Bastard Sapling - Instinct Is Forever
Review by R'Vannith
Black metal finds an auspiciously vicious delivery in Instinct Is Forever. While the aggressions and subtle allure are typically developed for the genre, they do seem to come instinctively to Bastard Sapling, their sound benefiting from an underlying element at the roots.


Horncrowned - Defanatus (Diabolus Adventus)
Review by Windrider
One can explore quite a lot when discovering the non-european black metal scenes. Historically, the most important and still the biggest scene overseas can be found in South America. Bands like Sarcófago filled in the small gap between the first and second wave in Scandinavia. However, today's discussion topic hails from Bogotá, Colombia and has the pleasant name Horncrowned. They have been around since 2001 and released four full-length albums so far, the fourth one being rated today here live and uncut, entitled Defanatus (Diabolus Adventus).


Cowards - Rise To Infamy
Review by Ilham
Incipit in media fucking res.


Reasons Behind - The Alpha Memory
Review by Jason W.
Reasons Behind waste no time in undertaking an ambitious concept album with their debut, The Alpha Memory. Guitar-driven symphonic metal that is full of exuberant keyboard and piano melodies and plenty of unique and memorable vocal passages, Reasons Behind give the listener an emotional journey into the mind of a woman living with one of the greatest conditions of the mind, that of Alzheimer's.


Sedna - Sedna
Review by Apothecary
In need of an album to prove to all the Gorgoroth and "one trve Mayhem" worshipers that black metal today is anything but confined to Satanic and dark themes? Sedna have got you covered.


Ghost Brigade - IV - One With The Storm
Review by R'Vannith
For three records the Finnish band Ghost Brigade have provided a unique example of melodic death metal progression. Basing their studio efforts well beyond generic limits and engaging the structures and tones of post-metal, they continue to issue their original and outlying style in IV: One With The Storm, but to a similar result as any of their prior releases.


Kolony - Sledge
Review by Doc Godin
Have you ever listened to one of those albums where it's quite clear one member of the band gives significantly less shits than everyone else around him/her? That's Kolony's Sledge in a nutshell.


Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era
Review by R'Vannith
Staving off doubts given their frequency of line-up changes, Mors Principium Est consistently prove themselves to be a vital name in melodic death metal. Not for reasons of clear originality of style, but vital for their shared vitality, a remarkable feat considering the rate at which their rhythm guitars switch hands.


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22-26 January 2015

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Staff pick
Tummler And Solomon - You've Worn Out Your Welcome
Northwest posty doom stuff

End your year on a high note and listen to the strong debut of these Cascadian newcomers. A delightfully varied concoction of stoner-ish doom and mellow post metal landscapes, complete with a warm organ sound that wants to do nothing but hug you to death and hazy vocals that feel like floating on a cloud. Recommended for any fans of more atmospheric-tinged doom.


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According to, late AC/DC singer Bon Scott will be the subject of a new documentary due sometime in 2015, titled Looking For Bon, which will explore Scott's life from 1970 to 1974. Narrated by David O'Hara ("The Tudors", "The Departed"), the film will be followed by a Bon Scott biopic, based on a script written by late Australian music pioneer Vince Lovegrove (who shared vocals with Scott in The Valentines in the '60s) and Angela Anagnostopoulos, focusing on Bon's years in AC/DC. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Samael - Playing Entire 'Ceremony Of Opposites' At Wacken 27.12

Samael will delight their fans at Wacken because the Swiss group is set to play their third album Ceremony Of Opposites (1994) in its entirety. But there is more! The band is working on their next sonic adventure, and will play some select festivals in 2015. At Wacken, they will focus the main part of the performance on the masterpiece Ceremony Of Opposites. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Rings Of Saturn - Recruit New Guitarist 27.12

After splitting with guitarist Joel Omans earlier this month, Californian deathcore machine Rings Of Saturn has issued an announcement about recruiting a replacement. So, the new guitar player in the group is Miles Baker. You can check out Baker's playing chops on the song "Peeling Arteries" through the YouTube player down under. The song is taken from Dingir. The group's latest effort, Ligal Ki En, released on October 14th via Unique Leader Records. (by Abattoir)   Read more ››
Amia Venera Landscape - New Album Artwork And Teaser Revealed 27.12

Amia Venera Landscape have finally unveiled more about The Great Mystery, their new album which follows the promising The Long Procession. Recently, the band has been revealing bit by bit details about it including the cover artwork and a small teaser which you can now see below. You will also be happy to know that the record is coming out in 2015. (by Pazdzioch)   Read more ››
Fates Warning - Classic Line-Up To Reunite For Exclusive Show 26.12

Prog legends Fates Warning will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1986 Awaken The Guardian album with an exclusive headlining live appearance at the 2016 edition of the Keep It True Festival, set to take place in April 2016 in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Goatwhore, Dying Fetus and support in Toulouse, 25/11/2014 13.12

As soon as the Toulouse date of this tour was announced, I knew I had to come. Goatwhore coming here? Hell yeah!!! (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
Mars Red Sky + Year Of No Light in Toulouse 09.12

Let's face it: they didn't bring any Bordeaux wine with them... (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
Voting Abuse, MS, and YOU! 06.12

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Detonation - Emission Phase (2007)

Ten years on from having set out to grace our ears with their brand of melodic death metal Detonation sets loose the concept driven Emission Phase upon the world. Concept? I hear people ask. Yes, a concept album by a melodic death metal band. But not to spoil the fun of the upcoming song-by-song of this album I will not delve into the concept any further. So, what does this third full-length of one of The Netherlands' most criminally underrated bands (somehow the only country where they have... (by Marcel Hubregtse)   Read more ››

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Klaus Meine is a good friend of Israeli singer Liel Kolet. In August 2006 they organized a music event in Israel in order to fund aid for the children residing in shelters in northern Israel due to the conflict with Hezbollah.

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