Insomnium - Shadows Of The Dying Sun
Review by R'Vannith
With Insomnium no longer having the service of guitarist Ville Vänni and his replacement by Markus Vanhala, the lead guitarist of Omnium Gatherum, Shadows Of The Dying Sun presents the possibility of a merging of the titans, so to speak. However, their sixth full length studio effort is no less Insomnium in style and execution than what preceded it, which means we're granted yet another excellent album from this premier melodic death metal band.


Impetuous Ritual - Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence
Review by Mr. Doctor
For all seasoned members of our beloved death metal cult, shock value isn't a thing anymore. The walls of sound are hardly impenetrable and all the pieces fall into place with ease. Our attraction towards more extreme and intricate metal is fueled by our desire to go back to that time where chaos was the norm and order was our goal. Yes, my comrades, despite what others might say: there is order in this maelstrom of visceral riffs, disturbing drumming and monstrous vocals.


Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
Review by Apothecary
We all know the story by now. Following the disbanding of Celtic Frost after the widely-hailed Monotheist, metal torchbearer Thomas Fischer announced the formation of Triptykon, a new project that would be dedicated towards continuing on in the vein of the final Celtic Frost album. The band's Eparistera Daimones debut showed a glimpse of Fischer's remaining committment to writing ominous, crushing music. Now, in 2014, Melana Chasmata cements it.


Cormorant - Earth Diver
Review by R'Vannith
Few bands have taken melodic death metal so far along a progressive route as Cormorant. These guys are an entirely independent group and their style is adventurous, downright impressive and unparalleled in individuality. Earth Diver is their third effort in a discographical success story, each time they've committed themselves to a release on their own terms they've put out astonishingly creative melodic metal. That is a guarantee which they continually assure.


A Hill To Die Upon - Holy Despair
Review by R'Vannith
This is a band who still know how to make their metal without resorting to keyboard overload. This is melodic, it's death in substance, it's black in presentation and it's A Hill To Die Upon's third successful studio effort, a combination of melodic extremes.


Skogen - I Döden
Review by Troy Killjoy
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.


Menace - Impact Velocity
Review by R'Vannith
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.


Supported event

Havok: Unnatural Selection - North American Tour 2014

USA, Colorado Springs, CO (Black Sheep)
07 June 2014

Staff pick
Cloak Of Altering - Plague Beasts
2 hawt 4 labels

Mories de Jong, ever the proficient craftsman, is back with his second full length of the year (first being the second Seirom album, which you need in your life): the third installation from his Cloak Of Altering project. Here you'll find the usual bag of tricks that's come to be associated with this ride in Mories' carnival: black metal interspersed with industrial and other nightmarish electronic/ambient touches, painting a picture that's both beautiful and deranged in all its repulsive splendor.

Two tracks streaming here. 5 days, ye hipsters.

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Novembre - Former Bassist Fabio "Puccio" Vignati Passes Away 24.04

Italian death/doom metallers Novembre are mourning the death of their former bassist Fabio "Puccio" Vignati. He had left the band in 1999. The band didn't elaborate on the cause of his death and preferred to remember his time recording their debut album Wish I Could Dream It Again. R.I.P. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Arcturus - Continue Recording New Album 24.04

A small new update suggests that the new Arcturus album is coming together these days. Last year, Hellhammer laid down the drum tracks for the album, and recently the official Facebook page for the band posted a short update: "Recording vocals". Short but good news! We'll just have to wait for more updates then. Fans have been waiting for a long time since the band's last album Sideshow Symphonies came out in 2005 already. (by toxx)   Read more ››
Suicide Silence - New Album Title And Release Date Revealed 24.04

Suicide Silence continue their path after the tragic death of their vocalist Mitch Lucker. The next move for the band is their new album which will be called You Can't Stop Me. This is their first album to feature new vocalist Eddie Hermida (ex-All Shall Perish) and is coming on July 11th (Europe), July 14th (UK) and July 15th, 2014 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Cannabis Corpse - New Song Online, New Album Detailed 24.04

Death metal gang Cannabis Corpse's forthcoming full-length will be entitled From Wisdom To Baked and today you get to see them album cover artwork and also listen to a new song. Not bad! The first track at your disposal is called "Zero Weed Tolerance". Stream it through the Soundcloud player below and tell us what you think about it. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Obsidian Kingdom - Sign To Season Of Mist, New Album Coming 24.04

Spanish metallers Obsidian Kingdom have signed a deal with Season Of Mist. Founded in Barcelona in 2005, the group self-released their debut album Mantiis - An Agony In Fourteen Bites in 2012. Season Of Mist will reissue their debut later this year, before releasing the band's second album later on. The band shot a video clip for "Fingers In Anguish" which has never been released until now. You can watch it below. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 4 Issue #1 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 23.04

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 Desolace, Sirion, Hypergiant, Existem, SwampHög and Tarpan. (by Nefarious, Troy Killjoy, R Lewis, BloodTears)   Read more ››
Metal Alliance Tour 2014 - Multiple Locations - April 2014 23.04

The organizers took the old saying "Black Is Beautiful" to the next level and put together an awesome tour package for their 2014 run. This year's event brought us headliner Behemoth, rotating direct support acts 1349 and Goatwhore, one of the most dynamic duo's in the scene, Inquisition, and newcomer Black Crown Initiate out of Pennsylvania, USA. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
Metal Storm Anthology Awards 05.04

Thanks for participating in our 10th Anniversary Anthology Awards voting. Of course by now you all (hopefully) figured out it was an April Fools' Day prank. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
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Grave Digger - Liberty Or Death (2007)

"Liberty Or Death" is already the 13th studio album of the German masters of Heavy Metal Grave Digger and for sure the fans of the combo will not be disappointed by this new release. If it's a bit classic and not so new on a side, it's also a really good album of Heavy Metal with a cool dark and sad atmosphere. Be ready for the battle, this time no surrender, the issue will be the victory and the liberty or... the death… After the album "The Grave Digger", the line... (by Jeff)   Read more ››

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Songs "Guts" and "Homicidal Suicidal" from the album Budgie can be seen as precursors to doom metal.

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