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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Kataklysm - Of Ghosts And Gods
Review by Windrider
8.0
Kataklysm is surely one of the constants in death metal: releasing an album every few years, maintaining their line-up for almost two decades and only changing on the drums, and being a guarantee for some quality music. With their latest release, Waiting For The End To Come, they let some dynamics return to the otherwise so heavy style, and that was pretty refreshing overall. Now it's time to prove that they can hold onto that path. Of Ghosts And Gods is here to please all fans of their latest stuff.

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Black Space Riders - Refugeeum
Review by R'Vannith
8.3
In theme as much as sound, Refugeeum is an album concerning escape and dislocation from the rather aggregate arrangement of prior Black Space Riders records, and it's an active attempt at something more specific.

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Ruby The Hatchet - Aurum [Compilation]
Review by R'Vannith
7.2
Aurum is a recap of the successes that brought Philadelphia's Ruby The Hatchet to their latest release in Valley Of The Snake. As a compilation, it is comprised of the band's choice tunes from their debut record Ouroboros placed between the two taken from their following EP entitled The Eliminator. In essence, it's an energised stoner rock summary when compared to the new material of their sophomore.

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Kauan - Debut Music Video 30.07

Russian/Ukrainian folk/doom outfit Kauan have premiered a music video/lyric video for their upcoming 7th album, Sorni Nai. The album is a single, 52-minute-long track, ruminating on the infamous Djatlov Pass Incident - a case where 9 hikers mysteriously perished in the frost-laden Ural Mountains, and the case was shut by Soviet investigators before any explanation could be offered, leading some to believe extraterrestrial forces were at work. The video showcases the first 7 minutes of the album. (by BloodMusic)   Read more ››
 
Mayhem Festival - Co-Founder Pens Open Letter Regarding Tour Controversy 30.07

There has been much discussion around Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this year and not the good kind. The festival's co-founder Kevin Lyman said in an interview that "metal got gray, bald and fat" and that pissed a lot of people. Then Slayer's Kerry King got involved, criticized the organization of the event and blamed the festival's low attendances on the fact that the 2015 Mayhem lineup sucks, angering some of the smaller bands. Now co-founder of the festival, John Reese, has penned an "open letter" to the heavy metal community, asking everyone to support... (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
The 69 Eyes - In The Studio, Recording New Album 30.07

Finnish gothic group The 69 Eyes have secretly entered the studio with producer Johnny Lee Michaels, who already was responsible for the recordings of some of their best albums, Blessed Be and Paris Kills, to begin recording their new album for an early 2016 release. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Riverside - 'Day Session' Tracks Revealed 30.07

In a constant information grant, progressive outfit Riverside have just shared the tracks for the bonus part of the upcoming new album Love, Fear And The Time Machine, called "Day Session". The news come after a streak of announcements by the band themselves and especially courtesy of Mariusz Duda. Furthermore, the vinyl edition of the album, a double heavyweight vinyl edition (with CD) presented in a gatefold cover, is now available for pre-order here. (by Kais)   Read more ››
 
Drakum - Reveal Tracklist Of New EP 30.07

Drakum, the folk metallers from Barcelona, recently announced their EP entitled Trollmin that will be released on the 10th of September 2015. Now band has revealed its tracklist and can be seen below. Soon you will be able to hear a new song from the release that follows the debut album Torches Will Rise Again. (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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Finntroll - Nifelvind (2010)

The trolls are back and have never sounded so comfortable in their own skin. Nifelvind is album number five, and once again shows another step in the direction of complete musical freedom. This is an album where chaos is summoned and fit into place to form a well-rounded and quirky piece of work to remember. Nifelvind is one of those kitchen sink albums where every idea, no matter how weird was kept and used in some way. Each song on the album has it's own separate identity, be it an up-beat,... (by Baz Anderson)   Read more ››

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