Motörhead - Bad Magic
Review by D.T. Metal
9.2
Motörhead - no introduction needed. The band has been around longer than most people who will read this review have been alive. And with Bad Magic, the 22nd Long Player in their massive discography, they once again proved why they have been around for that long.

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Amorphis - Under The Red Cloud
Review by Demonic Tutor
8.8
Amorphis is one of the sure values coming out of Finland. Everybody knows (or should know) their early history as a melodic death band. 1994's Tales From The Thousand Lakes remains to this day a classic album. These musicians have been together over 10 years with their current lineup. Emblematic singer Tomi Joutsen was the last piece of the puzzle that led them to a trailblazing second career that started in 2005 with the release of Eclipse....

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Nile - What Should Not Be Unearthed
Review by Ilham
7.0
Oh poor Egypt, you used to shine so bright in the Arab world. Now even Nile cries for you. When they could have used a shoulder to cry on themselves after releasing At The Gate Of Sethu.

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Dark Buddha Rising - Inversum
Review by Apothecary
 
A bell is struck in a silent temple. Black clouds gather over the Himalayas. A yogi lights incense in a forest, isolated. He approaches death, and is ready for the trip.

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Lychgate - An Antidote For The Glass Pill
Review by Apothecary
8.0
When I heard a few years ago that Greg Chandler, mastermind of the mysterious and psychedelically-tinged Esoteric, had a black metal side band, my curiosity was almost immediately raised. The self titled Lychgate that resulted in 2013, while decent, also felt as though it wasn't reaching the full potential of the parties involved. Now, in 2015, An Antidote For The Glass Pill is changing that.

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Ahab - The Boats Of The Glen Carrig
Review by BitterCOld
9.0
Don't call it a comeback. They've been crushing us for years. Ahab, now on their IVth album, continue their maritime theme as the masters of nautical funeral doom tell the story of the crew of The Boats Of Glenn Danzig. Sailors, adrift in two life boats, beginning their Long Way Back From Hell, a tale of Blood And Tears as they are attacked by pre-Lovecraftian beasts Not Of This World in an attempt to make it home to London. This is one...

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Royal Hunt - XIII - Devil's Dozen
Review by Belegûr
9.1
Progressive? Neo-classical? Power? Rock? Symphonic? It has always been hard to describe the style of Royal Hunt and XIII - Devil's Dozen does not make this task any easier. It is an album packed with so many elements from a wide range of genres that fit together so well to create 8 tracks that manage to sound contemporary and classic at the same time.

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Anticosm - Anticosm
Review by BitterCOld
7.4
Glancing at the cover of Anticosm's 3rd release, I wasn't sure what to expect. The artwork features the band rolling in a Mad Max style Mister Plow, crushing corpses while some pentagrammed Dungeons & Doom Beholder floats along like a bastard demonic Raisin Bran "Two Scoops" sun sidekick, looking like it was drawn by a bored freshman during math class raised an eyebrow. Truthfully, fuck it, it fits. It's neither profound,...

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Kekal - Multilateral
Avantgarde metal

If you've heard Kekal before you understand that they are a weird Indonesian experimental band.
The production value on this is horribly raw and flat, but in a strangely endearing way. A few songs feature VOCALOID, which I assume from a google search is some sort of pillow waifu thing. There is also a prominent barf outro. From their bandcamp: "All musical contributions to this album are kept anonymous. Kekal has no official band members as of 2015." I don't understand, but I'll accept it. Recommended for fans of Unexpect (lots of chaotic electro abrasions mixed in), Sigh (esp. Imaginary Sonicscape), Mr. Bungle, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Ephel Duath, and Ved Buens Ende.
Highly recommended if you like Pestilence - Spheres or the raw vocoder days of Cynic.

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Irkallian Oracle - Share New Album Title And Artwork 29.08

Irkallian Oracle have finally announced some details about their upcoming album. The Swedish blackened death metallers named their 2nd studio album Apollyon and also unveiled its artwork. The cover art was once again created by David Herrerias (Nightbringer, Akhlys) and you can feast your eyes on it below. Do you like it? (by Pazdzioch)   Read more ››
 
Disma - Vocalist Explains National Socialist Interview 28.08

With the recent explosion of upset Netherlands Deathfest attendees, concerning Disma vocalist Craig Pillard's national socialistic statements in an interview with Mourning The Ancient back in 2011/2012, Craig choose to make a statement about the whole situation to clear things up. (by J. N.)   Read more ››
 
Anathema - To Release Cathedral Concert Film 28.08

You might remember that a while ago Anathema did a series of special cathedral shows. One of them was at Liverpool's cathedral and they filmed it. Directed by Lasse Hoile (Steven Wilson, Katatonia, Opeth), A Sort Of Homecoming is a stunning concert film of the band's homecoming show on March 7th 2015 in the spectacular setting of the Liverpool cathedral. Set for release on the 30th of October through Kscope, you can get a glimpse of their performance below. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Baroness - Announce New Album, Share New Song 28.08

Are you ready for some new Baroness material? You'd better be! While we haven't had much news from the Savannah, Georgia band in a while, today they just announced their new and fourth album. And with it, they also released a new song just now. Their new album is called Purple (and is due out December 18th via Relapse Records). It's their first with the new rhythm section, bassist Nick Jost and drummer Sebastian Thomson and since the 2012 bus accident. Listen to the intense new tune "Chlorine & Wine" as a first taste of the record and see the cover below as well. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Avantasia - Jørn Lande On New Album And Tour 28.08

Last month, Tobias Sammet announced that he was working on a new Avantasia album to the delight of fans. The new album and a world tour will come in 2016 but there is more. The first guest vocalist for the new Avantasia album and tour has now been announced. None other than singer Jørn Lande (Masterplan, Jorn, Allen/Lande) will appear on Ghostlights (out in January). (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Progventure Part 10: Night Of The Prog X, Loreley, Germany, 17-19.07.2015 18.08

On the mesmerizing banks of the river Rhein, on the top of a huge rock called Loreley, Night of the Prog celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. For the first time it spanned three days over the weekend bringing listeners 21 bands in total. Too few, you say? Given only one stage, it's more like 21 individual full concerts in a row - a speciality of the event that is becoming a must-visit summer festival for anyone into prog. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
 
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 5 Issue #3 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 24.07

Is independent, unsigned, and underground metal what you seek? Weary traveller 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 Neck Of The Woods, Venom Prison, Shrine Of The Serpent, Concatenatus, Criminology & Geist. (by Nefarious, BloodTears, Ilham, Abattoir, Mr. Doctor)   Read more ››
 
Hard Rock Laager 2015 - Vana-Vigala, Estonia, 03-04.07.2015 13.07

It's been so long since the last time I was at Hard Rock Laager. It's, to put it bluntly, quite embarrassing. When I looked it up, it turned out that I have skipped 6 editions. It's surprisingly 2 less than I initially thought, though. The reasons have varied from Hellfests to conflicting schedules, as well as the lack of interest for any particular line-up, and laziness. In those skipped editions I only really regret missing Trail Of Tears and I didn't intend to repeat this mistake with Threshold. And being there again, it felt like a homecoming. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
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I caught Landmine Marathon opening for Enslaved a little over a year ago… they blew two more heralded bands, Arsis and The Faceless off the stage that night. I recently saw their newest release, "Rusted Eyes Awake" - complete with cover artwork reminiscent of Repulsion's classic "Horrified" - and opted to pick it up to see if it was their music or a few too many Alaskan Ambers that left me with a favorable opinion of the band that November evening. As enjoyable as I find... (by BitterCOld)   Read more ››

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Cronos appeared as guest vocalist for Enthroned on Towards The Skullthrone Of Satan, on Hammerfall's Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken (on "Knights Of The 21st Century") and on the Probot CD.

He also did backing vocals on Cradle Of Filth's Dusk and Her Embrace (on "Haunted Shores") and Massacre's Inhuman Condition.

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