Nibiru - Padmalotus
Review by Apothecary
In recent years, a good few occult theorists and scientists who spend too much time reading Zecharia Sitchin have come to proclaim the inevitable return of Nibiru. If they're talking about the fabled planet, I'd say their arguments are probably shit out of luck, but if they happen to be referring to the band, they're dead on. The Italian trio that is Nibiru are indeed here again on the psychedelia block, and they're striking back with what is perhaps their most powerful album to date.


Sannhet - Revisionist
Review by tea[m]ster
An American band that plays good black metal? There are not many, and even though Sannhet orchestrates what certainly can be labeled as "hipster" black metal (had to say it), they are pretty unique in that they have no vocals. Think Deafheaven, Altar Of Plagues or Regarde Les Hommes Tomber but without the desolate, shrieking and chthonic black metal singing.


Gruesome - Savage Land
Review by deadone
There are probably a few Death fans out there who lament that the band switched to more progressive pastures far too quickly and who believe the band should have churned out a few more Leprosy's instead. Now these fans have their wish come true in the form of Gruesome's Leprosy worshipping debut Savage Land.


King Parrot - Dead Set
Review by Doc Godin
Honestly, looking at the name, you couldn't fault someone for thinking this is another one of those Municipal Waste side projects, which doesn't set the highest expectations. Don't get me wrong, Cannabis Corpse and Iron Reagan are both good fun, but ultimately a bit disposable. King Parrot meets some expectations and blows away others.


Arena - The Unquiet Sky
Review by Ivor
Turns out it's not easy to come up with an apt description for the new Arena album. I've spent quite some time searching for a phrase that would round up my ongoing journey with The Unquiet Sky. Until recently I could only think of something being off about this one. Now, finally, I've concluded that unremarkable grower sums it up best. That, and that something is decidedly off about it.


Forgotten Tomb - Hurt Yourself And The Ones You Love
Review by Ag Fox
Forgotten Tomb is a pretty easy band to nail musically. Whether it's their early-Katatonia era worship or the more recent ones which bring some rocking attitude to melodic black metal, and I really like them both even if they're not extremely original.


Porta Nigra - Kaiserschnitt
Review by Apothecary
Alright, so we have album artwork of a weasel-looking thing, wearing a general's uniform and looking coked out of its mind, biting into a bleeding globe. I wouldn't put my money on it, but using the simple human power of deduction, I'd say that means we're in for a wild ride.


Fistula - Destitute [Demo]
Review by Apothecary
Ohio's Fistula are an example of a band whose name goes perfectly hand in hand with the attitude of their music. Like the abnormal and harmful organ connections for which they are named, these guys are purveyors of grime and are all about the nastiness: eating, drinking, and bathing in it. 2015's Destitute is certainly no exception to this, and proves that although the band aren't changing up their formula anytime soon, they really don't need to.


Staff pick
Izah - Sistere

I reviewed their 2008 EP and thought they had potential. Consider that potential realized. Four tracks, all over 10 minutes, one over 30 - including one from the EP - show they've improved significantly over the years. Well done.

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British epic power metallers DragonForce will release their debut DVD, In The Line Of Fire, on July 10th via Metal Blade. Shot in high definition during the band's show at 2014's Loud Park festival at the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan, the DVD was filmed using multiple camera angles to capture the raw energy of DragonForce's show and instrumental dexterity for which they are celebrated worldwide. Whet your appetite with the DVD trailer here. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Alcest - Announce German Shows With Lantlôs 24.05

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U.D.O. - New DVD On The Way 24.05

U.D.O. have been touring in support of their latest album Decadent. Now they have just announced that they will release their new live DVD titled Navy Metal Night on July 31st! It will be available as a DVD plus 2CD, Blu-ray plus 2CD and gatefold vinyl. Stay tuned for more info. For now, the veteran heavy metallers have unveiled the cover art of the release. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Locrian - New Album In July, Trailer Released 24.05

The latest full-length studio installation from Chicago experimental outfit Locrian has been completed, as the trio prepares to release Infinite Dissolution through Relapse Records on July 24th. In addition to the album's release date, tracklist and cover artwork, a trailer containing samples of several of the record's tracks has also been issued. You can take a look at all the info below as well as the music, of course. Is the new album sounding promising? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Slice The Cake - Premiere New Single 24.05

Here is a new slice of music form deathcore unit Slice The Cake. Three years have passed since the band released their latest album, Other Slices, and they are preparing to release a new one. Below you can enjoy their new single "The Exile Part II - The City Of Destruction" to get a taste of what's to come. Their new record Odyssey To The West is coming soon on Subliminal Groove Records. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Roadburn Festival 2015 - Day 1: "Get Rekt" 15.05

It's that time again, folks! A month after it's already passed, and a bunch of reviews have already been written about it, your favorite procrastinators Apothecary and Mr. Doctor are once again getting to their four day breakdown of Roadburn Festival. We may be late to the game, but hey guys: you haven't heard the tale of Roadburn until you've heard it from us. So sit back, put your feet up, throw on that guilty pleasure power metal album that no one knows you like, and come along for the ride. (by Apothecary, Mr. Doctor)   Read more ››
Getting Into: Alice Cooper 03.05

Getting Into: Alice Cooper The articles in this series begun by our own Baz Anderson are designed to give a brief overview of a band's entire discography, so as to provide a clear point of entry for the uninitiated. It offers a different approach from the typical review format, for the curious newcomer to a well-traveled band. Alice Cooper Hard rock, heavy metal, glam rock, psychedelic rock, new wave, industrial metal, punk, experimental rock, pop USA It would be impossible to quantify the vast influence that Alice Cooper has had on hard rock and heavy metal. The name originally described... (by ScreamingSteelUS)   Read more ››
Evergrey - Factory, Tallinn, Estonia, 26.03.2015 10.04

Evergrey have been long-awaited guests around these parts. Even though they come from a country so close, it's apparently still a lengthy journey to drop by. To some, Evergrey are a band about 10 years past their prime, but their latest album seems to have gotten the blood flowing again and has gained some good attention. Regardless of the reasons, it was a pleasure to see them hit the stage in Tallinn as part of the Tallinn Music Week festival. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
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Nightwish - Imaginaerum (2011)

Seventh album Imaginaerum is the band's second with new singer Anette, and comes with the added twist of an accompanying feature-length film next year. Nightwish who have always been at the forefront of symphonic metal, provide this latest addition to the catalogue with good intentions. Although presented as a stand-alone album, it perhaps pushes the line between creative indulgence and focused musicianship too far. Imaginaerum sounds like all of Tuomas' influences, efforts and life's... (by Baz Anderson)   Read more ››

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The Black Dahlia Murder

The title for the song "What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse" (from the album Nocturnal) is a quote from Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, which indicates when the game would transition from day-time to night-time.

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