Heidevolk - Velua
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
Though co-lead vocalist Joris Boghtdrincker departed from Heidevolk a couple of years ago, they could not in good conscience abandon their trademark vocal harmonies, and so the barrel-chested tag-team remains intact with the new addition of Lars Vogel. At least their signature sound hasn't changed with the line-up, but Velua is a very slow starter.


Skyforger - Senprūsija
Review by deadone
To be honest I had some reservations reviewing a folk black metal band. Given that the closest I get to either genres is Bathory one can understand my trepidation. Then to my surprise it turns out Skyforger's new album Sensprūsija offers a more multifaceted approach including large chunks of heavy and thrash metal circa 1988!


Santo Rostro - II: The Bleed
Review by BitterCOld
"Spanish bongs in Andalucia… Stoner jams rawk balls for 39" minutes*. Pardon the intro. If it makes sense to you, you earn dos puntos frescos. If not, be sure to check out The Clash… but only after getting sonically plowed by Santo Rostro.


Three Steps To The Ocean - Migration Light
Review by tea[m]ster
Three Steps To The Ocean are a four-piece instrumental band from Italy. They have been around for quite a while, having released three records since 2007. They play a specific style of atmospheric post rock/metal with some sludge, doom and experimental touches. Migration Light is the fourth title in their catalog, continuing what has been one of more remarkable "fly under the radar" kind of rides I have ever seen. It's been a very secretive trudge through the desensitized network of post rock/metal for Three Steps To The Ocean, and they may be one of the best bands doing it that you've never heard of.


Six Feet Under - Crypt Of The Devil
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
Chris Barnes ruins everything.


Sorcerer - In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
Crawling out of the depths of history come Sorcerer, the Swedish epic doom band whose story is similar to that of recent successes Hell; they came into being back in 1988, but disintegrated shortly, leaving only a handful of demos and compilations to trickle out periodically over the decades. In 2010, vocalist Anders Engberg and bassist Johnny Hagel resurrected the band with some new blood, eventually getting around to recording a proper album. It might be 27 years overdue, but In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross constitutes Sorcerer's official full-length debut; unlike Hell, however, Sorcerer have chosen to let their old demos stand as they are, opting instead to fill their first true album with all-new material.


The Gentle Storm - The Diary
Review by Ivor
A full-album collaboration between Anneke and Arjen is something that's been eagerly anticipated ever since Anneke sang the part of Egyptian in Ayreon's Into the Electric Castle, which features probably one of the most emotional and beautiful Ayreon tunes ever written with her on vocals: the folkish "The Valley of the Queens." That was about 17 years ago, give or take. Apart from another appearance close to 10 years later, you could say that something like The Gentle Storm is long overdue.


Pombagira - Flesh Throne Press
Review by Windrider
Pombagira have been around now for some years and released several albums yet. While they always showed a preference for long albums with very few and very long songs, it seems they couldn't contain themselves this time. Flesh Throne Press does feature many songs, 13 to be precise, however they didn't go down in song length much and that's why they now ended up with an 87 minute album. And the best part is... it doesn't get boring! Well, at least if you are into that type of music.


Staff pick
Ghost Ship Octavius - Ghost Ship Octavius
Melodic/progressive metal

Matt Wicklund and Van Williams make a winning team in Ghost Ship Octavius's debut album. Their talent to produce intricate, hard-hitting songs combined with the soaring performance of vocalist Adōn Fanion reaches epic proportions. Dark in atmosphere and themes, Ghost Ship Octavius borrows elements like groovy riffs à la Nevermore and Communic, and the melodic virtuosity of the likes of Darkwater. Add outstanding solos and a grandiose sound to the equation, and you have a very auspicious start for this band.

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Heidevolk - Premiere New Video Clip 18.04

Dutch folk metal sextet Heidevolk have new video for the tune "Urth" online just in time for the weekend. You can watch it in YouTube player below. You might recognize the song from Velua, if you have heard the band's latest creation. In the video, the band is playing in a forest and it intercuts with scenes of espionage in a village. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Ereb Altor - Release Clip For New Song 18.04

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Esoteric - Working On New Album 18.04

Official press release statement: British experimental doomsters Esoteric are hard at work on what will be the band's seventh full-length album and the follow up to 2011's Paragon Of Dissonance. As the band explain, this pretty much means that for the rest of the year they will be concentrating on preparation and recording. (by Abattoir)   Read more ››
Evergrey - Factory, Tallinn, Estonia, 26.03.2015 10.04

Evergrey have been long-awaited guests around these parts. Even though they come from a country so close, it's apparently still a lengthy journey to drop by. To some, Evergrey are a band about 10 years past their prime, but their latest album seems to have gotten the blood flowing again and has gained some good attention. Regardless of the reasons, it was a pleasure to see them hit the stage in Tallinn as part of the Tallinn Music Week festival. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
70000 Tons Of Metal 2015 - Day Four: There's A Tear In My Beer 04.04

The last day of the cruise is always bittersweet since … well … it's the last day. But it's also the day to catch bands which were missed previously. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
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The articles in this series begun by our own Baz Anderson are designed to give a brief overview of a band's entire discography, so as to provide a clear point of entry for the uninitiated. It offers a different approach from the typical review format, for the curious newcomer to a well-traveled band. Manowar Heavy/power metal USA Manowar helped kick off the American power metal scene back in the '80s with their self-referential bombast and overdriven melodic metal. While their fame stems as much from their seemingly-blissful goofiness (and… 'memorable' artwork) as from their... (by ScreamingSteelUS)   Read more ››
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Passion and depth! Leaves' Eyes really staked a claim with this one: they showed up to tell the world that they're an awesome band doing their own thing and NOT clinging to the threads of a dying genre. With Meredead, Leaves' Eyes BROUGHT IT. Not trying to hide my feelings: I love this album. Did not expect to, though. There are 14 tracks and it felt like the party didn't really get started until the 5th track, "To France," which breaks up the atmosphere of the openers.... (by Lyrinan)   Read more ››

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