Sigh - Graveward
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
9.4
Hey, Wintersun. Listen up. You want to know how to make a proper, full-length album with hundreds upon hundreds of tracks over ten songs in only three years without constantly bitching about not having your own private studio/living space/jacuzzi, AND while still challenging both yourself and your fans with a multifarious jewel of avant-garde perfection? Take note, because Sigh have that totally locked down.

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Project Pain - Thrashed To Kill
Review by BitterCOld
7.6
Thrashed To Kill resulted in drinks spilled. When last we left Project Pain, I reviewed their debut I Have Sinned, the first album of some old school Dutch thrashers. With Thrashed To Kill it seems the band has continued their thrashin' ways, gobbling up Gouda, pounding Jenever, sticking their fingers in dikes and shoving their wooden shoes up the backsides of poor posers. Thrash. Sorry, hadn't used that word in a sentence or two, needed to get it in.

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Unleashed - Dawn Of The Nine
Review by Doc Godin
7.0
It's been nine, count 'em, nine years since we've seen any color on an Unleashed album cover. What does this mean? Are Unleashed taking us down a path they've never taken us before? Are we going to [metaphorically] taste and smell brand new melodeath flavors and aromas?

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Acid King - Middle Of Nowhere, Center Of Everywhere
Review by BitterCOld
7.6
Retro-sounding female fronted psychedelic stoner doom… but before you dismiss them as another Janey Come Lately, do realize Acid King have been kicking out the jams for more than 20 years.

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Heidevolk - Velua
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
7.0
Though co-lead vocalist Joris Boghtdrincker departed from Heidevolk a couple of years ago, they could not in good conscience abandon their trademark vocal harmonies, and so the barrel-chested tag-team remains intact with the new addition of Lars Vogel. At least their signature sound hasn't changed with the line-up, but Velua is a very slow starter.

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Skyforger - Senprūsija
Review by deadone
8.0
To be honest I had some reservations reviewing a folk black metal band. Given that the closest I get to either genres is Bathory one can understand my trepidation. Then to my surprise it turns out Skyforger's new album Sensprūsija offers a more multifaceted approach including large chunks of heavy and thrash metal circa 1988!

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Santo Rostro - II: The Bleed
Review by BitterCOld
7.8
"Spanish bongs in Andalucia… Stoner jams rawk balls for 39" minutes*. Pardon the intro. If it makes sense to you, you earn dos puntos frescos. If not, be sure to check out The Clash… but only after getting sonically plowed by Santo Rostro.

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Three Steps To The Ocean - Migration Light
Review by tea[m]ster
8.4
Three Steps To The Ocean are a four-piece instrumental band from Italy. They have been around for quite a while, having released three records since 2007. They play a specific style of atmospheric post rock/metal with some sludge, doom and experimental touches. Migration Light is the fourth title in their catalog, continuing what has been one of more remarkable "fly under the radar" kind of rides I have ever seen. It's been a very secretive trudge through the desensitized network of post rock/metal for Three Steps To The Ocean, and they may be one of the best bands doing it that you've never heard of.

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Nightwish: North American Tour 2015

USA, San Francisco, CA (Warfield Theatre)
28 April 2015

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Arcturus - Release New Album Preview 27.04

After unveiling the new song "The Arcturian Sign", avantgarde metal giants Arcturus have shared more material from Arcturian today. Yes, you get to hear a lot more from their impending and much-anticipated new album today. The 14-minute clip contains excerpts of all album tracks. Just click play on the video below and enjoy the music from this peculiar Norwegian band. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Virgin Steele - Change New Album Title, Cover Unveiled 27.04

At the end of last year, the long-running heavy metallers Virgin Steele announced their new album. It was to be called Hymns To Damnation. However, the group has now changed the album title for some reason. Their forthcoming new studio album will instead be titled Nocturnes Of Hellfire & Damnation. The record will come out with three different covers as a standard 1CD version (the gargoyle cover), 2CD digipak version (the angel cover), 2 LP gatefold version (the flute playing skeleton cover) and download. You can feast your eyes on all the covers below while you wait for the sounds. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Sepultura - Announce European Tour And New EP 27.04

Sepultura have plenty of news to share these days. The Brazilian metallers are celebrating their 30th anniversary by releasing a special tribute to their fans. The band asked fans to contribute to the artwork for a new track, and the result is "Sepultura Under My Skin". The artwork for this historical release is created with the tattoos of Sepultura fans all over the world. See it below. Furthermore, you can check out the band's upcoming dates for Europe where they will be playing songs they normally don't perform. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Motörhead - Cancel Festival Performance Due To Lemmy's Health Issues 27.04

Motörhead's South American tour dates didn't begin on a high note, quite the contrary. The legendary band was forced to pull out of the Monsters Of Rock Festival in Brazil over the weekend. Bassist/vocalist Lemmy Kilmister came down ill just hours before and the band cancelled their performance, sadly for Brazilian fans. However, guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee did have a jam session with Sepultura members. The good news is that Lemmy is doing better now and the band will continue the South America dates. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Bill Ward - New Solo Album Released 27.04

Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward announced he has been working on two solo albums Accountable Beasts and Beyond Aston. In fact, the new album Accountable Beasts has now arrived onto ITunes and is available for digital download here. This is Ward's first solo album in 18 years. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Evergrey - Factory, Tallinn, Estonia, 26.03.2015 10.04

Evergrey have been long-awaited guests around these parts. Even though they come from a country so close, it's apparently still a lengthy journey to drop by. To some, Evergrey are a band about 10 years past their prime, but their latest album seems to have gotten the blood flowing again and has gained some good attention. Regardless of the reasons, it was a pleasure to see them hit the stage in Tallinn as part of the Tallinn Music Week festival. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
 
70000 Tons Of Metal 2015 - Day Four: There's A Tear In My Beer 04.04

The last day of the cruise is always bittersweet since … well … it's the last day. But it's also the day to catch bands which were missed previously. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Getting Into: Manowar 29.03

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. Manowar Heavy/power metal USA Manowar helped kick off the American power metal scene back in the '80s with their self-referential bombast and overdriven melodic metal. While their fame stems as much from their seemingly-blissful goofiness (and… 'memorable' artwork) as from their... (by ScreamingSteelUS)   Read more ››
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Eluveitie - Origins (2014)

So here we are again, fellow folks. Eluveitie, kings of Celtic metal, are back with two new members and sixteen new songs. Hopefully no one expects something different than your usual folkish fiddle metal for this is exactly what you get here, once again. But seriously, those Swiss guys have always been great at what they do and especially after Ensiferum's last effort we all know that things can go wrong if you change too much. So now that we worked out our expectations, the rest is about distinguishing good and bad not-so-good songs while having a look at the overall sound on Origins. (by Windrider)   Read more ››

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In the song "Letter To Dana", the name Dana comes from The X-Files character Special Agent Dana Katherine Scully, M.D.

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