Thine - The Dead City Blueprint
Review by BitterCOld
7.2
Disclaimer: This isn't metal. If you are a metal and only metal kinda person, best be off with you. Hailing from Peaceville, home to early/mid 90's corpsepainted Norwegians howling their hatred of Zarquon and disgust for society because their mum and dad didn't buy them a pony for their 6th birthday, we have Thine, who sound exactly nothing like most of the PV roster you might be familiar with on this site. Thine play atmospheric...

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Martyrdöd - Elddop
Review by wormdrink414
8.0
Were you to isolate most of the riffs on Elddop, crust probably wouldn't be the first thing that'd come to mind; the technical, dissonant riffing here floats and coils about, practically glittering half the time. It's flashy, often unstable-sounding stuff.

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Ocean Districts - Expeditions
Review by Mindheist
 
There I stood still amidst a dull, soundless, oppressively scorching night of July, steadily gazing at a horde of howling demons hanging low in the heavens and dancing to barren dirges of insufferable gloom and hollow emptiness. A quaint, rugged sound strangely resembling serenity post-mortem, oddly redolent of the reveller's trance upon opium, shifted, touch by touch, onto unceasing waves of progressive drone, sludge and post-rock madness. A mark, though unique, had reeked up from the summoned souls of three different shadows - God Is An Astronaut, Pelican and Russian Circles.

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Bölzer - Soma [EP]
Review by Mr. Doctor
9.0
There's no denying. The underground has been taken by storm. Bölzer has so far released material that barely scratches an hour in total, yet they have been recognized by almost everyone as a force to be reckoned with. How are they able to create so much with so little?

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Harakiri For The Sky - Aokigahara
Review by tea[m]ster
8.5
A relatively new metal movement has taken me aback, leading me down an exhilarating, spiral path of emotionally charged and blissfully saturated musical sensibility. The blackgaze concept is a combination of black metal axioms with more dreamy and mellow textures and Harakiri For The Sky, a two-piece outfit from Vienna, Austria, have nailed it.

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Dog Fashion Disco - Sweet Nothings
Review by R'Vannith
7.8
Babe, is this for real?

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Belphegor - Conjuring The Dead
Review by Doc Godin
7.0
Have you ever tried to start an epic slow-clap moment in a room full of people, hoping it'll catch on and break into some massive applause, but instead end up standing there like a total dope, beating your hands together in an otherwise totally silent crowd? That's how every Belphegor fan feels when they release something even slightly better than Walpurgis Rites...and so it continues with Conjuring The Dead.

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Entombed A.D. - Back To The Front
Review by Doc Godin
8.7
Now we have two Entombeds lurking around? Details on this fiasco are vague, but the most obvious scenario is that these guys were ready to do battle metal style...Which is less Braveheart meets Conan The Barbarian, and more of Judge Judy...But Judge Judy on a metal musicians budget for legal representation, which is probably something like Barry Zuckerkorn meets Lionel Hutz. Alas, Alex Hellid packed up his toys and went home, leaving the rest of the Entombed crew to release this as Entombed A.D.. Bad news for Hellid, because Back To The Front slays pretty damn hard.

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Green Carnation: Special Show - Another Night Under The Dam

Norway, Åseral (The Dam)
31 July 2014

Green Carnation
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Monolord - Empress Rising
Stoner doom

Equally parts heavy and psychedelic, this early Sabbath-worshiping Swedish trio will rock you with crushing riffs and a fuzzy atmosphere that puts the 420blazeit in Monolord.

Get your toke on right here.

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Eluveitie - Special New Album Stream Available 29.07

Eluveitie have announced a special online stream of their entire forthcoming album Origins, which has already started. The band will be uploading the album track by track starting with the first one. Once each track has received 1000 plays, it will unlock the next track and so on. The more fans share each track with their friends, the faster the album will be unlocked for all to hear in its entirety! So, that seems like a cool idea. The songs are currently streaming here and the first seven songs have been unlocked, as of now. Pretty soon, all of them will be available for you to enjoy. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Scar Symmetry - Reveal New Album Release Dates And More 29.07

At the beginning of the year, Scar Symmetry announced the concept of their upcoming trilogy of albums. At the time, the melodic death metal band shared what we now know will be the album cover for the first part of the trilogy. The Swedes are set to release their new album and successor to 2011's The Unseen Empire this fall. The new creation called The Singularity (Phase 1 - Neohumanity) will be out on October 3rd (Europe), October 6th (UK & France) and October 14th (US) 2014 via Nuclear Blast. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Ministry - Offer Free Download Of 'Permawar' Remix 29.07

Industrial metallers Ministry have recently launched the Ministry Mondays series where they offer weekly free downloads. Each Monday the band will post a song from their From Beer To Eternity remix album in the same order as on the album. Following that, they will also continue the series with remixes of material from their Relapse album. This week we have "Permawar" which you can download at this location. You can download the MP3 version but there is also a link to the full 320 experience. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Southwest Terror Fest III - Complete Lineup And Running Order 29.07

The lineup and running order for the massive Southwest Terror Fest III has been finalized and announced. If you haven't heard about this fest, this is your chance. It will happen in Tucson, Arizona from October 16th through 19th. With four nights of action between both the historic Rialto Theatre for the main stage events, and nearby The District Tavern for the kickoff and after-shows, the third installment of Southwest Terror Fest promises to be interesting. As for the bands that will be performing, check out the list below. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Monolithe - Reissue Second Album, Release Compilation Of EPs 29.07

French doom purveyors Monolithe retread their cosmic journey with a string of releases this year. Besides re-releasing their previous two EPs in a unified fashion, they also issued the remastered version of their sophomore album, Monolithe II, complete with new artwork to seamlessly blend with the rest of their monolithic catalogue. It was released on the 18th of July (the 22nd for North America) via Debemur Morti Productions. (by Czerny Reiter)   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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Stratovarius - Nemesis (2013)

What a difference a line-up change can make. An energy is present in Stratovarius's camp which can only be pinned down to a fresh chemistry. New gun Rolf Pilve has quite the role to fill and expectations are high as he replaces Jorg Michael who provided the drums for many of the band's classic records. Perseverance is key and even after all their previous dramas Stratovarius have made Nemesis their most expressive return to form. (by R'Vannith)   Read more ››

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The first six minutes of the song is dominated by a memorable, "endless, droning minor-key riff", a guitar and bass ostinato. It is used as the basis for extended organ and guitar solos, then silenced to make way for a drum solo, one of the first on a rock record and one of the most famous, because of its surreal tribal sound. Bushy removed the bottom heads from his tom-toms to give them less of a resonant tone, and during the recording process, the drum tracks were subjected to a process known as flanging, producing a slow, swirling sound. The solo is followed by an ethereal polyphonic organ solo (which resembles variations on "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen") to the accompaniment of drums (beginning around 9:20 into the piece). There are then interludes in cut time and a reprise of the original theme and vocals.

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