Fornicus - Storming Heaven
Review by Doc Godin
6.0
Who's up for some fresh, American black metal?

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Craang - To The Estimated Size Of The Universe [EP]
Review by R'Vannith
7.0
Though a lot of good recent psych comes from the US and the European north, the Mediterranean is coming up with some fine examples as well. Worshippers of sweepingly heavy pysch rock jams laden with fuzz reverb and metallic angularities need this first bit from Craang, more stoner voyages courtesy of Greece. Their debut EP holds four quarters of a trip, which equates to exactly one trip. Whoa, that just blew my mind.

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Eden Weint Im Grab - Geysterstunde II
Review by Windrider
4.5
If my eight-year-old mp3-player's battery had died today on my way to work, I wouldn't even have been mad. I followed Eden Weint Im Grab from their very first album on, they were a promising newcomer in the German gothic metal scene and deserved praise in various magazines. Their first two albums are awesome and the poetic non-musical album Der Herbst Des Einsamen has a very strong personal meaning for me. I even liked their last real studio album entitled Geysterstunde I when others did not (it has some good and some bad songs on it). But with its follow up, the second part of Geysterstunde, I feel like the journey is finally over.

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Decapitated - Blood Mantra
Review by wormdrink414
6.6
Tech death bands usually come in two sorts: you've got the "listen to me" types, where every member fucks around competing over the listener's attention, and then you have the "listen to us" types who don't make abysmal music. Decapitated has always been part of the second group.

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Planet Of Zeus - Vigilante
Review by R'Vannith
7.7
Zeus. Father of the gods. Bringer of lightning, thunder and hard rock hitting metal mayhemů and apparently he's also the mythological ruler of the southern United States for some reason.

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Monsterworks - Overhaul
Review by Doc Godin
5.0
Here's the thing about being eclectic; it's only good if you can execute each and every piece with an even level of quality. This...well, I applaud the attempt, but this is like trying to listen to a meth-head explain advanced calculus.

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The Haunted - Exit Wounds
Review by Doc Godin
7.9
Jesus, does anyone remember how bad The Unseen was? Good God, we all knew The Haunted weren't what they used to be, but that just got out of hand. Now it's time for The Haunted to make amends for dropping that Rise Against-tribute-turd on us. Let's just say this about Exit Wounds: Apology accepted.

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Colombian Necktie - Twilight Upon Us
Review by Doc Godin
8.3
Between Cancer Bats' Bears, Mayors, Scraps And Bones, and this grimy little massive debut, it's a pretty big wonder why the hardcore and sludge roads don't cross more often (or "sludgecore" as we're calling it now, apparently). While Cancer Bats definitely put out a stomping, yet slick, commercial friendly album with their 2010 release, Colombian Necktie is all about exploiting the raw, dirty, chaotic side of both genres.

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Staff pick
Mortals - Cursed To See The Future
Sludge metal

Albums like Mortals' Cursed To See The Future make an instant impact and grip you. Its sludge is dense with black metal leanings. The songs are long and perfectly structured because the transitions are smart. While there are moments of trance, it's the piercing vocals which guide you through the hostility and gloom of the music. Melodious yet aggressive, Cursed To See The Future has filth in good measure. The slimy and cavernous riffs easily lull you into the abyss.

Take the plunge!

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Fields Of The Nephilim - Confirmed For Roadburn 2015 28.08

Roadburn 2015 continues to shape up nicely. Now it was announced that British gothic rock/metal innovators Fields Of The Nephilim will be gracing the stage twice at the 20th edition of the festival. In addition to serving as the Saturday headliner on April 11th, 2015, the band will perform a different set as special guests at Houses Of The Holistic on Friday, the special Roadburn event curated by Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Wardruna's Einar "Kvitrafn" Selvik, which will be held on Friday, April 10th. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Dope - Releasing New Album, First Single Online 28.08

Remember Dope? The Chicago industrial metallers are back after a five-year hiatus. And because they want to whet your appetite for their new album, the group has released a video for their new catchy single, the track "Selfish". The video was directed by Edsel Dope himself. Enjoy it here! (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Necrophagia - New Song Available Online 28.08

With just two months to go until the release of their seventh album Whiteworm Cathedral, American death metal veterans Necrophagia have recently made a new track from the album available for streaming. A musical homage to 1973 horror classic The Exorcist, "Fear The Priest" features Sigh's frontman Mirai Kawashima on keyboards, after a six-year absence. You can listen to the song below. (by Ruchesko)   Read more ››
 
Kamelot - New Video Released 28.08

While the band is busy working on the new album, Kamelot decided to release a video for the song "Falling Like The Fahrenheit" taken from their latest album Silverthorn. The video was directed by Ville Lipiainen (Nightwish, HIM, Apocalyptica) and filmed at the band's sold out appearance at the famed 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Beyond Creation - Debut New Track 28.08

Here it is folks, a new tune from Beyond Creation. This is the second track you get to hear from the tech death metallers new album Earthborn Evolution, which is right around the corner. The new track, titled "Neurotical Transmissions," is streaming now here so go ahead and play it loud. Enjoy! (by BloodTears)   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 ››
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Gaelic Doom metal Recorded: Apollo Studios, Ireland 2009 Label: Grau Records Total Running Time: 45:27 Mael Mórdha are nothing less than the epitome of metal epicness. Despite being around for more than ten years and despite being considerably skilled, Mael Mórdha have never been a big ticket item... which is a sad thing... especially if you haven't heard of them before, as you're missing out on a truly great band. Manannán is the band's third epos and portrays... (by Thryce)   Read more ››

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