Bastard Sapling - Instinct Is Forever
Review by R'Vannith
7.6
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.

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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).

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Cowards - Rise To Infamy
Review by Ilham
7.9
Incipit in media fucking res.

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Reasons Behind - The Alpha Memory
Review by Jason W.
7.8
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.

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Sedna - Sedna
Review by Apothecary
8.0
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.

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Ghost Brigade - IV - One With The Storm
Review by R'Vannith
8.3
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.

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Kolony - Sledge
Review by Doc Godin
5.9
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.

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Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era
Review by R'Vannith
8.0
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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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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Between The Buried And Me - To Enter Studio In January 25.12

Though not much information was given yet, progressive metalcore giants Between The Buried And Me revealed they are returning to the studio in January with Jamie King, who mixed and mastered the band's live CD/DVD Future Sequence: Live At The Fidelitorium, to record the band's 7th full-length album. Until then, enjoy the band's alter ego below! (by J. N.)   Read more ››
 
King Diamond - New Bass Player Announced 24.12

After bassist Hal Patino was fired earlier this year, now Swedish bassist Pontus Egberg has officially joined the legendary metallers King Diamond. Egberg (The Poodles, Dark Illusion, Lion's Share) played his first show with King Diamond on July 25th at Gröna Lund in Stockholm, Sweden. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Broken Hope - Shaun Glass And Chuck Wepfer Out Of The Band 24.12

There are line-up changes happening in Broken Hope. The band just lost their bassist Shaun Glass and guitarist Chuck Wepfer who decided to focus exclusively on their band The Bloodline. However, the death metallers have already replaced the former members with bassist Diego Soria of Disgorge and guitarist Matt Szlachta (ex-Chimaira). (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
U.D.O. - Drummer Leaves, Searching For Replacement 24.12

Drummer Francesco Jovino has left U.D.O. after ten years in the band due to personal reasons. The heavy metal band is now searching for a new drummer since a complete world tour is scheduled for 2015 starting in early March 2015. They are also preparing to release their new album Decadent. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Moonlyght - Brand New Song Online 24.12

Quebec's progressive metal band Moonlyght has shared online "A Distant Illusion Of Freedom", a song that will appear on their upcoming album Return To Desolation. The record is due out next year on Blast Head Records. You can listen to the song here below while you wait for that. (by sorcier666)   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

So you want to be a Stormtrooper and check peoples darkest habits in an effort to report Votecriminals to your local Moderator? Here are some thoughts on the scoring system and tips on tracking down Votecriminals. (by Xnoybis)   Read more ››
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Eïs - Galeere (2009)

No need to lie and tell you that I was familiar with Geïst before that I listened to this album but their new release, "Galeere" just convinced me to check their whole discography. At first, I thought that it was simply a new band of Black Metal but they're more than that and I think that you should have a look at their new release to understand that Geïst's music is just really deep. Black Metal purists will maybe say that it's not true Black and they will be right... (by Jeff)   Read more ››

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The final track on 2005's Alien, "Info Dump", is a representation of the panicked feelings Devin Townsend had suffered through when he stopped taking his medication during the creation of this album. Previously before recording Alien, Townsend had been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.

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