Damnation Angels - The Valiant Fire
Review by Ag Fox
8.0
Damnation Angels defies stereotypes.

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High On Fire - Luminiferous
Review by BitterCOld
8.8
High On Fire are one of a few select bands in metal, or even in the music industry. Six albums out and none of them suck. Not too many bands you can say that about now, are there? Luminiferous marks their seventh studio release and some highly flammable straw men might have been worried that they'd run out of ideas or Matt Pike's sobriety might fuck up their awesome dynamic… Bitch, please.

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Civil War - Gods And Generals
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
5.8
Civil War is a history buff's dream. Finally, a metal anthem dedicated to Lord Nelson! Someone else in the world dug up the story of the USS Monitor! And who could not but respect the musical memorialization of Oskar Schindler? Sweden's second-favorite library-bound power metal venture never fail to impress - in terms of lyrical content, anyway. Unfortunately, as the saying goes… history repeats itself.

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Powerwolf - Blessed & Possessed
Review by Belegûr
6.9
"I've put on the last album by mistake." These were my initial thoughts when I started listening to Blessed & Possessed; that is just how similar the opening track, "Blessed & Possessed," is to "Amen & Attack" from the previous album, Preachers Of The Night. Unfortunately this feeling of déjà vu continued throughout the rest of the album.

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Antigama - The Insolent
Review by Apothecary
7.0
Within the often rigid confines of grindcore, the Polish Antigama has carved a unique identity for itself, sticking true to the genre perhaps, but also coming to weave all kinds of unusual shapes and sounds around it. 2015's The Insolent, however, sees the band easing up on the weirdness factor a bit and opting for a more straightforward approach.

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Guardians Of Time - Rage And Fire
Review by Belegûr
9.0
Norway isn't well-known for power metal when compared to neighbours Sweden, but Guardians Of Time are more than capable of matching the quality of just about any power metal band on the scene today. This is the fourth studio album, released after their return in 2011, and it is easily a contender for power metal album of the year. A Beautiful Atrocity showed a change in style for the band, with a more progressive quality to the music. However it would be completely wrong of me to say that the band has ever written generic power metal as I think they have already created a signature sound that makes them instantly recognisable over many other bands in the genre. Rage And Fire isn't as progressive as their previous effort, but it is heavy, melodic and catchy from start to finish.

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Cradle Of Filth - Hammer Of The Witches
Review by Windrider
6.0
It must be tough to be Dani Filth right now. The voice of your early career has left you and the one thing you can still properly sing is some gentle gothic metal as last seen on the Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder album. However, for this kind of music your chief songwriter has just left you. The departure of Paul Allender was both sad and promising. He is a great guitarist, yet most fans can agree that the band was in bloom at the times he wasn't around. That is why I personally had some hopes. But as it often turns out in the end, he should not have left.

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Dreadnought - Bridging Realms
Review by Apothecary
 
In 2013, I reviewed Dreadnought's Lifewoven debut and compared it to a massive sandwich with an overwhelming number of ingredients. Keeping the metaphorical train a-rolling, one could then say that this year's follow up, Bridging Realms, is more of a fine glass of wine: not quite as heavy, but still flavorful, and more smooth and relaxing.

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Staff pick
Metallic Taste Of Blood - Doctoring The Dead
Experimental and noisy

This album is an amalgamation of ambient atmosphere, structure and noise. It's convoluted yet sensible enough not to appear to be completely out to lunch. This is food for the restless mind. If you, like me, enjoyed their début album, this will definitely sit well with you.

Try the album teaser at SoundCloud.

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Cynic - To Embark On European Tour 03.07

The awaited return from Cynic to Europe is finally upon us. The progressive trio announced their eagerly awaited European headliner tour in support of their latest album Kindly Bent To Free Us for October. They will be joined by Polish band Tides From Nebula as well as Paul Masvidal's and Amy Correia's shared project Onward With Love. Do not miss this rare opportunity to see the band live in Europe. For a list of all confirmed dates, see below. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
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Who wants to hear new material from Cattle Decapitation? Here it is! The San Diego deathgrinders have recently unveiled another track from their newest musical offering, The Anthropocene Extinction. The hard-hitting opus second single, "Mammals In Babylon" is available for consumption over here. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Dragony - Announce Second Album, Cover Art Revealed 03.07

Austrian power metallers Dragony have announced the title of their second album, and revealed its front cover artwork. The follow-up to their debut album Legends from 2011, will be titled Shadowplay, and will be released in September via Limb Music. The album's cover artwork was designed by the Hungarian artist Péter Sallai, known from his cooperation with acts such as Sabaton, Crematory or Satyricon. You can see the cover below. (by Dragonherb)   Read more ››
 
Sources Of I - Upcoming EP Streaming In Full 03.07

Here is new black metal to discover. The Bulgarian band Sources Of I is offering a full stream of their new EP Faces, that will be out on August 14th through Tanquam Aegri Somnia (Kaotoxin). You can stream it via SoundCloud below. Faces, the debut EP by the band, is a 21 minutes epic, doomy, black metal journey. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Angel Vivaldi - Share New Video 03.07

Last year, Angel Vivaldi released the excellent EP, Away With Words Part 1. Now you can check out the newest video from the progressive metal band for the track ". _ _ _ _" (One). This is a perfect opportunity to discover Angel Vivaldi's music if you still haven't. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Metal Storm & Review Ratings 03.07

Here we go. Metal Storm & Review Ratings Hi, I'm Troy McClure BitterCOld and you might remember me from such famous behind the MS scenes articles like So You Want To Write A Guest Review For Metal Storm?, About The Metal Storm Awards, About The Metal Storm Awards… Results Edition, and Teenage Lesbian Nurses… In Bondage. I'm back with another installment, Metal Storm & Review Ratings. (by BitterCOld)   Read more ››
 
Nightwish & Sabaton - Warfield Theater, San Francisco, CA - 28 April 2015 26.06

Nightwish,who recently toured in North America with Sabaton and Delain in tow, delivered a flawless performance at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco, CA. (by Susan)   Read more ››
 
Mono - Kino Siska, Ljubljana, Slovenia - 23.04.2015 22.06

My interest in checking out shows of bands hailing from sub-genres like experimental post-rock, instrumental post-metal (or similar in this vein) has been present more and more over recent years. So, of course, to attend a concert of Mono in our capital city was the right thing to do. The band was touring across Europe in support of their latest double-album release: The Last Dawn and Rays Of Darkness. (by Abattoir)   Read more ››
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Dark Lunacy - The Diarist (2006)

A powerful record label can ram the worst boring album down your throat for months while extraordinaire bands are flying under the radar of both professionals and fans alike. Dark Lunacy’s career is a perfect illustration of that. I am not even sure those guys are still around but that would be a tragic end to one of Italy’s finest combos. Let’s go back to the year 2006, which brought us Dark Lunacy’s third full-length offering The Diarist, following the excellent Forget Me... (by Demonic Tutor)   Read more ››

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The band's name is taken from "The Lord of the Rings". "Cirith Gorgor", called the Haunted Pass, the point where the mountain ranges of the Ered Lithui and the Ephel Dúath met, to the northwest of Mordor.

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