Bastard Sapling - Instinct Is Forever
Review by R'Vannith
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.


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).


Cowards - Rise To Infamy
Review by Ilham
Incipit in media fucking res.


Reasons Behind - The Alpha Memory
Review by Jason W.
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.


Sedna - Sedna
Review by Apothecary
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.


Ghost Brigade - IV - One With The Storm
Review by R'Vannith
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.


Kolony - Sledge
Review by Doc Godin
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.


Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era
Review by R'Vannith
Staving off doubts given their frequency of line-up changes, Mors Principium Est consistently prove themselves to be a vital name in melodic death metal. Not for reasons of clear originality of style, but vital for their shared vitality, a remarkable feat considering the rate at which their rhythm guitars switch hands.


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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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Pryapisme - Unveil Classical Version Of Upcoming EP 26.12

For Christmas, Pryapisme have decided to unveiled the classical re-orchestration of their gigantic 23-minute track "Petit traité de futurologie sur l'homo cretinus trampolinis (et son annexe sur les nageoires caudales)". Their upcoming EP Futurologie will be released on February 9th in the Europe and the 10th in the USA, via Apathia Records. Enjoy! (by Jehan)   Read more ››
Pissing Razors - Reunites 26.12

Texas groove thrashers Pissing Razors have reunited and hope to tour and release fresh material in 2015. The band split in 2004 shortly after the release of sixth album Evolution. Now the original lineup of Eddy Garcia, Danny Garcia, Joe Rodriguez and Matt Lynch are back together. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Anvil - Confirm Headlining US Tour 25.12

Heavy metal veterans Anvil have some touring plans to share. The band will embark on a extensive headlining tour across the United States next February and March. Direct support will come from Portland sludge metallers Lord Dying, while Sunlord will perform as the opening act on all dates. Check out the list of confirmed tour dates below the official tour flyer. (by Abattoir)   Read more ››
Debauchery - To Release New Album 25.12

German death metal maniacs Debauchery have some pleasent news to share. Next summer, the band will be releasing their upcoming new studio album, entitled Fuck Humanity. The follow-up to 2013' Kings Of Carnage is planned to be released in July, 2015 via Massacre Records. More details about this new effort will be announced in following weeks. (by Abattoir)   Read more ››
Akeldama - Release New Video 25.12

Florida-based metalcore/djent act Akeldama released a brand new official video, "A Seed Of Hope", now available for streaming through the YouTube player down below. The track for this videoclip is taken of their debut effort, Everything Beautiful, released back in September, 2013 through Rogue Records America. (by Abattoir)   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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Rhapsody Of Fire - The Frozen Tears Of Angels (2010)

The mighty Rhapsody are back with a new label after years of legal battles. The question is; have the past years exhausted the band, or is The Frozen Tears Of Angels the masterpiece they claim it is? There's no doubt that The Frozen Tears Of Angels is a Rhapsody album; flamboyant, colourful, cheesy and theatrical, the kings are back. This isn't the absolute masterpiece you might have been waiting for however, but neither is it a disappointment. Opening "Sea Of Fate" might show... (by Baz Anderson)   Read more ››

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Carl McCoy has been offered roles in many films, including Underworld and Pirates Of The Caribbean. So far, he only appeared in the film Hardware, directed by his friend Richard Stanley. It is not known what specific roles have been offered to him in other films.

Source: Metal Hammer UK July 2008

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