Latest Reviews

There are way too many records released every week - which one should you listen to? Why is the new Bruit the best record of the year? Which post-metal record is the dark-horse of the year? Questions that we want to answer - we review lots of records every week and you can also check out a little teaser before reading the whole thing. And if you want to, you can also browse through our archive and have a look at the amazing records you might have missed out on.

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  • Törzs - Tukör

    25 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Post-Rock

    Mountain men mambo. Caveman cha-cha-cha. Those stupid terms can hardly be used more adequately than when describing Törzs’ new album, with a wink of an eye. Why? Later, for now let’s talk about the music itself.

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  • Timelost - Don't Remember Me For This

    25 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Grunge-Shoegaze

    A duo, that sounds completely unlike the other bands the two guys usually play in, revives two genres from way back in the 90s - Grunge and Shoegaze, rather unusual combination.

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  • Throatsnapper - About The Dead

    25 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Sludge-Metal

    Consouling Sounds + Belgium = modern hard music. Throatsnapper is the exhibit to proof this theory.

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  • The Kompressor Experiment - 2001

    25 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Post-Rock

    Switzerland again - BUT! this time no metal-band but an interesting Post-Rock-act called The Kompressor Experiment.

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  • Process Black - Countdown Failure (EP)

    25 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Noisy-Hardcore

    Legendary guitar hero Aaron D.C. Edge has yet another project to still his insatiable strife for releasing music with numerous bands and giving each outfit a significant style.

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  • Mur - Brutalism

    25 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Blackened-Industrial-Metal

    Over the years, the boundaries between genres have vanished more and more. Some think that is not good and try to remain pvre and trve to their roots, which should be tolerated. As long as nobody gets hurt for it. Others think that it’s good to cross boundaries and explore new genre-blending possibilities.

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  • John Malkovich! - Hyenaeh!

    25 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Post-Metal

    Some bands are hard to get a grip on and John Malkovitch! from Italy is one of those because their post-rock-influenced instrumental metal is nothing new, admittedly, but there is something about these tracks that makes you want to listen to them again – one of the better signs for any record.

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  • Consumer - In Computers

    25 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Post-Electro-Metal

    A side-project to die for by one part of Have A Nice Life releases an impressive record.

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  • Botanist - Ecosystem

    25 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Green-Metal

    Green Metal = Black Metal with a focus on the importance of all plants on this wonderful planet.

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  • Xoth - Interdimensional Invocations

    18 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Tech-Death

    How fast can laser beams travel on a guitar neck? Well, ask these guys in Xoth!

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  • Hegy - We Won't Make It Home

    15 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Instrumental-Blackgaze

    Another enchanting Hungarian post-metal/post-rock band releases a highly recommendable record in October 2019.

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  • Opium Lord - Vore

    11 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Blackened-Noise

    Well, well, well – if it ain’t the birthplace of it all, Birmingham?

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  • Juggernaut - Neurotique

    11 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Psych-Prog-Post-Rock

    When in Rome do as the Vandals, an old idiom says which implies that you turn everything topsy-turvy and leave no stone untouched. Believe or not, this could also be applied to Juggernaut’s third album Neuroteque which was released recently.

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  • Arx Atrata - The Path Untravelled

    11 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Atmospheric-Black-Metal

    Agalloch, Saor, Winterfylleth, Panopticon – the list of role-models is long and seemingly endless when it comes to atmospheric black metal bands nowadays. The list of their successors maybe even longer.

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  • Ultha - Belong (EP)

    07 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Black-Metal

    Cologne’s best ever (!!!) in Black-Metal are returning with an epic EP that blows your mind and soul. It seems as if this one is their last release, but there could not be a better way to say goodbye!!!

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  • SIBIIR - Ropes

    04 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Blackened-Hardcore

    SIBIIR are from Norway. They like black metal. And Siberia. So what kind of music do you expect? Doomy, glistening sounds? Or explosive, harsh shredding? Well, SIBIIR are neither, performing neither doom nor chaos.

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  • A//tar - Hallowed

    06 Sep 2019 - Thorsten
    Grunge-Sludge

    The Pacific Northeast of the USA. Home to early metal and grunge and blackgaze. Sometimes home to some at the same time. A//tar (pronounced Altar) is a good example of such a combination building their sound on equal foundations of blackgaze and grunge.

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  • Burden Limbs - There Is No Escape (EP)

    04 Sep 2019 - Thorsten
    Dark-Harsh-Indie

    A dark, shadowy and sometimes painful EP by British indie-rock-hopefuls Burden Limbs.

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  • The Fifth Alliance - The Depth Of The Darkness

    30 Aug 2019 - Thorsten
    Blackened-Sludge

    Breda’s The Fifth Alliance seems to be set out for another awesome release, “The Depth Of The Darkness” surely sounds promising!

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  • Kvelgeyst - Alkahest

    12 Jun 2019 - Thorsten
    Black-Metal

    Another project by highly productive Swiss Black-Metal collective Helvetic Underground Committee, Kvelgeyst focuses on a very early phase of Black Metal musically. We hear straightforward old-school-black-metal much in the vein of Bathory and less in the Celtic Frost-sense.

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  • À 'Ombre D´Héméra - En Route Vers Le Grand Vide (EP)

    21 May 2019 - Thorsten
    Post-Metal

    Post-Metal is a genre that definitely needs no more introduction. There have been so many variations upon the loud-quiet-dynamic, the calm-before-the-storm-image, the wave-upon-wave-comparisons. Isis, Aereogramme, Neurosis, you name it. And yet, there is something gripping about that genre when well-done.

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  • Brutus - Nest

    29 Mar 2019 - Knut

    In 2017 the Belgian band Brutus burst into the metal scene with their acclaimed debut album. Two years later they release their sophomore full length, Nest. In the two years between these albums, Brutus has developed their musical style almost turning to Post-Metal. To call a band such as Brutus a power trio is fitting, but it is almost an understatement.

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  • Dakhma - Hamkar Atonement

    28 Sep 2018 - Thorsten
    Atmospheric-Black-Metal

    A band from Zurich releases music about Zoroastrianism and Zurvanism and enrobes it in highly rhythmically Black Metal with so much punch and groove that it is sometimes hard to take in – that is Dakhma!

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  • Urgeist - Aus Klammen Tiefen Und Felsigen Furchen

    20 Mar 2017 - Thorsten
    Blackened-Folk

    It all starts with field recordings, some acoustic guitar parts, the mouth’s harp, some tambourine parts and then – silence. The silence before the storm. And that storm starts right with track two on Urgeist’s debut album Aus Klammen Tiefen Und Felsigen Furchen (‘From Damp Ravines And Rocky Gorges’).

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  • Amenra - Live Records

    29 Oct 2012 - Thorsten
    Black-Metal

    Amenra is a phenomenon – their music is so experimental that it will leave you speechless whenever you see them. Capturing this was the aim of three different live-records by now. Each one is a different – not only the setlists but also in the sense of the band’s performance.

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