Amiensus - Ascension
Review by BitterCOld
7.7
I enjoy reviewing follow-up works from unsigned/smaller acts who contact me to review their initial offerings. It's always interesting to see how they have progressed. Amenius contacted me to review Restoration about two years ago. Enjoyed it, even if I was a tad out of my element. Susan described it thus: They seem to float around the ether between genres, never really landing anywhere, and not necessarily "combining" genres....

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Mutoid Man - Bleeder
Review by wormdrink414
8.0
If this had been made by one person, it'd be a safe bet that that one person was a classic hard rock aficionado who'd been struck by lightning. After the strike, he didn't ditch his Pontiac or his jean jacket or his hatred of the Eagles, he just happened to acquire the ability to easily spot complex mathematical patterns in things.

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Nightrage - The Puritan
Review by Ag Fox
5.3
TL;DR? The Puritan is a Gothenburg metal album.

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Disarmonia Mundi - Cold Inferno
Review by Demonic Tutor
7.7
Determined to let the world know that Italy can still produce some high-quality Gothenburg metal, Disarmonia Mundi is back after a 6-year hiatus. The Turin-based twosome is comprised of instrumentalist extraordinaire Ettore Rigotti and vocalist Claudio Ravinale. Björn Strid from Soilwork and Christian Älvestam also provide some vocal work. In this much coveted market of melodic death metal, it has always been virtually impossible to avoid...

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Gyre - Moirai [EP]
Review by Ilham
6.3
Ah. Youth.

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Sacred Oath - Ravensong
Review by deadone
7.0
So it turns out the metal gods do in fact listen to our prayers. Ask for a ballsy, melodic heavy/power metal album that's not overproduced and not rooted in Helloween clichés and the metalgods grant not one but two such albums in the form of the new Armored Saint as well as the album in question, Sacred Oath's Ravensong. But are the gods truly generous or just a bunch of fickle tricksters who give with one hand only to take with the other?

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Third Ion - 13/8 Bit
Review by Ag Fox
8.1
In case you've been living under a rock, supergroups are all the rage now, and they are popping up quicker than you can count them. Third Ion may not be as "super" in terms of fame, but this collaborative effort is still very much on my radar because members of Into Eternity and The Devin Townsend Project are on board.

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Autokrator - Autokrator
Review by Apothecary
 
Those not particularly accustomed to the drone genre may be surprised to discover the incredible amount of variation lurking within it. As a fundamentally structure-less genre, its very nature leaves the door for invention wide open, in turn leading to many different interpretations of the drone sound. This year, French newcomers Autokrator are ready to put their own spin on this principle, with some interesting, though perhaps unexpected influences.

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Cult Of Fire - New Album Cover Art Unveiled 04.08

Czech black metal band Cult Of Fire have just unveiled the cover artwork that will grace their new album. In case you didn't know, the follow-up to मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान is coming and their already 3rd studio album (still untitled) will be "celebrating life, sex & death: also known as the vision of beauty Chinnamasta". Take a look at the cover below. It was created by Dávid Glomba. (by Pazdzioch)   Read more ››
 
Saille - Release New Official Video 04.08

"Aklo", the new official music video from Belgians Saille, is now available for streaming through the YouTube down below. This the first video from the band's latest studio album, Eldritch, which was released back in November, 2014 on Code666 Records. Video clip was directed, produced and edited by Sam Velghe. Check out the final outcome! (by Abattoir)   Read more ››
 
Nile - Announce US Tour In 2016 04.08

The reigning kings of technical, historically-themed brutality, Nile have announced a momentous 31-date trek across the States in 2016. The tour launches in Tampa, Florida on January 8th, hits New York, West Hollywood, Pittsburgh, and wraps up at a very special hometown show in Greensville, South Carolina on February 12th. The band will be touring in support of their upcoming eighth full-length studio album, What Should Not Be Unearthed, scheduled to be released on August 28th via Nuclear Blast Records. The list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. (by Abattoir)   Read more ››
 
TesseracT - Share First Song From New Album 04.08

New music alert! There is a new song from TesseracT to be enjoyed now. Ahead of the release of the brand new studio album Polaris from the U.K.'s progressive act, the band is giving fans worldwide a chance to hear a new album track "Messenger". This release sees the return of vocalist Daniel Tompkins. How was that as a first taste of the record? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Queensrÿche - Reveal New Album Cover, Tracklist 04.08

Queensrÿche have announced that they will release their new album, Condition Hüman, on October 2nd via Century Media. The album was recorded in part at Uberbeatz Studio in Washington with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris. Now the progressive metal band has revealed its cover artwork as well as tracklist. What are your expectations for the group's new album? (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 5 Issue #3 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 24.07

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 Neck Of The Woods, Venom Prison, Shrine Of The Serpent, Concatenatus, Criminology & Geist. (by Nefarious, BloodTears, Ilham, Abattoir, Mr. Doctor)   Read more ››
 
Hard Rock Laager 2015 - Vana-Vigala, Estonia, 03-04.07.2015 13.07

It's been so long since the last time I was at Hard Rock Laager. It's, to put it bluntly, quite embarrassing. When I looked it up, it turned out that I have skipped 6 editions. It's surprisingly 2 less than I initially thought, though. The reasons have varied from Hellfests to conflicting schedules, as well as the lack of interest for any particular line-up, and laziness. In those skipped editions I only really regret missing Trail Of Tears and I didn't intend to repeat this mistake with Threshold. And being there again, it felt like a homecoming. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
 
Getting Stoked: 70000 Tons Of Metal 2016 - Ready For Round Six 06.07

Getting Stoked: 70000 Tons Of Metal 2016 - Ready For Round Six I love the smell of "Napalm In The Morning" well, not really, but there I was, preparing to write this 'Getting Stoked' article, and the organizers of 70000 Tons Of Metal made their first thrash metal band announcement for next year's cruise - Sodom. :banger: (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
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Agalloch - The Serpent & The Sphere (2014)

Agalloch have never favoured doom as forcefully as they have on The Serpent & The Sphere. So blatantly delivered, it would appear that this new resolve has completely shattered their ability and will to instil the expected level of atmosphere in their fifth full-length effort. But appearances can be deceiving. (by R'Vannith)   Read more ››

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