Civil War - Gods And Generals
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
5.8
Civil War is a history buff's dream. Finally, a metal anthem dedicated to Lord Nelson! Someone else in the world dug up the story of the USS Monitor! And who could not but respect the musical memorialization of Oskar Schindler? Sweden's second-favorite library-bound power metal venture never fail to impress - in terms of lyrical content, anyway. Unfortunately, as the saying goes… history repeats itself.

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Powerwolf - Blessed & Possessed
Review by Belegûr
6.9
"I've put on the last album by mistake." These were my initial thoughts when I started listening to Blessed & Possessed; that is just how similar the opening track, "Blessed & Possessed," is to "Amen & Attack" from the previous album, Preachers Of The Night. Unfortunately this feeling of déjà vu continued throughout the rest of the album.

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Antigama - The Insolent
Review by Apothecary
7.0
Within the often rigid confines of grindcore, the Polish Antigama has carved a unique identity for itself, sticking true to the genre perhaps, but also coming to weave all kinds of unusual shapes and sounds around it. 2015's The Insolent, however, sees the band easing up on the weirdness factor a bit and opting for a more straightforward approach.

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Guardians Of Time - Rage And Fire
Review by Belegûr
9.0
Norway isn't well-known for power metal when compared to neighbours Sweden, but Guardians Of Time are more than capable of matching the quality of just about any power metal band on the scene today. This is the fourth studio album, released after their return in 2011, and it is easily a contender for power metal album of the year. A Beautiful Atrocity showed a change in style for the band, with a more progressive quality to the music. However it would be completely wrong of me to say that the band has ever written generic power metal as I think they have already created a signature sound that makes them instantly recognisable over many other bands in the genre. Rage And Fire isn't as progressive as their previous effort, but it is heavy, melodic and catchy from start to finish.

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Cradle Of Filth - Hammer Of The Witches
Review by Windrider
6.0
It must be tough to be Dani Filth right now. The voice of your early career has left you and the one thing you can still properly sing is some gentle gothic metal as last seen on the Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder album. However, for this kind of music your chief songwriter has just left you. The departure of Paul Allender was both sad and promising. He is a great guitarist, yet most fans can agree that the band was in bloom at the times he wasn't around. That is why I personally had some hopes. But as it often turns out in the end, he should not have left.

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Dreadnought - Bridging Realms
Review by Apothecary
 
In 2013, I reviewed Dreadnought's Lifewoven debut and compared it to a massive sandwich with an overwhelming number of ingredients. Keeping the metaphorical train a-rolling, one could then say that this year's follow up, Bridging Realms, is more of a fine glass of wine: not quite as heavy, but still flavorful, and more smooth and relaxing.

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Rosetta - Quintessential Ephemera
Review by R'Vannith
8.0
Quintessential Ephemera is a record which streamlines Rosetta's sound at a time of creative independence. It marks the band's second self-release and is a stabilising work which assures of their ability to make music free from label demands.

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Coathanger Abortion - Observations Of Humanity
Review by Ilham
5.8
This is a review for Coathanger Abortion, and it felt exactly like one.

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Staff pick
Heavydeath - Eternal Sleepwalker
death doom

First offering from the former Runemagick members lives up to the name Heavydeath. Great doom tunes, deathy vocals - but a good share of droning elements are the perfect accompaniment. And it is a tad amusing that Eternal Sleepwalker was released on Caligari records.

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Skepticism - New Album To Be Released In September 02.07

Finally some news regarding Skepticism's new album! The funeral doom metallers have been working on a new album for the past few years. Now Svart Records announces September 18th as the international release date for their anticipated new album, Ordeal. The album will be available as a CD/DVD bundle and also as a LP/DVD set, featuring visual documentation of the whole Ordeal performance. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Deströyer 666 - To Record New Album In July 01.07

Deströyer 666 are finally releasing a new album! Yes, it has been a while since they released Defiance (2009) but the good news is that they have re-signed their deal with Season Of Mist. The extreme metallers are set to record late this July their forthcoming album which promises a return to their thrashing roots - with a healthy dose of heavy metal sensibilities thrown in for good measure. As long as it's good, right? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Carcass - Announce Euro Deathcrusher Tour 2015 01.07

Carcass will be embarking on the Deathcrusher Tour 2015 soon and they are not taking just anyone with them. Accompanying the death metallers will be Napalm Death, Obituary, Voivod and Herod (SUI). This vociferous line-up will be hitting Europe this fall. Are you going? Check out the dates here. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Vreid - Complete Work On New Album, Tour Dates Confirmed 01.07

Norwegian black metallers Vreid announced that they have completed work on thier upcoming new album. This is their 7th studio effort and will be released via Indie Recordings in October. More details will follow soon. With a new album out in October, the band also confirmed a set of European dates for 'Indie Recordings 10th Anniversary Tour'. The tour will be co-headlined by Vreid and Keep Of Kalessin and supported by Vredehammer. Check out the list of dates below the flyer. (by Abattoir)   Read more ››
 
Lamb Of God - Premiere 'Overlord' Music Video 01.07

The Lamb Of God machine continues raging in full force. The American thrashers have shared the third track from VII: Sturm Und Drang, their anticipated forthcoming record. In the second video released so far, the band chose to showcase the track "Overlord". The clip directed by Jorge Torres-Torres is available for your viewing pleasure right here. This song is a new play on Lamb Of God's sound. The track uniquely features clean vocals and lyrics penned by vocalist Randy Blythe, and the video itself features his own personal concept and treatment. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Nightwish & Sabaton - Warfield Theater, San Francisco, CA - 28 April 2015 26.06

Nightwish,who recently toured in North America with Sabaton and Delain in tow, delivered a flawless performance at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco, CA. (by Susan)   Read more ››
 
Mono - Kino Siska, Ljubljana, Slovenia - 23.04.2015 22.06

My interest in checking out shows of bands hailing from sub-genres like experimental post-rock, instrumental post-metal (or similar in this vein) has been present more and more over recent years. So, of course, to attend a concert of Mono in our capital city was the right thing to do. The band was touring across Europe in support of their latest double-album release: The Last Dawn and Rays Of Darkness. (by Abattoir)   Read more ››
 
Getting Into: W.A.S.P. 19.06

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. W.A.S.P. Heavy metal, glam metal, hard rock, industrial metal USA W.A.S.P. emerged from the same place at the same time as many of the hair metal "greats" and populated the same scene for the first few years of their existence, but they always possessed a special something that set... (by ScreamingSteelUS)   Read more ››
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Gris - À L'Âme Enflammée, L'Äme Constellée... (2013)

If you still haven't managed to delve into the miserable world of Métal Noir Québécois, do yourself a favor and start with this album. (by Troy Killjoy)   Read more ››

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The band briefly reunited (as Forbidden Evil) in 2001 to play the Thrash of the Titans benefit concert for Chuck Billy (Testament). They reunited again in 2007 (as Forbidden), initially for touring only, but eventually decided to continue permanently.

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