Skogen - I Döden
Review by Troy Killjoy
8.0
It seems like yesterday (it wasn't) when Skogen released Svítjod and I sat at my computer desk typing up a review starting out with how much these guys have flown under the radar in spite of creating some excellent atmospheric/pagan black metal. Today I will start out doing the same.

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Menace - Impact Velocity
Review by R'Vannith
7.6
For those familiar with Napalm Death, Mitch Harris is a man who needs no introduction for fans of the band or listeners of grindcore at large, however his new endeavour in project Menace does need some introducing. A catchy progressive metal with hard rock song structures is what you'll find in the debut album Impact Velocity, made up of twelve tracks with a captivating "cyber" thematic incentive.

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MaYaN - Antagonise
Review by R'Vannith
6.2
Mark Jansen seemed keen to distance himself from his main band as much as possible with Antagonize. The symphonic arrangements in the new Mayan effort are closely guarded and controlled, which distinguishes the band's sound from Epica further than ever before. While the debut album certainly found its similarities to the mother band, Antagonize is, in theme and sound, much more of a straightforward melodic death metal album.

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Jupiter Society - From Endangered To Extinct
Review by Ag Fox
8.4
I don't know about you, but every now and again I take off my kvlt corpse paint, stop speaking in guttural growls and need my regular fix of melodic metal. Yet it's always an arduous task in finding the right album as the majority of melodic metal releases these days are either metal-light, brimming with cheese and choirs, clinically sterile me-too djent chugs, or use the same old formulas of melodic death metal. Even if they don't fit the above descriptions, the end product usually comes across as lacking in inspiration. Where's that musical kick that the aural sensors of my brain crave?

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Horseback - Piedmont Apocrypha
Review by R'Vannith
7.3
Horseback are a sneaky bunch; being the clever sound shifters that they are this new album is an interesting turn of events. Firstly, it's actually mostly just the one fellow behind all the fetchingly folky psychedelia this time around, secondly, Jenks Miller just made off with your wallet.

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Edguy - Space Police - Defenders Of The Crown
Review by R Lewis
8.0
Oh right. You're kidding me. A macho man with a welder/gun in one hand and a Pokémon born bad and grown worse in the other is staring at me with a not-so-heterosexual fleer. Am I supposed to take it seriously? Of course not, it's Edguy we're talking about.

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Neige Et Noirceur - Gouffre Onirique Et Abîmes Cosmiques
Review by Troy Killjoy
6.0
Spiritus returns with a new Neige et Noirceur LP for the first time since 2011, having released a few splits and EPs in the meantime. But is it worth your time?

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Supported event

Hellfest Open Air 2014

France, Clisson
20-22 June 2014

Iron Maiden
Opeth
Megadeth
Slayer
Black Sabbath
(+150)
http://www.hellfest.fr/
Staff pick
Fukpig - This World Is Weakening
Blackened Crust Punk

In 2012, the British filthmongers that are Fukpig released a shitty turd: It had rushed mixing, awful mastering and the producer is most likely dead and eaten by now.

Listen to the re-recorded version here.


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A couple weeks ago Lacuna Coil played in Denver, CO as part of the Revolver - Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock Tour, but since they announced a gig mere 15 minutes from my house, I opted to skip the drive up to the Mile High city and catch them locally instead. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
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The 5th edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise already promises to be even bigger and better than anything else the organizers have done before. And even though I barely got rid of my sea legs, it's time to get stoked for next year's cruise. Stoked why, you might ask. Simple. Bigger ship, more bands, more people = more fun! (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
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Valtari - Fragments Of A Nightmare (2012)

Rating supplement: If you have, at any point, uttered the phrase "melodeath bores me nowadays", this isn't for you; but avid fans of the genre should take a look. Early to mid-2000s saw the birth of dozens of bands (here dubbed "the second generation") inspired by the original Gothenburg scene, and soon a myriad of others followed. The scene is already over-saturated. What will happen when the third generation - which will take the "modern" or the melancholic melodeath*... (by MoraWintersoul)   Read more ››

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