Ordinance (FIN) - Relinquishment
Review by Doc Godin
"Batshit insanity." No year in metal is complete without at least one album that can justify that description in one way or another. While maybe not as great as say, Smohalla's Resilience or Lurk's self-titled debut when it comes to lunacy, Ordinance really deserve a few points for coming pretty damn close.


Amaranthe - Massive Addictive
Review by Ivor
Having shelved the release of the biography box it seems that Amaranthe have decided to ride the creative wave instead, leaving them less than two years between studio albums. The question is not so much whether this album sounds distinctively Amaranthe or not; it unmistakeably does. The real question is whether the band can hold their promise of stepping away from the path of non-evolution by being both bold and fresh.


Viathyn - Cynosure
Review by Doc Godin
In the album reviewin' game, it's pretty common to review a solid band on their debut, only to see them disappear into the night. I guess that's reflective of the music business in general; maintaining a working band is difficult. It's like a five-way marriage...except with musicians, so your spouses are twice as moody and thrice as entitled. But I digress, the point I'm getting at is it's nice to see a band hold it together and return after four years making solid steps forward with their follow-up. Welcome back, Viathyn.


Threshold - For The Journey
Review by Introspekrieg
"Did you find what you're looking for?"


Alunah - Awakening The Forest
Review by R'Vannith
Alunah have run the gamut of stoner doom metal across their studio recordings. Or perhaps lumber the gamut is a more appropriate way to put it, and their third album finds them at their most unbowed and traditionally doom delivering. To a style such as theirs the concept of "new" seems disingenuous as their identity here depends on a personalised refurbishment of sounds old and slow. Vocally heralding such devotion, the first four lyrical utterances of the record determine the band's most distinguishing feature; "There was a lady."


Sunn O))) - Soused [Collaboration]
Review by Apothecary
So Sunn O))) seem to have been taking a liking to collaborations as of late. This in itself is not a bad thing, as Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley have already proven themselves as versatile musicians capable of adapting their sound on multiple occasions. This time around, however, the duo chose to work with Avantgarde musician Scott Walker, the results of which were unfortunately a bit like mixing oil with water.


Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out
Review by tea[m]ster
Who exactly are the "Big 4" of thrash metal is a highly debated topic among metal music veterans for what seems now all of eternity. Everyone can agree with Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer but the fourth band gets a bit tricky depending on who you ask.


Horn Of The Rhino - Summoning Deliverance
Review by Apothecary
Horn Of The Rhino have a special place in my heart as probably the one band that was most responsible for getting me into sludge. Three years ago when I was just a mindless n00b into little other than thrash and tech death, it was this Spanish trio that won me over with their bulldozing riffs and clever application of the "less is more" formula. Summoning Deliverance, the band's latest effort, is a stark reminder that although Horn Of The Rhino may be comparatively unknown within their style, they're definitely one of its more powerful bands.


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Kruger & Coilguns: Euro Fall Tour 2014

France, Toulouse (La Dynamo)
22 October 2014

Ensiferum - Nearing Completion On Recording New Album 30.09

Ensiferum have been locked away in Astia Studio in Lappeenranta in Finland with producer Anssi Kippo for three weeks. Drums, bass and most of the guitar parts have been recorded for their new album which is tentatively scheduled for release worldwide on Metal Blade Records in early 2015. At the end of last week, guest musician Timo Väänänen tracked some takes with his kantele (see below), and over the weekend, vocalist Petri Lindroos began tracking vocals. It's almost done. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Falls Of Rauros - Streaming New Album 30.09

After their split with Panopticon, American folk/atmospheric black metallers Falls Of Rauros are about to release a new opus called Believe In No Coming Shore. If you still haven't listened to it, do yourself a favour and hear it right now through the widget below. After you do, share your impressions of the album. Did you enjoy it? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Devin Townsend - Launches ZTV And New Ziltoid Site 30.09

It's happening, folks. ZTV is now a thing! Devin Townsend has announced the launch of ZTV, a brand new video series starring the inimitable Ziltoid, as well as a brand new interactive site dedicated to him. Following on the announcement of the impending Z² double-album, due for release on the 27th October 2014 in Europe and 28th October 2014 in the US, the newest glimpse into the Ziltoid story can be viewed here (high-res version recommended!). Go check out the new website, watch the ZTV Episode 1 and let us know what you think. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Enslaved - Enter Studio To Record 13th Album 30.09

Earlier this year, Enslaved began working on their next album after they released RIITIIR back in 2012. The thirteenth studio installment by the Norway's progressive extreme metallers is now underway as the recording process has started. What do you expect from the new album? (by Clintagram)   Read more ››
Godflesh - Entire New Album Streaming Online 30.09

The full-length comeback of Godflesh is here. A World Lit Only by Fire comes out October 7th via the band's own Avalanche Recordings, but you can hear the whole album streaming at NPR. Listen to it and leave us a comment about the album below. (by qlacs)   Read more ››
Arsis, Exmortus - Moon Room, Denver, USA - 23 Sep 2014 27.09

I haven't been to a show in what felt like forever, and going to the much smaller Moon Room (which is just the bar area of the Summit Music Hall) seemed a nice way to ease myself back into the swing of things. Ease yah right. My ass got kicked that night; my 'musical ass' that is. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 4 Issue #3 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 19.09

Is independent, unsigned, and underground metal what you seek? Weary traveler 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 Raum Kingdom, Kali, Torrid Husk, Fever Sea, Myopic and Wild Throne. (by Nefarious, Troy Killjoy, Abattoir)   Read more ››
Progventure Part 9: Green Carnation - Another Night Under The Dam, Åseral, Norway, 31.07.2014 01.09

It seems that my Progventure prog searching trips are not only a convenient excuse to travel new places, or more often the only way of seeing bands I like I wouldn't otherwise get to see, but in some cases they are turning out to be events of a fairly unique kind. Another Night Under the Dam - the Green Carnation reunion show at the Åseral dam number 3 in Norway was unique in more ways than one. And it most definitely was special. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
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Dornenreich - In Luft Geritzt (2008)

Dornenreich's music is quite different now. At the beginning of their career, the band was into melodic Black Metal but their new album "In Luft geritzt" is an album of ambient and acoustic Folk Rock. This is a radical change definitely but when you know the success of bands like Alcest I don't think that it's a bad idea. This new album is special for sure but if you like mediaeval ambiances and acoustic Folk tunes, I'm sure that you'll like it a lot. If you're... (by Jeff)   Read more ››

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Buckethead used to wear a KFC bucket on his head, emblazoned with an orange bumper sticker that read funeral in capital black block letters, and an expressionless plain white costume mask. More recently, he switched to a plain white bucket that no longer bore the KFC logo, but has since switched back to his trademark KFC bucket. He also incorporates nunchucks and robot dancing into his stage performances.

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