Pallbearer - Foundations Of Burden
Review by R'Vannith
If you could encase within a coffin all that is texturally appealing about doom metal, Pallbearer knowingly carry six of these coffins to their grave in Foundations Of Burden. This is not to suggest that they simply bring the traditional sound of a genre to its untimely end, but, rather, in our modern era they place it respectfully in an ideal and honourable resting place. Ad Memoriam Doom.


Crimson Shadows - Kings Among Men
Review by Doc Godin
Let's face it people, epic metal is fucking dumb when you think about it. Grown men so obsessed with their Dungeons & Dragons adventures they give them life via recording entire albums. Cocaine, expensive tranny hookers and D&D have proven an awful mix, as we usually end up with two outcomes: Either the musician takes their bloated creation waaay too seriously, or they mock it so much they come across as resentful of own musical creations, and their fans in the process. It's always nice to hear some balance between self-aware fun and serious effort. Crimson Shadows epitomize that.


Last Minute To Jaffna - Volume III
Review by R'Vannith
Metal awash with the down-tempo depressions of slowcore; this is Last Minute To Jaffna's relaxing rebuke to unoriginality. The resulting sound in Volume III is hypnotic and psychedelic, breathed into life with Italian acoustic. For a post-metal album, it's an unusual experience.


Dark Fortress - Venereal Dawn
Review by Doc Godin
Tasteful evolution. If there ever was a phrase to describe Dark Fortress, that, right there, is it. They're never ones to reinvent the wheel, but why should they? They've crafted their own sound without any extravagant gimmicks, they don't take risks, but they also never really misstep. With each album, Dark Fortress just defines their sound a little more. Venereal Dawn is another solid step forward in the logical progression of their history.


Wolf - Devil Seed
Review by Doc Godin
Wolf, is and always has been, what this "new wave of the old school style" always tries to accomplish. Creating a new sound from old pieces. So many young(er) bands attempt it, most come across as disposable nostalgia acts. Wolf have always danced that fine line without stepping over completely, giving them their edge. And so it continues with Devil Seed.


Sorxe - Surrounded By Shadows
Review by Apothecary
Melody and a strong sense of atmosphere can sometimes be hard to come by in the sludge style. The Americans of Sorxe, however, are here to provide us with a fine counterexample to this common rule.


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.


Tonic Breed - Outsold
Review by tea[m]ster
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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Staff pick
IQ - The Road Of Bones
Light progressive rock

The rhythm remains the same, as members change. I've met many metal aficionados whom claim to have the science of music down, but their arguments are wearing thin. I've enjoyed albums that have displayed technical prowess for the sake of indulgence, covered their faults through the crafty use of concepts and themes, and emulated the past greats to the point of nostalgic submission. I am guilty of approving all of these parameters, when used tastefully, as they have provided me much enjoyment in my naive musical experiences. IQ has always been one of those bands that fell into the medium of obscurity, strictly because they always played on the fringe of prog worship and never feigned actual progression. Music is not a game of one-uppance, or a contest about who can be more tiknikal or dith mital. It is a pure act of creation, at least in our realm of listening. Buy, type in "IQ Road of Bones" into YouTube, or fall asleep and imagine how good and comforting this sounds.

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Picked by: Introspekrieg
Thumbs up: R'Vannith
Deafheaven - New Song Streaming Online 22.08

American shoegaze black metallers Deafheaven have just released a brand new track called "From The Kettle Onto The Coil". You can listen and download it for free on Adult Swim. Alternatively, check the song out through the Soundcloud player below. Enjoy! (by Pazdzioch)   Read more ››
Ophis - Streaming New Song 22.08

Who wants to hear some death/doom metal? Well, Ophis has been kind enough to share a brand new track today from Abhorrence In Opulence, their first new album in 4 years. The first song they reveal from the new opus is the 12 minutes long monolith "Resurrectum". Sit back, relax and enjoy some Ophis right here. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Sonata Arctica - Releasing Re-Recorded 'Ecliptica' Edition 22.08

While currently on another successful world tour, this time to support their latest studio album Pariah's Child, Finnish power metal heroes Sonata Arctica swung by the studio to re-record their debut album Ecliptica, which was released 15 years ago. This new version will be released on October 24th under the banner Ecliptica - Revisited: 15th Anniversary Edition on Nuclear Blast. What do you think about this release? Would you be interested in it? (by Shorlack)   Read more ››
Scar Symmetry - Release Lyric Video For New Single 22.08

Swedish melodic death metallers Scar Symmetry will release their new album The Singularity (Phase I - Neohumanity) this coming October and today marks the release of the first single called "Limits To Infinity". Aren't you curious about the new material? Well, watch the lyric video of the song here now! Guitarist Per Nilsson said that the new album is the most progressive and elaborate project in the history of Scar Symmetry. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Dream Theater - Releasing New DVD/Blu-Ray, Clip Available 22.08

Progressive metal titans Dream Theater have announced the release of a new live DVD-Blu-ray. Usually, the band releases a new DVD per album cycle and this new one is called Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House). This a live set of the band's one-of-a-kind performance from the Boston Opera House on March 25th, 2014. Have a taste of what you will find on the new release by watching the clip for "The Looking Glass" (from their latest album Dream Theater) here. (by BloodTears)   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 ››
Random stuff
  Random album
Sleestak - The Fall Of Altrusia (2011)

Five months ago I reviewed Sleestak's 2010 release, Skylon Express… in retrospect, underscoring it. Call it an 8. In any case I drew a comparison between them and the band immediately preceding them on my mp3 player, Sleep. Five months and one release later, they have furthered that comparison. Kind of. So I'm gonna run with that as my intro bit. Stoner Doom/Rock Sleep followed up their awesome Holy Mountain with the monolithic one track Dopesmoker… Stoner Doom/Rock Sleestak followed up... (by BitterCOld)   Read more ››

Reviewer: 8.3      Users: 8 | 23 votes
  Random trivia
Municipal Waste

The sample at the beginning of the song "Guilty of Being Tight" (from Hazardous Mutation) is from the cult horror movie "Phantasm".

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