Bastard Sapling - Instinct Is Forever
Review by R'Vannith
7.6
Black metal finds an auspiciously vicious delivery in Instinct Is Forever. While the aggressions and subtle allure are typically developed for the genre, they do seem to come instinctively to Bastard Sapling, their sound benefiting from an underlying element at the roots.

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Horncrowned - Defanatus (Diabolus Adventus)
Review by Windrider
 
One can explore quite a lot when discovering the non-european black metal scenes. Historically, the most important and still the biggest scene overseas can be found in South America. Bands like Sarcófago filled in the small gap between the first and second wave in Scandinavia. However, today's discussion topic hails from Bogotá, Colombia and has the pleasant name Horncrowned. They have been around since 2001 and released four full-length albums so far, the fourth one being rated today here live and uncut, entitled Defanatus (Diabolus Adventus).

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Cowards - Rise To Infamy
Review by Ilham
7.9
Incipit in media fucking res.

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Reasons Behind - The Alpha Memory
Review by Jason W.
7.8
Reasons Behind waste no time in undertaking an ambitious concept album with their debut, The Alpha Memory. Guitar-driven symphonic metal that is full of exuberant keyboard and piano melodies and plenty of unique and memorable vocal passages, Reasons Behind give the listener an emotional journey into the mind of a woman living with one of the greatest conditions of the mind, that of Alzheimer's.

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Sedna - Sedna
Review by Apothecary
8.0
In need of an album to prove to all the Gorgoroth and "one trve Mayhem" worshipers that black metal today is anything but confined to Satanic and dark themes? Sedna have got you covered.

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Ghost Brigade - IV - One With The Storm
Review by R'Vannith
8.3
For three records the Finnish band Ghost Brigade have provided a unique example of melodic death metal progression. Basing their studio efforts well beyond generic limits and engaging the structures and tones of post-metal, they continue to issue their original and outlying style in IV: One With The Storm, but to a similar result as any of their prior releases.

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Kolony - Sledge
Review by Doc Godin
5.9
Have you ever listened to one of those albums where it's quite clear one member of the band gives significantly less shits than everyone else around him/her? That's Kolony's Sledge in a nutshell.

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Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era
Review by R'Vannith
8.0
Staving off doubts given their frequency of line-up changes, Mors Principium Est consistently prove themselves to be a vital name in melodic death metal. Not for reasons of clear originality of style, but vital for their shared vitality, a remarkable feat considering the rate at which their rhythm guitars switch hands.

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Marty Friedman - New Video Released 22.12

If you have heard Marty Friedman's new album Inferno, you will know this song, "Undertow". Following a trek across the UK, the guitar virtuoso presents his brand new music video for the song today. According to Friedman (who currently resides in Tokyo), the video features an unsullied look at Japanese culture. The clip is available below. What do you think of it? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Pyramids - New Album Title And Cover Artwork Revealed 22.12

American experimental act Pyramids have announced today that their new album will be titled A Northern Meadow. The follow-up to their 2008 self-titled debut will be released through Profound Lore Records on March 17th, 2015. You can also take a look at the cover artwork that will grace this new opus below. Further details shall be announced soon. (by Pazdzioch)   Read more ››
 
Kamijo - Announces 2015 World Tour 22.12

Since the breakup of visual kei juggernauts Versailles in 2012, vocalist Kamijo has been vigorously pursuing a solo career, churning out a run of singles and full-length debut Heart. Now, to commemorate his twentieth year in the music industry, he has announced a world tour that will see him performing on at least four continents. Thus far, only dates for the tour's European and Japanese legs have been confirmed. (by Ruchesko)   Read more ››
 
Nightwish - Reveal New Album Title, Cover Art And More 22.12

Nightwish start their week by revealing all about their new album. Firstly, it will be called Endless Forms Most Beautiful. Their long-awaited new album comes out on March 27th (Europe), March 30th (UK) and March 31st (US) via Nuclear Blast Records. The detailed cover artwork was created by longtime collaborator Toxic Angel and the album features eleven new songs. Feast your eyes on the cover below. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Svartsot - New Album Details, New Song Online 22.12

Danish folk metallers Svartsot have announced their new album title and release dates. Their fourth album is being released in cooperation between Svartsot's newly established company, Of Wood And Iron Productions, and the Hungarian label Nail Records, the home to Dalriada. It drops on February 20th in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and three days later in the rest of Europe. A taster from Vældet can be heard in the form of the song "Kilden - I Marker og I Lunde" below. (by .:Nataras:.)   Read more ››
 
Goatwhore, Dying Fetus and support in Toulouse, 25/11/2014 13.12

As soon as the Toulouse date of this tour was announced, I knew I had to come. Goatwhore coming here? Hell yeah!!! (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
 
Mars Red Sky + Year Of No Light in Toulouse 09.12

Let's face it: they didn't bring any Bordeaux wine with them... (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
 
Voting Abuse, MS, and YOU! 06.12

So you want to be a Stormtrooper and check peoples darkest habits in an effort to report Votecriminals to your local Moderator? Here are some thoughts on the scoring system and tips on tracking down Votecriminals. (by Xnoybis)   Read more ››
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Slash - Made In Stoke 24/7/11 (2011)

Now, I'm not one to gauge my music tastes according to popularity or lack there of. There's some really great mainstream music out there, believe it or not. Unfortunately, when I see/hear things like this, I begin to wonder what's going through the heads of people who religiously follow mainstream rock. Why is music like this put on a pedestal? Is it the name? It's gotta be. Is the same mentality that your poor uncle has? You know the one who has to change grandmas diapers because he was the only one with objections to putting her in a home? Is it something like that? This live album from former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash is a testament of how some rock stars need to be put out to pasture. (by Doc Godin)   Read more ››

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Steve Harris started Iron Maiden after leaving his former group, Smiler. Harris attributes the band name to a movie adaptation of The Man in the Iron Mask, which he saw around that time, and so the group was christened after the purported torture device.

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