Acid King - Middle Of Nowhere, Center Of Everywhere
Review by BitterCOld
Retro-sounding female fronted psychedelic stoner doom… but before you dismiss them as another Janey Come Lately, do realize Acid King have been kicking out the jams for more than 20 years.


Heidevolk - Velua
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
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.


Skyforger - Senprūsija
Review by deadone
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!


Santo Rostro - II: The Bleed
Review by BitterCOld
"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.


Three Steps To The Ocean - Migration Light
Review by tea[m]ster
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.


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


Sorcerer - In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
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.


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.


Staff pick
Dødheimsgard - A Umbra Omega
Avant-garde black with an industrial touch

If you haven't heard it yet, you're missing out. Dødheimsgard raise the creativity bar for experimental bands everywhere. Call it avant-garde, call it black, call it industrial, or call it post. This is a musical milestone that combines Dødheimsgard's unique extreme sound with a wide variety of influences and an unequalled vocalist duo. If metal is more for you than melodic riffs and blast beats, this is your album.

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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 ››
Kamelot - Confirm Second Leg Of N. American Tour 21.04

Symphonic metallers Kamelot are about to start a trek in North America with DragonForce this April 25th in Mexico. However, those April and May shows aren't the only ones the band is doing in Canada and the United States. In fact, they'll return to the U.S. and Canada in support of new album Haven with a second leg starting in mid November. This will be their biggest North American headliner tour to date. See the dates below. DragonForce are the special guests once again. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
AC/DC - Phil Rudd Admits To Drug Possession And Threatening To Kill 21.04

AC/DC are currently performing with Chris Slade as their drummer since Phil Rudd is involved in a Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap case. Well, Rudd, 60, has pleaded guilty in Tauranga District Court to one charge of threatening to kill, as well as possession of cannabis and methamphetamine - charges he had earlier pleaded not guilty to. A second threatening to kill charge was withdrawn, according to The New Zealand Herald. The record shows that Rudd made calls to a colleague asking to have his former assistant "taken out." (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Shining (NOR) - New Album Coming, New Label 21.04

Shining (NOR) have very good news to share. The follow-up to One One One (2013) is finally coming. The experimental/avantgarde group has joined forces with Spinefarm Records for a worldwide deal that will see a new studio album released later this year supported by international touring. You can start anticipating the new material and Jørgen Munkeby says it will be one of their most varied albums. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Hypothermia - Streaming New Track 21.04

The Swedish black metal wanderers Hypothermia have unveiled a new song online, called "Efterglöd". The track appears on the band's upcoming new album, Svartkonst, and is a little over seven-minute long instrumental composition. Presented in a form of a video featuring photography of Kim Carlsson (guitars/ex-Lifelover, Kall), "Eftergöld" is now available for your listening pleasure below. Dive into the abyss. (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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Rosae Crucis - Il Re Del Mondo (2008)

Il Re Del Mondo is the re-recording of Rosae Crucis' first demo from way back in 1992, newly released on the Jolly Roger Records label. As they started out in 1990 they've been around in the Italian metal scene since quite some time now. Rosae Crucis are described as true epic classic heavy metal by their label. Personally I would say they're like a perfect blend of the Spanish folksters Mägo de Oz (but with Italian vocals instead of Spanish (sounds the same to someone unfamiliar... (by Bas)   Read more ››

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King Diamond has been concentrating on his solo band in recent years, while members and ex-members of Mercyful Fate and King Diamond have been concentrating on their new band, Force Of Evil.

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