EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are quick reviews of releases I got in late but wanted to include prior to the end of the year. No ratings since everything is great stuff.
BLASPHEMOPHAGHER - The III Command of the Absolute Chaos CD
Nuclear War Now
Genre: Blackened Death
This Italian band's 2010 release, For Chaos Obscurity and Desolation, was on our best of that year's list. This one could easily have made this year's list as well. Simply put this is extreme metal which will have you running like werewolves through the streets.
CULTES DES GHOULES - Spectres Over Transylvania CDEP
Genre: Black Metal
I learned about this Polish band in 2008 with their Haxan (yeah like the movie) full length. Any of you H.P. Lovecraft followers into the Cthulhu Mythos here you go. A one song multi part piece which will curl your hair with fright.
VEKTOR - Outer Isolation CD
Heavy Artillery Records
I must admit that I should have had my head cut off and handed to me for not giving this one a full review if not a place on the best of listings because of it's weirdness. For anyone out there into progressive thrash here you go.
EXELOUME - Fairytale Of Perversion CD
Genre: Death Metal / Thrash
Finding something from Norway that's not influenced by black metal is still a rarity in this day and age. Some people blew this off because of the cover art. Get over it pussy boys because the music is what counts first. Besides I don't have a problem with the artwork. If you do then you must be new to metal so guess what, it's politically incorrect. Go fuck yourself with a unicorn hopefully while this is playing in the background.