Heidevolk - Velua
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
7.0
Though co-lead vocalist Joris Boghtdrincker departed from Heidevolk a couple of years ago, they could not in good conscience abandon their trademark vocal harmonies, and so the barrel-chested tag-team remains intact with the new addition of Lars Vogel. At least their signature sound hasn't changed with the line-up, but Velua is a very slow starter.

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Skyforger - Senprūsija
Review by deadone
8.2
To be honest I had some reservations reviewing a folk black metal band. Given that the closest I get to either genres is Bathory one can understand my trepidation. Then to my surprise it turns out Skyforger's new album Sensprūsija offers a more multifaceted approach including large chunks of heavy and thrash metal circa 1988!

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Santo Rostro - II: The Bleed
Review by BitterCOld
7.8
"Spanish bongs in Andalucia… Stoner jams rawk balls for 39" minutes*. Pardon the intro. If it makes sense to you, you earn dos puntos frescos. If not, be sure to check out The Clash… but only after getting sonically plowed by Santo Rostro.

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Three Steps To The Ocean - Migration Light
Review by tea[m]ster
8.4
Three Steps To The Ocean are a four-piece instrumental band from Italy. They have been around for quite a while, having released three records since 2007. They play a specific style of atmospheric post rock/metal with some sludge, doom and experimental touches. Migration Light is the fourth title in their catalog, continuing what has been one of more remarkable "fly under the radar" kind of rides I have ever seen. It's been a very secretive trudge through the desensitized network of post rock/metal for Three Steps To The Ocean, and they may be one of the best bands doing it that you've never heard of.

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Six Feet Under - Crypt Of The Devil
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
3.0
Chris Barnes ruins everything.

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Sorcerer - In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.0
Crawling out of the depths of history come Sorcerer, the Swedish epic doom band whose story is similar to that of recent successes Hell; they came into being back in 1988, but disintegrated shortly, leaving only a handful of demos and compilations to trickle out periodically over the decades. In 2010, vocalist Anders Engberg and bassist Johnny Hagel resurrected the band with some new blood, eventually getting around to recording a proper album. It might be 27 years overdue, but In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross constitutes Sorcerer's official full-length debut; unlike Hell, however, Sorcerer have chosen to let their old demos stand as they are, opting instead to fill their first true album with all-new material.

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The Gentle Storm - The Diary
Review by Ivor
 
A full-album collaboration between Anneke and Arjen is something that's been eagerly anticipated ever since Anneke sang the part of Egyptian in Ayreon's Into the Electric Castle, which features probably one of the most emotional and beautiful Ayreon tunes ever written with her on vocals: the folkish "The Valley of the Queens." That was about 17 years ago, give or take. Apart from another appearance close to 10 years later, you could say that something like The Gentle Storm is long overdue.

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Pombagira - Flesh Throne Press
Review by Windrider
 
Pombagira have been around now for some years and released several albums yet. While they always showed a preference for long albums with very few and very long songs, it seems they couldn't contain themselves this time. Flesh Throne Press does feature many songs, 13 to be precise, however they didn't go down in song length much and that's why they now ended up with an 87 minute album. And the best part is... it doesn't get boring! Well, at least if you are into that type of music.

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Staff pick
Santo Rostro - II: The Bleed
Spanish Stoner/Sludge

Santo Rostro's sophomore effort is more riff-driven, mostly mid-paced stonerrific jams with power and just a dash of groove. Worthy of checking out? My advice, "Hunt It Down."

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Picked by: BitterCOld
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Ensiferum & Korpiklaani - Concert Ticket Giveaway 19.04

Planning on going to watch Ensiferum, Korpiklaani and Trollfest in California next month? (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Nightwish, Children Of Bodom And More - Honored With Stamps 19.04

The Finns do it again, this time with metal stamps! A music-themed stamp sheet is set to be released in September designed by graphic artist Klaus Welp when the Finnish postal service, Posti, issues several new series of stamps. The rock and metal stamps were created to honor six Finnish bands that have achieved international success and they look pretty neat. The bands featured in the stamps are Hanoi Rocks, The Rasmus, HIM, Apocalyptica, Children Of Bodom and Nightwish. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Periphery - Release New Video Clip 19.04

Periphery are about to embark on the second leg of their North American tour dates in support of the Juggernaut albums and have premiered a new clip for "The Bad Thing". Jeff Holcomb directed the clip, which features a montage of live footage from the Washington D.C.-based outfit early 2015 tour. Enjoy! (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Elyose - Releasing Second Full-Length Album 19.04

French industrial gothic metallers Elyose just announced the details regarding their sophomore album entitled Ipso Facto. The new album will drop on June 15th and will be distributed via Season Of Mist. The mix and mastering of the album was done by Brett Caldas-Lima at Tower Studio and the artwork is the creation of Toxic Visions Design. You can view the artwork as well as the album tracklist below. (by ManiacBlasphemer)   Read more ››
 
Kingcrow - New Album Set For Release In June 19.04

Italians Kingcrow have been working hard on a new album to follow 2013's In Crescendo. Previously, the band revealed that it would be called Eidos but now we know more about it. The progressive metallers return this year with a new conceptual album about choices, consequences, dealing with regret and disillusion. After their album Phlegethon dealt with childhood, and In Crescendo about the end of youth, Eidos can be considered the third part of a trilogy about the path of life. The album will be released worldwide on June 23rd through Sensory Records (Laser's Edge). (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Evergrey - Factory, Tallinn, Estonia, 26.03.2015 10.04

Evergrey have been long-awaited guests around these parts. Even though they come from a country so close, it's apparently still a lengthy journey to drop by. To some, Evergrey are a band about 10 years past their prime, but their latest album seems to have gotten the blood flowing again and has gained some good attention. Regardless of the reasons, it was a pleasure to see them hit the stage in Tallinn as part of the Tallinn Music Week festival. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
 
70000 Tons Of Metal 2015 - Day Four: There's A Tear In My Beer 04.04

The last day of the cruise is always bittersweet since … well … it's the last day. But it's also the day to catch bands which were missed previously. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Getting Into: Manowar 29.03

The articles in this series begun by our own Baz Anderson are designed to give a brief overview of a band's entire discography, so as to provide a clear point of entry for the uninitiated. It offers a different approach from the typical review format, for the curious newcomer to a well-traveled band. Manowar Heavy/power metal USA Manowar helped kick off the American power metal scene back in the '80s with their self-referential bombast and overdriven melodic metal. While their fame stems as much from their seemingly-blissful goofiness (and… 'memorable' artwork) as from their... (by ScreamingSteelUS)   Read more ››
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Ephel Duath - Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness (2013)

What Ephel Duath gave us here is a collection of sort of bizarre riffs and sort of bizarre time-signaturing and sort of bizarre vocals that seem like they were tossed together more for the sake of seeming bizarre than for the sake of making good music. That's the impression I'm getting. I don't listen to much prog and psychedelic stuff, and these guys seem to be wading in proggy and psychedelic(ish) territory on this, but I doubt that anyone who likes said types of music will find... (by wormdrink414)   Read more ››

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