Pallbearer - Foundations Of Burden
Review by R'Vannith
If you could encase within a coffin all that is texturally appealing about doom metal, Pallbearer knowingly carry six of these coffins to their grave in Foundations Of Burden. This is not to suggest that they simply bring the traditional sound of a genre to its untimely end, but, rather, in our modern era they place it respectfully in an ideal and honourable resting place. Ad Memoriam Doom.


Crimson Shadows - Kings Among Men
Review by Doc Godin
Let's face it people, epic metal is fucking dumb when you think about it. Grown men so obsessed with their Dungeons & Dragons adventures they give them life via recording entire albums. Cocaine, expensive tranny hookers and D&D have proven an awful mix, as we usually end up with two outcomes: Either the musician takes their bloated creation waaay too seriously, or they mock it so much they come across as resentful of own musical creations, and their fans in the process. It's always nice to hear some balance between self-aware fun and serious effort. Crimson Shadows epitomize that.


Last Minute To Jaffna - Volume III
Review by R'Vannith
Metal awash with the down-tempo depressions of slowcore; this is Last Minute To Jaffna's relaxing rebuke to unoriginality. The resulting sound in Volume III is hypnotic and psychedelic, breathed into life with Italian acoustic. For a post-metal album, it's an unusual experience.


Dark Fortress - Venereal Dawn
Review by Doc Godin
Tasteful evolution. If there ever was a phrase to describe Dark Fortress, that, right there, is it. They're never ones to reinvent the wheel, but why should they? They've crafted their own sound without any extravagant gimmicks, they don't take risks, but they also never really misstep. With each album, Dark Fortress just defines their sound a little more. Venereal Dawn is another solid step forward in the logical progression of their history.


Wolf - Devil Seed
Review by Doc Godin
Wolf, is and always has been, what this "new wave of the old school style" always tries to accomplish. Creating a new sound from old pieces. So many young(er) bands attempt it, most come across as disposable nostalgia acts. Wolf have always danced that fine line without stepping over completely, giving them their edge. And so it continues with Devil Seed.


Sorxe - Surrounded By Shadows
Review by Apothecary
Melody and a strong sense of atmosphere can sometimes be hard to come by in the sludge style. The Americans of Sorxe, however, are here to provide us with a fine counterexample to this common rule.


Opeth - Pale Communion
Review by R'Vannith
Opeth have softened their sound. This is old news, and this is also an old sound. Pale Communion is their sophomore in a retrograde and vintage style of progressive rock, yet it remains poised with their distinctive craftsmanship. The question arises as to whether this record builds upon the band's efforts in Heritage. It does.


Tonic Breed - Outsold
Review by tea[m]ster
Dear Tonic Breed, I have been challenged to review something not labeled "post" and I am excited to say you have been chosen to be the guinea pig for my little independent excursion. Luckily for me, you play some decent old-school thrash metal that reminds me of the "bang-my-head" days back in the late 1980's. It will be a privilege to write about your latest album, Outsold. Even though it's not the most original thrash metal I've heard, in essence, it's pretty predictable, but I do enjoy your tenaciousness and dedication for creating music that any ancient follower of the classic thrash metal scene will enjoy.


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IQ - The Road Of Bones
Light progressive rock

The rhythm remains the same, as members change. I've met many metal aficionados whom claim to have the science of music down, but their arguments are wearing thin. I've enjoyed albums that have displayed technical prowess for the sake of indulgence, covered their faults through the crafty use of concepts and themes, and emulated the past greats to the point of nostalgic submission. I am guilty of approving all of these parameters, when used tastefully, as they have provided me much enjoyment in my naive musical experiences. IQ has always been one of those bands that fell into the medium of obscurity, strictly because they always played on the fringe of prog worship and never feigned actual progression. Music is not a game of one-uppance, or a contest about who can be more tiknikal or dith mital. It is a pure act of creation, at least in our realm of listening. Buy, type in "IQ Road of Bones" into YouTube, or fall asleep and imagine how good and comforting this sounds.

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Kamelot - New Album Update 23.08

If you can't wait for the follow-up to Kamelot last album Silverthorn, there is good news for you. The band's guitarist and mastermind Thomas Youngblood recently revealed that he is in Stuttgart, Germany with keyboardist Oliver Palotai working on the the next Kamelot album. This will be their second opus with new singer Tommy Karevik. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Ahab - Working On New Album, Re-Sign To Napalm Records 23.08

Being in a funeral doom metal band does not mean you can't have a sense of humor. Indeed, that's one of the messages the German horde Ahab showed through a comical set of photos via their Facebook page, and as the band has put it: "As music business is a dirty business find here an 'educational' comic how to better NOT sign a record deal." Not only that but they have also officially announced their contract renewal with Napalm Records. (by Gothmog_Motsham)   Read more ››
Falloch - 'This Island, Our Funeral' Album Teaser 23.08

The Scottish band Falloch are ready to release their second album, and now, one month before its release, they revealed a teaser for their upcoming album This Island, Our Funeral as a foretaste. You can listen to an excerpt taken from the song "Sanctuary" here. How did you like the teaser? (by Fallen Ghost)   Read more ››
Obituary - New Album Trailer Unveiled 23.08

Florida death metal legends Obituary make their Relapse debut with Inked In Blood, their 9th full length album. According to the label, almost three decades in, Inked In Blood stands out as one of the finest moments in Obituary's discography. Today you can listen to the first taste of the album in an album teaser video. Samples from three brand new tracks can be heard in the video, which is available for viewing below. What do you think about it? (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Cain's Offering - Jani Liimatainen Working On New Songs 23.08

Cain's Offering guitarist Jani Liimatainen posted on his blog new information regarding Cain's Offering future. Since June, the ex-Sonata Arctica guitar player has been working on new songs for the forthcoming album. So, finally fans have some news on the successor to their debut album Gather The Faithful five years later. (by Shorlack)   Read more ››
Rockstar Mayhem Festival 2014 - Denver, CO - 13 Jul 2014 29.07

The annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival! Great variety of bands, I always have a blast, it's always fun, the weather is always way too hot and this year's event was almost no exception. Yes, almost no exception; the timing of the festival couldn't be worse and the decision to split the Colorado show into two events didn't help the cause neither. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
Amaranthe - American Beauty Car Show, Haapsalu Episcopal Castle, Haapsalu, Estonia, 19.07.2014 28.07

Haapsalu is a small and beautiful Estonian resort town by the sea. Each July its quiet is disturbed by an invasion of owners and admirers of the American car industry. Shining cars, roaring engines, burning rubber, cruising, and a drag race on the airfield strip - American Beauty Car Show has got it all. If you're into all that, it's the place to be. Naturally, this also calls for musical entertainment of varied sorts, which somehow managed to grab my attention for the first time with only one name - Amaranthe. Just because I happen to like them. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 4 Issue #2 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 23.07

Is independent, unsigned, and underground metal what you seek? Weary traveler 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 Megalodoom, Kylfingar, Svengali, Anopheli, Whetstone and The Ralph. (by Nefarious, Abattoir, R Lewis, Troy Killjoy, BloodTears)   Read more ››
Random stuff
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Atheist - Jupiter (2010)

In the last few years, the metal community saw many dead bands rising from their ashes, playing some festivals, and eventually recording new albums. Even the technical/jazz death metal scene was swept in the movement, so after Cynic, then Pestilence, here we are finally with the new Atheist album. Even if there wasn't supposed to be one at first. Let's face it, this Jupiter is precisely what we could expect from a new Atheist album. Good news, for sure! Countless breaks, sick twists and... (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››

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  Random trivia

Blindead's album Autoscopia / Murder In Phazes (2008) was awarded 3rd position in Metal Hammer plebiscite, 2008 award in the category 'Best Album'.

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