Tengger Cavalry - Ancient Call
Review by Susan
8.7
I went looking for some great folk metal since none had yet found me this year. In 2012 I took this same journey and found Wilderun on the unlikely shores of Boston; I have again struck folk metal gold in the equally unlikely city of Beijing.

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Khold - Til Endes
Review by Ilham
5.8
So decomposed that it starts oozing unidentified fluids, giving off a putrid smell and the insides ready to burst if you press too hard with your finger. That's how I like my French cheese, and that's how I like my Khold.

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Usnea - Random Cosmic Violence
Review by Apothecary
8.3
With 21 categories and 10 nominees per category for our annual Metal Storm Awards, it's inevitable that some albums are going to go unnoticed. One that may have missed your glance in this past edition was Usnea's self titled debut, a powerhouse of pounding doom, a dynamic black metal touch, and ensnaring atmosphere. Not even two years later, these Americans are back at it yet again, looking to solidify and expand upon their sound, an effort at which they certainly succeed with Random Cosmic Violence.

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Into Orbit - Caverns
Review by Xnoybis
7.6
Hailing from the land down under… no, not the one with Crocodile Dundee and Men At Work. The other one. The one where all sorts of Hollywood types run around LARPing for the cameras. You know, "Lord of Xena Warrior Princess" stuff.. Oh wow. Train of thought derailed. Oh my god the humanity. So, Into Orbit are from New Zealand, they play post-metal/rock, and Caverns is probably worth your while. Fortunately for my poor eardrums they play...

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Jakob - Sines
Review by tea[m]ster
8.8
8 years is a hell of a long time between releases, and New Zealand's instrumental post rock/metal band Jakob have pulled off a miraculous comeback. I don't think the band was ever on the brink of dissipating, but the fact is life altering occurrences left many in doubt. Freak injuries to all the band members' hands, public relation snafus and what seemed an insurmountable layoff put the band and their highly anticipated album Sines in between a rock and a hard place. Alas, post-fans will be excited to know Jakob sound mightier than ever, like the band I discovered while they were touring with Isis in 2008.

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Krokodil - Nachash
Review by Ilham
7.0
Beards. Moustaches. 20 mm gauges. Tattoo sleeves and sleeveless shirts. Total package. But who cares, seriously? I'm not like a certain woman who judges a whole bunch of people based on looks and stereotypes. So far, I've heard a lot about Krokodil because of its line-up, but no one's ever talked about the actual music. Let's fix that right now.

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Harmony - Theatre Of Redemption
Review by Susan
8.0
Swedish power metallers Harmony invited guest vocalist Daniel Heiman, formerly of such power metal bands as Lost Horizon, Heed, and Crystal Eyes, to bring his formidable talents to Theatre Of Redemption. It's been several years since this voice graced a metal album and his return is no doubt cause for celebration. Such great power metal music can easily be turned to dust by the wrong voice, or conversely, polished to a mirror shine with the right...

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Arcana Coelestia - Nomas
Review by Apothecary
8.0
Funeral doom has always seemed to me to be split into two distinctly different camps. On the one hand, you have bands that are absolutely dark, desolate, and ominous with their sound, such as Evoken or Wormphlegm. And then, on the other, you have bands that prefer to take more of a relaxed approach, making things a bit brighter and epic in the process. Bands like Arcana Coelestia.

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Supported event

Rune & Totem Tour

France, Toulouse (Connexion Café)
22 November 2014

Year Of No Light
Mars Red Sky
Staff pick
Cool Cavemen - Funkloric Trip
Frog funk party

You want a party? You've got a party! The French provide and everyone's invited! I believe somewhere there's probably a law of some kind or other against having so much fun on a record. Time to dust off that party sombrero of yours.

Listen to the album at Bandcamp.

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Picked by: Ivor
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Eluveitie - Part Ways With Patrick Kistler 20.11

Patrick "Päde" Kistler is no longer in Eluveitie. The band just shared the news with "a heavy heart" and while they make no further comment at this time, they wish him all the best for his future endeavours. He was in Eluveitie for six years and four albums playing the bagpipes, whistles, and also acoustic guitars. Meanwhile, multi-instrumentalist Matteo Sisti (Krampus) has stepped in to replace him temporarily on their European tour. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Leah - New Album Details Revealed, Streaming New Song 20.11

Symphonic metal outfit Leah has been busy recording and wrapping up its second album after a successful crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo. Now the wait is over. The title of the upcoming album is Kings & Queens and it will be out on January 30th in Europe and February 3rd in North America and worldwide via Inner Wound Recordings. The cover artwork, created by Jan Yrlund at Darkgrove Design, as well as the tracklist are available below. (by ManiacBlasphemer)   Read more ››
 
The Flight Of Sleipnir - Release New Music Video 20.11

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At The Gates - Share New Video, Confirmed For Graspop 2015 20.11

Now that their comeback album At War With Reality is out, At The Gates just premiered their new video and no, it wasn't directed by Patric Ullaeus this time. The clip was created by the artist Costin Chioreanu (who also created the album artwork) for the track "Heroes And Tombs". You can watch the animated video here now and give us your impressions. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Randy Blythe - To Star In Taiwanese Movie With Chthonic 20.11

Lamb Of God's frontman Randy Blythe is trying his hand at acting and it seems like the Taiwanese melodic black metallers Chthonic are also involved. In fact, they were the ones that invited Randy Blythe to work with them on this action movie. In a recent post on his Instagram, Blythe posted a picture of him and Chthonic's bassist Doris "Thunder Tears" Yeh at work on the set of the movie. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Hedvig Mollestad Trio - Sinilind, Tallinn, Estonia, 25.10.2014 07.11

The less you know, the better it is. This seems to be a recurring pattern with smaller gigs. It holds true that the lower your expectations are for a class act, the more room you have for a pleasant surprise. Even though I didn't go into this instrumental jazz-influenced rock night blindfolded, so to say, I wasn't nearly prepared for a concert this excellent. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
 
Kruger & Coilguns (+ Nojia and Nesseria) in Toulouse, 22/10/2014 07.11

This report features too much hugs of a rare violence and unrestrained love - reader's discretion is advised. (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
 
Anathema: Satellites Over Toulouse 03.11

Once again, Anathema were great and delivered an excellent show! OK, now that the obvious is out of the way, what else to say? (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
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Orden Ogan - To The End (2012)

As a board generalisation, power metal these days comes either with extra cheese or saturated with symphonies. Orden Ogan are a German power metal band that have been plugging away for a few years now, and with the release of their fourth album provide something the scene has been somewhat lacking; a simple, solid and enjoyable album. (by Baz Anderson)   Read more ››

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