Insomnium - Shadows Of The Dying Sun
Review by R'Vannith
8.5
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.

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Impetuous Ritual - Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence
Review by Mr. Doctor
8.6
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.

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Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
Review by Apothecary
8.0
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.

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Cormorant - Earth Diver
Review by R'Vannith
8.8
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.

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A Hill To Die Upon - Holy Despair
Review by R'Vannith
7.8
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.

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Skogen - I Döden
Review by Troy Killjoy
8.0
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.

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Menace - Impact Velocity
Review by R'Vannith
7.6
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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Supported event

Hellfest Open Air 2014

France, Clisson
20-22 June 2014

Iron Maiden
Opeth
Megadeth
Slayer
Black Sabbath
(+150)
http://www.hellfest.fr/
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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Thumbs up: Ivor, BloodTears, R'Vannith
 
Slayer - Sign To Nuclear Blast, Debut New Song 24.04

Slayer start off the day with big news. First, last night at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Slayer surprised the capacity crowd with an unannounced performance, kicking off the show with a three-song set that included the global premiere of "Implode," the band's first new studio recording in five years. "Implode" can now be downloaded at Slayer's website provided you give your email address or sign up with your Facebook account. The band also signed a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast. A new Slayer song! Unexpected but are... (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
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 ››
 
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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Deiphago - Filipino Antichrist (2009)

Costa Rican Black metal baby...! Wait, what? Yeah, Deiphago resides on Costa Rica, after a couple of years of chillin' in the Philippines. Apparently they started their unholy rituals in '89, which is a bit hard to believe in my opinion, but well, who am I to dispute that? So, after precisely twenty years we can finally hear their second full-length, Filipino Antichrist. Rejoice. Deiphago plays their Black metal the Blasphemy way. In other words, you're in for a short burst of violent... (by Lucas)   Read more ››

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Hortus Animae is Latin for "the garden of the soul."

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