Whispered - Metsutan - Songs Of The Void
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
Finland surpasses every other country on earth in producing folk metal, now to such a fantastic extent that the Finns are taking over for other countries that don't produce enough folk metal bands of their own. For those of you unfamiliar with Whispered, this quartet deals in electrifying extreme power metal merged with traditional Japanese elements, like a colder, more calculated version of Chthonic,* or a Japanophile Winter-san.


Terra Tenebrosa - The Reverses
Review by Apothecary
There's not much that can be easily understood in the bizarre, nightmarish world of Terra Tenebrosa. Then again, perhaps there's not much that's really meant to be. After two full lengths and an EP, fans of the band may eagerly be wondering what the next step is, and if The Reverses provides any clues that make the picture these eerie Swedes paint any clearer. Come, children, and we shall find out by traveling through the rabbit hole yet again. And by "rabbit hole," I mean vortex.


Dakesis - The New Dawn
Review by Susan
Crystal clear, energetic power metal, light on symphonics, heavy on guitars, and topped with a very strong, mid-range voice. So, what went wrong?


Voidless Form - I, Nihilist
Review by Apothecary
As the ardent fan can tell you, there's something about the drone genre that is fundamentally paradoxical. To the outsider it appears as a somewhat pointless formula: formless music with no real sense of guidance or structure. But what if, in some inexplicable way, the lack of a structure demands the exploration of new, rather atypical ones, thereby fueling the creative process? Enter Voidless Form, a band committed to sailing these uncharted waters.


Gutter Instinct - Age Of The Fanatics
Review by Mr. Doctor
It may come as a surprise, but the south of Sweden is not swamped with metal like Gothenburg or Stockholm are. Sure, we have a good few acts but the scene is mostly filled with crust and hardcore punk (which I love) but also a shit-ton of non-threatening bad cop/good cop vocals over endless and tedious djenty breakdowns (you know the kind) So with no exaggeration, I must say I'm extremely pleased to see another extreme metal band hailing from my region.


Mob Rules - Tales From Beyond
Review by Belegûr
Have you ever wondered what Andi Deris (Helloween) would sound like singing Iron Maiden songs? Me neither, but Mob Rules have given us just that. The Iron Maiden part? Most definitely. I am quite shocked at how much Tales From Beyond sounds like Maiden in their Brave New World comeback era form. It really works though and Tales From Beyond is an impressive power metal album that never drags or feels padded out with filler.


Almanac - Tsar
Review by Belegûr
From the opening seconds of Tsar, it's clear that Victor Smolski is involved. Smolski was of course a prominent member of Rage from 2001 to 2015. Fans of Rage will know that Smolski basically took control of songwriting and his focus on heavy technical riffs, orchestral flourishes and solos I can only describe as slightly insane, helped Rage develop a signature symphonic sound in later years. It's of no surprise that he now has total control over Almanac and fans of his sound and songwriting should be find something to enjoy in Tsar.


Virus - Memento Collider
Review by Apothecary
What is the nature of a virus, exactly? It attacks stable, living cells and replicates itself, to spread to other locations and keep gaining in power. So the music of Norway's Virus follows suit, as it attacks your fragile, stable body, gaining power as it makes it bounce, backflip, and behave in other delusional ways it ordinarily wouldn't. Is your body having a party? Is it being stricken by disease? It could be both. It could be neither. That's just part of the beauty of the Virus.


Supported event

Be Prog! My Friend... Festival 2016

Spain, Barcelona (Poble Espanyol)
01-02 July 2016

Between The Buried And Me
Steven Wilson
Witherscape - New Track And Lyric Video Unveiled 25.06

Today, you can discover a full new track from Witherscape's new album, The Northern Sanctuary, their second. Enjoy below the catchy track "In The Eyes Of Idols" in a lyric video designed by Cloud Music Typography. As usual, the Swedish duo Witherscape deliver a mix of progressive and death metal. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Hail Spirit Noir - To Release Limited Tape Box Set 25.06

Archetapes Industries in conspiracy with the masters of psychoprog black metal Hail Spirit Noir is releasing a special pro-tape box set edition including their 2 masterpieces, Pneuma and Oi Magoi with a signed band photo exclusively for this release, under the titled XAIPE ΠNEYMA. The box set will be strictly limited to 50 hand-numbered copies. Pre-orders here for those interested. (by xerxish)   Read more ››
KMFDM - Sign With EarMUSIC, To Release Compilation 25.06

Industrial pioneers KMFDM have joined earMUSIC for the release of ROCKS - Milestones Reloaded on September 9th, 2016. The album, a personal "best of" compilation by KMFDM protagonists and masterminds Sascha Konietzko and Lucia Cifarelli, who claim the re-imagined, re-mixed pieces would be an "ideal playlist for a live set", commemorates the band's 32nd anniversary. This release is to be followed by a new studio album and an extensive tour in 2017. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Veil Of Maya - To Embark On Sumerian Alliance Europe 25.06

The Sumerian Alliance Europe will destroy stages in Europe from September 9th to October 8th 2016! The bill features Veil Of Maya, Born Of Osiris, Volumes and Black Crown Initiate. View the dates below to see if it hits a town near you and don't miss it! (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Motionless In White - Join Roadrunner, Stream Single 25.06

Motionless In White have joined forces with Roadrunner Records and the successor to Reincarnate (2014) will drop on the new label. Before that, you can listen to the band's new single "570" and also get it digitally here. Alternatively, you can stream it below. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Babymetal - House Of Blues, Boston, MA - 5 May 2016 05.06

You guys are probably sick of hearing about Babymetal, right? Believe me, I completely understand. Poking the hornet's nest is getting a bit old for me as well. Still, you should just admit it - you're all harboring some morbid curiosity about what goes on at a Babymetal show. What kind of people go to such a thing? What sort of sick, twisted things do they get up to? Courageously, I took it upon myself to attend a Babymetal show, for no other reason than to report back to the real world and definitely not because I'm a huge fan now. Here follows my account. (by ScreamingSteelUS)   Read more ››
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 6 Issue #1 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 01.06

Is independent, unsigned, and underground metal what you seek? Weary traveller 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 Iotunn, Ghost Witch, Corinth, The Doomsday Kingdom, Celestial Ruin & The Colossal Dream. (by Nefarious, D.T. Metal, Abattoir, Susan)   Read more ››
Roadburn Festival 2016 - Day 3: Various Shades Of Heavy 30.05

Che: On the second-to-last day of this year's Roadburn Festival, as with the 2015 edition, the weather went South. Cold rain and winds greeted Rod, Zaphod, and I as we departed Marcel's house on that Saturday morning. But hey, since when has bad weather stopped trve metallers? Never, in my book. It was time for the next chapter, even if a little wet and shivery! (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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Tribune - Elder Lore/The Dark Arts (2012)

Being eclectic is not always a great thing. Take Tribune for example; they managed to mix some death, metalcore, progressive thrash, and even a bit of traditional heavy metal & hard rock. The problem? They obviously have spread themselves far too thin, as they don't perform any of the above all that well. (by Doc Godin)   Read more ››

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