Serious Black - As Daylight Breaks
Review by deadone
7.5
Super groups are curious creatures. Despite often having superb pedigrees, in many cases they fail to achieve that magical chemistry which might even turn 4 average musicians into something special. In fact too often it's some sort of generic mash up of the members' other project. And with members of Blind Guardian, Helloween and Tad Morose in the band, Serious Black's pedigree is quite illustrious. So the question arises: does Serious Black rise above its origins to create heavy metal that will stand on its own merit?

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Amniac - Infinite
Review by tea[m]ster
6.9
It's not very often I re-visit an album that initially didn't click, even one that's been recently suggested by a friend. This is the case with Greek post-metal band Amniac and their debut release Infinite. Months ago I gave the album a pretty thorough listen and I can usually tell if I dig an album by one play through. Once in a great while, first impressions are hastily made and an album may grow stronger with each reacquaintance....

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In Other Climes - Leftover
Review by Ilham
6.8
Beautiful albums make cute reviews.

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Mourning Mist - Mourning Mist
Review by Apothecary
 
In the early 90s, a little band by the name of Katatonia put out an album called Dance Of December Souls, considered by many to have written the rulebook for blackened doom metal. Over 20 years later, Mourning Mist are saying screw it and throwing the rulebook out the window.

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No Return - Fearless Walk To Rise
Review by Mattybu
 
Ah, the golden days of thrash. Back in the 80's, when the beer flowed like wine, and masterpieces of the genre instinctively flocked to the eardrums of listeners like the salmon of Capistrano. No Return is a French thrash band who got things going right as those glorious times were about to begin their hibernation...

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Periphery - Juggernaut: Alpha & Omega
Review by Susan
9.6
Juggernaut: Alpha and Omega are parts I and II of a crowning achievement in songwriting, storytelling, and performance. It is more emotional, more melodic, and far more jazz than anyone was expecting. Oh, it just oozes at times with a thick, dense jazz, which is kneaded into the metal music so well. But that's just one of many important ingredients.

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Caïna - Setter Of Unseen Snares
Review by Ilham
8.4
"Matthew McConaughey is a busta", would say a certain MetalStormer.

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Terror Empire - The Empire Strikes Black
Review by Susan
7.9
"Adventure? Excitement? A Jedi craves not these things. You are reckless." Reckless indeed, bitches! The sheer reckless aggression that Terror Empire serves up will destroy your eardrums like the Empire destroyed Alderaan. Groove, thrash, some death metal, a bit of hardcore, this melange of modern extreme metal lays in wait like an exogorth space slug.

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Supported event

Behemoth & Cannibal Corpse: North American Winter Tour 2015

USA, San Francisco, CA (The Fillmore)
08 February 2015

Behemoth
Cannibal Corpse
Aeon
Tribulation
Staff pick
Vise Versa - Living A Lie
Alternametal

The fact that Franky Costanza is the drummer should be enough to convince you to check this out. If that's not good enough then Jon Howard is also the vocalist. If neither of these 2 facts mean anything to you then you just must not know who those guys are.



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Amon Amarth - Start Working On New Material 28.01

Currently touring in Europe, the bassist Ted Lundström of Swedish death metallers Amon Amarth recently did an interview with Metal Recusants at Colchester Arts Centre, United Kingdom. He has confirmed that the group is working on new material and that the successor of Deceiver Of The Gods should be released sometime next year. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Voivod - New Song Streaming Online 28.01

How about a new tune from Voivod? The Canadian metal innovators recently recorded a new song for a split 7" vinyl release with Century Media labelmates At The Gates. The collector's item will be available in stores on April 7th and you can now check out the Voivod 7-minute track, "We Are Connected", in the YouTube clip below. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
HIM - Drummer Quits 28.01

Drummer Mika Kristian "Gas Lipstick" Karppinen has announced that he is leaving the Finns HIM. He has been in the band for a long time, since 1999 and now leaves because he feels it's time to move on and pursue his own musical interests. However, there is no animosity between him and the band. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Minsk - Reveal New Album Details, Coming In April 28.01

Minsk fans rejoice because the band's new album is finally dropping in April! After a six-year slumber, the follow-up to 2009's With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone is called The Crash & The Draw and has been scheduled for release on April 7th 2015 in North America through Relapse Records. To build up the anticipation, you can check out the album's cover art as well as the tracklist below. Get ready! (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Jupiter - Release New Video 28.01

Visual kei power quintet Jupiter have released a new video for "The Birth Of Venus". The song is the opening track from the band's sophomore album The History Of Genesis, which was released January 7th via Universal Music Japan. You can watch the new video below. (by Ruchesko)   Read more ››
 
A Year In Metal - 2014: Highlights Through The Eyes Of The MS Staff, Elites & Official Contributors 16.01

Compare our (Staff, Elites, and Official Contributors) highlights to your lists and have fun voting on the upcoming Metal Storm Awards. The folks at the 'Tower' \m/ (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Getting Stoked: 70000 Tons Of Metal 2015 - The Bands 11.01

Dear winter in Colorado - you suck and will NOT be missed. The countdown to this year's 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise is thankfully in full swing. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Goatwhore, Dying Fetus and support in Toulouse, 25/11/2014 13.12

As soon as the Toulouse date of this tour was announced, I knew I had to come. Goatwhore coming here? Hell yeah!!! (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
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Symphony X - Paradise Lost (2007)

Five years my friends, we had to wait five really long years to have the luck to finally listen to the new Symphony X. The band promised something great and "heavy", I can tell you that they didn't lie to their fans because "Paradise Lost" is probably the heavier and darker album of the American combo but also one of their bests. It's good to see that SX is back and better than ever and after all even if it was long, we didn't wait for nothing. "Paradise Lost"... (by Jeff)   Read more ››

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Amon Din

Amon Din means 'Silent Hill' it was the first of the seven Beacon-hills of Gondor. Amon Din was the closest of the Beacon-hills to Minas Tirithin (J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings).

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