Acid King - Middle Of Nowhere, Center Of Everywhere
Review by BitterCOld
7.6
Retro-sounding female fronted psychedelic stoner doom… but before you dismiss them as another Janey Come Lately, do realize Acid King have been kicking out the jams for more than 20 years.

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Heidevolk - Velua
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
7.0
Though co-lead vocalist Joris Boghtdrincker departed from Heidevolk a couple of years ago, they could not in good conscience abandon their trademark vocal harmonies, and so the barrel-chested tag-team remains intact with the new addition of Lars Vogel. At least their signature sound hasn't changed with the line-up, but Velua is a very slow starter.

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Skyforger - Senprūsija
Review by deadone
8.0
To be honest I had some reservations reviewing a folk black metal band. Given that the closest I get to either genres is Bathory one can understand my trepidation. Then to my surprise it turns out Skyforger's new album Sensprūsija offers a more multifaceted approach including large chunks of heavy and thrash metal circa 1988!

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Santo Rostro - II: The Bleed
Review by BitterCOld
7.8
"Spanish bongs in Andalucia… Stoner jams rawk balls for 39" minutes*. Pardon the intro. If it makes sense to you, you earn dos puntos frescos. If not, be sure to check out The Clash… but only after getting sonically plowed by Santo Rostro.

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Three Steps To The Ocean - Migration Light
Review by tea[m]ster
8.4
Three Steps To The Ocean are a four-piece instrumental band from Italy. They have been around for quite a while, having released three records since 2007. They play a specific style of atmospheric post rock/metal with some sludge, doom and experimental touches. Migration Light is the fourth title in their catalog, continuing what has been one of more remarkable "fly under the radar" kind of rides I have ever seen. It's been a very secretive trudge through the desensitized network of post rock/metal for Three Steps To The Ocean, and they may be one of the best bands doing it that you've never heard of.

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Six Feet Under - Crypt Of The Devil
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
3.0
Chris Barnes ruins everything.

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Sorcerer - In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.0
Crawling out of the depths of history come Sorcerer, the Swedish epic doom band whose story is similar to that of recent successes Hell; they came into being back in 1988, but disintegrated shortly, leaving only a handful of demos and compilations to trickle out periodically over the decades. In 2010, vocalist Anders Engberg and bassist Johnny Hagel resurrected the band with some new blood, eventually getting around to recording a proper album. It might be 27 years overdue, but In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross constitutes Sorcerer's official full-length debut; unlike Hell, however, Sorcerer have chosen to let their old demos stand as they are, opting instead to fill their first true album with all-new material.

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The Gentle Storm - The Diary
Review by Ivor
 
A full-album collaboration between Anneke and Arjen is something that's been eagerly anticipated ever since Anneke sang the part of Egyptian in Ayreon's Into the Electric Castle, which features probably one of the most emotional and beautiful Ayreon tunes ever written with her on vocals: the folkish "The Valley of the Queens." That was about 17 years ago, give or take. Apart from another appearance close to 10 years later, you could say that something like The Gentle Storm is long overdue.

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Supported event

Nightwish: North American Tour 2015

USA, San Francisco, CA (Warfield Theatre)
28 April 2015

Nightwish
Delain
Sabaton
Staff pick
Dødheimsgard - A Umbra Omega
Avant-garde black with an industrial touch

If you haven't heard it yet, you're missing out. Dødheimsgard raise the creativity bar for experimental bands everywhere. Call it avant-garde, call it black, call it industrial, or call it post. This is a musical milestone that combines Dødheimsgard's unique extreme sound with a wide variety of influences and an unequalled vocalist duo. If metal is more for you than melodic riffs and blast beats, this is your album.

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Ensiferum & Korpiklaani - Concert Ticket Giveaway 19.04

Planning on going to watch Ensiferum, Korpiklaani and Trollfest in California next month? (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Tribulation - Reveal New Video 21.04

"Strange Gateways Beckon", the new official music video from Swedes Tribulation, is now exclusively available for streaming through the YouTube down under. The track is taken off the group's newest album, The Children Of The Night, out from yesterday in Europe (and today in North America) through Century Media Records. Check it out, now! (by Pazdzioch)   Read more ››
 
Shape Of Despair - Stream New Track, Album Cover Unveiled 21.04

More than a decade later, Finnish funeral doomsters Shape Of Despair are releasing a follow-up to Illusion's Play. And today is a big day because they are streaming the new song "Monotony Fields", taken from the new Shape Of Despair album of the same name. Also today, the band revealed the album cover art and tracklist. So you can take a look at all of that good stuff below. As for the music, enjoy it here. It's a 10-minute song to whet your appetite. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Bell Witch - Entire New Album Streaming Online 21.04

Here is some funeral doom metal for you delivered by Bell Witch. The Americans are releasing their second album Four Phantoms on the 28th of April via Profound Lore Records. Before that, you can stream the entire piece at this location and see if you like it. Did you enjoy the album and would you recommend it? (by Pazdzioch)   Read more ››
 
Irreversible - Release Final Album And Disband 21.04

Sad news for post-metal fans all over the world; Irreversible have decided to lay their arms to rest. However, they decided to release a final, self-titled album (out on April 20th), so it is not all tears. Below is the message from their Facebook page. The album can be downloaded for name-your-price at their Bandcamp page where you can also listen to it. (by Kuroboshi)   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 ››
 
Getting Into: Manowar 29.03

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. Manowar Heavy/power metal USA Manowar helped kick off the American power metal scene back in the '80s with their self-referential bombast and overdriven melodic metal. While their fame stems as much from their seemingly-blissful goofiness (and… 'memorable' artwork) as from their... (by ScreamingSteelUS)   Read more ››
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Excalion - Waterlines (2007)

"Waterlines" is the second album of the young Finnish combo Excalion. Their first release, "Primal Exhale", released on the label Sound Riot was a good but not original at all beginning. The album was not bad, it was well done but its lack of originality and inspiration were so high that it was simply average in the end. With "Waterlines", Excalion is improving; the band failed to do something original one more time but that's better for sure and it's not surprising... (by Jeff)   Read more ››

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"Rock You Like A Hurricane" is played before the start of Carolina Hurricanes hockey games as the team takes the ice. The song is also is the unofficial spirit song of the University of Miami's football team "The Hurricanes", which is played at every football game. "Rock You Like A Hurricane" is also used in one of the episodes of The Simpsons. In the episode Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming, The Simpsons attend an air show and the song gets played as the planes fly over their heads.

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