Bell Witch - Four Phantoms
Review by Apothecary
Funeral doom has always struck me as a very hit or miss style of music. You either get albums from bands that are totally monumental, crushing, and epic, or ones that somehow just can't figure out the trick and are instead boring, overly plodding, and uninspired, with very little to be found in between these extremes. Four Phantoms, the sophomore effort from the American Bell Witch, is a curious release in this regard, one that first appears to be in that second area, but begins to move to the first as its grandiosity is slowly revealed.


Coal Chamber - Rivals
Review by deadone
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.


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.


Leprous - The Congregation
Review by R'Vannith
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.


Nibiru - Padmalotus
Review by Apothecary
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.


Sannhet - Revisionist
Review by tea[m]ster
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.


Gruesome - Savage Land
Review by deadone
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.


King Parrot - Dead Set
Review by Doc Godin
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.


Staff pick
Lurker Of Chalice - Lurker Of Chalice
Ambient Black Metal

Too much of a fanboy? Probably...
Yet I still feel the obligation to remind our users that one of the modern classics of black metal has just turned a decade old.

It remains as unique and soul-draining as the very day it was released.
No happiness, no sadness, no fear, no hope... Pure emptiness.

Celebrate the void!

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Saxon - New Album Title Announced 30.05

The follow-up to 2013's Sacrifice and heavy metal veterans Saxon's 21st album will be called Battering Ram, says frontman Biff Byford, who expects the album to be released this autumn by October. Byford says that the album is nearing completion with a few last details to take care of. (by RaduP)   Read more ››
Powerwolf - New Album Bonus CD Announced 30.05

Germans Powerwolf will release their next full-length effort entitled Blessed & Possessed on July 10th on Napalm Records. Apart from that, they have also now revealed details regarding the bonus album Metallum Nostrum, which will be included as a separate Mediabook in the limited edition of the record. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Stryper - New Album First Details 30.05

Fallen is the title of the new album from heavy metallers Stryper. It will be released worldwide on Friday, October 23rd via Frontiers Music Srl. The album was tracked at SpiritHouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts and will include a cover version of the Black Sabbath track "After Forever". According to Michael Sweet, it will be their best album. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Hate Eternal - Share New Album Title And Release Date 29.05

Florida-based brutal death metallers Hate Eternal just lifted the veil on their new full-length album. As of today, we know that it will be called Infernus, and it will see a 24th of August release (North America: August 21st) via Season Of Mist. More information regarding the album artwork, tracklist and more will be made available soon. Fans who have been waiting for the follow-up to Phoenix Amongst The Ashes can start getting ready for new songs. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Virgin Steele - Lyric Video Released 29.05

U.S. symphonic heavy metallers Virgin Steele are preparing to release a new album 5 years after The Black Light Bacchanalia saw the light of day. Nocturnes Of Hellfire & Damnation will be released on June 17th via SPV and for now you can enjoy a new lyric video for the track "Lucifer's Hammer". (by ManiacBlasphemer)   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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Castle - Under Siege (2014)

Good old-fashioned occultism has a well established presence in the contemporary metal scene; sounds from yesteryear revamped in the liveliest of rocking rituals all ably performed by such outstanding acts as the likes of Ghost B.C. and In Solitude. In come the doom inclined Castle to fortify the situation. (by R'Vannith)   Read more ››

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Iron Maiden

In the album Piece Of Mind, at the beginning of the sixth track, "Still Life", the band included a hidden message which could only be understood by playing the album backwards. This was a joke and an intended swing back at the critics who had accused Iron Maiden of being satanic. The backwards-message (see Wiki: Backmasking) features Nicko McBrain mimicking Idi Amin (or rather mimicking John Bird mimicking Idi Amin) uttering the phrase, "What ho said the t'ing with the three 'bonce', do not meddle with things you don't understand..." followed by a belch. The phrase itself is taken from the satirical album The Collected Broadcasts Of Idi Amin by Bird and Alan Coren. "What ho" and "What ho said the t'ing" are phrases that also crop up regularly on McBrain's "Listen With Nicko!" tracks from The First Ten Years collection.

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