Cormorant - Earth Diver
Review by R'Vannith
8.8
Few bands have taken melodic death metal so far along a progressive route as Cormorant. These guys are an entirely independent group and their style is adventurous, downright impressive and unparalleled in individuality. Earth Diver is their third effort in a discographical success story, each time they've committed themselves to a release on their own terms they've put out astonishingly creative melodic metal. That is a guarantee which they continually assure.

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A Hill To Die Upon - Holy Despair
Review by R'Vannith
7.8
This is a band who still know how to make their metal without resorting to keyboard overload. This is melodic, it's death in substance, it's black in presentation and it's A Hill To Die Upon's third successful studio effort, a combination of melodic extremes.

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Skogen - I Döden
Review by Troy Killjoy
8.0
It seems like yesterday (it wasn't) when Skogen released Svítjod and I sat at my computer desk typing up a review starting out with how much these guys have flown under the radar in spite of creating some excellent atmospheric/pagan black metal. Today I will start out doing the same.

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Menace - Impact Velocity
Review by R'Vannith
7.6
For those familiar with Napalm Death, Mitch Harris is a man who needs no introduction for fans of the band or listeners of grindcore at large, however his new endeavour in project Menace does need some introducing. A catchy progressive metal with hard rock song structures is what you'll find in the debut album Impact Velocity, made up of twelve tracks with a captivating "cyber" thematic incentive.

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MaYaN - Antagonise
Review by R'Vannith
6.2
Mark Jansen seemed keen to distance himself from his main band as much as possible with Antagonize. The symphonic arrangements in the new Mayan effort are closely guarded and controlled, which distinguishes the band's sound from Epica further than ever before. While the debut album certainly found its similarities to the mother band, Antagonize is, in theme and sound, much more of a straightforward melodic death metal album.

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Jupiter Society - From Endangered To Extinct
Review by Ag Fox
8.4
I don't know about you, but every now and again I take off my kvlt corpse paint, stop speaking in guttural growls and need my regular fix of melodic metal. Yet it's always an arduous task in finding the right album as the majority of melodic metal releases these days are either metal-light, brimming with cheese and choirs, clinically sterile me-too djent chugs, or use the same old formulas of melodic death metal. Even if they don't fit the above descriptions, the end product usually comes across as lacking in inspiration. Where's that musical kick that the aural sensors of my brain crave?

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Horseback - Piedmont Apocrypha
Review by R'Vannith
7.3
Horseback are a sneaky bunch; being the clever sound shifters that they are this new album is an interesting turn of events. Firstly, it's actually mostly just the one fellow behind all the fetchingly folky psychedelia this time around, secondly, Jenks Miller just made off with your wallet.

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Supported event

Hellfest Open Air 2014

France, Clisson
20-22 June 2014

Iron Maiden
Opeth
Megadeth
Slayer
Black Sabbath
(+150)
http://www.hellfest.fr/
Staff pick
Ghoul - Hang Ten
Gwar

Intoxicating surf-thrash made by intoxicated people.

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Katatonia - Drummer Daniel Liljekvist Leaves The Band 17.04

After losing guitarist Per "Sodomizer" Eriksson earlier this year, Katatonia face another line-up change. This time it is long-time drummer Daniel Liljekvist who is leaving the band. JP Asplund will take over on their Dethroned & Uncrowned - Unplugged & Reworked Tour next month and stand-in drummer Daniel Moilanen will accompany the band on the summer festivals. (by Entropy)   Read more ››
 
Stream Of Passion - Premiere New Video 17.04

Tomorrow, Stream Of Passion will release their new album A War Of Our Own, the fourth of their career. To celebrate that, the symphonic metallers have now released a new video for the title track "A War Of Our Own". If you want to hear more of the new album, you can't miss it. Watch the video here right now! (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Conquering Dystopia - To Tour With Animals As Leaders 17.04

By now, you have probably listened to Conquering Dystopia's self-titled debut album. This new band features guitarists Jeff Loomis, Keith Merrow, bassist Alex Webster and drummer Alex Rüdinger. Soon, you will be able to see them perform live as well since they will be opening for Animals As Leaders on their US tour. Chon will also perform on the tour. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Unisonic - Unveil New EP Cover Artwork 17.04

The new EP by Unisonic, For The Kingdom, will be released on May 23rd via earMUSIC. The label has just unveiled the EP's cover artwork, created by graphic artist Martin Hausler (who has previously worked with Unisonic on the band's debut album cover design). The cover represents only a very small excerpt of the futuristic album artwork. (by R Lewis)   Read more ››
 
Helvete Underground - Full Line-Up Announced 17.04

Darkspace, Borgne, Bölzer, and Rorcal are among the bands announced for the Helvete Underground festival taking place in Geneva, Switzerland from October 2nd-4th this year. This Swiss underground black metal festival will also have exhibitions and other activities. (by droningbones)   Read more ››
 
Metal Storm Anthology Awards 05.04

Thanks for participating in our 10th Anniversary Anthology Awards voting. Of course by now you all (hopefully) figured out it was an April Fools' Day prank. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Lacuna Coil - The Black Sheep, Colorado Springs, USA - 28 Mar 2014 02.04

A couple weeks ago Lacuna Coil played in Denver, CO as part of the Revolver - Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock Tour, but since they announced a gig mere 15 minutes from my house, I opted to skip the drive up to the Mile High city and catch them locally instead. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Getting Stoked For 70000 Tons Of Metal 2015 24.03

The 5th edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise already promises to be even bigger and better than anything else the organizers have done before. And even though I barely got rid of my sea legs, it's time to get stoked for next year's cruise. Stoked why, you might ask. Simple. Bigger ship, more bands, more people = more fun! (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
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Cannibal Corpse - Evisceration Plague (2009)

Well, I've found that Cannibal Corpse is like pop-corn. Yes, pop-corn. You go to the movies and the only thing you know it's going to taste like heaven is pop-corn; pop-corn has that special "you know what" thing that makes everything worthwhile right? Even when the variables are sucky you know something good will come out of your bag of pop-corn, even when the movie sucks donkey dick, even if your date didn't show up, even if there's an annoying old lady talking shit... (by Herzebeth)   Read more ››

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Guitarist Ol Drake and bassist Mike Alexander's first encounter with Dave Mustaine of Megadeth was when Mike accidentally bumped into Mustaine, making him spill his wine, which lead to Mike being called a fag. They went on to talk with him which lead to a spot on the UK part of the Gigantour in 2008.

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