Anomalie - Refugium
Review by tea[m]ster
When checking out the potential review list for albums here at MS I always look for "post" in the label/description, of course. Anomalie has "post metal" as one of its genre tags. Ok, I'm in. Not knowing anything about the band, I first did a little google searching before pressing play. Two important facts were discovered while meandering the internet. First, the band is a one-man band and second, he has worked with Harakiri For The Sky.


Pensées Nocturnes - À Boire Et À Manger
Review by BitterCOld
When last we left Pensées Nocturnes, I likened my experience listening to Nom D'une Pipe! to two drunks wandering home after a bender. At times happy for the company as our paths crossed. At others happy to be free of each other's idiosyncrasies as our paths diverged. Amusingly their latest, A Boire Et A Manger, translates* to "You won't lack for food or drink."


Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä
Review by Apothecary
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.


Dream Theater - The Astonishing
Review by Demonic Tutor
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...


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.


Sunburst - Fragments Of Creation
Review by Demonic Tutor
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...


Sunrise - Absolute Clarity
Review by Belegûr
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.


Signum Regis - Chapter IV: The Reckoning
Review by Belegûr
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.


Supported event

Nightwish: North American Tour 2016

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

Sonata Arctica
Staff pick
Ulver doing Ulver

The new output from the Norwegian black metallers gone electronic maestros is just more of what Ulver have been doing splendidly for years now. Oozing of drone and psychedelic influence, it's a powerful exercise in transcendent beauty and diversity, with each track managing to have its own distinct flavor while still following a common theme. Forget the fact that you can't pronounce this album's title. Instead, focus on the fact that this is probably the most immersive and stimulating Ulver album in quite a good while.

Go and get it.

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In 1991 when Kral and Andreas were forming the band, they heard a song of Slayer called "Ghosts of War" that contained lyrics featuring the words "Fallen Mercenary" and decided to take Mercenary as their band name. They also used to paint as soldiers but stopped when it got too difficult to get painted before the show and to remove the paint after the show.

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