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The Unguided: Fragile Immortality

Surpassing expectations and comparisons to their former band, Sonic Syndicate, The Unguided's sophomore release is a strong follow up to their impressive debut.

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Sevendust: Black Out the Sun

On their ninth album, the Atlanta quintet has created one of the best records of their career, showing why they are still better than almost all of their peers in the hard rock world.

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Neaera: Ours Is the Storm

The German upstarts give one of their finest performances to date as they continue to surpass most of their older, more experienced contemporaries.

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Sister Sin: Now and Forever

This Swedish metal group is a decade old, but their music is inspired by the best heavy metal groups of the '80s. Surprisingly, this works better than most would believe possible.

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Parkway Drive: Atlas

The Aussies have returned to form after a brief experimental style shift on their previous album, and they've gotten even better as a result.

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Mnemic: Mnemesis

The fifth album from Denmark's industrial metal kings is a rebuilding album, but its impact is still uncertain.

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Call Me No One: Last Parade

This side project of Sevendust offers even more proof as to why Clint Lowery is one of the most underrated geniuses in modern rock.

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Soulfly: Enslaved

On their eighth album, Soulfly strikes back at critics, proving why change is both overrated and unnecessary for them.

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Lacuna Coil: Dark Adrenaline

Returning to form on their sixth album, Lacuna Coil deserve their renewed reputation as one of gothic metal's most unique bands.

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Elder: Dead Roots Stirring

Boston-based stoner-doom trio is finally performing with the level of skill that they've had all along and just never fully utilized.

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Five Finger Death Punch: American Capitalist

The most popular metal band in America makes the most unnecessary blunders to spoil what is otherwise a pretty good third album.

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The Unguided: Hell Frost

Driven to be better than what his former band was forced to become, ex-Sonic Syndicate vocalist Richard Sjunnesson has finally created what he had envisioned all along.

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Lamb of God: Resolution

The most impressive band in modern American metal delivers yet another solid album to continue their streak of greatness.

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Megadeth: Th1rt3en

They may not be making headlines with their albums, but Megadeth is still one of the best thrash bands around, and this new album only adds to that reputation.

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Maylene and the Sons of Disaster: IV

Amid a return to their highly-favored early sound, the Southern metalcore group has decided to expand their vocal styles as well. These two things together will leave you feeling somewhat perplexed.

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Heartsounds: Drifter

Growing out of metal and into punk, Heartsounds has improved a lot since their debut, figuring out the basics and progressing naturally into the genre.

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Anthrax: Worship Music

The return of the singer that made them great has revitalized these thrash veterans, putting them back on track to lasting greatness.

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Ancient VVisdom: A Godlike Inferno

A Godlike Inferno is proof that gothic rock doesn't have to be complicated to be enjoyable.

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Ancestors: Invisible White

There is a big difference between quiet ambience and repetitive boredom in progressive metal. Ancestors needs to learn what that difference is.

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The Atomic Bitchwax: The Local Fuzz

Fitting 50 separate riffs into 40 minutes is difficult, but making them flow together into one song is much more challenging. The Atomic Bitchwax pull it off on this uncharacteristic new release.

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