Metallica - Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
6.7
Is Metallica back? Nah. Is Metallica less gone? Yeah, sure.

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Dawn On Sedna - Our Sky Has Changed
Review by BitterCOld
8.0
Dawn On Sedna are a post-metal act hailing from Viareggio, Tuscany, Italy. So I'm going to take the easy way out and use food metaphors to describe the album. Lazy on my part? Sure. But Italian food is great, and so is this album.

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Dark Tranquillity - Atoma
Review by Darkside Momo
 
Dark Tranquillity, season 11. Three years ago we had Construct, a so-so album - a mostly failed experiment at redefining themselves. Sure, these last few years haven't been easy on DT as far as line-up was concerned, particularly 2016 with the departure of founding member Martin Henriksson.

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Negură Bunget - ZI
Review by Apothecary
8.0
One of the unquestionable masterpieces of Romanian black metal, and indeed black metal as a whole, would have to be Negură Bunget's OM. As things would turn out for the band however, not long after crafting this masterpiece, some of the chief architects of its sound would depart, leaving the group's future murky and uncertain. After several attempts to regain some momentum and craft a capable new identity for themselves, it seems as though Negură Bunget are finally doing so with ZI.

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Urfaust - Empty Space Meditation
Review by Apothecary
8.5
It's that time of the year again. Leaves are dying. Days are getting shorter. The line between the living and the dead grows thinner. And few can provide a better, more fitting soundtrack for this shadowy, ethereal atmosphere than the mighty Urfaust.

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Horizon Of The Mute - Trobar Clus
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.0
One minute I'm naming Saattue's Kärsimysnäytelmä my current doom album of the year, the next I'm stumbling into the eerie pit of despair that is Trobar Clus. Even with the breakup of 0 X í S T, 2016 has been a good year for Jani Koskela.

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Blood Red Throne - Union Of Flesh And Machine
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
7.7
Basically Just Death Metal™: now with 100% more death metal.

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Saor - Guardians
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.4
Bracing winds blow heavy mists across the ancient hillocks, vertebrae of soil trodden and venerated over millennia rising and falling like waves. Distant crows balefully cast their distinctive, corvine calls toward daybreak. Slowly, the weary earth awakens from its slumber. Cloistered somewhere in the verdant valley, bagpipes skirl into life, and the song begins anew. Saor returns.

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02-06 February 2017

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Various Artists - 5 Years Of Doom And Dark Sounds
Various Artists, various genres

A great comp, mixing in some of my fave Discos Macarras artists (Tort, Santo Rostro), newer faves (Rosy Finch) and new tunes (well, to me) altogether. Love what DM has been putting out and this is a great starting point to check out their stable.

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Edenbridge - Reveal New Album Cover, Tracklist 02.12

If you love progressive symphonic metal, there's good news! Edenbridge just revealed a little bit more about their upcoming new album, The Great Momentum, their first in four years. Feast your eyes on the cover artwork below, a co-production by Anthony Clarkson and drummer Johannes Jungreithmeier. The song titles were also unveiled. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Blind Guardian - Debut Video For 'The Dwarves' Song 02.12

THQ Nordic is celebrating the release of "The Dwarves" game on PC and console with the official music video of "Children Of The Smith'" with members from German power metallers Blind Guardian. The band revealed a few months ago that they would be part of "The Dwarves" video game and soundtrack. Enjoy! (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Xandria - Björn "Speed" Strid To Guest On New Album 02.12

Symphonic masters Xandria will soon release a new album, titled Theater Of Dimensions but we still haven't heard much from it. For now, the group has started revealing the guests that will appear on the opus. First, Björn "Speed" Strid of Soilwork will guest on one of the new songs. Hear a snippet of the song "We Are Murderers (We All)" below. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Wolfheart - New Single Released 02.12

The Finns Wolfheart have a new single out! It's the band's first new material since they released the album Shadow World in 2015. Their new single is called "Boneyard" and is available on digital platforms here, where you can also preview the track. Wolfheart have a new album recorded and ready. Stay tuned for more details about it. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Ash Borer - Stream Entire New Album Online 02.12

Atmospheric black metallers Ash Borer have shared a few songs from their new album The Irrepassable Gate but now is your chance to listen to the entire piece. The album, recently released by Profound Lore Records, is available for streaming in its entirety on the label's Bandcamp page. (by Paz)   Read more ››
 
Getting Into: Maximum The Hormone 29.11

The articles in this series begun by our own Baz Anderson are designed to give a brief overview of a band's entire discography, so as to provide a clear point of entry for the uninitiated. It offers a different approach from the typical review format, for the curious newcomer to a well-traveled band. Maximum The Hormone Hardcore, alternative metal, nu metal, J-rock, punk Japan Maximum The Hormone is a band of contrasts: jovial pop-punk choruses and screeching, metallic verses; groovy, percussive beatdowns and free-spirited rock'n'roll sing-alongs; crude, colorful humor and periodic... (by ScreamingSteelUS)   Read more ››
 
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 6 Issue #5 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 09.11

Is independent, unsigned, and underground metal what you seek? Weary traveller 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 Keychain, Beyond Forgiveness, Third Island, Devil Electric, Lord Mountain & Sisters Of Suffocation. (by Nefarious, Susan, BloodTears, Abattoir)   Read more ››
 
Black Mountain - Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland, 30.10.2016 08.11

Black Mountain reappeared in my world sometime this spring around the beginning of April, when their new album, IV, was released. I knew and appreciated the band in the past, but the six-year gap between the releases sort of phased it out for me. Nevertheless, IV stormed my playlists and stuck to the top, hence it was only a matter of pulling myself together when I found out to my surprise that this Canadian quintet was doing a show in Helsinki. It's not exactly in my backyard, but, all things considered, is still a reasonable distance away with an overnight stay. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
 
Fen 11.11

Bad English: Hi, and thank you for doing this interview with us at Metal Storm. Could you introduce yourself and tell us about your musical background? How did you become a metalhead and what music do you listen to on your own time? Frank Allain: The simple answer to this question is the Whitesnake album 1987. My father put this on in the car when I was about 12 or 13 years old and it simply blew my world apart. I'd heard NOTHING like it up until that point - the weight of the riffs, the mysteriousness of the keyboards and the power of the vocals. It's a testament to the strength of... (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Anciients - Voice Of The Void (SBS) 31.10

Susan: What was the band's initial vision with Voice Of The Void and how does that differ from what you created in the end? Kenny: We basically just wanted to try and write a great record, we didn't have a concept for the album at the time the music was being written for Voice Of The Void, other than, wanting it to be somewhat of a continuation of the foundations we had built on Heart Of Oak. I think we definitely have included a lot of the aspects of our sound on this new record, but the songs focus more on the heavier parts of the last album as opposed to the more classic rock vibes... (by Susan)   Read more ››
 
Saor 26.10

Bad English: Hi, and thank you for doing this interview with us at Metal Storm. Andy Marshall: Thanks! BE: Can you introduce yourself and tell us about your musical background? How did you become a metalhead and what music do you listen to on your own time? AM: I grew up listening to a lot of different rock and metal bands in High School. I got my first guitar when I was about 12/13 I think. I started jamming with friends in a local studio, nothing serious, just playing covers and goofing around. I properly started writing and recording music in my late teens, when I was about 16 or 17. I played... (by Bad English)   Read more ››
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Stigma - When Midnight Strikes (2008)

The new album of the Italians members of Stigma is one new other releases of Powerful Death Metal mixed with hyper melodic choruses. All in all I could describe this album as the perfect crossover between Death, Metalcore and Gothenburg Death. This is melodic and a bit commercial on a side but also violent, and if it's not revolutionary, this is at least catchy. Definitely "When Midnight Strikes" is an album for the fans of melodic Death Metal. The principal difference between a band... (by Jeff)   Read more ››

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Burton C. Bell decided to start singing with his normal voice, when the other members of the band heard him singing in the shower!

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