Rob Zombie - The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
6.4
Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor improved significantly on the sluggish, oppressively sane Hellbilly Deluxe 2, reinvigorating Rob Zombie with a lighter and leaner take on the typical Zombie sound that still reintroduced a lot of personality. The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Screw It This Is Way Too Long obviously tries to capitalize on the success of Venomous Rat's more radio-friendly numbers, but eschews the real substance of the last album in the process.

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Nervosa - Agony
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
7.2
It's difficult to believe that Nervosa is only a trio. Able to wield the muscle and bulk of a death metal band without taking on too much to weight to cut loose and mosh through most of the album, this latest flag-bearer of the Brazilian thrash tradition has a thick, brutal sound that doesn't entirely save Agony from middle-of-the-road songwriting, but captures attention long enough to get the hooks in.

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Whispered - Metsutan - Songs Of The Void
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.5
Finland surpasses every other country on earth in producing folk metal, now to such a fantastic extent that the Finns are taking over for other countries that don't produce enough folk metal bands of their own. For those of you unfamiliar with Whispered, this quartet deals in electrifying extreme power metal merged with traditional Japanese elements, like a colder, more calculated version of Chthonic,* or a Japanophile Winter-san.

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Terra Tenebrosa - The Reverses
Review by Apothecary
 
There's not much that can be easily understood in the bizarre, nightmarish world of Terra Tenebrosa. Then again, perhaps there's not much that's really meant to be. After two full lengths and an EP, fans of the band may eagerly be wondering what the next step is, and if The Reverses provides any clues that make the picture these eerie Swedes paint any clearer. Come, children, and we shall find out by traveling through the rabbit hole yet again. And by "rabbit hole," I mean vortex.

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Dakesis - The New Dawn
Review by Susan
6.9
Crystal clear, energetic power metal, light on symphonics, heavy on guitars, and topped with a very strong, mid-range voice. So, what went wrong?

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Voidless Form - I, Nihilist
Review by Apothecary
 
As the ardent fan can tell you, there's something about the drone genre that is fundamentally paradoxical. To the outsider it appears as a somewhat pointless formula: formless music with no real sense of guidance or structure. But what if, in some inexplicable way, the lack of a structure demands the exploration of new, rather atypical ones, thereby fueling the creative process? Enter Voidless Form, a band committed to sailing these uncharted waters.

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Gutter Instinct - Age Of The Fanatics
Review by Mr. Doctor
8.0
It may come as a surprise, but the south of Sweden is not swamped with metal like Gothenburg or Stockholm are. Sure, we have a good few acts but the scene is mostly filled with crust and hardcore punk (which I love) but also a shit-ton of non-threatening bad cop/good cop vocals over endless and tedious djenty breakdowns (you know the kind) So with no exaggeration, I must say I'm extremely pleased to see another extreme metal band hailing from my region.

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Supported event

Be Prog! My Friend... Festival 2016

Spain, Barcelona (Poble Espanyol)
01-02 July 2016

Opeth
Between The Buried And Me
Steven Wilson
Textures
(+7)
http://beprogmyfriend.com/16/en/be-prog-my-friend-festival/
Staff pick
Barús - Barús
Progressive Death Metal

The self-titled EP by Frenchies Barús is fantastique. Four separate tracks of slightly proggy death with vision, each with their own unique feel and vibe. Listened to this more than a dozen times now over three months, each time enjoying it while hating myself for not pounding out a review saying how much I enjoy it. Thus ends my confession. Hold not my sins against the band. Check it out.

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Cult Of Luna - Debut Video, To Perform 'Mariner' On Tour 29.06

Cult Of Luna have shared a couple of good news recently. In terms of live appearances, they have announced 5 exclusive European shows where they will perform Mariner, their collaboration with Julie Christmas, in its entirety. The shows happen in November with Julie Christmas and there are no plans to perform the album live again. In other news, the band has just released a video today for one of the tracks on the release, "Chevron". So, enjoy the trippy result! (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Within Temptation - Start New Album Songwriting Process 29.06

Recently, Within Temptation performed at the French festival, Hellfest Open Air. Beforehand, the band also took part in a press conference at Hellfest in Clisson, France where they talked about their next album. The follow-up to Hydra (2014) is being forged and the songwriting process has started. For now, they are still keeping most details under wraps. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Sabaton - New Album Trailer Online 29.06

Sabaton recently announced the release of their brand-new, 8th studio album, The Last Stand, due out on August 19th via Nuclear Blast Records. The band has now revealed the first album trailer, where they talk about different topics, including working with producer/musician Peter Tägtgren, and you can hear a few new snippets. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Draconian - Festival Appearances Cancelled 29.06

Draconian regret to inform fans that unfortunately they had to cancel their upcoming shows in Germany (Sunstorm Festival and Rockharz Festival) and in Romania (Dark Bombastic Evening) due to visa issues. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Periphery - New Song Available Online 29.06

As they prepare to unleash their new record, Periphery III: Select Difficulty, Periphery recently shared a brand new song from it as a foretaste. The album will be out on July 22nd via Sumerian Records and today you can spin "Flatline" here. The progressive metallers from Washington D.C. will embark on their next tour in August with SikTh, Chon and Toothgrinder in tow. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Babymetal - House Of Blues, Boston, MA - 5 May 2016 05.06

You guys are probably sick of hearing about Babymetal, right? Believe me, I completely understand. Poking the hornet's nest is getting a bit old for me as well. Still, you should just admit it - you're all harboring some morbid curiosity about what goes on at a Babymetal show. What kind of people go to such a thing? What sort of sick, twisted things do they get up to? Courageously, I took it upon myself to attend a Babymetal show, for no other reason than to report back to the real world and definitely not because I'm a huge fan now. Here follows my account. (by ScreamingSteelUS)   Read more ››
 
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 6 Issue #1 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 01.06

Is independent, unsigned, and underground metal what you seek? Weary traveller of the metal world, rest a while here. Clandestine Cuts are the best demos and EPs from these bands, the heart and soul of metal music. These musicians are slaves to their passions, and their blood keeps the metal machine alive and turning. Support them with a simple listen, and discover the future. This issue features music from Iotunn, Ghost Witch, Corinth, The Doomsday Kingdom, Celestial Ruin & The Colossal Dream. (by Nefarious, D.T. Metal, Abattoir, Susan)   Read more ››
 
Roadburn Festival 2016 - Day 3: Various Shades Of Heavy 30.05

Che: On the second-to-last day of this year's Roadburn Festival, as with the 2015 edition, the weather went South. Cold rain and winds greeted Rod, Zaphod, and I as we departed Marcel's house on that Saturday morning. But hey, since when has bad weather stopped trve metallers? Never, in my book. It was time for the next chapter, even if a little wet and shivery! (by Apothecary, Mr. Doctor)   Read more ››
 
Blind Guardian 25.05

Exploring parts of the United Kingdom Blind Guardian have not visited before, I thought it would be nice to have a chat with Marcus and Frederik and see how things are thirty years on. (by Baz Anderson)   Read more ››
 
Nibiru 02.05

It was a very spur-of-the-moment type of occasion. Not even five days before leaving for this year's Roadburn Festival, I received an email from a representative of NeeCee Agency in Italy saying that the ritualistic dronemasters in Nibiru were looking for interviews. As I was already planning on interviewing Oranssi Pazuzu at the festival, I thought I'd go two for two. There was room for one more, and I was happy to help the band out with some publicity. Why not? (by Apothecary)   Read more ››
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King's X - XV (2008)

King's X is back, and you know what, that's great! Why? Well because the band is heavier than ever on this release and that's good thing. "Dogman" was probably was of their famous but also heavier release to date but I think that people now will talk about "XV" too. No doubt that the American combo is like good wine, with time they're becoming better, which doesn't mean that they haven't released fantastic albums in the past, but at least they're... (by Jeff)   Read more ››

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