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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Vesania - Deus Ex Machina
Review by D.T. Metal
8.8
Recently signed to Metal Blade Records and after a drought of seven long years, the Polish symphonic blackmetalers Vesania are on the verge of releasing Deus Ex Machina, their fourth full-length album in seventeen some years of existence. Was the long wait worth it though?

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Vanir - The Glorious Dead
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
7.4
Fans, purists, didacts, and passers-by with too much time on their hands love a good argument about which bands might accurately be labeled "Viking metal" (as if it were a real genre). With their blend of death, black, and folk metal, the Danish Vanir probably have a better shot at the title than most.

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Lunatic Soul - Walking On A Flashlight Beam
Review by Introspekrieg
8.7
This is what I need. Music designed for introverts. With such a minimalist sound, every intonation becomes important. You listen carefully.

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The Sabbathian - Ritual Rites [EP]
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.7
This album sounds as if it were recorded in a daze - but was it the visionary purple haziness of a mystical psychedelic journey, the perception-altering horror of a satanic ritual, or the low-fidelity first fumblings of a young and raw band? Perhaps all three.

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Stone Division - Six Indifferent Places
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
4.9
Holy Nickelback, Batman. This is going to be a bumpy ride. Right off the bat we're greeted with the latest hard rock singer to stamp his best James Hetfield impersonation over four minutes of riff. It's like listening to an audition for the next Godsmack.

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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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Ghost Brigade - Stream New Song 20.10

Finnish alternative/post-metallers Ghost Brigade have recently released the song "Aurora" off their new album IV - One With The Storm that will be released on November 7th (November 11th in North America) 2014 via Season Of Mist. You can enjoy it right here. Tell us about your impressions. The band had previously shared two new songs "The Knife" and "Electra Complex" which are still available for streaming here. Also if you want to catch them live, check out the upcoming European tour dates at this location. (by Pazdzioch)   Read more ››
 
At The Gates - Announced For Decibel Tour With Converge 20.10

Here's some good news for At The Gates fans in North America. The fourth installment of the Decibel Magazine Tour just confirmed the Swedish melodeath legends who will join forces with U.S. hardcore heroes Converge and U.K. death/doom supergroup Vallenfyre, with yet one more very special opener to be announced this December. Is that enough to get you excited? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Crowbar - New Video Online 20.10

"Symmetry In White" is the new video from New Orleans sludge metal veterans Crowbar, which was released today and can be seen below. The clip was helmed by Mike Holderbeast of Cement Level Studios (Goatwhore, High On Fire, Eyehategod), who previously directed the band's video for the track "Walk With Knowledge Wisely". You can expect to see Kirk Windstein as a minister and creepy nuns. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Haken - Streaming New Song, Launch Contest 20.10

Do you have 20 minutes to hear some music? That's all it will take for you to listen to Haken's new song. The London-based progressive metallers have launched a stream of the longest track on the upcoming EP Restoration, which is "Crystallised," as well as a competition to win a signed copy of the vinyl EP, a t-shirt and a poster. As for the new song, hear the tune below which features guest appearances by guitarist Pete Rinaldi (Headspace) and drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater). (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Centinex - Premiere New Song 20.10

Swedish death metallers Centinex have just premiered another new track entitled "Death Glance" and you can check it through the Soundcloud player below. Was it any good? The song is taken from their upcoming new album Redeeming Filth which will see the light of day on November 21st in Europe and on December 9th in North America via Agonia Records. (by Pazdzioch)   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! First off, I have to warn you. It's been a while since I last shoot concert pics in a venue with my old compact camera, and the resulting pics show I'm rusty, with my outdated material. So, don't expect anything great, the photos are just here for a basic illustrative purpose. Anyway, off with the ramblings. The Dynamo venue (a great little concert bar in the center of Toulouse) was almost packed (that's 300 odd people), even with a heavy... (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 ››
 
Within Temptation, Amaranthe - Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO USA - 28 Sep 2014 14.10

Within Temptation and Amaranthe, who just finished their North America Tour, made a stop in Colorado as well and since yours truly was in attendance, below are some of the highlights of the show. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
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Thee Orakle - Smooth Comforts False (2012)

The silent noise of breaking dreams... hits violently the soul. 2012 has brought many good releases from Portuguese bands so far. There must be something in the water. Smooth Comforts False also drank from the same fountain of inspiration and Thee Orakle is a very young band too; reaching maturity with your second album is not a bad growth curve. It can be said that with this new release, they have somehow freed themselves creatively even though essentially combining two worlds. At the core of... (by BloodTears)   Read more ››

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