Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä
Review by Apothecary
8.5
It is happening again, here and now. After sailing on the outer regions of the Kuiper belt, and interacting with several extraterrestrial species who could impart new wisdom to them, Oranssi Pazuzu have arrived back on Terra, eager to apply this fresh knowledge to their music. What did the words of those ice giants from beyond Neptune contribute to their new sound? What about the teachings of the Tsuthians, the 9 foot tall gas ghosts who speak only in hisses? Listen carefully, ye carbon-based life forms, and Värähtelijä shall unveil the answers.

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Dream Theater - The Astonishing
Review by Demonic Tutor
7.5
One of the pioneering bands of progressive metal, the iconic Dream Theater, unleashed their new opus at the end of January. As is the case with all their releases, The Astonishing is going to draw all kinds of comments from "this is the worst thing ever" to "album of the year material". One thing is for certain, with more than 2 hours of music, their latest record is an demanding listen drawing inspiration from many musical and...

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Vulturium Memoriae - Nato Per Ragioni Ignote
Review by Apothecary
 
How does one break boundaries in music, exactly, or in any art form for that matter? Sometimes it seems so complicated that the answer eludes our grasps entirely, but at the end of the day it really just boils down to one simple rule: be unafraid.

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Sunburst - Fragments Of Creation
Review by Demonic Tutor
9.0
When I saw that a new band was opening up their first album with a track called "Out of the World", I figured they needed the chops to back it up. The band Sunburst from Larissa, Greece convinced me within twenty seconds. Their brand of progressive power metal had me on board so fast I can already tell you this is going to be an album of the year contender for 2016. It is that simple. Why? Imagine the good parts of Dream Theater music...

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Sunrise - Absolute Clarity
Review by Belegûr
7.5
There's not an awful lot to discuss when it comes to Absolute Clarity, the latest release from Ukrainian band Sunrise. This is fast and melodic metal heavily inspired by the likes of Sonata Arctica and Stratovarius. Many bands take influence from two of the biggest acts in the genre, but few manage to do it with this much precision.

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Signum Regis - Chapter IV: The Reckoning
Review by Belegûr
7.8
The European power metal scene is chock-full of average bands. I've reviewed some myself and Signum Regis did seem like another one after I listened to Chapter IV: The Reckoning for the first time. However, after each subsequent listen, I started to appreciate it a lot more. No this isn't top tier power metal and it makes the same mistakes that so many other forgettable acts in the genre make, but it does get a lot right.

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Wildernessking - Mystical Future
Review by Windrider
 
After years of keeping the tension high with promising EPs, Wildernessking finally enlighten our new year with their long awaited second full-length, entitled Mystical Future. The South African gang amazed me back in the year 2012 when I did one of my very first official reviews here and just like me (insert stupidly grinning face here), they stay true to their roots. Because outside my cosmos they are probably not as big as Metallica or Iron Maiden, let it be said that Wildernessking play a modern, progressive style of black metal, atmospheric, yet technically demanding.

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Moonreich - Pillars Of Detest
Review by BitterCOld
7.1
Pillar Of Detest is the latest Luciferian lunar lullabies from the French black metal outfit Moonreich.

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Nightwish: North American Tour 2016

USA, Colorado Springs, CO (City Auditorium)
15 March 2016

Nightwish
Delain
Sonata Arctica
 
Metal Storm Awards 2015 - Now Open 01.02

Ladies and djentlemen, it's that time of year again - the Metal Storm Awards 2015 are open for business. The voters are about to swarm like gundarks, so be prepared to withstand the onslaught of chatter and indiscriminate, early bird vote-lobbing that will soon unfold. For the next however many days are in February this year (lousy indecisive month), the Awards are all yours to paw through and explore. We've got an impressive array of nominees, as usual, so don't be afraid to consider the other candidates before purposefully striding right past them and voting for your favorite... (by ScreamingSteelUS)   Read more ››
 
Ill Omen - Stream New Track 06.02

Australian one man black metal act Ill Omen has recently posted online the first track "I. Æ​.​Thy​.​Rift" off Æ​.​Thy​.​Rift, its new opus. Nuclear War Now! Productions will release the third album of the band next month, digitally and on vinyl on March 1st, 2016. If you are curious about the music, head over here to have a listen to what IV, aka Mitchell Keepin, created. (by Paz)   Read more ››
 
Delain - New Music Video Online 06.02

Dutch symphonic metal act Delain just shared with their fans a new video for their most recent single, ''Suckerpunch''. The track appears on the band's new impending EP Lunar Prelude, which is hitting stores on the 19th of February 2016 via Napalm Records in preparation of their next full length studio album. The video was recorded with the always busy Patric Ullaeus at Revolver Film. Watch all the pyrotechnics and headbanging right here. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Anvil - Lyric Video For New Song Online 06.02

Canadian heavy metal old-timers Anvil announced their new album Anvil Is Anvil last year and they now finally share some music from it. The trio has unveiled a new lyric video for the tune ''Die For A Lie". If you are curious about it, check it out below. Anvil will soon embark on a colossal European run with special guest support from Dirkschneider. Following that tour, the trio will invade the U.S. for a spring outing featuring various support acts. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Dream Death - Share New Song Online 06.02

Last year, it was reported that Dream Death were working on a new album to follow Somnium Excessum. Having completed that process, the death/doom/thrash combo unit is now releasing Dissemination. The album features ten songs but the killer title track is currently available online to stream at this location. Dive in now! (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
A Year In Metal - 2015: Highlights Through The Eyes Of The MS Staff, Elites & Official Contributors 13.01

Since the Metal Storm Awards are upon us, here are the highlights of some of our Jedi Knights, Padawans and Younglings hmmm, and even a Sith Lord gave his input. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
The Lost Concert Files - Various Stuff From 2015 11.01

Too little - too late, but here it is nevertheless. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Black Metal MMXVI: How We Got Here, And Where We're Going 04.01

When one takes the past 15 years into account, perhaps no other subgenre of metal has expanded and diversified to the point and the manner in which which black metal has. Emerging from a tight circle of orthodoxy, this child in the metal family now seems bent on branching out in every possible direction, and incorporating every stylistic influence it can get its hands on. But how did it reach this point? And what does this current atmosphere of innovation and rule breaking mean for the future of black metal as a whole? Let's find out. (by Apothecary)   Read more ››
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Blood Stain Child - Idolator (2005)

Who know, maybe that Blood Stain Child will become one day the new In Flames or the new Children Of Bodom. After all, their music is quite similar so why not? Though the big difference between these three bands is that Blood Stain Child doesn't come from Scandinavia but from Osaka, Japan. "Idolator" is the 3rd album of the Nippon and for sure, all the ones who like our two Nordic monsters will like this release (even if we cannot say that BSC didn't take a lot of risks with this... (by Jeff)   Read more ››

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In January 2007, drummer Steve Asheim was detained for police questioning in Austria after presenting money to a bank teller that was covered in red ink. Staff and police were suspicious of his appearance and suspected he had been involved in a recent bank robbery. After hours of questioning, it was discovered that a red pen had leaked in his pocket, staining the money. Innsbruck police were forced to release Asheim without charges.

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