Bastard Sapling - Instinct Is Forever
Review by R'Vannith
7.6
Black metal finds an auspiciously vicious delivery in Instinct Is Forever. While the aggressions and subtle allure are typically developed for the genre, they do seem to come instinctively to Bastard Sapling, their sound benefiting from an underlying element at the roots.

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Horncrowned - Defanatus (Diabolus Adventus)
Review by Windrider
 
One can explore quite a lot when discovering the non-european black metal scenes. Historically, the most important and still the biggest scene overseas can be found in South America. Bands like Sarcófago filled in the small gap between the first and second wave in Scandinavia. However, today's discussion topic hails from Bogotá, Colombia and has the pleasant name Horncrowned. They have been around since 2001 and released four full-length albums so far, the fourth one being rated today here live and uncut, entitled Defanatus (Diabolus Adventus).

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Cowards - Rise To Infamy
Review by Ilham
7.9
Incipit in media fucking res.

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Reasons Behind - The Alpha Memory
Review by Jason W.
7.8
Reasons Behind waste no time in undertaking an ambitious concept album with their debut, The Alpha Memory. Guitar-driven symphonic metal that is full of exuberant keyboard and piano melodies and plenty of unique and memorable vocal passages, Reasons Behind give the listener an emotional journey into the mind of a woman living with one of the greatest conditions of the mind, that of Alzheimer's.

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Sedna - Sedna
Review by Apothecary
8.0
In need of an album to prove to all the Gorgoroth and "one trve Mayhem" worshipers that black metal today is anything but confined to Satanic and dark themes? Sedna have got you covered.

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Ghost Brigade - IV - One With The Storm
Review by R'Vannith
8.3
For three records the Finnish band Ghost Brigade have provided a unique example of melodic death metal progression. Basing their studio efforts well beyond generic limits and engaging the structures and tones of post-metal, they continue to issue their original and outlying style in IV: One With The Storm, but to a similar result as any of their prior releases.

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Kolony - Sledge
Review by Doc Godin
5.9
Have you ever listened to one of those albums where it's quite clear one member of the band gives significantly less shits than everyone else around him/her? That's Kolony's Sledge in a nutshell.

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Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era
Review by R'Vannith
8.0
Staving off doubts given their frequency of line-up changes, Mors Principium Est consistently prove themselves to be a vital name in melodic death metal. Not for reasons of clear originality of style, but vital for their shared vitality, a remarkable feat considering the rate at which their rhythm guitars switch hands.

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70000 Tons Of Metal 2015

USA, Fort Lauderdale, FL (Liberty Of The Seas)
22-26 January 2015

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Staff pick
Tummler And Solomon - You've Worn Out Your Welcome
Northwest posty doom stuff

End your year on a high note and listen to the strong debut of these Cascadian newcomers. A delightfully varied concoction of stoner-ish doom and mellow post metal landscapes, complete with a warm organ sound that wants to do nothing but hug you to death and hazy vocals that feel like floating on a cloud. Recommended for any fans of more atmospheric-tinged doom.

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Picked by: Apothecary
 
Fates Warning - Classic Line-Up To Reunite For Exclusive Show 26.12

Prog legends Fates Warning will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1986 Awaken The Guardian album with an exclusive headlining live appearance at the 2016 edition of the Keep It True Festival, set to take place in April 2016 in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Toxik - Share Two New Songs 26.12

Holiday season is upon us, and thrashers Toxik have given us all a present in the form of two new songs, which you can hear now below. It looks like thrash fans can start looking forward to the new Toxik album in 2015. (by K†ulu)   Read more ››
 
Annihilator - Coburn Pharr To Join Band For 70000 Tons Of Metal 2015 26.12

Annihilator's mastermind Jeff Waters has invited the band's former vocalist, Coburn Pharr, to feature in their performances when the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise sails to Jamaica in January 2015. Pharr was lead vocalist on their critically acclaimed and best-selling 1990 release Never, Neverland. If you are a fan of that album, this might be another reason to attend the cruise. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Pryapisme - Unveil Classical Version Of Upcoming EP 26.12

For Christmas, Pryapisme have decided to unveiled the classical re-orchestration of their gigantic 23-minute track "Petit traité de futurologie sur l'homo cretinus trampolinis (et son annexe sur les nageoires caudales)". Their upcoming EP Futurologie will be released on February 9th in Europe and February 10th in the USA, via Apathia Records. Enjoy! (by Jehan)   Read more ››
 
Pissing Razors - Reunites 26.12

Texas groove thrashers Pissing Razors have reunited and hope to tour and release fresh material in 2015. The band split in 2004 shortly after the release of their sixth album Evolution. Now the original lineup of Eddy Garcia, Danny Garcia, Joe Rodriguez and Matt Lynch are back together. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Goatwhore, Dying Fetus and support in Toulouse, 25/11/2014 13.12

As soon as the Toulouse date of this tour was announced, I knew I had to come. Goatwhore coming here? Hell yeah!!! (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
 
Mars Red Sky + Year Of No Light in Toulouse 09.12

Let's face it: they didn't bring any Bordeaux wine with them... (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
 
Voting Abuse, MS, and YOU! 06.12

So you want to be a Stormtrooper and check peoples darkest habits in an effort to report Votecriminals to your local Moderator? Here are some thoughts on the scoring system and tips on tracking down Votecriminals. (by Xnoybis)   Read more ››
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Diabulus In Musica - Secrets (2010)

Secrets is like a great hall that instantly gives an inviting and comfortable feeling to those willing to enter, and then proceeds to illuminate an ever-growing number of doors the further one explores. Diabulus In Musica offer a confident and often compelling reason to check behind each and every door, as the band so often delivers exceptional symphonic metal, from soft-spoken and operatic vocals to memorable and inspiring melodies to complicated and aggressive arrangements. Of course, with any... (by dismaleuphony)   Read more ››

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Orphaned Land

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