Valient Thorr - Old Salt
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
Even on album #7, Valient Thorr has a pretty raw, unpolished sound that livens up the store-brand rock'n'roll. The band's unexpected attitude may certainly catch the listener off-guard long enough to plant the seeds of appreciation; at the end of the day, that attitude makes for a lot of Old Salt's appeal.


Charred Walls Of The Damned - Creatures Watching Over The Dead
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
I was *this* close to binning Creatures Watching Over The Dead. I could never really crack open Cold Winds On Timeless Days, and after five years of trying, I've determined that it's because there is nothing to "get" about that album. When I found Creatures Watching Over The Dead similarly difficult to dive into at first listen, I assumed that it was also devoid of deeper value; after multiple sessions, however, it seems that Charred Walls Of The Damned has actually succeeded in releasing an album that challenges the listener to do more than simply wait until the boredom ends.


Devin Townsend - Transcendence
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
"Transcendence" is not a big enough word to describe this album. Transcendence is the first true collaboration between Devin and the rest of the Project, featuring songwriting contributions from the stellar cast of musicians that has helped bring Devin's machinations to life over the course of several releases. Not only that, but Transcendence also returns Devin to his throne as a much more personal album than DTP's last few offerings and the strongest musical statement he has made in quite a few years.


Sumerlands - Sumerlands
Review by Susan
This isn't tight jeans, big hair, "coke off a stripper's ass" heavy metal. But it'll blow your mind in the same way without you really realizing quite what's happening. No, this is "walk softly and carry a big stick" heavy metal.


Twilight Force - Heroes Of Mighty Magic
Review by Susan
Join Twilight Force, young girls and boys, on this great quest! Together with brethren such as Gloryhammer and Fairyland, they will defend the Twilight Kingdom against the dark lords of serious metal! Ride with our heroes on colorful dragons to the barren lands of evil, harsh metals, and battle the enemy with weapons such as sing-a-long choruses, lush orchestrations, and pure happiness! The quest will be long, exactly 12 tracks, but the energy will remain high with catchy tune after catchy tune to inspire your fellowship. Grab your enchanted sword, head to the wizard for blessings of mighty magic; we ride at sunrise. (Must provide own sword and unicorn.)


Chariots Of The Gods - Ages Unsung
Review by Susan
Chariots Of The Gods made quite a statement with their 2013 debut LP, Tides Of War. We were granted a glimpse of highly atmospheric, expertly performed, metalcore-laden, guitar-driven melodic death metal, which launched the band in some impressive directions. In addition to several tours across Canada and myriad festivals, they became the first Canadian metal band to tour Cuba. What made Chariots Of The Gods stand out previously was 1) their amazing...


Bloody Hammers - Lovely Sort Of Death
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
Lovely Sort Of Death is a lovely sort of album. Bloody Hammers fits in with New Wave and old school goth rock much more than with Black Sabbath, whose essence the imagery on the cover clearly invokes, and I've admittedly found it hard to detach from my expectations of something heavier and doomier, but Bloody Hammers has an addicting sound of its own.


Triggerman - Atomic Rock Number 79 [EP]
Review by BitterCOld
Trigger Warning: ass-shaking, beer chugging, sing-a-long riff-centric tunes from my favorite raucous Irish party patrol.


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Staff pick
Southern Empire - Southern Empire

If prog along the lines of Unitopia, Neal Morse or Transatlantic is your thing, don't miss out on the début album of Australia's Southern Empire, formed by the former Unitopia's keyboardist Sean Timms. Not only do they know how to write good prog tunes, they also have a handle on producing epics: clocking in at almost half an hour, "The Bridge that Binds" is brilliant and worth every moment of your time. Danny Lopresto on vocals is also top-notch. This album is definitely one of my favourites this year.

Try "Forest Fire" or "Hold" and hear for yourself.

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Delain - To Embark On U.S. Co-Headline Tour With HammerFall 28.09

Delain just announced that they will embark on their first ever co-headline tour through the U.S. in April/May 2017 with HammerFall. After extensively touring the United States on several support runs in the last few years, the Dutch group will hit the road in support of their new album Moonbathers and offer their U.S. fans the full Delain experience. Check out the dates below and let us know if you'll be attending. (by Dominus)   Read more ››
Grave Digger - Reveal New Album Details 28.09

Heavy metal unit Grave Digger just revealed the first details about their new album, which will be their first in three years. So far, they have unveiled the title, tracklist and release date. Mark your calendars for January 13th, 2017. The band will start the year with a bang, Healed By Metal. Feast your eyes on the majestic cover art. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Megadeth - Share 'Conquer Or Die' Video Clip 28.09

Megadeth have a new video out for the tune "Conquer Or Die". The track appears on their current album, Dystopia. The U.S. metallers now feature Kiko Loureiro on guitar and Dirk Verbeuren on drums, alongside founders guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson. You can catch them live on the Dystopia World Tour - North America Fall 2016 until October. The video can be enjoyed below. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Suicide Silence - New Album Coming In February 2017 28.09

Suicide Silence are releasing a new album next year! The deathcore band now fronted by Eddie Hermida released You Can't Stop Me back in 2014 but their new and self-titled record is dropping next year in February. The album has been completed and on SiriusXM this weekend, the band officially revealed that their fifth studio album was produced by Ross Robinson. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Shining (NOR) - New Video Released 28.09

Last year, the Norwegians Shining (NOR) released their latest record, International Blackjazz Society. Almost a year later, they release a new video from it. The experimental metallers decided to showcase the track "House Of Control". You can watch the video directed by Juliette Beavan right now here. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 6 Issue #4 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 01.09

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 Ànteros, Equipoise, Abest, Cloak Of Organs, Twingiant & Conjurer. (by Nefarious, BloodTears, Susan)   Read more ››
Summer Slaughter Tour - San Francisco, USA - August 2016 18.08

Another year, another Summer Slaughter! Always a highlight for me. Summer Slaughter promises brutal music, fun performances, and new discoveries, while the events themselves never disappoint for tattoo watching and band shirt spotting. This was the 10th Anniversary so of course it was going to be amazing. Right? Well... it was not the best year ever but still a successful night. (by Susan)   Read more ››
Winter Metal Fest - A Kiloton Of Fun 08.08

A Kiloton Of Fun - Gama Bomb Invade Paraguay Or "How I Learned To Love The Bomb". (by BitterCOld)   Read more ››
Panndora 08.09

Bad English: Hello. Thank you for doing this interview with us at Metal Storm. Adrismith: Sorry for my delay and thanks for the patience. Bad English: Can you introduce yourself and your band, Panndora, and tell us how you started listening to metal and playing drums? Adrismith: Panndora created in 2000 by a group of girls which used to go the shows of the metal scene in Maringá - PR, Brazil with the purpose of playing only heavy metal. Panndora is influenced for some bands like: Black Sabbath (Dio and Ozzy), Kiss, AC/DC, Twisted Sister, W.A.S.P., Grave Digger, Quiet Riot, Judas Priest,... (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Revocation 18.08

The Summer Slaughter Tour rocked its way across the United States yet again, and I had the pleasure of speaking with the awesome guys from Revocation before their set. There are many nice and cool musicians out there playing metal, but few bands are as instantly likeable, easy-going, and fun as Revocation. When we weren't talking about dildos or farting, we actually got down to some business. Here are some of those more business-related highlights from our chat: Susan: The new album seems pretty well received. What were you guys hoping to accomplish with it? (by Susan)   Read more ››
Nile 07.08

Last month, on the opening day of the Summer Slaughter tour no less, I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking to the main man from Nile himself: Karl Sanders. On a hot summer day in Fort Lauderdale, I was warmly invited aboard his tour bus for a lovely talk about the festival, band business, historical artificacts, and more. (by Apothecary)   Read more ››
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Dreamlost - Psychomedia (2009)

Three years after the release of their first album (which was already reviewed on Metal Storm), Dreamlost is back with their new effort, Psychomedia . And the less that I can say is that the band, without doing lots of big waves, is improving and already confirms that they should be considered. They know how to do good prog metal now people will just have to know that Dreamlost is a good promising French band! Once again, Psychomedia is a dark progressive metal release. Clearly inspired by Quensrÿche... (by Jeff)   Read more ››

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Shining (NOR)

Shining was originally started as an acoustic jazz quartet in 1999, but has since evolved towards the metal genre.

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