Protokult - No Beer In Heaven
Review by Doc Godin
4.0
If the Korpiklaani fan club was a violent prison gang, the cruel, painful initiation ritual would be to listen to Protokult's No Beer In Heaven.

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Brimstone Coven - II
Review by Mattybu
 
Brimstone Coven is one of those bands that is hard for me to not enjoy. Like, really hard.

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Bask - American Hollow
Review by tea[m]ster
8.1
American Hollow is a prime example of what I like in my doom/psychedelic/stoner music today. A foundation consisting of a lively mix of groove and rhythmic sludge/stoner riffs and tremolo picked guitars (not in the traditional black metal sense but from a post-rock angle) to dense bass and squeaky clean drumming to finally, really elegant clean singing that weaves it's way through an atmosphere that's suppressing and haunting.

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A Sound Of Thunder - The Lesser Key Of Solomon
Review by R'Vannith
8.0
A Sound Of Thunder are unusually dynamic for a heavy metal band. Ever active with new ideas, this American quartet demonstrate an individualised determination with each energetic and engaging studio album. What sets them apart is their consistency in demonstrating an unusually high level of creative energy for a style which draws primarily from traditional heavy metal, and it continues to spur them on into new efforts with The Lesser Key Of Solomon.

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Xerath - III
Review by R'Vannith
8.6
Harmony of elements can be a truly spectacular thing. While metal and symphony have formed many remarkable unions in the past, Xerath's more modern approach seeks continual refinement in order to leave their own impression on the unison. One would assume some simple math would apply here; I + II = III, ergo this album is more than just another number in a discographical sequence, and is the sum of the band's studio strengths. Yet simple math metal this is not, the polyrhythmic driven effort to meld the two elements in a refreshing way requires more than a simple approach, which leads to the question: is the third time the charm?

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Firtan - Niedergang
Review by Doc Godin
7.5
Jesus, "epic" black metal is a sad little world sometimes. Having an uncomfortable amount of synthesizers crammed down your throat is lauded while thoughtful song writing is thrown to the wind. It's nice to hear bands like Firtan still giving a shit about their music.

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Overcharge - Accelerate
Review by Doc Godin
6.3
Taking the curt clarity of punk and fusing it with extreme speed metal is, and always will be a really natural mix. It's so simple, yet satisfyingly primal it's pretty hard to mess up, right? Wrong. Despite being an album with the right ideas in the right places, Accelerate is a nifty example of everything that can go wrong with this fusion.

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Monarch - Sabbracadaver
Review by Apothecary
8.0
Drone. What is it exactly that attracts fans so to the gargantuan walls of sound and 20 minute notes that lurk deep within the subterranean caverns of this style? I mean, it's not as if it's accomplished songwriting, right? Any schmuck spending 5 minutes on a guitar could just strum the same note for a half hour. Well, if you're of this sort of mentality, you might as well stop reading. We're about to enter the realm of hooded robes and black monoliths, and your opinions have no validity here.

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Within Temptation: North American Tour 2014

USA, Denver, CO (Gothic Theater)
28 September 2014

Within Temptation
Amaranthe
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In the grand scheme of things this album has got one strength and one weakness. At the core of it the reason is one and the same. This album is so packed with different and great ideas, it's really becoming ridiculous. However, this also accounts for the length of the album and the lack of consistent direction in development of said ideas and thus it appears to be all over the place. High marks for the début effort and future promise, though.

Listen to the full album over at Bandcamp.

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1349 - Announce European Tour 17.09

The Norwegian black metal tyrants of 1349 will set forth for a European tour this November. This will be the first tour of their new album Massive Cauldron Of Chaos, so don't miss this chance to watch the band live on the Chaos Raids Europe tour. See the dates here below; maybe you can catch them near you. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
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Progventure Part 9: Green Carnation - Another Night Under The Dam, Åseral, Norway, 31.07.2014 01.09

It seems that my Progventure prog searching trips are not only a convenient excuse to travel new places, or more often the only way of seeing bands I like I wouldn't otherwise get to see, but in some cases they are turning out to be events of a fairly unique kind. Another Night Under the Dam - the Green Carnation reunion show at the Åseral dam number 3 in Norway was unique in more ways than one. And it most definitely was special. (by Ivor)   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 ››
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The Hellpreacher marks the third release of metal supergroup/collaboration Birds Of Prey (see the band trivia page for specifics), and is their first take at a concept album. The basic premise is the happy tale of a young child, raped and beaten at home, rough life, goes to Juvie where he gets passed around the cell block a few times before his evil epiphany, conversion, and ascension into a happy go lucky, cruel, sadistic Jim Jones meets Caligula cult leader who ultimately self destructs, killing... (by BitterCOld)   Read more ››

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Twisted Sister's song 'We're Not Gonna Take It' was on the list of the filthy fifteen, fifteen songs that were considered too violent, profane, sexually explicit, occult or alcohol/drug related. This list was brought up in the 1980s by Tipper Gore, who founded the Parent's Music Resource Center, some sort of a censorship organization. The song was rated for violence because it should "encourage the children to violent acts".

Because Dee Snider was arrested in Amarillo, Texas for obscenity, their music became the generic term for sick metal. However, several years later, the US government used Twisted Sister's music to oust Panamian strongman Manuel Noriega from the Vatican Embassy where he had taken cover.

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