Alex

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36 years old living in little town in Northwest Ohio, USA of all places
Musical interests:
  • Favourite genres: Metal of all breeds, shapes and sizes, passing interest in classical music (used to play piano in my formative years)
  • Favourite bands: Dark Tranquillity, old Judas Priest, Amon Amarth, After Forever, Black League, Black Sabbath with Dio and Tony Martin, Blind Guardian, late Carcass, early Dio, Dismember, anything with Dan Swano at controls, Evergrey, Hollenthon, Immortal, Lake of Tears, Opeth, Old Man's Child, Royal Hunt, Savatage, Sentenced, Therion, early In Flames, Vintersorg, Winds, Green Carnation, Yearning -- I was writing from the memory so I could have forgotten someone
  • All time favourite album: Defenders of the Faith by Judas Priest, Haven and Damage Done by Dark Tranquillity, Heaven and Hell by Black Sabbath
I'm human too:
  • Cool day job: being in charge of research, development and daily operations at a small chemical company
  • Hobbies: outside of Metal, playing American football every weekend and soccer in the summer, watching college hockey (Falcons forever), reading anything I can get my hands on books/metal and sports magazines, trying to understand the madness of world politics, but above all being with my daughter
  • Bragging about education/college degrees: Bachelor in Chemistry from one of the leading Russian chemical institutions, Ph.D. in Photochemical Science from a small specialized school in the US
How I got into Metal:
    I was born in Kiev, Ukraine, a part of the former Communist Soviet Union. I listened to a whole bunch of crap until 1984 when "Defenders of the Faith" by Judas Priest crept into my life (I was only 14 at the time). Life has never been the same since. Metal fans weren't very popular in the USSR then. Instead, they had a chance to end up in jail, or at least be detained by the police. Metal music was totally underground, unbelievably expensive and dangerous to get. 3-4 LP's cost about one monthly salary of a good engineer. Even if you were willing to shell out some $ you had to jump through the hoops to get it. I became an underground trader, so I bought LPs, recorded stuff on tapes, and moved on by selling them to afford more LP’s further. I got caught by the police two times (they kicked the living daylights out of me at the station), and they barely let me graduate out of high school. Many years later I now live in the US, have a doctorate degree in chemistry and run a small company. All my life metal has been so important to me I can’t think of myself without listening to an album or two throughout the day. My personal collection has about 850 CD’s in it ranging from classic traditional metal to death, gothic and black.

My personal credo: One of my favorite bands, Sentenced, has a quote in one of the songs on Crimson album. "Sometimes I feel it would be better for us all if I ceased to exist, or was never born at all". With every passing day I live, the LESS I can say this quote applies to me the happier I feel.
REVIEWS
PLAYLISTS

Domgard - Odelagt
Carnal Records
Black Metal
82 / 100
Battle Raider - Battle Raider
Fighter Records
Epic Heavy Metal
78 / 100
Eneferens - In the Hours Beneath
Nordvis Produktion
Black Atmospheric / Ambient / Melodic DeathDoom
90 / 100 Album of the month
Hallatar - No Stars upon the Bridge
Svart Records
Melodic Doomdeath
90 / 100 Album of the month
Crystal Gates - Shadowborn
Self released
Symphonic Power Metal
no quote
Prostitution - Egyptian Blue
Self released
Black Progressive
no quote
Kawir - Exilasmos
Iron Bonehead Productions
Epic & Violent Black Metal
79 / 100
Amebix - Monolith
Dissonance Productions
Crust Punk Precursor
75 / 100
Ice War - Ice War
Shadow Kingdom Records
Heavy Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Vhäldemar - Against All Kings
Fighter Records
Heavy Metal
85 / 100
Kuudes Silma - Pelko
Svart Records
Gothic Punk Rock
71 / 100
Sharzall - Black Sun
Self released
Punky Gothic
60 / 100
Poison Blood - Poison Blood
Relapse Records
Black Metal + Weirdness
65 / 100
Tombstalker - Chaotic Devotion
Boris Records
Death Thrash Metal
no quote
Blood Tyrant - Departure Chandelier - split
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Black Metal
no quote
Gloam - Death is the Beginning
Blood Harvest Records
Black Metal with Doomy overtones
no quote
Vanum - Burning Arrow
Eisenwald
Ambient Epic Black Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Grift - Arvet
Nordvis Produktion
Depressive Black Metal
82 / 100
Coffeinne - Circle of Time
Fighter Records
Heavy Metal
72 / 100
Cult of Eibon - Lycan Twilight Sorcery
Iron Bonehead Productions
Epic Black Metal
80 / 100 Surprise of the month
Vintersorg - Till Fjalls, del II
Napalm Records
Blackened Folk
90 / 100 Album of the month
Kladovest - Ignitiate
No Colours Records
Atmospheric Black Metal
69 / 100
Russkaja - Kosmopoliturbo
Napalm Records
Chanson / Ska / Jazz / Folk
89 / 100
Goatmoon - Stella Polaris
Werewolf Records
Black/Folk Metal
82 / 100
Loathfinder - The Great Tired Ones
Godz Ov War Productions
Blackened Doom
30 / 100
Cognizance - The Foreboding Impasse
Self released
Technical Groovy Death Metal
no quote
Krossfyre - Burning Torches
Hells Headbangers
Blackened Thrash
73 / 100
Sator Malus - Dark Matters
Forever Plagued
Black Metal
73 / 100
Moonaadem - Moonaadem
Self released
Atmospheric Black Metal
72 / 100
Smoke Mountain - Smoke Mountain
Self released
Stoner Sludgy Doom Rock
no quote
Varaha - Varaha
Self released
Atmospheric Progressive Doom
no quote
Oreida - Demo 1
Signal Rex
Black Metal
no quote
Toseland - Fingers Burned
Metalville
Commercial Rock
no quote
Sólstafir - Berdreyminn
Season Of Mist
Atmospheric Stoner Rock
88 / 100
Les Chants du Hasard - Les Chants Du Hasard
I, Voidhanger Records
Black Orchestral Avantgarde
79 / 100
Panphage - Thul - Ginnheilagr
Nordvis Produktion
Ambient / Black Metal
85 / 100 (P) & 60 / 100 (T)
Wolvenguard - Elemental Reclamation
Self released
Melodic Death Metal
no quote Surprise of the month
He Whose Ox Is Gored - Paralyzer
Chain Letter Collective
Ethereal Sludge
no quote
Walpyrgus - Walpyrgus Nights
Cruz Del Sur Music
Occult Heavy Metal / Hard Rock
82 / 100 Surprise of the month
Televisio - Televisio
Ektro Records
Avantgarde Electronic
50 / 100
Barbarian - Barbarian
Hells Headbangers
Blackened Speed/Thrash Metal
no quote
Legionnaire - Dawn of Genesis
Gates of Hell Records
Mid-80s Epic Heavy Metal
82 / 100 Surprise of the month
Nicumo - Storms Arise
Inverse Records
Melancholic Gothic Metal with Harsher Elements
73 / 100
Devil's Hound - Depressive Letters
Self released
Dark Music
no quote
Internal Bleeding - Final Justice
Unique Leader Records
Death Metal
no quote
Wolfbrigade - Run with the Hunted
Southern Lord
Hardcore Crustpunk
90 / 100 Album of the month
Caina - Cara Neir - split
Broken Limbs Recordings
Mix of styles from black industrial to atmospheric post-hardcore
no quote
Vhäldemar - Old King's Visions
Fighter Records
Traditional Heavy Metal
80 / 100
Paganland - From Carpathian Land
Svarga Music
Atmospheric Black Metal
86 / 100
Mors Principium Est - Embers of a Dying World
AFM Records
Melodic Death Metal
85 / 100
John Richardson - The Fold
Svart Records
Singer-Songwriter Folk Rock
73 / 100
Killing Addiction - Shores of Oblivion
Xtreem Music
Death Metal
no quote
Streams - Streams
Inverse Records
Epic Death Metal
no quote
Black Dreams - My Hell
Inverse Records
Bluesy Gothic Stoner Rock
no quote
Isenordal - Shores of Mourning
Self released
Blackened Doom with Folk overtones
95 / 100 Album of the month
Alchimia - Musa
Nadir Music
Gothic Atmospheric Metal with Folk influences
72 / 100
Celestial Grave - Pvtrefactio
Iron Bonehead Productions
Black Metal
no quote
Sektarism - La Mort de l'Infidele
Zanjeer Zani Productions
Avantgarde / Ritualistic Drone / Funeral Doom
40 / 100
A Mournful Path - From the Wreckage of Humiliation
Inverse Records
Black Metal
no quote
Excalibur - Humo Negro
Fighter Records
Heavy Metal
69 / 100
Wiegedood - De Doden Hebbet Het Goed, Part II
ConSouling Sounds
Atmospheric Black Metal
78 / 100
Ygfan - Kod
ATMF
Atmospheric Black Metal
78 / 100
Sangre de Muerdago - Os Segredos da Raposa Vermella
Neuropa
Neofolk
82 / 100
Skogen - Eld
Nordvis Produktion
Atmospheric Black Metal
80 / 100
Tervahaat - Kalmonsaie
Nordvis Produktion
Avantgarde Darkwave Neofolk
68 / 100
Deletere - Per Aspera ad Pestilentium
Sepulchral Productions
Ritualistic Black Metal
78 / 100
Elderblood - Messiah
Osmose Productions
Symphonic Black Metal
79 / 100
Xaon - Face of Balaam
Self released
Modern Groovy Symphonic Death Metal
66 / 100
Praecognitvm - Inalienable Catharsis
Iron Bonehead Productions
Loopy Black Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Atlas Pain - What the Oak Left
Scarlet Records
Folk Metal
62 / 100
Madder Mortem - Red in Tooth and Claw
Dark Essence Records
Avantgarde
83 / 100
Dawnbringer - XX
Ektro Records
Remnants of a Heavy Metal band
56 / 100
Selvans / Downfall of Nur - split
Avantgarde Music
Atmospheric Black Metal
90 / 100 Surprise of the month
Gaerea - Gaerea
Everlasting Spew Records
Diverse Black Metal
68 / 100
GreyAblaze - GreyAblaze
Ashen Dominion
Melodic Black / Post-Black Metal
90 / 100
Night Demon - Night Demon (extended tape version)
Shadow Kingdom Records
Heavy Metal
74 / 100
Swallow The Sun - Songs from the North
Century Media
Melodic Death Doom / Ambient / Funeral Doom
90 / 100 Album of the month
Astrophobos - Enthroned in Flesh
Triumvirate Records
Melodic Black Metal
73 / 100
Be'lakor - Vessels
Napalm Records
Progressive Melodic Death Metal
85 / 100
Cross Vault - Miles to Take
Iron Bonehead Productions
Epic Melancholic Doom
no quote Surprise of the month
Death Design - Drown with Me
Inverse Records
Deathcore
no quote
Ataraxia - Deep Blue Firmanent
Sleaszy Rider Records
Darkwave Gothic Ambient
81 / 100
Martyrdöd - List
Southern Lord
Crust Punk
90 / 100 Album of the month
Gargoyle (Italy) - Reborn in Blashpemy
Shadow Kingdom Records
Horror Doom
no quote
Luciferian Light Orchestra - Black
Svart Records
70s inspired Doom Rock
68 / 100
Adaestuo - Tacent Semitae
World Terror Committee
Atmospheric Black Metal
72 / 100
Dark Tranquillity - Atoma
Century Media
Melodic Death Metal
88 / 100 Major event
Myrkur - Mausoleum
Relapse
Ambient Darkwave
80 / 100
Callidice - Scarlet
Inverse Records
Melodic Gothic Death Metal
72 / 100
Halshug - Sort Sind
Southern Lord
Hardcore Punk
77 / 100
Fluisteraars - Gelderland
Eisenwald
Atmospheric Black Metal
no quote
Kevin Lawry - The Shadows Stole the Dawn
KLM
Progressive Rock
72 / 100
Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus - Madness Incarnate
Symbol of Domination Productions
Atmospheric Black Metal
77 / 100
Darkestrah - Turan
Osmose Productions
Atmospheric Black Metal
85 / 100
Asenblut - Berserker
AFM Records
Viking Power Deathy Metal
73 / 100
Black Dreams - Soul Stealer
Inverse Records
Bluesy Stoner Gothic Rock
no quote
Trees of Eternity - Hour of the Nightingale
Svart Records
Dark Ambient Melodic Doom
88 / 100
Altar of Oblivion - Barren Grounds
Shadow Kingdom Records
Melodic Epic Doom
77 / 100
Seven Kingdoms - In the Walls
Self released
Power Speed Melodic
78 / 100
Mustan Kuun Lapset - Kuolemanvirta
Inverse Records
Dark Metal / Black Metal
65 / 100
Korgonthurus - Vuohen Siunaus
Woodcut Records
Black Metal
85 / 100
Dark Forest - Beyond the Veil
Cruz Del Sur Music
NWOBHM
83 / 100
Valborg - Werwolf / Ich bin Total
Temple of Torturous
Dark Metal
no quote
Vukari - Divination
Eihwaz Recordings
Atmospheric Black Metal
83 / 100
Whispered - Metsutan - Songs of the Void
Inverse Records
Melodic Death / Thrash with Japanese Folk influences
90 / 100 Album of the month
Steve'n'Seagulls - Brothers in Farms
Spinefarm Records
Country / Bluegrass covers of Heavy Metal / Hard Rock classics
65 / 100
KÁtai TamÁs - Slower Structures
GS Productions
Ambient piano centered music
no quote
Vetten Aparat - Syntyi Talven Kyynelista
Inverse Records
Folk Metal
72 / 100
Neolunar - Neolunar
Self released
Dark electronica
88 / 100 Surprise of the month
Greenleaf - Rise Above the Meadow
Napalm Records
Stoner/Doom Rock
85 / 100
Evergrey - The Storm Within
AFM Records
Dark Progressive Metal
92 / 100 Major event
Hissing - Hissing
Southern Lord
Blackened Deathly Sludge
no quote
Frozen Forest - Ancient Ritual
Self released
Melodic Black Metal
83 / 100 Surprise of the month
Forteresse - Themes pour la rebellion
Sepulchral Productions
Atmospheric Epic Black Metal
83 / 100
Forged in Black - Fear Reflecting Fear
Self released
Dark Heavy Metal
75 / 100
Blood Region - Of Northern Fire
Inverse Records
Heavy Metal
68 / 100
Panzerbastard - MotorHeathen
PATAC Records
Thrashy Hardcore Punk
73 / 100
Snogg - Snogg
Self released
Experimental Black Metal
60 / 100
Light of the Morning Star - Cemetery Glow
Iron Bonehead Productions
Blackened Doomy Gothic Metal
no quote
Celestial Grave - Burial Ground Trance
Iron Bonehead Productions
Black Metal
no quote Surprise of the month
Azziard / Nirnaeth - split
Kaotoxin
Black Death Metal
no quote
Stangala - Klanv
Finisterian Dead End
Varied doom rock/sludge with Celtic folk and jazz inlfuences
79 / 100
Maleficence - Realms of Mortification
Blood Harvest Records
Blackened Thrash
no quote
Mausoleum Gate - Metal and the Might
Cruz Del Sur Music
NWOBHM / Psychedelic 70s metal
no quote Surprise of the month
Khanus - Rites of Fire
I, Voidhanger Records
Occult Black Metal
no quote
Lonewolf - The Heathen Dawn
Massacre Records
True Power Metal
75 / 100
Nebelung - Mistelteinn
Temple of Torturous
Acoustic Folky Darkwave
78 / 100
Mistur - In Memoriam
Dark Essence Records
Sognametal / Epic Folky Black Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Katalepsy - Gravenous Hour
Unique Leader Records
Technical Death Metal
80 / 100
Cantique Lepreux - Cendres Celeste
Eisenwald
Atmospheric Black Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Kawir - Father Sun Mother Moon
Iron Bonehead Productions
Epic Black Metal
83 / 100
Ifrinn - Ifrinn
Iron Bonehead Productions
Hypnotic Black Metal
68 / 100
Ithaqua - The Black Mass Sabbath Pulse
Iron Bonehead Productions
Epic Black Metal
no quote
Uada - Devoid of Light
Eisenwald
Atmospheric/Raw Black Metal
86 / 100 Surprise of the month
Conny Ochs - Future Fables
Exile on Mainstream Records
Melancholic Acoustic Rock
68 / 100
October Tide - Winged Waltz
Agonia Records
Melodic Doomdeath
86 / 100
Night Viper - Night Viper
Svart Records
NWOBHM / Heavy Metal
78 / 100
Enthean - Priests of Annihilation
Self released
Technical Black / Death Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
SOON - Vol. 1
Temple of Torturous
Atmospheric Doom / Stoner
69 / 100
Wombbath - Downfall Rising
Dark Descent Records
Death Metal
79 / 100
Jacob Lizotte - For the Fallen Ones
Self released
Various Shades of Heavy Metal
62 / 100
Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Isobelle
Rise Above
Stoner Rock
no quote
Beastmaker - You Must Sin
Rise Above
Classic Doom Metal
no quote
Myrath - Legacy
Nightmare Records
Progressive Symphonic Power Metal
95 / 100 Album of the month
Wolfhorde - Towards the Gates of North
Inverse Records
Folk Metal
85 / 100
Watercolour Ghosts - Watercolour Ghosts
Self released
Progressive Atmospheric Post-Metal
83 / 100
Valyria - Steel Inquisition
Self released
Melodic Death / Atmospheric Folk Metal
no quote
Rotting Christ - Rituals
Season Of Mist
Dark Epic Metal
80 / 100
Taarkus - Stones
Rise Above
Stoner Doom
no quote
Veneficium - Veneficium
Iron Bonehead Productions
Black Metal
no quote
Terror - Legion of Gore
Hells Headbangers
Death Thrash Metal
no quote
The Fifth Alliance - Death Poems
ConSouling Sounds
Post-Hardcore Atmospheric Sludge
79 / 100
Sentenced - Love & Death
Century Media
Melodic Death Metal
92 / 100 Archive review
High Priest of Saturn - Son of Earth and Sky
Svart Records
Psychedelic Rock
84 / 100
O Cerco - A Desolacao
Signal Rex
Post-Black Avantgarde Sludge
71 / 100
Vehemence - Forward Without Motion
Battleground Records
Melodic Death Metal
82 / 100
Satanic Warmaster - Archgoat - Lux Satanae (Thirteen Hymns of Finnish Devil Worship)
Hells Headbangers
Black Metal
90 / 100 & 73 / 100
Ostots - Hil Argi
Altare Productions
Black Metal
78 / 100
Spiders - Why Don't You?
Spinefarm Records
70s Rock
no quote
Nhor - Momenta Quintae Essentiae
Lupus Lounge
Ambient
60 / 100
Antimatter - The Judas Table
Prophecy
Dark Rock
82 / 100
Primal Fear - Rulebreaker
Frontiers Records
Heavy Metal
86 / 100
Frozen Ocean - The Prowess of Dormition
Apocalyptic Witchcraft Recordings
Atmospheric Black Metal
79 / 100
Mork Gryning - Tusen ar har gatt
Eisenwald
Melodic Black Metal
84 / 100 Archive review
Sound of Memories - To Deliverance
Finisterian Dead End
Melodeath
71 / 100
Armoured Angel - Communion
Hells Headbangers
Death Thrash Metal
79 / 100
Entwine - Chaotic Nation
Spinefarm Records
Gothic Rock
69 / 100
Khmer / Livstid - split
Halo of Flies
Blackened Crust / Hardcore Punk
80 / 100 & 73 / 100
Sacrocurse - Destroying Chapels
Iron Bonehead Productions
Black Death Metal
72 / 100
Darkest Era - Gods and Origins
Cruz Del Sur Music
Celtic Heavy Metal
no quote
Ice War - Battle Zone
Iron Bonehead Productions
Speed Metal
no quote
Khazaddum - In Dwarven Halls
Self released
Death Metal
no quote
Bauda - Sporelights
Temple of Torturous
Progressive Art Rock
79 / 100
Ravensire - The Cycle Never Ends
Cruz Del Sur Music
Epic 80s Metal
82 / 100
Nachtzeit - Där Föddes En Längtan
Nordvis Produktion
Black Metal
no quote
Battalion of Saints - Battalion of Saints
Southern Lord
Hardcore Punk
no quote
VÉhÉmence - FR - Assiege
De Tenebrarum Principio
Medieval Black Metal
87 / 100 Surprise of the month
Ixion - Enfant de la Nuit
Finisterian Dead End
Atmospheric Doom
79 / 100
Isenblast - Altars of Blood
Self released
Black Metal
no quote
The Kahless Clone - An Endless Loop
Self released
Dark Metal
79 / 100
Zgard - Totem
Svarga Music
Atmospheric Black Metal
73 / 100
Vorna - Ei valo minua seuraa
Inverse Records
Folk Metal
78 / 100
Ambush - Desecrator
High Roller Records
80s Classic Heavy Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Kauan - Sorni Nai
Blood Music
Ambient
80 / 100
Baron - Torpor
Svart Records
Psychedelic Rock
65 / 100
Eye of Solitude / Faal - split
Kaotoxin
Funeral Doom / Deathdoom
no quote Surprise of the month
Thy Catafalque - Sgurr
Season Of Mist
Avantgarde
83 / 100
Draconian - Sovran
Napalm Records
Gothic Doomdeath
92 / 100 Album of the month
To/Die/For - Cult
Massacre Records
Gothic Rock
75 / 100
Re-Armed - Total Lack of Communication
Self released
Melodic Death/Thrash
no quote
Sacrificium Carmen - Ikuisen Tulen Kammiossa
Saturnal Records
Black Metal
80 / 100 Surprise of the month
Horisont - Odyssey
Rise Above
70s Space Rock
88 / 100
Viscera/// - Abaton - Diade(ms)
Sentient Ruin Laboratories
Doom Metal
no quote
Antagonist Zero - No Tears
Inverse Records
Melodic Doomdeath
78 / 100
Grift - Syner
Nordvis Produktion
Atmospheric Black Metal
95 / 100 Album of the month
Pentagram Chile - Unaussprechlichen Kulten - Ritual Human Slaughter / La Mujer, El Diablo y El Permiso de Dios
Iron Bonehead Productions
Occult Death Metal
no quote
Midnight (US) - Shitfucker - split
Hells Headbangers
Black Speed Thrash
no quote
Windfaerer - Tenebrosum
Self released
Melodic Black Metal
79 / 100
Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus - The Child Must Die
Infernal Kommando Records
Black Metal
79 / 100
Nechochwen - Heart of Akamon
Nordvis Produktion
Atmospheric Metal
84 / 100
Necromancy (Greece) - Ancient Wrath
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Black Metal
82 / 100
Tengger Cavalry - Nine Treasures - Ego Fall - Mongol Metal
Mongol Metal
Folk Metal
80 / 100 Surprise of the month
Shape of Despair - Monotony Fields
Season Of Mist
Funeral Doom Metal
75 / 100
Russkaja - Peace, Love & Russian Roll
Napalm Records
Russian Chanson Folk Rock
85 / 100
The Exploding Eyes Orchestra - I
Svart Records
Psychedelic Rock
69 / 100
Various Artists - A Light in the Black : A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio
Massacre Records
Melodic Power Metal
no quote
Royal Hunt - Devils Dozen
Frontiers Records
Progressive Melodic Metal
84 / 100
De Profundis - Kingdom of the Blind
Wicker Man Recordings
Progressive Melodic Death Metal
82 / 100 Surprise of the month
Pray the North - Bloodline
Inverse Records
Death Rock/Gothic
no quote
Esotherisst - Voyage
Self released
Progressive Metal
no quote
Demona - 2015
Hells Headbangers
Speed Metal
no quote
A:S:Orchestra - Winter Rain
Inverse Records
Gothic Metal
no quote
Officium Triste - Reason
Vic Records
Melodic Doomdeath
92 / 100 Surprise of the month
Khors - Night Falls onto the Fronts of Ours
Candlelight Records
Blackened Atmospheric Dark Metal
83 / 100
Deuil - Shock/Deny
ConSouling Sounds
Blackened Sludgy Doom/Postrock
78 / 100
Dolentia - Iniciacao Eversiva
Altare Productions
Black Metal
66 / 100
Dead Earth Politics - Men Become Gods
Self released
Progressive Thrash
83 / 100 Surprise of the month
As Light Dies - Gea
Brutal Arratia Records
Atmospheric Progressive Black Metal
79 / 100
Isenmor - Land of the Setting Sun
Self released
Folk Metal
80 / 100 Surprise of the month
Infernal Manes - Infernal Manes
Edged Circle Productions
Early 70s Metal
72 / 100
Entrails - Obliteration
Metal Blade
Death Metal
87 / 100
Civil War - Gods and Generals
Napalm Records
Heavy Metal
82 / 100
Gra / Gnosis of the Witch - split
Iron Bonehead Productions
Black Metal
no quote
Vetten Aparat - Sydantalven Viha
Inverse Records
Epic Folk Metal
no quote
Steve Von Till - A Life unto Itself
Neurot Recordings
Dark Acoustic Ambient
70 / 100
Steve'n'Seagulls - Farm Machine
Spinefarm Records
Country/Bluegrass/Folk covers of Metal/Rock hits
77 / 100
Self Spiller - Worms in the Keys
Varia Records
Avantgarde
90 / 100 Album of the month
Heidevolk - Velua
Napalm Records
Folk Power Metal
77 / 100
Árstíðir Lífsins - Aldaf?ðr ok munka dróttinn
Van Records
Blackened Pagan Metal
88 / 100 Surprise of the month
Cave of Swimmers - Reflection
Self released
Progressive Atmospheric Sludge with Latin flavors
82 / 100
Der Weg Einer Freiheit - Stellar
Season Of Mist
Black Metal
80 / 100
Korpiklaani - Noita
Nuclear Blast
Folk Metal
88 / 100 Major event
Emerged - Letting Go of Uncertainties
Vic Records
Progressive Metal
82 / 100 Surprise of the month
Feign - Lost to Eternity
Self released
Atmospheric Black Metal
no quote
Sorcerer - In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross
MetalBlade Records
Epic Doom Metal
88 / 100
House of Atreus - The Spear and the Ichor that Follows
Dark Descent Records
Death Metal
80 / 100
Shroud Eater - Face the Master
Primitive Violence Records
Sludge Stoner
no quote
Satanic Warmaster - Fimbulwinter
Hells Headbangers
Black Metal
79 / 100
Corpo-Mente - Corpo-Mente
Blood Music
Dark Folk Avant-garde
90 / 100 Surprise of the month
Keep of Kalessin - Epistemology
Indie Recordings
Melodic Black Metal
63 / 100
Warhead - Widowmaker
Self released
Thrash
no quote
Acero Letal - Veloz Invencible / Duro Metal
Witches Brew
Heavy Speed Metal
no quote
Desecrator - Red Steel Nation
Self released
Thrash Groove Metal
no quote
Frosthelm - The Endless Winter
Black Work (Alkemy Brothers)
Black Death Metal
79 / 100
U.D.O. - Decadent
AFM Records
Heavy Metal
75 / 100
Giant Squid - Minoans
Translation Loss Records
Progressive Epic Sludge
90 / 100 Album of the month
Wardruna - Runaljod - Gap Var Ginnunga
Indie Recordings
Folk
77 / 100
Dead in the Manger - Cessation
20BuckSpin
Blackened Ambient Grind
75 / 100
Nunslaughter / The Lurking Corpses - split
Hells Headbangers
Thrash Death Metal
no quote
Womit Angel - Maggotmouth
Inverse Records
Blackened Thrash/Punk
71 / 100
Furor Gallico - Songs from the Earth
Scarlet Records
Folk Metal
79 / 100
Lykaion - Heavy Lullabies
Inverse Records
Gothic Metal/Rock
72 / 100
Below the Sun - Envoy
Temple of Torturous
Atmospheric Sludge/Funeral Doom
87 / 100 Surprise of the month
Godhunter & Amigo the Devil - The Outer Dark
The Compound/Earsplit Distro
Dark Americana
no quote
ZEX - Fight for Yourself
Magic Bullet Records
Melodic Punk Rock
74 / 100
Visigoth - The Revenant King
Metal Blade
Traditional Heavy Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Portal - Blood of Kingu - split
Hells Headbangers
Death Metal
no quote
Obtruncation - Abode of the Departed Souls
Vic Records
Death Metal
68 / 100
Death Karma - The History of Death & Burial Rituals Part I
Iron Bonehead Productions
Symphonic Metal of Death
82 / 100
Sodom - Sacred Warpath
SPV
Thrash
no quote
Grimoire - L’aorasie des spectres reveurs
Eisenwald
Ambient Black Metal
80 / 100
Sleeping Pulse - Under the Same Sky
Prophecy
Ambient Progressive Rock
90 / 100 Album of the month
Horisont - Break the Limit
Rise Above
70s Heavy Metal
no quote
Planning for Burial - Liar in Wait - split
Broken Limbs Recordings
Slowcore drone / dark gothic punk
no quote
Sidious - Revealed in Profane Splendour
Kaotoxin
Symphonic Black Metal
79 / 100
Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus - Synkka Tuuli
Horror Pain Gore Death Productions
Atmospheric Punk Black Metal
66 / 100
Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus - Vainamoinen
Infernal Kommando Records
Atmospheric Black Metal
no quote
Armageddon - Captivity and Devourment
Listenable Records
Melodic Technical Death Metal
80 / 100
Darkher - The Kingdom Field
Prophecy
Darkwave Neofolk
82 / 100
Jess and the Ancient Ones - Castaneda
Svart Records
Occult Rock
no quote
Cara Neir - Venowl - split
Broken Limbs Recordings
Atmospheric Post-Rock Crust Punk / Blackened Doom Noise
no quote
Harvest Gulgaltha - I
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Black Metal
75 / 100
Shiran - Warm Winter Day
Self released
Dark Jazzy Modern Metal
69 / 100
Sahhr - Sahhr
Domestic Genocide
Black Death Metal/Metalcore
no quote
Primordial - Where Greater Men Have Fallen
Metal Blade
Dark Celtic Metal
88 / 100 Major event
Gormathon - Following the Beast
Napalm Records
Melodic Death/Power Metal
80 / 100
Cult Of Fire - Ctvrta Symfonie Ohne
Iron Bonehead Productions
Symphonic Metal
no quote Surprise of the month
Woodscream - Octastorium
Self released
Folk Metal
79 / 100 Surprise of the month
Endless Recovery - Resistant Bangers
Witches Brew
Thrash
no quote
Vorzug - I Am in Hell
Apollyon Entertainment
Black Death Metal
no quote
As Light Dies - The Love Album - Volume I
Maa Productions
Avantgarde Metal
74 / 100
Pestilential Shadows - Ephemeral
Seance Records
Black Metal
82 / 100
Pestilential Shadows - Depths
Seance Records
Black Metal
89 / 100 Archive review
We Hunt Buffalo - Blood from a Stone
Self released
Groovy Melodic Sludge
no quote
Shadow Host - Apocalyptic Symphony
Metalism
Thrash/Power Metal
82 / 100
Beastmilk - Use Your Deluge
Magic Bullet Records
Apocalyptic Post Punk
83 / 100 Surprise of the month
Beastmilk - White Stains on Black Wax
Magic Bullet Records
Apocalyptic Post Punk
no quote
A Sound of Thunder - The Lesser Key of Solomon
Mad Neptune Records
Melodic Power Progressive Metal
88 / 100
Martyrdöd - Elddop
Southern Lord
Crust Punk
88 / 100 Surprise of the month
Crimson Shadows - Kings Among Men
Napalm Records
Extreme Power Metal
80 / 100
Hyperborean - Mythos of the Great Pestilence
Self released
Avantgarde Melodic Black Metal
81 / 100
Bloodstrike - Necrobirth
Self released
Death Metal
no quote
Slaughterday - Ravenous
FDA Rekotz
Death Metal
no quote
Stryvigor - Forgotten by Ages
Svarga Music
Atmospheric Black Metal
79 / 100
Death Penalty - Sign of Times
Rise Above
Heavy/Doom Metal
no quote
Vintersorg - Naturbål
Napalm Records
Nordic Folk Metal
93 / 100 Album of the month
Cemetery Fog - Towards the Gates
Iron Bonehead Productions
Atmospheric Doomdeath
73 / 100
Children of Technology - Future Decay
Hells Headbangers
Punk Thrash
73 / 100
Ending Quest - The Summoning
FDA Rekotz
Death Metal
81 / 100 Surprise of the month
Hard Tension - Fear and Guilt
Self-released
Heavy Metal/Rock with Neoclassical Tendencies
68 / 100
On Top - Top to Bottom
Horror Pain Gore Death Productions
Heavy Metal/Rock
60 / 100
Orcultus - Orcultus
Forever Plagued
Black Metal
60 / 100
Locusta - Dendromorphosis
Self released
Progressive Technical Death
no quote
Rippikoulu - Ulvaja
Svart Records
Atmospheric Doom Death
no quote
Mortualia - Blood of the Hermit
Moribund Records
Depressive Black Metal
88 / 100
Cold Colours - MMXIV
Self released
Dark Metal
no quote
Sadhak - Sadhak
Shadow Kingdom Records
Atmospheric Doom
no quote
Sammal - No. 2
Ektro Records
Progressive Stoner Rock
80 / 100
Ranger - Shock Skull
Ektro Records
Speed Metal
no quote
Ainulindale - Nevrast
Self-released
Darkwave Neofolk
90 / 100 Album of the month
Battleroar - Blood of Legends
Cruz Del Sur Music
Epic Heavy Metal
88 / 100
Zgard - Contemplation
Svarga Music
Blackened Folk Pagan Metal
84 / 100 Surprise of the month
Arkona - Yav
Napalm Records
Pagan Metal
91 / 100 Album of the month
Taatsi - Season of Sacrifice
Forever Plagued
Melodic Black Metal
no quote
Lake of Tears - By the Black Sea
AFM Records
Psychedelic Rock
no quote
Heid - Voces De La Tierra Dormida
Self released
Pagan Blackened Metal
84 / 100
High Spirits - You Are Here
Hells Headbangers
80s Metal
85 / 100
Revontulet - Hear Me
Arcus Records
Symphonic Metal
80 / 100 Surprise of the month
Graves at Sea - This Place is Poison
Eolian Empire
Sludge Stoner
no quote
Dead Earth Politics - The Queen of Steel
Self-released
Thrash Groove Metal
no quote
Tetrarchate - Symposium of the Tetrarchs
Self-released
Thrash Death Metal
70 / 100
Dead in the Manger - Transience
20BuckSpin
Blackened Ambient Grind
80 / 100 Surprise of the month
Sargeist - Feeding the Crawling Shadows
World Terror Committee
Black Metal
88 / 100
Shrapnel - The Virus Conspires
Candlelight Records
Thrash
77 / 100 Surprise of the month
Divine Circles - Oblivion Songs
Paradigms Recordings
String based atmospheric Americana
70 / 100
Dinner Music for the Gods - Beautiful and Treacherous
Self released
Instrumental World Music/Jazz/Classical Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Chain of Dogs - Burning Bridges in a World of Death
Witches Brew
Folk Thrash
80 / 100 Surprise of the month
Neige et Noirceur - Gouffre Onirique et Abimes Cosmiques
Sepulchral Productions
Ambient Black / Epic Black Metal
70 / 100
Ribspreader - Meathymns
Vic Records
Death Metal
85 / 100
Black Vul Destruktor - Et Verbi Satanus - Apocalypse Towards Apocalypse
Blood Harvest Records
Black Death Metal
no quote
Dodsferd - The Parasitic Survival of the Human Race
Moribund Cult
Punk Black Metal
58 / 100
Anal Blasphemy/Forbidden Eye - The Perverse Worship of Satanic Sins
Night in Terrors
Black Metal
75 / 100
Diary of Secrets - Diary of Secrets
Sleaszy Rider Records
Heavy Metal
72 / 100
Nebelung - Palingenesis
Temple of Torturous
Dark Atmospheric Acoustic Neo-Folk
84 / 100 Surprise of the month
Heikki Hautala - Pyovelin Vaatteet
Ektro Records
Dark Acoustic
50 / 100
Amon - Liar in Wait
FDA Rekotz
Death Metal
69 / 100
Emyn Muil - Turin Turambar Dagnir Glaurunga
Northern Silence Productions
Epic Black Metal
70 / 100
Alor - Haerfest
Northern Silence Productions
Dark Atmospheric Neo-Folk
76 / 100
Horrifying - Euphoric Existence
Blood Harvest Records
Old School Death Metal
no quote
Royal Hunt - A Life to Die For
Frontiers Records
Melodic Orchestral Progressive Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Nasheim - Solens Vemod
Northern Silence Productions
Atmospheric Black Metal
88 / 100
Vardan - ...Dreaming ...Living My Funeral
Moribund Records
Depressive Black Metal
75 / 100
Shrapnel Storm - We Come in Peace ...
Self Release
Death Metal
no quote
JJ Hrubovcak - Death Metal Christmas - Hellish Renditions of Christmas Classics
Self released
Death Metal
84 / 100 Surprise of the month
October 31 - Gone to the Devil
Hells Headbangers
Traditional 80s Metal
no quote
The Mezmerist - The Innocent, The Forsaken, The Guilty
Shadow Kingdom Records
Psychedelic 80s Metal
57 / 100
Suffer the Wrath - Divine Sign
Self-released
Death Metal
no quote
The Betrayers Judgment - Philosopher
Twin Peak Records
Hardcore
70 / 100
Woods of Desolation - As the Stars
Northern Silence Productions
Atmospheric Black Metal
63 / 100
Kiara Laetitia - Fight Now
Spider Rock Promotion
Hard Rock/Melodic Metal
no quote
Iron Dogs - Free and Wild
Iron Bonehead Productions
Thrash/NWOBHM
80 / 100
Anubis Gate - Sheep
Nightmare Records
Progressive Metal
no quote
Epysode - Fantasmagoria
AFM Records
Dark Symphonic Progressive Metal
81 / 100
Relentless - Souls of Charon
Do or Die Records
Heavy Metal/Traditional Doom
84 / 100 Surprise of the month
Mutoid Man - Helium Head
Magic Bullet Records
Noise Rock
82 / 100 Surprise of the month
Putrefact - Of Those Who Were Deceased
Pulverised Records
Death Metal
no quote
Persekutor - Power Frost
Magic Bullet Records
Black Metal
no quote
Hour of 13 - Hour of 13
Eyes Like Snow
Traditional doom metal
75 / 100
Slussenanalys - Livets Spindlar
Ektro Records
Noise Rock
no quote
Aktor - I Am the Psychic Wars
Ektro Records
Psychedelic Rock
no quote
Horn - Konflikt
Northern Silence Productions
Atmospheric and Rocking Black Metal
82 / 100 Surprise of the month
Valkyrja - The Antagonists Fire
World Terror Committee
Black Metal
73 / 100
Markradonn - Final Dying Breath
Bluntface Records
Experimental Death Metal
76 / 100
Ghoul - Intermediate Level Hardcore
Tankcrimes
Hardcore Punk/Thrash
no quote
Strangelight - 9 Days
Sacrament Music
Atmospheric Post-Hardcore
77 / 100
Lustre - A Spark of Times of Old
ATMF
Atmospheric Black Metal
70 / 100
Lord Fist - Worldless Wisdom of Lord Fist
Ektro Records
80s Heavy Metal/NWOBHM
78 / 100 Surprise of the month
Scout Pare-Phillips - Fields of Ash
Pesanta Urfolk
Dark Rock
no quote
Emblazoned - The Living Magisterium
Deepsend Records
Death Black Metal
68 / 100
Cvinger - Monastery of Fallen
Self released
Black Metal
72 / 100
Artlantica - Across the Seven Seas
Steamhammer/SPV
Progressive Power Metal
79 / 100
Taketh - Ignorance is Strength
Self released
Melodic Death Metal
70 / 100
Mammoth Grinder - Underworlds
20BuckSpin
Death Metal/Grindcore
75 / 100
Autumnblaze - Every Sun Is Fragile
Pulverised Records
Atmospheric Metal
71 / 100
Argus - Beyond the Martyrs
Cruz Del Sur Music
Traditional Metal/NWOBHM
79 / 100
Master Charger - Unity in Black
Black Vulture Records
Stoner Doom Metal
73 / 100
Riitaoja - Mantereelle
Svart Records
Folk Rock
60 / 100
Wheel - Icarus
Eyes Like Snow
Traditional doom metal
80 / 100
Trial (Swe) - Malicious Arts
Nuclear Winter
Occult 80s Metal
no quote
Sirens Cry - Scattered Horizons
Nightmare Records
Progressice Power Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Cerekloth - In the Midst of Life We Are in Death
Hells Headbangers
Death Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Ensnared - Ravenous Damnation's Dawn
Nuclear Winter
Occult Death Metal
69 / 100
Duncan Evans - Bird of Prey
Prophecy
Acoustic Folk
no quote
Ephemeros - All Hail Corrosion
Seventh Rule Recordings
Sludgy Funeral Doom
70 / 100
Witch Cross - Axe to Grind
Hells Headbangers
80s Heavy Metal/NWOBHM
77 / 100
Thousand Year War - Kingdom of America
Self-released
Melodic Death/Thrashcore
69 / 100
Wind Rose - Shadows over Lothadruin
BakerTeam Records
Epic Power Progressive Metal
72 / 100
Humiliation - Turbulence from the Deep
Deepsend Records
Death Metal
68 / 100
Camerata Mediolanense - Vertute, Honor, Bellezza
Prophecy
Neoclassical Darkwave with Experimentation
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Falcon (ex-Circle) - Beer and Ribs
Ektro Records
Soft rock, AOR
no quote
VÁgtÁzÓ HalottkÉmek - Bite the Stars!
Ektro Records
Shamanistic Avantgarde
65 / 100
Hand of God - The Hand of God
Sleaszy Rider Records
Gothic/Heavy Metal
68 / 100
Lonewolf - The Fourth and Final Horseman
Napalm Records
Heavy Metal
80 / 100
Forlorn Path - Mans Last Portrait
Self released
Blackened Melodic Deathdoom
87 / 100 Surprise of the month
Eshtadur - Stay Away from Evil and Get Close to Me
Gate of Horror Productions
Melodic Black Metal
72 / 100
Arcanum Sanctum - Veritas Odium Parit
Buil2Kill Records
Melodic Death Metal
85 / 100
Edge of Sanity - Infernal
Black Mark
Death Metal with Gothic elements
82 / 100 Archive review
Eternal Tears Of Sorrow - Saivon Lapsi
Massacre Records
Melodic Death Metal
76 / 100
Chaostar - Anomima
Season Of Mist
Orchestral Music
50 / 100
Satanic Threat - In to Hell
Hells Headbangers
Hardcore Punk
60 / 100
Joel Grind: Yellowgoat - The Yellowgoat Sessions
Hells Headbangers
Blackened Punk Thrash
70 / 100
Sivyi Yar - Towards the Twilight
Gardarika Musikk
Atmospheric Pagan Post-Black Metal
71 / 100
Grift - Fyra Elegier
Nordvis Produktion
Atmospheric Black Metal
73 / 100
Sodom - Epitome of Torture
Steamhammer/SPV
Thrash Metal
75 / 100 Major event
Stone Magnum - Stone Magnum
R.I.P. Records
Traditional doom metal
76 / 100
Intoxicated - Rock n Roll Hellpatrol
Hells Headbangers
Sleazy Punk/Metal Hybrid
79 / 100 Surprise of the month
A Sound of Thunder - Times Arrow
Mad Neptune Records
Heavy Metal
89 / 100
Sidious - Ascension to the Throne ov Self
Kaotoxin
Melodic Black Metal/Technical Death/Deathcore
no quote
October Tide - Tunnel of No Light
Pulverised Records
Melodic Deathdoom
81 / 100
Deceptor - Chains of Delusion
Shadow Kingdom Records
Traditional Metal/NWOBHM/thrash
86 / 100 Surprise of the month
Jess and the Ancient Ones - Astral Sabbat
Svart Records
Stoner Rock
no quote
Hellbastard - Sons of Bitches
PATAC Records
Postcore/thrash
no quote
Septekh - Apollonian Eyes
Abyss Records
Blackened Thrash/Death Metal
no quote
Lair of the Minotaur - Godslayer
The Grind-House Records
Death/Sludge/Hardcore
no quote
Ulcer - Grant Us Death
Pulverised Records
Death Metal
65 / 100
Rotting Christ - Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy
Season Of Mist
Dark Symphonic Metal
75 / 100
Tusmorke - Underjordisk Tusmorke
Termo Records
Progressive 70s Psychedelic Rock
76 / 100
Cnoc An Tursa - The Giants of Auld
Candlelight Records
Melodic Death/Black/Folk Metal
79 / 100 Surprise of the month
Witch Cross - Fit for Fight
Hells Headbangers
Heavy Metal
74 / 100 Archive review
Russkaja - Energia!
Napalm Records
Russian Turbo Polka Pop Funk Metal
79 / 100
The Forsaken - Beyond Reality
Massacre Records
Melodic Death/Thrash
75 / 100
Caladan Brood - Echoes of Battle
Northern Silence Productions
Epic Atmospheric Black Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Paganland - Wind of Freedom
Svarga Music
Folk Metal
86 / 100 Surprise of the month
Aeon Zen - Enigma
Nightmare Records
Progressive Metal/Rock
86 / 100
Anal Blasphemy - Perversions of Satan
Hammer Of Hate
Black Metal
76 / 100
A Sound of Thunder - Queen of Hell
Self released
Heavy Metal
no quote
Attic - The Invocation
Van Records
Heavy Metal/NWOBHM
80 / 100
Corsair - Corsair
Shadow Kingdom Records
Heavy 70s Prog Rock/NWOBHM
79 / 100 Surprise of the month
Agony Lords - A Tomb of the Haunted
Chaos Records
Melodic Deathy Heavy Metal
76 / 100
Pure Evil - As Blood Turns Black, Mankind Shall Drown in Despair
Hammer Of Hate
Black Metal
71 / 100
Deceased - Supernatural Addiction
Hells Headbangers
Death/NWOBHM metal
81 / 100 Archive review
Frozen Ocean - A Perfect Solitude
Wolfsgrimm Records
Atmospheric Blackened Drone/Noise
78 / 100 Surprise of the month
Andy Winter - Incomprehensible
The End Records
Avant-garde
70 / 100
Aeon - Aeons Black
Metal Blade
Death Metal
79 / 100
Wilt - Wilt
Self released
Black Atmospheric Metal
73 / 100
The Resistance - Rise from Treason
Armoury Records
Brutal Melodic Death/Hardcore
78 / 100
Hic Iacet - Prophecy of Doom
Hells Headbangers
Black/Death/Doom Metal
no quote
Children of Technology - Mayhemic Speed Anarchy
Hells Headbangers
Thrash Punk Crossover
no quote
Dawnbringer - Into the Lair of the Sun God
Profound Lore Records
NWOBHM 80s metal turning doom
80 / 100
Melencolia Estatica - Hel
Temple of Torturous
Avantgarde Black Metal
78 / 100
Frosthelm - The Northwinds Rend Flesh
Self released
Melodic Blackened Thrash
no quote Surprise of the month
Svyatogor - Doctor Veritas
Svarga Music
Diverse Avant-Garde Blackened Metal
74 / 100
Seven Kingdoms - The Fire Is Mine
Nightmare Records
Power/Heavy Metal
74 / 100
Skalmold - Born Loka
Napalm Records
Nordic Metal
80 / 100
God Seed - I Begin
Indie Recordings
Black Metal
75 / 100
Lacrimosa - Revolution
End of Light
Gothic Rock/Metal
88 / 100
Munruthel - CREEDamage
Svarga Music
Symphonic Folk Metal
91 / 100 Album of the month
Angantyr - Forvist
Northern Silence Productions
Melodic Nordic Black Metal
79 / 100
Live Report - Nightwish/Kamelot gig Aug 31, 2012 in Royal Oak, MI
No label
Melodic Power and Symphonic Metal
Jess and the Ancient Ones - Jess and the Ancient Ones
Svart Records
Occult Stoner Rock
74 / 100
Altar of Oblivion - Grand Gesture of Defiance
Shadow Kingdom Records
Traditional Epic Doom
85 / 100
Heavy Cross - Street Wolf
Hells Headbangers
NWOBHM
no quote
Live Report - Tyr/Moonsorrow/Korpiklaani gig in Peabody's, Cleveland, August 31, 2012
No label
Fun and somber (sometimes) metal
Pyramada - Now is the Time
Self released
Melodic Rock/Metal
66 / 100
Vintersorg - Orkan
Napalm Records
Post-Black Folk Symphonic Metal
86 / 100
Hexvessel - No Holier Temple
Svart Records
Psychedelic Neofolk
78 / 100
Sarah Jezebel Deva - Malediction
Listenable Records
Gothic Metal
no quote
Windfaerer - Solar
Self released
Melodic Black/Death Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Khors - Wisdom of Centuries
Candlelight Records
Melodic Black/Death Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Assembly of Light - Assembly of Light
At A Loss Recordings
A Capello Choir
no quote
Ninth Moon Black - Chronophage
Self released
Atmospheric Psychedelic Sludge
78 / 100
Pale Divine - Painted Windows Black
Shadow Kingdom Records
Doom Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Black Messiah - The Final Journey
AFM Records
Pagan Metal
81 / 100
Kissin Dynamite - Money, Sex & Power
AFM Records
Hard/Glam/Sleaze Rock
70 / 100
The Royal Arch Blaspheme - II
Hells Headbangers
Black Metal
66 / 100
From Ashes Rise - Rejoice the End - Rage of Sanity
Southern Lord
Metal/hardcore crossover, crust punk
no quote
Vinum Sabbatum - Bacchanale Premiere
Eyes Like Snow
70s Psychedelic Doom
68 / 100
Dammerfarben - Herbstpfad
Northern Silence Productions
Atmospheric Folk/Black Metal
83 / 100 Surprise of the month
Carach Angren - Where the Corpses Sink Forever
Season Of Mist
Symphonic Black Metal
78 / 100
Forefather - Last of the Line
Seven Kingdoms
Pagan Metal
79 / 100
Laster - Wijsgeer & Narreman
Dunkelheit Produktionen
Atmospheric Black Metal
75 / 100
Superchrist - Holy Shit
Hells Headbangers
Retro Heavy Metal
84 / 100
Order Of Nine - Seventh Year of the Broken Mirror
Nightmare Records
Dark Progressive Metal
77 / 100
Megascavenger - Songs of Flesh (Part I)
Selfmadegod
Death Metal
no quote
Diablo Swing Orchestra - Pandoras Pinata
Sensory Records
Avantgarde
89 / 100
Moonreich - Curse Them
De Tenebrarum Principio
Black Metal
no quote
Dreaming Dead - Midnightmares
Self-released
Melodic Technical Death
90 / 100 Album of the month
Lahmia - Into the Abyss
BakerTeam Records
Melodic Death Metal
81 / 100
Pelican - Ataraxia - Taraxis
Southern Lord
Instrumental Post-Doom
no quote
Wolfbrigade - Damned
Southern Lord
Crustpunk/grindcore
91 / 100 Album of the month
Munruthel - The Dark Saga
Blazing Productions
Instrumental Synth Oriented Soundtrack
no quote
Stephan Forte - The Shadows Compendium
Listenable Records
Progressive Instrumental Music
78 / 100
Heidevolk - Batavi
Napalm Records
Pagan Metal
83 / 100
A Sound of Thunder - Out of the Darkness
Nightmare Records
Heavy Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Graveyard - Altar of the Sculpted Skulls
Pulverised Records
Death Metal
75 / 100
Les Discrets - Ariettes Oubliées
Prophecy
Post-Black Ambient Shoegaze
83 / 100
Pharaoh - Bury the Light
Cruz Del Sur Music
Heavy Metal
82 / 100
Bejelit - Emerge
BakerTeam Records
Melodic Power Metal
80 / 100
Massive Assault - Death Strike
FDA Rekotz
Death Metal
70 / 100
RPWL - Beyond Man and Time
Gentle Art of Music
Progressive Rock
80 / 100
Riot - Immortal Soul
SPV
Heavy Metal
80 / 100
Nattfog - Mustan Auringon Riitti
Hammer Of Hate
Black Metal
69 / 100
Forgjord - Sielunvihollinen
Hammer Of Hate
Black Metal
74 / 100
Tamas Katai - Erika szobaja
Ars Benevola Mater
Ambient Music
no quote Archive review
Thunderkraft - Totentanz
Svarga Music
Industrial Death Folk
74 / 100
Alcest - Les Voyages De LAme
Prophecy
Ambient Post-Rock
80 / 100
The Devils Blood - The Thousandfold Epicenter
MetalBlade Records
Occult Rock
88 / 100
Vore - Gravehammer
Self released
Death Metal
84 / 100
Saturnian Mist - Gnostikoi Ha-Shaitan
Ahdistuksen Aihio Productions
Black Metal
78 / 100 Surprise of the month
Cynic - Carbon-Based Anatomy
Season Of Mist
Ambient Progressive Music
80 / 100
Royal Hunt - Show Me How to Live
Frontiers Records
Melodic Progressive Metal
84 / 100
Darkestrah - Khagan
Osmose Productions
Melodic Black Metal
75 / 100
Augrimmer - Nothing Ever Was
Northern Silence Productions
Melodic Black Metal
82 / 100
Evergaze Eternity - Uninvolved
Spider Rock Promotion
Gothic Rock/Metal
71 / 100
Thousand Year War - Tyrants and Men
Abyss Records
Melodic Death Metal
75 / 100
Widow - Lifes Blood
Pure Steel Records
NWOBHM/traditional 80s metal
82 / 100
Hammer Fight - Hammer Fight
Self released
Punky Hard Rock/Metal
76 / 100
Ion Vein - IV v1.0
Mortal Music
Heavy Metal
no quote
Mournful Congregation - The Book of Kings
20BuckSpin
Funeral Doom
90 / 100 Album of the month
Knight Area - Nine Paths
The Laser's Edge
Progressive Metal/Rock
73 / 100
Chasma - Declarations of the Grand Artificer
Moribund Cult
Atmospheric Black Metal
70 / 100
Taake - Noregs Vaapen
Candlelight Records
Black Metal
82 / 100
Vladimirs - The Late Hours
Hells Headbangers
Horror Punk/Gothic Rock
81 / 100 Surprise of the month
Speedwolf - Ride with Death
Hells Headbangers
Speed/Thrash Metal
78 / 100 Surprise of the month
Tsjuder - Legion Helvete
Season Of Mist
Black Metal
65 / 100
Thy Catafalque - Rengeteg
Season Of Mist
Avantgarde Metal
87 / 100
Manilla Road - Playground of the Damned
Shadow Kingdom Records
Heavy Metal
82 / 100 Major event
Hemoptysis - Misanthropic Slaughter
Self released
Melodic Death Metal/Thrash
84 / 100 Surprise of the month
Wolves in the Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
Southern Lord
Ambient Black Metal
76 / 100
Fyrnask - Bluostar
Temple of Torturous
Psychedelic Black Metal
82 / 100 Surprise of the month
Van Canto - Break the Silence
Napalm Records
A Capello Power Metal
82 / 100
Mordbrand - Necropsychotic
Deathgasm Records
Death Metal
73 / 100
Lord Vicar - Funeral Circle - Split
Eyes Like Snow
Funeral and NWOBHM influenced Doom
90(LV),nq(FC) / 100
Untimely Demise - City of Steel
Sonic Unyon Music
Thrash
74 / 100
Anubis Gate - Anubis Gate
Nightmare Records
Progressive Metal
78 / 100
Myrath - Tales of the Sands
Nightmare Records
Progressive Metal
87 / 100 Surprise of the month
An Autumn For Crippled Children - Everything
ATMF
Atmospheric Black Metal
86 / 100
Bulldozer - Unexpected Fate
Scarlet Records
Thrash
85 / 100
Bones - Bones
Planet Metal
Crusty Death Metal
74 / 100
Einvera - In Your Image
Self released
Avantgarde Blackened Thrash
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Sinister Realm - The Crystal Eye
Shadow Kingdom Records
Traditional 80s Metal/Epic Melodic Doom
85 / 100
By Blood Alone - Thunderbirds
Jericho Hill Records
Gothic Progressive Thrash
78 / 100
Lake of Tears - Illwill
AFM Records
Various Modern Metal and Gothic Rock
69 / 100
Draconian - A Rose for the Apocalypse
Napalm Records
Gothic Doom Metal
86 / 100
Katana - Heads Will Roll
Listenable Records
Traditional 80s Metal
78 / 100
Hekate - Die Welt Der Dunklen Garten
Auerbach Tonträger
Darkwave/Neofolk
78 / 100
Bong - Beyond Ancient Space
Ritual Productions
Drone Sludge
77 / 100
Benedictum - Dominion
Frontiers Records
Heavy Metal
72 / 100
Argus - Boldly Stride the Doomed
Cruz Del Sur Music
Traditional Doom/Power Metal
85 / 100
Mortualia - Mortualia
Moribund Cult
Depressive Black Metal
74 / 100
Finnrs Cane - Wanderlust
Prophecy
Postblack/atmospheric postrock
74 / 100
Twisted Tower Dire - Make It Dark
Cruz Del Sur Music
Traditional 80s Metal
79 / 100
Arkona - Stenka na Stenku
Napalm Records
Pagan/Folk Metal
no quote
Gamma Ray - Skeletons and Majesties
Armoury Records
Power Metal
no quote
Hyperborean - The Spirit of Warfare
Abyss Records
Melodic Black/Death Metal
73 / 100
Týr - The Lay of Thrym
Napalm Records
Viking Metal
95 / 100 Album of the month
Bodyfarm - Bodyfarm
Abyss Records
Death Metal
75 / 100
Sons of Seasons - Magnisphyricon
Napalm Records
Dark Power Metal
77 / 100
Condenados - A Painful Journey Into Nihil
Shadow Kingdom Records
Traditional Doom
74 / 100
Aerial Ruin - Valleys of the Earth
Vendlus
Acoustic Rock
73 / 100
Dodsferd - Spitting with Hatred, the Insignificance of Life
Moribund Cult
Black Metal
77 / 100
Heretoir - Heretoir
Northern Silence Productions
Ambient Black Metal/Post-Rock
68 / 100
Heavenwood - Abyss Masterpiece
Listenable Records
Gothic Metal
78 / 100
Woods of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason
Northern Silence Productions
Melodic Black Metal
80 / 100 Surprise of the month
Kampfar - Mare
Napalm Records
Black Metal
85 / 100
Whispers of Fate - Embrace My Winter
Self-Financed
Symphonic Gothic Metal
45 / 100
Katra - Out of the Ashes
Napalm Records
Finnish Gothic Metal
60 / 100
Necronoclast - Ashes
Moribund Cult
Black Metal
70 / 100
Soror Dolorosa - Blind Scenes
Beneath Grey Skies
Gothic Rock
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Evergrey - Glorious Collision
Steamhammer/SPV
Dark Metal
80 / 100
Apostate - Trapped in a Sleep
Black Art
Deathdoom
77 / 100
Stigma - The Undertaker
Pivotal Rockordings
Melodic Death/Metalcore
no quote
Antimatter - Alternative Matter
Prophecy
Electronica and Electroacoustic Rock
73 / 100
Jag Panzer - Scourge of the Light
Steamhammer/SPV
Power Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Quicksand Dream - Aelin - A Story About Destiny
Planet Metal
Epic Heavy Metal
78 / 100 Surprise of the month
Khors - Return to Abandoned
Paragon Records
Melodic Black/Death Metal
94 / 100 Album of the year
DarkBlack - Midnight Wraith
Stormspell Records
Heavy Metal
70 / 100
Slough Feg - The Animal Spirits
Profound Lore Records
Heavy Metal
88 / 100
Vitsaus - Sielunmessu
Hammer Of Hate
Black Metal
75 / 100
Astrophobos - Arcane Secrets
Self released
Melodic Black/Death Metal
no quote
Kataklysm - Heavens Venom
Nuclear Blast
Death Metal/Deathcore
85 / 100
The Order of Apollyon - The Flesh
Listenable Records
Death/Black Metal
73 / 100
Forteresse - Par Hauts Bois et Vastes Plaines
Sepulchral Productions
Ambient Black Metal
76 / 100
Weapon - From the Devils Tomb
Ajna Offensive
Death/Black Metal
80 / 100
Torture Division - Evighetens Darar
Abyss Records
Death Metal
78 / 100
Valoton - Beastificate
Hammer Of Hate
Death/Black Metal
91 / 100 Album of the month
Unlight - Sulphurblooded
Massacre Records
Black Metal
61 / 100
Bethroned - U Razljama Zla
Self-released
Black Metal
77 / 100
Darkseed - Poison Awaits
Massacre Records
Gothic Metal
74 / 100
Evangelivm - Nightside of Eden
Hammer Of Hate
Ritualistic Black Metal
82 / 100 Surprise of the month
Anguished - Cold
Hammer Of Hate
Black Metal
74 / 100
Crisis - Armed to the Teeth / Kick It Out
Shadow Kingdom Records
Traditional Metal
78 / 100
Jumalhamara - Resignaatio
Ahdistuksen Aihio Productions
Experimental Black Metal
75 / 100
Satanic Warmaster - Nachzehrer
Northern Heritage
Black Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Unsun - Clinic for Dolls
Armoury Records
Gothic Metal
68 / 100
Gallowbraid - Ashen Eidolon
Northern Silence Productions
Ambient Black/Folk Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Angantyr - Svig
Northern Silence Productions
Melodic Northern Black Metal
85 / 100
Hour of 13 - The Ritualist
Eyes Like Snow
70s Doom Metal
65 / 100
Malhkebre - Prostration
Ahdistuksen Aihio Productions
Black Metal
80 / 100
Algaion - Exthros
Pulverised Records
Atmospheric-Techno Black Metal
80 / 100
Adversarial - All Idols Fall Before the Hammer
Dark Descent Records
Death Metal
35 / 100
Christian Mistress - Agony & Opium
20BuckSpin
Heavy Metal
82 / 100 Surprise of the month
Hell Militia - Last Station on the Road to Death
Debemur Morti Productions
Black Metal
63 / 100
Valdur - Raven God Amongst Us
Bloody Mountain Records
Black Metal
83 / 100
Liv Kristine - Skintight
Napalm Records
Soft Rock
71 / 100
Wheel - Wheel
Eyes Like Snow
Melodic Doom Metal
88 / 100 Surprise of the month
Riotgod - Riotgod
Metalville
70s Hard Rock with Grunge and Southern leanings
65 / 100
Tenebrae in Perpetuum-Krohm - Split
Debemur Morti Productions
Black Metal
70/100TiP;85/100K
Shadowgarden - Ashen
Napalm Records
Gothic Rock/Metal
81 / 100 Surprise of the month
Zuul - Out of Time
Planet Metal
Traditional Heavy Metal
79 / 100 Surprise of the month
October Falls - A Collapse of Faith
Debemur Morti Productions
Melancholic Black Metal
83 / 100
Adorned Brood - Noor
Black Bards Entertainment
Blackened Folk Power Metal
71 / 100
Capilla Ardiente - Solve et Coagula
Eyes Like Snow
Classic Epic Doom Metal
80 / 100
Arcanum Sanctum - Fidus Achates
More Hate Productions
Melodic Death/Thrash
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Lustre - A Glimpse of Glory
De Tenebrarum Principio
Ambient Black Metal/Post-Rock
65 / 100
Windfaerer - Glorybound
Self released
Blackened Pagan/Folk
no quote
Armagedda - I Am
Nordvis Produktion
Black Metal
no quote
Heretic Soul - Born into This Plague
Rotting Corpse Records
Deathcore
74 / 100
Godless Rising - Trumpet of Triumph
Moribund Cult
Death/Thrash/Traditional Metal
83 / 100 Surprise of the month
Chaossworn - Chalice of Black Flames
Abyss Records
Melodic Black Metal
no quote
Demonic Resurrection - The Return to Darkness
Candlelight Records
Melodic Progressive Black Metal
76 / 100
Yearning - Plaintive Scenes
Holy Records
Doom/Gothic Metal with lots of Experimentation
71 / 100 Archive review
Yearning - Frore Meadow
Holy Records
Gothic Metal with lots of Experimentation
78 / 100 Archive review
Noctiferia - Death Culture
Listenable Records
Industrial Black Metal
61 / 100
Kruger - For Death, Glory and the End of the World
Listenable Records
Sludge / Post-Hardcore
83 / 100 Surprise of the month
The Body - All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood
At A Loss Recordings
Experimenal Atmospheric Sludge
70 / 100
Lifeless - Beyond the Threshold of Death
Ibex Moon Records
Death Metal
74 / 100
Sorgeldom - Inner Receivings
Nordvis Produktion
Blackened Thrash / Shoegaze
83 / 100 Surprise of the month
Eclectika - Dazzling Down
Asylum Ruins
Atmospheric Black Metal and so much more
72 / 100
Demontage - The Principal Extinction
Shadow Kingdom Records
Blackened Heavy Metal/Thrash
77 / 100 Surprise of the month
I Shalt Become - Poison
Moribund Cult
Symphonic Black Metal
82 / 100
Triumfall - Antithesis of All Flesh
Forces of Satan Records
Melodic Symphonic Black Metal
77 / 100 Surprise of the month
Skyforger - Kurbads
Metal Blade
Pagan Folk Metal
80 / 100
Grave - Burial Ground
Regain Records
Death Metal
74 / 100
Svartsot - Mulmets Viser
Napalm Records
Folk/Viking metal
72 / 100
The Royal Arch Blaspheme - The Royal Arch Blaspheme
Hells Headbangers
Black/Thrash/Death Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Serpents Knight - Silent Knight … Of Myth and Destiny
Shadow Kingdom Records
Occult NWOBHM
no quote
Ereb Altor - The End
Napalm Records
Epic Viking Metal
80 / 100
Dawn of Demise - A Force Unstoppable
Deepsend Records
Death Metal
70 / 100
Year of No Light - Ausserwelt
Conspiracy Records
Post-Rock, Instrumental Funeral Doom
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Celestia - Archaenae Perfectii
Apparitia Recordings
Romantic Black Metal
78 / 100
Dodsferd - Mortovatis - Until Your World Go Down
Moribund Cult
Black Metal/Blackened Industrialized Dron
nq(D),30 / 100(M)
Griftegard - Solemn, Sacred, Severe
Van Records
Doom Metal
78 / 100
OverMaster - Madness of War
Cruz Del Sur Music
Melodic Power Metal
78 / 100
Bleeding Fist - Macabrum Bestia Ex Abyssus
Moribund Cult
Blackened Thrash
72 / 100
The Devils Blood - The Time of No Time Evermore
Van Records
Psychedelic Satanic Rock
88 / 100
Nechochwen - Azimuths to the Otherworld
Bindrune Recordings
Dark Folk Ambient
90 / 100 Album of the month
Burden - Man of No Account
Van Records
Doom/Stoner Rock
no quote
Stigma - Concerto for the Undead
Pivotal Rockordings
Melodic Death Metal/Deathcore
76 / 100
Heidevolk - Uit Oude Grond
Napalm Records
Folk/Viking metal
78 / 100
Ragnarok - Collectors of the King
Regain Records
Black Metal
72 / 100
Wolfbane - Wolfbane
Shadow Kingdom Records
NWOBHM
72 / 100
Sectioned - Purulent Reality
Paragon Records
Death Metal
68 / 100
Les Discrets - Septembre et Ses Dernières Pensées
Prophecy
Post-Black Atmospheric Shoegaze
88 / 100 Surprise of the month
Hunters Moon - The Serpents Lust
Hells Headbangers
Proto Epic Black Metal
74 / 100
Die Among Heroes - Die Among Heroes
Self-released
Metalcore
68 / 100
Armour - Armour
Hells Headbangers
Retro 80s Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Divine Eve - Vengeful and Obstinate
Ibex Moon Records
Doomdeath
no quote
Avsky - Scorn
Moribund Cult
Black Metal
80 / 100
Mortemia - Misere Mortem
Napalm Records
Gothic Metal
85 / 100
Aldaaron - Nous Reviendrons Immortels
Paragon Records
Black Metal
82 / 100 Surprise of the month
Van Canto - Tribe of Force
Napalm Records
A Capello Power Metal
82 / 100
Manimal - The Darkest Room
AFM Records
Melodic Heavy Metal
77 / 100 Surprise of the month
Troll - Neo-Satanic Supremacy
Napalm Records
Atmospheric Black Metal
76 / 100
Rotting Christ - Aealo
Season Of Mist
Dark Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Manegarm - Nattvasen
Regain Records
Viking Pagan Metal
85 / 100
Battlefields - Thresholds of Imbalance
Translation Loss Records
Atmospheric Sludge/Post-Rock
62 / 100
Dark Funeral - Angelus Exuro pro Eternus
Regain Records
Black Metal
81 / 100
Marionette - Enemies
Listenable Records
Melodic Death Metal
72 / 100
Sybreed - The Pulse of Awakening
Listenable Records
Industrial Modern Metal
68 / 100
Fatalist - The Depths of Inhumanity
Ibex Moon Records
Stockholm-style Death Metal
74 / 100
Rituals of the Oak - Hour of Judgement
Eyes Like Snow
Traditional Epic Doom Metal
78 / 100 Surprise of the month
Dark Tranquillity - Where Death Is Most Alive (DVD)
Century Media
Melodic Death Metal
no quote Major event
Brown Jenkins - Death Obsession
Moribund Cult
Black Metal
no quote
Theatre Of Tragedy - Forever is the World
AFM Records
Gothic Rock/Metal
79 / 100 Major event
Faust - From Glory to Infinity
Paragon Records
Technical Death Metal
72 / 100
Raise the Red Lantern - Raise the Red Lantern
At A Loss Recordings
Heavy Stoner Rock with Progressive Elements
77 / 100 Surprise of the month
Vetus Obscurum - Blood Revelations
Debemur Morti Productions
Black Metal
no quote
Swallow The Sun - New Moon
Spinefarm Records
Melodic Doomdeath
83 / 100
Satan`s Host - Power - Purity - Perfection ... 999
Moribund Cult
Extreme Metal Amalgam
81 / 100
The Few Against Many - Sot
Pulverised Records
Epic Death Metal
75 / 100
Nocturnal Fear - Metal of Honor
Moribund Cult
Thrash
82 / 100 Surprise of the month
While Heaven Wept - Vast Oceans Lachrymose
Cruz Del Sur Music
Progressive Epic Doom
89 / 100
Dodsferd - Suicide and the Rest of Your Kind Will Follow
Moribund Cult
Black Metal
80 / 100
The Cleansing - Poisoned Legacy
Deepsend Records
Death Metal
60 / 100
Genocide - Black Sanctuary
Shadow Kingdom Records
Occult NWOBHM
69 / 100
Count Raven - Mammons War
I Hate Records
Doom Metal
86 / 100 Surprise of the month
Augrimmer - From the Lone Winters Cold
Northern Silence Productions
Black Metal
81 / 100
Gorgoroth - Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt
Regain Records
Black Metal
93 / 100 Major event
Sanctification - Black Reign
Pulverised Records
Death Metal
75 / 100
Harvestman - In A Dark Tongue
Neurot Recordings
Ambient Drone
72 / 100
The Sign of the Southern Cross - ... Of Mountains and Moonshine
Season Of Mist
Southern Metal
76 / 100
Dawn of Winter - The Peaceful Dead
Shadow Kingdom Records
Traditional Doom Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Antagony - Days of Night
Deepsend Records
Brutal/Melodic Death Metal/Hardcore
78 / 100 Surprise of the month
Undivine - Into Dust
Northern Silence Productions
Melodic Black/Death Metal
79 / 100 Surprise of the month
Fool`s Game - Reality Divine
Cruz Del Sur Music
Power Metal with Progressive Hints
89 / 100
Dawn of Demise - Lacerated
Deepsend Records
Death Metal
no quote
Wodensthrone - Loss
Bindrune Recordings
Atmospheric Black Metal
92 / 100 Surprise of the month
Argus - Argus
Shadow Kingdom Records
Epic Doom Metal
82 / 100 Surprise of the month
Malfeitor - Incubus
Agonia Records
Black Metal
70 / 100
De Magia Veterum - Migdal Bavel
Transcendental Creations
Avant-garde Black Metal
78 / 100
Altar of Oblivion - Sinews of Anguish
Shadow Kingdom Records
Doomy Traditional Metal
76 / 100 Surprise of the month
Vore - Lord of Storms, Dead Kings Eyes
Frozen Solid Music
Death Metal
80 / 100
Merauder - God Is I
Regain Records
Deathcore
68 / 100
Isen Torr - Mighty & Superior
Shadow Kingdom Records
Epic Heavy Metal
no quote Archive review
Ektomorf - What Does Not Kill Me ...
AFM Records
Nu-Metal
20 / 100 Crap of the month
Magica - Wolves & Witches
AFM Records
Power Metal
71 / 100
Horisont - Tva Sidor av Horisonten
Crusher Records
70s Heavy Blues/Rock/Metal
86 / 100 Surprise of the month
Dark Celebration - Phlegeton: The Transcendence of Demon Lords
Paragon Records
Blackened Death Metal
70 / 100
Bone Gnawer - Feast of Flesh
Pulverised Records
Gory Death Metal
72 / 100
Nahemah - A New Constellation
Lifeforce Records
Progressive Atmospheric Death Metal
64 / 100
Thy Catafalque - Róka Hasa Rádió
Epidemie Records
Avant-garde Metal
91 / 100 Album of the month
Gulch - Uphill Both Ways
Self released
Groove Rock
69 / 100
Delain - April Rain
Sensory Records
Gothic Pop Metal
60 / 100
Lightning Swords of Death - Valdur - Split
Cult War Records
Blackened Thrash /Melodic Black Metal
82(LSoD),78(V) / 100 Surprise of the month
Elvenking - Two Tragedy Poets (... and a Caravan of Weird Figures)
AFM Records
Folk Metal
80 / 100
Persona Non Grata - Shade in the Light
Sensory Records
Progressive Melodic Metal
76 / 100
Fission - Pain Parade
Aphotic Records
Melodic Progressive Thrash
75 / 100
Unanimated - Ancient God of Evil
Regain Records
Melodic Black/Death Metal
86 / 100 Archive review
Endstille - Verfuhrer
Regain Records
Brutal Black Metal
78 / 100
Blood Tsunami - Grand Feast for Vultures
Candlelight Records
Thrash/Death Metal
77 / 100
Necrophobic - Death to All
Regain Records
Black/Death Metal
75 / 100
Stridsmenn - Stridsmenn
Northern Silence Productions
Black Metal
76 / 100
HOD - Serpent
Ibex Moon Records
Black/Death Metal
70 / 100
Dark Castle - Spirited Migration
At A Loss Recordings
Atmospheric Doom/Sludge
84 / 100 Surprise of the month
Guillotine - Blood Money
Pulverised Records
Thrash Metal
77 / 100
Hellveto - Neoheresy
Pulverised Records
Pagan Orchestral Black Metal
83 / 100
Black Sabbath - Cross Purposes
I.R.S.
Atmospheric Heavy Metal
72 / 100 Archive review
Black Sabbath - Tyr
I.R.S.
Bluesy Epic Power Metal
66 / 100 Archive review
Alghazanth - Wreath of Thevetat
Woodcut Records
Melodic Black Metal
91 / 100 Album of the month
Unanimated - In the Light of Darkness
Regain Records
Melodic Death (truly) Metal
86 / 100 Surprise of the month
Misery - Fifteen Years of Aggression
Self released
Deathcore
63 / 100
Arise - The Reckoning
Regain Records
Melodic Death Metal
78 / 100
Suidakra - Crogacht
SPV/Wacken Records
Celtic flavored Melodic Death Metal
80 / 100
Ensoph - Rex Mundi X-IIe
Cruz Del Sur Music
Industrial Gothic Metal
69 / 100
Cold Northern Vengeance - Domination and Servitude
Bindrune Recordings
Multiple Styles all underpinned by the Dark Art
77 / 100
Editorial - Care to Show Your Support for Metal Reviews?
Metal Reviews
Leprous - Tall Poppy Syndrome
Sensory Records
Progressive Metal
83 / 100 Surprise of the month
Crown the Lost - Blind Faith Loyalty
Cruz Del Sur Music
Progressive Melodic Thrash
85 / 100
Editorial - The End of Metal Maniacs (??!!) and Metal Media as We Know It
Metal Reviews
Leif Edling - Songs of Torment, Songs of Joy
Candlelight Records
Doom Metal
83 / 100
Ofermod - Tiamtu
Ajna Offensive
Black Metal
65 / 100
Kampfar - Heimgang
Napalm Records
Pagan Black Metal
85 / 100
Gnaw - This Face
Conspiracy Records
Noise Doom Drone
65 / 100
October Falls - The Streams of the End
Debemur Morti Productions
Melancholic Black Metal
no quote
Thyrfing - Hels Vite
Regain Records
Epic Blackened Metal
79 / 100
Dark Forest - Dark Forest
Eyes Like Snow
Heavy Metal/NWOBHM
75 / 100 Surprise of the month
Khors - Mysticism
Paragon Records
Atmospheric Black Metal
91 / 100 Album of the month
Anael - From Arcane Fires
Paragon Records
Occult Black Metal
66 / 100
Haggard - Tales of Ithiria
Drakkar
Symphonic Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Augrimmer - Autumnal Heavens
Northern Silence Productions
Atmospheric Black Metal
no quote
No Remorse No Retreat - To Glory We Ride
Iron Age Records
Heavy Metal
58 / 100
Kreator - Hordes of Chaos
SPV
Melodic Thrash
85 / 100 Major event
Eighteen Wheels Burning - Tweakd Out, Strung Up and Redlined
Meteor City
Stoner Rock
69 / 100
Banished from Inferno - Banished from Inferno
Ibex Moon Records
Death Metal
no quote
Grave - Dominion VIII
Regain Records
Death Metal
78 / 100
Dreaming Dead - Within One
Ibex Moon Records
Death Thrash Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Mouth of the Architect - Quietly
Translation Loss Records
Atmospheric Sludge
73 / 100
Elffor - From the Throne of Hate
Northern Silence Productions
Medieval Black Metal
78 / 100
Ritual - Widow - Valley of the Kings
Shadow Kingdom Records
NWOBHM
67(W),73(V) / 100
Nefastus Dies - Urban Cancer
Siege Of Amida
Blackened Technical Deathcore
86 / 100 Surprise of the month
Grayceon - This Grand Show
Vendlus
Avantgarde Progressive Rock
90 / 100 Album of the month
Bible of the Devil - Freedom Metal
Cruz Del Sur Music
70s Heavy Metal
79 / 100
Kerbenok - O
Northern Silence Productions
Pagan Black Metal
83 / 100 Surprise of the month
Abigail Williams - In the Shadow of a Thousand Suns
Candlelight Records
Melodic Black Metal
76 / 100
Brave - Monuments
Self released
Progressive Rock/Metal
80 / 100 Surprise of the month
Grima Morstua - Illustratio per Horribilem Obscuritatem
Drakkar
Black Metal
67 / 100
Apostle of Solitude - Sincerest Misery
Eyes Like Snow
Traditional Doom Metal
82 / 100 Surprise of the month
Wastelander - Wardrive
Planet Metal
Blackened Thrash Metal/Crust Punk
76 / 100
The Wandering Midget - The Serpent Coven
Eyes Like Snow
Traditional Doom Metal
80 / 100
Maelstrom - It Was Predestined
Perfect Storm Recordings
Epic Cinematic Metal
no quote Surprise of the month
Snatch Club - True Kids Superbrawl
Bastardized Recordings
Brutal Deathcore
52 / 100
Pussygutt - She Hid Behind Her Veil ...
20BuckSpin
Funeral Drone
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Xystus - Equilibrio
Sensory Records
Symphonic Musical with Metal Elements
83 / 100 Surprise of the month
Blackwinds - Flesh Inferno
Regain Records
Black Metal
35 / 100
Mar de Grises - Draining the Waterheart
Firebox Records
Atmospheric Doom/Post-Rock
79 / 100
Funereal Moon - Satans Beauty Obscenity
Autopsy Kitchen Records
Occult Black Metal
65 / 100
Ironsword - Overlords of Chaos
Shadow Kingdom Records
Heavy Metal
80 / 100 Surprise of the month
Elenium - Caught in a Wheel
Kampas Records
Progressive Death Metal
71 / 100
Lord Belial - The Black Curse
Regain Records
Melodic Black Metal
82 / 100
Darkestrah - The Great Silk Road
Paragon Records
Epic Black Metal
88 / 100
Mourning Beloveth - A Disease for the Ages
Prophecy
Doomdeath
86 / 100
Evergrey - Torn
SPV
Dark Progressive Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Master - Slaves to Society
Ibex Moon Records
Death Metal
80 / 100
Head On Collision - Ritual Sacrifice
Beer City Records
Thrash Metal
65 / 100
Jennie Teblers Out of Oblivion - Till Death Tear Us Part
Black Mark
Gothic Rock/Metal
69 / 100
Metal Church - This Present Wasteland
SPV
Heavy Metal
85 / 100 Major event
Brocken Moon - Das Marchen Vom Schnee
Northern Silence Productions
Black Metal
78 / 100 Surprise of the month
Lahmia - Forget Every Sunrise
Self-released
Melodic Death Metal
78 / 100 Surprise of the month
Klabautamann - Our Journey Through the Woods
Vendlus
Melodic Black Metal with Folk overtones
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Asva - What You Dont Know is Frontier
Southern Records
Drone/Doom
75 / 100
Draconian - Turning Season Within
Napalm Records
Melodic Deathdoom
93 / 100 Album of the month
Nation Beyond - The Aftermath Odyssey
Sensory Records
Progressive Power Metal
78 / 100
Dagon - In Desolationem Per Nefandum
Fire of Fire
Ritualistic Black Metal
80 / 100 Surprise of the month
Abysmal Dawn - Programmed to Consume
Relapse Records
Death Metal
74 / 100
Wolves of Hate - Battle Hymns and War Songs
Iron Age Records
Viking/Death Metal
65 / 100
Ensepulchred - Suicide in Winters Moonlight
Autopsy Kitchen Records
Keyboard driven Black Metal
63 / 100
Dead Man - Euphoria
Meteor City
Stoner Psychedelic Rock
78 / 100 Surprise of the month
Dantesco - Pagano
Cruz Del Sur Music
Epic Power Doom Metal
65 / 100
Machinery - The Passing
Regain Records
Modern Melodic Groovy Death/Thrash
76 / 100
Týr - Land
Napalm Records
Folk Metal
82 / 100
Morker - Hostmakter
Northern Silence Productions
Black Metal
80 / 100 Surprise of the month
Copremesis - Muay Thai Ladyboys
Paragon Records
Brutal Technical Deathgrind
30 / 100
Mustasch - Latest Version of the Truth
Regain Records
Groovy Stoner Rock
78 / 100
Nefarium - Haeritichristus
Agonia Records
Black Metal
67 / 100
Battleroar - To Death and Beyond ...
Cruz Del Sur Music
Epic Traditional Metal
78 / 100
Coffins - Buried Death
20BuckSpin
Deathdoom
75 / 100
Daylight Dies - Lost to the Living
Candlelight
Melodic Doomdeath
88 / 100
Unleashed - Hammer Battalion
SPV
Death Metal
89 / 100
The Man from the Moon - Rocket Attack
Black Mark
Soft Rock
49 / 100
Darkest Era - The Journey Through Damnation
Eyes Like Snow
Celtic Metal
87 / 100 Surprise of the month
V:28 - VioLution
Vendlus
Industrial Post-Black
81 / 100
Distorted - Voices from Within
Candlelight
Gothic Metal
80 / 100 Surprise of the month
K[nine] - Dead Worlds Poetry
Self released
Metalcore
65 / 100
Elffor - Son of the Shades
Northern Silence Productions
Dark Ambient with hints of Black Metal
73 / 100
Korpiklaani - Korven Kuningas
Nuclear Blast
Folk Metal
80 / 100
Dawn of Demise - Hate Takes Its Form
Deepsend Records
Death Metal
84 / 100 Surprise of the month
Nadja - Skin Turns to Glass
The End Records
Ambient Drone
78 / 100
Pharaoh - Be Gone
Cruz Del Sur Music
Traditional Heavy Metal
88 / 100
Verdunkeln - Einblick in Den Qualenfall
Van Records
Psychedelic Black Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Kerbenok - Der Erde Entwachsen (Gewollte Wunden)
Northern Silence Productions
Ambient Black Metal
63 / 100
Celestia - Frigidiis ApotheosiA: AbstinenciA GenesiiS
Paragon Records
Melancholic Black Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Kingfisher Sky - Hallway of Dreams
The Laser's Edge
Progressive Rock/Metal
81 / 100
Insurrect - Fucking Infinity
2012 Records
Melodic Death/Thrash Punk
71 / 100
Engel - Absolute Design
SPV
Modern Metal with various influences
65 / 100
Astrayed - Dethtime Stories
Self released
Melodic Death Metal
no quote
Nifelheim - Envoy of Lucifer
Regain Records
Blackened Thrash Metal
77 / 100
MinstreliX - Memoirs
Self-released
Melodic Speed Metal with Folk and Jazz Moments
83 / 100 Surprise of the month
Martriden - The Unsettling Dark
Siege Of Amida
Blackened Death Metal
83 / 100
Frail Grounds - Corrosion
Self-released
Progressive Melodic Metal
82 / 100 Surprise of the month
Dismember - Dismember
Regain Records
Death Metal
82 / 100
Feu Gregeois - Francorum Regnum Hierolosymorum
Self-released
Epic Extreme Metal
no quote
Knight, Michael - Electric Horrorland
KM Records
Instrumental Guitar Driven Heavy Music
83 / 100
Endstille - Endstilles Reich
Regain Records
Black Metal
75 / 100
Long Distance Calling - Satellite Bay
Viva Hate Records
Instrumental Post-Rock
86 / 100 Surprise of the month
Haive - Mieli Maassa
Northern Silence Productions
Pagan Black Metal
83 / 100 Surprise of the month
Rocket Engine - What is This That Stands Before Me?
Loyal Label
Free jazz cover versions of Black Sabbath songs
no quote
Vader - Lead Us!!
Regain Records
Death Metal
no quote
Exit Strategy - United State of Amnesia
Self-released
Grind/deathcore
83 / 100 Surprise of the month
Belenos - Chemins de Souffrance
Northern Silence Productions
Celtic Black Metal
83 / 100 Surprise of the month
Ignitor - Road of Bones
Cruz Del Sur Music
Traditional 80s Heavy Metal
81 / 100
Amorphis - Silent Waters
Nuclear Blast
Melodic Dark/Death Metal
88 / 100
Virgin Black - Requiem - Fortissimo
The End Records
Funeral Doom
82 / 100
Primordial - To the Nameless Dead
Metal Blade
Pagan Dark/Black Metal
95 / 100 Album of the month
Gorgoroth - Pentagram - Antichrist - Under the Sign of Hell
Regain Records
True Black Metal
no quote Archive review
The Wandering Midget - I Am The Gate
Eyes Like Snow
Stoner Doom
71 / 100
Om - Pilgrimage
Southern Lord
Stoner Drone
75 / 100
Asbestosdeath - Dejection, Unclean
Southern Lord
Crusty Stoner Doom
no quote
By Blood Alone - Seas of Blood
Jericho Hill Records
Progressive Gothic Metal/Rock
77 / 100 Surprise of the month
Souvenirs Young America - An Ocean Without Water
Crucial Blast
Instrumental Post-Rock
75 / 100
Marblebog - Forestheart
Autopsy Kitchen Records
Melancholic Black Metal/Drone
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Torch of War - The Principle of Cosmic Instability
Autopsy Kitchen Records
Scathing Black Metal
25 / 100 Crap of the month
Lost Eden - Cycle Repeats
Candlelight
Modern Thrash/Melodeath
64 / 100
Audiopain - The Switch to Turn Off Mankind
Vendlus
Blackened Thrash Metal
75 / 100
Colosseum - Chapter 1: Delirium
Firebox Records
Funeral Darkwave Atmospheric Doom
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Asrai - Pearls in Dirt
Season Of Mist
Gothic Rock
54 / 100
Naglfar - Vittra
Regain Records
Melodic Black Metal
90 / 100 Archive review
Aetherius Obscuritas - Viziok
Paragon Records
Black Metal
80 / 100 Surprise of the month
Dark the Suns - In Darkness Comes Beauty
Firebox Records
Melodic Dark Gothic Metal
67 / 100
A Tortured Soul - Kiss of the Thorn
Eyes Like Snow
Dark Traditional Heavy Metal
78 / 100 Surprise of the month
Winds - Prominence and Demise
The End Records
Progressive Symphonic Metal
83 / 100
Eclectika - The Last Blue Bird
Asylum Ruins
Black Thrash/Ambient
65 / 100
Vintersorg - Solens Rotter
Napalm Records
Progressive Extreme Metal with Folk Spirit
80 / 100
Hardingrock - Grimen
Nyrenning Forlag
Folk Rock/Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Tangorodrim - Justus Ex Fide Vivit
Southern Lord
Black Metal
65 / 100
Obituary - Xecutioners Return
Candlelight
Death Metal
84 / 100 Major event
Wolves in the Throne Room - Two Hunters
Southern Lord
Epic Atmospheric Black Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
The Foreshadowing - Days of Nothing
Candlelight
Melodic Gothic Doom
80 / 100 Surprise of the month
Widow - Nightlife
Cruz Del Sur Music
Traditional 80s Heavy Metal
80 / 100 Surprise of the month
Alcest - Souvenirs dun Autre Monde
Prophecy
Post-Black/Shoegaze/Atmospheric
85 / 100
Vorkuta - Into the Chasms of Lunacy
Paragon Records
Ambient Black Metal
68 / 100
Sear Bliss - The Arcane Odyssey
Candlelight
Epic Blackened Doom
88 / 100
Autumn Tears - The Hallowing
Dark Symphonies
Postclassical/darkwave
80 / 100
Angantyr - Nasheim - Split
Northern Silence Productions
Black Metal
63(A),95(N)/100
Fen - Ancient Sorrow
Northern Silence Productions
Atmospheric Black Metal
83 / 100 Surprise of the month
Crionics - Neuthrone
Candlelight
Cyber Death Metal
65 / 100
Vreid - I Krig
Indie Recordings
Black'n'Roll with Folk touches
85 / 100
Immolation - Shadows in the Light
Century Media
Death Metal
93 / 100 Album of the month
Valkyrja - The Invocation of Demise
Northern Silence Productions
Brutal Black Metal
70 / 100
Furze - UTD
Candlelight
Occult Black Metal
30 / 100 Crap of the month
Depressed Mode - Ghosts of Devotion
Firebox Records
Funeral Gothic Doom
66 / 100
Watain - Sworn to the Dark
Ajna Offensive
Raw Black Metal
85 / 100
Slough Feg - Hardworlder
Cruz Del Sur Music
Heavy Metal
86 / 100
Moonsorrow - V: Havitetty
Spikefarm Records
Epic Black Metal
80 / 100
Oblomov - Mighty Cosmic Dances
Deepsend Records
Progressive Blackened Metal
74 / 100
Zonaria - Infamy and the Breed
Pivotal Rockordings
Melodic Blackened Death Metal
80 / 100
Terhen - Eyes Unfolded
Firebox Records
Atmospheric Funeral Doom
74 / 100
Lake of Tears - Moons and Mushrooms
Dockyard1
Progressive Gothic Rock
92 / 100 Album of the month
Glorior Belli - Manifesting the Raging Beast
Southern Lord
Black Metal
79 / 100
After Dark - Ghostriding
Self-released
Doom Sludge
no quote
Wyrd-Haive-Kehra - Split
Northern Silence Productions
Melancholic Black Metal
80 / 100
Lord Belial - Revelation
Regain Records
Melodic Black Metal
79 / 100
Finntroll - Ur Jordens Djup
Century Media
Blackened Folk Metal
83 / 100
Myopia - Enter Insectmasterplan
Selfmadegod
Technical Progressive Thrash
70 / 100
Havoc Unit - ... and Oceans - The Sin: Decay - Synaesthesia - The Requiem Reveries
Vendlus
Industrial Post-Black
52 / 100
Octavia Sperati - Grace Submerged
Candlelight
Atmospheric Gothic Doom
79 / 100
Nagelfar - Virus West
Van Records
Black Metal
70 / 100 Archive review
Shining - Halmstad
Osmose Productions
Depressive Black Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Martriden - Martriden
Candlelight
Black/Death Metal
80 / 100 Surprise of the month
Baroness - Unpersons split - A Grey Sigh in a Flower Husk
At A Loss Recordings
Experimental Sludge, Stoner and Thrash
no quote
Blood of the Black Owl - Blood of the Black Owl
Bindrune Recordings
Black Noise/Funeral Doom
65 / 100
Sigh - Hangmans Hymn
The End Records
Symphonic Blackened Thrash
95 / 100 Album of the month
Carnal Forge - Testify for My Victims
Candlelight
Death/Thrash
77 / 100
The Ruins of Beverast - Rain Upon the Impure
Van Records
Black Metal
78 / 100
Lecherous Nocturne - Adoration of the Blade
Deepsend Records
Technical Death Metal
63 / 100
Babylon Mystery Orchestra - The Great Apostasy
Self-released
Gothic Rock
57 / 100
Antiquus - Eleutheria
Cruz Del Sur Music
Epic Power Metal
83 / 100
Virgin Black - Requiem - Mezzo Forte
The End Records
Gothic Metal
84 / 100
Blood Tsunami - Thrash Metal
Candlelight
Thrash Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Swallow The Sun - Hope
Spinefarm Records
Melodic Doomdeath
91 / 100 Album of the month
Throne of Katarsis - An Eternal Dark Horizon
Candlelight
Pure Black Metal
56 / 100
Gire - Gire
Firebox Records
Avant-garde metal
92 / 100 Album of the month
Across Tundras - Dark Songs of the Prairie
Crucial Blast
Post-hardcore, post-rock
75 / 100
Kermania - Ahnenwerk
Van Records
Epic Black Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Obscurus Advocam - Verbia Daemonicus
Battle Kommand Records
Black Metal
76 / 100 Surprise of the month
Laethora - March of the Parasite
The End Records
Death Metal
83 / 100 Surprise of the month
Bible of the Devil - The Diabolic Procession
Cruz Del Sur Music
NWOBHM
73 / 100
Skyforger - Perkonkalve
Folter Records
Pagan Metal
89 / 100 Archive review
Aeveron - The Ancient Realm
Castamere Records
Battle Metal
80 / 100 Surprise of the month
Grayceon - Grayceon
Vendlus
Avantgarde Progressive Rock
90 / 100 Album of the month
Fear of Eternity - Spirit of Sorrow
Moribund Cult
Atmospheric Black Metal
30 / 100 Crap of the month
David Galas - The Cataclysm
Vendlus
Neo-Gothic Ambient Rock/Darkwave
72 / 100
Amesoeurs - Ruines Humaines
Northern Silence Productions
Modern Gothic Black Metal
no quote Surprise of the month
Draugsang - Seil Pa Skyggans Hav
Northern Silence Productions
Melancholic Black Metal
no quote Surprise of the month
Wuthering Heights - The Shadow Cabinet
Sensory Records
Power Metal with strong Progressive and Folk overtones
84 / 100
Skyforger - Semigalls Warchant
Folter Records
Pagan Black Metal
63 / 100 Archive review
Novembers Doom - The Novella Reservoir
The End Records
Atmospheric Death Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
The Autumn Project - A Burning Light
Deepsend Records
Post-Rock
78 / 100 Surprise of the month
Abigail Williams - Legend
Candlelight
Melodic blackened Norse' and hardcore
74 / 100
Crown the Lost - Reverence Dies Within
Self-released
Technical thrash with elements of melodic death metal and hardcore
76 / 100 Surprise of the month
Incarnadine - Demo 2006
Self-released
Dark Power Metal
no quote
God Dethroned - The Toxic Touch
Metal Blade
Melodic Death Metal
80 / 100
Dawnbringer - In Sickness and In Dreams
Battle Kommand Records
Thrash/NWOBHM/black protometal
87 / 100 Surprise of the month
Handful of Hate - Gruesome Splendour
Cruz Del Sur Music
Brutal Black Metal
35 / 100
Hypnosis - Seeds of Fate
Bent Records
Cyber Death Metal
70 / 100
Týr - Ragnarok
Napalm Records
Progressive Epic Metal
85 / 100
Heresi - Psalm II - Infusco Ignis
Hydra Head
Black Metal
79 / 100
Swallow The Sun - Ghosts of Loss
Firebox Records
Atmospheric Funeral Doom
83 / 100
Profundi - The Omega Rising
Profound Lore Records
Black Metal
91 / 100 Album of the month
Blinded Colony - Bedtime Prayers
Pivotal Rockordings
Metalcore
69 / 100
Asunder - Works Will Come Undone
Profound Lore Records
Funeral doom / Ambient Drone
77 / 100 Surprise of the month
Sahg - Sahg I
Candlelight
Stoner/doom metal
82 / 100 Surprise of the month
Stoned Hill - Arising of Utter Darkness
Self-released
Blackened Thrash
81 / 100 Surprise of the month
Etherkall - Demo 2006
Self-released
Symphonic Metal
no quote
My Dying Bride - A Line of Deathless Kings
Peaceville Records
Doom Metal
80 / 100 Major event
Stolen Babies - There Be Squabbles Ahead
The End Records
Theatrical Punk/Rock/Heavy Music
77 / 100 Surprise of the month
Blut Aus Nord - MoRT
Candlelight
Post-Black Avantgarde
50 / 100
Odes of Ecstasy - Odes of Ecstasy
Self-released
Modern Death Metal
no quote
Lupara - Lupara
Crash Music
Death Metal
30 / 100 Crap of the month
Abysmal Dawn - From Ashes
Crash Music
Death Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
To-Mera - Transcendental
Candlelight
Progressive Gothic Metal
68 / 100
Sodom - Sodom
SPV
Thrash
81 / 100
Dimentianon - Promo 2005
Paragon Records
Black Death Doom Metal
no quote
Unleashed - Midvinterblot
SPV
Death Metal
87 / 100
Black Crucifixion - Faustian Dream
Paragon Records
Dark Metal
80 / 100
The Ruins of Beverast - Unlock the Shrine
Battle Kommand Records
Underground Black Metal
74 / 100
Rhapsody of Fire - Triumph or Agony
SPV
Symphonic Epic Music
70 / 100
Kampfar - Kvass
Napalm Records
Black Metal
82 / 100
Insomnium - Above the Weeping World
Candlelight
Melodic Death Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Spi-Ritual - Pulse
Sensory Records
Ethnic flavored Gothic Metal
80 / 100 Surprise of the month
Hammers of Misfortune - The Locust Years
Cruz Del Sur Music
Progressive Symphonic NWOBHM
92 / 100 Album of the month
Degree Absolute - Degree Absolute
Sensory Records
Progressive Metal
65 / 100
Vader - Impressions in Blood
Regain Records
Death Metal
87 / 100 Major event
Skyforger - Kauja Pie Saules
Paragon Records
Pagan Black Metal
79 / 100 Surprise of the month
Lair of the Minotaur - The Ultimate Destroyer
Southern Lord
Heavy Doom Rock/Thrash
77 / 100
Gorgoroth - Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam
Regain Records
Black Metal
88 / 100
Seizure Crypt - Seizure Crypt
Self-released
Some kind of 'core
20 / 100 Crap of the month
Estradasphere - Palace of Mirrors
The End Records
Instrumental Avantgarde Rock
79 / 100 Surprise of the month
Sapthuran - Leviathan - Split
Battle Kommand Records
Black Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Tenebre - Hearts Blood
Regain Records
Gothic Rock
72 / 100
Summoning - Oath Bound
Napalm Records
Epic Blackened Metal
85 / 100
Evergrey - Monday Morning Apocalypse
InsideOut Music
Modern Dark Metal
80 / 100
Setherial - Death Triumphant
Regain Records
Black Metal
60 / 100
Day Without Dawn - Day Without Dawn
Self-released
Progressive Hardcore/Art-Rock
no quote Surprise of the month
Wolverine - Still
Candlelight
Dark Progressive Rock
83 / 100
Necrophobic - Hrimthursum
Regain Records
Blackened Death Metal
87 / 100
Pharaoh - The Longest Night
Cruz Del Sur Music
Classic Heavy Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Fleshgore - May God Strike Me Dead
This Dark Reign Recordings
Brutal Technical Death Metal
71 / 100
Sadus - Out for Blood
Mascot Records
Thrash/technical death metal
85 / 100
Vreid - Pitch Black Brigade
Tabu Recordings
Epic Black/Thrash
85 / 100
Theatre Of Tragedy - Storm
Candlelight
Gothic Rock
68 / 100 Major event
Negative Reaction - Under the Ancient Penalty
This Dark Reign Recordings
Sludge metal/hardcore
30 / 100
Celestiial - Desolate North
Bindrune Recordings
Ambient Doom
75 / 100
SOS - A Guide to Better Living
316 Productions
Heavy Groove Rock
71 / 100
The Green Evening Requiem - Demo 2005
Self released
Atmospheric Death Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Illnatured - We Who Walk Behind the Rows
Self released
Death/Thrash Metal
70 / 100
Bloodflowerz - Dark Love Poems
Silverdust Records
Gothic Rock
67 / 100
Nadja - Bodycage
Profound Lore Records
Ambient Drone
75 / 100 Surprise of the month
Yyrkoon - Unhealthy Opera
Osmose Productions
Death Metal
91 / 100 Album of the month
Arctic Circle - Forcing the Astral
Profound Lore Records
Blackened Thrash
74 / 100
Stallagh - Nihilistik Terrror
Autopsy Kitchen Records
Black Noise
10 / 100
Dissection - Reinkaos
Black Horizon Music
Melodeath
54 / 100 Major event
Keep of Kalessin - Armada
Tabu Recordings
Black Metal
93 / 100 Album of the month
Dagoba - What Hell Is About
Season Of Mist
Industrialized Nu-Thrash
45 / 100
Novembre - Materia
Peaceville Records
Atmospheric Metal
85 / 100
Enslaved - Ruun
Candlelight
Progressive Extreme Metal
86 / 100
Headcontrolsystem - Murder Nature
The End Records
Avantgarde Groove-Rock
71 / 100
Nightmare - The Dominion Gate
Regain Records
Power Metal
68 / 100
Wolves in the Throne Room - Diadem of 12 Stars
Vendlus
Melancholic Black Metal
91 / 100 Album of the month
Thanatos - Undead.Unholy.Divine.
Black Lotus Records
Death Metal
71 / 100 Archive review
Fields of the Nephilim - Mourning Sun
SPV
Gothic Music
82 / 100
Madder Mortem - Desiderata
Peaceville Records
Diverse Avantgarde Metal
82 / 100
Jungle Rot - Darkness Foretold
Crash Music
Death Thrash Metal
no quote
Enforsaken - Sinners Intuition
Crash Music
Melodic Death Metal
81 / 100 Surprise of the month
Trifixion - Burning the Throne
Self-released
Death Black Metal
51 / 100
Place of Skulls - The Black Is Never Far
Exile on Mainstream Records
Doom Metal/Rock
85 / 100
Ava Inferi - Burdens
Season Of Mist
Atmospheric funeral doom/gothic
75 / 100 Surprise of the month
Speeed - Powertrip Pigs
Crash Music
Heavy Metal
51 / 100
Dismember - The God That Never Was
Regain Records
Death Metal
87 / 100 Album of the month
Sepultura - Dante XXI
SPV
Thrashcore
60 / 100
Kataklysm - In the Arms of Devastation
Nuclear Blast
Groovy Death Metal
88 / 100
Vore - Maleficus
Self-released
Death Metal
83 / 100 Surprise of the month
Satariel - Hydra
Regain Records
Melodic Blackened Death
57 / 100
Daylight Dies - Dismantling Devotion
Candlelight
Melodic deathdoom metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Crestfallen - Lose My Mind
Self-released
Melodic death metal
no quote
Torture - Storm Alert
Escapi Music
Thrash
83 / 100 Surprise of the month
Thyrfing - Farsotstider
Regain Records
Viking Metal
76 / 100
Khold - Krek
Tabu Recordings
Stoner Black Metal
65 / 100
Banished - Hail Sejtan
Self-released
Death'n'roll
no quote
Hyperborean - Prey
Self-released
Blackened Extreme Metal
no quote
Nachtmystium - Nachtmystium
Battle Kommand Records
Black Metal
87 / 100
Ritual Carnage - I, Infidel
Osmose Productions
Thrash
45 / 100
Vader - The Art of War
Regain Records
Death Metal
86 / 100
Seven Witches - Amped
Regain Records
Traditional Metal/Hard Rock
66 / 100
Green Carnation - The Acoustic Verses
The End Records
Dark Acoustic Music
94 / 100 Album of the month
Black Crucifixion - The Fallen One of Flames
Paragon Records
Black Metal
no quote
Bolt Thrower - Those Once Loyal
Metal Blade
Death Metal
89 / 100
Bronx Casket Co - Hellectric
Regain Records
Gothic Rock
70 / 100
Stride - Imagine
Sensory Records
Progressive Metal/AOR
80 / 100 Surprise of the month
Order of the Ebon Hand - XV: the Devil
Season Of Mist
Black Metal
58 / 100
Dark Funeral - Attera Totus Sanctus
Regain Records
Black Metal
71 / 100
Draconian - Arcane Rain Fell
Napalm Records
Melodic doomdeath
93 / 100 Album of the month
Pale Divine - Eternity Revealed
Martyr Music Group
American doom metal/stoner
82 / 100 Archive review
Holy Moses - Strength, Power, Will, Passion
Armageddon Records
Thrash
78 / 100 Surprise of the month
Audrey Horne - No Hay Banda
Candlelight
Modern Heavy Rock
59 / 100
Icarus Witch - Capture the Magic
Magick
Classic 80s Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Infliction - The Silencer
Cruz Del Sur Music
Modern Metal
57 / 100
Vile - The New Age of Chaos
Unique Leader Records
Blackened Death Metal
87 / 100
Vanquished - Black Northern Storm
Krankenhaus
Brutal Black Metal
56 / 100
Thy Catafalque - Tuno Ido Tarlat
Self-released
Post-Rock/Electronica with Some Folk and Black Metal Elements
84 / 100 Surprise of the month
Totimoshi - Mysterioso
Crucial Blast
Heavy Stoner Rock
78 / 100 Surprise of the month
A Gruesome Find - Minions Engage
Crash Music
Black Metal
61 / 100
Space Odyssey - The Astral Episode
Regain Records
Progressive Power Metal
78 / 100
1349 - Hellfire
Candlelight
Black Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
A Lower Deep - Trinity
Self released
Dark Progressive Power Metal
75 / 100
Age of Silence - Complications - Trilogy of Intricacy
The End Records
Avantgarde Metal
72 / 100
Asguard - Dreamslave
This Dark Reign Recordings
Blackened metal with melodic death, NWOBHM influences
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Detonation - Portals to Uphobia
Osmose Productions
Melodic Death/Thrash Metal
89 / 100 Surprise of the month
Alcest - Le Secret
Drakkar
Ambient Black Metal
82 / 100
Centinex - World Declension
Candlelight
Old School Swedish Death/Thrash Metal
76 / 100
Manowar - Hell on Earth, Part IV - DVD review
SPV
Heavy Metal
no quote
Charnel Valley - The Dark Archives
Paragon Records
Black Metal
70 / 100
DarkBlack - The Barbarians Hammer
Hot Dog City Record Company
80s Metal
55 / 100
Rigor Sardonicous - Apocalypsis Damnare
Paragon Records
Funeral Doom
30 / 100
Swallow The Sun - The Morning Never Came
Olympic Recordings
Melodic Doom Death
92 / 100 Album of the month
Sheavy - Republic?
Rise Above
Doom and stoner rock of mid 70s, or call it simply Sabbath worship
70 / 100
Sonic Syndicate - Eden Fire
Pivotal Rockordings
Melodeath
75 / 100
V:28 - SoulSaviour
Vendlus
Avantgarde
78 / 100 Surprise of the month
Third Degree - Outstay
Selfmadegod
Grindcore with noise elements
55 / 100
Kult ov Azazel - The World, The Flesh and The Devil
Arctic Music Group
Black Metal
72 / 100
Vehemence - Helping the World to See
Metal Blade
Technical Death Metal
82 / 100
In Flames - Lunar Strain / Subterranean
Candlelight
Gothenburg Melodic Death Metal
82 & 92 / 100 Archive review
The Crest - Vain City Chronicles
Season Of Mist
Dark Gothic Rock
71 / 100
Angel - A Womans Diary - Chapter I
Black Lotus Records
Symphonic Gothic music with multiple influences
78 / 100
Defleshed - Reclaim the Beat
Regain Records
Thrash/Death
78 / 100
Midnight - Sakada
Black Lotus Records
Progressive Metal with Psychedelic Influences
51 / 100
Raging Speedhorn - How the Great Have Fallen
SPV
Modern Aggressive Metal
45 / 100
Antimatter - Planetary Confinement
The End Records
Dark Ambient
86 / 100
Punish Yourself - Sexplosive Locomotive
Geisha Machine
Cyberpunk
no quote
Witchcraft - Firewood
Rise Above
Stoner Rock
89 / 100 Surprise of the month
Horna - Envaatnags Eflos Solf Esgantaavne
Woodcut Records
Black Metal
80 / 100
Monolithe - Monolithe II
Candlelight
Opressive Doom Metal
90 / 100 Surprise of the month
Peccatum - The Moribund People
The End Records
Dark Avantgarde Rock
no quote
Morgul - All Dead Here ...
Season Of Mist
Dark Metal
71 / 100
Tvangeste - Firestorm
Neoblast Records
Symphonic Metal with Blackened Vocals
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Subterranean Masquerade - Suspended Animation Dreams
The End Records
Challenging Post-Rock Orchestral Jazz Music
80 / 100
Hatesphere - The Killing EP
SPV
Death/Thrash Metal
no quote
P.H.O.B.O.S. - Tectonics
Candlelight
Dark Industrial Noise
20 / 100 Crap of the month
Mourning Beloveth - A Murderous Circus
Grau
Doomdeath
85 / 100
Nihilist - Demo Collection
Threeman Recordings
Old School Death Metal
no quote
Circus Maximus - The 1st Chapter
Sensory Records
Progressive Metal
78 / 100 Surprise of the month
Nachtmystium - Eulogy IV
Southern Lord
Black Metal with Melancholic Moments
78 / 100
Scorngrain - Cyberwarmachine
Dynamic Arts Records
Cyber Metal
30 / 100
Calvarium - The Skull of Golgotha
Dynamic Arts Records
Black Metal
74 / 100
Asguard - Wikka
This Dark Reign Recordings
NWOBHM with extreme melodic death edge and vocals
79 / 100 Surprise of the month
Cadacross - So Pale is the Light
Crash Music
Epic Metal
88 / 100 Surprise of the month
Myon - Ghost in Paradise
Crash Music
Melodic Hard Rock with Power Metal Elements
64 / 100
The Aerium - Song for the Dead King
Black Lotus Records
Gothic Metal
64 / 100
Octavia Sperati - Winter Enclosure
Candlelight
Gothic Atmopsheric Doom
75 / 100 Surprise of the month
Slough Feg - Atavism
Cruz Del Sur Music
Unique Style 80s Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Kaliban - The Tempest of Thoughts
Crash Music
Melodic Extreme Finnish Metal
61 / 100
Urgehal - Through Thick Fog till Death
Southern Lord
Primal Black Metal
71 / 100
Project: Failing Flesh - A Beautiful Sickness
Candlelight
Experimental Thrash/Modern Metal
71 / 100
Chuck Schuldiner - Zero Tolerance
Karmageddon Media
Technical Metal/Old Death Metal demos
?? / 100
Hartaus - Lansirintama
Self-released
Epic Black Metal
73 / 100
The Bereaved - Darkened Silhouette
Black Lotus Records
Death/Thrash Metal
73 / 100
Dol Ammad - Star Tales
Black Lotus Records
Electronica Futuristic Metal
65 / 100
Das Scheit - Superbitch
Black Lotus Records
Gothic Industrial Modern Metal
53 / 100
Green Carnation - The Quiet Offspring
The End Records
Atmospheric Prog Rock
84 / 100
Crionics - Armageddons Evolution
Candlelight
Blackened Death Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Haterush - Mark of the Warrior
Black Lotus Records
Melodic Power/Heavy Metal
59 / 100
Epoch of Unlight - The Continuum Hypothesis
The End Records
Blackened Thrash Metal
82 / 100 Surprise of the month
Belef - Infection Purification
Candlelight
Blasting Black Metal
49 / 100
.Editorial - Words Do Matter
Metal Reviews
Olethrio Rigma - O TROMOS TIS EXOUSIAS
Black Lotus Records
Simplistic Groovy Power Rock
55 / 100
Kaamos - Lucifer Rising
Candlelight
Dark Death Metal
71 / 100
Immolation - Harnessing Ruin
Olympic Recordings
Technical Death Metal/NYDM school
81 / 100
Scenteria - Art of Aggression
Candlelight
Death/Thrash Metal
77 / 100
Novembers Doom - The Pale Haunt Departure
The End Records
Atmospheric Doomdeath
90 / 100 Album of the month
Entombed - Unreal Estate
Candlelight
Live Death'n'roll/Stoner Rock
no quote Major event
Oathean - Fading Away into the Grave of Nothingness
The End Records
Melodic Death/Atmospheric Black Metal
66 / 100
Yyrkoon - Occult Medicine
Osmose Productions
Death/Thrash Metal
91 / 100 Album of the month
Shape of Despair - Illusions Play
Spikefarm Records
Funeral doomdeath with atmospheric moments
60 / 100
Frantic Bleep - The Sense Apparatus
The End Records
Dark progressive experimental music
67 / 100
Nightfall - Lyssa Rural Gods and Astonishing Punishments
Black Lotus Records
Extreme Dark Metal
80 / 100
Negative Creeps - Mutual Annihilation
Black Lotus Records
Thrash/Hardcore
57 / 100
Dismal Euphony - Autumn Leaves - The Rebellion of Tides
Napalm Records
Experimental Black Metal with Gothic elements
80 / 100 Archive review
Ethereal Collapse - Fallen Hope
Self-released
Melodic death metal
no quote Surprise of the month
Callenish Circle - Forbidden Empathy
Candlelight
Melodic death/melodic doom metal
82 / 100
Vreid - Kraft
Tabu Recordings
Diverse Black Metal
92 / 100 Album of the month
Airged LAmh - The Silver Arm
Black Lotus Records
Epic Power/Thrash Metal
67 / 100
The Hidden Hand - Mother Teacher Destroyer
Southern Lord
Doom/Stoner Rock
74 / 100
Sarissa - Masters of Sins
Black Lotus Records
Classic Heavy Metal with progressive elements
74 / 100
Hearse - Armageddon Mon Amour
Karmageddon Media
Death'n'Roll
63 / 100
Dark Tranquillity - Lost to Apathy
Century Media
Melodic Death Metal
no quote Major event
Tartharia - Abstract Nation
Crash Music
Blackened Thrash Metal
75 / 100 Surprise of the month
Tsjuder - Desert Northern Hell
Season Of Mist
Raw Black Metal
81 / 100
Eternal Dementia - The Virgin, Sedated and Seduced
Self-released
Symphonic black metal
no quote
Gandalf - Rock Hell
Wicked World
Death Rock
85 / 100 Archive review
Eternal Flight - Positive Rage
Cruz Del Sur Music
Progressive Power Metal
65 / 100
Throcult - Stormbringer - Conjuration of the Nighthorde
Crash Music
Blackened Death Metal
71 / 100
Valume Nob - The Most High
Crash Music
Sludgecore
25 / 100 Crap of the month
I.C.E. (Imperial Crystalline Entombment) - Apocalyptic End in White
Crash Music
Raging Black Metal
92 / 100 Album of the month
Lifend - Innerscars
Cruz Del Sur Music
Dark Melodic Metal with MeloDeath and Gothic Parts
78 / 100 Surprise of the month
Solar Dawn - Equinoctium
Candlelight
Melodic Death Metal
81 / 100
Polterchrist - Engulfed by the Swarm
Season Of Mist
Technical Death Metal
77 / 100 Surprise of the month
Crionics - Human Error (Ways to Selfdestruction)
Candlelight
Black Death Metal
93 / 100 Album of the month
The Project Hate MCMXCIX - Hate, Dominate, Congregate, Eliminate
Threeman Recordings
Gothic Death Metal
70 / 100
The Amenta - Occasus
Listenable Records
Extreme Avantgarde Metal
82 / 100
Final Dawn - Under the Bleeding Sky
Karmageddon Media
Technical Melodic Death Metal
45 / 100
Occult - Elegy for the Weak
Karmageddon Media
Death Thrash Metal
80 / 100 Surprise of the month
Murder Squad - Ravenous Murderous
Candlelight
Death Metal
68 / 100
Karmakanic - Wheel of Life
Regain Records
Progressive/symphonic rock
58 / 100
Capharnaum - Fractured
Willowtip
Technical Death Metal
68 / 100
Age of Silence - Acceleration
The End Records
Progressive Avantgarde Bizarro Metal
82 / 100 Surprise of the month
Lacrimas Profundere - Ave End
Napalm Records
Electronic Gothic Rock
40 / 100
Lilitu - The Delores Lesion
The End Records
Melodic Death Metal with Gothic and Hardcore influences
78 / 100 Surprise of the month
Behemoth - Thelema.6
Olympic Recordings
Black Metal with a Twist
95 / 100 Archive review
Lair of the Minotaur - Carnage
Southern Lord
Heavy Doom/Thrash
63 / 100
Arsis - A Celebration of Guilt
Willowtip
Melodic aggressive death/thrash/blackened metal
89 / 100 Surprise of the month
Mercury Rain - St. Matthieu
Self-released
Dark Symphonic Metal
82 / 100 Surprise of the month
Internal Bleeding - Onward to Mecca
Olympic Recordings
Deathcore
63 / 100
Windir - Arntor
Voices of Wonder
Melodic Black Metal
89 / 100 Archive review
Asrai - Touch in the Dark
Transmission Records
Gothic Metal
64 / 100
Council of the Fallen - Deciphering the Soul
Season Of Mist
Death Black Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Sentenced - Frozen
Century Media
Sentenced Metal
97 / 100 Archive review
Suffocation - Souls to Deny
Relapse Records
Technical Death Metal
71 / 100
Devils Whorehouse - Revelation Unorthodox
Regain Records
Death Punk Rock
45 / 100
Thalion - Another Sun
Hellion Records
Power Progressive Metal
63 / 100
Autumn Leaves - Embraced by the Absolute
Voices of Wonder
Death Metal
95 / 100 Archive review
Where She Wept - Dark Beauty and Desire
Self released
Atmospheric doomdeath with gothic touches
no quote
Where She Wept - The Erotic Portrait
Self released
Atmospheric doomdeath with gothic touches
77 / 100
Banished - Feeding the Monster
Self released
Death'n'Roll
no quote
Ragnarok - Blackdoor Miracle
Regain Records
Black Metal
91 / 100 Album of the month
Skulgrinder - Island of Lost Souls
KM Records
80s Heavy Metal with a Dark Edge
86 / 100 Surprise of the month
Insomnium - Since the Day It All Came Down
Candlelight
Melodic Death Metal
89 / 100
World of Shit - Demo 2002
Self released
Brutal Death Metal
no quote
The Forsaken - Traces of the Past
Century Media
Death Metal
91 / 100 Album of the month
Peccatum - Lost in Reverie
The End Records
Dark Avantgarde Rock
76 / 100
Textures - Polars
Listenable Records
Extreme Experimental Thrash
63 / 100
Fall of the Leafe - Volvere
Rage Of Achilles
Atmospheric Metal
55 / 100
Dismember - Where Ironcrosses Grow
Karmageddon Media
Death Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
After Forever - Exordium
Transmission Records
Dark Symphonic Progressive Metal
80 / 100
Subterranean Masquerade - Temporary Psychotic State
The End Records
Dark Progressive Rock
no quote Surprise of the month
.Editorial - My Personal Sad Reflection, Metal Related
Metal Reviews
Greyswan - Thought-Tormented Minds
Cold Blood Industries
Melancholic Atmospheric Doom
85 / 100
Winds - The Imaginary Direction of Time
The End Records
Classical Music/Dark Progressive Metal Fusion
91 / 100 Album of the month
Wolverine - Cold Light of Monday
Earache Records
Dark Progressive Electronic Music
58 / 100
Daath - Futility
Self-released
Electronic primitive death metal
20 / 100 Crap of the month
After Forever - Invisible Circles
Transmission Records
Symphonic gothic progressive metal
89 / 100
Morning After - Beneath the Real
Black Lotus Records
Gothic Rock/Modern Radio Metal
54 / 100
Impaled Nazarene - All That You Fear
Osmose Productions
Thrash Metal with Punk Attitude
82 / 100
Beyond the Flesh - What the Mind Perceives
Self released
Death Thrash Metal
87 / 100 Surprise of the month
Waylander - The Light, The Dark and The Endless Knot
Black Lotus Records
Irish Pagan Metal
45 / 100
The Black League - Mans Ruin Revisited
Spinefarm Records
Death Rock
80 / 100
Windir - 1184
Head Not Found
Melodic Black Metal
93 / 100 Archive review
Frost - Talking to God
Rage Of Achilles
Psychotic Black Metal
70 / 100
Cadaveria - Far Away From Conformity
Scarlet Records
Horror Metal
64 / 100
Into Eternity - Buried in Oblivion
Century Media
Progressive Melodic Death Metal with Multiple Vocal Choices
90 / 100 Album of the month
Dark Tranquillity - Live Damage DVD
Century Media
Melodic Death Metal
no quote
Facebreaker - Bloodred Hell
Rage Of Achilles
Death Metal
83 / 100
Velocity - Eleftheria (Freedom)
Black Lotus Records
Primitive Metal
25 / 100 Crap of the month
Amaran - Pristine in Bondage
Listenable Records
Progressive Melodic Thrash Metal with Female Vocals
95 / 100 Album of the month
Apostasy - Cell 666
Black Mark
Blackened Thrash Metal
66 / 100
Windir - Likferd
Head Not Found
Melodic Black Metal
91 / 100 Album of the month
Vomitory - Blood Rapture
Metal Blade
Death Metal
84 / 100
Eucharist - Mirrorworlds
Regain Records
Melodic Death Metal
89 / 100 Archive review
Hyperborean - Thorns Scar Her Soul
Self released
Melodic Death Metal with Black and Gothic touches
no quote
Space Odyssey - Embrace the Galaxy
Regain Records
Melodic Metal a la Yngwie
69 / 100
Wuthering Heights - Far From The Madding Crowd
Locomotive Music
Symphonic Folk Power Metal
92 / 100 Album of the month
Adamanter - The Shadow Mirror
Black Lotus Records
Italian Power Metal
40 / 100
Týr - How Far to Asgaard
TUTL
Epic Metal
82 / 100 Archive review
Dodecameron - Kalikantzaros Wrath
Self released
Black Metal
68 / 100
DoomSword - Let Battle Commence
DragonHeart / SPV
Epic Doom Power Metal
89 / 100
Glass Casket - We Are Gathered Here Today
Abacus Recordings
Metalcore
45 / 100
Watch Them Die - Watch Them Die
Century Media
Extreme Metal Hybrid
74 / 100
Edge of Sanity - Crimson II
Black Mark
Progressive Death Metal
91 / 100 Album of the month
While Heaven Wept - Of Empires Forlorn
Rage Of Achilles
Melodic Doom Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Anima Nera - Anima Nera
Stereo Recording Company
Melodic Extreme Metal Hybrid
65 / 100
Defleshed - Royal Straight Flesh
Regain Records
Thrash Death Metal
82 / 100
In the Woods... - Live at the Caledonien Hall
The End Records
Atmospheric Progressive Avant-Garde
no quote
Týr - Eric the Red
TUTL
Progressive Epic Metal
92 / 100 Album of the month
The Gathering - Monsters EP
Psychonaut Records
Atmospheric Trip-Rock
no quote
Zyklon - Aeon
Candlelight
Death Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Yearning - Evershade
Holy Records
Melancholic Gothic Metal
84 / 100
My Ruin - The Shape of Things to Come
Century Media
Stoner Rock with Hardcore Vocals
no quote Crap of the month
Naer Mataron - River at Dash Scalding
Black Lotus Records
Black Metal
65 / 100
Saturnus - Martyre
Euphonious Records
Gothic Doom Death
81 / 100 Archive review
Knight, Michael - Mechanica Diablo
KM Records
Dark Instrumental Guitar Oriented Music
71 / 100
Ensiferum - Ensiferum
Spinefarm Records
Melodic Epic Blackened Metal
92 / 100 Archive review
Radioman - Intake
Mental Records
Nu-metal, hardcore, industrial combination
51 / 100
Ulver - A Quick Fix of Melancholy
Jester Records
Experimental Ambient Music
no quote Surprise of the month
Wolfcry - Nightbreed
Black Lotus Records
NWOBHM Power Melodic Metal
78 / 100 Surprise of the month
Yearning - With Tragedies Adorned
Holy Records
Melodic DoomDeath
94 / 100 Archive review
Setherial - Endtime Divine
Regain Records
Raw Black Metal
69 / 100
The Nightshade - Wired
Self released
Dark electro goth with industrial touches
no quote
Runemagick - Darkness Death Doom
Aftermath Music
Dark Doomdeath Metal
77 / 100
Withered Earth - Of Which They Bleed
Olympic Recordings
Brutal Technical Death Metal
75 / 100
Dio - Lock Up the Wolves
Reprise Records
Classic Heavy Metal with a touch of Blues
81 / 100 Archive review
Luciferion - The Apostate
Listenable Records
Progressive Death Metal with Atmospheric Black touches
81 / 100 Surprise of the month
Bullethole - Incarceration
Black Lotus Records
Thrashcore with Nu-Metal influences
45 / 100
Rebel Yell - Bound to the Night
Self released
Death Thrash Metal
59 / 100
Strong Intention - Extermination Vision
Coalition Records
Grindcore with trash elements
65 / 100
Ariya - Legends of Russian Rock
Moroz Records
Heavy Metal
no quote Archive review
Dome Service - Promo 2002
Self released
Melodic Death/Thrash Metal
no quote
.Editorial - Harsh Vocals: Who Needs Them?
Metal Reviews
Where She Wept - We Are The Orphanes of Heaven
Self released
Epic Doom Metal
70 / 100
Lake of Tears - Headstones
Black Mark
Melodic Melancholic Doom-Goth
98 / 100 Archive review
Elohim - Modest Memoirs
Self released
Melodic Death Metal
76 / 100 Surprise of the month
Summer Dying - One Last Taste of Temptation
Self released
Melodic Aggressive Death Metal
79 / 100
Royal Hunt - Eyewitness
Frontiers Records
Melodic Progressive Metal
89 / 100
Green Carnation - A Blessing in Disguise
Season Of Mist
Dark Melodic Progressive Rock
90 / 100 Album of the month
Mors Principium Est - Inhumanity
Listenable Records
Melodic Death Metal
73 / 100
Virgin Black - Elegant ... And Dying
The End Records
Dark Gothic Orchestral Music
75 / 100
Throcult - Soldiers Of A Blackened War
Crash Music
Death Black Metal
78 / 100 Surprise of the month
Coherent Liquid Form - New Existence
Self released
Extreme Metal Hybrid
64 / 100
Kataklysm - Shadows & Dust
Nuclear Blast
Brutal Melodic Death Metal
95 / 100 Album of the month
Enslaved - Below the Lights
The End Records
Progressive Extreme Metal
85 / 100
Mourning Beloveth - The Sullen Sulcus
Aftermath Music
Melodic DoomDeath
78 / 100 Surprise of the month
Solefald - In Harmonia Universali
Century Media
Avantgarde Post-Black Metal
58 / 100
Mahavatar - Mind Hypnotic Vision Towards Revolution
Self released
Impossible to Categorize Mixture of Heavy Music
no quote
Katatonia - Viva Emptiness
Peaceville Records
Melancholic Atmospheric Dark Rock
91 / 100 Album of the month
Mercury Rain - Dark Waters
Self Financed
Gothic Power Metal
67 / 100
Aeternus - A Darker Monument
Nocturnal Art Productions
Dark Death Metal
78 / 100
Lacrimosa - Echos
Nuclear Blast
Dark Gothic Orchestral Music
86 / 100
Madder Mortem - Deadlands
The End Records
Heavy Gothic Metal
69 / 100
Moonsorrow - Voimasta Ja Kunniasta
Spikefarm Records
Melodic Epic Viking Black Metal
92 / 100 Archive review
Soilwork - Figure Number Five
Nuclear Blast
Melodic Death/Thrash Metal
75 / 100
Slough Feg - Traveller
DragonHeart / SPV
Classic 80s Heavy Metal
78 / 100
Callenish Circle - My Passion Your Pain
MetalBlade Records
Death Thrash Metal
92 / 100 Album of the month
Skymning - Artificial Supernova
Candlelight
Industrialized Melodic Death Metal
55 / 100
Aphotic - Stillness Grows
Self released
Ambient Death Metal
no quote Surprise of the month
Naglfar - Sheol
Century Media
Blackened Death Metal
87 / 100
Apotheosis - Farthest from the Sun
Nocturnal Art Productions
Symphonic black metal
69 / 100
Evergrey - Recreation Day
InsideOut Music
Dark Progressive Metal
100 / 100 Album of the year
Behemoth - Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond)
Olympic Recordings
Apocalyptic Death Metal
86 / 100
Greyswan - Promo 2001
Self released
Gothic Metal
no quote
Special Experiment - Fortune Memories
Self released
Intstrumental Progressive Rock
89 / 100 Surprise of the month
Babylon Mystery Orchestra - Divine Right of Kings
Self released
Gothic Politically Charged Rock
?? / 100
Poisonblack - Escapexstacy
Century Media
Heavy Emotional Gothic Rock/Metal
96 / 100 Album of the month
Heaven's Cry - Primal Power Addiction
DVSRecords
Progressive Metal
76 / 100
Shape of Despair - Angels of Distress
Spikefarm Records
Funeral Doomdeath
79 / 100
Mythica - Confessions of a Demi-God
Self Financed
Symphonic gothic progressive metal
no quote
Limbonic Art - The Ultimate Death Worship
Candlelight
Black Metal
76 / 100
Dismember - Massive Killing Capacity
Nuclear Blast
Death Metal
92 / 100 Archive review
Hyperborean - Of Malice
Self Financed
Melodic Metal with Death/Black influences
no quote Surprise of the month
Anathema - A Fine Day To Exit
Music For Nations
Atmospheric Rock
52 / 100
The Forsaken - Arts of Desolation
Century Media
Aggresive melodeath/thrash metal
79 / 100
Green Carnation - Light of Day, Day of Darkness
The End Records
Dark Orchestral Epic Metal
95 / 100 Album of the month
Dark Tranquillity - The Gallery
Osmose Productions
Melodic Death Metal
CLASSIC
Fatima Hill - Aion
Worldchaos Production
Power metal/hard rock hybrid with 70s influences
55 / 100
Polterchrist - Demo 2002
Self released
Technical death metal with blackened vocals
no quote
Summoning - Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame
Napalm Records
Blackened Symphonic Folk Metal
81 / 100
Daylight Dies - No Reply
Relapse Records
Atmospheric doomdeath
77 / 100 Surprise of the month
Atrox - Contentum
Season Of Mist
Theatrical Gothic Metal
42 / 100 Archive review
Unleashed - Hell's Unleashed
Century Media
Death Metal
82 / 100
Winds - Reflections of the I
The End Records
Symphonic atmospheric classical/metal fusion
91 / 100 Album of the month
Council of the Fallen - Revealing Damnation
Martyr Music Group
Death Metal with Black Influences
78 / 100 Surprise of the month
Throes of Dawn - Binding of the Spirit
Avantgarde Music
Melodic Black Metal
69 / 100
Andrew W.K. - I Get Wet
Island Def Jam Music Group
Party Metal
5 / 100 Crap of the month
Kaamos - Kaamos
Candlelight
Death Metal
79 / 100 Surprise of the month
Old Man's Child - The Pagan Prosperity
Century Media
Black/Thrash Metal
85 / 100 Archive review
Cauldron Born - ... And Rome Shall Fall
Underground Symphony
Epic Power Metal
77 / 100
Novembers Doom - To Welcome the Fade
Dark Symphonies
Dark Melodic Doom
77 / 100
Shadows Fall - The Art of Balance
Century Media
Melodic Hardcore/Death Metal
91 / 100 Album of the month
Throcult - Hunted
Self Financed
Blackened Death/Thrash Metal
no quote
Enter My Silence - Remotecontrolled Scythe
Mighty Music
Melodic Death Metal
73 / 100
Black Destiny - Black Is Where Our Hearts Belong
Iron Glory Records
Heavy Power Metal
81 / 100 Surprise of the month
Virgin Black - Sombre Romantic
The End Records
Dark Atmospheric Experimental Metal
72 / 100
Kataklysm - Epic (The Poetry of War)
Nuclear Blast
Death Metal
72 / 100 Archive review
December Wolves - Blasterpiece Theatre
Earache Records
Brutal black/grindcore crossover
25 / 100 Crap of the month
Sobre Nocturne - Serpentine Dreamweaver
Loud N' Proud
Doomy Symphonic Metal
91 / 100 Archive review
Thy Primordial - The Crowning Carnage
Candlelight
Black Metal
81 / 100
Dimension Zero - Silent Night Fever
Century Media
Death Metal
45 / 100
Agalloch - The Mantle
The End Records
Depressive Dark Metal
82 / 100
Lake of Tears - The Neonai
Black Mark
Psychedelic Goth Music
90 / 100 Album of the month
Manowar - Kings of Metal
Atlantic Recording Company
Heavy Metal
CLASSIC
Peccatum - Amor Fati
Candlelight
Avantgarde Metal
67 / 100
Wuthering Heights - To Travel For Evermore
Sensory / Lucretia
Progressive Power Folk Metal
77 / 100
Summer Dying - Beyond the Darkness Within
Self-Financed
Melodic death metal
76 / 100 Surprise of the month
The Black League - Utopia A. D.
Spinefarm Records
Dark Heavy Music
89 / 100
Autumnblaze - Bleak
Prophecy
Electronic atmospheric goth
40 / 100
Amon Amarth - Once Sent from the Golden Hall
MetalBlade Records
Melodic Death Metal
91 / 100 Archive review
Various Artists - Holy Dio - A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio
Century Media
Classic Heavy Metal
no quote
Auberon - Crossworld
Black Mark
Death Metal
60 / 100
Insomnium - In the Halls of Awaiting
Candlelight
Melodic Death Metal
76 / 100 Surprise of the month
Lothlorien - The Primal Event
Black Mark
Melodic Death Metal
96 / 100 Archive review
Arcturus - The Sham Mirrors
The End Records
Post-black avantgarde metal
75 / 100
Haggard - Awaking the Centuries
Drakkar
Symphonic metal
94 / 100 Archive review