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The Showdown: Blood in the Gears

Now that they've found their sound, the Tennessee group intensifies their Southern metal and thrash fusion to create their strongest album yet.

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Knights of the Abyss: The Culling of Wolves

So many bands are trying to leave deathcore behind them, but so few are succeeding at doing it. This album is the best example yet of success in that endeavor.

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Sybreed: The Pulse of Awakening

Swiss industrial metal group offers a middle-of-the-road release that expands their sound and has plenty of upside.

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Murderdolls: Women and Children Last

After a long break between albums, the horror-punk duo returns with more hair-metal influence and stronger imagery than before.

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The Spill Canvas: Formalities

Pop rockers put together the best of their two EP's from this year, throw in some other new tracks, and result in a decent full-length to keep fans appeased.

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Norma Jean: Meridional

After four albums of not being able to pick a style, Norma Jean settle for using a little bit of everything, and it works surprisingly well.

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Nonpoint: Miracle

Ft. Lauderdale's pride and joy have shed their nu-metal roots and finally delivered a solid, pure rock album that's easily one of their best releases to date.

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Judas Priest: Setlist: The Very Best of Judas Priest Live

Greatest hits albums don't offer much that's exciting to longtime fans. Greatest live hits albums offer even less, especially for fans of a band with as much recorded live material as Judas Priest.

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Landmine Marathon: Sovereign Descent

On their third album, Landmine Marathon distinguish themselves from their peers by delivering a seamless homage to the early American death metal creators.

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Haste the Day: Attack of the Wolf King

The Indiana metalcore quintet is still going strong despite losing more members. But they're starting to lose their core sound as well.

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Parkway Drive: Deep Blue

The Australian group is still flying high on their third album, but it falls far short of their previous success.

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Coliseum: House With a Curse

Is it hardcore? Is it stoner rock? Is it something else entirely? You won't figure it out by only listening to it once, that's for sure.

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The Austerity Program: Backsliders and Apostates Will Burn

Backsliders and Apostates Will Burn by The Austerity Program is many things, but it is not punk, and it is not interesting.

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Eyes Set to Kill: Broken Frames

Led by the Rodriguez sisters and a new screamer, Eyes Set to Kill has hit its stride once again with Broken Frames.

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Nachtmystium: Addicts: Black Meddle, Part II

Taking a new approach to their style of psychedelic black metal, Nachtmystium bring in the old to create something new.

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Nevermore: The Obsidian Conspiracy

It's been five years since the release of Nevermore's last album. The Obsidian Conspiracy is the result, and it was entirely worth the wait.

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Armored Saint: La Raza

Veteran thrashers return after an eight-year hiatus with an album that will surprise fans at first, but will grow into a sure classic over time.

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Heaven Shall Burn: Invictus (Iconoclast III)

With one of the most intelligent, well-composed albums released in the past decade, Heaven Shall Burn set a new standard of greatness in the metal scene worldwide.

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Woe of Tyrants: Threnody

Ohio-based quintet Woe of Tyrants craft a magnificent album with a unique genre-fusing sound, proving that they have staying power beyond many of their peers.

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Sevendust: Cold Day Memory

The reunion of Sevendust's original lineup has reinvigorated the band and led to one of the best albums of their career.

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Bleeding Through: Bleeding Through

The Orange County six-piece is finally free of their contract with Trustkill Records, but their newest album lacks the cohesion of their final release on their old label.

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Bullet for My Valentine: Fever

This album shows the Welsh metalcore group at their best and their worst. Ultimately, though, the biggest problem is that they still aren't reaching the quality level of their debut album.

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The Bled: Heat Fetish

Back from near-breakup with new members and a new label, the Bled deliver a frenzied, technical album that's not always memorable, but will definitely hold the interest of post-hardcore and mathcore fans.

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Cancer Bats: Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones

This Canadian quartet plays punk with plenty of influence from Southern rock and hardcore. Their third album offers further proof that variety is the spice of life in heavy music.

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Carnifex: Hell Chose Me

This California-based quintet are lost in the pack of deathcore bands that are popular right now -- and with nothing to distinguish their sound, this new album only helps them stay lost.

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Immolation: Majesty and Decay

New York death metal veterans continue to deliver relentlessly heavy music, but also show growth and expansion in their sound.

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Arsis: Starve for the Devil

Arsis delivers their latest opus of technical death metal. It's more of the same, and more of what the fans love.

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Cathedral: The Guessing Game

Cathedral's first double album splits the extremes of their sound onto each disc. The contrast shows listeners exactly what makes the band so unique.

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Living Sacrifice: The Infinite Order

After a three-year hiatus, Christian metal elders Living Sacrifice return in excellent form on The Infinite Order, their seventh studio album.

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Ov Hell: The Underworld Regime

Black metal supergroup gives us a mediocre debut that will lose its appeal quickly.

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Crematory: Infinity

Still going strong on their 11th album, Crematory serve up another helping of dark and powerful gothic metal.

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Dommin: Love Is Gone

These new gothic rockers show a lot of promise, and with some work on their sound, they can definitely achieve greatness.

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Dark Tranquillity: We Are the Void

The Gothenburg innovators return on their ninth studio album, maintaining their high level of excellence, but lacking growth and innovation.

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Kalmah: 12 Gauge

The Finnish masters of "swamp metal" continue to impress on their sixth album. Surpassing all of their contemporaries in their stylistic consistency, Kalmah still stand out from the crowd of mediocrity in their genre.

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Mutiny Within: Mutiny Within

Rising stars of metalcore deliver an album that reinvigorates the entire scene and sets an impossibly high standard for future bands to follow.

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Triptykon: Eparistera Daimones

Tom Gabriel Fischer of Celtic Frost returns with his latest extreme metal project, which has the potential to surpass Celtic Frost in fame and influence within the world of metal.

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Borknagar: Universal

Borknagar deliver a masterpiece album, proving why they are leaders of the progressive black metal sub-genre.


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