Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era
Review by R'Vannith
Staving off doubts given their frequency of line-up changes, Mors Principium Est consistently prove themselves to be a vital name in melodic death metal. Not for reasons of clear originality of style, but vital for their shared vitality, a remarkable feat considering the rate at which their rhythm guitars switch hands.


Faithful Darkness - Archgod
Review by R'Vannith
It's with a restrictive rigidity that Faithful Darkness deliver in Archgod. For a band that would seize upon the frenetic kinetics of thrash in order to differentiate their position within melodic death metal, fixed tempos and a generic construct prove pervasive and limiting.


Machine Head - Bloodstone & Diamonds
Review by Ilham
Metal fans can be hypocritical sometimes.


Downfall Of Gaia - Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay
Review by tea[m]ster
Downfall Of Gaia are a really hard band to place in one specific genre. Their second full-length album, Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay, carries on the experimentation they dabbled with on their debut LP Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes. Dissonant black metal, post metal, doom metal, and sludgy, hardcore elements pervade both albums but where their debut was a bit raw, this new LP has been refined, re-tooled, and re-focused to take advantage of...


Major Parkinson - Twilight Cinema
Review by Ivor
As curious as it is, one of my favourite albums this year was released quite early at the beginning of the year. This stellar album blew me away when I first heard it and it has continued to amaze me throughout the year. I might even say, Twilight Cinema has already stood the test of time. It has definitely survived the initial round of childish excitement. Most importantly, however, each time I listen to it I'm still awed by the detailed theatrical expressiveness and beauty of this album.


Nightingale - Retribution
Review by Ivor
A new Nightingale album has taken a long time to see daylight. To me it's at least 3-4 years overdue. Ever since Swanö hinted at it being in the works I've been impatiently waiting for a release date. As days, weeks, months and years went by, I started filing the scarce news of its progress under speculative fiction and fantasy. I was slowly starting to think of it as a vapourtune.


N.K.V.D. - Hakmarrja
Review by Mr. Doctor
For someone as lazy as I am, I love when reviews write themselves. So without any delay I'll start with a simple "What the fuck happened?" Seriously, what happened? N.K.V.D.'s Diktatura EP gave a promise of great things to come and then some. Later on Vlast came along and it was, well… A blast. Yeah, not original but at least I don't need to. Vlast was so much in your face than even a pornstar would think it was too much....


Darkspace - Dark Space III I
Review by Windrider
So, one of the biggest ambient black metal bands released their new album this year. Time to lose some words on that. Darkspace from Switzerland continue their journey through the dark space (no pun intended as it's the actual name of their albums) with Dark Space III I. And not only that but even the songs are simply called "Dark 4.18", "Dark 4.19" and "Dark 4.20". Looks like the band is quite out of ideas, doesn't it? However, the important point is the music, so let's have a closer look at that.


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Schammasch - Contradiction
Melodic Black/Death

Here's one of the few albums from this year that's actually deserving of all the hype it's been getting. The sophomore effort from this Swiss foursome is amazingly detailed and incredibly varied in its songwriting. At times takes a slow and trancelike black metal approach, with surprisingly beautiful solos to accompany. At others, pounds you into dust with a furious death metal crunch, and at other moments still is extremely relaxing in its attention to melody and atmosphere. A powerful blend of personalities, and a worthy addition to any extreme metal fan's musical library.

Perhaps one could say the diversities are... a contradiction?

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Picked by: Apothecary
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Benighted - Live Album Detailed 17.12

The French assault called Benighted, who recently announced their Canadian headliner tour, taking off in late February, now announced the details for the band's debut live album Brutalive The Sick, due out Februry 23rd through Season Of Mist. Benighted shared the track "Let The Blood Spill Between My Broken Teeth" from the upcoming release and you can stream it here. Below you can see the artwork, tracklist and a teaser. (by J. N.)   Read more ››
Negură Bunget - New Album Cover And More Revealed 17.12

Another new album! Romanian folk black metallers Negură Bunget have been busy recording the first installment of the "Transilvanian Trilogy" entitled Tău. Now the wait is over as the band announced the release date of the record for February 27th, 2015 and March 3rd for the North American release. The tracklist as well as the cover artwork are available below. Take a look. (by ManiacBlasphemer)   Read more ››
Exhumed - Re-Recorded Debut Due Out In February 17.12

The San Jose goregrinders in Exhumed are set to release a re-recorded version of the band's debut album, Gore Metal, under the title Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998-2015. With a more gruesome production and re-worked artwork, even nastier than the original, and lots of informative liner notes, Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998-2015 is set to be released in early February through Relapse Records. Pre-order the album here, see the new artwork and stream "Open The Abscess" below! (by J. N.)   Read more ››
Leviathan - New Album Announcement 17.12

U.S. black metal entity Leviathan has completed work on its new full-length album Scar Sighted to be released on February 17th on CD/digital via Profound Lore Records with the vinyl edition to follow after. The album's tracklist has also been revealed as well as the details regarding the artwork(s). (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
A Forest Of Stars - New Album Details Unveiled 17.12

Information has finally been revealed about A Forest Of Stars' new album. The album titled Beware The Sword You Cannot See is set to be released on the 27th of February next year through Lupus Lounge and it will contain 11 tracks which can be seen below. The follow-up to A Shadowplay For Yesterdays was mixed and mastered by Robert Hobson, who was responsible for both The Corpse Of Rebirth and Opportunistic Thieves Of Spring. Find out all about the album now. (by Dima)   Read more ››
Goatwhore, Dying Fetus and support in Toulouse, 25/11/2014 13.12

As soon as the Toulouse date of this tour was announced, I knew I had to come. Goatwhore coming here? Hell yeah!!! (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
Mars Red Sky + Year Of No Light in Toulouse 09.12

Let's face it: they didn't bring any Bordeaux wine with them... (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
Voting Abuse, MS, and YOU! 06.12

So you want to be a Stormtrooper and check peoples darkest habits in an effort to report Votecriminals to your local Moderator? Here are some thoughts on the scoring system and tips on tracking down Votecriminals. (by Xnoybis)   Read more ››
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Apocalyptica - 7th Symphony (2010)

A couple years ago when I first started listening to "heavy" music, 'Cult' was one of my very first metal albums. Of course my tastes in music have gone a long way since then, but so has Apocalyptica. What started out as a project by a couple of Finnish music students has turned into band with international mainstream appeal. While the album has a couple songs that are obviously geared at the charts, it's actually pretty diverse. The radio-friendly songs are joined by a... (by Bas)   Read more ››

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