Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä
Review by Apothecary
8.5
It is happening again, here and now. After sailing on the outer regions of the Kuiper belt, and interacting with several extraterrestrial species who could impart new wisdom to them, Oranssi Pazuzu have arrived back on Terra, eager to apply this fresh knowledge to their music. What did the words of those ice giants from beyond Neptune contribute to their new sound? What about the teachings of the Tsuthians, the 9 foot tall gas ghosts who speak only in hisses? Listen carefully, ye carbon-based life forms, and Värähtelijä shall unveil the answers.

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Dream Theater - The Astonishing
Review by Demonic Tutor
7.5
One of the pioneering bands of progressive metal, the iconic Dream Theater, unleashed their new opus at the end of January. As is the case with all their releases, The Astonishing is going to draw all kinds of comments from "this is the worst thing ever" to "album of the year material". One thing is for certain, with more than 2 hours of music, their latest record is an demanding listen drawing inspiration from many musical and...

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Vulturium Memoriae - Nato Per Ragioni Ignote
Review by Apothecary
 
How does one break boundaries in music, exactly, or in any art form for that matter? Sometimes it seems so complicated that the answer eludes our grasps entirely, but at the end of the day it really just boils down to one simple rule: be unafraid.

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Sunburst - Fragments Of Creation
Review by Demonic Tutor
9.0
When I saw that a new band was opening up their first album with a track called "Out of the World", I figured they needed the chops to back it up. The band Sunburst from Larissa, Greece convinced me within twenty seconds. Their brand of progressive power metal had me on board so fast I can already tell you this is going to be an album of the year contender for 2016. It is that simple. Why? Imagine the good parts of Dream Theater music...

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Sunrise - Absolute Clarity
Review by Belegûr
7.5
There's not an awful lot to discuss when it comes to Absolute Clarity, the latest release from Ukrainian band Sunrise. This is fast and melodic metal heavily inspired by the likes of Sonata Arctica and Stratovarius. Many bands take influence from two of the biggest acts in the genre, but few manage to do it with this much precision.

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Signum Regis - Chapter IV: The Reckoning
Review by Belegûr
7.8
The European power metal scene is chock-full of average bands. I've reviewed some myself and Signum Regis did seem like another one after I listened to Chapter IV: The Reckoning for the first time. However, after each subsequent listen, I started to appreciate it a lot more. No this isn't top tier power metal and it makes the same mistakes that so many other forgettable acts in the genre make, but it does get a lot right.

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Wildernessking - Mystical Future
Review by Windrider
 
After years of keeping the tension high with promising EPs, Wildernessking finally enlighten our new year with their long awaited second full-length, entitled Mystical Future. The South African gang amazed me back in the year 2012 when I did one of my very first official reviews here and just like me (insert stupidly grinning face here), they stay true to their roots. Because outside my cosmos they are probably not as big as Metallica or Iron Maiden, let it be said that Wildernessking play a modern, progressive style of black metal, atmospheric, yet technically demanding.

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Moonreich - Pillars Of Detest
Review by BitterCOld
7.1
Pillar Of Detest is the latest Luciferian lunar lullabies from the French black metal outfit Moonreich.

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Nightwish: North American Tour 2016

USA, Colorado Springs, CO (City Auditorium)
15 March 2016

Nightwish
Delain
Sonata Arctica
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Ulver - ATGCLVLSSCAP
Ulver doing Ulver

The new output from the Norwegian black metallers gone electronic maestros is just more of what Ulver have been doing splendidly for years now. Oozing of drone and psychedelic influence, it's a powerful exercise in transcendent beauty and diversity, with each track managing to have its own distinct flavor while still following a common theme. Forget the fact that you can't pronounce this album's title. Instead, focus on the fact that this is probably the most immersive and stimulating Ulver album in quite a good while.

Go and get it.

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The Swedes Draconian have some sad news and some good news to share with their fans. Firstly, they are parting ways with bassist Fredrik Johansson, who was in the band for 10 years, but he leaves now to spend more time with his family. Daniel Änghede will take over bass duties on tour while Tarald Lie from Tristania will be behind the drumkit as Jerry Torstensson will be enjoying his newborn daughter. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Haken - Reveal New Album Details, Teaser 10.02

Proggers Haken have come up with an interesting way to announce their new album. Check it out here. Their awaited fourth studio album will be released on April 29th via Inside Out Music under the title of Affinity. What about hearing some new material as well? It's available below just as a tease if you can't wait any longer. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Leif Edling - Launches New Band 10.02

Candlemass' bassist and songwriter Leif Edling has launched a new solo project called The Doomsday Kingdom. After launching his new band Avatarium in 2013, Leif Edling is now focusing on solo material. You can already hear some previews of the material below. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Skeletonwitch - Finish Recording New EP 10.02

Skeletonwitch have recently completed recording a new EP, the Ohio quintet's first new material since 2013's critically acclaimed Serpents Unleashed. The as-yet-untitled release, tentatively due out this summer, was recorded last month with Kevin Bernsten at Baltimore's Developing Nations and will feature the group's new vocalist, whose identity will be revealed in the coming weeks. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Panopticon - Announce First Live Performance 10.02

Austin Lunn's Panopticon are finally making their debut live performance! The atmospheric black metal band will be one of the headliners at Migration Fest 2016, performing ...On The Subject Of Mortality in full as their first ever public live show. The fest had already announced its first names before, but this is their first headliner announcement. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
A Year In Metal - 2015: Highlights Through The Eyes Of The MS Staff, Elites & Official Contributors 13.01

Since the Metal Storm Awards are upon us, here are the highlights of some of our Jedi Knights, Padawans and Younglings hmmm, and even a Sith Lord gave his input. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
The Lost Concert Files - Various Stuff From 2015 11.01

Too little - too late, but here it is nevertheless. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Black Metal MMXVI: How We Got Here, And Where We're Going 04.01

When one takes the past 15 years into account, perhaps no other subgenre of metal has expanded and diversified to the point and the manner in which which black metal has. Emerging from a tight circle of orthodoxy, this child in the metal family now seems bent on branching out in every possible direction, and incorporating every stylistic influence it can get its hands on. But how did it reach this point? And what does this current atmosphere of innovation and rule breaking mean for the future of black metal as a whole? Let's find out. (by Apothecary)   Read more ››
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