Brimstone Coven - II
Review by Mattybu
 
Brimstone Coven is one of those bands that is hard for me to not enjoy. Like, really hard.

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Bask - American Hollow
Review by tea[m]ster
8.1
American Hollow is a prime example of what I like in my doom/psychedelic/stoner music today. A foundation consisting of a lively mix of groove and rhythmic sludge/stoner riffs and tremolo picked guitars (not in the traditional black metal sense but from a post-rock angle) to dense bass and squeaky clean drumming to finally, really elegant clean singing that weaves it's way through an atmosphere that's suppressing and haunting.

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A Sound Of Thunder - The Lesser Key Of Solomon
Review by R'Vannith
8.0
A Sound Of Thunder are unusually dynamic for a heavy metal band. Ever active with new ideas, this American quartet demonstrate an individualised determination with each energetic and engaging studio album. What sets them apart is their consistency in demonstrating an unusually high level of creative energy for a style which draws primarily from traditional heavy metal, and it continues to spur them on into new efforts with The Lesser Key Of Solomon.

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Xerath - III
Review by R'Vannith
8.6
Harmony of elements can be a truly spectacular thing. While metal and symphony have formed many remarkable unions in the past, Xerath's more modern approach seeks continual refinement in order to leave their own impression on the unison. One would assume some simple math would apply here; I + II = III, ergo this album is more than just another number in a discographical sequence, and is the sum of the band's studio strengths. Yet simple math metal this is not, the polyrhythmic driven effort to meld the two elements in a refreshing way requires more than a simple approach, which leads to the question: is the third time the charm?

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Firtan - Niedergang
Review by Doc Godin
7.5
Jesus, "epic" black metal is a sad little world sometimes. Having an uncomfortable amount of synthesizers crammed down your throat is lauded while thoughtful song writing is thrown to the wind. It's nice to hear bands like Firtan still giving a shit about their music.

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Overcharge - Accelerate
Review by Doc Godin
6.3
Taking the curt clarity of punk and fusing it with extreme speed metal is, and always will be a really natural mix. It's so simple, yet satisfyingly primal it's pretty hard to mess up, right? Wrong. Despite being an album with the right ideas in the right places, Accelerate is a nifty example of everything that can go wrong with this fusion.

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Monarch - Sabbracadaver
Review by Apothecary
8.0
Drone. What is it exactly that attracts fans so to the gargantuan walls of sound and 20 minute notes that lurk deep within the subterranean caverns of this style? I mean, it's not as if it's accomplished songwriting, right? Any schmuck spending 5 minutes on a guitar could just strum the same note for a half hour. Well, if you're of this sort of mentality, you might as well stop reading. We're about to enter the realm of hooded robes and black monoliths, and your opinions have no validity here.

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Tarnkappe - Tussen Hun En De Zon
Review by Windrider
8.3
Behold, fellow black metallers, for huge Darkthrone vibes are upon us. This is about Dutch act Tarnkappe's debut album Tussen Hun En De Zon, which translates to "Between Them And The Sun". The material is not new, as the same tracks have already been released as a demo under the same name in 2013, now again as their debut album and on LP. So the music is not new, and at the same time it's not even original either. But there is something that makes the songs good, very good and, at times, simply great.

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Khthoniik Cerviiks - Heptaedrone
Death/Black

Another poach from Fenriz's Band of the Week thing here. Totally raw, totally good album.

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Winterfylleth - New Song Available Online 15.09

As you may know, Winterfylleth are releasing a new album soon and they have already shared a new song before. Today, you can hear more form The Divination Of Antiquity opus. The Manchester atmospheric black metallers give you precisely the title track, which is also the album opener. Dive in! Is it something you enjoy? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Mors Principium Est - Unveil New Album Cover Art And Tracklist 15.09

If you are excited about Mors Principium Est' forthcoming new album Dawn Of The 5th Era, here is another piece of the puzzle to whet your appetite. The Finns just unveiled the album cover artwork and tracklist as well, which means you can take a look at it below. Also, stay tuned for some studio footage coming up soon. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Temples Festival 2015 - More Bands Confirmed 15.09

The Temples Festival just confirmed new acts for their 2015 edition. If you thought you wanted to go before, the new additions might persuade you even more. They include the newly added headliner Sunn O)))! The other bands announced are Grave Miasma, Martyrdöd, Young And In The Way, Skitsystem, KEN Mode, Harm's Way, and Krokodil. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Procession - To Tour Europe With Dread Sovereign 15.09

Chilean doomsters Procession are very pleased to announce a string of tour dates across the European grounds, scheduled for this coming November. Joining them on the road will be Irish doom metal band Dread Sovereign (featuring members of Primordial). This tour also includes exclusive performances at Dutch Doom Days and Doom Over Vienna festivals. Check out the list of dates below the official tour flyer. (by Abattoir)   Read more ››
 
Trepalium - Release Video For New Single 15.09

How about some Trepalium new tunes to start off your week? Trepalium just released a new music video for their new single "Moonshine Limbo". The video was directed by Benjamin Cappelletti and if you watch it below, it gives you a chance to listen to some new material from the French death metal band. Enjoy! (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Progventure Part 9: Green Carnation - Another Night Under The Dam, Åseral, Norway, 31.07.2014 01.09

It seems that my Progventure prog searching trips are not only a convenient excuse to travel new places, or more often the only way of seeing bands I like I wouldn't otherwise get to see, but in some cases they are turning out to be events of a fairly unique kind. Another Night Under the Dam - the Green Carnation reunion show at the Åseral dam number 3 in Norway was unique in more ways than one. And it most definitely was special. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
 
Rockstar Mayhem Festival 2014 - Denver, CO - 13 Jul 2014 29.07

The annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival! Great variety of bands, I always have a blast, it's always fun, the weather is always way too hot and this year's event was almost no exception. Yes, almost no exception; the timing of the festival couldn't be worse and the decision to split the Colorado show into two events didn't help the cause neither. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Amaranthe - American Beauty Car Show, Haapsalu Episcopal Castle, Haapsalu, Estonia, 19.07.2014 28.07

Haapsalu is a small and beautiful Estonian resort town by the sea. Each July its quiet is disturbed by an invasion of owners and admirers of the American car industry. Shining cars, roaring engines, burning rubber, cruising, and a drag race on the airfield strip - American Beauty Car Show has got it all. If you're into all that, it's the place to be. Naturally, this also calls for musical entertainment of varied sorts, which somehow managed to grab my attention for the first time with only one name - Amaranthe. Just because I happen to like them. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
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Death Mechanism - Human Error - Global Terror (2006)

Classic but modern Thrash could be a good way to describe the first album of the Italians of Death Mechanism. Without being new or original, their music inspired by German Thrash Metal is not really surprising but not out-dated too. "Human Error - Global Terror" will not be a revolution but if you like violent and aggressive Thrash a la Kreator, I think that this release will be for you! The best way to describe the music of Death Mechanism is probably to talk about Kreator and all the... (by Jeff)   Read more ››

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