Process Of Guilt / Rorcal - Process Of Guilt / Rorcal [Split] [EP]
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.4
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.

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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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Kong - Stern
Review by Ivor
 
Kong are extremely good at delivering music that is restless and unsettling. If you're an impressionable sort, a driver that gets nervous and twitchy at the wheel of a car in a rush hour, Kong is not a good choice of background music. It will surely make you even more anxious and jumpy. It's the sort of music that just doesn't let itself be enjoyed sitting tight.

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Rigor Mortis - Slaves To The Grave
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
9.0
Reviewing the posthumous opus ultimus of a recently-deceased artist imposes the unique burden of simultaneously preventing the unfortunate circumstances from coloring any objective sentiments about the work itself and remaining sensitive to the situation. While of course we believe in subjective reviews here, and some albums are best understood in the context of their creator's demise (Woods Of Ypres's Woods V), more often than not death intensifies hero worship. Rigor Mortis require no special treatment; not only does Slaves To The Grave deliver well enough on its own, it is a fitting swan song and testament to the brilliance of both Rigor Mortis and the late Mike Scaccia.

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Vesania - Deus Ex Machina
Review by D.T. Metal
8.8
Recently signed to Metal Blade Records and after a drought of seven long years, the Polish symphonic blackmetalers Vesania are on the verge of releasing Deus Ex Machina, their fourth full-length album in seventeen some years of existence. Was the long wait worth it though?

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Vanir - The Glorious Dead
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
7.4
Fans, purists, didacts, and passers-by with too much time on their hands love a good argument about which bands might accurately be labeled "Viking metal" (as if it were a real genre). With their blend of death, black, and folk metal, the Danish Vanir probably have a better shot at the title than most.

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Lunatic Soul - Walking On A Flashlight Beam
Review by Introspekrieg
8.7
This is what I need. Music designed for introverts. With such a minimalist sound, every intonation becomes important. You listen carefully.

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The Sabbathian - Ritual Rites [EP]
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.7
This album sounds as if it were recorded in a daze - but was it the visionary purple haziness of a mystical psychedelic journey, the perception-altering horror of a satanic ritual, or the low-fidelity first fumblings of a young and raw band? Perhaps all three.

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Supported event

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 Voodoo's video if you haven't already!


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Cult Of Fire - Stream New Song 22.10

Czech black metallers Cult Of Fire have just released a brand new track called "Vlatava" and you can check it out right now through the Soundcloud player below. Did you miss the vocals here? Tell us what you think. (by Pazdzioch)   Read more ››
 
Devin Townsend - Debut New Song 'Rejoice' 21.10

With just a mere week to go till the release of Devin Townsend's new Z² album on the 27th October in Europe and 28th October in the US, the weirdos have revealed a track from the Sky Blue side of the double-album. You can rejoice all you want to the sounds of "Rejoice" here below. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Skeletonwitch - Vocalist To Miss Upcoming Shows 21.10

If you were planning to attend Skeletonwitch's upcoming shows, you will see the band perform without their frontman Chance Garnette. The band is currently touring in North America with Amon Amarth and Sabaton and just released a statement explaining that the vocalist is facing "serious personal matters". The band has decided to finish the tour as a four-piece. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Obituary - Entire New Album Streaming Online 21.10

Florida-based death metal legends Obituary are currently streaming their entire new opus entitled Inked In Blood online. You can give it a listen at this location. Tell us how this stuff compares to the rest of the band's back catalog. The album will be officially released on October 27th in North America, UK, world and Germany, Benelux, Finland on October 24th via Relapse Records. (by Pazdzioch)   Read more ››
 
Behemoth - Nergal Opens Barbershop 21.10

And now for something a little bit different! Adam "Nergal" Darski, the frontman of Polish death metal band Behemoth, is pursuing a new venture outside of music and opened a barbershop called "Barberian" in Warsaw (Poland). And it seems like it is attracting a lot of bearded beasts. (by Michaelis)   Read more ››
 
FRA, Toulouse - Entombed A.D. & Grave: Back To The Front European Tour 2014 18.10

A pure Swedish death metal evening, with Entombed A.D. - that's the LG Petrov fronted version of Entombed - as headliner? Count me in! First off, I have to warn you. It's been a while since I last shoot concert pics in a venue with my old compact camera, and the resulting pics show I'm rusty, with my outdated material. So, don't expect anything great, the photos are just here for a basic illustrative purpose. Anyway, off with the ramblings. The Dynamo venue (a great little concert bar in the center of Toulouse) was almost packed (that's 300 odd people), even with a heavy... (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
 
Getting Stoked: 70000 Tons Of Metal 2015 - The Destination 15.10

In a couple of months, the end of January 2015 to be exact, 70000 Tons Of Metal, the annual - The Original - music cruise will set sail once again. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Within Temptation, Amaranthe - Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO USA - 28 Sep 2014 14.10

Within Temptation and Amaranthe, who just finished their North America Tour, made a stop in Colorado as well and since yours truly was in attendance, below are some of the highlights of the show. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
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Cradle Of Filth - The Manticore And Other Horrors (2012)

Two years have gone by, Halloween is approaching; which can only mean one thing: Cradle Of Filth is releasing a new album. The Manticore And Other Horrors marks the tenth studio album of the symphonic black, gone extreme or extreme gothic metal gee, I am going to stop while I am ahead. I seriously can't keep up with all those different sub genres in today's music. One thing is for sure though, their latest effort will either go down as the best thing they did since Dusk... And Her... (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››

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Before completing the second album, Ron became a Born-Again Christian, and thus Ron rewrote some of the lyrics on Man of Straw to be more Christian-friendly (though with the exception of "The Trial", generally not overtly religious). Matt Jordan also converted to Christianity when the album was completed. The band broke up because Daniel and Jordan did not want to tour, due to their new faith. After the band broke up Ron Daniel became a minister.

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