Chemia - The One Inside
Review by R Lewis
7.3
Chemia are just like your hometown band, that one that plays in that pub down the street every Saturday night. Catchy, easy-listening and not so heavy, they're the stereotype of the band you'd want as a background while enjoying a beer with friends.

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The Conjuration - Surreal
Review by R'Vannith
5.8
Writhing madness and a morbid fascination for jerking the listener around with savagely nonsensical song structures. It's all so Surreal.

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Herod (SUI) - They Were None
Review by R'Vannith
7.2
Inspired by the bitterly barren and cold regions of the Scandinavian north, Herod slam the adjective "heavy" with an equally chilling new meaning.

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Slugdge - Gastronomicon
Review by Mattybu
 
You really can get away with a lot in the realm of metal. The sheer number of different themes central to various bands and genres is part of what keeps metal interesting for me. Whether it's a depressing retelling of nautical literature at the hands of Ahab or a tale of dragon-slaying told by Rhapsody Of Fire, there will always be a huge variety of sounds to be heard and stories to be told throughout the metal universe.

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Karnivore - In The Halls Of The Wicked
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.2
Ranging from death-thrash to blackened thrash, Karnivore's second album, In The Halls Of The Wicked, is a vicious assault of frosty destruction.

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Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
9.1
Fallujah have undergone quite the evolution since their debut EP. Beginning life as an out-and-out deathcore band with nothing more than inventive riffs and a few blackened passages to set them apart, they have introduced more progressive and atmospheric elements with each release. The Flesh Prevails marks a true change in Fallujah, from better-than-average players in a populous scene to innovators of a rising and complex one.

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Wolvhammer - Clawing Into Black Sun
Review by Apothecary
7.0
Here we go again with this blackened sludge thing. As any style evolves and gains more practitioners, it inevitably becomes more varied in its delivery, and Wolvhammer are standing as an example of this. Separating themselves from more filthy contemporaries such as Coffinworm and Dragged Into Sunlight, these Americans are a lot less harsh than some of their peers, a fact that, in regards to their latest album, can be both pleasing and displeasing.

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Siaskel - Jatenentolpen Thejin
Review by Mr. Doctor
7.2
Sometimes logistics can be both a bitch and a blessing. Siaskel was formed way back in 2003 and the recordings for their debut were already done by 2011, and now it has finally been released. Just in the same way, I've been listening to this black/death mix for quite a while already and only now do I feel compelled to write about them. Both waits seem to have given positive results.

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70000 Tons Of Metal 2015

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

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Staff pick
Skyclad - Prince Of The Poverty Line
Skyclad at their best!

You know what? This album's twenty years old and it's still as relevant as it was when it first came out. So do yourself a favor and check it out - or spin it a few times again!

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Picked by: Darkside Momo
Thumbs up: R'Vannith, Mr. Doctor
 
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Roadburn 2015 is officially taking off. Enslaved guitarist Ivar Bjørnson has been announced as one of the curators of Roadburn Festival 2015 alongside Wardruna's Einar Kvitrafn Selvik. As curators, both Ivar and Einar will personally select the bands for their curated Roadburn event, named Houses of the Holistic, and play special shows with Enslaved and Wardruna respectively as well. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Xanthochroid - Recording New Album 23.07

Xanthochroid recently announced that they have started recording new material. In a post from July 20th, they say "Holy shit we officially start recording tomorrow!" so clearly they are excited. The group also posted a picture of the drum kit in the studio. No news on a release date but the band's new album Of Erthe & Axen will drop via Blood Music which is also working behind-the-scenes on mastering Blessed He With Boils and Incultus for vinyl. (by MeloDeathViking)   Read more ››
 
Beyond Creation - Streaming New Song 23.07

Seemingly out of nowhere, Canadian progressive death metallers Beyond Creation just debuted a new song. The last time we heard of the band, they were working on their new album. Today we find out that it will be called Earthborn Evolution. As of now, you can spin the new tune "Elusive Reverence" right here! All the album details are available below as well. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
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Ozzy Osbourne just announced the release of Memoirs Of A Madman. It is not a new album but an audio and video collections that celebrates the legacy of Ozzy Osbourne. The single CD, two DVD set, 180g double vinyl and limited edition picture disc vinyl is due out on October 7th of Epic Records/Legacy Recordings. A teaser and the cover of the release are available below. Check them out! (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Dissona - Announce Show With Leprous, New Material Update 23.07

US metallers Dissona have announced via their Facebook page that they were invited by Leprous to join them for a show at Reggie's in Chicago. In the same post, they also announced that they were still working on new material and plan on premiering two new songs at their next several shows. Dissona have been working on material since late 2013 and it seems to be a slow moving process. We'll have to wait and see if 2014 will provide us with a new album, or if their heavy volume of shows will push the writing process into next year. (by MeloDeathViking)   Read more ››
 
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 4 Issue #2 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 23.07

Is independent, unsigned, and underground metal what you seek? Weary traveler of the metal world, rest a while here. Clandestine Cuts are the best demos and EPs from these bands, the heart and soul of metal music. These musicians are slaves to their passions, and their blood keeps the metal machine alive and turning. Support them with a simple listen, and discover the future. This issue features music from Megalodoom, Kylfingar, Svengali, Anopheli, Whetstone and The Ralph. (by Nefarious, Abattoir, R Lewis, Troy Killjoy, BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Hellfest 2014 - A report! 20.07

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Agalloch - Gothic Theatre, Englewood, USA - 8 Jul 2014 13.07

I was out of town two years ago when Agalloch played in Denver the last time, so when I first saw that they were scheduled to play at the Gothic Theatre in Englewood, CO (a suburb of Denver) I was actually rather surprised. Are they really that big? Would the thousand plus capacity venue be largely empty? (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
Random stuff
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The Hourglass - To The Land Of The Free (2004)

The Hourglass are a relatively new heavy metal band all the way from Syria. This album, "To The Land Of The Free" being their first full-length album release from back in 2004. The presentation of the album is nice and very professional looking, the booklet especially with all the lyrics and usual information inside. The two-minute introduction track leads nicely into the first song of the album "Trapped", a mid-tempo song that lets us get used to the sound of the band and their... (by Baz Anderson)   Read more ››

Reviewer: 7.0      Users: 7.1 | 10 votes
  Random trivia
Blut Aus Nord

The name "Blut aus Nord" translates from German as "Blood from the North", though the non-standard grammar suggests nautical jargon (a more standard phrasing would be "Blut aus (dem) Norden" or "Blut von Nord(en)," though cardinal directions are seldom used in spoken German to begin with).

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