Opeth - Pale Communion
Review by R'Vannith
 
Opeth have softened their sound. This is old news, and this is also an old sound. Pale Communion is their sophomore in a retrograde and vintage style of progressive rock, yet it remains poised with their distinctive craftsmanship. The question arises as to whether this record builds upon the band's efforts in Heritage. It does.

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Tonic Breed - Outsold
Review by tea[m]ster
7.1
Dear Tonic Breed, I have been challenged to review something not labeled "post" and I am excited to say you have been chosen to be the guinea pig for my little independent excursion. Luckily for me, you play some decent old-school thrash metal that reminds me of the "bang-my-head" days back in the late 1980's. It will be a privilege to write about your latest album, Outsold. Even though it's not the most original thrash metal I've heard, in essence, it's pretty predictable, but I do enjoy your tenaciousness and dedication for creating music that any ancient follower of the classic thrash metal scene will enjoy.

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Horrendous - Ecdysis
Review by Windrider
9.0
I know I also have other stuff to review, but really it's hard to stop listening to this album. This is about Horrendous' new album Ecdysis. Weird title, it describes the process of moulting, as Wikipedia tells me as a non-native English speaker. However I didn't know about this band before and to be honest I don't know much about classical death metal in general, but I know that this album rocks your socks. These guys hail from the USA and it's their second record.

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Malpractice - Turning Tides
Review by Mattybu
 
To me, Finland has always been a great country for metal. Between groups like Amorphis, Ensiferum, and the almighty Kalmah, there has always been a wealth of great Finnish metal out there. Turning Tides was my first exposure to Malpractice, a progressive metal group from the same Nordic land. Not surprisingly, the album is very good.

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Keitzer - The Last Defence
Review by Doc Godin
 
Now that, people, is what we call an album cover. Seriously, go give it a closer look and come back... ...Back? Good. Guess what? For once, the music almost matches the quality of the artwork.

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Horned Almighty - World Of Tombs
Review by Doc Godin
6.9
Marduk, 1349, Goatwhore, Secrets Of The Moon, Deströyer 666, Witchery and Celtic Frost...Would you be surprised to find all of them leaving their fingerprints on this album? Yeah...probably not. What you might be surprised to hear is that the result isn't all too great.

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Profetus - As All Seasons Die
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.4
Just lie back and feel yourself decay. Gaze helplessly, thoughtlessly, as the preternaturally odious head of Cthulhu crests over the horizon, blotting out the last scarlet gasps of a moribund sunset, looming over the eerily tranquil and temperate ocean like an antediluvian menhir - massive, silent, mysterious, and unspeakable. As the album tumbles funereally along like boulders being rolled along the muddy underbelly of a tepid river, you may feel your atoms slowly deconstructing one particle at a time.

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Dialectic Soul - We Are Born From The Pain
Review by R'Vannith
7.5
One of the ideals that is a cornerstone of progressive metal is blending. Taking known elements, mixing them together and producing something new. The Belarusian band Dialectic Soul take this to heart and create something which can only be described as unique.

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Blood Of The Black Owl - A Banishing Ritual
Sioux Drone

The one man project of Chet W. Scott, Blood Of The Black Owl is a hypnotizing journey through foreboding sounds and monolithic landscapes. Native American themes abound, with use of wind flute and some drony, chant-like vocals to help heighten the vibe and make you feel as though you're being banished by the ritual of the album's title. This album may be four years old, but screw it: if you're down with the whole drone/dark ambient nonsense, this is definitely one you need in your life.

Begin the daze.

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Amia Venera Landscape - New Song And Video Online 20.08

It has been four years since their debut LP, The Long Procession, and Italy's Amia Venera Landscape have announced a new song and video for "Weight Bearer". Listen to the new song on the clip below. Moreover, the band has been writing music for their next four albums. So, there's plenty of new music coming in the next few years from them. (by Red_Travis)   Read more ››
 
Arsis - European Dates For 'A Celebration Of Guilt' Anniversary Tour 20.08

Americans Arsis promised European dates for their A Celebration Of Guilt 10th anniversary tour and here they are. If you want to, you can celebrate the band's debut album this upcoming October. The tour will take the technical death metallers to Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Italy, France, Switzerland, the UK, and more. Also, Arsis will be playing the entire A Celebration Of Guilt album for the first time ever to commemorate its 10th anniversary. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Machine Head - Announce More European Tour Dates 20.08

After confirming dates for the UK and Ireland, Machine Head now announce more November and December European dates. Good news for their European fans. The support bands that will accompany them on the tour are label mates Devil You Know and US melodic death/metalcore act Darkest Hour. See the dates below. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Inferno Metal Festival 2015 - First Bands Confirmed 20.08

The Inferno Metal Festival celebrates 15 years of existence next year and the Norwegian festival has already announced the first bands that will perform in Oslo next April. So, there is still plenty of time for you to plan a trip to go there. The organizers promise it will be something special. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Thrashless - In Recording Mode For Third Album 20.08

Estonia's own Thrashless are very excited to finally be working on their third album after Awaiting Rebirth and Trip Of Death. The recording began on Monday and this new album will be self-released. More information will be available as it comes. Thrash on! (by Raging Dreamer)   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 ››
 
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 4 Issue #2 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 23.07

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 Megalodoom, Kylfingar, Svengali, Anopheli, Whetstone and The Ralph. (by Nefarious, Abattoir, R Lewis, Troy Killjoy, BloodTears)   Read more ››
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Demon Hunter - Storm The Gates Of Hell (2007)

So yeah, Demon Hunter is a Christian metalcore band. Blah blah, whoopteedo, etc. This misguided choice of allegiance doesn't prevent them from seriously rocking on this release (for the most part anyway). Storm The Gates Of Hell is an immense improvement over the band's previous album and generally a powerful set of songs offering the unlikely proof that metalcore can be interesting and inspired. Immediately after popping this disc into the player it become apparent that Demon Hunter has... (by juptreas)   Read more ››

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