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
Anopheli - The Ache Of Want
Post-hardcore , Crust punk

Having released one of the best EP's of the year in 2014 with their demo A Hunger Rarely Sated, Anopheli have followed this up with an equally brilliant yet slightly more refined debut album The Ache Of Want. This is 40 minutes of cello infused Crust punk/post-hardcore that deserves your attention, so go give it a listen NOW!

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Infernäl Mäjesty - New Album On The Way, Video Teaser 03.07

Long-running Canadian thrash metallers Infernäl Mäjesty have set No God as the title of their forthcoming album, tentatively due out before the end of the year. The band hasn't released an album in more than a decade, ever since 2004's One Who Points To Death but they did release the EP Demon God back in 2007. Now it's time for No God. You can already hear a taste of the new material below. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Varg - Join Napalm Records, Announce New Album 03.07

After a long silence, Varg have shared big news today. The German metallers have joined the Napalm Records family and signed a worldwide deal. While many details are still under wraps, the band is set to release their brand new album Das Ende aller Lügen on Napalm Records. You can expect more info on the album soon enough. For now, whet your appetite with the album teaser below. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Powerwolf - Stream Gary Moore Cover 03.07

July 17th marks the release of Powerwolf's new album Blessed & Possessed. Apart from the 11 brand new tracks, fans can also hear 10 cover songs that the band recorded for Metallum Nostrum, which is part of the limited 2-CD Mediabook. On that note, you can check out the lyric video for their cover version of Gary Moore's "Out In The Fields" right now. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
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 ››
 
Cattle Decapitation - Unveil Another New Track 03.07

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 ››
 
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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Gamma Ray - Hell Yeah!!! The Awesome Foursome (2008)

The last live album of Gamma Ray, "Skeletons In The Closet", was a really good live. Five years and two albums later, the German combo is back with a new live entitled "Hell Yeah! The Awesome Foursome" (that you can also find in a great DVD version by the way). Of course you'll not find anything special or new on this release but if you like Gamma Ray and want a good "best-of" I will have to recommend you this CD, definitely Gamma Ray can be a great band live. ... (by Jeff)   Read more ››

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