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.


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Havok: Unnatural Selection - North American Tour 2014

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

Staff pick
Anubis Gate - Horizons
Girlfriend Metal

Following up their excellent self-titled uh... fifth album, most fans knew that this album was going to be a disappointment. Suffering the loss of a founding guitarist and drummer, the odds were on a steaming pile of Danish doo-doo. Yet somehow, this album comes out like a delicious wienerbrød. Still one of the only bands that I can never seem to figure out when songs are going to end or begin, the structures are interesting enough to avoid boring us to death with ordinary melodic prog/power metal. If you want a band that knows how to write great catchy songs without all the plague of pompousness that most modern prog metal suffers from, you may enjoy this.

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Eluveitie - To Tour Europe With Arkona And Skálmöld 23.04

This could be an interesting tour. Swiss metallers Eluveitie have confirmed an European headlining tour. They will be back on the road this fall, with their brand new album in tow. Also, they will bring Arkona as well as Skálmöld along for the ride. This European tour is in support of the successor of the acclaimed Helvetios. Who is going to see them on this tour? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Emperor - Announce More Reunion Shows 23.04

In addition to upcoming festival appearances, Norwegian black metallers Emperor will also be performing in Japan for their 2014 reunion shows celebrating the 20th anniversary of the album In The Nightside Eclipse. If you want to see Emperor perform live, this is the moment to do it. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Textures - 'Polars' 10th Anniversary Tour Announced 23.04

With their fifth album in the works, Textures will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album Polars this year and they are not missing the opportunity to do it with a bang. On this special occasion, the Dutch metallers will be playing an exclusive headline tour through Europe in October 2014, during which the band will be performing the debut album Polars in its entirety, supplemented with songs from their other albums. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Dark Lunacy - New Tracks Available For Streaming 23.04

After 4 years since their last studio album Weaver Of Forgotten, the Italian metallers Dark Lunacy recently announced their comeback with a release entirely inspired by the Russian glorious epic: The Day Of Victory, scheduled for release on May 9th, 2014 through Fuel Records. You can take a look at the album cover below. As for the music, you can already stream the tracks "Red Blocks", "Sacred War" and "The Mystic Rail" on the YouTube clip available below. Enjoy! (by dogo115)   Read more ››
Oruga - New Video Clip Online 23.04

French massive doom/sludge act Oruga have revealed their first video clip for the song "Ghosts Of Anneliese", extracted from their upcoming debut album, Blackened Souls, to be released on May 19th via Apathia Records. This almost eight-minute crushing song can be enjoyed right now below. (by Jehan)   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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Divine Heresy - Bleed The Fifth (2007)

Ever wondered what Fear Factory would sound like if they dropped their new wave and post-punk leanings and instead focused more on bludgeoning the senses with their trademark rhythmical death metal approach? Well, Divine Heresy's Bleed The Fifth offers to answer this question as it is the new project of founding Fear Factory member Dino Cazares and by and large, is a nonstop extreme assault, often managing to one-up his previous band in terms of intensity. It is also a fairly decent album, mired... (by juptreas)   Read more ››

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The introduction of the song "The Frayed Ends of Sanity" (...And Justice for All) was taken from the movie The Wizard of Oz (1939). The Wicked Witch's guards are singing the exact same tune when marching in front of the witch's castle.

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