Einherjer - Av Oss, For Oss
Review by R'Vannith
8.0
As it turns out, Norrøn was merely a stepping stone in Einherjer's return. The Viking beats are back in full form in Av Oss, For Oss.

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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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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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Accept - Guitarist And Drummer Leave The Band 28.12

Guitarist Herman Frank and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann decided to leave heavy metallers Accept to pursue the new act they have established with Schmier of Destruction named Panzer (GER). According to the band, there is no bad blood between them and they remain friends. For now, Accept haven't announced replacements yet. (by Csabi)   Read more ››
 
Ghost B.C. - New Album In The Works 28.12

After releasing their latest album Infestissumam back in 2013 as well as the covers EP If You Have Ghost, it's time for Ghost B.C. to work on new material again. The Swedish entity recently released an update confirming that they are preparing a new record that should come out next year. Let the anticipation begin... (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Deicide - To Start Working On New Album 28.12

Florida death metal veterans Deicide released their last album In The Minds Of Evil in 2013. However, they have already confirmed plans for album number 12 and they expect to spend much of the next year focusing on writing new material, according to their drummer and founding member Steve Asheim. (by Mehdi Taba)   Read more ››
 
Gyze - Announce New Album 28.12

Japanese melodeath trio Gyze have announced they'll be putting out a new studio album on February 25th through their Japanese label Victor Entertainment. Entitled Black Bride, this record will be their sophomore release, following on from their Ettore Rigotti-produced 2013 debut Fascinating Violence. We don't yet know anything regarding Black Bride's contents, or if either member of Disarmonia Mundi has been involved in the production. (by Ruchesko)   Read more ››
 
Lord Symphony - To Re-Release Albums, Singles On Cassette 28.12

To celebrate their 9th anniversary, Indonesian epic power metallers Lord Symphony will release all of their albums, singles and demo in cassette format, packed in a boxset with an exclusive wooden box. This limited boxset will be available for only 100 hand numbered boxes, released by Majemuk Records. (by finalfortuner)   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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Five Finger Death Punch - The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell - Volume 1 (2013)

I used to like Five Finger Death Punch. (by R Lewis)   Read more ››

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J.B.O. is short for James Blast Orchester, a parody on the German easy-listening act James Last Orchestra. After James Last threatened legal action, the band printed a "censored" sign in place of the word "Blast" on their album covers.

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