It's a pretty typical week with releases covering a broad spectrum of metal. My picks are mostly on the doomy side of things, but the new Crystal Viper album does a fine job offsetting the melancholy. Check 'em out.
The Best of Week 12, 2011:
Holland's Astrosoniq unleash their fourth album of fuzzy, sci-fi stoner rock that gleefully recalls the days of Black Sabbath, Hawkwind, and the mighty Led Zeppelin. Quadrant is a trippy, mellow, soothing journey through an audio kaleidoscope of psychedelic influences.
Crystal Viper: Legends
Listen up fans of galloping power metal - Poland's female-fronted powerhouse Crystal Viper is back with a third studio album of anthemic choruses and fist-pumping riffs. If you like your Manowar with a touch of estrogen, Legends is for you.
Woods of Ypres: Woods IV: The Green Album
Canadian doomsters Woods of Ypres return with their fourth album of Gothically styled melancholy. Deep vocals, a crushing groove, and a dismal oppressiveness mark the band's style making them perfect for fans of outfits such as Type O Negative, Paradise Lost, and Katatonia.
And now the rest:
Agnostic Front: My Life My Way [ hardcore ]
Art of Dying: Vices and Virtues [ modern rock ]
Bloodshot: Murder the World [ deathcore ]
Born of Osiris: The Discovery [ deathcore ]
Dodsferd: Spitting With Hatred the Insignificance of Life [ black metal ]
Dotma: Sleep Paralyses [ power metal ]
The Georgian Skull: Mother Armageddon, Healing Apocalypse [ thrash ]
Odd Dimension: Symmetrical [ progressive metal ]
Protest the Hero: Scurrilous [ progressive metal ]
Straight Line Stitch: The Fight of Our Lives [ metalcore ]