Falloch - This Island, Our Funeral
Review by tea[m]ster
9.1
Scottish band Falloch have finally released their sophomore album, three years after their highly decorated debut Where Distant Spirits Remain. Main song writer and vocalist Andy Marshall left the band during this period, the void filled with a trio of capable musicians and a new sound. A straight-forward and desensitized atmospheric approach takes the place of most of the "gazy" and folk metal elements. I love the band's new direction and This Island, Our Funeral is an impressive piece of music that will hold its own against the Dustwalker's and The Serpent & the Sphere's of the genre.

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Nero Di Marte - Derivae
Review by R'Vannith
8.5
Sometimes it's difficult to discern what is truly progressive in metal. This is providing we all have preconceived notions of what it means for artists to push at the identifiable territorial boundaries of music that are more familiar to us, and facilitate sounds external to generic confines. The prospect of a band finding themselves located somewhere between Gojira, Tool and Ulcerate is something I could never have anticipated. Yet Nero Di Marte leave listeners in anticipation with each careful note, echoing technicalities throughout primordially death metal perpetuating atmosphere and flowing forms of sound hitherto uncharted. Exploration persists in Derivae.

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Devin Townsend - Z²
Review by Apothecary
7.0
Uh oh, Apothecary is reviewing a prog album. Hold onto your undergarments, ladies and gentlemen, it's gonna be a bumpy ride.

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Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.2
Last time Slipknot released a studio album, they still served as one of my primary conduits to the metal scene. As I am no longer 14, Slipknot's angst-and-unorthodox-percussion-heavy brand of nu/alt metal lacks the same gravitas it once had, but I still enjoy Vol 3: The Subliminal Verses and Slipknot from time to time. You might call me a bit of a lapsed fan, but I'm enough of one to give .5: The Gray Chapter a fighting chance.

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Process Of Guilt / Rorcal - Process Of Guilt / Rorcal [Split] [EP]
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.4
Rorcal and Process Of Guilt: two bands, full of anguish and grit, each hot on the heels of a well-received testament to the catastrophic potential of black noise. They have come together, grinding like the massive tectonic plates of unnatural noise, to unleash an excellent split EP of dread-filled coldness.

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Fluxious - Nucleus Accumbens Diseases
Review by Ivor
 
Fluxious's début album Why So Serious? was a bit of an acquired taste and, with all its flaws and virtues, it turned out to be an either love or hate affair for some. Mixing jazz and metal, it was not a seamless blend of the two genres but had a sort of dichotomy going. Its appeal lied in contrasting patterns of both worlds that manifested itself in song structures, vocal lines as well as the overall feeling. The follow-up to this début is something I've been eagerly expecting for a while now.

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Kong - Stern
Review by Ivor
 
Kong are extremely good at delivering music that is restless and unsettling. If you're an impressionable sort, a driver that gets nervous and twitchy at the wheel of a car in a rush hour, Kong is not a good choice of background music. It will surely make you even more anxious and jumpy. It's the sort of music that just doesn't let itself be enjoyed sitting tight.

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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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Supported event

Dying Fetus: European Tour 2014

France, Toulouse (Le Dynamo)
25 November 2014

Dying Fetus
Goatwhore
Fallujah
Malevolence
Staff pick
Trepalium - Voodoo Moonshine
Swing Death Metal

Supersexy Swingin' Sounds? Hell yeah!

Trepalium have been searching since XIII for the perfect mix between the aggression in death metal and the swing and catchiness in jazz. Well, they nailed it perfectly with that awesome EP!

Check Moonshine Voodoo's video if you haven't already!


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Picked by: Darkside Momo
Thumbs up: Nefarious, Demonic Tutor
 
Cadaveria - New Single Released, Streaming Online 25.10

While you wait for the new Cadaveria album to drop, the band has released a new single which is included on their upcoming album entitled Silence, to be made available on November 18th via Scarlet Records. The single is entitled Carnival Of Doom and it can already be found on iTunes. You can view the cover artwork for the single below. As for the music, check out the song "Carnival Of Doom" streaming exclusively on Bandcamp. (by ManiacBlasphemer)   Read more ››
 
The Deathtrip - Debut New Song 25.10

By now, you have probably heard of The Deathtrip. This Norwegian black metal band features Bjørn "Lord Aldrahn" Dencker (Thorns, Zyklon-B, Dødheimsgard) on vocals, guitarist Host and drummer Daniel "Storm" Mullins (The Axis Of Perdition, Bal-Sagoth). The band has now premiered the first track off the forthcoming debut album. You can listen below to "Flag Of Betrayal" and get a taste of this opus. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Downfall Of Gaia - Stream Another Song 25.10

German post-metallers Downfall Of Gaia are streaming online another new track off their upcoming album Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay. The nearly 9-minute song is called "To Carry Myself To The Grave" and you can give it a listen at this location. Satisfy your curiosity. Was it worth your time? (by Pazdzioch)   Read more ››
 
Sunn O))) And Scott Walker - Share 'Brando' Short Film 24.10

Soused, the collaboration between drone doom metallers Sunn O))) and experimental musician Scott Walker was released this week. Some of you have probably already listened to it. Well, recently they've unveiled a short film, for the album's opening track, "Brando". French-Austrian artist, choreographer and director Gisèle Vienne has made the film titled Brando, inspired by, and using, Scott Walker and Sunn O)))'s song of the same name. Watch it here and give us your impressions of the piece. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Opera IX - Announce New Lineup 24.10

Italian black metal masters Opera IX have finally unveiled today a new lineup after the departure of their vocalist Marco "The Bard" De Rosa. Abigail Dianaria returns and is the new vocalist of the band. A new line-up usually means new material in the making but no confirmation has been made just yet. Are you excited about the new developments? (by Gothmog_Motsham)   Read more ››
 
Conan, Pallbearer, Yob: two nights of Sludge & Doom in Toulouse 24.10

... "Well, if Soyuz Bear were heavy, Conan were HEAVY." ... "I was really curious to see what Pallbearer were all about. And I was impressed." ... "Ahh, finally seeing Yob live!" (by Darkside Momo)   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! (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 ››
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Black Tusk - Tend No Wounds (2013)

Black Tusk really exemplifies the "Savannah Sludge" sound, and they always have. The downside of this is that they don't do much else, and release albums that many of us hear as unoriginal compared to their colleagues. The upside is that they're poised to become the stalwarts of the genre, the defenders of the faith, and the ones who will keep it alive after all others have passed on. (by Susan)   Read more ››

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Ravenland

The band was called Opus Nocturne for a short time before being named Ravenland again.

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