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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Lunatic Soul - Walking On A Flashlight Beam
Review by Introspekrieg
8.7
This is what I need. Music designed for introverts. With such a minimalist sound, every intonation becomes important. You listen carefully.

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The Sabbathian - Ritual Rites [EP]
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.7
This album sounds as if it were recorded in a daze - but was it the visionary purple haziness of a mystical psychedelic journey, the perception-altering horror of a satanic ritual, or the low-fidelity first fumblings of a young and raw band? Perhaps all three.

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Stone Division - Six Indifferent Places
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
4.9
Holy Nickelback, Batman. This is going to be a bumpy ride. Right off the bat we're greeted with the latest hard rock singer to stamp his best James Hetfield impersonation over four minutes of riff. It's like listening to an audition for the next Godsmack.

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Atriarch - An Unending Pathway
Review by Apothecary
8.5
Within the realm of blackened doom, less really does seem to be more often times. Surprisingly limited in its scope, even after pioneers such as Dolorian and Katatonia burst onto the scene in the 90s, this style nonetheless has always felt like one where quality > quantity, and its small amount of practitioners always appear to be dealing out blows at a considerably high end of the spectrum. Relatively new on the scene are the Americans of Atriarch, and they're proving this idea true yet again with their third album, quite possibly the peak of their career.

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Pendragon - Men Who Climb Mountains
Review by R'Vannith
 
It's an effort to reach the summit.

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Supported event

Gwar: Eternal North American Tour 2014

USA, San Francisco, CA (The Regency Ballroom)
05 November 2014

Gwar
Decapitated
American Sharks
Staff pick
Progenie Terrestre Pura - Asteroidi
Inside Samus Aran's brain

Coming off of a powerful debut with last year's U.M.A, this Italian BM duo decides to follow it up with a curveball, a nonmetal EP. Best be off with you if you're looking for the more aggressive side of the band's personality with this one. Asteroidi is for those listeners who delighted in the ringy ding ding electronics of the debut, and wished to see the band go deeper with them, an effort at which they certainly succeed here.

Beware the Metroid scum.

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Diablo Swing Orchestra - New Single And Lyric Video Online 19.10

The Swedish mergers of swing and metal Diablo Swing Orchestra have a new lyric video for us. It is "Jigsaw Hustle," the first single for the still unnamed album number 4 after Pandora's Piñata. This song also features the band's new vocalist Kristin Evegård and as promised, a good amount of disco beats. You can enjoy the new song below, and don't forget to dance. (by PocketMetal)   Read more ››
 
Agathodaimon - Split Up 19.10

Sad news are coming in from the Agathodaimon camp. Apparently, due to family circumstances, the only remaining founding member Sathonys, decided to lay the band to rest. You can read the full statement released by the frontman below. Agathodaimon released In Darkness back in 2013. The band's career spanned for almost two decades and they released 6 full-length albums. (by ManiacBlasphemer)   Read more ››
 
Raskasta Joulua - Finland's Symphonic Christmas Rock Project Releasing New Album 19.10

Here's something to get you in the Heavy Christmas spirit. Finland's annual, all-star symphonic Christmas rock project, dubbed Raskasta Joulua, which translates to "Heavy Christmas," is enjoying its 10th year running. To celebrate that, the project, which tours every holiday season, will release a new studio album this year. The album, titled Ragnarok Juletide, will be released on November 11th via Spinefarm Records. Get a taste of the music below if you dare. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Kiss - Deluxe 'Love Gun' Reissue Due This Month 19.10

Legendary rockers Kiss continue to celebrate their 40th anniversary with the release of a deluxe two-CD version of their 1977 platinum-plus album, Love Gun, which is coming out on October 27th, 2014 on Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). The band's sixth studio recording Love Gun was the first album to feature lead vocal performances from all four original band members, and has since gone on to sell more than four million copies. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Necrophagia - New Album Streaming Online 19.10

Two weeks ahead of its release, longstanding death metallers Necrophagia have made their new album Whiteworm Cathedral available for streaming in its entirety. Still available for pre-order, the record's due out on October 28th via Season Of Mist. Listen to the full album here. (by Ruchesko)   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! First off, I have to warn you. It's been a while since I last shoot concert pics in a venue with my old compact camera, and the resulting pics show I'm rusty, with my outdated material. So, don't expect anything great, the photos are just here for a basic illustrative purpose. Anyway, off with the ramblings. The Dynamo venue (a great little concert bar in the center of Toulouse) was almost packed (that's 300 odd people), even with a heavy... (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 ››
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Aosoth - III: Violence & Variations (2011)

MkM of Antaeus fame and BST with INRVI from the underground pits of hell (VI) strike back with the third psalm of Aosoth's Dysangelium with a simplistic yet to the point title, III. The cover artwork is in the same vein, minimal and to the point, with the emblem of the band and an imposing scarlet III catching your attention due to the black font. What I enjoy quite much during their short drive so far has to be the fact that they never had the same production in any of their releases. Whereas... (by DerRozzengarten)   Read more ››

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Exodus toured with Rob Zombie and Slayer in 2011 on their Hell on Earth tour as the opening act. Gary Holt filled in for Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman during the tour after Hanneman contracted necrotizing fasciitis from a spider bite.

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