Chaos Moon - Resurrection Extract
Review by Apothecary
8.3
One man bands have more or less always caught my attention, mostly due to the inspiring testaments to individual potential that lurk within them. Many of metal's repeat offenders within this realm of solidarity have kept relatively quiet this year, but now the silence is being broken once more by the little known, though highly accomplished Chaos Moon, beloved offspring of America's very own Alexander "Esoterica" Poole.

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Fozzy - Do You Wanna Start A War
Review by Doc Godin
 
It seems a little too easy picking on a band like Fozzy. The soapbox-contrarian part of me wants to love this album out of spite...But I just can't do it. Do You Wanna Start A War? is about as bland as it gets.

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Krokmitën - Omicron-Omega
Review by Doc Godin
 
Remember when you weren't a miserable prick? Back when the prospect of hearing a new, underground death metal band filled you childish glee, rather than that tired sigh and shrug? Well, here's something nice for your sad little existence ... Krokmitën; a band straddling the line between classic death metal standards and fresh, innovative sounds.

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Stormnatt - Omega Therion
Review by Mr. Doctor
6.5
Now, after 5 years, Stormnatt has released their third album since their beginnings back in 2000. Almost the same gap was already put between the first two albums and to be perfectly honest, maybe a couple of extra years wouldn't have hurt. Now, there are actually some positive factors and potential here, but after two albums you might expect a bit more.

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Chemia - The One Inside
Review by R Lewis
7.3
Chemia are just like your hometown band, that one that plays in that pub down the street every Saturday night. Catchy, easy-listening and not so heavy, they're the stereotype of the band you'd want as a background while enjoying a beer with friends.

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The Conjuration - Surreal
Review by R'Vannith
5.8
Writhing madness and a morbid fascination for jerking the listener around with savagely nonsensical song structures. It's all so Surreal.

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Herod (SUI) - They Were None
Review by R'Vannith
7.2
Inspired by the bitterly barren and cold regions of the Scandinavian north, Herod slam the adjective "heavy" with an equally chilling new meaning.

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Slugdge - Gastronomicon
Review by Mattybu
 
You really can get away with a lot in the realm of metal. The sheer number of different themes central to various bands and genres is part of what keeps metal interesting for me. Whether it's a depressing retelling of nautical literature at the hands of Ahab or a tale of dragon-slaying told by Rhapsody Of Fire, there will always be a huge variety of sounds to be heard and stories to be told throughout the metal universe.

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Monolord - Empress Rising
Stoner doom

Equally parts heavy and psychedelic, this early Sabbath-worshiping Swedish trio will rock you with crushing riffs and a fuzzy atmosphere that puts the 420blazeit in Monolord.

Get your toke on right here.

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Five Finger Death Punch - New Lyric Video Released 26.07

Las Vegas metallers Five Finger Death Punch have released a lyric video for their song "Watch You Bleed". The track is taken from their fourth studio album The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1. The record arrived in stores on July 30th, 2013 via Prospect Park with Volume 2 later released in November. Click on the video below to watch it! The band plans to release a new album next year. (by Fallen Ghost)   Read more ››
 
Red Fang - Release Free Acoustic EP, Streaming Online 26.07

In celebration of their upcoming European tour, stoner group Red Fang have just released a free acoustic EP. The EP was recorded this past March in London as an Absolute Music Bunker session for Team Rock. The songs mark the first time the band recorded any acoustic interpretations of their material and the EP includes the original album versions of each track as well. You can download/stream the EP here. Enjoy! (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Thaw - Split With Echoes Of Yul Streaming Online 26.07

Polish experimental black metallers Thaw are currently streaming their upcoming split album with drone doom compatriots Echoes Of Yul at this location. Alternatively, you can listen to both songs below. Do you enjoy this combination? Share your impressions. The split will be available on August 4th via Instant Classic. (by Pazdzioch)   Read more ››
 
Necrophagia - Announce New Album Release Date 26.07

Necrophagia have finally set a date for the release of their new album. The successor of Deathtrip 69 will be called WhiteWorm Cathedral, and the US cult death metal act's long-awaited new album will hit the stores on October 24th (October 28th in North America), just in time for Halloween via Season Of Mist. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Desert Age - Documentary On Desert Rock 26.07

So as some of you astute MSers might have noticed I've (temporarily) abandoned the desert of southern Arizona to go into hiding in the lush jungles of Paraguay. Thrown in to a land where virtually no one speaks English, the beer is watery lager, and there is no hot sauce? (WTF?!) Though the peeps are swell and the meat is PLENTIFUL, I've grown a tad homesick for the scorching, oven-like dry heat of the Southwest. And suddenly I get an email in my inbox... lo! behold! A reminder of home. Well, at least close to home. A work in progress documentary on the California Desert Rock phenomenon.... (by BitterCOld)   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 ››
 
Hellfest 2014 - A report! 20.07

So, you wanna know how Hellfest 2014 was (apart of awesome, that is)? (by Darkside Momo, wrathchild, Nefarious)   Read more ››
 
Agalloch - Gothic Theatre, Englewood, USA - 8 Jul 2014 13.07

I was out of town two years ago when Agalloch played in Denver the last time, so when I first saw that they were scheduled to play at the Gothic Theatre in Englewood, CO (a suburb of Denver) I was actually rather surprised. Are they really that big? Would the thousand plus capacity venue be largely empty? (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
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Communic - Payment Of Existence (2008)

Norwegian progressive metallers Communic return with album number three, "Payment Of Existence" and provide another solid portion of technical and thoughtful heavy metal. Comparisons can be made between Communic and Nevermore, but more so for the similarity between vocal styles and sounds of Warrel Dane and Communic singer and guitar wielder Oddleif Stensland. Both have an emotional tinge and a clean voice, but also a slight American whine that for different people could either add to the... (by Baz Anderson)   Read more ››

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