Ereb Altor - Nattramn
Review by Windrider
From Gefle, Sweden hail Ereb Altor, a band playing a mix of pagan and black metal, with their new album Nattramn. Many people compare them with the almighty Bathory, their epic and pagan era to be precise. If this holds true we shall find out, but what can already be said is that the music is indeed epic.


Blliigghhtted - Zeroes
Review by Mr. Doctor
If there's one deadly sin that will get me killed, it's sloth. Shit, I even get threats of ass-whoppings if I fail to do my job. Like with this review for the Turkish Blliigghhtted. Sounds weird? Yeah, but I'm too afraid to say it to their faces.


Faith No More - Sol Invictus
Review by BitterCOld
Faith No More are back "From The Dead" with Sol Invictus, their first new release in 18 years. Sooooo is SI "Epic"? Maybe Album Of The Year? Or are you concerned "Everything's Ruined"? When it comes to Faith No More, well, for many of us, "We Care A Lot."


Kamelot - Haven
Review by Ag Fox
Roy Khan is back!


Undersmile - Anhedonia
Review by Apothecary
When considering the use of female vocals in metal, the thing I tend to notice is that many typically envision them as needing to be bright, airy, and high pitched... that is, giving off a more "pretty" tone than is typically found from vocals in the genre. Enter an alternative to this rather dull idea in the form of the UK's Undersmile, a doom foursome fronted by two ladies, who, while keeping things beautiful, also prefer to take their sound in a more crushing, perhaps bleaker direction.


Apothecary - Drifting Towards The Ancients
Review by Apothecary
So about a month ago, a little-known band from the States called Apothecary contacted me, asking me if I'd like to review an album of theirs. After ruling out my initial theory that the band was simply my older self sending recordings to my younger self from the future, I sat down for some music that, while somewhat trite, nonetheless has a lot of potential lurking within it.


Tribulation - The Children Of The Night
Review by Mr. Doctor
The journey these Swedes have made is without a doubt one of the more interesting ones in the modern death metal scene.


Sigh - Graveward
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
Hey, Wintersun. Listen up. You want to know how to make a proper, full-length album with hundreds upon hundreds of tracks over ten songs in only three years without constantly bitching about not having your own private studio/living space/jacuzzi, AND while still challenging both yourself and your fans with a multifarious jewel of avant-garde perfection? Take note, because Sigh have that totally locked down.


Staff pick
Tribulation - The Children Of The Night
Oh well.

Perhaps less proggy, definitely less death metal-ly, definitely more concise. Definitely brilliant. Don't miss this gem.

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Arch Enemy - Release Video For 2015 Version Of 'Stolen Life' 04.05

Arch Enemy are releasing a new digital single. Right before the metal titans kick off their next European tour tomorrow in France, the band has just released a new video for a brand new version of a song that was originally released on the 2014 album, War Eternal. This new version, "Stolen Life (2015 Version)", has the distinction of featuring additional lead/solo parts of their new guitarist Jeff Loomis! As for the video, it was directed and produced by Carlos Toro V. (Abysmo Films) and filmed in Chile during their recent Latin America tour in early 2015. How do you like this version... (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Brutal Assault 2015 - Mayhem, Arcturus And More Confirmed 04.05

Brutal Assault 2015 promises to be a veritable feast for fans of all kinds of metal. The festival is taking place in Czech Republic in Jaroměř from 05-08 August 2015 and despite its long list of bands confirmed so far, the organizers continue to announce big names. The latest confirmations include cult black metal act Mayhem, avantgarde metallers Arcturus, Dødheimsgard, Blood Red Throne, Ad Nauseam, Atari Teenage Riot, Hed PE, Perturbator and Sebkha-Chott. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Morgoth - Launch Video For 'Traitor' 04.05

Morgoth have released a fair share of new videos. Recently, they shot a video clip for the song "Traitor", taken from the band's recently released and critically acclaimed comeback album Ungod. The lyrics of "Traitor" deal with the topic of child soldiers. The disturbing pictures of the video underline this dark death metal tune with its harsh lyrics. Watch the final product now! (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Metsatöll - New EP Coming, Performing At Hard Rock Laager 04.05

Estonians Metsatöll have a few things up their sleeve for the near future. The band will be performing at Hard Rock Laager this year and they will play the entire debut album Hiiekoda live. Moreover, on May 15th, Metsatöll will release their new EP named Pummelung. Besides two unpublished tracks, the EP includes the cover of J.M.K.E's "Külmale Maale" (To The Cold Land). (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Titans Eve - Streaming New Song 04.05

Canadians Titans Eve have some new thrash to share. The quartet from Vancouver will unleash a new album called Chasing The Devil on June 12th, 2015. A few days ago, the group also shared a new song which you can now hear over here. Enter the "Warpath", a song about "being forced to fight for something you don't believe in and having no control over your destiny, but trying to find the courage to do what you know is the right thing." (by Bad English)   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 ››
Evergrey - Factory, Tallinn, Estonia, 26.03.2015 10.04

Evergrey have been long-awaited guests around these parts. Even though they come from a country so close, it's apparently still a lengthy journey to drop by. To some, Evergrey are a band about 10 years past their prime, but their latest album seems to have gotten the blood flowing again and has gained some good attention. Regardless of the reasons, it was a pleasure to see them hit the stage in Tallinn as part of the Tallinn Music Week festival. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
70000 Tons Of Metal 2015 - Day Four: There's A Tear In My Beer 04.04

The last day of the cruise is always bittersweet since well it's the last day. But it's also the day to catch bands which were missed previously. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
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Deiphago - Filipino Antichrist (2009)

Costa Rican Black metal baby...! Wait, what? Yeah, Deiphago resides on Costa Rica, after a couple of years of chillin' in the Philippines. Apparently they started their unholy rituals in '89, which is a bit hard to believe in my opinion, but well, who am I to dispute that? So, after precisely twenty years we can finally hear their second full-length, Filipino Antichrist. Rejoice. Deiphago plays their Black metal the Blasphemy way. In other words, you're in for a short burst of violent... (by Lucas)   Read more ››

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Each of the band member's stage names feature a double entendre with a sense of humor and make references to cats.

Matatabi means "flash fire", but it can also be read as silver vine (loved by cats, similar to catnip).
Kuroneko literally means "black cat", just symbolizing her personality.
Maneki practically means "summoning oni".
Karukan is unclear. Karu independently means "attacking"/"hunting" and Kan is "adultery". The kanji 姦 and 奸, (the latter now meaning "wickedness") were the same in old times but have been changed. But it is also a brand of cat food.
Tora It's pronounced like the word "tiger", but its reading is the same as tabby. It also refers to him being a Hanshin Tigers fan.

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