Last Minute To Jaffna - Volume III
Review by R'Vannith
6.8
Metal awash with the down-tempo depressions of slowcore; this is Last Minute To Jaffna's relaxing rebuke to unoriginality. The resulting sound in Volume III is hypnotic and psychedelic, breathed into life with Italian acoustic. For a post-metal album, it's an unusual experience.

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Dark Fortress - Venereal Dawn
Review by Doc Godin
9.0
Tasteful evolution. If there ever was a phrase to describe Dark Fortress, that, right there, is it. They're never ones to reinvent the wheel, but why should they? They've crafted their own sound without any extravagant gimmicks, they don't take risks, but they also never really misstep. With each album, Dark Fortress just defines their sound a little more. Venereal Dawn is another solid step forward in the logical progression of their history.

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Wolf - Devil Seed
Review by Doc Godin
7.0
Wolf, is and always has been, what this "new wave of the old school style" always tries to accomplish. Creating a new sound from old pieces. So many young(er) bands attempt it, most come across as disposable nostalgia acts. Wolf have always danced that fine line without stepping over completely, giving them their edge. And so it continues with Devil Seed.

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Sorxe - Surrounded By Shadows
Review by Apothecary
8.0
Melody and a strong sense of atmosphere can sometimes be hard to come by in the sludge style. The Americans of Sorxe, however, are here to provide us with a fine counterexample to this common rule.

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Opeth - Pale Communion
Review by R'Vannith
 
Opeth have softened their sound. This is old news, and this is also an old sound. Pale Communion is their sophomore in a retrograde and vintage style of progressive rock, yet it remains poised with their distinctive craftsmanship. The question arises as to whether this record builds upon the band's efforts in Heritage. It does.

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Tonic Breed - Outsold
Review by tea[m]ster
7.1
Dear Tonic Breed, I have been challenged to review something not labeled "post" and I am excited to say you have been chosen to be the guinea pig for my little independent excursion. Luckily for me, you play some decent old-school thrash metal that reminds me of the "bang-my-head" days back in the late 1980's. It will be a privilege to write about your latest album, Outsold. Even though it's not the most original thrash metal I've heard, in essence, it's pretty predictable, but I do enjoy your tenaciousness and dedication for creating music that any ancient follower of the classic thrash metal scene will enjoy.

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Horrendous - Ecdysis
Review by Windrider
9.0
I know I also have other stuff to review, but really it's hard to stop listening to this album. This is about Horrendous' new album Ecdysis. Weird title, it describes the process of moulting, as Wikipedia tells me as a non-native English speaker. However I didn't know about this band before and to be honest I don't know much about classical death metal in general, but I know that this album rocks your socks. These guys hail from the USA and it's their second record.

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Malpractice - Turning Tides
Review by Mattybu
 
To me, Finland has always been a great country for metal. Between groups like Amorphis, Ensiferum, and the almighty Kalmah, there has always been a wealth of great Finnish metal out there. Turning Tides was my first exposure to Malpractice, a progressive metal group from the same Nordic land. Not surprisingly, the album is very good.

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70000 Tons Of Metal 2015

USA, Fort Lauderdale, FL (Liberty Of The Seas)
22-26 January 2015

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Ensiferum
Arch Enemy
Equilibrium
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Staff pick
Crimson Shadows - Kings Among Men
Extreme Power Metal

An unpretentious mix of DragonForce, Amon Amarth and mid-career Ensiferum.

Extreme power metal done right.

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Picked by: Doc Godin
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Scar Symmetry - Release Lyric Video For New Single 22.08

Swedish melodic death metallers Scar Symmetry will release their new album The Singularity (Phase I - Neohumanity) this coming October and today marks the release of the first single called "Limits To Infinity". Aren't you curious about the new material? Well, watch the lyric video of the song here now! Guitarist Per Nilsson said that the new album is the most progressive and elaborate project in the history of Scar Symmetry. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Dream Theater - Releasing New DVD/Blu-Ray, Clip Available 22.08

Progressive metal titans Dream Theater have announced the release of a new live DVD-Blu-ray. Usually, the band releases a new DVD per album cycle and this new one is called Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House). This a live set of the band's one-of-a-kind performance from the Boston Opera House on March 25th, 2014. Have a taste of what you will find on the new release by watching the clip for "The Looking Glass" (from their latest album Dream Theater) here. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Sunn O))) And Scott Walker - 'Soused' Cover And Trailer Unveiled 22.08

After the news of the collaborative record of Scott Walker and Sunn O))), fans can now hear an excerpt of the material via a two-minute trailer. You can watch it in the player below. This should help build the anticipation for Soused which will be released on October 20th. Is it what you were expecting? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Korn - Launch New Video 22.08

You can now watch Korn's new music video for the track "Hater". The single is available digitally and was also included on The Paradigm Shift: World Tour Edition. As for the video, it was directed by David Yarovesky and you can enjoy it now. The video also features fan-submitted clips where they share stories of being victims of bullying, abuse, or hatred and how it affected them. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Destrose - Announce New EP 22.08

All-female heavy metal troupe Destrose have announced they'll be putting out a new EP - or "mini-album" as they're called in Japan - on September 24th. Entitled The Prologue, this mini-album will be distributed via the band's own label Flyingcat Records. (by Ruchesko)   Read more ››
 
Rockstar Mayhem Festival 2014 - Denver, CO - 13 Jul 2014 29.07

The annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival! Great variety of bands, I always have a blast, it's always fun, the weather is always way too hot and this year's event was almost no exception. Yes, almost no exception; the timing of the festival couldn't be worse and the decision to split the Colorado show into two events didn't help the cause neither. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Amaranthe - American Beauty Car Show, Haapsalu Episcopal Castle, Haapsalu, Estonia, 19.07.2014 28.07

Haapsalu is a small and beautiful Estonian resort town by the sea. Each July its quiet is disturbed by an invasion of owners and admirers of the American car industry. Shining cars, roaring engines, burning rubber, cruising, and a drag race on the airfield strip - American Beauty Car Show has got it all. If you're into all that, it's the place to be. Naturally, this also calls for musical entertainment of varied sorts, which somehow managed to grab my attention for the first time with only one name - Amaranthe. Just because I happen to like them. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
 
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 4 Issue #2 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 23.07

Is independent, unsigned, and underground metal what you seek? Weary traveler 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 Megalodoom, Kylfingar, Svengali, Anopheli, Whetstone and The Ralph. (by Nefarious, Abattoir, R Lewis, Troy Killjoy, BloodTears)   Read more ››
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Zandelle - Vengeance Rising (2006)

Zandelle started its career in 1996, but the American Power/Heavy Metal combo only released three albums until today. Actually, they didn't have a lot of chances with their line-up and had to wait a lot of time between each releases for a lot of reasons. Finally, the band found a deal with the great Limb Music and releases at the end of the year their third album (the second with this label) "Vengeance Rising". If you like classic Heavy with some touches of Epic music, it should be... (by Jeff)   Read more ››

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Horde frontman Sherlock recorded one album, Hellig Usvart ("Holy Unblack") under the pseudonym "Anonymous" (a possible play on "Euronymous", Mayhem guitarist). Upon the initial release of Hellig Usvart, a publicity campaign was launched throughout the black metal community, revolving around Sherlock being credited as "Anonymous". Unsuccessful death-threats were given to Markus Staiger at Nuclear Blast to reveal the identity of the anonymous musician who had created the album, although the identity of the musician was later revealed as Jayson Sherlock. Horde as an entity also received death threats for being a Christian band playing black metal.

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