Mutoid Man - Bleeder
Review by wormdrink414
If this had been made by one person, it'd be a safe bet that that one person was a classic hard rock aficionado who'd been struck by lightning. After the strike, he didn't ditch his Pontiac or his jean jacket or his hatred of the Eagles, he just happened to acquire the ability to easily spot complex mathematical patterns in things.


Nightrage - The Puritan
Review by Ag Fox
TL;DR? The Puritan is a Gothenburg metal album.


Disarmonia Mundi - Cold Inferno
Review by Demonic Tutor
Determined to let the world know that Italy can still produce some high-quality Gothenburg metal, Disarmonia Mundi is back after a 6-year hiatus. The Turin-based twosome is comprised of instrumentalist extraordinaire Ettore Rigotti and vocalist Claudio Ravinale. Björn Strid from Soilwork and Christian Älvestam also provide some vocal work. In this much coveted market of melodic death metal, it has always been virtually impossible to avoid...


Gyre - Moirai [EP]
Review by Ilham
Ah. Youth.


Sacred Oath - Ravensong
Review by deadone
So it turns out the metal gods do in fact listen to our prayers. Ask for a ballsy, melodic heavy/power metal album that's not overproduced and not rooted in Helloween clichés and the metalgods grant not one but two such albums in the form of the new Armored Saint as well as the album in question, Sacred Oath's Ravensong. But are the gods truly generous or just a bunch of fickle tricksters who give with one hand only to take with the other?


Third Ion - 13/8 Bit
Review by Ag Fox
In case you've been living under a rock, supergroups are all the rage now, and they are popping up quicker than you can count them. Third Ion may not be as "super" in terms of fame, but this collaborative effort is still very much on my radar because members of Into Eternity and The Devin Townsend Project are on board.


Autokrator - Autokrator
Review by Apothecary
Those not particularly accustomed to the drone genre may be surprised to discover the incredible amount of variation lurking within it. As a fundamentally structure-less genre, its very nature leaves the door for invention wide open, in turn leading to many different interpretations of the drone sound. This year, French newcomers Autokrator are ready to put their own spin on this principle, with some interesting, though perhaps unexpected influences.


Kataklysm - Of Ghosts And Gods
Review by Windrider
Kataklysm is surely one of the constants in death metal: releasing an album every few years, maintaining their line-up for almost two decades and only changing on the drums, and being a guarantee for some quality music. With their latest release, Waiting For The End To Come, they let some dynamics return to the otherwise so heavy style, and that was pretty refreshing overall. Now it's time to prove that they can hold onto that path. Of Ghosts And Gods is here to please all fans of their latest stuff.


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04-08 February 2016

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Disgorge - Appearance At Louisville Deathfest Cancelled 01.08

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Clandestine Cuts Vol. 5 Issue #3 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 24.07

Is independent, unsigned, and underground metal what you seek? Weary traveller of the metal world, rest a while here. Clandestine Cuts are the best demos and EPs from these bands, the heart and soul of metal music. These musicians are slaves to their passions, and their blood keeps the metal machine alive and turning. Support them with a simple listen, and discover the future. This issue features music from Neck Of The Woods, Venom Prison, Shrine Of The Serpent, Concatenatus, Criminology & Geist. (by Nefarious, BloodTears, Ilham, Abattoir, Mr. Doctor)   Read more ››
Hard Rock Laager 2015 - Vana-Vigala, Estonia, 03-04.07.2015 13.07

It's been so long since the last time I was at Hard Rock Laager. It's, to put it bluntly, quite embarrassing. When I looked it up, it turned out that I have skipped 6 editions. It's surprisingly 2 less than I initially thought, though. The reasons have varied from Hellfests to conflicting schedules, as well as the lack of interest for any particular line-up, and laziness. In those skipped editions I only really regret missing Trail Of Tears and I didn't intend to repeat this mistake with Threshold. And being there again, it felt like a homecoming. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
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In March 2007, during a concert at Essen in Germany, Hoest appeared on stage with a swastika painted on his chest. Allegedly, he also spat and threw beer bottles at the audience. This resulted in strong protests from both the audience and the press who were covering the concert. In Germany, the use of the swastika is strictly forbidden by law, and the remainder of Taake's German concerts were cancelled. It is widely believed that this incident was purely for shock value.

Following the incident, Hoest stated on the Taake website: "...we truly apologize to all of our collaborators who might get problems because of the Essen swastika scandal (except for the Untermensch owner of that club; you can go suck a Muslim)!"

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