Sigh - Graveward
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
9.4
Hey, Wintersun. Listen up. You want to know how to make a proper, full-length album with hundreds upon hundreds of tracks over ten songs in only three years without constantly bitching about not having your own private studio/living space/jacuzzi, AND while still challenging both yourself and your fans with a multifarious jewel of avant-garde perfection? Take note, because Sigh have that totally locked down.

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Project Pain - Thrashed To Kill
Review by BitterCOld
7.6
Thrashed To Kill resulted in drinks spilled. When last we left Project Pain, I reviewed their debut I Have Sinned, the first album of some old school Dutch thrashers. With Thrashed To Kill it seems the band has continued their thrashin' ways, gobbling up Gouda, pounding Jenever, sticking their fingers in dikes and shoving their wooden shoes up the backsides of poor posers. Thrash. Sorry, hadn't used that word in a sentence or two, needed to get it in.

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Unleashed - Dawn Of The Nine
Review by Doc Godin
7.0
It's been nine, count 'em, nine years since we've seen any color on an Unleashed album cover. What does this mean? Are Unleashed taking us down a path they've never taken us before? Are we going to [metaphorically] taste and smell brand new melodeath flavors and aromas?

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Acid King - Middle Of Nowhere, Center Of Everywhere
Review by BitterCOld
7.6
Retro-sounding female fronted psychedelic stoner doom… but before you dismiss them as another Janey Come Lately, do realize Acid King have been kicking out the jams for more than 20 years.

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Heidevolk - Velua
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
7.0
Though co-lead vocalist Joris Boghtdrincker departed from Heidevolk a couple of years ago, they could not in good conscience abandon their trademark vocal harmonies, and so the barrel-chested tag-team remains intact with the new addition of Lars Vogel. At least their signature sound hasn't changed with the line-up, but Velua is a very slow starter.

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Skyforger - Senprūsija
Review by deadone
8.0
To be honest I had some reservations reviewing a folk black metal band. Given that the closest I get to either genres is Bathory one can understand my trepidation. Then to my surprise it turns out Skyforger's new album Sensprūsija offers a more multifaceted approach including large chunks of heavy and thrash metal circa 1988!

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Santo Rostro - II: The Bleed
Review by BitterCOld
7.8
"Spanish bongs in Andalucia… Stoner jams rawk balls for 39" minutes*. Pardon the intro. If it makes sense to you, you earn dos puntos frescos. If not, be sure to check out The Clash… but only after getting sonically plowed by Santo Rostro.

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Three Steps To The Ocean - Migration Light
Review by tea[m]ster
8.4
Three Steps To The Ocean are a four-piece instrumental band from Italy. They have been around for quite a while, having released three records since 2007. They play a specific style of atmospheric post rock/metal with some sludge, doom and experimental touches. Migration Light is the fourth title in their catalog, continuing what has been one of more remarkable "fly under the radar" kind of rides I have ever seen. It's been a very secretive trudge through the desensitized network of post rock/metal for Three Steps To The Ocean, and they may be one of the best bands doing it that you've never heard of.

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Nightwish: North American Tour 2015

USA, San Francisco, CA (Warfield Theatre)
28 April 2015

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Midnight Odyssey - New Album Detailed 27.04

With the critically acclaimed debut Funerals From The Astral Sphere in 2011, the Austrialian one-man band Midnight Odyssey can finally reveal the details for the upcoming 140 minutes long album Shards Of Silver Fade, due out June 8th through I, Voidhanger Records. Released as a digipack, with a 28 page booklet, Shards Of Silver Fade will be co-released with Swedish label Nordvis in a vinyl boxset later this year. (by J. N.)   Read more ››
 
Hades Almighty - Announce New Frontman 26.04

With the departure of Janto Garmanslund, long time vocalist in the band for 22 years, Norwegian black metallers Hades Almighty announced Ask Ty (Kampfar, Kraków) as the new frontman and vocalist for the band. Ask Ty will be featured on the band's upcoming releases out through Dark Essence Records in the coming months. (by J. N.)   Read more ››
 
Lamb Of God - Working On New Album 26.04

It would appear that Lamb Of God have commenced working on the follow-up to Resolution. The band has launched an official Instagram account and posted some photos including a shot of a Mesa Boogie Mark IV amp and hints at their seventh album. Drummer Chris Adler, who is currently recording with Megadeth, has also confirmed that the band is working on new material. Whether the recordings have started or it is just the writing process, it seems pretty clear that there's work being done on the next Lamb Of God album. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Paradise Lost - To Perform Entire New Album In Bielefeld 26.04

Paradise Lost have announced a special show. The gothic group will be performing their new opus The Plague Within in its entirety for the very first time at Bielefeld, Forum on the 17th of August in Germany! Don't miss out on this opportunity if you are near. The album will be released in June and the band has already shared the song "No Hope In Sight" so far. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Venom - Former Members Launch Venom Inc. 26.04

Original Venom members Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (guitar) and Anthony "Abaddon" Bray (drums) have rejoined forces with ex-Venom bassist/vocalist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan in a brand new band called Venom Inc.. Many other bands have done it. We have the recent examples of Entombed A.D., Geoff Tate's Operation: Mindcrime, Schirenc Plays Pungent Stench and so on. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Evergrey - Factory, Tallinn, Estonia, 26.03.2015 10.04

Evergrey have been long-awaited guests around these parts. Even though they come from a country so close, it's apparently still a lengthy journey to drop by. To some, Evergrey are a band about 10 years past their prime, but their latest album seems to have gotten the blood flowing again and has gained some good attention. Regardless of the reasons, it was a pleasure to see them hit the stage in Tallinn as part of the Tallinn Music Week festival. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
 
70000 Tons Of Metal 2015 - Day Four: There's A Tear In My Beer 04.04

The last day of the cruise is always bittersweet since … well … it's the last day. But it's also the day to catch bands which were missed previously. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Getting Into: Manowar 29.03

The articles in this series begun by our own Baz Anderson are designed to give a brief overview of a band's entire discography, so as to provide a clear point of entry for the uninitiated. It offers a different approach from the typical review format, for the curious newcomer to a well-traveled band. Manowar Heavy/power metal USA Manowar helped kick off the American power metal scene back in the '80s with their self-referential bombast and overdriven melodic metal. While their fame stems as much from their seemingly-blissful goofiness (and… 'memorable' artwork) as from their... (by ScreamingSteelUS)   Read more ››
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Origin - Entity (2011)

American death tyrants Origin are here with their eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2008's beast of an album Antithesis. New vocalist Jason Keyser has joined the ranks, but stylistically the band have not deviated from their previous musical path. Entity is another unrelenting blunt-force trauma to the ears from start to finish, with all the technical and pulverising traits we have learnt to associate with the band. Let's not kid ourselves though, Origin are a one-trick pony, and always... (by Baz Anderson)   Read more ››

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