Sorxe - Surrounded By Shadows
Review by Apothecary
8.0
Melody and a strong sense of atmosphere can sometimes be hard to come by in the sludge style. The Americans of Sorxe, however, are here to provide us with a fine counterexample to this common rule.

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Opeth - Pale Communion
Review by R'Vannith
 
Opeth have softened their sound. This is old news, and this is also an old sound. Pale Communion is their sophomore in a retrograde and vintage style of progressive rock, yet it remains poised with their distinctive craftsmanship. The question arises as to whether this record builds upon the band's efforts in Heritage. It does.

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Tonic Breed - Outsold
Review by tea[m]ster
7.1
Dear Tonic Breed, I have been challenged to review something not labeled "post" and I am excited to say you have been chosen to be the guinea pig for my little independent excursion. Luckily for me, you play some decent old-school thrash metal that reminds me of the "bang-my-head" days back in the late 1980's. It will be a privilege to write about your latest album, Outsold. Even though it's not the most original thrash metal I've heard, in essence, it's pretty predictable, but I do enjoy your tenaciousness and dedication for creating music that any ancient follower of the classic thrash metal scene will enjoy.

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Horrendous - Ecdysis
Review by Windrider
9.0
I know I also have other stuff to review, but really it's hard to stop listening to this album. This is about Horrendous' new album Ecdysis. Weird title, it describes the process of moulting, as Wikipedia tells me as a non-native English speaker. However I didn't know about this band before and to be honest I don't know much about classical death metal in general, but I know that this album rocks your socks. These guys hail from the USA and it's their second record.

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Malpractice - Turning Tides
Review by Mattybu
 
To me, Finland has always been a great country for metal. Between groups like Amorphis, Ensiferum, and the almighty Kalmah, there has always been a wealth of great Finnish metal out there. Turning Tides was my first exposure to Malpractice, a progressive metal group from the same Nordic land. Not surprisingly, the album is very good.

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Keitzer - The Last Defence
Review by Doc Godin
 
Now that, people, is what we call an album cover. Seriously, go give it a closer look and come back... ...Back? Good. Guess what? For once, the music almost matches the quality of the artwork.

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Horned Almighty - World Of Tombs
Review by Doc Godin
6.9
Marduk, 1349, Goatwhore, Secrets Of The Moon, Deströyer 666, Witchery and Celtic Frost...Would you be surprised to find all of them leaving their fingerprints on this album? Yeah...probably not. What you might be surprised to hear is that the result isn't all too great.

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Profetus - As All Seasons Die
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.4
Just lie back and feel yourself decay. Gaze helplessly, thoughtlessly, as the preternaturally odious head of Cthulhu crests over the horizon, blotting out the last scarlet gasps of a moribund sunset, looming over the eerily tranquil and temperate ocean like an antediluvian menhir - massive, silent, mysterious, and unspeakable. As the album tumbles funereally along like boulders being rolled along the muddy underbelly of a tepid river, you may feel your atoms slowly deconstructing one particle at a time.

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Arkona - Явь
Folk Metal

It took me a few listens to let this album fully sink in, but Arkona wisely drops their light-hearted, catchy hooks to bring us an album with a much better flow and sense of focus. That doesn't mean they aren't as dynamic, progressive-minded and aggressive as ever though. These Russian folk metal giants are still on top of their game.

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Soundwave 2015 - Confirm Slipknot, Faith No More, Soundgarden And More 21.08

The Soundwave Festival 2015 will be held over 2 days in each city for the first time - Adelaide and Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. And the first bands have already been announced. Some of the biggest names include Faith No More, Soundgarden, Lamb Of God, Marilyn Manson, Judas Priest and Slipknot. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Menace Ruine - Streaming New Song Online 21.08

Menace Ruine isn't wasting any time and mere days after they revealed the first details about their new album, a new song arrives. Venus Armata, as the new album is called, is coming out on October 14th on Profound Lore Records but you can listen to the track "Red Sulphur" right now! How was that for a first track? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Superjoint Ritual - Reunion At Housecore Horror Film Festival 21.08

Superjoint Ritual, the American band fronted Phil Anselmo, has announced its return. It is happening at Emo's in Austin, Texas, right before Halloween, between the dates of October 23-26, 2014 on the Housecore Horror Film Festival. The band has released two albums and had disbanded back in 2004. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Ghost Brigade - Announce New Album Title And Release Date 20.08

Ghost Brigade fans rejoice because the Finnish band just announced the title and release date for their next album. The new record called IV - One With The Storm has been set for a November 7th release (November 11th in North America). Get ready for the successor of Until Fear No Longer Defines Us. What are your expectations for the new album? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Between The Buried And Me - To Release 'Future Sequence: Live At The Fidelitorium' 20.08

It has been announced earlier this year that the American progressive metal outfit Between The Buried And Me were going to film a new DVD, and are now revealing that Future Sequence: Live At The Fidelitorium is going to be released on September 30th! The trailer is now available. Fans will see Between The Buried And Me performing their more recent album The Parallax II: Future Sequence in its entirety on this release. (by Fallen Ghost)   Read more ››
 
Rockstar Mayhem Festival 2014 - Denver, CO - 13 Jul 2014 29.07

The annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival! Great variety of bands, I always have a blast, it's always fun, the weather is always way too hot and this year's event was almost no exception. Yes, almost no exception; the timing of the festival couldn't be worse and the decision to split the Colorado show into two events didn't help the cause neither. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Amaranthe - American Beauty Car Show, Haapsalu Episcopal Castle, Haapsalu, Estonia, 19.07.2014 28.07

Haapsalu is a small and beautiful Estonian resort town by the sea. Each July its quiet is disturbed by an invasion of owners and admirers of the American car industry. Shining cars, roaring engines, burning rubber, cruising, and a drag race on the airfield strip - American Beauty Car Show has got it all. If you're into all that, it's the place to be. Naturally, this also calls for musical entertainment of varied sorts, which somehow managed to grab my attention for the first time with only one name - Amaranthe. Just because I happen to like them. (by Ivor)   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 ››
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Monster Magnet - Last Patrol (2013)

Monster Magnet are a joyride through the cosmos. For over 20 years Dave Wyndorf and company have known what makes good fun stoner music good fun stoner music. With a combination of the band's various bluesy, psychedelic, and spacey sounds they've dabbled into over the years, their 2013 effort is a sort of compact summation of everything the band have done thus far, and both pays tribute to their origins while also transcending them. What makes Last Patrol such an excellent release is that... (by Apothecary)   Read more ››

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The working title for the Bathory debut album was Pentagrammaton, but it was discarded when several people read it out as Pentagon. The pentagram was moved to the back of the album cover and replaced with a monster face made up from several bits cut out from various horror comics.

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