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What A Year ('09)

Uncle Salty "hmmm salty"
 
STRANGE COUSINS FROM
STRANGE COUSINS FROM
"Maybe not as strong as the last few efforts but still a top album. Clutch do no wrong. If you've listened & aren't sure, listen again. And again."
Static Tensions
Static Tensions
"Did not expect this to be this good. It is. Heavy, sludgy, catchy, two drummers. Need I say more?"
Gin
Gin
"Did they top 'Eater Of Birds'?, yeah they did. Neurosis-esque tribal black metal. Cannibals with instruments. Evil."
Winter Hours
Winter Hours
"Harcore Sludge infused with black & thrash with some shoegaze thrown in. Not as bewildering as you'd think. Anyone who likes sludge should hear this."
House of the Unholy
House of the Unholy
"Japanese stoner doom. All the usual influences done with the up most flair. Rip-roaring face melter."
Bridges To Burn
Bridges To Burn
"More Sludge. Relapse released sludgey metal. Angry as hell."
Monoliths and Dimensions
Monoliths and Dimensions
"This seems to have split fans opinion.  Less pure drone maybe, but to me it's just a continuation of the experimental take on metal these guys have been pushing for years. The loudest live experience."
Clean Hands Go Foul
Clean Hands Go Foul
"And this. O'Malley's now defunct experimental doom troop. Leaving song structures completely behind & mixing in a healthy dose of drone & jazz inspired noodlings. Alan Dubin sounds insane as usual."
Naam
Naam
"I've only just got this, but it's quality. Eastern influenced psychadelic sludge rock. Think Guapo or Grails by way of Led Zepp, The Doors & Om. Seriously, just get it."
Shrinebuilder
Shrinebuilder
"Supergroup each contributing their own style. One of the best doom records this year."
Axe To Fall
Axe To Fall
"Face melting harcore. It's Converge, what else do you need to know?"
Agorapocalypse
Agorapocalypse
"Insane grind. Akin to Pig Destroyer & Cephalic Carnage but with a drum machine &  no moral conscience what so ever"
Songs For The French [VINYL]
Songs For The French [VINYL]
"Vinyl-only ep from noise rock merchants Oxbow. In the absence of a full length following the brillant 'Narcotic Story' this will have to do. And do it does. 3 new & some live stuff."
Crack the Skye
Crack the Skye
"Sorry this didn't really do it for me. It's still mastodon & it has it's moments but I pine for the blood & thunder of yesteryear."
Buster
Buster
"Angry doesn't cover it. The drums alone sound like a belligerent robot from hell. LA's noise/doom/avant lunatics create bedlam on disc."
Black Axis Abraxas
Black Axis Abraxas
"Pombagira write lengthy, progressive doom with groove. Sounds like a cross between Eyehategod & Electric Wizard. Check out 2008's 'The Crooked Path' As well. Drumming that will put you in a trance"
The Ressurectionists & Night Raider
The Ressurectionists & Night Raider
"Post-rock from Justin-iron monkey-Greaves & members of Mogwai etc. The soundtrack to the saddest film ever made. Full length companion piece to '200 Tons Of Bad Luck'."
Hymn To The Immortal Wind
Hymn To The Immortal Wind
"Same as above but from Japan & with more violins. Alot more violins."
Halo
Halo
"Nearly forgot this. From Oxbow guitarist Niko Wenner & Unsane's Chris Spencer. Influences from both bands bleed through with noise electronics as well."