Dust Bolt - Mass Confusion
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
7.8
Some days it seems like thrash is one of the only metal subgenres that refuses to get a grip and evolve, but even in an era of edentulous epigones of Exodus, amidst a surfeit of sweatily-shouted shibboleths swiped from Slayer, bands like Dust Bolt arrive to issue reminders that thrash can still be fun and brash without being self-parodic and obnoxious.

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Evergrey - The Storm Within
Review by Demonic Tutor
8.9
The musicians of Evergrey have had a tumultuous and hard-fought career, and even though the band has had many talented members, the current lineup is being rightfully regarded as their best. Following the triumphant combined returns of Henrik Danhage and Jonas Ekdahl in 2014, the album Hymns for the Broken set the new standard for the band. 2016 sees their new offering come to life through AFM Records, bearing the title The Storm Within. So? So, circle the calendar. The dark poets of progressive power metal have struck gold again.

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Sabaton - The Last Stand
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
9.3
The hype train for The Last Stand was as swift, powerful, and unstoppable as Jan III Sobieski at the Battle of Vienna. Sabaton and Nuclear Blast ardently touted this album as a new chapter in the band's sonic evolution, a new incarnation of our Swedish pals featuring more experimentation and variation than ever. It's clear that they wanted us to recognize something greater in The Last Stand. But what is it that sets The Last Stand apart?

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Horseback - Dead Ringers
Review by Apothecary
8.2
On the morning of August 12, when I went on Bandcamp eager to listen to this new Horseback album in full, I saw a little blurb in the upper right corner that described it as music where "the distorted swagger of Neil Young's Crazy Horse sits at a table next to the haunted dronescapes of Sunn O)))." I burst out laughing then and there at how ridiculously silly this description sounded. But I would later regret it upon entering the realm of Horseback once more, and realizing just how accurate that label truly is.

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Forevermore - Integral
Review by Susan
7.8
Baseball is often called "the thinking-man's sport." This may be unfair, since huge degrees of both mental toughness and strategy are required for nearly all sports, but artful scheming, well-thought-out maneuvers, and evolving game-plans are vital to baseball. So, I keep listening to Forevermore and having the term "thinking-man's metalcore" come to mind. Progressive elements dazzle this record and show incredible depth...

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Hibria - XX
Review by Susan
 
Has it really been 20 years since Hibria formed? Many of us discovered them with the release of their explosive and monumental 2004 debut, Defying The Rules, which was already a culmination of several years' hard work and demo releases. Aside from making us feel old (I mean, I still consider Hibria to be the energetic young kids of heavy metal), these Brazilians have put together a little anniversary gift for us fans: three excellent new tunes...

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Fistula - Longing For Infection
Review by Apothecary
8.0
Who ever said a band needed to be original to be good? Fistula sure as hell didn't.

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Wolvserpent - Aporia:Kāla:Ananta [EP]
Review by Apothecary
8.5
The wolf is an able predator, of quick movement and firm body, able to take down its prey relatively easily. Snakes are lower on the food chain, however, and must resort to more stealth and concealement for survival. What happens when nature's winding trails make these two creatures cross paths? Enter Wolvserpent.

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Korn - Release Live Clip Of New Song 31.08

As Korn fans are anticipating the release of their new album, The Serenity Of Suffering, set for October 21st via Roadrunner Records, the metal unit has already released two singles from it. "Rotting In Vain" was the first and they filmed the performance of the song at Chicago Open Air recently and now share it with the world. You can watch the band jam it out here. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Suicidal Tendencies - Preview Song, Announce Headlining Tour 31.08

Crossover thrash legends Suicidal Tendencies have released a 42-second clip of their brand new song "Happily Never After", which is taken from the band's upcoming album, World Gone Mad, due for release on September 30th. Listen to the snippet below to whet your appetite. (by Metal God)   Read more ››
 
Oceans Of Slumber - Premiere New Video 31.08

The talented progressive metallers Oceans Of Slumber released the impressive Winter album this year on Century Media and now unleash a music video. Their brand new video is for "Sunlight" and was filmed in a studio while the band performs the song. Check out "Sunlight" live in the studio on their Southwing Audio sessions. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Deliverance - Working On New Album 31.08

Christian thrash legends Deliverance have posted a 23-minute video clip on YouTube of vocalist/guitarist Jimmy B. Brown II, drummer Jim Chaffin and their friend Ken Sheahan (from The Crucified) in the studio giving an update on their next album, which will be their first since 2013's Hear What I Say!. In the video, the members of Deliverance reveal that they have two songs in pre-production for the album (one of which is briefly played), and describe it as their heaviest since the first two albums - their 1989 self-titled debut and 1990 follow-up Weapons Of Our Warfare. (by Metal God)   Read more ››
 
Destrage - Reveal Details For New Album And Song 31.08

The Italian five-piece Destrage just announced A Means To No End, which will be the fourth full-length album of their career. The opus is due out on October 21st via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of A Means To No End, a lyric video (directed by The Jack Stupid / thejackstupid.com) for the new single, "Symphony Of The Ego", can be viewed now below. (by BloodTears)   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 ››
 
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 6 Issue #3 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 05.08

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 Mesarthim, Aleph Null, Highrider, An Eater's Curse, Sva Da Ra & Oak. (by Nefarious, Susan)   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 ››
 
Skyforger 22.07

Bad English: This may be a weird question, but how do you envision the Latvian metal scene if bands such as Skyforger and Heaven Grey had never existed? Peter Kvetkovskis: Well, there was always and still is another bands around - the metal scene here is quite big enough even without Skyforger or Heaven Grey. The question is how unique and original those bands are, but that's another topic to talk about I guess. It is very hard to make your name worldwide if you are from such a small far away country like Latvia is. You must be somehow original to stand out from millions of bands playing... (by Bad English)   Read more ››
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Autumn - Cold Comfort (2011)

Having a girl in your band in the hard-rock/metal world is a strange thing. While it's stopped being groundbreaking ages ago, most record promo sheets try and speak otherwise. It's actually become sort of self-defeating, I mean, much of this promotion uses euphemistic language to basically say "Look! This band has a chick, but that doesn't matter, because she can rock out like the boys can!" A bit hypocritical isn't it? Constantly reminding us of the presence of a female, yet trying to convince us that the quality is the same (or better) despite this. Well, oddly enough, Autumn has to be one of the first female-fronted bands I've reviewed that doesn't use a female front-(wo)man as a marketing point, yet her voice is the most conducive part of this album. (by Doc Godin)   Read more ››

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Judas Priest

Found on the 'Sad Wings of Destiny' album, the song "Victim of Changes" came from a merging of two older songs. The songs were "Red Light Lady", brought by Halford from his previous band Hiroshima, and "Whiskey Woman", a stage classic since the time of the first Judas Priest led by Al Atkins.

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