Funerary - Starless Aeon
Review by Doc Godin
 
How the hell do you judge an album like this? It's so good, yet simultaneously flat and deflated. Welcome to Starless Aeon... an album of amazing atmosphere built through cavernous production, yet somehow is just irritatingly substance-less.

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House Of Lords - Precious Metal
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
4.4
House Of Lords never really made it out of the '80s. While we all wish that we could say the same of certain bands, House Of Lords are not so much experiencing a perennial case of the glory days as spinning their wheels in a creative wasteland.

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Thine - The Dead City Blueprint
Review by BitterCOld
7.2
Disclaimer: This isn't metal. If you are a metal and only metal kinda person, best be off with you. Hailing from Peaceville, home to early/mid 90's corpsepainted Norwegians howling their hatred of Zarquon and disgust for society because their mum and dad didn't buy them a pony for their 6th birthday, we have Thine, who sound exactly nothing like most of the PV roster you might be familiar with on this site. Thine play atmospheric...

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Martyrdöd - Elddop
Review by wormdrink414
8.0
Were you to isolate most of the riffs on Elddop, crust probably wouldn't be the first thing that'd come to mind; the technical, dissonant riffing here floats and coils about, practically glittering half the time. It's flashy, often unstable-sounding stuff.

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Ocean Districts - Expeditions
Review by Mindheist
 
There I stood still amidst a dull, soundless, oppressively scorching night of July, steadily gazing at a horde of howling demons hanging low in the heavens and dancing to barren dirges of insufferable gloom and hollow emptiness. A quaint, rugged sound strangely resembling serenity post-mortem, oddly redolent of the reveller's trance upon opium, shifted, touch by touch, onto unceasing waves of progressive drone, sludge and post-rock madness. A mark, though unique, had reeked up from the summoned souls of three different shadows - God Is An Astronaut, Pelican and Russian Circles.

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Bölzer - Soma [EP]
Review by Mr. Doctor
9.0
There's no denying. The underground has been taken by storm. Bölzer has so far released material that barely scratches an hour in total, yet they have been recognized by almost everyone as a force to be reckoned with. How are they able to create so much with so little?

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Harakiri For The Sky - Aokigahara
Review by tea[m]ster
8.5
A relatively new metal movement has taken me aback, leading me down an exhilarating, spiral path of emotionally charged and blissfully saturated musical sensibility. The blackgaze concept is a combination of black metal axioms with more dreamy and mellow textures and Harakiri For The Sky, a two-piece outfit from Vienna, Austria, have nailed it.

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Dog Fashion Disco - Sweet Nothings
Review by R'Vannith
7.8
Babe, is this for real?

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Green Carnation: Special Show - Another Night Under The Dam

Norway, Åseral (The Dam)
31 July 2014

Green Carnation
Staff pick
Horn Of The Rhino - Summoning Deliverance
Sludge ice cream, with death metal sprinkles

These Spanish conquistadors are back in action. Continuing in the direction of Grengus, Summoning Deliverance is Horn Of The Rhino at perhaps their most violent yet. Gone are the days of the more relaxed vibes of their earlier material, in favor of some fast and nasty sludge, with a much more snarling type of vocal delivery from Javier Galvez, all wrapped up with some pleasantly surprising extreme metal elements. Crushing in every sense of the word.

Listen on Bandcamp, and cry to yourself over the label deciding that only streaming select tracks would be a good idea.

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Jeff Loomis - Announces Plans For New Album 30.07

Jeff Loomis revealed on the latest Summer NAMM 2014 that he's going to start writing songs for his next solo album next month. He plans to be in the studio for it as early as this coming fall. It should be his last one within his contract with Century Media. Maybe after that we can expect the next Conquering Dystopia record. In the video below, he discussed his latest signature model from OG Schecter, as well as plans for the next months. Check it out. (by MrClansman1)   Read more ››
 
Primus - Announce New Album With Classic Lineup, U.S. Tour 30.07

Primus is back and stranger than ever with their new studio album, Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble, a tribute to the weird and wonderful world of Willy Wonka that hits shelves on October 21st on ATO Records and is available for pre-order now. Below, you can listen to Primus' rework of "Pure Imagination". Anyone else thinks this will be delicious? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
God Dethroned - Reunite For 70000 Tons Of Metal 2015 30.07

Exactly 3 years after their farewell performance on board 70000 TONS OF METAL in January 2012 the organizers are proud to announce the band's return! (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Ashes You Leave - Re-Releasing 'Songs Of The Lost' 30.07

Croatian gothic doom metallers Ashes You Leave have posted an update. The re-release of their Songs Of The Lost album has been postponed to August 8th via Sleaszy Rider Records. The band is also planning more releases for 2015. So stay tuned for more updates on that. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Wacken Open Air 2014 - Live Streams To Be Available 30.07

Like with Hellfest Open Air 2014, several performances of this year's Wacken Open Air 2014 will be streamed live. The annual Wacken Open Air celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year at Wacken, in Germany. For those who missed the chance to grab a ticket for the three-day event, there will be live streams available online. Not everything is lost. You can sit back, relax and enjoy some of the concerts in the next few days. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Rockstar Mayhem Festival 2014 - Denver, CO - 13 Jul 2014 29.07

The annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival! Great variety of bands, I always have a blast, it's always fun, the weather is always way too hot and this year's event was almost no exception. Yes, almost no exception; the timing of the festival couldn't be worse and the decision to split the Colorado show into two events didn't help the cause neither. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Amaranthe - American Beauty Car Show, Haapsalu Episcopal Castle, Haapsalu, Estonia, 19.07.2014 28.07

Haapsalu is a small and beautiful Estonian resort town by the sea. Each July its quiet is disturbed by an invasion of owners and admirers of the American car industry. Shining cars, roaring engines, burning rubber, cruising, and a drag race on the airfield strip - American Beauty Car Show has got it all. If you're into all that, it's the place to be. Naturally, this also calls for musical entertainment of varied sorts, which somehow managed to grab my attention for the first time with only one name - Amaranthe. Just because I happen to like them. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
 
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 4 Issue #2 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 23.07

Is independent, unsigned, and underground metal what you seek? Weary traveler 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 Megalodoom, Kylfingar, Svengali, Anopheli, Whetstone and The Ralph. (by Nefarious, Abattoir, R Lewis, Troy Killjoy, BloodTears)   Read more ››
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My Dying Bride - Bring Me Victory (2009)

My Dying Bride follows its road and it's way to do promotion, which means that you can find a new (or more) EP after or before every new album. This time the title of the new EP of the British doomsters is Bring Me Victory and features three songs (two are covers) and one video shot at Graspop 2008. The first thing which comes to my mind when I listen to this record is that My Dying Bride wanted to have fun with this EP. They covered one British popular traditional ballad "Scarborough... (by Jeff)   Read more ››

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In the song "Soul Society" from The Black Halo there is a part where there is a crying baby faintly in the background. This baby is Annelise Youngblood, Thomas Youngblood's daughter.

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