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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Allegaeon - Another New Track And Video Clip Released 30.08

Melodic death metal band Allegaeon has released a new track from their upcoming album, Proponent For Sentience, that will be released on the 23rd of September this year. The song is called "All Hail Silence" and you can hear the song and watch the video down here. The video was shot at Black Sky Brewery in Denver, Colorado during the recording of Proponent For Sentience earlier this year. (by BloodJuNkie)   Read more ››
 
Mono - Share First Song From New Album 30.08

If you are curious about Mono's new material, today you get to listen to a taste of the new album. The Japanese post-rockers will release their new full-length Requiem For Hell on October 14th under Temporary Residence Ltd. (North America), Pelagic Records (Europe) and Magniph / Hostess Entertainment (Japan and Asia). "Ely's Heartbeat" is the first track to be revealed from the album and you can stream it below now. (by Paz)   Read more ››
 
Napalm Death - Co-Headlining Tour With The Black Dahlia Murder 30.08

Napalm Death and The Black Dahlia Murder are joining forces on the Abysmal Predator USA tour. The upcoming tour de force is set to begin November 1st. The co-headliner tour also features Abnormality, Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, and Power Trip as support on select performances. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Crowbar - Announce New Album Details 30.08

The sludge metal machine Crowbar just announced a new release to follow Symmetry In Black. Two years later, they are releasing The Serpent Only Lies, which will feature cover artwork (oil painting) by Eliran Kantor. Check it out below alongside a small album teaser. Their eleventh new LP is due out on October 28th, 2016 through E1 Music. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Aenaon - Premiere New Track 30.08

Aenaon are currently streaming "Oneirodynia", the first track from their forthcoming Hypnosophy album, scheduled for release on November 25th on Code666 Records. Below you can take a listen to the track. It's an interesting combination of different musical structures and styles. (by xerxish)   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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Sanctium - Sanctium (2012)

What the Australian melodic death band Sanctium are doing with their self-titled debut isn't groundbreaking, it's ground solidifying. This is as straight-up as you get and delivers exactly what you would desire from the genre. Brimming with potent riffs that punch out of the mix it has an immediacy to it that will quickly grab the attention. (by R'Vannith)   Read more ››

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