Feared - Synder
Review by deadone
8.6
There was a time when the phrase "Swedish death metal" was enough to send metalheads into a frenzy. But then Stockholm got stale and Gothenburg first got oversaturated and then immersed itself in mainstream pop mannerisms and generic clichés. Things got boring or too mellow or both. And then out of the ruins came Feared with album number 6: Synder

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Enforcer - From Beyond
Review by deadone
8.5
Way back in 1984, Sweden's Enforcer came up with a blistering little heavy metal album called From Beyond. No, not really. But it might as well have been cause this little doozy would not be out of place in any self-respecting 1980s metalhead's vinyl collection.

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Ereb Altor - Nattramn
Review by Windrider
8.2
From Gefle, Sweden hail Ereb Altor, a band playing a mix of pagan and black metal, with their new album Nattramn. Many people compare them with the almighty Bathory, their epic and pagan era to be precise. If this holds true we shall find out, but what can already be said is that the music is indeed epic.

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Blliigghhtted - Zeroes
Review by Mr. Doctor
8.3
If there's one deadly sin that will get me killed, it's sloth. Shit, I even get threats of ass-whoppings if I fail to do my job. Like with this review for the Turkish Blliigghhtted. Sounds weird? Yeah, but I'm too afraid to say it to their faces.

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Faith No More - Sol Invictus
Review by BitterCOld
6.8
Faith No More are back "From The Dead" with Sol Invictus, their first new release in 18 years. Sooooo is SI "Epic"? Maybe Album Of The Year? Or are you concerned "Everything's Ruined"? When it comes to Faith No More, well, for many of us, "We Care A Lot."

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Kamelot - Haven
Review by Ag Fox
8.0
Roy Khan is back!

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Undersmile - Anhedonia
Review by Apothecary
9.0
When considering the use of female vocals in metal, the thing I tend to notice is that many typically envision them as needing to be bright, airy, and high pitched... that is, giving off a more "pretty" tone than is typically found from vocals in the genre. Enter an alternative to this rather dull idea in the form of the UK's Undersmile, a doom foursome fronted by two ladies, who, while keeping things beautiful, also prefer to take their sound in a more crushing, perhaps bleaker direction.

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Apothecary - Drifting Towards The Ancients
Review by Apothecary
7.0
So about a month ago, a little-known band from the States called Apothecary contacted me, asking me if I'd like to review an album of theirs. After ruling out my initial theory that the band was simply my older self sending recordings to my younger self from the future, I sat down for some music that, while somewhat trite, nonetheless has a lot of potential lurking within it.

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Staff pick
Område - Edari
Avantgarde

If you happen to like your avantgarde airy and dreamy, infused with a bit of electronica and trip-hop, if you tend to stack your avantgarde up against the likes of Ulver and Manes, then Område's début is something you will definitely not want to pass by.

Listen to "Mótsögn".

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Finnish extreme doomsters Profetus are pleased to present their first official video for the 15-minute long opus "The Dire Womb Of Winter", now available for streaming down below. The track is taken from the band's latest album, As All Seasons Die, released back in June, 2014. The video clip was directed by Markus Nieminen, while video production was done by Oy Routafilmi Ab. (by Abattoir)   Read more ››
 
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The book adaptation film for Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind's Lords Of Chaos: The Bloody Rise Of The Satanic Metal Underground finally has a director and it is none other than former Bathory drummer and video/film director Jonas Åkerlund. The film will be produced by Ridley Scott's Scott Free London, RSA London, and VICE. Lords of Chaos focuses on the real events involving members of the 80's black metal scene in Scandinavia and will follow the story of 17-year-old Øystein "Euronymous" Aarseth, guitarist and co-founder of the Norwegian black metal... (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
The SLoT - Release New Single, Announce Future Releases 05.05

Russian nu metallers The SLoT have kept busy over the past month. Following the February release of their Бой! EP, featuring multiple versions of the "Бой!" single from their 2013 album Шестой, they recently unleashed their first all-new output of 2015: a new single, entitled "Сила Притяжения." (by ScreamingSteelUS)   Read more ››
 
Goatsnake - Streaming New Album Title Track 05.05

Goatsnake are releasing a new album this year, after a decade without new releases, and it is called Black Age Blues. What better way to present it than by showcasing the title track? Get your daily dosage of stoner metal by listening to the track below. If you like what you hear, grab the record on June 2nd via Southern Lord Recordings. Enjoy the heavy riffs! (by BloodTears)   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 ››
 
70000 Tons Of Metal 2015 - Day Four: There's A Tear In My Beer 04.04

The last day of the cruise is always bittersweet since … well … it's the last day. But it's also the day to catch bands which were missed previously. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
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Trials - In The Shadow Of Swords (2013)

In The Shadow Of Swords is some excellent thrash with strong groove. Now, I don't listen to a ton of thrash but it's albums like this that make me really think I should. This album is very well written, strongly performed, professionally produced, and of course, ass kicking. Wrapped into the grooving thrash base is plenty of melodic variety and some sweet hints of death metal on a few tracks. All of these elements are tightly bound, though, and create a very solid sound. Rarely do you... (by Susan)   Read more ››

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Keyboardist André Andersen has been the winner of the BURRN! magazine annual readers' poll several times in the 90s and had stayed in the top 20 since then.

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