Antigama - The Insolent
Review by Apothecary
Within the often rigid confines of grindcore, the Polish Antigama has carved a unique identity for itself, sticking true to the genre perhaps, but also coming to weave all kinds of unusual shapes and sounds around it. 2015's The Insolent, however, sees the band easing up on the weirdness factor a bit and opting for a more straightforward approach.


Guardians Of Time - Rage And Fire
Review by Belegûr
Norway isn't well-known for power metal when compared to neighbours Sweden, but Guardians Of Time are more than capable of matching the quality of just about any power metal band on the scene today. This is the fourth studio album, released after their return in 2011, and it is easily a contender for power metal album of the year. A Beautiful Atrocity showed a change in style for the band, with a more progressive quality to the music. However it would be completely wrong of me to say that the band has ever written generic power metal as I think they have already created a signature sound that makes them instantly recognisable over many other bands in the genre. Rage And Fire isn't as progressive as their previous effort, but it is heavy, melodic and catchy from start to finish.


Cradle Of Filth - Hammer Of The Witches
Review by Windrider
It must be tough to be Dani Filth right now. The voice of your early career has left you and the one thing you can still properly sing is some gentle gothic metal as last seen on the Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder album. However, for this kind of music your chief songwriter has just left you. The departure of Paul Allender was both sad and promising. He is a great guitarist, yet most fans can agree that the band was in bloom at the times he wasn't around. That is why I personally had some hopes. But as it often turns out in the end, he should not have left.


Dreadnought - Bridging Realms
Review by Apothecary
In 2013, I reviewed Dreadnought's Lifewoven debut and compared it to a massive sandwich with an overwhelming number of ingredients. Keeping the metaphorical train a-rolling, one could then say that this year's follow up, Bridging Realms, is more of a fine glass of wine: not quite as heavy, but still flavorful, and more smooth and relaxing.


Rosetta - Quintessential Ephemera
Review by R'Vannith
Quintessential Ephemera is a record which streamlines Rosetta's sound at a time of creative independence. It marks the band's second self-release and is a stabilising work which assures of their ability to make music free from label demands.


Coathanger Abortion - Observations Of Humanity
Review by Ilham
This is a review for Coathanger Abortion, and it felt exactly like one.


Sirenia - The Seventh Life Path
Review by Ag Fox
Ahh… Sirenia. A band I've always felt quite attached to as it's one of the first discoveries I'd made back when I first joined this site, around the time when The 13th Floor was released. Ailyn was definitely the main reason that got me hooked. Admittedly, I'm hardly the most loyal fan because I turned my back on her upon listening to the pedestrian effort named The Enigma Of Life.


Luca Turilli's Rhapsody - Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus
Review by Belegûr
Since the split of the original "Rhapsody" into two bands, both have been somewhat disappointing in their efforts so far. Rhapsody Of Fire produced a completely forgettable effort in Dark Wings Of Steel, whereas Luca Turilli's Rhapsody didn't do that much better with Ascending To Infinity. It is quite remarkable that we now have two bands, but neither can produce the magic of the original band. This trend continues with Prometheus: Symphonia Ignis Divinus, which succeeds as a "cinematic metal" album, but fails at being very memorable.


Staff pick
Sleep Terror - Unihemispheria
Technical Progressive death metal

I'm not sure what keeps instrumental tech-death musicians from sleeping at night, but as long they keep producing these fantastic insomnia-themed albums, I hope they never find rest. Bonus, better-produced versions of select tracks from 2006's Probing Tranquility. For the sleepless, fans of metal jazz fusion and these bands: Blotted Science, Cynic, Animals As Leaders, Exivious, Atheist, Pestilence, Chimp Spanner, Sky Sanctuary, Anup Sastry, Canvas Solaris, Cloudkicker.

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The Greeks Rotting Christ might be recording their new album but before that they are releasing a live record. Recorded in December 2013 in their home city of Athens and featuring a setlist running from early demos to their most recent album, Lucifer Over Athens, their first live release, will be a double album. To have an idea of what to expect, check out the live rendition of fan favourite "Athanatoi Este" at this location. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
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Riverside - Announce New Album Tracklist, Release Date 30.06

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Cradle Of Filth - Third New Song Unveiled 30.06

One week after they shared the track "Deflowering The Maidenhead, Displeasuring The Goddess", Cradle Of Filth are in a sharing mood once again. The British metallers have premiered another song, the third from the new album so far, and now you can hear ''Enshrined In Crematoria'' in all its glory below. With three tracks released so far, is the new record sounding promising? (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Nightwish & Sabaton - Warfield Theater, San Francisco, CA - 28 April 2015 26.06

Nightwish,who recently toured in North America with Sabaton and Delain in tow, delivered a flawless performance at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco, CA. (by Susan)   Read more ››
Mono - Kino Siska, Ljubljana, Slovenia - 23.04.2015 22.06

My interest in checking out shows of bands hailing from sub-genres like experimental post-rock, instrumental post-metal (or similar in this vein) has been present more and more over recent years. So, of course, to attend a concert of Mono in our capital city was the right thing to do. The band was touring across Europe in support of their latest double-album release: The Last Dawn and Rays Of Darkness. (by Abattoir)   Read more ››
Getting Into: W.A.S.P. 19.06

The articles in this series begun by our own Baz Anderson are designed to give a brief overview of a band's entire discography, so as to provide a clear point of entry for the uninitiated. It offers a different approach from the typical review format, for the curious newcomer to a well-traveled band. W.A.S.P. Heavy metal, glam metal, hard rock, industrial metal USA W.A.S.P. emerged from the same place at the same time as many of the hair metal "greats" and populated the same scene for the first few years of their existence, but they always possessed a special something that set... (by ScreamingSteelUS)   Read more ››
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First, "Rat Age " was released in 2006 by the Polish Death Metal label Empire Records. The promotion of the CD was not particularly well done and not a lot of people heard some words about the release. The mistake is fixed now that Metal Mind Productions re-release the album and for sure the metalheads from all around the world will be able to discover this really good band which plays a really powerful Indus Death Metal. Don't expect anything old school with the new album of the... (by Jeff)   Read more ››

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