Bastard Sapling - Instinct Is Forever
Review by R'Vannith
7.6
Black metal finds an auspiciously vicious delivery in Instinct Is Forever. While the aggressions and subtle allure are typically developed for the genre, they do seem to come instinctively to Bastard Sapling, their sound benefiting from an underlying element at the roots.

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Horncrowned - Defanatus (Diabolus Adventus)
Review by Windrider
 
One can explore quite a lot when discovering the non-european black metal scenes. Historically, the most important and still the biggest scene overseas can be found in South America. Bands like Sarcófago filled in the small gap between the first and second wave in Scandinavia. However, today's discussion topic hails from Bogotá, Colombia and has the pleasant name Horncrowned. They have been around since 2001 and released four full-length albums so far, the fourth one being rated today here live and uncut, entitled Defanatus (Diabolus Adventus).

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Cowards - Rise To Infamy
Review by Ilham
7.9
Incipit in media fucking res.

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Reasons Behind - The Alpha Memory
Review by Jason W.
7.8
Reasons Behind waste no time in undertaking an ambitious concept album with their debut, The Alpha Memory. Guitar-driven symphonic metal that is full of exuberant keyboard and piano melodies and plenty of unique and memorable vocal passages, Reasons Behind give the listener an emotional journey into the mind of a woman living with one of the greatest conditions of the mind, that of Alzheimer's.

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Sedna - Sedna
Review by Apothecary
8.0
In need of an album to prove to all the Gorgoroth and "one trve Mayhem" worshipers that black metal today is anything but confined to Satanic and dark themes? Sedna have got you covered.

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Ghost Brigade - IV - One With The Storm
Review by R'Vannith
8.3
For three records the Finnish band Ghost Brigade have provided a unique example of melodic death metal progression. Basing their studio efforts well beyond generic limits and engaging the structures and tones of post-metal, they continue to issue their original and outlying style in IV: One With The Storm, but to a similar result as any of their prior releases.

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Kolony - Sledge
Review by Doc Godin
5.9
Have you ever listened to one of those albums where it's quite clear one member of the band gives significantly less shits than everyone else around him/her? That's Kolony's Sledge in a nutshell.

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Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era
Review by R'Vannith
8.0
Staving off doubts given their frequency of line-up changes, Mors Principium Est consistently prove themselves to be a vital name in melodic death metal. Not for reasons of clear originality of style, but vital for their shared vitality, a remarkable feat considering the rate at which their rhythm guitars switch hands.

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Staff pick
Tummler And Solomon - You've Worn Out Your Welcome
Northwest posty doom stuff

End your year on a high note and listen to the strong debut of these Cascadian newcomers. A delightfully varied concoction of stoner-ish doom and mellow post metal landscapes, complete with a warm organ sound that wants to do nothing but hug you to death and hazy vocals that feel like floating on a cloud. Recommended for any fans of more atmospheric-tinged doom.

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Anvil - Confirm Headlining US Tour 25.12

Heavy metal veterans Anvil have some touring plans to share. The band will embark on a extensive headlining tour across the United States next February and March. Direct support will come from Portland sludge metallers Lord Dying, while Sunlord will perform as the opening act on all dates. Check out the list of confirmed tour dates below the official tour flyer. (by Abattoir)   Read more ››
 
Debauchery - To Release New Album 25.12

German death metal maniacs Debauchery have some pleasent news to share. Next summer, the band will be releasing their upcoming new studio album, entitled Fuck Humanity. The follow-up to 2013' Kings Of Carnage is planned to be released in July, 2015 via Massacre Records. More details about this new effort will be announced in following weeks. (by Abattoir)   Read more ››
 
Akeldama - Release New Video 25.12

Florida-based metalcore/djent act Akeldama released a brand new official video, "A Seed Of Hope", now available for streaming through the YouTube player down below. The track for this videoclip is taken of their debut effort, Everything Beautiful, released back in September, 2013 through Rogue Records America. (by Abattoir)   Read more ››
 
Ne Obliviscaris - Announce Festival Appearances 25.12

Ausie extreme prog metallers Ne Obliviscaris are pleased to announce a several festival appearances for the upcoming 2015. Festival touring plans include some well known places, among others: Hellfest, Tuska Open Air, Summer Breeze, Metaldays, etc. More dates to be announced soon. All confirmed festival shows can be found down below. Check it out! (by Abattoir)   Read more ››
 
Between The Buried And Me - To Enter Studio In January 25.12

Though not much information was given yet, progressive metalcore giants Between The Buried And Me revealed they are returning to the studio in January with Jamie King, who mixed and mastered the band's live CD/DVD Future Sequence: Live At The Fidelitorium, to record the band's 7th full-length album. Until then, enjoy the band's alter ego below! (by J. N.)   Read more ››
 
Goatwhore, Dying Fetus and support in Toulouse, 25/11/2014 13.12

As soon as the Toulouse date of this tour was announced, I knew I had to come. Goatwhore coming here? Hell yeah!!! (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
 
Mars Red Sky + Year Of No Light in Toulouse 09.12

Let's face it: they didn't bring any Bordeaux wine with them... (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
 
Voting Abuse, MS, and YOU! 06.12

So you want to be a Stormtrooper and check peoples darkest habits in an effort to report Votecriminals to your local Moderator? Here are some thoughts on the scoring system and tips on tracking down Votecriminals. (by Xnoybis)   Read more ››
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Tombs - Fear Is The Weapon (2010)

About a year ago I reviewed the debut album from Brooklyn's Tombs. Winter Hours was a pretty cool album mixing elements of sludge and black metal into a nice, dense, oppressive sonic slab. Tombs is back a year later with Fear Is The Weapon, a compilation presumably to tide us over until their sophomore full-length. This release, limited to 1,000 copies, contains the tracks of their initial self-titled EP, their split with Planks, as well as some demo versions of songs that ended up on Winter... (by BitterCOld)   Read more ››

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Gamma Ray's mascot is called "Fangface". Fangface also appears on Helloween's first album 'Walls of Jericho'.

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