Disarmonia Mundi - Cold Inferno
Review by Demonic Tutor
Determined to let the world know that Italy can still produce some high-quality Gothenburg metal, Disarmonia Mundi is back after a 6-year hiatus. The Turin-based twosome is comprised of instrumentalist extraordinaire Ettore Rigotti and vocalist Claudio Ravinale. Björn Strid from Soilwork and Christian Älvestam also provide some vocal work. In this much coveted market of melodic death metal, it has always been virtually impossible to avoid...


Gyre - Moirai [EP]
Review by Ilham
Ah. Youth.


Sacred Oath - Ravensong
Review by deadone
So it turns out the metal gods do in fact listen to our prayers. Ask for a ballsy, melodic heavy/power metal album that's not overproduced and not rooted in Helloween clichés and the metalgods grant not one but two such albums in the form of the new Armored Saint as well as the album in question, Sacred Oath's Ravensong. But are the gods truly generous or just a bunch of fickle tricksters who give with one hand only to take with the other?


Third Ion - 13/8 Bit
Review by Ag Fox
In case you've been living under a rock, supergroups are all the rage now, and they are popping up quicker than you can count them. Third Ion may not be as "super" in terms of fame, but this collaborative effort is still very much on my radar because members of Into Eternity and The Devin Townsend Project are on board.


Autokrator - Autokrator
Review by Apothecary
Those not particularly accustomed to the drone genre may be surprised to discover the incredible amount of variation lurking within it. As a fundamentally structure-less genre, its very nature leaves the door for invention wide open, in turn leading to many different interpretations of the drone sound. This year, French newcomers Autokrator are ready to put their own spin on this principle, with some interesting, though perhaps unexpected influences.


Kataklysm - Of Ghosts And Gods
Review by Windrider
Kataklysm is surely one of the constants in death metal: releasing an album every few years, maintaining their line-up for almost two decades and only changing on the drums, and being a guarantee for some quality music. With their latest release, Waiting For The End To Come, they let some dynamics return to the otherwise so heavy style, and that was pretty refreshing overall. Now it's time to prove that they can hold onto that path. Of Ghosts And Gods is here to please all fans of their latest stuff.


Black Space Riders - Refugeeum
Review by R'Vannith
In theme as much as sound, Refugeeum is an album concerning escape and dislocation from the rather aggregate arrangement of prior Black Space Riders records, and it's an active attempt at something more specific.


Ruby The Hatchet - Aurum [Compilation]
Review by R'Vannith
Aurum is a recap of the successes that brought Philadelphia's Ruby The Hatchet to their latest release in Valley Of The Snake. As a compilation, it is comprised of the band's choice tunes from their debut record Ouroboros placed between the two taken from their following EP entitled The Eliminator. In essence, it's an energised stoner rock summary when compared to the new material of their sophomore.


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Cryptopsy - Announce Tour With Blood Red Throne And Psycroptic 29.07

In between a handful of festival appearances, Canadian deathmongers Cryptopsy will do a handful of club gigs throughout Europe and United Kingdom with fellow death metal tanks Blood Red Throne and Psycroptic. (by J. N.)   Read more ››
Black Shape Of Nexus - Two New Songs Streaming 29.07

The German sludge sextet Black Shape Of Nexus has been working on new material since earlier this year and have now released two new songs for the fans. Entitled "Sachsenheim" and "VII", both tracks can be streamed for free here. (by J. N.)   Read more ››
Thou - New Single Streaming 29.07

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Between The Buried And Me - Drummer Explains Salt Lake City Performance 29.07

During their performance in Salt Lake City, Utah, Between The Buried And Me drummer Blake Richardson left the stage due to technical difficulties and severe nerve issues in his left leg since the start of the Coma Ecliptic tour, also featuring Animals As Leaders and The Contortionist as support. (by J. N.)   Read more ››
Obscura - Appearance At Summer Slaughter Cancelled 29.07

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Clandestine Cuts Vol. 5 Issue #3 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 24.07

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 Neck Of The Woods, Venom Prison, Shrine Of The Serpent, Concatenatus, Criminology & Geist. (by Nefarious, BloodTears, Ilham, Abattoir, Mr. Doctor)   Read more ››
Hard Rock Laager 2015 - Vana-Vigala, Estonia, 03-04.07.2015 13.07

It's been so long since the last time I was at Hard Rock Laager. It's, to put it bluntly, quite embarrassing. When I looked it up, it turned out that I have skipped 6 editions. It's surprisingly 2 less than I initially thought, though. The reasons have varied from Hellfests to conflicting schedules, as well as the lack of interest for any particular line-up, and laziness. In those skipped editions I only really regret missing Trail Of Tears and I didn't intend to repeat this mistake with Threshold. And being there again, it felt like a homecoming. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
Getting Stoked: 70000 Tons Of Metal 2016 - Ready For Round Six 06.07

Getting Stoked: 70000 Tons Of Metal 2016 - Ready For Round Six I love the smell of "Napalm In The Morning" well, not really, but there I was, preparing to write this 'Getting Stoked' article, and the organizers of 70000 Tons Of Metal made their first thrash metal band announcement for next year's cruise - Sodom. :banger: (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
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Absence Of The Sacred - Come Hither O Herald Of Death (2012)

Here we have another album that will make you say "originality? L O L." The only thing more savage, brutal, and vicious than Singapore's penal system is some of the music that's coming out of its underground at the moment. Take Absence Of The Sacred as an example. Their new album Come Hither O Herald Of Death (which apparently is indeed new and didn't come out in 2009...) is a brutal, technical slab of death metal with some thrash elements thrown on top. Or, in other words,... (by wormdrink414)   Read more ››

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