Iron Maiden - The Book Of Souls
Review by D.T. Metal
8.9
The cat is out of the bag - Iron Maiden dropped their 16th Studio Album today. Opus - such an overused word, and while other bands affectionately call their latest effort just that, the Brits literally delivered one with The Book Of Souls.

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Paradise Lost - The Plague Within
Review by Windrider
8.7
You know an album is good when you can experience a moment of „wow" in almost every song. You know an album is great when you experience this even after multiple listens. Paradise Lost managed to craft such an album (once again) and named it The Plague Within. You all know this band, they play in the highest league of doom and gothic metal and the only question remaining from year to year is if they can take the cake in their genre. In fact, they're like one of those big football (European here) teams where it's only about which of the first few places they will be in by the end of the season.

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Ghost - Meliora
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.5
Ghost sprang almost immediately from obscurity to a much more lucrative obscurity, now playfully shirking attention while glorying in the praises of the metal media. Well, by now we're onto them; we know their influences, we know their imagery, we know what they're all about, and maybe we aren't so hornswoggled by the spectacle anymore. How have they managed to build on their success?

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Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster - Wires/Dream\Wires
Review by BitterCOld
8.0
Sometimes life is full of surprises. About a month ago, after a long three and a half year run, I deleted Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster's Exegesis off my space-deprived iPhone to make way for albums to be reviewed. Not one week passes when out of the blue Tom emails me and asks if I want to review their newest album. Needless to say I jumped at the chance. Wires/Dream\Wires see the band returning after three years off pretty much in...

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Tristana - Virtual Crime
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
5.9
First off, this is not Tristania, the beloved Norwegian gothic band. It's also not Tristana, the 1970 Luis Buñuel film. I know, that's what I thought, too. This is Tristana, the reportedly reputable Slovakian hard rock/alternative metal band. Not to start this off on the wrong foot or anything, but I suspect that your time would be better spent pursuing one of the former two.

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Maruta - Remain Dystopian
Review by Mr. Doctor
7.7
The reason I suck at reviewing albums isn't (only) because I'm goddamn lazy. It's because albums like Remain Dystopian leave me speechless.

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Motörhead - Bad Magic
Review by D.T. Metal
9.2
Motörhead - no introduction needed. The band has been around longer than most people who will read this review have been alive. And with Bad Magic, the 22nd Long Player in their massive discography, they once again proved why they have been around for that long.

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Amorphis - Under The Red Cloud
Review by Demonic Tutor
8.8
Amorphis is one of the sure values coming out of Finland. Everybody knows (or should know) their early history as a melodic death band. 1994's Tales From The Thousand Lakes remains to this day a classic album. These musicians have been together over 10 years with their current lineup. Emblematic singer Tomi Joutsen was the last piece of the puzzle that led them to a trailblazing second career that started in 2005 with the release of Eclipse....

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Staff pick
Ahab - The Boats Of The Glen Carrig
Duh, doom.

Ahab are constantly evolving . Every album adds something new to their repertoire. In this (theoretically) confined genre Ahab always finds another way to surprise us, another direction towards which to push the genre. The Boats of the Glen Carrig might be the most brilliant facet of this gem that is Ahab.

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Slayer - New Song Available For Streaming And Download 05.09

Shortly after they unveiled the track "Cast The First Stone", thrash titans Slayer have more to share with their fans. Listen to the brand new song "You Against You" below from the forthcoming studio album ‪Repentless, out next Friday! Also, you can download the song (the first 15,000 fans) over here. Do you like it? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Epica - Coen Janssen Sits Out Upcoming Tour 05.09

Epica will be playing without their long time keyboardist Coen Janssen on their upcoming North American tour. Coen has revealed that the reason is his wife was diagnosed with cancer. It is still unclear who will fill in for Coen at this time, but Epica promised the tour will go as planned. Coen should return to the stage with them in October. We wish his wife, Linda, a full recovery. (by Kais)   Read more ››
 
Grave - New Album Artwork Revealed 05.09

Swedish death metal veterans Grave have been preparing their new album, entitled Out Of Respect For The Dead. While the album will be out worldwide on the 16th of October 2015 via Century Media Records, the eerie artwork has now been revealed. It was again done by Costin Chioreanu, who has been responsible for the band's last three albums artworks as well as the Morbid Ascent EP. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Motörhead - More Gigs Cancelled 05.09

Motörhead's current North American tour is still not running smoothly. Because of frontman Lemmy Kilmister health issues, the metallers have had to cancel their Dallas and Houston appearances as well. Saxon still played in each city. Lemmy fully intends to resume touring duties as, and when, his doctors give him the all-clear. So, it is still unclear whether or not Motörhead will perform on the next shows on the tour. Keep an eye on the band's official websites for regular updates on that. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Monster Magnet - Premiere New Lyric Video 05.09

American stoners Monster Magnet have posted a new lyric video online for the track "Watch Me Fade". You can see it below. It comes from band's upcoming release Cobras And Fire (The Mastermind Redux), out on October 9th via Napalm Records. On this release, you will find a re-imagining of material from 2010's Mastermind. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Progventure Part 10: Night Of The Prog X, Loreley, Germany, 17-19.07.2015 18.08

On the mesmerizing banks of the river Rhein, on the top of a huge rock called Loreley, Night of the Prog celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. For the first time it spanned three days over the weekend bringing listeners 21 bands in total. Too few, you say? Given only one stage, it's more like 21 individual full concerts in a row - a speciality of the event that is becoming a must-visit summer festival for anyone into prog. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
 
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 5 Issue #3 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 24.07

Is independent, unsigned, and underground metal what you seek? Weary traveller 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 Neck Of The Woods, Venom Prison, Shrine Of The Serpent, Concatenatus, Criminology & Geist. (by Nefarious, BloodTears, Ilham, Abattoir, Mr. Doctor)   Read more ››
 
Hard Rock Laager 2015 - Vana-Vigala, Estonia, 03-04.07.2015 13.07

It's been so long since the last time I was at Hard Rock Laager. It's, to put it bluntly, quite embarrassing. When I looked it up, it turned out that I have skipped 6 editions. It's surprisingly 2 less than I initially thought, though. The reasons have varied from Hellfests to conflicting schedules, as well as the lack of interest for any particular line-up, and laziness. In those skipped editions I only really regret missing Trail Of Tears and I didn't intend to repeat this mistake with Threshold. And being there again, it felt like a homecoming. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
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Lunar Path - Memento Mori (2012)

Rating in words: Cutting a huge meal into many small slices will still leave you uncomfortably full when it is consumed. But if it is your favorite dish, it's worth it. (I know it doesn't make sense now, but keep on reading!) Last year's releases from Autumn and Cardamon were a refreshment for the female vocal enthusiasts last year, because they didn't represent anything overly symphonic, operatic vocals, dramatic themes or just about anything stereotypically tied with having... (by MoraWintersoul)   Read more ››

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Aesma Daeva

The name album "Dawn Of The New Athens" title originates from the Arthur C Clarke novel Childhoods End. New Athens - a colony without struggle,anger, righteous indignation, rage, produced no creative works thus by killing its self off.
The album's title was an acknowledgement of the new line up but also of the strife and frustration that led to the aggressive and mystical output of songs on the album.

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