Horizon Of The Mute - Trobar Clus
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
One minute I'm naming Saattue's Kärsimysnäytelmä my current doom album of the year, the next I'm stumbling into the eerie pit of despair that is Trobar Clus. Even with the breakup of 0 X í S T, 2016 has been a good year for Jani Koskela.


Blood Red Throne - Union Of Flesh And Machine
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
Basically Just Death Metal™: now with 100% more death metal.


Saor - Guardians
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
Bracing winds blow heavy mists across the ancient hillocks, vertebrae of soil trodden and venerated over millennia rising and falling like waves. Distant crows balefully cast their distinctive, corvine calls toward daybreak. Slowly, the weary earth awakens from its slumber. Cloistered somewhere in the verdant valley, bagpipes skirl into life, and the song begins anew. Saor returns.


Vermin Womb - Decline
Review by Apothecary
Getting hit in the face with a sledgehammer is, in all likelihood, not an overly pleasant experience. However, some have been known to enjoy the fine art of masochism, and their preference should not be discounted.


Human Fortress - Thieves Of The Night
Review by Belegûr
I always thought the name Human Fortress could make for some gruesome artwork with a mass of body parts forming some sort of unholy burg. I didn't get anything like that though. This is safe melodic metal defined. No songs being particularly shocking, but absolutely nothing special on offer. Thieves Of The Night sounds alright when listening to it, but I instantly forgot about it afterwards.


40 Watt Sun - Wider Than The Sky
Review by BitterCOld
Wider Than The Sky marks the tragic yet triumphant return of 40 Watt Sun, some five years after their inaugural effort, The Inside Room. The bar was set pretty high for this one.


Iron Savior - Titancraft
Review by Belegûr
Iron Savior return with their 9th studio album and very little has changed. I didn't go into Titancraft expecting anything dramatically different from Rise Of The Hero or The Landing. Everything down to the generic Felipe Machado Franco cover art remains pretty much the same. As is with the case with many German power metal bands, lack of originality can be overlooked in favour of uplifting and catchy anthems. This is something Iron Savior have excelled at for years and they continue that tradition.


Ortega - Sacred States
Review by BitterCOld
So after many, many moons Ortega, the band, not the salsa, are finally back with a new full-length. It feels so long I keep mistaking the title of their last proper album, 1634 with the year of release. Ok, it's only been six years, but the band keeps teasing us with eps, singles and splits, oh my.


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USA, Fort Lauderdale, FL (Independence Of The Seas)
02-06 February 2017

Arch Enemy
Staff pick
Abske Fides - O Sol Fulmina A Terra
Funeral Doom / Death Doom

It seems this bundle of Brazilian funeral/death-doom joy, released 6/6/16, flew under a lot of radars. O Sol is a miasma of negativity from the concrete jungle of Sao Paolo, which has a lot more going on to keep it more interesting than the atypical glacial-beat, four minutes to complete a riff funeral doom. Give it a listen now and toss me an "obrigado" later.

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Eternal Idol - Second Single Released 25.10

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Mayhem - Announce Headlining Tour, To Play Entire Debut Album 25.10

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Bölzer - Streaming New Song 25.10

Swiss duo Bölzer recently made the track "I AM III" avaliable for streaming, as was posted in this news article. Now, they have shared with us another track from their upcoming anticipated debut full-length, Hero. The track is called "Spiritual Athleticism" and you can listen to it below. (by Netzach)   Read more ››
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 6 Issue #4 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 01.09

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 Ànteros, Equipoise, Abest, Cloak Of Organs, Twingiant & Conjurer. (by Nefarious, BloodTears, Susan)   Read more ››
Saor 26.10

Bad English: Hi, and thank you for doing this interview with us at Metal Storm. Andy Marshall: Thanks! BE: Can you introduce yourself and tell us about your musical background? How did you become a metalhead and what music do you listen to on your own time? AM: I grew up listening to a lot of different rock and metal bands in High School. I got my first guitar when I was about 12/13 I think. I started jamming with friends in a local studio, nothing serious, just playing covers and goofing around. I properly started writing and recording music in my late teens, when I was about 16 or 17. I played... (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Votum - :Ktonik: (SBS) 19.10

Back by popular demand is the Song-By-Song Interview! We're ringing in the new era with Zbigniew Szatkowski of Votum to learn more about their impassioned and eloquent :Ktonik:. Susan: What was the band's initial vision with :Ktonik: and how does that differ from what you created in the end? Zbigniew: The album is exactly what we wanted it to be and what we expected. When we picked the recording studios, the mixing and mastering studio and the people to record and work with our tracks, we had had the end game in our mind. Before we even set our foot in the studio we had recorded the... (by Susan)   Read more ››
Ereb Altor 12.10

Bad English: Hi. Thank you for doing this interview with us as Metal Storm! Jonas Lindström: No problems! BE: Can you tell us a bit about yourself, how you picked up the drumsticks and began listening to metal? J: It all starts when I'm at the age of about 5-6 and my father, who plays the piano, are trying to make me a pianist. He taught me how to read notes, and at the age of 6 I had played through the easier note books. The thing was, I accidentally stumble upon a radio show playing all kinds of rock and metal, and I knew right away this was the thing for me! This was around 1984-85.... (by Bad English)   Read more ››
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Broken Dagger - Chain Of Command (2007)

After two demos, the Swedish dudes of Broken Dagger finally release their first album, "Chain Of Command". I remember in 2004, when I wrote the review of their second demo "Madness Approaching", it was a good surprise and I was expecting a lot of good things for this promising combo. Now that I have their first album in my hand, I can tell you that we have good things again but it's not so perfect too... "Chain Of Command" still uses the first recipe of the first... (by Jeff)   Read more ››

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