Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä
Review by Apothecary
It is happening again, here and now. After sailing on the outer regions of the Kuiper belt, and interacting with several extraterrestrial species who could impart new wisdom to them, Oranssi Pazuzu have arrived back on Terra, eager to apply this fresh knowledge to their music. What did the words of those ice giants from beyond Neptune contribute to their new sound? What about the teachings of the Tsuthians, the 9 foot tall gas ghosts who speak only in hisses? Listen carefully, ye carbon-based life forms, and Värähtelijä shall unveil the answers.


Dream Theater - The Astonishing
Review by Demonic Tutor
One of the pioneering bands of progressive metal, the iconic Dream Theater, unleashed their new opus at the end of January. As is the case with all their releases, The Astonishing is going to draw all kinds of comments from "this is the worst thing ever" to "album of the year material". One thing is for certain, with more than 2 hours of music, their latest record is an demanding listen drawing inspiration from many musical and...


Vulturium Memoriae - Nato Per Ragioni Ignote
Review by Apothecary
How does one break boundaries in music, exactly, or in any art form for that matter? Sometimes it seems so complicated that the answer eludes our grasps entirely, but at the end of the day it really just boils down to one simple rule: be unafraid.


Sunburst - Fragments Of Creation
Review by Demonic Tutor
When I saw that a new band was opening up their first album with a track called "Out of the World", I figured they needed the chops to back it up. The band Sunburst from Larissa, Greece convinced me within twenty seconds. Their brand of progressive power metal had me on board so fast I can already tell you this is going to be an album of the year contender for 2016. It is that simple. Why? Imagine the good parts of Dream Theater music...


Sunrise - Absolute Clarity
Review by Belegûr
There's not an awful lot to discuss when it comes to Absolute Clarity, the latest release from Ukrainian band Sunrise. This is fast and melodic metal heavily inspired by the likes of Sonata Arctica and Stratovarius. Many bands take influence from two of the biggest acts in the genre, but few manage to do it with this much precision.


Signum Regis - Chapter IV: The Reckoning
Review by Belegûr
The European power metal scene is chock-full of average bands. I've reviewed some myself and Signum Regis did seem like another one after I listened to Chapter IV: The Reckoning for the first time. However, after each subsequent listen, I started to appreciate it a lot more. No this isn't top tier power metal and it makes the same mistakes that so many other forgettable acts in the genre make, but it does get a lot right.


Wildernessking - Mystical Future
Review by Windrider
After years of keeping the tension high with promising EPs, Wildernessking finally enlighten our new year with their long awaited second full-length, entitled Mystical Future. The South African gang amazed me back in the year 2012 when I did one of my very first official reviews here and just like me (insert stupidly grinning face here), they stay true to their roots. Because outside my cosmos they are probably not as big as Metallica or Iron Maiden, let it be said that Wildernessking play a modern, progressive style of black metal, atmospheric, yet technically demanding.


Moonreich - Pillars Of Detest
Review by BitterCOld
Pillar Of Detest is the latest Luciferian lunar lullabies from the French black metal outfit Moonreich.


Supported event

Nightwish: North American Tour 2016

USA, Colorado Springs, CO (City Auditorium)
15 March 2016

Sonata Arctica
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Hands Of Despair - Bereft
Progressive Death/Black?

Five years later, these guys are as good as before (or the one guy who is the mastermind behind this project), or perhaps even better. "Bereft" is so varied, that it should satisfy fans of quite a few metal genres.

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Sonata Arctica - Working On New Album, Announce Tour 12.02

Sonata Arctica are focusing on their new album already. The Finns released their latest album two years ago, Pariah's Child, and also revisited Ecliptica for its 15th anniversary edition. Now, it's time to focus on something new. Apart from working on their new album, they announced the first part of their European Tour for 2016. As with Pariah's Child, the as yet untitled upcoming ninth studio album will be recorded at Studio 57. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Metal Church - New Single Released 12.02

The new lyric video for Metal Church's new single ''Killing Your Time" has debuted online. This tune appears on the band's forthcoming new album XI which will be available via Rat Pak Records (USA/Canada/SA), Nuclear Blast (Europe) and King Records (Japan) on March 25th. Hear the heavy metal titans' new single now here. The band's 11th studio release also marks the return of legendary vocalist and frontman Mike Howe. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Incantation - Re-Sign To Relapse Records, Announce New Album 12.02

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Michael Monroe - Unveil New Video Clip 12.02

"Goin' Down With The Ship" is the new video from former Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe. The song is taken from Monroe's latest studio album, Blackout States, which was released in October 2015 via Spinefarm Records. The 13-track follow-up to 2013's Horns And Halos was produced by Chips Kiesbye in Gothenburg, Sweden, and mixed by Petri Majuri in Helsinki, Finland. Check out their new video here. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
A Year In Metal - 2015: Highlights Through The Eyes Of The MS Staff, Elites & Official Contributors 13.01

Since the Metal Storm Awards are upon us, here are the highlights of some of our Jedi Knights, Padawans and Younglings hmmm, and even a Sith Lord gave his input. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
The Lost Concert Files - Various Stuff From 2015 11.01

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The tune playing in the end of Before The Winter is Luke Skywalker's Theme from Star Wars.

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