Coal Chamber - Rivals
Review by deadone
6.0
Twelve years after they went the way of the dodo, nu metal stalwarts Coal Chamber are back with a new album, Rivals. And like with any reunion album, the question arises as to whether it would be a welcome addition to the band's catalogue or just another pointless exercise in misguided nostalgia.

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Alkaloid - The Malkuth Grimoire
Review by Windrider
 
When it comes to progressive metal, one finds many die-hard fans and others who can't handle it at all. It might be that this genre has a larger ratio of musicians among the fans, those who comprehend the music are more likely to enjoy it with all its facets. Out of nothing now a new band emerged; Alkaloid from Germany greet us with their first ever release after their formation just a year ago. The musicians, however, are known to some people from their work with other big bands like Necrophagist, Obscura or Dark Fortress. Therefore, calling this new project a big surprise would be a bit of an exaggeration, nevertheless the music is worth the praise it currently receives.

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Leprous - The Congregation
Review by R'Vannith
9.0
It would be unlike Leprous to exercise restraint to the point of diminishment and place limitations on fresh efforts. Nonetheless, The Congregation is a compromise.

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Nibiru - Padmalotus
Review by Apothecary
8.5
In recent years, a good few occult theorists and scientists who spend too much time reading Zecharia Sitchin have come to proclaim the inevitable return of Nibiru. If they're talking about the fabled planet, I'd say their arguments are probably shit out of luck, but if they happen to be referring to the band, they're dead on. The Italian trio that is Nibiru are indeed here again on the psychedelia block, and they're striking back with what is perhaps their most powerful album to date.

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Sannhet - Revisionist
Review by tea[m]ster
9.0
An American band that plays good black metal? There are not many, and even though Sannhet orchestrates what certainly can be labeled as "hipster" black metal (had to say it), they are pretty unique in that they have no vocals. Think Deafheaven, Altar Of Plagues or Regarde Les Hommes Tomber but without the desolate, shrieking and chthonic black metal singing.

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Gruesome - Savage Land
Review by deadone
7.0
There are probably a few Death fans out there who lament that the band switched to more progressive pastures far too quickly and who believe the band should have churned out a few more Leprosy's instead. Now these fans have their wish come true in the form of Gruesome's Leprosy worshipping debut Savage Land.

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King Parrot - Dead Set
Review by Doc Godin
8.3
Honestly, looking at the name, you couldn't fault someone for thinking this is another one of those Municipal Waste side projects, which doesn't set the highest expectations. Don't get me wrong, Cannabis Corpse and Iron Reagan are both good fun, but ultimately a bit disposable. King Parrot meets some expectations and blows away others.

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Arena - The Unquiet Sky
Review by Ivor
 
Turns out it's not easy to come up with an apt description for the new Arena album. I've spent quite some time searching for a phrase that would round up my ongoing journey with The Unquiet Sky. Until recently I could only think of something being off about this one. Now, finally, I've concluded that unremarkable grower sums it up best. That, and that something is decidedly off about it.

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Malthusian - Below The Hengiform
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Poaching another Fenriz-Approved, stream it here.

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Dreadnought - Reveal New Album Details, Share New Song 28.05

The folk/progressive metal outfit Dreadnought, who had their debut album Lifewoven nominated on the Metal Storm Awards for the Best Progressive Metal Album category in 2013, have revealed the cover art of their upcoming album named Bridging Realms. The new album is to be released on August 11th via Sailor Records. Along with the announcement, the band has shared the first taste of the album, an epic number called "Transpiration". You can stream it below. (by Unhealer)   Read more ››
 
Fear Factory - Share New Album Cover Art And Tracklist 28.05

Fear Factory continue to reveal more about their new album. After announcing the title and release date, the next pieces of the puzzle are the cover artwork and the tracklist. Also, you can find out more about the concept behind the album that will be called Genexus. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Shining - Release New Video 28.05

Shining have released a music video for the track "Vilja & Dröm" which you might recognize from the black metallers new album IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends. The NSFW video is streaming now online and you can watch it below if you dare. The video filmed and edited by long-time Shining collaborator Martin Strandberg features a band performance as well as footage of violence and brutality. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
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Sinmara - In The Studio 28.05

Sinmara, the black metal quintet from Iceland, is back in the studio. After releasing their last album Aphotic Womb last year, the band has returned to Studio Emissary. More info about exactly what they are recording will be announced in the following months. You should expect some new material. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Roadburn Festival 2015 - Day 2: The Known And The Unknown 25.05

Che: As you guys might remember, for the past six years or so Roadburn has been having a curator take command on this second day, a member of a fairly well known band who not only gets to headline with the band on that day, but also selects which bands will be playing on three of the five stages. This year, curating duties went to Ivar Bjornson of Enslaved and Einar Selvik of Wardruna, immediately raising my curiosity for this "Houses Of The Holistic" day far beyond Mikael Akerfeldt's curating last year. (by Apothecary, Mr. Doctor)   Read more ››
 
Roadburn Festival 2015 - Day 1: "Get Rekt" 15.05

It's that time again, folks! A month after it's already passed, and a bunch of reviews have already been written about it, your favorite procrastinators Apothecary and Mr. Doctor are once again getting to their four day breakdown of Roadburn Festival. We may be late to the game, but hey guys: you haven't heard the tale of Roadburn until you've heard it from us. So sit back, put your feet up, throw on that guilty pleasure power metal album that no one knows you like, and come along for the ride. (by Apothecary, Mr. Doctor)   Read more ››
 
Getting Into: Alice Cooper 03.05

Getting Into: Alice Cooper 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. Alice Cooper Hard rock, heavy metal, glam rock, psychedelic rock, new wave, industrial metal, punk, experimental rock, pop USA It would be impossible to quantify the vast influence that Alice Cooper has had on hard rock and heavy metal. The name originally described... (by ScreamingSteelUS)   Read more ››
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Thulcandra - Under A Frozen Sun (2011)

I wanted to make some really cool analogy for Thulcandra being the answer (supply) to the world's demand for Dissection stocks or bonds or whatever, but I spent too much time chasing squirrels as a kid instead of reading The Wall Street Journal so I don't know what's a NASDAQ or a derivative. But if you can imagine how cool it would have been that would really help me out. In any case, the comparison has been made so you know what you're getting yourself into with this band.... (by Troy Killjoy)   Read more ››

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Seventh Star was originally supposed to be a Tony Iommi solo album. Record company pressure forced Iommi to call it a Black Sabbath album, hence the official name of the band on this album being "Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi". The "featuring" part was dropped when they went on tour,

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