Cormorant - Earth Diver
Review by R'Vannith
8.8
Few bands have taken melodic death metal so far along a progressive route as Cormorant. These guys are an entirely independent group and their style is adventurous, downright impressive and unparalleled in individuality. Earth Diver is their third effort in a discographical success story, each time they've committed themselves to a release on their own terms they've put out astonishingly creative melodic metal. That is a guarantee which they continually assure.

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A Hill To Die Upon - Holy Despair
Review by R'Vannith
7.8
This is a band who still know how to make their metal without resorting to keyboard overload. This is melodic, it's death in substance, it's black in presentation and it's A Hill To Die Upon's third successful studio effort, a combination of melodic extremes.

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Skogen - I Döden
Review by Troy Killjoy
8.0
It seems like yesterday (it wasn't) when Skogen released Svítjod and I sat at my computer desk typing up a review starting out with how much these guys have flown under the radar in spite of creating some excellent atmospheric/pagan black metal. Today I will start out doing the same.

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Menace - Impact Velocity
Review by R'Vannith
7.6
For those familiar with Napalm Death, Mitch Harris is a man who needs no introduction for fans of the band or listeners of grindcore at large, however his new endeavour in project Menace does need some introducing. A catchy progressive metal with hard rock song structures is what you'll find in the debut album Impact Velocity, made up of twelve tracks with a captivating "cyber" thematic incentive.

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MaYaN - Antagonise
Review by R'Vannith
6.2
Mark Jansen seemed keen to distance himself from his main band as much as possible with Antagonize. The symphonic arrangements in the new Mayan effort are closely guarded and controlled, which distinguishes the band's sound from Epica further than ever before. While the debut album certainly found its similarities to the mother band, Antagonize is, in theme and sound, much more of a straightforward melodic death metal album.

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Jupiter Society - From Endangered To Extinct
Review by Ag Fox
8.4
I don't know about you, but every now and again I take off my kvlt corpse paint, stop speaking in guttural growls and need my regular fix of melodic metal. Yet it's always an arduous task in finding the right album as the majority of melodic metal releases these days are either metal-light, brimming with cheese and choirs, clinically sterile me-too djent chugs, or use the same old formulas of melodic death metal. Even if they don't fit the above descriptions, the end product usually comes across as lacking in inspiration. Where's that musical kick that the aural sensors of my brain crave?

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Horseback - Piedmont Apocrypha
Review by R'Vannith
7.3
Horseback are a sneaky bunch; being the clever sound shifters that they are this new album is an interesting turn of events. Firstly, it's actually mostly just the one fellow behind all the fetchingly folky psychedelia this time around, secondly, Jenks Miller just made off with your wallet.

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Supported event

Paganfest America - Part V

USA, San Francisco, CA (The Fillmore)
11 May 2014

Korpiklaani
Turisas
Chthonic
Varg
Winterhymn
Staff pick
Human Cull - Stillborn Nation
Grindcore

For all the peeps thinking Napalm Death died after 1987's Scum and 1988's From Enslavement To Obliteration: Human Cull are here to save the day.

Listen here.


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Picked by: J. N.
 
Savn - New Video Online 17.04

Last year, Savn, a new Norwegian gothic/folk metal band featuring Midnattsol singer Carmen Elise Espenæs and two members of The Sins Of Thy Beloved, Stig Johansen and Anders Thue, announced their self-titled debut album. The band now releases their debut video for the single "Hang On". While the album will only be released on April 25th in Europe, April 28th in the UK and May 13th in North America via CDR Records, you can now check out this song to whet your appetite. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Mastodon - New Song Streaming Online 17.04

American metallers Mastodon have revealed the first song off their new album which will be called Once More Round The Sun and should be released in June. This new song is called "High Road" and you can take the journey and stream it on their website or here. Not a bad start? What do you think? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
In Flames - New Album Cover Revealed 17.04

After the trick to announce their new album, the Swedish band In Flames has now revealed on their website the cover art of their upcoming album Siren Charms which will be released worldwide in September. Siren Charms will be their 11th studio album and comes three years after the release of Sounds Of A Playground Fading. What do you think about the cover? (by BloodJuNkie)   Read more ››
 
Katatonia - Drummer Daniel Liljekvist Leaves The Band 17.04

After losing guitarist Per "Sodomizer" Eriksson earlier this year, Katatonia face another line-up change. This time it is long-time drummer Daniel Liljekvist who is leaving the band. JP Asplund will take over on their Dethroned & Uncrowned - Unplugged & Reworked Tour next month and stand-in drummer Daniel Moilanen will accompany the band on the summer festivals. (by Entropy)   Read more ››
 
Stream Of Passion - Premiere New Video 17.04

Tomorrow, Stream Of Passion will release their new album A War Of Our Own, the fourth of their career. To celebrate that, the symphonic metallers have now released a new video for the title track "A War Of Our Own". If you want to hear more of the new album, you can't miss it. Watch the video here right now! (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Metal Storm Anthology Awards 05.04

Thanks for participating in our 10th Anniversary Anthology Awards voting. Of course by now you all (hopefully) figured out it was an April Fools' Day prank. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Lacuna Coil - The Black Sheep, Colorado Springs, USA - 28 Mar 2014 02.04

A couple weeks ago Lacuna Coil played in Denver, CO as part of the Revolver - Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock Tour, but since they announced a gig mere 15 minutes from my house, I opted to skip the drive up to the Mile High city and catch them locally instead. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Getting Stoked For 70000 Tons Of Metal 2015 24.03

The 5th edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise already promises to be even bigger and better than anything else the organizers have done before. And even though I barely got rid of my sea legs, it's time to get stoked for next year's cruise. Stoked why, you might ask. Simple. Bigger ship, more bands, more people = more fun! (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
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Urfaust - Geist Ist Teufel (2004)

One of the most strange and bewildering bands of the last years is the Dutch Urfaust. Originally being a Dark Ambient project, after the first demo it was decided that a more Black Metal approach would be followed. A wise decision, as the genres are very compatible - when done right. Geist Ist Teufel is a perfect example of how to do this right. The fundament is laid by very minimalistc instrumentation, only the most basic of raw, underproduced guitarriffs and pounding, monotone drumming. Eerie... (by Nervel)   Read more ››

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