Amorphis - Under The Red Cloud
Review by Demonic Tutor
Amorphis is one of the sure values coming out of Finland. Everybody knows (or should know) their early history as a melodic death band. 1994's Tales From The Thousand Lakes remains to this day a classic album. These musicians have been together over 10 years with their current lineup. Emblematic singer Tomi Joutsen was the last piece of the puzzle that led them to a trailblazing second career that started in 2005 with the release of Eclipse....


Nile - What Should Not Be Unearthed
Review by Ilham
Oh poor Egypt, you used to shine so bright in the Arab world. Now even Nile cries for you. When they could have used a shoulder to cry on themselves after releasing At The Gate Of Sethu.


Dark Buddha Rising - Inversum
Review by Apothecary
A bell is struck in a silent temple. Black clouds gather over the Himalayas. A yogi lights incense in a forest, isolated. He approaches death, and is ready for the trip.


Lychgate - An Antidote For The Glass Pill
Review by Apothecary
When I heard a few years ago that Greg Chandler, mastermind of the mysterious and psychedelically-tinged Esoteric, had a black metal side band, my curiosity was almost immediately raised. The self titled Lychgate that resulted in 2013, while decent, also felt as though it wasn't reaching the full potential of the parties involved. Now, in 2015, An Antidote For The Glass Pill is changing that.


Ahab - The Boats Of The Glen Carrig
Review by BitterCOld
Don't call it a comeback. They've been crushing us for years. Ahab, now on their IVth album, continue their maritime theme as the masters of nautical funeral doom tell the story of the crew of The Boats Of Glenn Danzig. Sailors, adrift in two life boats, beginning their Long Way Back From Hell, a tale of Blood And Tears as they are attacked by pre-Lovecraftian beasts Not Of This World in an attempt to make it home to London. This is one...


Royal Hunt - XIII - Devil's Dozen
Review by Belegûr
Progressive? Neo-classical? Power? Rock? Symphonic? It has always been hard to describe the style of Royal Hunt and XIII - Devil's Dozen does not make this task any easier. It is an album packed with so many elements from a wide range of genres that fit together so well to create 8 tracks that manage to sound contemporary and classic at the same time.


Anticosm - Anticosm
Review by BitterCOld
Glancing at the cover of Anticosm's 3rd release, I wasn't sure what to expect. The artwork features the band rolling in a Mad Max style Mister Plow, crushing corpses while some pentagrammed Dungeons & Doom Beholder floats along like a bastard demonic Raisin Bran "Two Scoops" sun sidekick, looking like it was drawn by a bored freshman during math class raised an eyebrow. Truthfully, fuck it, it fits. It's neither profound,...


Plaguewielder - Chambers Of Death
Review by Apothecary
Listening to Plaguewielder is a lot like looking at one of those optical illusion pictures.


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Kekal - Multilateral
Avantgarde metal

If you've heard Kekal before you understand that they are a weird Indonesian experimental band.
The production value on this is horribly raw and flat, but in a strangely endearing way. A few songs feature VOCALOID, which I assume from a google search is some sort of pillow waifu thing. There is also a prominent barf outro. From their bandcamp: "All musical contributions to this album are kept anonymous. Kekal has no official band members as of 2015." I don't understand, but I'll accept it. Recommended for fans of Unexpect (lots of chaotic electro abrasions mixed in), Sigh (esp. Imaginary Sonicscape), Mr. Bungle, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Ephel Duath, and Ved Buens Ende.
Highly recommended if you like Pestilence - Spheres or the raw vocoder days of Cynic.

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Baroness - Announce New Album, Share New Song 28.08

Are you ready for some new Baroness material? You'd better be! While we haven't had much news from the Savannah, Georgia band in a while, today they just announced their new and fourth album. And with it, they also released a new song just now. Their new album is called Purple (and is due out December 18th via Relapse Records). It's their first with the new rhythm section, bassist Nick Jost and drummer Sebastian Thomson and since the 2012 bus accident. Listen to the intense new tune "Chlorine & Wine" as a first taste of the record and see the cover below as well. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Avantasia - Jørn Lande On New Album And Tour 28.08

Last month, Tobias Sammet announced that he was working on a new Avantasia album to the delight of fans. The new album and a world tour will come in 2016 but there is more. The first guest vocalist for the new Avantasia album and tour has now been announced. None other than singer Jørn Lande (Masterplan, Jorn, Allen/Lande) will appear on Ghostlights (out in January). (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Leaves' Eyes - Debut 'The Waking Eye' Video 28.08

There is another new song from Leaves' Eyes available for streaming today. After showing us the new track "Halvdan The Black" before, the symphonic unit has officially released a brand new epic video clip for "The Waking Eye". "The Waking Eye" is also available as digital single. Enjoy the Vikings! How do you like the song? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
King Diamond - Official Live Video Released 28.08

King Diamond official 2015 video for the "Them" song "Welcome Home", featuring footage shot at this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, can be seen below. The footage was compiled by Strati Hovartos and Garrett Riker and taken from their various performances. Check out the band's performance below. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Scorpions - Partner Up With Yahoo To Stream Show 28.08

German hard rock veterans Scorpions have partnered up with Yahoo! for their first global live stream performance on Saturday, September 12th from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Fans can tune in at 9:10 p.m. ET to witness the Scorpions Brooklyn debut and enjoy a career-spanning setlist of the band's hits, anthems, and vintage classics. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Progventure Part 10: Night Of The Prog X, Loreley, Germany, 17-19.07.2015 18.08

On the mesmerizing banks of the river Rhein, on the top of a huge rock called Loreley, Night of the Prog celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. For the first time it spanned three days over the weekend bringing listeners 21 bands in total. Too few, you say? Given only one stage, it's more like 21 individual full concerts in a row - a speciality of the event that is becoming a must-visit summer festival for anyone into prog. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 5 Issue #3 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 24.07

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 Neck Of The Woods, Venom Prison, Shrine Of The Serpent, Concatenatus, Criminology & Geist. (by Nefarious, BloodTears, Ilham, Abattoir, Mr. Doctor)   Read more ››
Hard Rock Laager 2015 - Vana-Vigala, Estonia, 03-04.07.2015 13.07

It's been so long since the last time I was at Hard Rock Laager. It's, to put it bluntly, quite embarrassing. When I looked it up, it turned out that I have skipped 6 editions. It's surprisingly 2 less than I initially thought, though. The reasons have varied from Hellfests to conflicting schedules, as well as the lack of interest for any particular line-up, and laziness. In those skipped editions I only really regret missing Trail Of Tears and I didn't intend to repeat this mistake with Threshold. And being there again, it felt like a homecoming. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
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Avrigus - Beauty And Pain (2010)

Nine years have passed since Avrigus' debut album, the majestic The Secret Kingdom. Eversince silence had covered this fabulous Australian atmospheric doom metal act. Nine years after, Chiara is no longer member of the band, her voice was lending an immense depth in the compositions as if she was a muse inspiring mind and soul. Megan Robins is the new female singer, bearing the burden to partake in the band's dark yet devout sound. Simon Gruer still remains the mastermind of Avrigus and... (by DerRozzengarten)   Read more ››

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The album A Pleasant Shade of Gray lists several people as providing additional voices. They appear respectively in the following sections: Bill "Shoot me" Metoyer: Part 7, Lydia Montagnese: Part 3, Mark Zonder: Part 6, Terry Brown: Parts 5 & 6, Lindsay Matheos: Part 6. However, the booklet mentions only their names and not the specific parts they contributed.

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