Falloch - This Island, Our Funeral
Review by tea[m]ster
9.1
Scottish band Falloch have finally released their sophomore album, three years after their highly decorated debut Where Distant Spirits Remain. Main song writer and vocalist Andy Marshall left the band during this period, the void filled with a trio of capable musicians and a new sound. A straight-forward and desensitized atmospheric approach takes the place of most of the "gazy" and folk metal elements. I love the band's new direction and This Island, Our Funeral is an impressive piece of music that will hold its own against the Dustwalker's and The Serpent & the Sphere's of the genre.

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Nero Di Marte - Derivae
Review by R'Vannith
8.5
Sometimes it's difficult to discern what is truly progressive in metal. This is providing we all have preconceived notions of what it means for artists to push at the identifiable territorial boundaries of music that are more familiar to us, and facilitate sounds external to generic confines. The prospect of a band finding themselves located somewhere between Gojira, Tool and Ulcerate is something I could never have anticipated. Yet Nero Di Marte leave listeners in anticipation with each careful note, echoing technicalities throughout primordially death metal perpetuating atmosphere and flowing forms of sound hitherto uncharted. Exploration persists in Derivae.

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Devin Townsend - Z²
Review by Apothecary
7.0
Uh oh, Apothecary is reviewing a prog album. Hold onto your undergarments, ladies and gentlemen, it's gonna be a bumpy ride.

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Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.2
Last time Slipknot released a studio album, they still served as one of my primary conduits to the metal scene. As I am no longer 14, Slipknot's angst-and-unorthodox-percussion-heavy brand of nu/alt metal lacks the same gravitas it once had, but I still enjoy Vol 3: The Subliminal Verses and Slipknot from time to time. You might call me a bit of a lapsed fan, but I'm enough of one to give .5: The Gray Chapter a fighting chance.

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Process Of Guilt / Rorcal - Process Of Guilt / Rorcal [Split] [EP]
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.4
Rorcal and Process Of Guilt: two bands, full of anguish and grit, each hot on the heels of a well-received testament to the catastrophic potential of black noise. They have come together, grinding like the massive tectonic plates of unnatural noise, to unleash an excellent split EP of dread-filled coldness.

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Fluxious - Nucleus Accumbens Diseases
Review by Ivor
 
Fluxious's début album Why So Serious? was a bit of an acquired taste and, with all its flaws and virtues, it turned out to be an either love or hate affair for some. Mixing jazz and metal, it was not a seamless blend of the two genres but had a sort of dichotomy going. Its appeal lied in contrasting patterns of both worlds that manifested itself in song structures, vocal lines as well as the overall feeling. The follow-up to this début is something I've been eagerly expecting for a while now.

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Kong - Stern
Review by Ivor
 
Kong are extremely good at delivering music that is restless and unsettling. If you're an impressionable sort, a driver that gets nervous and twitchy at the wheel of a car in a rush hour, Kong is not a good choice of background music. It will surely make you even more anxious and jumpy. It's the sort of music that just doesn't let itself be enjoyed sitting tight.

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Rigor Mortis - Slaves To The Grave
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
9.0
Reviewing the posthumous opus ultimus of a recently-deceased artist imposes the unique burden of simultaneously preventing the unfortunate circumstances from coloring any objective sentiments about the work itself and remaining sensitive to the situation. While of course we believe in subjective reviews here, and some albums are best understood in the context of their creator's demise (Woods Of Ypres's Woods V), more often than not death intensifies hero worship. Rigor Mortis require no special treatment; not only does Slaves To The Grave deliver well enough on its own, it is a fitting swan song and testament to the brilliance of both Rigor Mortis and the late Mike Scaccia.

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Progenie Terrestre Pura - Asteroidi
Inside Samus Aran's brain

Coming off of a powerful debut with last year's U.M.A, this Italian BM duo decides to follow it up with a curveball, a nonmetal EP. Best be off with you if you're looking for the more aggressive side of the band's personality with this one. Asteroidi is for those listeners who delighted in the ringy ding ding electronics of the debut, and wished to see the band go deeper with them, an effort at which they certainly succeed here.

Beware the Metroid scum.

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Opera IX - Announce New Lineup 24.10

Italian black metal masters Opera IX have finally unveiled today a new lineup after the departure of their vocalist Marco "The Bard" De Rosa. Abigail Dianaria returns and is the new vocalist of the band. A new line-up usually means new material in the making but no confirmations has been made just yet. Are you excited about the new developments? (by Gothmog_Motsham)   Read more ››
 
Taake - Debut New Song, Announce New Album 24.10

Taake are releasing a new album! Three years after their latest Noregs Vaapen output, the Norwegian black metal band has announced the first details of what will be their sixth full-length album. Titled Stridens Hus, the seven-track album is set for release on the 8th of December worldwide, with the exception of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where the album will appear on the 12th of December via Dark Essence Records. And you can already listen to a new song right now. It's called "Det Fins En Prins". Go ahead and take the 8-minute journey right here. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Wolfheart - Sign With Spinefarm Records, New Album In 2015 24.10

Good news for Wolfheart as the band just signed with Spinefarm Records. We already knew that Tuomas Saukkonen's new band was recording their next album. Now we know that the new opus, titled Shadow World, is due out in mid-2015 and Spinefarm Records will also re-release their 2013 debut, Winterborn, with two additional bonus tracks on February 3rd of next year. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Battle Beast - New Album Details Unveiled 24.10

Heavy metallers Battle Beast have been working this year to release the successor of their self-titled album which was released in 2013. The new album, entitled Unholy Savior, will be out on January 9th, 2015 in Europe and January 15th, 2015 in the US via Nuclear Blast. So better mark your calendars folks! Meanwhile, feast your eyes on the cover below and find out more about this record. (by ManiacBlasphemer)   Read more ››
 
Cavalera Conspiracy - New Video Released 24.10

Thrash metallers Cavalera Conspiracy will soon drop their newest effort Pandemonium on October 31st (Europe) and November 4th in North America through Napalm Records. However, before getting your hands on their newest release, the band released a new video for the song "Babylonian Pandemonium," which is now available below for your viewing pleasure. (by ManiacBlasphemer)   Read more ››
 
Conan, Pallbearer, Yob: two nights of Sludge & Doom in Toulouse 24.10

... "Well, if Soyuz Bear were heavy, Conan were HEAVY." ... "I was really curious to see what Pallbearer were all about. And I was impressed." ... "Ahh, finally seeing Yob live!" (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
 
FRA, Toulouse - Entombed A.D. & Grave: Back To The Front European Tour 2014 18.10

A pure Swedish death metal evening, with Entombed A.D. - that's the LG Petrov fronted version of Entombed - as headliner? Count me in! (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
 
Getting Stoked: 70000 Tons Of Metal 2015 - The Destination 15.10

In a couple of months, the end of January 2015 to be exact, 70000 Tons Of Metal, the annual - The Original - music cruise will set sail once again. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
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Zao - Awake? (2009)

Call me picky if you like, but there's no doubt there's a very fine line between great harsh/death vocals and a man with no talent screaming into the microphone. Get it right, and you'll be hailed but get it wrong and it'll be worse than bad noise. I hate going on about it, but for me, if a vocalist is awful then I'll instantly disregard the band and listen to something more worthwhile. Like I heard one band say, "Death vocals only work if the vocalist really feels... (by itsjoeymoose)   Read more ››

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