Earthship - Withered
Review by tea[m]ster
8.5
Former The Ocean drummer Jan Oberg and his neat little band from Berlin, Germany, Earthship, have exploded onto the sludge/stoner landscape with their third release, Withered - a short but substantial 30-minute piece of music that's broken down to 10 archaic and bludgeoning riff clinics. The tunes are catchy, likable, and most of all, heavy.

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Warhound - Next Level
Review by Doc Godin
7.7
Metal and hip hop? Being a fan of both, I can honestly say it's usually a remedy for embarrassing disaster, or something to listen to with that overt irony (see: Limp Bizkit). Props to Warhound for beating down the skeptics.

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Earth - Primitive And Deadly
Review by Apothecary
9.0
Earth require little introduction for fans of drone. Their debut album has become so legendary in the scene that even Stephen O'Malley (a legend in his own right) was inspired to start a project named after one of its tracks. However, the band demonstrated soon after that they were never content to sit in this one style, and have been consistently reinventing themselves ever since. 2014's Primitive And Deadly only continues this trend, further proving that Earth aren't running out of the tricks in their hat anytime soon.

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Angrepp - Libido
Review by Doc Godin
 
Ahhh, black metal and punk, when that combo is done right, it's like tasting Oreos for the first time all over again. Crunchy, yet sweetly addictive.

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Trioscapes - Digital Dream Sequence
Review by Apothecary
 
When can a band you really don't care for yield one that you do? Why, when the band in question has a member who forms another band that's overall better and more enjoyable, of course. Enter the case of Dan Briggs' Trioscapes.

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Blues Pills - Blues Pills
Review by R'Vannith
9.0
Psychedelic rock has always been a diverse and creative musical niche, the more upbeat and rhythmically infectious examples of the subgenre usually facilitating the modus operandi to which its fans would stereotypically respond with: "whoa, groovy vibes." When a band lives and breathes the general ideals that held sway over rock music as exemplified from the mid-60's to the mid-70's, and manages to make it seem as if this time has come all over again through sound waves instilling euphoric nostalgia, you know you've hit something hippies would consider gold, if they had any materialistic interest in shiny metals. The feeling of an entire decade has been conveniently, colourfully and convincingly compressed into one audible pill, a first full dose this Swedish based band has self-labelled as Blues Pills.

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Fornicus - Storming Heaven
Review by Doc Godin
6.0
Who's up for some fresh, American black metal?

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Craang - To The Estimated Size Of The Universe [EP]
Review by R'Vannith
7.0
Though a lot of good recent psych comes from the US and the European north, the Mediterranean is coming up with some fine examples as well. Worshippers of sweepingly heavy pysch rock jams laden with fuzz reverb and metallic angularities need this first bit from Craang, more stoner voyages courtesy of Greece. Their debut EP holds four quarters of a trip, which equates to exactly one trip. Whoa, that just blew my mind.

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Staff pick
Mortals - Cursed To See The Future
Sludge metal

Albums like Mortals' Cursed To See The Future make an instant impact and grip you. Its sludge is dense with black metal leanings. The songs are long and perfectly structured because the transitions are smart. While there are moments of trance, it's the piercing vocals which guide you through the hostility and gloom of the music. Melodious yet aggressive, Cursed To See The Future has filth in good measure. The slimy and cavernous riffs easily lull you into the abyss.

Take the plunge!

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Subterranean Masquerade - Lyric Video For New Song 01.09

If the first song off of Subterranean Masquerade's upcoming second album was enough to whet your appetite, we have good news. The progressive metallers just premiered a lyric video for "Reliving The Feeling" this time around with clean vocals by new vocalist Kjetil Nordhus and growls by Paul Kuhr. More new material! Listen up below and tell us how The Great Bazaar is sounding to you so far. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Gyze - New Video Online 01.09

To promote the Japanese release of their debut album Fascinating Violence on September 3rd via Victor Entertainment, Japanese extreme power metallers Gyze have released a video for the song "Desire". The album was originally released in June 2013 by Italian label Coroner Records. The video can be watched below. (by Ruchesko)   Read more ››
 
Darkspace - New Album Teaser Online 01.09

With only a few days left before their newest opus is set to be released, Darkspace have given us an album teaser to listen to. Their label Avantgarde Music has released a seven-minute teaser through YouTube with snippets of tracks from their newest album, Dark Space III I. The album is set for release on the 6th of September and will follow his predecessors in being released initially on limited digipack CD format. (by Red_Travis)   Read more ››
 
DesertFest London And DesertFest Antwerp - New Acts Confirmed 01.09

After Sleep was confirmed to headline the fourth annual DesertFest London in 2015 at the Koko, now Orange Goblin and My Sleeping Karma are the newest additions. Orange Goblin will play their third album The Big Black in its entirety for the first time ever alongside a selection of songs from their back catalogue that have either rarely or never been played live before. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Amoral - New Live Video Released 01.09

The Finns Amoral have released a live video for the song "Prolong A Stay" as an appetizer for the upcoming Fallen Leaves & Dead Sparrows Tour. The video was filmed at Nosturi, Helsinki earlier this year at the band's 10-year anniversary show by ETE Media Production. Watch the video here. You might know the song if you listened to the band's newest album Fallen Leaves & Dead Sparrows released this February. (by BloodTears)   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 ››
 
Rockstar Mayhem Festival 2014 - Denver, CO - 13 Jul 2014 29.07

The annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival! Great variety of bands, I always have a blast, it's always fun, the weather is always way too hot and this year's event was almost no exception. Yes, almost no exception; the timing of the festival couldn't be worse and the decision to split the Colorado show into two events didn't help the cause neither. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Amaranthe - American Beauty Car Show, Haapsalu Episcopal Castle, Haapsalu, Estonia, 19.07.2014 28.07

Haapsalu is a small and beautiful Estonian resort town by the sea. Each July its quiet is disturbed by an invasion of owners and admirers of the American car industry. Shining cars, roaring engines, burning rubber, cruising, and a drag race on the airfield strip - American Beauty Car Show has got it all. If you're into all that, it's the place to be. Naturally, this also calls for musical entertainment of varied sorts, which somehow managed to grab my attention for the first time with only one name - Amaranthe. Just because I happen to like them. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
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Odious Mortem - Cryptic Implosion (2007)

It was back in 2004 when I first heard this band, I remember they sounded incredibly promising yet a little unpolished; the hype for Odious Mortem grew enormously through the years, all of a sudden everyone was eagerly waiting for their Willowtip Debut, the underground act immediately made a lot of noise with their new label of course, and finally the album's out, we can finally see if all the hype and all the waiting was worthwhile… It is! "Cryptic Implosion" is a monstrous achievement... (by Herzebeth)   Read more ››

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Therion

According to "Lords of Chaos" by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind, Varg Vikernes, attempted to burn down the house of Christopher Johnsson. After the unsuccessful attempt, Vikernes posted a letter on Johnsson's door threatening: ..."a lesson in fear. We are mentally deranged, our methods are death and torture, our victims die slowly, they must die slowly".

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