Devin Townsend - Z²
Review by Apothecary
7.0
Uh oh, Apothecary is reviewing a prog album. Hold onto your undergarments, ladies and gentlemen, it's gonna be a bumpy ride.

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Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.2
Last time Slipknot released a studio album, they still served as one of my primary conduits to the metal scene. As I am no longer 14, Slipknot's angst-and-unorthodox-percussion-heavy brand of nu/alt metal lacks the same gravitas it once had, but I still enjoy Vol 3: The Subliminal Verses and Slipknot from time to time. You might call me a bit of a lapsed fan, but I'm enough of one to give .5: The Gray Chapter a fighting chance.

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Process Of Guilt / Rorcal - Process Of Guilt / Rorcal [Split] [EP]
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.4
Rorcal and Process Of Guilt: two bands, full of anguish and grit, each hot on the heels of a well-received testament to the catastrophic potential of black noise. They have come together, grinding like the massive tectonic plates of unnatural noise, to unleash an excellent split EP of dread-filled coldness.

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Fluxious - Nucleus Accumbens Diseases
Review by Ivor
 
Fluxious's début album Why So Serious? was a bit of an acquired taste and, with all its flaws and virtues, it turned out to be an either love or hate affair for some. Mixing jazz and metal, it was not a seamless blend of the two genres but had a sort of dichotomy going. Its appeal lied in contrasting patterns of both worlds that manifested itself in song structures, vocal lines as well as the overall feeling. The follow-up to this début is something I've been eagerly expecting for a while now.

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Kong - Stern
Review by Ivor
 
Kong are extremely good at delivering music that is restless and unsettling. If you're an impressionable sort, a driver that gets nervous and twitchy at the wheel of a car in a rush hour, Kong is not a good choice of background music. It will surely make you even more anxious and jumpy. It's the sort of music that just doesn't let itself be enjoyed sitting tight.

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Rigor Mortis - Slaves To The Grave
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
9.0
Reviewing the posthumous opus ultimus of a recently-deceased artist imposes the unique burden of simultaneously preventing the unfortunate circumstances from coloring any objective sentiments about the work itself and remaining sensitive to the situation. While of course we believe in subjective reviews here, and some albums are best understood in the context of their creator's demise (Woods Of Ypres's Woods V), more often than not death intensifies hero worship. Rigor Mortis require no special treatment; not only does Slaves To The Grave deliver well enough on its own, it is a fitting swan song and testament to the brilliance of both Rigor Mortis and the late Mike Scaccia.

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Vesania - Deus Ex Machina
Review by D.T. Metal
8.8
Recently signed to Metal Blade Records and after a drought of seven long years, the Polish symphonic blackmetalers Vesania are on the verge of releasing Deus Ex Machina, their fourth full-length album in seventeen some years of existence. Was the long wait worth it though?

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Vanir - The Glorious Dead
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
7.4
Fans, purists, didacts, and passers-by with too much time on their hands love a good argument about which bands might accurately be labeled "Viking metal" (as if it were a real genre). With their blend of death, black, and folk metal, the Danish Vanir probably have a better shot at the title than most.

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Supported event

Rune & Totem Tour

France, Toulouse (Connexion Café)
22 November 2014

Year Of No Light
Mars Red Sky
Staff pick
Trepalium - Voodoo Moonshine
Swing Death Metal

Supersexy Swingin' Sounds? Hell yeah!

Trepalium have been searching since XIII for the perfect mix between the aggression in death metal and the swing and catchiness in jazz. Well, they nailed it perfectly with that awesome EP!

Check Moonshine Voodoo's video if you haven't already!


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Picked by: Darkside Momo
Thumbs up: Nefarious
 
Bring Me The Horizon - New Video Online 23.10

Today you can listen to a new song from Bring Me The Horizon. The British band did a video for the new tune "Drown", the first bit of new music since the last album. The single will be out on the 7th of December and is available to pre-order on iTunes now here. You can watch the video for the new single below and tell us your impressions about it. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Mysticum - Release New Album Teaser 23.10

You might know already that industrial black metallers Mysticum are releasing a new album this year. Planet Satan comes almost 20 years after their last album, their debut In The Streams Of Inferno. If you are curious about it, listen to a teaser from the upcoming album here below. Do you like what you hear? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
NOLA: Life, Death & Heavy Blues From The Bayou - Final Episode Online 22.10

The seventh and final episode of the Noisey NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou documentary has been released. Down frontman Philip H. Anselmo opens up his home for a crawfish boil with the Noisey crew. Meanwhile, despite tragedy and significant loss, the natives of New Orleans will not waiver in their fight to write the best riff, and song, in the history of their city. You can now watch all the episodes of the series. Did you find it interesting overall? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
My Dying Bride - In The Studio 22.10

Doom metallers My Dying Bride are back in the studio to record their 12th full studio album at Academy Studios in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire while the mix and some final edits will take place at Futureworks in Manchester. So, the successor of A Map Of All Our Failures is being conjured up as we speak. The new album is also the first since former guitarist Calvin Robertshaw came back to the band. What are your expectations for the band's next album? (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Epica - Announce South American Tour 22.10

Symphonic metal masters Epica are pleased to announce the return to South America in February/March, 2015, where they will be touring in support of their latest album The Quantum Enigma. A two-week run will include performances in Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. See the list of confirmed dates below the tour flyer. (by Abattoir)   Read more ››
 
FRA, Toulouse - Entombed A.D. & Grave: Back To The Front European Tour 2014 18.10

A pure Swedish death metal evening, with Entombed A.D. - that's the LG Petrov fronted version of Entombed - as headliner? Count me in! (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
 
Getting Stoked: 70000 Tons Of Metal 2015 - The Destination 15.10

In a couple of months, the end of January 2015 to be exact, 70000 Tons Of Metal, the annual - The Original - music cruise will set sail once again. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Within Temptation, Amaranthe - Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO USA - 28 Sep 2014 14.10

Within Temptation and Amaranthe, who just finished their North America Tour, made a stop in Colorado as well and since yours truly was in attendance, below are some of the highlights of the show. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
Random stuff
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Verwüstung - I First Saw You On That Snowy Night And Couldn't Shake An Overwhelming Feeling Of Sadness (2012)

Experimentation within black metal isn't exactly something we're entirely unfamiliar with as a collective whole. Botanist, Gnaw Their Tongues, Pensées Nocturnes - all bands that push boundaries and bring something unique to the table. They think outside the box and are either praised or hated for it. (by Troy Killjoy)   Read more ››

Reviewer: 8.3      Users: 7.4 | 19 votes
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Marillion

By their own admission, Marillion have never been fashionable in the eyes of the media. The band have been prepared to send up their unfashionable status, naming their 2001 album "Anoraknophobia" and printing T-shirts with the logo "Marillion: Uncool as F*ck."

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