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Agenda of Swine: Waves of Human Suffering
The debut album from Agenda Of Swine is readily available to all. Waves Of Human Suffering may take a few listens for some people, such as myself, but once you get accustomed to the old school vocals and the mesh of music styles, you’ll see that this release is just one relentless assault on today’s society.

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Converge: You Fail Me
It seems that most hardcore bands nowadays severely overuse the distortion in the instruments and vocals, as well as just incorporate a lot of noise through feedback, and play the instruments really fast with a sludgy feel in a way that it just sounds terrible. And where the hell are the breakdowns? What the hell happened to the hardcore breakdowns? What the hell happened to hardcore! Converge is the perfect example of this new sludgy non-hardcore noisecore sound.

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Sumerian Records, a new upstart in the metal community, have put Akeldama by The Faceless as their first release. This label, and release, came out of nowhere and was a very pleasant surprise going into this release blind.

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Facedowninshit is definitely not a very uplifting band. This is clear with the title of the release, NPON, which means Nothing Positive, Only Negative. This release is enough to drag you down and make you enjoy every second of it’s heavy, slow paced crusty riffs, creating a rather depressing atmosphere.

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Draconian: The Burning Halo

Fans of the Draconian album Arcane Rain Fell may approach The Burning Halo with a little fear. This release, as cited from the booklet, is not an official “successor” to Arcan Rain Fell, but rather a “bonus” album that shows the evolution of Draconian fromt he past up to this point. It contains three new songs in the vein of their last release, three songs off one of their unreleased demos, as well as two songs covered by bands that proved to be greatly influential for the band’s sound. This compilation of darkness is what this album brings to the table, making The Burning Halo a very important piece of “bonus material” for their fans.

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Eluveitie: Slania

One of the names you may hear a lot about lately in the folk metal style would be this band’s. Eluveitie‘s album Slania pretty much came out of nowhere and set a new standard for folk metal, as far as the meshing of styles goes. Blending folk with melodic death.
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