Pensées Nocturnes - À Boire Et À Manger
Review by BitterCOld
When last we left Pensées Nocturnes, I likened my experience listening to Nom D'une Pipe! to two drunks wandering home after a bender. At times happy for the company as our paths crossed. At others happy to be free of each other's idiosyncrasies as our paths diverged. Amusingly their latest, A Boire Et A Manger, translates* to "You won't lack for food or drink."


Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä
Review by Apothecary
It is happening again, here and now. After sailing on the outer regions of the Kuiper belt, and interacting with several extraterrestrial species who could impart new wisdom to them, Oranssi Pazuzu have arrived back on Terra, eager to apply this fresh knowledge to their music. What did the words of those ice giants from beyond Neptune contribute to their new sound? What about the teachings of the Tsuthians, the 9 foot tall gas ghosts who speak only in hisses? Listen carefully, ye carbon-based life forms, and Värähtelijä shall unveil the answers.


Dream Theater - The Astonishing
Review by Demonic Tutor
One of the pioneering bands of progressive metal, the iconic Dream Theater, unleashed their new opus at the end of January. As is the case with all their releases, The Astonishing is going to draw all kinds of comments from "this is the worst thing ever" to "album of the year material". One thing is for certain, with more than 2 hours of music, their latest record is an demanding listen drawing inspiration from many musical and...


Vulturium Memoriae - Nato Per Ragioni Ignote
Review by Apothecary
How does one break boundaries in music, exactly, or in any art form for that matter? Sometimes it seems so complicated that the answer eludes our grasps entirely, but at the end of the day it really just boils down to one simple rule: be unafraid.


Sunburst - Fragments Of Creation
Review by Demonic Tutor
When I saw that a new band was opening up their first album with a track called "Out of the World", I figured they needed the chops to back it up. The band Sunburst from Larissa, Greece convinced me within twenty seconds. Their brand of progressive power metal had me on board so fast I can already tell you this is going to be an album of the year contender for 2016. It is that simple. Why? Imagine the good parts of Dream Theater music...


Sunrise - Absolute Clarity
Review by Belegûr
There's not an awful lot to discuss when it comes to Absolute Clarity, the latest release from Ukrainian band Sunrise. This is fast and melodic metal heavily inspired by the likes of Sonata Arctica and Stratovarius. Many bands take influence from two of the biggest acts in the genre, but few manage to do it with this much precision.


Signum Regis - Chapter IV: The Reckoning
Review by Belegûr
The European power metal scene is chock-full of average bands. I've reviewed some myself and Signum Regis did seem like another one after I listened to Chapter IV: The Reckoning for the first time. However, after each subsequent listen, I started to appreciate it a lot more. No this isn't top tier power metal and it makes the same mistakes that so many other forgettable acts in the genre make, but it does get a lot right.


Wildernessking - Mystical Future
Review by Windrider
After years of keeping the tension high with promising EPs, Wildernessking finally enlighten our new year with their long awaited second full-length, entitled Mystical Future. The South African gang amazed me back in the year 2012 when I did one of my very first official reviews here and just like me (insert stupidly grinning face here), they stay true to their roots. Because outside my cosmos they are probably not as big as Metallica or Iron Maiden, let it be said that Wildernessking play a modern, progressive style of black metal, atmospheric, yet technically demanding.


Supported event

Nightwish: North American Tour 2016

USA, Colorado Springs, CO (City Auditorium)
15 March 2016

Sonata Arctica
Staff pick
Hands Of Despair - Bereft
Progressive Death/Black?

Five years later, these guys are as good as before (or the one guy who is the mastermind behind this project), or perhaps even better. "Bereft" is so varied, that it should satisfy fans of quite a few metal genres.

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Following the release of the EP Termination Redux, brutal gore death metallers Aborted have just revealed the first details regarding their new album. Retrogore will bring more brutality from the Belgian unit and you can now take a look at the pure horror of the cover artwork available below. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Cannibal Corpse - Reissue Classic Albums On Vinyl 13.02

Here's something for vinyl enthusiasts. After releasing their latest output A Skeletal Domain, Florida-based death metallers Cannibal Corpse are going back in time to commemorate some classic titles: Butchered At Birth, Eaten Back To Life, The Bleeding, Vile and Tomb Of The Mutilated. As part of the Metal Blade Classics series, these albums are now available on vinyl in limited quantities at this location. An exclusive poster is also included with each LP. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Korpiklaani - Announce First DVD And Live CD 13.02

The first live release from Korpiklaani is coming. The folk metallers announced that they are currently working on their first ever DVD release! The DVD will contain exclusive live footage filmed across two shows in 2015, with more live footage due to be filmed this year. A live CD will also accompany the release. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Mourning Beloveth - Share New Video 13.02

Irish death/doom masters Mourning Beloveth have shared a new video online for the track ''A Terrible Beauty Is Born''. This track appears on their latest album Rust & Bone, which you can still listen to via Bandcamp. The song's lyrics are taken from W. B. Yeats' poem "Easter 1916." Viewer discretion is advised by the band. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Suicidal Angels - New Album Announced 13.02

The new album of Greek thrash metal tank Suicidal Angels, will be entitled Division Of Blood, it has been announced. The follow up to their acclaimed 2014 album, Divide And Conquer, will be released on May 27th, 2016 via NoiseArt Records. The cover artwork was created by acclaimed artist Ed Repka (Megadeth, Death, Municipal Waste) and you can feast your eyes on it below. Stay tuned for more info on the record. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
A Year In Metal - 2015: Highlights Through The Eyes Of The MS Staff, Elites & Official Contributors 13.01

Since the Metal Storm Awards are upon us, here are the highlights of some of our Jedi Knights, Padawans and Younglings hmmm, and even a Sith Lord gave his input. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
The Lost Concert Files - Various Stuff From 2015 11.01

Too little - too late, but here it is nevertheless. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
Black Metal MMXVI: How We Got Here, And Where We're Going 04.01

When one takes the past 15 years into account, perhaps no other subgenre of metal has expanded and diversified to the point and the manner in which which black metal has. Emerging from a tight circle of orthodoxy, this child in the metal family now seems bent on branching out in every possible direction, and incorporating every stylistic influence it can get its hands on. But how did it reach this point? And what does this current atmosphere of innovation and rule breaking mean for the future of black metal as a whole? Let's find out. (by Apothecary)   Read more ››
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Prong - Power Of The Damager (2007)

Tommy Victor is a friend of Al Jourgensen and Tommy Victor is like a real official member of Ministry now. But Tommy also plays in a famous American combo, Prong. "Power Of The Damager" is their new album and as always with the band, you'll be able to listen to some good old mix of modern powerful Thrash mixed with industrial rhythms and sonorities. It's not Ministry too, Prong is a Thrash Metal band first but the rhythm of all their songs are really mechanics and on a side "binary"... (by Jeff)   Read more ››

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