Ghost Brigade - IV - One With The Storm
Review by R'Vannith
For three records the Finnish band Ghost Brigade have provided a unique example of melodic death metal progression. Basing their studio efforts well beyond generic limits and engaging the structures and tones of post-metal, they continue to issue their original and outlying style in IV: One With The Storm, but to a similar result as any of their prior releases.


Kolony - Sledge
Review by Doc Godin
Have you ever listened to one of those albums where it's quite clear one member of the band gives significantly less shits than everyone else around him/her? That's Kolony's Sledge in a nutshell.


Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era
Review by R'Vannith
Staving off doubts given their frequency of line-up changes, Mors Principium Est consistently prove themselves to be a vital name in melodic death metal. Not for reasons of clear originality of style, but vital for their shared vitality, a remarkable feat considering the rate at which their rhythm guitars switch hands.


Faithful Darkness - Archgod
Review by R'Vannith
It's with a restrictive rigidity that Faithful Darkness deliver in Archgod. For a band that would seize upon the frenetic kinetics of thrash in order to differentiate their position within melodic death metal, fixed tempos and a generic construct prove pervasive and limiting.


Machine Head - Bloodstone & Diamonds
Review by Ilham
Metal fans can be hypocritical sometimes.


Downfall Of Gaia - Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay
Review by tea[m]ster
Downfall Of Gaia are a really hard band to place in one specific genre. Their second full-length album, Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay, carries on the experimentation they dabbled with on their debut LP Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes. Dissonant black metal, post metal, doom metal, and sludgy, hardcore elements pervade both albums but where their debut was a bit raw, this new LP has been refined, re-tooled, and re-focused to take advantage of...


Major Parkinson - Twilight Cinema
Review by Ivor
As curious as it is, one of my favourite albums this year was released quite early at the beginning of the year. This stellar album blew me away when I first heard it and it has continued to amaze me throughout the year. I might even say, Twilight Cinema has already stood the test of time. It has definitely survived the initial round of childish excitement. Most importantly, however, each time I listen to it I'm still awed by the detailed theatrical expressiveness and beauty of this album.


Nightingale - Retribution
Review by Ivor
A new Nightingale album has taken a long time to see daylight. To me it's at least 3-4 years overdue. Ever since Swanö hinted at it being in the works I've been impatiently waiting for a release date. As days, weeks, months and years went by, I started filing the scarce news of its progress under speculative fiction and fantasy. I was slowly starting to think of it as a vapourtune.


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Schammasch - Contradiction
Melodic Black/Death

Here's one of the few albums from this year that's actually deserving of all the hype it's been getting. The sophomore effort from this Swiss foursome is amazingly detailed and incredibly varied in its songwriting. At times takes a slow and trancelike black metal approach, with surprisingly beautiful solos to accompany. At others, pounds you into dust with a furious death metal crunch, and at other moments still is extremely relaxing in its attention to melody and atmosphere. A powerful blend of personalities, and a worthy addition to any extreme metal fan's musical library.

Perhaps one could say the diversities are... a contradiction?

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Picked by: Apothecary
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Keep Of Kalessin - Reveal New Album Details 18.12

Keep Of Kalessin have finally shared some news about their new album. In fact, the band just announced the follow-up to Reptilian (2010). The Norwegian extreme metallers confirm Epistemology as the title of the new opus which is set to February 16th, 2015 via Indie Recordings. Check out the artwork below which is a result of a cover contest hosted by Keep Of Kalessin earlier this year. Arnt "Obsidian Claw" Grønbech is now the band's vocalist as well as guitarist. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Iron Maiden - Hint At Return To The Studio 18.12

Iron Maiden's last album was The Final Frontier released back in 2010. But the band's next album could be in the works. In a Christmas card sent out to members of their fan club, and signed by the band members, the legendary heavy metallers hinted that a new studio album is looming on the horizon. The card features the band's mascot Eddie emerging from the studio along with a sign saying "Uroton 51." Some fans have interpreted the message "Uroton 51" to mean "On Tour 15". (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
In Flames - Announce 2015 North American Tour 18.12

In Flames are currently wrapping a co-headlining North American tour with fellow Swedes Opeth, and now announced the second leg of their Siren Charms Tour for 2015. The band will return to North America and play 21 full headline shows in February and March in support of the newest record Siren Charms. The trek starts on February 20th in Santa Ana, California and wraps on March 18th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Wovenwar, who supported the band's European tour, will open all dates, while All That Remains will serve as direct support. Who's going? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Allegaeon - Debut New Video 18.12

Allegaeon have shared another new video! The tech death metal group has released their new album Elements Of The Infinite this year and now launches a brand new video for the tune "Threshold Of Perception". The band shot and edited the video themselves, with vocalist Ezra Haynes serving as the clip's director. Allegaeon shot it while they were in between their recent tours with Chimaira and Arsis where they ended up with some days off in Florida. Watch the final result here. Metal at the beach. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Infernal War - New Album Update, Cover Art Unveiled 18.12

Infernal War have finished work on their new album and will be bringing you some more death/black metal next year via Agonia Records. The band's next opus will be titled Axiom. The Polish extreme metal group is currently undertaking mastering duties after finishing the recording of the new album. You can expect Axiom to drop in early 2015. For now, check out the cover artwork below. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Goatwhore, Dying Fetus and support in Toulouse, 25/11/2014 13.12

As soon as the Toulouse date of this tour was announced, I knew I had to come. Goatwhore coming here? Hell yeah!!! (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
Mars Red Sky + Year Of No Light in Toulouse 09.12

Let's face it: they didn't bring any Bordeaux wine with them... (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
Voting Abuse, MS, and YOU! 06.12

So you want to be a Stormtrooper and check peoples darkest habits in an effort to report Votecriminals to your local Moderator? Here are some thoughts on the scoring system and tips on tracking down Votecriminals. (by Xnoybis)   Read more ››
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Tsar Bomba - Silent Queen (2013)

Coughing up bloody chunks of lung as dust particles slice my eyes in blinding pain under the blacked out sun I seek shelter from psychotic biker gangs. This post-apocalyptic barren wasteland is the result of someone letting Tsar Bomba loose on the world. Some say that Tsar Bomba was a nickname for the Russian hydrogen bomb, the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated. Other claim it is a metal band from France. All I know is that nothing clean and holy survived. (by Dane Train)   Read more ››

Reviewer: 7.3      Users: 7.5 | 2 votes
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The working title for the Bathory debut album was Pentagrammaton, but it was discarded when several people read it out as Pentagon. The pentagram was moved to the back of the album cover and replaced with a monster face made up from several bits cut out from various horror comics.

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