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F5: The Reckoning
3.5 out of 5 skulls

F5
The Reckoning

After a an unimpressive first album, F5 have made up for it with their sophomore release The Reckoning. Combining melodic elements with influences from thrash and progressive, the group has definitely hit on something memorable and heavy.

Harvey Milk: Life… The Best Game In Town
4 out of 5 skulls

Harvey Milk
Life... The Best Game In Town

Man, I'm pretty sure we have a candidate for album of the year with Life... The Best Game In Town. It has experimentation, sludge, heaviness, bruising rhythms and so much more. Time to hit play once again on this album.

Cavalera Conspiracy: Inflikted
4 out of 5 skulls

Cavalera Conspiracy
Inflikted

Not to come across as too much of a Cavalera fan-boy, but I really liked this album. Sure it's not perfect, but it delivers the goods that Sepultura fans have been missing for 12 years. It's good to hear the brothers back together producing the music that only they can.

Celestine: At the Borders of Arcadia
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Celestine
At the Borders of Arcadia

The raw feel to the vocals and the down tuned, churning guitars work so well together that when you add in the crushing drums it's nearly too much to handle.

Coffins: Buried Death
4 out of 5 skulls

Coffins
Buried Death

There's something infectious about Buried Death. Could it be the thick, stoner rhythms? Or the crushing riffs? Who the hell knows, but I like it — a lot. Coffins have brought in a little more death metal influence into the mix, giving the album plenty of appeal across metal genres.

Cult of Luna: Eternal Kingdom
4 out of 5 skulls

Cult of Luna
Eternal Kingdom

Cult of Luna simply don't sling sludge through the air with reckless abandon. Thick rhythms, melodic and soulful interludes along with bruising riffs make Eternal Kingdom an experience that simply cannot be missed.

Moonspell: Night Eternal
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Moonspell
Night Eternal

Moonspell's Night Eternal is their heaviest and most solid release of new material to date. Catchy riffs, up front vocals and the willingness to embrace more death and black metal elements come together on a well produced and powerful sounding album.

Cursed: III: Architects of Troubled Sleep
4 out of 5 skulls

Cursed
III: Architects of Troubled Sleep

Taking cues from their past releases and their overall influences, Cursed's III: Architects of Troubled Sleep is full of anti-social vitriol and noise filled, grinding hardcore. Prepare to be bulldozed.

Engel: Absolute Design
3 out of 5 skulls

Engel
Absolute Design

Engel's Absolute Design has a very rich and dynamic sound, but falls short of what most metal heads were expecting from the band. It's heavily influenced by alternative rock and progressive metal, steering well clear of the death metal aspect of its melodic death label.

Hemlock: No Time For Sorrow
4 out of 5 skulls

Hemlock
No Time For Sorrow

Hemlock's fluid blend of thrash, sludge and melodic elements really make them a force to be reckoned with on No Time for Sorrow. It's a fully engaging and entertaining album that just about any metal fan should be throwing the horns to.