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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Be'lakor - Vessels
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
9.0
Be'lakor is one of the most highly-praised and widely-beloved bands on Metal Storm, and I guess now we know which album is going to sweep our melodeath category come awards season; but before you storm away in a petulant huff complaining about popularity contests and unfair competition, allow me to explain why Vessels will be the album leading its buddies by 600 votes next February.

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Crowhurst - Isolator
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
7.8
This is music.

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Darkwell - Announce New Album And Release Video, New Song 26.08

Darkwell have returned after many years of silence with the announcement of a new album, featuring returning singer Alexandra Pittracher, who sung on the band's debut album Suspiria and Conflict Of Interest. The new album titled Moloch is scheduled for release on the 23rd of September 2016 via Massacre Records. Darkwell have also released a new video, premiering the new song "Yoshiwara". It is streaming online and can be viewed below. (by SlaytanicBacon)   Read more ››
 
HammerFall - Drops New Single 26.08

Swedish power metallers HammerFall have revealed a new song from their upcoming album, Built To Last, called "The Sacred Vow", along with a lyric video. Now, you can warm up your neck before going to the shows they are doing next year. The record hits stores worldwide this November 4th via Napalm Records. (by Fallen Ghost)   Read more ››
 
Asphyx - Debut New Album Title Track 26.08

Start your day with a deathly dose of Asphyx. The Dutch death metal force will release their long awaited new studio album, Incoming Death, on September 30th, 2016 worldwide via Century Media Records. Now, it's time to start listening to some of the music created for this release. The band has launched the first song off the record. Listen to the relentless 2-minute title track here now. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Motörhead - Lemmy's Statue Unveiled At Rainbow Bar & Grill 26.08

Following the untimely passing of iconic Motörhead bassist/frontman Lemmy Kilmister, the Rainbow Bar & Grill has unveiled a permanent statue of him, who was a regular at the Sunset Strip bar in West Hollywood. One fan, Katon De Pena, singer of LA thrash band Hirax, suggested erecting a statue in honor of Lemmy in his favorite LA haunt, the Rainbow Bar & Grill. The life-size bronze sculpture was commissioned after fans and friends contributed to a fundraising campaign following Lemmy's death in December. The statue is just another reminder that this legend will never die. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Epica - Launch Third Part Of New Album Documentary 26.08

Epica have presented the third part of the studio documentary of The Holographic Principle, which gives you another opportunity to hear bits of new music from the album. On this episode, the band focuses on the acoustic recordings, the concept of the album and once again give a detailed look behind the scenes. (by Nifheim)   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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Crimson Shadows - Kings Among Men (2014)

Let's face it people, epic metal is fucking dumb when you think about it. Grown men so obsessed with their Dungeons & Dragons adventures they give them life via recording entire albums. Cocaine, expensive tranny hookers and D&D have proven an awful mix, as we usually end up with two outcomes: Either the musician takes their bloated creation waaay too seriously, or they mock it so much they come across as resentful of own musical creations, and their fans in the process. It's always nice to hear some balance between self-aware fun and serious effort. Crimson Shadows epitomize that. (by Doc Godin)   Read more ››

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The famous intro to "Blackened" which opens the album '...And Justice for All' was originally recorded "backwards" compared to how we hear it today, being flipped in reverse for the 1988 release.

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