Alcest - Kodama
Review by corrupt
7.6
Right in the middle between Shelter and Les Voyages de L'âme - that's where Kodama puts itself. That should be what most people will come here to find out, so I'll say it right away. After Shelter's, let's say, mediocre reception - making a sharp turn to the dreampop-realm of shoegaze, devoid of almost all black metal influences, the one thing we fans have been asking ourselves is: was Shelter a one-off or is Neige going...

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Valient Thorr - Old Salt
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
7.0
Even on album #7, Valient Thorr has a pretty raw, unpolished sound that livens up the store-brand rock'n'roll. The band's unexpected attitude may certainly catch the listener off-guard long enough to plant the seeds of appreciation; at the end of the day, that attitude makes for a lot of Old Salt's appeal.

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Charred Walls Of The Damned - Creatures Watching Over The Dead
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
7.2
I was *this* close to binning Creatures Watching Over The Dead. I could never really crack open Cold Winds On Timeless Days, and after five years of trying, I've determined that it's because there is nothing to "get" about that album. When I found Creatures Watching Over The Dead similarly difficult to dive into at first listen, I assumed that it was also devoid of deeper value; after multiple sessions, however, it seems that Charred Walls Of The Damned has actually succeeded in releasing an album that challenges the listener to do more than simply wait until the boredom ends.

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Devin Townsend - Transcendence
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
9.2
"Transcendence" is not a big enough word to describe this album. Transcendence is the first true collaboration between Devin and the rest of the Project, featuring songwriting contributions from the stellar cast of musicians that has helped bring Devin's machinations to life over the course of several releases. Not only that, but Transcendence also returns Devin to his throne as a much more personal album than DTP's last few offerings and the strongest musical statement he has made in quite a few years.

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Sumerlands - Sumerlands
Review by Susan
8.0
This isn't tight jeans, big hair, "coke off a stripper's ass" heavy metal. But it'll blow your mind in the same way without you really realizing quite what's happening. No, this is "walk softly and carry a big stick" heavy metal.

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Twilight Force - Heroes Of Mighty Magic
Review by Susan
8.2
Join Twilight Force, young girls and boys, on this great quest! Together with brethren such as Gloryhammer and Fairyland, they will defend the Twilight Kingdom against the dark lords of serious metal! Ride with our heroes on colorful dragons to the barren lands of evil, harsh metals, and battle the enemy with weapons such as sing-a-long choruses, lush orchestrations, and pure happiness! The quest will be long, exactly 12 tracks, but the energy will remain high with catchy tune after catchy tune to inspire your fellowship. Grab your enchanted sword, head to the wizard for blessings of mighty magic; we ride at sunrise. (Must provide own sword and unicorn.)

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Chariots Of The Gods - Ages Unsung
Review by Susan
7.0
Chariots Of The Gods made quite a statement with their 2013 debut LP, Tides Of War. We were granted a glimpse of highly atmospheric, expertly performed, metalcore-laden, guitar-driven melodic death metal, which launched the band in some impressive directions. In addition to several tours across Canada and myriad festivals, they became the first Canadian metal band to tour Cuba. What made Chariots Of The Gods stand out previously was 1) their amazing...

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Bloody Hammers - Lovely Sort Of Death
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
7.6
Lovely Sort Of Death is a lovely sort of album. Bloody Hammers fits in with New Wave and old school goth rock much more than with Black Sabbath, whose essence the imagery on the cover clearly invokes, and I've admittedly found it hard to detach from my expectations of something heavier and doomier, but Bloody Hammers has an addicting sound of its own.

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Spaceking - The Piper At The Gates Of Stone
instrumental psychedelic stoner post

Spaceking's Piper At The Gates Of Stoned is instrumental stoner-post with psychedelic/trippy effects tossed in for fun. Spaceking are possibly best enjoyed with Spacegrass.

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Civil War - Share New Album's First Single 01.10

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Deep Purple - Fire In The Sky Book Due In 2017 01.10

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Vanhelga - Stream Entire New Album 01.10

Vanhelga just released their new album today on Talheim Records. It's called Ode & Elegy and you can already discover it in full as it's streaming online. This is the fourth album from the Swedish black metal band. If you want to hear it, head over here. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Deathspell Omega - New Album Details Unveiled 01.10

French black metal gods Deathspell Omega recently confirmed that they will release their new album, The Synarchy Of Molten Bones, on November 8th via Norma Evangelium Diaboli. The Ajna Offensive will make the album available in North America. The cover artwork for the album has now been unveiled and can be seen below alongside the song titles. You can expect a total playing time of 29:12. (by Paz)   Read more ››
 
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 6 Issue #4 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 01.09

Is independent, unsigned, and underground metal what you seek? Weary traveller 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 Ànteros, Equipoise, Abest, Cloak Of Organs, Twingiant & Conjurer. (by Nefarious, BloodTears, Susan)   Read more ››
 
Summer Slaughter Tour - San Francisco, USA - August 2016 18.08

Another year, another Summer Slaughter! Always a highlight for me. Summer Slaughter promises brutal music, fun performances, and new discoveries, while the events themselves never disappoint for tattoo watching and band shirt spotting. This was the 10th Anniversary so of course it was going to be amazing. Right? Well... it was not the best year ever but still a successful night. (by Susan)   Read more ››
 
Winter Metal Fest - A Kiloton Of Fun 08.08

A Kiloton Of Fun - Gama Bomb Invade Paraguay Or "How I Learned To Love The Bomb". (by BitterCOld)   Read more ››
 
Panndora 08.09

Bad English: Hello. Thank you for doing this interview with us at Metal Storm. Adrismith: Sorry for my delay and thanks for the patience. Bad English: Can you introduce yourself and your band, Panndora, and tell us how you started listening to metal and playing drums? Adrismith: Panndora created in 2000 by a group of girls which used to go the shows of the metal scene in Maringá - PR, Brazil with the purpose of playing only heavy metal. Panndora is influenced for some bands like: Black Sabbath (Dio and Ozzy), Kiss, AC/DC, Twisted Sister, W.A.S.P., Grave Digger, Quiet Riot, Judas Priest,... (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Revocation 18.08

The Summer Slaughter Tour rocked its way across the United States yet again, and I had the pleasure of speaking with the awesome guys from Revocation before their set. There are many nice and cool musicians out there playing metal, but few bands are as instantly likeable, easy-going, and fun as Revocation. When we weren't talking about dildos or farting, we actually got down to some business. Here are some of those more business-related highlights from our chat: Susan: The new album seems pretty well received. What were you guys hoping to accomplish with it? (by Susan)   Read more ››
 
Nile 07.08

Last month, on the opening day of the Summer Slaughter tour no less, I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking to the main man from Nile himself: Karl Sanders. On a hot summer day in Fort Lauderdale, I was warmly invited aboard his tour bus for a lovely talk about the festival, band business, historical artificacts, and more. (by Apothecary)   Read more ››
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The cover for 'Black Nails and Bloody Wrists' exists in two different versions. The original artwork was changed at the last minute to the artwork the album has today, but somehow many internet stores have and use the original artwork that was never printed.

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