Nibiru - Netrayoni
Review by Apothecary
It's that time of the year again. Leaves are dying, Metalsucks and Pitchfork are making try hard Top 2014 lists, and meanwhile more curious metal listeners are seeking to explore albums from this year that they may have carelessly glanced over, what with more honorable warriors such as Thou and Agalloch consuming the majority of their attention. Albums such as Nibiru's Netrayoni, for example.


Einherjer - Av Oss, For Oss
Review by R'Vannith
As it turns out, Norrøn was merely a stepping stone in Einherjer's return. The Viking beats are back in full form in Av Oss, For Oss.


Bastard Sapling - Instinct Is Forever
Review by R'Vannith
Black metal finds an auspiciously vicious delivery in Instinct Is Forever. While the aggressions and subtle allure are typically developed for the genre, they do seem to come instinctively to Bastard Sapling, their sound benefiting from an underlying element at the roots.


Horncrowned - Defanatus (Diabolus Adventus)
Review by Windrider
One can explore quite a lot when discovering the non-european black metal scenes. Historically, the most important and still the biggest scene overseas can be found in South America. Bands like Sarcófago filled in the small gap between the first and second wave in Scandinavia. However, today's discussion topic hails from Bogotá, Colombia and has the pleasant name Horncrowned. They have been around since 2001 and released four full-length albums so far, the fourth one being rated today here live and uncut, entitled Defanatus (Diabolus Adventus).


Cowards - Rise To Infamy
Review by Ilham
Incipit in media fucking res.


Reasons Behind - The Alpha Memory
Review by Jason W.
Reasons Behind waste no time in undertaking an ambitious concept album with their debut, The Alpha Memory. Guitar-driven symphonic metal that is full of exuberant keyboard and piano melodies and plenty of unique and memorable vocal passages, Reasons Behind give the listener an emotional journey into the mind of a woman living with one of the greatest conditions of the mind, that of Alzheimer's.


Sedna - Sedna
Review by Apothecary
In need of an album to prove to all the Gorgoroth and "one trve Mayhem" worshipers that black metal today is anything but confined to Satanic and dark themes? Sedna have got you covered.


Ghost Brigade - IV - One With The Storm
Review by R'Vannith
For three records the Finnish band Ghost Brigade have provided a unique example of melodic death metal progression. Basing their studio efforts well beyond generic limits and engaging the structures and tones of post-metal, they continue to issue their original and outlying style in IV: One With The Storm, but to a similar result as any of their prior releases.


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70000 Tons Of Metal 2015

USA, Fort Lauderdale, FL (Liberty Of The Seas)
22-26 January 2015

Blind Guardian
Arch Enemy
Staff pick
Anaal Nathrakh - Desideratum
Industrial Black Metal/Grindcore

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Ketha - Streaming New Single 29.12

Polish experimental metallers Ketha are returning with a new EP called #!%16.7. The album will hit the stores on January 7th through Instant Classic. While you wait for its release, you can enjoy their new twisted song "The Sounderiad" now. Does this track raise your expectations for the successor to 2nd Sight? (by Pazdzioch)   Read more ››
Nemesea - Working On New Album, Releasing DVD 29.12

Here is some good news for Nemesea fans. The gothic outfit is finally working on their new album to follow 2011's The Quiet Resistance and to shorten the wait, they'll release a live DVD which you can now pre-order here. The DVD is coming out on February 27th, 2015 via Napalm Records. For their 4th studio album, Nemesea started working with Guido Aalbers. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Necrowretch - New Album In February, Cover Art Unveiled 29.12

The French act Necrowretch is bringing you some more filthy death metal next year. In fact, they just announced that they will release their second album on February 16th via Century Media Records. The opus is called With Serpents Scourge and according to the band, you can start preparing yourself for some horrible doom! (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Reactor - Writing New Material 29.12

The four-piece stoner rock outfit Reactor from Finland is currently writing new material for their second album due in 2015. Reactor released their debut Gravity back in 2011. (by Cynic Metalhead)   Read more ››
Armageddon - Vocalist Leaves, Seeking Replacement 29.12

Armageddon have some unfortunate news. Due to personal reasons, their singer Matt Hallquist has been forced to step down from the role as lead vocalist. The Swedish metallers thank Matt for his time and commitment to the band. This means they are once again searching for a singer. Armageddon are looking for a growler/screamer with great stage presence to tour with them starting next year. (by Bad English)   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 ››
Mars Red Sky + Year Of No Light in Toulouse 09.12

Let's face it: they didn't bring any Bordeaux wine with them... (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
Voting Abuse, MS, and YOU! 06.12

So you want to be a Stormtrooper and check peoples darkest habits in an effort to report Votecriminals to your local Moderator? Here are some thoughts on the scoring system and tips on tracking down Votecriminals. (by Xnoybis)   Read more ››
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Sanctity - Road To Bloodshed (2007)

Amongst the Thrash Metal revival movement that we are experiencing in recent years, only a few bands were able to stand the test of time. Sanctity proposes a somewhat aggressive kind of music with excellent guitar work laid on solid rhythm. But what makes them stand out is the level of variety in their songs. At times, Power Metal isn't far due to excellent guitar solos. "Road to Bloodshed" is a boisterous opus, which can be disregarded as a Nu Metal album by some. However, the band... (by Demonic Tutor)   Read more ››

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Although the band has used mainly English lyrics since "Monumension", their albums before that were mostly recorded in Norwegian except on their first full-length album, where three songs had Icelandic lyrics, while the lyrics on "Heimdallr" was an Old Norse excerpt from Gylfaginning by Snorri Sturluson. Most of their lyrics relate to Norse mythology.

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