Evergrey - Hymns For The Broken
Review by R'Vannith
As a band seemingly at the brink of defeat and dissolution, Evergrey have returned with surprising resolve on their latest record, and, with themes of revolution in mind, Hymns For The Broken resounds with renewed inspiration and restored integrity.


Atomikylä - Erkale
Review by Apothecary
Perhaps it was inevitable. Both bands are major psychedelic innovators. Both of them were selected to play at Roadburn Festival in 2012. And both of them heavily promoted each other's most recent albums. Now, this level of brotherhood between Oranssi Pazuzu and Dark Buddha Rising has reached a new level, with a full blown collaborative project spawning in the form of Atomikylä. Strap on your oxygen tanks, comrades, for this is one that can wreck even the most seasoned of psychonauts if they're not careful.


Falloch - This Island, Our Funeral
Review by tea[m]ster
Scottish band Falloch have finally released their sophomore album, three years after their highly decorated debut Where Distant Spirits Remain. Main song writer and vocalist Andy Marshall left the band during this period, the void filled with a trio of capable musicians and a new sound. A straight-forward and desensitized atmospheric approach takes the place of most of the "gazy" and folk metal elements. I love the band's new direction and This Island, Our Funeral is an impressive piece of music that will hold its own against the Dustwalker's and The Serpent & the Sphere's of the genre.


Nero Di Marte - Derivae
Review by R'Vannith
Sometimes it's difficult to discern what is truly progressive in metal. This is providing we all have preconceived notions of what it means for artists to push at the identifiable territorial boundaries of music that are more familiar to us, and facilitate sounds external to generic confines. The prospect of a band finding themselves located somewhere between Gojira, Tool and Ulcerate is something I could never have anticipated. Yet Nero Di Marte leave listeners in anticipation with each careful note, echoing technicalities throughout primordially death metal perpetuating atmosphere and flowing forms of sound hitherto uncharted. Exploration persists in Derivae.


Devin Townsend - Z²
Review by Apothecary
Uh oh, Apothecary is reviewing a prog album. Hold onto your undergarments, ladies and gentlemen, it's gonna be a bumpy ride.


Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
Last time Slipknot released a studio album, they still served as one of my primary conduits to the metal scene. As I am no longer 14, Slipknot's angst-and-unorthodox-percussion-heavy brand of nu/alt metal lacks the same gravitas it once had, but I still enjoy Vol 3: The Subliminal Verses and Slipknot from time to time. You might call me a bit of a lapsed fan, but I'm enough of one to give .5: The Gray Chapter a fighting chance.


Process Of Guilt / Rorcal - Process Of Guilt / Rorcal [Split] [EP]
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
Rorcal and Process Of Guilt: two bands, full of anguish and grit, each hot on the heels of a well-received testament to the catastrophic potential of black noise. They have come together, grinding like the massive tectonic plates of unnatural noise, to unleash an excellent split EP of dread-filled coldness.


Fluxious - Nucleus Accumbens Diseases
Review by Ivor
Fluxious's début album Why So Serious? was a bit of an acquired taste and, with all its flaws and virtues, it turned out to be an either love or hate affair for some. Mixing jazz and metal, it was not a seamless blend of the two genres but had a sort of dichotomy going. Its appeal lied in contrasting patterns of both worlds that manifested itself in song structures, vocal lines as well as the overall feeling. The follow-up to this début is something I've been eagerly expecting for a while now.


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Rune & Totem Tour

France, Toulouse (Connexion Café)
22 November 2014

Year Of No Light
Mars Red Sky
Staff pick
Trepalium - Voodoo Moonshine
Swing Death Metal

Supersexy Swingin' Sounds? Hell yeah!

Trepalium have been searching since XIII for the perfect mix between the aggression in death metal and the swing and catchiness in jazz. Well, they nailed it perfectly with that awesome EP!

Check Moonshine Limbo's video if you haven't already!

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Sister Sin - New Album Streaming Online 26.10

Sweden's Sister Sin have a new album soon to be released called Black Lotus. The heavy metallers are streaming it in advance of its release on Monday via Victory Records. Play it loud in the YouTube player below. You can sit back, relax and just enjoy the entire record below. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Decapitated - Involved In Serious Van Accident 25.10

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Carcass - Lyric Video For New Song Released 25.10

Extreme metal legends Carcass have recently released a lyric video for the new song entitled "Livestock Marketplace". The song, which was the last remaining song from the Surgical Steel recording sessions yet to be released, will appear on the band's forthcoming EP Surgical Remission/Surplus Steel. The EP also features the 3 other non-album tracks recorded during the Surgical Steel sessions. The video for the new song can be streamed below. (by Angelic Storm)   Read more ››
Arch Enemy - Stream Judas Priest Cover 25.10

Currently on tour in North America in support of their new album War Eternal, Arch Enemy will be releasing a 7" split with Kreator, who are direct support on the run. Arch Enemy, now fronted by Alissa White-Gluz, covered the Judas Priest classic "Breaking The Law" for this special release. To hear their version of the track, just click play on the Soundcloud player available below. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Amorphis - Rock Café, Tallinn, Estonia, 09.10.2014 25.10

Amorphis seem to swing by Estonia regularly enough in recent times that I'm slowly starting to lose count of how many times I've seen them play. With a little jog down memory lane, I've come to the conclusion that this concert was the 5th for me, and my 4th in Estonia. However, since Amorphis have put on a good show every time so far, I saw no real reason to skip. If nothing else, it would've made for a fine evening out, despite the lecture at 8 the following morning. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
Conan, Pallbearer, Yob: two nights of Sludge & Doom in Toulouse 24.10

... "Well, if Soyuz Bear were heavy, Conan were HEAVY." ... "I was really curious to see what Pallbearer were all about. And I was impressed." ... "Ahh, finally seeing Yob live!" (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
FRA, Toulouse - Entombed A.D. & Grave: Back To The Front European Tour 2014 18.10

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Witchery - Witchkrieg (2010)

Witchery, a strange band in some aspects. A lot of people are familiar with them, it's a super group of world renowned musicians, yet you don't really hear much hype around them. This could possibly be because of the, although entertaining, fairly unremarkable albums put out, until now. Let's just say Witchery is finally giving people a reason to talk. This album is the definition of "grower", and deserves a minimum of three plays in it's entirety at the centre of your... (by Doc Godin)   Read more ››

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Orson Welles provided narration for the tracks "Defender" and "Dark Avenger". His name was misspelled on the 2000 EMI digital remaster of Battle Hymns as "Orson Wells".

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