Axel Rudi Pell - Game Of Sins
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
To me, Axel Rudi Pell epitomizes generic power metal: trite and nonspecific lyrical content, pleasant (if commonplace) operatic vocals, and songs raised by the Euro-flower hegemony but born of hard rock and the synth-laced pop music of generations past. Game Of Sins does nothing to ameliorate my image of the band, but neither does it contain anything worthy of heavy disparagement.


Autokrator - The Obedience To Authority
Review by Apothecary
"Autokrator" is a term, Greek in origin, which roughly translates to "self ruler," or "one who rules by self." It is an epithet that conveys raw, unrestrained power and authority. Fittingly then, the sophomore effort from the French Autokrator gives listeners a fine lesson in such authority.


Ihsahn - Arktis.
Review by Apothecary
As the solo career of Ihsahn progressed, it seemed as though this versatile multi-instrumentalist was gradually pushing his work more and more towards bolder, unexpected territories. It was a trend that arguably started with After, and that came to a peak with Das Seelenbrechen, an ambitious voyage into dark lands of the surreal and borderline Avantgarde. As a bit of a disappointment, Arktis now comes this year from a much more accessible direction, feeling like something of a ball drop after all that progress.


Metal Church - XI
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
XI proves Metal Church still worthy of its name - perhaps more worthy than it has been in many years.


Death Angel - The Evil Divide
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
Too many people out there treat Death Angel as a "really good" thrash band; not enough regard this legend as a truly great thrash band. These guys must have a serious geis on releasing subpar albums.


In Mourning - Afterglow
Review by Demonic Tutor
Sweden's In Mourning have earned being called a premier band in the field of progressive melodic death. Often stamped as Opeth's successors, even more so since Akerfeld and his revamped horde have veered off into some kind of progressive rock experience, the musicians from the city of Falun are set to unleash Afterglow on the metalsphere. And it is something quite special.


Kitties Of Death - Valley Of The Dead
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
Somewhere along the line, Kitties Of Death made some creative decisions that doomed this album to an untimely death. We'll gloss over the name "Kitties Of Death" for now and just take the issues with that as read. For today, the primary stumbling block with which we must contend is the interesting fact that Kitties Of Death was simply the wrong band to record this album.


Suidakra - Realms Of Odoric
Review by Demonic Tutor
Arkadius Antonik has been successfully steering the ship of Suidakra for over 20 years. The German band has received plenty of praise for their folk-enriched melodic death metal, especially during the time guitarist Marcel Schoenen was on board. The classic and epic albums The Arcanum and Emprise To Avalon, the more brutal Signs For The Fallen, the more folk-oriented trilogy of Caledonia, Crógacht and Book Of Dowth. And more recently, Eternal...


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Hellfest Open Air 2016

France, Clisson
17-19 June 2016

Black Sabbath
Twisted Sister
Staff pick
Flotsam And Jetsam - Flotsam And Jetsam
Thrash, finally

Simply put, the best thrash album of this year so far.

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Picked by: Daniell
Thumbs up: Demonic Tutor
DGM - Reveal New Album Cover, Tracklist And More 27.05

Earlier this year, DGM revealed that they were doing to release a new album and today we get to find out much more about it. First, it will be titled The Passage. The Italian prog metal masters will release it on August 26th via Frontiers Music Srl. Moreover, Evergrey singer Tom Englund and Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo also appear as special guests on the record. The cover and song titles can be seen below. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Riverside - To Release Biography, Stream New Single 27.05

After announcing that an instrumental album is in the works, Polish progressive masterminds Riverside will soon release their official biography! The news was announced a few days ago on their Facebook page in Polish. The biography will be written by Maurice Nowakowski, and will be titled "Sen w Wysokiej Rozdzielczości" ("A Dream In High Definition"). There is no precise release date for the biography, but the band wrote that it will be published at the end of the year. (by Kais)   Read more ››
In The Woods... - Announce Mini-Tour, New Album Title 27.05

Norwegians In The Woods... have announced a European mini-tour in support of their first album release in 16 years. The band reformed in 2014, consisting of the core members Anders Kobro (drums), twin brothers Christopher and Christian Botteri (bass and guitar). They were joined by English musician James Fogarty (vocals, guitars and keys) and the new album Pure was completed. The live band is completed by live musicians Kare (guitar) and Job (keys). (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Paradox - Release Lyric Video For New Song 27.05

New music alert! It's a new song from thrashers Paradox. The successor to Tales Of The Weird is coming out this year and it's called Pangea (out on June 3rd in Europe and June 24th in the U.S. via AFM Records). Recently, the outfit released the lyric video for their first single "Ballot Or Bullet", now streaming in all its glory below. Enjoy! (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
The Obsessed - Prepare New Album, Stream Demo 27.05

Newly reformed from the ashes of Spirit Caravan, guitarist/vocalist Scott "Wino" Weinrich and the pair of musicians who rounded out the former (and current) trio, have signed to Relapse Records for the first new The Obsessed record since The Church Within, which was issued back in 1994. The band will enter the studio this summer to record the tentatively entitled Sacred album. A demo version of the song "Be The Night" from the forthcoming album can be heard below. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Blind Guardian, Gloryhammer - Nottingham, England, 21st May 2016 25.05

The German masters of power metal Blind Guardian have been touring the world on the back of their latest Beyond The Red Mirror album, which for the first time included a slightly extended visit to the UK and Ireland playing to audiences previously unreached in the bands thirty-odd year history. (by Baz Anderson)   Read more ››
Roadburn Festival 2016 - Day 2: Bruises And Meditation 13.05

Che: Following the relentless onslaught of amazing bands that occurred on the first day of Roadburn, it was time for Day 2. I woke up at Marcel's place in Utrecht with an intense bangover, but after a good meal with Rod and Zaphod at the Bagels & Beans right down the street, I was feeling wide awake, re-energized, and ready to continue the odyssey. (by Apothecary, Mr. Doctor)   Read more ››
Roadburn Festival 2016 - Day 1: The Overload 01.05

You were with us in 2014, even though you weren't. You were with us in 2015, even though you weren't. And now, from afar, even though you weren't with us when it actually happened, you're about to take the journey through Roadburn Festival once more this year through the personal retellings of Apothecary and Mr. Doctor. Strap on the Big Boy undies: we're entering the portal yet again. (by Apothecary, Mr. Doctor)   Read more ››
Blind Guardian 25.05

Exploring parts of the United Kingdom Blind Guardian have not visited before, I thought it would be nice to have a chat with Marcus and Frederik and see how things are thirty years on. (by Baz Anderson)   Read more ››
Nibiru 02.05

It was a very spur-of-the-moment type of occasion. Not even five days before leaving for this year's Roadburn Festival, I received an email from a representative of NeeCee Agency in Italy saying that the ritualistic dronemasters in Nibiru were looking for interviews. As I was already planning on interviewing Oranssi Pazuzu at the festival, I thought I'd go two for two. There was room for one more, and I was happy to help the band out with some publicity. Why not? (by Apothecary)   Read more ››
Oranssi Pazuzu 28.04

Three years of Roadburn Festival have taught me that with the lineup announcements for this quirky annual event in Tilburg, you never quite know what you're going to get. So, naturally, my jaw dropped in disbelief when Walter and company revealed that they'd be going for a "Finnish invasion" by booking the full package of Oranssi Pazuzu, Dark Buddha Rising, and Atomikylä this year, especially in regards to Oranssi Pazuzu, a band whose peculiar blend of black metal and psychedelia has had me hooked pretty damn hard for quite some time now. But merely seeing these guys wasn't... (by Apothecary)   Read more ››
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Heavy Lord - Chained To The World (2007)

Sometimes a, so-called, reviewer should be really ashamed of oneself. And one of those is certainly me. First of all, for the time it took me to finally finish this review, and second of all, and most importantly, for overlooking a great, local, band. Only last November did I find out about Heavy Lord. And that happened only by accident since they replaced Eria d'Or at Dutch Doom Day 2007. Heavy Lord have been around since 2002 and Chained To The World is already their third full-length (that's... (by Marcel H.)   Read more ››

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The song "Metal Machine", from the album "Primo Victoria" talks about heavy metal. The lyrics are built up around song titles, bands and song's patch from bands like Iron Maiden, Manowar, Judas Priest, Rainbow, Dio, Metallica, W.A.S.P., Accept, Helloween, Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath.

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