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Word on the street claims Lamb of God’s well-distributed Ashes of the Wake is the metal record of the year, but word on the street somehow ignores how clunky and homogeneous said slab generally sounds beyond its frequently nifty guitar parts. Below find much more recent counter-evidence.


AGE OF SILENCE

Acceleration

(The End prog-metal album)

ageofsilence.com

“The Concept of Haste” Clip (MP3)

AMORPHIS

Far From the Sun

(Nuclear Blast art-metal album)

amorphis.net

CHILDREN OF THE RISK

X Life

(Empath psychedelic metal album)

empathrecords.com

“Everyone’s Got a Gun” Clip (MP3)

“Where Love Tears” Clip (MP3)

Sample more tracks from X Life here

EWIGKEIT

Radio Ixtlan

(Earache art-metal album)

Ewigkeit’s website

“Esc.” (MP3)

GOATSNAKE

Trampled Under Hoof

(Southern Lord stoner-metal EP)

southernlord.com

THE LIZARDS

They Live!

(Hyperspace boogie-metal album)

thelizardswebsite.com

“The Rodeo” (Live, MP3)

“Under the City” (Live, MP3)

“Hard Luck Messiah” (Live, MP3)

LUDICRA

Another Great Love Song

(Alternative Tentacles art-goth death-metal album)

ludicra.org

“One-Thousand Wolves” (MP3)

“In the Greenest Maze” (MP3)

MASTODON

Leviathan

(Relapse metal album)

mastodonrocks.com

OLD MAN GLOOM

Christmas

(Tortuga Recordings semi-ambient psychedelic shoegazer death-metal album)

tortugarecordings.com

“Skullstorm” (MP3)

SWITCHBLADE

Switchblade

(Icarus/Deathwish quasi-instrumental ambient stoner-metal album)

trustnoonerecordings.com/switchblade

“05:12” (MP3)

TUSK

Tree of No Return

(Tortuga Recordings art-goth grindcore EP)

tortugarecordings.com

“Tree of No Return” (MP3)

MICHAEL YONKERS

13 Yonkers

(Empath psychedelic metal album)

empathrecords.com

“Ya All Be Coming Back” Clip (MP3)

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Clip (MP3)

Sample more tracks from 13 Yonkers here

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