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Reuben Wilson

  1. Edmonton, Alberta
  2. Metal
  1. collection 14
  2. wishlist 88
  3. followers 6
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  1. A Diamond For Disease
    by Arsis
    A Diamond For Disease A Diamond For Disease
  2. Abysmal
    by The Black Dahlia Murder
    Receipt Receipt
    TBDM continue to step up their game. This is top-notch melodeath with balls in the tradition of The Crown and At the Gates. All the familiar elements from past albums are there but even faster and harder-hitting. "Receipt" is one of the best songs TBDM have done and it's only the start.

    "Dear mother and father
    Now look what you've made:
    More eager fodder for the depths of the grave"
  3. Vacant
    by Ashbringer
    With Vacant Eyes With Vacant Eyes
    Naturalistic black metal that demonstrates an impressive degree of compositional confidence and control of dynamics, concept, and flow, resulting in a rich and immersive album with a lot of depth. A remarkable accomplishment by anyone, even more so when it's the solo debut of an 18 year old Minnesotan. I look forward to hearing more from this project.
  4. Gin
    by COBALT
    Two-Thumbed Fist Two-Thumbed Fist
    Six years later and this is still one of the best progressive black metal albums ever conceived. Effortlessly careens between bone-crushing aggression, lurking atmospherics and surprising moments of elegant tranquility. This is what Tool would sound like if they had been weaned on Norwegian black metal, burnt churches, and booze. Hemingway would be proud of (and probably get really fucked up to) this.
  5. Longing
    Bails (Of Flesh) Bails (Of Flesh)
    Masterful and aptly titled funeral doom, capable of crawling tectonic heaviness and sections of achingly beautiful despair. I'm in love with those mournful wailing clean vocals, particularly in the trudging opener Bails (of Flesh), where they shine through the gloom like a glimpse of reflected sunlight before being submerged once more in the stygian depths. I've nursed a crippling addiction to this album since I first heard it, and it doesn't seem like it'll go away anytime soon. Highly recommended.
  6. Apokalypsis
    Pale On Pale Pale On Pale
    I never thought I'd be able to get into the whole "solo female singer/songwriter" thing, but Ms. Wolfe seems devoted to defying expectations. This album starts off with more traditional (albeit brooding and subdued) guitar based material like "Mer" and the enchanting "Tracks (Tall Bodies)" before subtly shifting into haunting soundscapes with "Movie Screen" and "The Wasteland", all while maintaining a remarkably natural flow. This is a bit off the beaten path for me, but the eerie atmosphere makes me feel right at home and ensures it's a most welcome detour that I look forward to taking again and again.
  7. Varg & Björn
    by Murg
    Nejderna brinner Nejderna brinner
  8. Prowler In The Yard (Deluxe Reissue)
    by Pig Destroyer
    Scatology Homework (Remix) Scatology Homework (Remix)
    A beautifully twisted work of art the likes of which the genre has seldom seen. I never much cared for grind before this album, and to be honest I still don't all that much. But I always try and give it a chance now, based purely on how blown away I am every time I listen to this album. The high water mark for the style: musically, lyrically, riff-ically.
  9. Antikatastaseis
    by ABYSSAL
    I Am The Alpha And The Omega I Am The Alpha And The Omega
  10. Song of the Crippled Bull
    by Black Crown Initiate
    The Mountain Top The Mountain Top
    Indispensable progressive death metal. Tight songwriting and powerful hooks meet crushing riffs and an avalanche of precision drumming. The full-length that followed was good, but this is phenomenal. Believe the hype.
  11. Passage Of Gaia
    by Arctic Sleep
    The Staircase The Staircase
  12. ...Is Doomed
    by Black Wing
    Black Wing Black Wing
    The first time I listened to this I thought it was well done but not really my thing. The second time I thought, "Well, it's a nice palette cleanser between the raw black metal I've been overdosing on lately." By the fifth time I realised I really, really like this album. Refreshing and unconventional in the best possible way.
  13. Scar Sighted
    Scar Sighted Scar Sighted
    The most vital and potent black metal record I've heard in years. An entirely genuine outpouring of the darkest human emotions, delivered via infectious tremolo riffs, captivating dynamics, haunting production and one of the most varied and disturbing vocal performances the genre has yet seen. So many BM bands feel like they're simply going through the motions, but Wrest sounds truly inspired here. The word "masterpiece" is thrown around far too easily, but this record is worthy of it. Essential.
  14. ...And a Slave