Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
Review by Apothecary
8.0
We all know the story by now. Following the disbanding of Celtic Frost after the widely-hailed Monotheist, metal torchbearer Thomas Fischer announced the formation of Triptykon, a new project that would be dedicated towards continuing on in the vein of the final Celtic Frost album. The band's Eparistera Daimones debut showed a glimpse of Fischer's remaining committment to writing ominous, crushing music. Now, in 2014, Melana Chasmata cements it.

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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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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.
 
Narrow House - Release New Album Trailer 20.04

Narrow House is a doom metal band from the Ukraine. You might know them for their debut album A Key To Panngrieb. Their new opus will be called Thanathonaut and will be officially released on the 19th of May on Solitude Productions. For now, you can enjoy the trailer available here featuring one of the songs from the album. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Sabaton - Confirm First Dates Of 'Heroes On Tour' 20.04

Power metallers Sabaton will be present their new album Heroes live this year and the Swedes recently announced the first shows of their Heroes on Tour for Europe. The first shows will happen in Spain, Portugal and France. Check out the dates below. Watch out for their new record out on May 16th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast as well. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Lascaille's Shroud - Announce New Release 20.04

Just three months after releasing its latest album, Interval 02: Parallel Infinities - The Abscinded Universe, progressive death metal project Lascaille's Shroud is announcing a new release, named Lascaille's Shroud Presents Curaga. This, however, won't be a conventional release. The music will be focused on the aggressive side of power metal, and the album's theme will be that of video games: "Final Fantasy 7", "Final Fantasy 9", "Metal Gear Solid", "The Witcher", "Bioshock" and "Beyond: Two Souls". (by R Lewis)   Read more ››
 
Bölzer - Streaming New Song 20.04

In case you didn't know, Swiss extreme metallers Bölzer will be releasing a new EP this year called Soma following their acclaimed EP Aura released last year which got them a nomination in the Best Death Metal Album category at Metal Storm Awards 2013. Initially scheduled for March via Invictus Productions, the release of Soma has been delayed, but the duo assures that it "will sound and look that much better." To help you wait, you can now listen to a brand new song below called "Steppes". Take it all in and tell us what you think about this infectious new tune. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Fatal Smile - Guitarist Breaks Up Band And Leaves Tour 20.04

Yüksel Unutmaz from the Swedish heavy metal band Fatal Smile recently broke up the band on the first night of their 32-date European 2014 tour. It comes at a time the band had announced a new album called White Trash Heroes to be released on April 25th via FS Records/GMR Music Group. (by Fallen Ghost)   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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Kamelot - Ghost Opera (2007)

I really like Kamelot, a band which knows in my opinion how to mix the puissance of European Power Metal with the Heavy Metal from USA. It's really good because Kamelot is unique and even if some of their songs are really "easy" on a side, it always works and it's always cool to listen to this band really. After a magisterial trilogy ("Karma", "Epica" and the "Black Halo") the new release "Ghost Opera" was really awaited by the fans of the... (by Jeff)   Read more ››

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Meshuggah

Nothing was supposed to be recorded with 8 string guitars but the company who was building their 8 string guitars did not actually have them ready by the time Meshuggah was ready to write and record Nothing so the band decided to tune their 7 string guitars like 8 string guitars and record the album that way.

The company building their 8 strings also did not have the guitars ready for touring by the time Meshuggah were ready to tour in support of Nothing so instead of cancelling the tour the band just played songs from their back catalog for the whole tour.

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