Metallica - Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
6.7
Is Metallica back? Nah. Is Metallica less gone? Yeah, sure.

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Dawn On Sedna - Our Sky Has Changed
Review by BitterCOld
8.0
Dawn On Sedna are a post-metal act hailing from Viareggio, Tuscany, Italy. So I'm going to take the easy way out and use food metaphors to describe the album. Lazy on my part? Sure. But Italian food is great, and so is this album.

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Dark Tranquillity - Atoma
Review by Darkside Momo
 
Dark Tranquillity, season 11. Three years ago we had Construct, a so-so album - a mostly failed experiment at redefining themselves. Sure, these last few years haven't been easy on DT as far as line-up was concerned, particularly 2016 with the departure of founding member Martin Henriksson.

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Negură Bunget - ZI
Review by Apothecary
8.0
One of the unquestionable masterpieces of Romanian black metal, and indeed black metal as a whole, would have to be Negură Bunget's OM. As things would turn out for the band however, not long after crafting this masterpiece, some of the chief architects of its sound would depart, leaving the group's future murky and uncertain. After several attempts to regain some momentum and craft a capable new identity for themselves, it seems as though Negură Bunget are finally doing so with ZI.

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Urfaust - Empty Space Meditation
Review by Apothecary
8.5
It's that time of the year again. Leaves are dying. Days are getting shorter. The line between the living and the dead grows thinner. And few can provide a better, more fitting soundtrack for this shadowy, ethereal atmosphere than the mighty Urfaust.

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Horizon Of The Mute - Trobar Clus
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.0
One minute I'm naming Saattue's Kärsimysnäytelmä my current doom album of the year, the next I'm stumbling into the eerie pit of despair that is Trobar Clus. Even with the breakup of 0 X í S T, 2016 has been a good year for Jani Koskela.

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Blood Red Throne - Union Of Flesh And Machine
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
7.7
Basically Just Death Metal™: now with 100% more death metal.

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Saor - Guardians
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.4
Bracing winds blow heavy mists across the ancient hillocks, vertebrae of soil trodden and venerated over millennia rising and falling like waves. Distant crows balefully cast their distinctive, corvine calls toward daybreak. Slowly, the weary earth awakens from its slumber. Cloistered somewhere in the verdant valley, bagpipes skirl into life, and the song begins anew. Saor returns.

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Various Artists - 5 Years Of Doom And Dark Sounds
Various Artists, various genres

A great comp, mixing in some of my fave Discos Macarras artists (Tort, Santo Rostro), newer faves (Rosy Finch) and new tunes (well, to me) altogether. Love what DM has been putting out and this is a great starting point to check out their stable.

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Guns N' Roses - Announce European And N. American Shows 05.12

The resurgent Guns N' Roses and their successful Not In This Lifetime Tour continue to show no signs of slowing down as they storm into 2017 with more than 30 stadium shows lined up across Europe and North America. Starting on May 27th, 2017 at Dublin's Slane Castle, the just announced tour will hit 18 more cities across the UK and Europe. Following the European leg of the tour, Guns N' Roses will return to North America for even more stadium dates starting on July 27th at the Dome At America's Center in St. Louis, MO and then move along to 15 more cities across the US and Canada.... (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Barren Earth - New Album In The Works 05.12

If you were hoping for a new Barren Earth album, your wish has been granted! The progressive melodic death metallers from Finland have shared good news recently as they begin the pre-production stages of a new record. For now, the group has shared some pictures from the process. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Suffocation - In The Studio 05.12

Suffocation are hard at work on their new album! The brutal death metallers are tracking the follow-up to 2013's Pinnacle Of Bedlam. You can start preparing for a new Suffocation album. The band is recording at Full Force Studio with more details expected soon. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Moab - Drummer Passes Away 05.12

American stoners Moab just lost the band's drummer Erik Herzog. The band has been recording a new album to follow their latest Billow (2014) but now faces a huge loss. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Nidingr - New Song Streaming Online 05.12

After recently announcing their fourth full-length, The High Heat Licks Against Heaven, Nidingr have now shared a bit of the music from it. The first new single from the Norwegian metallers is called "Surtr". It's a 3-minute track and should be enough to whet your appetite. The album drops on the 10th of February, 2017 via Season Of Mist. (by Paz)   Read more ››
 
Getting Into: Maximum The Hormone 29.11

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. Maximum The Hormone Hardcore, alternative metal, nu metal, J-rock, punk Japan Maximum The Hormone is a band of contrasts: jovial pop-punk choruses and screeching, metallic verses; groovy, percussive beatdowns and free-spirited rock'n'roll sing-alongs; crude, colorful humor and periodic... (by ScreamingSteelUS)   Read more ››
 
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 6 Issue #5 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 09.11

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 Keychain, Beyond Forgiveness, Third Island, Devil Electric, Lord Mountain & Sisters Of Suffocation. (by Nefarious, Susan, BloodTears, Abattoir)   Read more ››
 
Black Mountain - Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland, 30.10.2016 08.11

Black Mountain reappeared in my world sometime this spring around the beginning of April, when their new album, IV, was released. I knew and appreciated the band in the past, but the six-year gap between the releases sort of phased it out for me. Nevertheless, IV stormed my playlists and stuck to the top, hence it was only a matter of pulling myself together when I found out to my surprise that this Canadian quintet was doing a show in Helsinki. It's not exactly in my backyard, but, all things considered, is still a reasonable distance away with an overnight stay. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
 
Fen 11.11

Bad English: Hi, and thank you for doing this interview with us at Metal Storm. Could you introduce yourself and tell us about your musical background? How did you become a metalhead and what music do you listen to on your own time? Frank Allain: The simple answer to this question is the Whitesnake album 1987. My father put this on in the car when I was about 12 or 13 years old and it simply blew my world apart. I'd heard NOTHING like it up until that point - the weight of the riffs, the mysteriousness of the keyboards and the power of the vocals. It's a testament to the strength of... (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Anciients - Voice Of The Void (SBS) 31.10

Susan: What was the band's initial vision with Voice Of The Void and how does that differ from what you created in the end? Kenny: We basically just wanted to try and write a great record, we didn't have a concept for the album at the time the music was being written for Voice Of The Void, other than, wanting it to be somewhat of a continuation of the foundations we had built on Heart Of Oak. I think we definitely have included a lot of the aspects of our sound on this new record, but the songs focus more on the heavier parts of the last album as opposed to the more classic rock vibes... (by Susan)   Read more ››
 
Saor 26.10

Bad English: Hi, and thank you for doing this interview with us at Metal Storm. Andy Marshall: Thanks! BE: Can you introduce yourself and tell us about your musical background? How did you become a metalhead and what music do you listen to on your own time? AM: I grew up listening to a lot of different rock and metal bands in High School. I got my first guitar when I was about 12/13 I think. I started jamming with friends in a local studio, nothing serious, just playing covers and goofing around. I properly started writing and recording music in my late teens, when I was about 16 or 17. I played... (by Bad English)   Read more ››
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Arcana Coelestia - Le Mirage De L'Idéal (2009)

Heavy Metal has always had its fair share of occult themed bands and concept albums, with varying degrees of quality. Ridiculous and laughable, mesmerizing and haunting, and everything in between. There's always been a fair share of conceptual madness to our favourite music style, too, and it are exactly these two factors that Arcana Coelestia ('Heavenly Secrets' in Latin) combine on their genre-transcending Le Mirage De L'Idéal. With a story based on the Swedish writer... (by Lucas)   Read more ››

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Lord Worm left the band in 1997 to become an English teacher, more specifically to teach it as a second language to adults, but returned in November of 2003. However, he left Cryptopsy again in April 2007 for health reasons.

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