Falloch - This Island, Our Funeral
Review by tea[m]ster
Scottish band Falloch have finally released their sophomore album, three years after their highly decorated debut Where Distant Spirits Remain. Main song writer and vocalist Andy Marshall left the band during this period, the void filled with a trio of capable musicians and a new sound. A straight-forward and desensitized atmospheric approach takes the place of most of the "gazy" and folk metal elements. I love the band's new direction and This Island, Our Funeral is an impressive piece of music that will hold its own against the Dustwalker's and The Serpent & the Sphere's of the genre.


Nero Di Marte - Derivae
Review by R'Vannith
Sometimes it's difficult to discern what is truly progressive in metal. This is providing we all have preconceived notions of what it means for artists to push at the identifiable territorial boundaries of music that are more familiar to us, and facilitate sounds external to generic confines. The prospect of a band finding themselves located somewhere between Gojira, Tool and Ulcerate is something I could never have anticipated. Yet Nero Di Marte leave listeners in anticipation with each careful note, echoing technicalities throughout primordially death metal perpetuating atmosphere and flowing forms of sound hitherto uncharted. Exploration persists in Derivae.


Devin Townsend - Z²
Review by Apothecary
Uh oh, Apothecary is reviewing a prog album. Hold onto your undergarments, ladies and gentlemen, it's gonna be a bumpy ride.


Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
Last time Slipknot released a studio album, they still served as one of my primary conduits to the metal scene. As I am no longer 14, Slipknot's angst-and-unorthodox-percussion-heavy brand of nu/alt metal lacks the same gravitas it once had, but I still enjoy Vol 3: The Subliminal Verses and Slipknot from time to time. You might call me a bit of a lapsed fan, but I'm enough of one to give .5: The Gray Chapter a fighting chance.


Process Of Guilt / Rorcal - Process Of Guilt / Rorcal [Split] [EP]
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
Rorcal and Process Of Guilt: two bands, full of anguish and grit, each hot on the heels of a well-received testament to the catastrophic potential of black noise. They have come together, grinding like the massive tectonic plates of unnatural noise, to unleash an excellent split EP of dread-filled coldness.


Fluxious - Nucleus Accumbens Diseases
Review by Ivor
Fluxious's début album Why So Serious? was a bit of an acquired taste and, with all its flaws and virtues, it turned out to be an either love or hate affair for some. Mixing jazz and metal, it was not a seamless blend of the two genres but had a sort of dichotomy going. Its appeal lied in contrasting patterns of both worlds that manifested itself in song structures, vocal lines as well as the overall feeling. The follow-up to this début is something I've been eagerly expecting for a while now.


Kong - Stern
Review by Ivor
Kong are extremely good at delivering music that is restless and unsettling. If you're an impressionable sort, a driver that gets nervous and twitchy at the wheel of a car in a rush hour, Kong is not a good choice of background music. It will surely make you even more anxious and jumpy. It's the sort of music that just doesn't let itself be enjoyed sitting tight.


Rigor Mortis - Slaves To The Grave
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
Reviewing the posthumous opus ultimus of a recently-deceased artist imposes the unique burden of simultaneously preventing the unfortunate circumstances from coloring any objective sentiments about the work itself and remaining sensitive to the situation. While of course we believe in subjective reviews here, and some albums are best understood in the context of their creator's demise (Woods Of Ypres's Woods V), more often than not death intensifies hero worship. Rigor Mortis require no special treatment; not only does Slaves To The Grave deliver well enough on its own, it is a fitting swan song and testament to the brilliance of both Rigor Mortis and the late Mike Scaccia.


Supported event

Dying Fetus: European Tour 2014

France, Toulouse (Le Dynamo)
25 November 2014

Dying Fetus
Staff pick
Hedvig Mollestad Trio - Enfant Terrible!
Jazz songwriting meets stoner rock guitar

Ooh, this is so bloody sweet! Free form jazz-like songwriting meets heavy, stonerish guitar - this stuff feels like a half hour slow guitar jam. Mind you, no vocals.

Listen to the album teaser here or the first track "Laughing John" on the homepage.

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Arch Enemy - Stream Judas Priest Cover 25.10

Currently on tour in North America in support of their new album War Eternal, Arch Enemy will be releasing a 7" split with Kreator, who are direct support on the run. Arch Enemy, now fronted by Alissa White-Gluz, covered the Judas Priest classic "Breaking The Law" for this special release. To hear their version of the track, just click play on the Soundcloud player available below. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Euphonia - Julie Kiss And Tom MacLean's New Band Releases New Single 25.10

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Cadaveria - New Single Released, Streaming Online 25.10

While you wait for the new Cadaveria album to drop, the band has released a new single which is included on their upcoming album entitled Silence, to be made available on November 18th via Scarlet Records. The single is entitled Carnival Of Doom and it can already be found on iTunes. You can view the cover artwork for the single below. As for the music, check out the song "Carnival Of Doom" streaming exclusively on Bandcamp. (by ManiacBlasphemer)   Read more ››
The Deathtrip - Debut New Song 25.10

By now, you have probably heard of The Deathtrip. This Norwegian black metal band features Bjørn "Lord Aldrahn" Dencker (Thorns, Zyklon-B, Dødheimsgard) on vocals, guitarist Host and drummer Daniel "Storm" Mullins (The Axis Of Perdition, Bal-Sagoth). The band has now premiered the first track off the forthcoming debut album. You can listen below to "Flag Of Betrayal" and get a taste of this opus. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Downfall Of Gaia - Stream Another Song 25.10

German post-metallers Downfall Of Gaia are streaming online another new track off their upcoming album Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay. The nearly 9-minute song is called "To Carry Myself To The Grave" and you can give it a listen at this location. Satisfy your curiosity. Was it worth your time? (by Pazdzioch)   Read more ››
Amorphis - Rock Café, Tallinn, Estonia, 09.10.2014 25.10

Amorphis seem to swing by Estonia regularly enough in recent times that I'm slowly starting to lose count of how many times I've seen them play. With a little jog down memory lane, I've come to the conclusion that this concert was the 5th for me, and my 4th in Estonia. However, since Amorphis have put on a good show every time so far, I saw no real reason to skip. If nothing else, it would've made for a fine evening out, despite the lecture at 8 the following morning. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
Conan, Pallbearer, Yob: two nights of Sludge & Doom in Toulouse 24.10

... "Well, if Soyuz Bear were heavy, Conan were HEAVY." ... "I was really curious to see what Pallbearer were all about. And I was impressed." ... "Ahh, finally seeing Yob live!" (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
FRA, Toulouse - Entombed A.D. & Grave: Back To The Front European Tour 2014 18.10

A pure Swedish death metal evening, with Entombed A.D. - that's the LG Petrov fronted version of Entombed - as headliner? Count me in! (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
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The Flight Of Sleipnir - Essence Of Nine (2011)

Alright all you Odin-loving, Mjolnir necklace-wearing Neopagans out there. This one's for you. Looking for some great metal tunes to which you can dance around bonfires and praise all the Norse gods? Then keep reading. If not, and you think that all this environmentalist "hippie metal" should cease and just needs to get hit in the balls with some Napalm Death, then kindly move on. We tree huggers are doing just fine in Yggdrasil without you. The Flight Of Sleipnir are an American... (by Apothecary)   Read more ››

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Brocas Helm

The Brocas Helm songs "Cry of the Banshee" and "Drink the Blood of the Priest" are also on the soundtrack for the videogame Brütal Legend.

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