Clouds Taste Satanic – Your Doom Has Come

Clouds Taste Satanic – Your Doom Has Come

They have loads of potential. I believe they didn’t live up to it. Even adding one more guitar to the mix would greatly increase its listenability and make a good band great. Deep down, I sincerely hope this album is just a misstep, and they will move forward with a larger, more varied, sound. – By Foofer

We Stood Like Kings – USSR 1926

We Stood Like Kings – USSR 1926

We Stood Like Kings have outdone themselves. How they have been able to produce such an extraordinary opus is beyond me. I am only thankful that I have been granted the opportunity to hear it. By Lance Turner

Shabda – Pharmakon/Pharmakos

Shabda – Pharmakon/Pharmakos

While in some ways the ingredients are a fairly familiar Orientalist stew of exotic tinkling, grumbly chants and metallic zoinging, Shabda manage to levitate their way out of ordinariness through a real fine-tuned appreciation of how the different sounds go together and the compositional skill is noticeable. – By Owen Coggins

Spectral Lore – Voyager

Spectral Lore – Voyager

Voyager contains two of the greatest ambient tracks ever produced by a metal musician, in fact, possibly two of the greatest ambient tracks ever recorded. This album, and with all sincere hope the contents of his next two ambient albums, is inhabited by a new, compelling ambient musician. By Evan Sherman

Abominor – Opus: Decay

Abominor – Opus: Decay

Across both incredibly heavy songs, something sticks with you – death, fire, and darkness. It truly evokes what black metal should be made up of. This album isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s intense and mesmerizing. I highly recommend this album. – By Kara Chavez

Dumbsaint – Panorama, in ten pieces.

Dumbsaint – Panorama, in ten pieces.

It’s clearly well thought out and it’s a surefire way of giving your self a whole lot more work than a purely ambient soundtrack built around eight bars replayed in various iterations throughout a film. – By Gilbert Potts

Smoke Fairies featuring Rasputina – Live at St Pancras Old Church

Smoke Fairies featuring Rasputina – Live at St Pancras Old Church

It’s possibly strange to describe a recorded experience as intimate, but this album quietly holds the attention to a quite singular effect. By Si Forster

Soulfly – Archangel

Soulfly – Archangel

Matt Butler writes an open letter to Max Cavalera: “It sounds like you need a bit of a break. I am really sorry that I have to tell you this, but I reckon after stepping back for a year or so, you’ll come back with something amazing. Take care.”

The Fierce And The Dead – Magnet EP

The Fierce And The Dead – Magnet EP

A snapshot of the current-day The Fierce And The Dead, it manages to be simultaneously reassuringly familiar and indicative of the band’s increasing confidence and willingness to test their ever-shifting boundaries. – By Dave Cooper

Aikira – Aikira

Aikira – Aikira

The sound of Aikira is for music lovers and for those that have to ability to go beyond the classic rules. By Daniela Patrizi

Tengger Cavalry / Nine Treasures / Ego Fall – Mongol Metal

Tengger Cavalry / Nine Treasures / Ego Fall – Mongol Metal

Overall this album is highly enjoyable, not just in that it’s a slightly obscure genre for a Western audience, but it showcases some very talented bands well worth the listen. – By Tristan Lathey

Barbatos – Straight Metal War

Barbatos – Straight Metal War

If you can get down with knuckle-dragging attitudes and regression as progression, then I would highly recommend strapping on your bullet belt and getting down to business with ‘Straight Metal War’, which surely ranks as one of my favourite releases of such a nature in a long while. – By Jack Padurariu

Nechochwen – Heart of Akamon

Nechochwen – Heart of Akamon

Is this worth getting? If you like your heavy music laden with a message, then yes. Or if you like it interspersed with classical touches and a smattering of Native American influences (like a flute, for instance), then dive in. But if you’re after campfire songs, stick to Woody Guthrie. Or Tim Barry. Not Nechochwen. These guys would scare the wildlife. – By Matt Butler

ALMA – ALMA

ALMA – ALMA

Allow Alma to show you the beauty that lies within the calm of the storm, rather than the ferment and noise found in the eye of it. By Rich Buley.

The Prestige – Amer

The Prestige – Amer

‘Amer’ is the second album of the French hardcore band The prestige; in this record we can hear powerful riffs, raw melodies and amazing screams that together create one of the best albums that have been recorded in France in the past years. By Edgärd Reyes

Limb – Terminal

Limb – Terminal

Limb have delivered with this album. They now sound like themselves rather than just another sludge band and ‘Terminal’ gives them ground to progress into different territory now. It’s a remarkable change in fortunes and is one of the most fun metal releases you will hear this year. – By Martyn Coppack


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