Nero Di Marte - Derivae
Review by R'Vannith
8.5
Sometimes it's difficult to discern what is truly progressive in metal. This is providing we all have preconceived notions of what it means for artists to push at the identifiable territorial boundaries of music that are more familiar to us, and facilitate sounds external to generic confines. The prospect of a band finding themselves located somewhere between Gojira, Tool and Ulcerate is something I could never have anticipated. Yet Nero Di Marte leave listeners in anticipation with each careful note, echoing technicalities throughout primordially death metal perpetuating atmosphere and flowing forms of sound hitherto uncharted. Exploration persists in Derivae.

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Devin Townsend - Z²
Review by Apothecary
7.0
Uh oh, Apothecary is reviewing a prog album. Hold onto your undergarments, ladies and gentlemen, it's gonna be a bumpy ride.

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Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.2
Last time Slipknot released a studio album, they still served as one of my primary conduits to the metal scene. As I am no longer 14, Slipknot's angst-and-unorthodox-percussion-heavy brand of nu/alt metal lacks the same gravitas it once had, but I still enjoy Vol 3: The Subliminal Verses and Slipknot from time to time. You might call me a bit of a lapsed fan, but I'm enough of one to give .5: The Gray Chapter a fighting chance.

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Process Of Guilt / Rorcal - Process Of Guilt / Rorcal [Split] [EP]
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.4
Rorcal and Process Of Guilt: two bands, full of anguish and grit, each hot on the heels of a well-received testament to the catastrophic potential of black noise. They have come together, grinding like the massive tectonic plates of unnatural noise, to unleash an excellent split EP of dread-filled coldness.

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Fluxious - Nucleus Accumbens Diseases
Review by Ivor
 
Fluxious's début album Why So Serious? was a bit of an acquired taste and, with all its flaws and virtues, it turned out to be an either love or hate affair for some. Mixing jazz and metal, it was not a seamless blend of the two genres but had a sort of dichotomy going. Its appeal lied in contrasting patterns of both worlds that manifested itself in song structures, vocal lines as well as the overall feeling. The follow-up to this début is something I've been eagerly expecting for a while now.

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Kong - Stern
Review by Ivor
 
Kong are extremely good at delivering music that is restless and unsettling. If you're an impressionable sort, a driver that gets nervous and twitchy at the wheel of a car in a rush hour, Kong is not a good choice of background music. It will surely make you even more anxious and jumpy. It's the sort of music that just doesn't let itself be enjoyed sitting tight.

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Rigor Mortis - Slaves To The Grave
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
9.0
Reviewing the posthumous opus ultimus of a recently-deceased artist imposes the unique burden of simultaneously preventing the unfortunate circumstances from coloring any objective sentiments about the work itself and remaining sensitive to the situation. While of course we believe in subjective reviews here, and some albums are best understood in the context of their creator's demise (Woods Of Ypres's Woods V), more often than not death intensifies hero worship. Rigor Mortis require no special treatment; not only does Slaves To The Grave deliver well enough on its own, it is a fitting swan song and testament to the brilliance of both Rigor Mortis and the late Mike Scaccia.

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Vesania - Deus Ex Machina
Review by D.T. Metal
8.8
Recently signed to Metal Blade Records and after a drought of seven long years, the Polish symphonic blackmetalers Vesania are on the verge of releasing Deus Ex Machina, their fourth full-length album in seventeen some years of existence. Was the long wait worth it though?

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Supported event

Dying Fetus: European Tour 2014

France, Toulouse (Le Dynamo)
25 November 2014

Dying Fetus
Goatwhore
Fallujah
Malevolence
Staff pick
Progenie Terrestre Pura - Asteroidi
Inside Samus Aran's brain

Coming off of a powerful debut with last year's U.M.A, this Italian BM duo decides to follow it up with a curveball, a nonmetal EP. Best be off with you if you're looking for the more aggressive side of the band's personality with this one. Asteroidi is for those listeners who delighted in the ringy ding ding electronics of the debut, and wished to see the band go deeper with them, an effort at which they certainly succeed here.

Beware the Metroid scum.

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Behemoth - Confirm European Satanist Tour (Part II) 23.10

Polish extremers Behemoth are touring hard all over the globe this year, where they present their latest product Satanist, released back in February. To proceed this journey the band confirmed another set of dates for the 'European Satanist Tour - Part II', to be executed in April, 2015. This time, the main support on all dates will come from Suiss black/death metal duo Bölzer. Tour will mainly cover the Central and Balkan part of Europe. (by Abattoir)   Read more ››
 
Psycroptic - Vinyl Box Set And New Album Coming 23.10

Tasmanian technical death metal maestros Psycroptic are seeing their first three albums hit vinyl for the first time in history in a box set collection, entitled The Early Years, produced by Finnish label Blood Music. The band has also been working on their new album which has already been recorded and mixed. So, you can expect new tunes soon. (by BloodMusic)   Read more ››
 
Brujeria - Join Nuclear Blast, New Album Announced 23.10

The Mexican deathgrind unit Brujeria are back and just announced a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment with plans to record a new album for 2015. So, it seems like the band is finally releasing the follow-up to 2000's Brujerizmo, their last record. Now you have to wait patiently to know more about the new album! (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Bring Me The Horizon - New Video Online 23.10

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Mysticum - Release New Album Teaser 23.10

You might know already that industrial black metallers Mysticum are releasing a new album this year. Planet Satan comes almost 20 years after their last album, their debut In The Streams Of Inferno. If you are curious about it, listen to a teaser from the upcoming album here below. Do you like what you hear? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
FRA, Toulouse - Entombed A.D. & Grave: Back To The Front European Tour 2014 18.10

A pure Swedish death metal evening, with Entombed A.D. - that's the LG Petrov fronted version of Entombed - as headliner? Count me in! (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
 
Getting Stoked: 70000 Tons Of Metal 2015 - The Destination 15.10

In a couple of months, the end of January 2015 to be exact, 70000 Tons Of Metal, the annual - The Original - music cruise will set sail once again. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Within Temptation, Amaranthe - Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO USA - 28 Sep 2014 14.10

Within Temptation and Amaranthe, who just finished their North America Tour, made a stop in Colorado as well and since yours truly was in attendance, below are some of the highlights of the show. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
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Age Of Artemis - The Waking Hour (2014)

There's no two ways about it really, Age Of Artemis sound a lot like Angra. The extent of idol worship going on in their latest album is obvious, and more's the pity if their imitations didn't actually yield any success. Fortunately though, they do a remarkably good job of it. (by R'Vannith)   Read more ››

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The Gjallarhorn is a giant horn owned by Heimdal, the keeper of the rainbowbridge, Bifrost, in the Norse mythology. At Ragnarok, the end of the world, Heimdal will blow it.

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