Chemia - The One Inside
Review by R Lewis
7.3
Chemia are just like your hometown band, that one that plays in that pub down the street every Saturday night. Catchy, easy-listening and not so heavy, they're the stereotype of the band you'd want as a background while enjoying a beer with friends.

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The Conjuration - Surreal
Review by R'Vannith
5.8
Writhing madness and a morbid fascination for jerking the listener around with savagely nonsensical song structures. It's all so Surreal.

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Herod (SUI) - They Were None
Review by R'Vannith
7.2
Inspired by the bitterly barren and cold regions of the Scandinavian north, Herod slam the adjective "heavy" with an equally chilling new meaning.

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Slugdge - Gastronomicon
Review by Mattybu
 
You really can get away with a lot in the realm of metal. The sheer number of different themes central to various bands and genres is part of what keeps metal interesting for me. Whether it's a depressing retelling of nautical literature at the hands of Ahab or a tale of dragon-slaying told by Rhapsody Of Fire, there will always be a huge variety of sounds to be heard and stories to be told throughout the metal universe.

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Karnivore - In The Halls Of The Wicked
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.2
Ranging from death-thrash to blackened thrash, Karnivore's second album, In The Halls Of The Wicked, is a vicious assault of frosty destruction.

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Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
9.1
Fallujah have undergone quite the evolution since their debut EP. Beginning life as an out-and-out deathcore band with nothing more than inventive riffs and a few blackened passages to set them apart, they have introduced more progressive and atmospheric elements with each release. The Flesh Prevails marks a true change in Fallujah, from better-than-average players in a populous scene to innovators of a rising and complex one.

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Wolvhammer - Clawing Into Black Sun
Review by Apothecary
7.0
Here we go again with this blackened sludge thing. As any style evolves and gains more practitioners, it inevitably becomes more varied in its delivery, and Wolvhammer are standing as an example of this. Separating themselves from more filthy contemporaries such as Coffinworm and Dragged Into Sunlight, these Americans are a lot less harsh than some of their peers, a fact that, in regards to their latest album, can be both pleasing and displeasing.

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Siaskel - Jatenentolpen Thejin
Review by Mr. Doctor
7.2
Sometimes logistics can be both a bitch and a blessing. Siaskel was formed way back in 2003 and the recordings for their debut were already done by 2011, and now it has finally been released. Just in the same way, I've been listening to this black/death mix for quite a while already and only now do I feel compelled to write about them. Both waits seem to have given positive results.

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22-26 January 2015

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Staff pick
Overkill - White Devil Armory
Need you ask?

New Overkill. Same old shit 3rd time in a row. I wish more bands recorded the same old shit 3 times in a row to such good effect. Screw modern copycats, listen to real thrash. Yeah, I know. Broken record syndrome - I always bash new thrash bands and praise Overkill. Judging by the quality of Overkill's recent output, it's not likely to change any time soon. Sue me.

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Picked by: Daniell
Thumbs up: R'Vannith, wormdrink414
 
Belphegor - New Video Online 24.07

Austria's death/black metal troop Belphegor are premiering the official music video for "Conjuring The Dead" - the title track of their brand new opus. This gives you an opportunity to listen to another new song from the album. The clip was shot and edited this past May by director Walter Fanninger with German fetish/tattoo model Makani Terror embodying the main character on screen. You can watch it now here. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Castevet - Call It Quits 24.07

Sadly, blackened post-hardcore outfit Castevet have officially broken up, after 8 years of existence. The New York City based band released two full-length studio albums: Mounds Of Ash (2010) and Obsian (2013). (by Pazdzioch)   Read more ››
 
Dir En Grey - Release New DVD, Announce New Album 24.07

Visual-kei survivors Dir En Grey resurfaced last week with a new live DVD and Blu-ray, Dum Spiro Spero At Nippon Budokan. Filmed over two nights back in March, the double-disc set contains both concerts in full. The limited edition also boasts assorted extras and behind-the-scenes footage, plus a bonus CD featuring alternate versions of most songs from 2011's Dum Spiro Spero. (by Ruchesko)   Read more ››
 
Dauden I Mørke - Releasing New EP 24.07

Detroit black metal monsters Dauden I Mørke have released the tracklist for their upcoming EP, Coldwired, that they have been working on. The EP will consist of a handful of old Dauden I Mørke favorites and covers of various artists reworked through the artistic lens of their 2014 album Cold Miasmic Domain, which came out on January 12th of this year. (by LeChron James)   Read more ››
 
AfterBlood - Release 'Before Time Runs Out' Video 24.07

AfterBlood, the groove death metal band hailing from Greece, recently released their first video clip for the song "Before Time Runs Out" from their debut album Of Unsound Minds. This video is entirely "home-made" by the band's singer Hel Pyre and by John Mitsakos, as it was made with only a photo camera, DIY lighting and some green cloth for keying background, and a lack of any previous experience in this field. (by Hel Pyre)   Read more ››
 
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 4 Issue #2 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 23.07

Is independent, unsigned, and underground metal what you seek? Weary traveler 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 Megalodoom, Kylfingar, Svengali, Anopheli, Whetstone and The Ralph. (by Nefarious, Abattoir, R Lewis, Troy Killjoy, BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Hellfest 2014 - A report! 20.07

So, you wanna know how Hellfest 2014 was (apart of awesome, that is)? (by Darkside Momo, wrathchild, Nefarious)   Read more ››
 
Agalloch - Gothic Theatre, Englewood, USA - 8 Jul 2014 13.07

I was out of town two years ago when Agalloch played in Denver the last time, so when I first saw that they were scheduled to play at the Gothic Theatre in Englewood, CO (a suburb of Denver) I was actually rather surprised. Are they really that big? Would the thousand plus capacity venue be largely empty? (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
Random stuff
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Brainchoke - Introspective (2008)

Brainchoke are the latest British export of extreme metal in the form of a death/grind hybrid. The band may have been around since 2000, but "Introspective" is the band's first full length outing with the help of underground label Grindethic. The album does its job, in true grindcore fashion the average track length is probably around one minute long to help the listener digest this destructive onslaught in handy bite-sized portions. Problem is, some of these tracks are really catchy... (by Baz Anderson)   Read more ››

Reviewer: 7.2      Users: 5.3 | 3 votes
  Random trivia
Tool

Tool's song "Lateralus" from the album of the same name features the Fibonacci sequence symbolically in the verses of the song. The syllables in the first verse count 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 5, 3, 13, 8, 5, 3. The missing section (2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8) is later filled in during the second verse.[5][6] The time signatures of the chorus change from 9/8 to 8/8 to 7/8; as drummer Danny Carey says, "It was originally titled 9-8-7. For the time signatures. Then it turned out that 987 was the 16th number of the Fibonacci sequence. So that was cool.

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