of Blood
Darkane-The Sinister Supremacy
Dark Tranquillity-Construct
Hateform-Sanctuary in Abyss
Infernal Poetry-Paraphiliac
Kalmah-Seventh Swamphony
Noumena-Death Walks With Me
Omnium Gatherum-Beyond

Doom Metal
Acacia-Tills döden skiljer oss åt
Ataraxie-L'Être et la Nausée
Atlantean Kodex-The White Goddess
Batillus-Concrete Sustain
Black Sabbath – 13
Cathedral - The Last Spire
Cauchemar - Tenebrario
Church of Misery - Thy Kingdom Scum
Dream Death-Somnium Excessum
Fear of Eternity-The Evocation of the Unseen
Funeral Circle - s/t
The Gates of Slumber – Stormcrow
Jess and the Ancient Ones - Astral Sabbat
Jex Thoth - Blood Moon Rise
Jex Thoth-Circles
Lycus-Tempest
Magic Circle - s/t
Mourning Beloveth – Formless
Ocean Chief-Sten
Orchid - The Mouth of Madness
Procession-To Reap the Heavens Apart
Red Fang-Whales and Leeches
Sadgiqacea-False Prism
Solstice-Death's Crown is Victory
Spiritual Beggars - Earth Blues
Take Over and Destroy-Endless Night
The Devil's Blood - III: Tabula Rasa
The Fall of Every Season-Amends
The Flight of Sleipnir - Saga
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - Mind Control

Folk/Paganl/Viking Metal
Athelstan - The Ride
Caladan Brood -Echoes of Battle
Graveland - Thunderbolts of the Gods
Manegarm - Legions of the North
Опричь - Небо Без Птиц (Oprich - Sky Without Birds).
Paganland - Вітер волі
Summoning - Old Mornings Dawn
Tyr - Valkryja

Heavy metal
Assembly at Dusk-Demo 2013 (not summer demo)
Darkthrone-The Underground Resistance
Death SS - Resurrection
Lord Ryür-Pact With the Sinner
Manilla Road - Mysterium
Satan-Life Sentence
Screamer - Phoenix
Sinister Realm - World of Evil
Twilight of the Gods-Fire on the Mountain
Warlord-The Holy Empire
Witch Cross - Axe to Grind

Power Metal
Ashes of Ares-Ashes of Ares
Attacker - Giants of Canaan
Avalon - The Land of New Hope
Avantasia -The Mystery of Time
Cellador - Honor Forth (EP)
Dark Moor - Ars Musica
Derdian - Limbo
Enceladus - Time in a Dream (EP)
Enforcer - Death by Fire
Galneryus - The IronHearted Flag, Vol. 1: Regeneration Side
Gamma Ray - Master of Confusion (EP)
Gloryhammer - Tales From The Kingdom of Fife
Helloween - Straight Out of Hell
Hero for the World, A - s/t
Majesty - Thunder Rider
Mistress - Heavy Mental
Powerwolf - Preachers of the Night
Pretty Maids - Motherland
Stratovarius - Nemesis
Wizard-Trail of Death

Thrash Metal
Annihilator-Feast
Birth A.D. - I Blame You
Havok - Statues of Sisyphus
Sodom - Epitome of Torture
Voivod - Target Earth

Other/Progressive
Altaar - s/t
Anciients-Heart of Oak
Burzum-Sôl austan, Mâni vestan
Cold Body Radiation - The Longest Shadow Ever Cast
Cult of Luna-Vertikal
Goatcraft - All for Naught
Inter Arma-Sky Burial
In Vain-Ænigma
Joe Satriani - Unstoppable Momentum
Kvelertak-Meir
Leprous-Coal
Orphaned Land-All is One
Persefone-Spiritual Migration
Raspberry Bulbs - Deformed Worship
Romannis Motte – Kosmiche
Shining (NOR)-One One One
The Vision Bleak-Witching Hour
Ulver - Messe I.X - VI.X
Wardruna-Runaljod - Yggdrasil
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Viking fact no. 2: Vikings tobogganed on their shields into battle.
Viking fact no. 3: Vikings drank mead.
Viking fact no. 4: One of your ancestors are likely to have been raped by a viking.
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#2
I've not thought to listen to the new Procession yet, doing that right now. Love the guitar melodies on Conjurer.

As for new releases that I've loved:

Csejthe's new album Reminiscence has been brilliant. It's cold, yet fierce like fire, gloomy, yet ethereal like an perfect, angelic harp. Probably AOTY for me. The new Cultes Des Ghoules is also amazing. Henbane has such a horrific atmosphere while the music reeks of old-school to pestilence and filth. The new Gris is phenomenal, as well, but it's really dense and is more like reading a book than listening to an album.

Also, a lot of people seem to have let it slip under the radar, but the new Rotting Christ is pretty fun. Nothing new from the band, and it doesn't touch albums like Non Serviam, but it's a really neat listen if you just want some catchy riffs to rock out to.
#3
The best 3 for me this year so far

Àrsaidh - Roots


Fansik - Insularum


Skagos - Anarchic


Other notable mentions for:
Athelstan - The Ride
Deafheaven - Sunbather
Gloryhammer - Tales From The Kingdom of Fife
Graveland - Thunderbolts of the Gods
Jess and the Ancient Ones - Astral Sabbat
Paganland - Вітер волі
Procession - To Reap Heavens Apart
Screamer - Phoenix
Summoning - Old Mornings Dawn

However I've a few on the to check out list and in the post such as

Blóðtrú
Gris
Sombres Forêts
Csejthe


But I've had a lot more none metal albums this year, which I can list if anyone's particularly bothered.
Last edited by AnnihiSlateR at Jul 23, 2013,
#4
^ Reminiscence is indeed great. A surprise from that band cause their previous material was just good. Monarque and Sombres Forets both warrant mention just speaking of the Quebecois.

Procession was great. Tribulation, The Fall of Every Season, Caladan Brood, Summoning, and Aosoth were all also great.

But as you all may know by now, Gris has released the jewel in the crown in this year's catalog, and I have trouble foreseeing it moving down at all. I should also mention it's not quite as light or soft as I was anticipating, due to Les Forges and Igneus mostly.

There are some I'm looking forward to as well, but not a great many. Anubis Gate, Vali, Rosetta, and Ruins of Beverast namely.
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#6
Summoning
Goatcraft

I haven't heard Logos yet, but I assume it's as good as the rest of Antediluvian's stuff.
#7
Isn't the new Atlantean Kodex album supposed to arrive this year? I have listened to Sol Invictus a silly amount of times since they released it last year and it's still not gotten old. Will probably be my AOTY, not that I have listened to much new stuff this year.
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#8
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Isn't the new Atlantean Kodex album supposed to arrive this year? I have listened to Sol Invictus a silly amount of times since they released it last year and it's still not gotten old. Will probably be my AOTY, not that I have listened to much new stuff this year.

Yeah it's supposed to be out around October IIRC.
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#9
Altar of Plagues, Cult of Luna and that's about it for me. Darkthrone and Aosoth's albums are also good
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Alright, I'll give them a try, Japanese Black Speed rarely disappoints.

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#10
I'll be damned if I've actually listened to a metal album released so far this year
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maybe it's because i secrely agree that tracedin inymballsackistheb best album ever


he's got the fire and the fury,
at his command
well you don't have to worry,
if you hold onto jesus' hand
#11
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I'll be damned if I've actually listened to a metal album released so far this year



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgY4iRXBpwM

Your move, creep!

It's good to see the regulars back on and posting. I haven't listened to too many of the albums listed so far, but I am compiling a list of the albums mentioned, and I will get to them. Perhaps I will make a thread where we can vote on UG's AOTY.
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Viking fact no. 1: Viking helmets did not have horn.
Viking fact no. 2: Vikings tobogganed on their shields into battle.
Viking fact no. 3: Vikings drank mead.
Viking fact no. 4: One of your ancestors are likely to have been raped by a viking.
#12
Procession take the cake for me as well.

Aosoth, Gris, Arsaidh, Ocean Chief, Sacriphyx and Lycus are close but don't quite reap heavens apart
In my heart I'm with you

every night
#13
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgY4iRXBpwM

Your move, creep!

It's good to see the regulars back on and posting. I haven't listened to too many of the albums listed so far, but I am compiling a list of the albums mentioned, and I will get to them. Perhaps I will make a thread where we can vote on UG's AOTY.

Okay, so this is definitely going balls deep into my cold, black heart. I'll definitely have to check out the full album.

And I just checked, the albums from 2013 I currently have are The Headless Ritual, End of Disclosure, and Pinnacle of Bedlam, which is a bit paltry. And I've listened to none of them anywhere close to say, the new Nick Cave.
Quote by duncang
maybe it's because i secrely agree that tracedin inymballsackistheb best album ever


he's got the fire and the fury,
at his command
well you don't have to worry,
if you hold onto jesus' hand
#14
Because I'm a bit bored, here's my top 3 of not metal.

Soror Dolorosa - No More Heroes


Fall Out Boy - Save Rock And Roll


Hard Skin - On the Balls


However come the end of the year there's the potential for a trio of shoegaze albums from Ceremony, The Stargazer Lilies and LSD and the Search For God to overtake my current top 3.

Other notable mentions for me this years for in the not metal category

Anahata Sacred Sound Current - Vimanas Project Vol. 1
Ceremony I Want to Kiss (Single)
Cosmic Crusader - CosmiCalculations parts 2&3
Dropkick Murphys - Signed and Sealed in Blood
Kalki - Forgotten Realms
My Bloody Valentine - MBV
Seirom - Goodbye Cold Nights
Seirom - Sparkle Night
Soundlift - Last Goodbye EP
Truthseekah - Spiritual Alchemy
Wardruna - Runaljod - Yggdrasil
#15
I can highlight but a few releases for now, since I simply haven't heard everything that came out this year yet (Aosoth, for example). Needless to say Procession came out with a phenomenal album, so it's going to be the first pick (though I really wish they avoided that cheesy play on words for the album title/track). Anyway -

Procession - To Reap Heavens Apart

This band has grown from their first release, each time upping the ante, improving and expanding their songwriting while keeping a traditional approach and retaining the strengths that made them great to begin with. Faster pace and an infusion of heavy metal spirit worked very much in their favour, allowing for shifts in moods from utterly hopeless and morose to triumphant march. Tasteful playing, tight musicianship and plenty of spirit.

Antediluvian - Logos. (note, I've only heard the tape rip and pending the proper release, but in the case of this band it's probably not that relevant).

Murky, chaotic and primeval sound, aptly described as the meeting of Incantation and Portal, once more Antediluvian exhaled a sound that's unpleasant, confronting and disgusting. On the contrary to traditional use of these terms, in this instance they are compliments to the band's craft, rather than derogatory remarks. The sound that leaves many conventions behind, casting forth horrific images and warped "melodies", makes Logos an album that largely leaves the genre constraints for pure creativity.

Arckanum - Fenris Kindir

Shamaatae has been quite prolific over the time; aside from a small gap there has been something released almost every year. Given this, the consistent quality of his output can only be applauded. Fenris Kindir sounds to me like a reminiscence over the early albums of his musical journey, with colder, thorn-like sound and a step back from the overt melodic qualities. Granted, you almost always know what you're getting with Arckanum, but in playing to his writing strengths, you almost always end up with around fifty minutes of mentally wandering among the freezing Scandinavian woods, and it rarely feels like you've tasted this stew somewhere before - on the contrary, the music is fresh and inspired.

Peste Noire - s/t

The French hooligans (if you corner me, I might become a scallywag!) are notorious for giving about zero ****s to opinions of their music by the outside public. Hence their music repeatedly sounds like the musicians of Bremen crashing a wedding. There are sublime melodies, and powerful progressions, but the occasional peaks of finesse disintegrate very quickly in fits of dissonant violence. Somehow, Famine and Co manage to make everything sound cohesive, part of the same tapestry rather than a disjointed collection of ideas, - it may not always work, but it's always an adventurous listen at least. This album is a little more subdued than its predecessors, but in some ways more refined and carries on the same spirit within.

Опричь - Небо Без Птиц (Oprich - Sky Without Birds).

This Russian folk metal outfit originally got off to quite a shaky start; while ideas and potential were there, the professionalism and musicianship to tie all of the elements together were lacking, and thus their earlier work (split with Chur, Kroda and the first album) felt either underdeveloped and loose for what they were trying to accomplish, - or "overripe" and redundant. The reason I selected this album however, is because the band has clearly reaped benefits and learned a lot of lessons from those releases and live performances. Conceptual elements are clearly defined, the metal parts are much better written and no longer feel like an afterthought, and all of the instrumentation works in a more organic fashion; the arrangements are a step up from everything the band has been able to achieve thus far. While I know that it's not everyone's cup of tea on this forum, for me personally this album has been one of the highlights, not just because I enjoyed the music, but also because of the major improvements in the band's craft.

Other notable mentions for me so far this year:

The Devil's Blood - III: Tabula Rasa
Summoning - Old Morning's Dawn
Gris - À l'Âme Enflammée, l'Äme Constellée...
Portal - Vexovoid
Fanisk - Insularum
Clandestine Blaze - Harmony of Struggle
Joe Satriani - Unstoppable Momentum
Pagan Hellfire - On the Path to Triumph

Anticipated sometime later this year:

Urfaust (no idea what the titles would be, but they implied we'll see something this year)
Nokturnal Mortum - Iстина

There are more albums that I probably listened to from this year and forgot about, - still need to listen to Dream Death, Darkthrone, Wardruna and Aosoth among a stack of other releases, but the ones I've mentioned so far have been quite impressive.

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Last edited by Emenius Sleepus at Jul 23, 2013,
#16
Warlord - The Holy Empire

Darkthrone - The Underground Resistance

Uahaha the falseness of this thread amuses me so. While you maggots sit here and wag your degenerate tongues about acoustic black metal for sensitive men and Tolkien nerdfest jungle drums I couldn't help but mention a couple REAL metal albums

What am I looking forward to? Cauldron Born's new EP Regardless of its unlikelihood, I can be nothing but true.
Who are you? The prince of darkness? Don't you have any friends?


#18
What's this about an LSD & The Search for God full-length?
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#19
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Urfaust (no idea what the titles would be, but they implied we'll see something this year)


The album is called "We Make Too Many T-shirts."

CD in September, Vinyl in October.

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The full lengths I've listened to this year, might fill in which tickled my fancy later:

Infant Death - War
Voivod - Target Earth
Denouncement Pyre - Almighty Arcanum
Vorum - Poisoned Void
Cultes Des Ghoules - Henbane
Centurian - Contra Rationem
Magic Circle - s/t
Manilla Road - Mysterium
Attacker - Giants of Canaan
Caladan Brood - Echoes of Battle
Sacriphyx - The Western Front
The Flight of Sleipner - Saga
Krpyts - Unending Degradation
Horna - Askel Lähempänä Saatanaa
Gutteral Secrete - Nourishing the Spoil
Agrynpie - Askel Lähempänä Saatanaa
Deafheaven - Sunbather
Altaar - s/t
Mourning Beloveth - Formless
Stratovarius - Nemesis
Cnoc An Tursa - The Giants of Auld
Darkthrone - The Underground Resistance
Dream Death - Somnium Excessum
Pagan Hellfire - On the Path of Triumph
Hypocrisy - End of Disclosure
Von - Dark Gods: Seven Billion Slaves
Vengeful - Karam MMXIII
The Meads of Asphodel - Sonderkommando
Procession - To Reap the Heavens Apart
Birth A.D. - I Blame You
Spiritual Beggars - Earth Blues (Not metal, don't care I'm a rebel)
Wulkanaz - Paúrpura Fræovíbôkôs
Vulcano - The Man The Key The Beast
Hacride - Take Me Back to the Place You've Never Been
Antediluvian - Logos
Havok - Statues of Sisyphus
Sodom - Epitome of Torture
Arckanum - Fenris Kindir
Immolation - Kingdom of Conspiracy
Christicide - Upheaval of the Soul
Galneryus - The Ironhearted Flag Vol 1: The something or other (Kytokinesis would love this)
Funeral Circle - s/t
Imprecation - Satanae Tenebris Infinita
Lantern - Below
Waco Jesus - Mayhem Doctrine
Graveland - Thunderbolts of the Gods
Summoning - Old Mornings Dawn
Death SS - Resurrection
Black Sabbath - 13
Ares Kingdom - Veneration
Cauchemar - Tenebrario
Jex Thoth - Blood Moon Rise
Peste Noire - s/t
Autopsy - The Headless Ritual
Manegarm - Legions of the North
Gris - À l'Âme Enflammée, l'Äme Constellée...
Witch Cross - Axe to Grind
Beyond - Fatal Power of Death
Yellow Eyes - Hammer of Night
Portal - Vexovoid


I have many bands I'm looking forward to this year that have yet to release anything.

Outside of metal, For Want Of, The Bellicose Minds, and Nostalgist put out some great music. Jess and the Ancient Ones as well.

EDIT: Forgot to mention, this is my favourite release of this year:

http://rituaal.bandcamp.com/
Last edited by severed-metal at Jul 23, 2013,
#20
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The album is called "We Make Too Many T-shirts."

http://rituaal.bandcamp.com/


indeed.

Gonna give that album a spin later, once I've listened to the few cds that just arrived in the mail.

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#21
The albums that have really stood out so far this year for me have been

Birth AD - I Blame You
Satan - Life Sentence
Summoning - Old Morning's Dawn

I've listened to the new Graveland once and first impressions were a little disappointing but I'll definitely be giving it a few more listens to let it sink in because Rob Darken's releases in the last few years have been very good. Other than that, I'm definitely going to check out that Procession album after that description. Candlemass plus Scald? Yes please.
#22
Has to be Tribulation - The Formulas of Death for me. One of the best-written albums I've ever heard. Every time I listen to it I discover something new, and for someone at my level of musical cynicism that's quite a feat. A classic.

Other worthy contenders are

Cauchemar - Tenebrario
Satan - Life Sentence
Procession - To Reap Heavens Apart
Mourning Beloveth - Formless
Romannis Motte - Kosmiche

Best album out earlier but only discovered in 2013? Coffin Texts - Tomb of The Infinite Ritual
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#23
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What's this about an LSD & The Search for God full-length?

I thought I'd read it was a full length, but when I looked into it last night, it turns out it's a single in a few weeks, followed by two EP's later in the year. Though surely 2 EP's worth of material would probably constitute an album? Unless there's either 2 distinct sounds, or they're somehow conceptual.

http://www.bigtakeover.com/interviews/lsd-and-the-search-for-god-continues#.UebMJT5HHJg

"We have a new recording that’s being mastered, and should be out later this year. There’s a single coming out, with a video that’ll be done in the next few weeks. We’ll be doing an EP first, then another EP soon after."

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Опричь - Небо Без Птиц (Oprich - Sky Without Birds).

This Russian folk metal outfit originally got off to quite a shaky start; while ideas and potential were there, the professionalism and musicianship to tie all of the elements together were lacking, and thus their earlier work (split with Chur, Kroda and the first album) felt either underdeveloped and loose for what they were trying to accomplish, - or "overripe" and redundant. The reason I selected this album however, is because the band has clearly reaped benefits and learned a lot of lessons from those releases and live performances. Conceptual elements are clearly defined, the metal parts are much better written and no longer feel like an afterthought, and all of the instrumentation works in a more organic fashion; the arrangements are a step up from everything the band has been able to achieve thus far. While I know that it's not everyone's cup of tea on this forum, for me personally this album has been one of the highlights, not just because I enjoyed the music, but also because of the major improvements in the band's craft.


I still need to listen to that. I've got it on my hard drive because I was due to review it before jacking in doing reviews. I just completely forgot about it, but I'm quite keen to hear it as the trio of tracks they did on the Триединство split (To which I did a short essay of a review for) quite impressed me. There was a noticeable improvement both in their song writing and production. So I'm interested to see how the new album is, plus it gets your stamp of approval which means to my mind it must be pretty good.
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#24
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Fall Out Boy - Save Rock And Roll


Did you not think it was a bit, erm, snide? Like 'We're going to shoot processed pop out of every orifice and you're going to bloody love it, or else'
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#25
I think I liked it for it's poppyness. I wasn't expecting From Under the Cork Tree II, but nor was I quite expecting how it ended up. Save Rock and Roll seems perhaps an ill fitting moniker for such a sound, but that aside I thought it was a really well executed, often interesting, annoyingly addictive album. I feel it looses momentum a little in the middle with The Mighty Fall, but by the time Paddy is duetting with Elton in the final track I no longer care. I literally listened to it none stop for a week when I first got it.
#26
Folie a deux was pop, it's just that Save Rock and Roll was proper sickly about it. Disappointing that it was so desperately saying 'look at me!!' when I thought they'd shaken that attitude with the last two pre-hiatus albums. It was so badly mixed as well, sucked the soul out of some of it.
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#27
Aaron, you check out the new Jex Thoth?


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indeed.

Gonna give that album a spin later, once I've listened to the few cds that just arrived in the mail.


It's really good. It's early, and I'm already terrible at explaining how music sounds, so just take my word that it's good.

As a side, I would like to say that it's great to see someone else even bother with the new Peste Noire. Went completely under the radar this year.

But this has been a massive year for big name metal band releases, so I get it. I'll work on my demo/EP list today and see what I have.
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#28
I also enjoyed the new Burzum, but I haven't listened to much metal from this year. News of new Rosetta excites me though.
#29
Oops. I forgot to mention the new Peste Noire. That album was awesome.

EDIT: Also, Deafheaven and their hipster fans need to fuck off. Sunbather is not good. Or groundbreaking. Better than Roads to Judah, but that's not saying much.
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"I'm so happy to love metal and stuff"

"I AM metal"
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#30
I'm starting to enjoy it. Who broke the ground previously? The Amesoeurs full length had hints of it and obviously there's various other influences but I've not heard anything exactly like it before.

Roads to Judah remains a lanky streak of piss.
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Alright, I'll give them a try, Japanese Black Speed rarely disappoints.

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Hmm judging from your pic you'd fit in more with a fat busted tribute.
#31
One of these three, I guess (until new Atlantean Kodex, Watain, Ruins of Beverast, Nokturnal Mortum, Craven Idol or Necromass(probably not) ):

Procession - To Reap Heavens Apart
The Meads of Asphodel - Sonderkommando
Tribulation - The Formulas of Death

I also highly enjoyed these:

Cerekloth - In the Midst of Life We Are in Death
Church of Misery - Thy Kingdom Scum
The Monolith Deathcult - Tetragrammaton (it's fun!)
Dream Death - Somnium Excessum
Chaos Invocation - Black Mirror Hours
The Devil's Blood - III
Sacriphyx - The Western Front

And still need to check out because I have reasonably high hopes for:

Cathedral - The Last Spire
Satan - Life Sentence
Bolzer - Aura
Lantern - Below
Cultes Des Ghoules - Henbane
Orchid - The Mouth of Madness
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - Mind Control
Caladan Brood & new Summoning, perhaps?
Aosoth - IV
Sinister Realm - World of Evil
Abyssal - Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius

And loads more I'm forgetting, not enough time to listen to everything that I want to!
Matthew 5:5 - "Blessed are the meek: for they shall Beherit the earth."
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#32
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I'm starting to enjoy it. Who broke the ground previously? The Amesoeurs full length had hints of it and obviously there's various other influences but I've not heard anything exactly like it before.

Eh, honestly it just feels like Lantlos but more drawn out to me. Or other such bands.

That, and the post-rock is so terribly derivative [mostly of EITS/Mono] which makes it seem less "new." And then there's the fact that even at it's most "aggressive" it mostly still sounds like post-rock to me, which is not in itself a bad thing. But still, I should like it and I just dont.
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"I'm so happy to love metal and stuff"

"I AM metal"
#33
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The Meads of Asphodel - Sonderkommando

Really? I was very disappointed with that one. After the scope of TMoJtJ, this just felt a bit contrived and tame, and lacking any sort of flair.
#34
I don't think I have heard any of the listed albums (or any new album this year infact - not even Megadeth - and a I am huge fan, still guess it was for the best)
I did mean to check out that Procession album and didn't get around to it :s

What I am definitely waiting for is the new Atlantean Kodex and the new Pagan Altar
#35
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Eh, honestly it just feels like Lantlos but more drawn out to me. Or other such bands.

That, and the post-rock is so terribly derivative [mostly of EITS/Mono] which makes it seem less "new." And then there's the fact that even at it's most "aggressive" it mostly still sounds like post-rock to me, which is not in itself a bad thing. But still, I should like it and I just dont.


I honestly can't hear any Explosions in there. Don't know Mono well enough but to call it derivative would suggest that there are concrete 'post-rock bits' and concrete 'metal bits' with no connection between them.

If you feel you should like it but don't perhaps you ought to tone down on all the 'hipster' stuff
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#36
Best album has to be Echoes of Battle. Never have I run out and bought an album faster after hearing it.

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Galneryus - The Ironhearted Flag Vol 1: The something or other (Kytokinesis would love this)

Good thing I was nosy enough to read through this entire list. Never cared much for Galneryus, but this stuff is pretty good, sounds like a worthy re-mixing based on what I've heard before.
Who are you? The prince of darkness? Don't you have any friends?


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#37
I think the Deafheaven made my list by default a little, in as much it was a metal album I listened to. However I didn't think it was that bad. Less post rock and shoegaze in the sound than everyone keeps telling me. It reminded me of a more modern black metal ala what Winterfylleth have sort of become, but eschewing the folk elements for a more post rock style approach perhaps, which for me is no bad thing. Not as pant wettingly awesome as some would have me beleive, but not terrible either.
#38
I have been busy opening up a weed store somewhere in San Diego and unfortunately have only spent half of my wallet on music. I've spent a lot of time Gothing and Cold Waving and Joy Divisioning lately.

Also hail Have A Nice Life with all my worth.

Gonna go on a shopping spree soon boys.
A heathen, conceivably
but not,

I hope,
I’m not ashamed to be white
Vi doede ikke... vi har aldri levd
Barbarism is the natural state of mankind
Civilization is unnatural

It is a whim of circumstance
an unenlightened one
#39
I have also bought an unhealthy amount of video game sound tracks.
A heathen, conceivably
but not,

I hope,
I’m not ashamed to be white
Vi doede ikke... vi har aldri levd
Barbarism is the natural state of mankind
Civilization is unnatural

It is a whim of circumstance
an unenlightened one
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#40
Wormed. Dude, Wormed.

Wormed.

Dude.


Also, Inter Arma.
Listen. I'm sorry.
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