Pensées Nocturnes - À Boire Et À Manger
Review by BitterCOld
7.6
When last we left Pensées Nocturnes, I likened my experience listening to Nom D'une Pipe! to two drunks wandering home after a bender. At times happy for the company as our paths crossed. At others happy to be free of each other's idiosyncrasies as our paths diverged. Amusingly their latest, A Boire Et A Manger, translates* to "You won't lack for food or drink."

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Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä
Review by Apothecary
8.5
It is happening again, here and now. After sailing on the outer regions of the Kuiper belt, and interacting with several extraterrestrial species who could impart new wisdom to them, Oranssi Pazuzu have arrived back on Terra, eager to apply this fresh knowledge to their music. What did the words of those ice giants from beyond Neptune contribute to their new sound? What about the teachings of the Tsuthians, the 9 foot tall gas ghosts who speak only in hisses? Listen carefully, ye carbon-based life forms, and Värähtelijä shall unveil the answers.

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Dream Theater - The Astonishing
Review by Demonic Tutor
7.5
One of the pioneering bands of progressive metal, the iconic Dream Theater, unleashed their new opus at the end of January. As is the case with all their releases, The Astonishing is going to draw all kinds of comments from "this is the worst thing ever" to "album of the year material". One thing is for certain, with more than 2 hours of music, their latest record is an demanding listen drawing inspiration from many musical and...

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Vulturium Memoriae - Nato Per Ragioni Ignote
Review by Apothecary
 
How does one break boundaries in music, exactly, or in any art form for that matter? Sometimes it seems so complicated that the answer eludes our grasps entirely, but at the end of the day it really just boils down to one simple rule: be unafraid.

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Sunburst - Fragments Of Creation
Review by Demonic Tutor
9.0
When I saw that a new band was opening up their first album with a track called "Out of the World", I figured they needed the chops to back it up. The band Sunburst from Larissa, Greece convinced me within twenty seconds. Their brand of progressive power metal had me on board so fast I can already tell you this is going to be an album of the year contender for 2016. It is that simple. Why? Imagine the good parts of Dream Theater music...

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Sunrise - Absolute Clarity
Review by Belegûr
7.5
There's not an awful lot to discuss when it comes to Absolute Clarity, the latest release from Ukrainian band Sunrise. This is fast and melodic metal heavily inspired by the likes of Sonata Arctica and Stratovarius. Many bands take influence from two of the biggest acts in the genre, but few manage to do it with this much precision.

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Signum Regis - Chapter IV: The Reckoning
Review by Belegûr
7.8
The European power metal scene is chock-full of average bands. I've reviewed some myself and Signum Regis did seem like another one after I listened to Chapter IV: The Reckoning for the first time. However, after each subsequent listen, I started to appreciate it a lot more. No this isn't top tier power metal and it makes the same mistakes that so many other forgettable acts in the genre make, but it does get a lot right.

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Wildernessking - Mystical Future
Review by Windrider
 
After years of keeping the tension high with promising EPs, Wildernessking finally enlighten our new year with their long awaited second full-length, entitled Mystical Future. The South African gang amazed me back in the year 2012 when I did one of my very first official reviews here and just like me (insert stupidly grinning face here), they stay true to their roots. Because outside my cosmos they are probably not as big as Metallica or Iron Maiden, let it be said that Wildernessking play a modern, progressive style of black metal, atmospheric, yet technically demanding.

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Supported event

The Decibel Magazine Tour 2016

USA, Denver, CO (Gothic Theater)
05 April 2016

Abbath
High On Fire
Skeletonwitch
Tribulation
Staff pick
Hands Of Despair - Bereft
Progressive Death/Black?

Five years later, these guys are as good as before (or the one guy who is the mastermind behind this project), or perhaps even better. "Bereft" is so varied, that it should satisfy fans of quite a few metal genres.

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Akercocke - Reissue 'The Goat Of Mendes' On Vinyl 14.02

While English progressive death/black metal band Akercocke have been silent for a while now, there is a new reissue available of their milestone 2001 album, The Goat Of Mendes. The record is now available as a 180g double vinyl edition in a gatefold sleeve. You can get your hands on it here. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Accept - Announce New Shows 14.02

Before they embark on the next chapter of the band, writing new material, German metallers Accept accepted invites to play two special U.S. shows. On March 3rd, Accept are heading to Sioux Falls to play at Badlands then make their way to The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Illinois on March 5th. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Trident - New Video Online 14.02

Recently, Swedish metallers Trident have posted online a new video from their latest EP Shadows. The black/death metallers shot a video for the output's title track and you can watch it below. The band is also currently preparing their new full-length album. In the meantime, hear their latest EP on Spotify. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Havnatt - New Album On The Way 14.02

Havnatt's vocalist Cecilie Langlie (Skumring, Vagrant God and Omit) has revealed that a new album from the band is in the works. The Norwegian neofolk duo is preparing the follow-up to 2013's Etterlatte and Cecilie says she's at Secret Quarters Studio recording vocals for Havnatt's new album. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Misteyes - Releasing Debut Album, Reveal Guests 14.02

Italian melodic death, symphonic metal act Misteyes from Torino have announced their new album Creeping Time is due out on April 8th, 2016 via Maple Metal Records. The violinist and former Eluveitie musician Nicole Ansperger, will be a guest musician on the record. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
A Year In Metal - 2015: Highlights Through The Eyes Of The MS Staff, Elites & Official Contributors 13.01

Since the Metal Storm Awards are upon us, here are the highlights of some of our Jedi Knights, Padawans and Younglings hmmm, and even a Sith Lord gave his input. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
The Lost Concert Files - Various Stuff From 2015 11.01

Too little - too late, but here it is nevertheless. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Black Metal MMXVI: How We Got Here, And Where We're Going 04.01

When one takes the past 15 years into account, perhaps no other subgenre of metal has expanded and diversified to the point and the manner in which which black metal has. Emerging from a tight circle of orthodoxy, this child in the metal family now seems bent on branching out in every possible direction, and incorporating every stylistic influence it can get its hands on. But how did it reach this point? And what does this current atmosphere of innovation and rule breaking mean for the future of black metal as a whole? Let's find out. (by Apothecary)   Read more ››
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Drakkar - When Lightning Strikes (2012)

Rating in words: If you're a fan of power metal, especially of epic or symphonic power metal such as Rhapsody Of Fire or Blind Guardian, you should hear this. Others should exercise caution, but most likely won't leave feeling like they've completely wasted their time. 2012 has only started rolling in and already we have some power metal that isn't boringly mediocre or cringe worthy. True, When Lightning Strikes isn't as fresh as Iron Fire's new album, or as awesome... (by MoraWintersoul)   Read more ››

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