Dark Fortress - Venereal Dawn
Review by Doc Godin
9.0
Tasteful evolution. If there ever was a phrase to describe Dark Fortress, that, right there, is it. They're never ones to reinvent the wheel, but why should they? They've crafted their own sound without any extravagant gimmicks, they don't take risks, but they also never really misstep. With each album, Dark Fortress just defines their sound a little more. Venereal Dawn is another solid step forward in the logical progression of their history.

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Wolf - Devil Seed
Review by Doc Godin
7.0
Wolf, is and always has been, what this "new wave of the old school style" always tries to accomplish. Creating a new sound from old pieces. So many young(er) bands attempt it, most come across as disposable nostalgia acts. Wolf have always danced that fine line without stepping over completely, giving them their edge. And so it continues with Devil Seed.

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Sorxe - Surrounded By Shadows
Review by Apothecary
8.0
Melody and a strong sense of atmosphere can sometimes be hard to come by in the sludge style. The Americans of Sorxe, however, are here to provide us with a fine counterexample to this common rule.

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Opeth - Pale Communion
Review by R'Vannith
 
Opeth have softened their sound. This is old news, and this is also an old sound. Pale Communion is their sophomore in a retrograde and vintage style of progressive rock, yet it remains poised with their distinctive craftsmanship. The question arises as to whether this record builds upon the band's efforts in Heritage. It does.

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Tonic Breed - Outsold
Review by tea[m]ster
7.1
Dear Tonic Breed, I have been challenged to review something not labeled "post" and I am excited to say you have been chosen to be the guinea pig for my little independent excursion. Luckily for me, you play some decent old-school thrash metal that reminds me of the "bang-my-head" days back in the late 1980's. It will be a privilege to write about your latest album, Outsold. Even though it's not the most original thrash metal I've heard, in essence, it's pretty predictable, but I do enjoy your tenaciousness and dedication for creating music that any ancient follower of the classic thrash metal scene will enjoy.

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Horrendous - Ecdysis
Review by Windrider
9.0
I know I also have other stuff to review, but really it's hard to stop listening to this album. This is about Horrendous' new album Ecdysis. Weird title, it describes the process of moulting, as Wikipedia tells me as a non-native English speaker. However I didn't know about this band before and to be honest I don't know much about classical death metal in general, but I know that this album rocks your socks. These guys hail from the USA and it's their second record.

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Malpractice - Turning Tides
Review by Mattybu
 
To me, Finland has always been a great country for metal. Between groups like Amorphis, Ensiferum, and the almighty Kalmah, there has always been a wealth of great Finnish metal out there. Turning Tides was my first exposure to Malpractice, a progressive metal group from the same Nordic land. Not surprisingly, the album is very good.

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Keitzer - The Last Defence
Review by Doc Godin
 
Now that, people, is what we call an album cover. Seriously, go give it a closer look and come back... ...Back? Good. Guess what? For once, the music almost matches the quality of the artwork.

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22-26 January 2015

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Staff pick
Crimson Shadows - Kings Among Men
Extreme Power Metal

An unpretentious mix of DragonForce, Amon Amarth and mid-career Ensiferum.

Extreme power metal done right.

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Picked by: Doc Godin
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Korn - Launch New Video 22.08

You can now watch Korn's new music video for the track "Hater". The single is available digitally and was also included on The Paradigm Shift: World Tour Edition. As for the video, it was directed by David Yarovesky and you can enjoy it now. The video also features fan-submitted clips where they share stories of being victims of bullying, abuse, or hatred and how it affected them. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Destrose - Announce New EP 22.08

All-female heavy metal troupe Destrose have announced they'll be putting out a new EP - or "mini-album" as they're called in Japan - on September 24th. Entitled The Prologue, this mini-album will be distributed via the band's own label Flyingcat Records. (by Ruchesko)   Read more ››
 
Rosetta - Release Teaser For New EP 22.08

If you are eager to hear new music from Rosetta, here is your chance. The sludge metallers are about to release a new EP called Flies To Flame. The CD is coming out on October 14th on Translation Loss Record and the LP version is coming in late 2014. Have a taste of what it will sound like on the teaser available below. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Behemoth - Performed Without Makeup At Motocultor Festival 21.08

Behemoth is one of many bands who uses their image to boost their live set, but what can you do if your gear is lost in transition? This happened to the band before their performance at Motocultor 2014 in France, but it didn't stop them from performing. They went on stage and did a "completely 'naked' performance," as the band described it. (by Fallen Ghost)   Read more ››
 
HammerFall - New Video Released 21.08

You are probably aware that HammerFall's new album (r)Evolution is right around the corner. It will be released on August 27th in Sweden, August 29th in Europe, September 1st in the UK and September 2nd in the US via Nuclear Blast Records. Today the band is premiering the first video in support of the record and it is for the single "Hector's Hymn". Satisfy your curiosity and watch it right now! Did you enjoy that? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Rockstar Mayhem Festival 2014 - Denver, CO - 13 Jul 2014 29.07

The annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival! Great variety of bands, I always have a blast, it's always fun, the weather is always way too hot and this year's event was almost no exception. Yes, almost no exception; the timing of the festival couldn't be worse and the decision to split the Colorado show into two events didn't help the cause neither. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Amaranthe - American Beauty Car Show, Haapsalu Episcopal Castle, Haapsalu, Estonia, 19.07.2014 28.07

Haapsalu is a small and beautiful Estonian resort town by the sea. Each July its quiet is disturbed by an invasion of owners and admirers of the American car industry. Shining cars, roaring engines, burning rubber, cruising, and a drag race on the airfield strip - American Beauty Car Show has got it all. If you're into all that, it's the place to be. Naturally, this also calls for musical entertainment of varied sorts, which somehow managed to grab my attention for the first time with only one name - Amaranthe. Just because I happen to like them. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
 
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 4 Issue #2 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 23.07

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 Megalodoom, Kylfingar, Svengali, Anopheli, Whetstone and The Ralph. (by Nefarious, Abattoir, R Lewis, Troy Killjoy, BloodTears)   Read more ››
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Longing For Dawn - A Treacherous Ascension (2007)

"A Treacherous Ascension" is the second album of this combo from Canada. I hope that you like Doom, and really slow one because Longing For Dawn plays Funeral Doom, a really interesting music which is unfortunately not so easy of access for the basic listeners. However, the accessibility of this music is a matter of quality too, and here we have quality so if you're looking for a music extremely dark, sad and deep, but all in all well done, I will recommend to you to check this album... (by Jeff)   Read more ››

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Reverend Bizarre

According to Albert Witchfinder, the band had planned three more full-length albums: Songs from the Funereal World, Heavier Than Life and How It Was Meant to Be, but this plan was later scrapped and the band made only one more LP, disbanding Reverend Bizarre "before it started to suck."

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