Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
Review by Apothecary
8.0
We all know the story by now. Following the disbanding of Celtic Frost after the widely-hailed Monotheist, metal torchbearer Thomas Fischer announced the formation of Triptykon, a new project that would be dedicated towards continuing on in the vein of the final Celtic Frost album. The band's Eparistera Daimones debut showed a glimpse of Fischer's remaining committment to writing ominous, crushing music. Now, in 2014, Melana Chasmata cements it.

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Cormorant - Earth Diver
Review by R'Vannith
8.8
Few bands have taken melodic death metal so far along a progressive route as Cormorant. These guys are an entirely independent group and their style is adventurous, downright impressive and unparalleled in individuality. Earth Diver is their third effort in a discographical success story, each time they've committed themselves to a release on their own terms they've put out astonishingly creative melodic metal. That is a guarantee which they continually assure.

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A Hill To Die Upon - Holy Despair
Review by R'Vannith
7.8
This is a band who still know how to make their metal without resorting to keyboard overload. This is melodic, it's death in substance, it's black in presentation and it's A Hill To Die Upon's third successful studio effort, a combination of melodic extremes.

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Skogen - I Döden
Review by Troy Killjoy
8.0
It seems like yesterday (it wasn't) when Skogen released Svítjod and I sat at my computer desk typing up a review starting out with how much these guys have flown under the radar in spite of creating some excellent atmospheric/pagan black metal. Today I will start out doing the same.

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Menace - Impact Velocity
Review by R'Vannith
7.6
For those familiar with Napalm Death, Mitch Harris is a man who needs no introduction for fans of the band or listeners of grindcore at large, however his new endeavour in project Menace does need some introducing. A catchy progressive metal with hard rock song structures is what you'll find in the debut album Impact Velocity, made up of twelve tracks with a captivating "cyber" thematic incentive.

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MaYaN - Antagonise
Review by R'Vannith
6.2
Mark Jansen seemed keen to distance himself from his main band as much as possible with Antagonize. The symphonic arrangements in the new Mayan effort are closely guarded and controlled, which distinguishes the band's sound from Epica further than ever before. While the debut album certainly found its similarities to the mother band, Antagonize is, in theme and sound, much more of a straightforward melodic death metal album.

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Jupiter Society - From Endangered To Extinct
Review by Ag Fox
8.4
I don't know about you, but every now and again I take off my kvlt corpse paint, stop speaking in guttural growls and need my regular fix of melodic metal. Yet it's always an arduous task in finding the right album as the majority of melodic metal releases these days are either metal-light, brimming with cheese and choirs, clinically sterile me-too djent chugs, or use the same old formulas of melodic death metal. Even if they don't fit the above descriptions, the end product usually comes across as lacking in inspiration. Where's that musical kick that the aural sensors of my brain crave?

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Supported event

Hellfest Open Air 2014

France, Clisson
20-22 June 2014

Iron Maiden
Opeth
Megadeth
Slayer
Black Sabbath
(+150)
http://www.hellfest.fr/
Staff pick
Anubis Gate - Horizons
Girlfriend Metal

Following up their excellent self-titled uh... fifth album, most fans knew that this album was going to be a disappointment. Suffering the loss of a founding guitarist and drummer, the odds were on a steaming pile of Danish doo-doo. Yet somehow, this album comes out like a delicious wienerbrød. Still one of the only bands that I can never seem to figure out when songs are going to end or begin, the structures are interesting enough to avoid boring us to death with ordinary melodic prog/power metal. If you want a band that knows how to write great catchy songs without all the plague of pompousness that most modern prog metal suffers from, you may enjoy this.

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Picked by: Introspekrieg
Thumbs up: Ivor, BloodTears, R'Vannith
 
Saxon - European Tour Confirmed 21.04

Warriors Of The Road World Tour! That's right, British heavy metal veterans Saxon have announced a first part of their massive world tour, to begin in the end of October, 2014 in Athens, Greece. Supporting Saxon on several dates will be Americans Skid Row, while other support groups will be confirmed additionally. The list of tour dates can be seen under the flyer. (by Abattoir)   Read more ››
 
Wovenwar - Debut New Single, Announce Tour Dates 21.04

Wovenwar are officially taking off. After As I Lay Dying members teamed up with Oh, Sleeper's Shane Blay to created the band, they released their new single "All Rise" today. If you are curious about their music, check out the track below. With their self-titled debut set for release in late summer 2014 via Metal Blade Records, what are your expectations for it after hearing this song? (by BloodJuNkie)   Read more ››
 
Firefest - Ends With Stabbings, Shots Fired And Arrests 21.04

Things did not go well on the Firefest 2014, a two-day hardcore and metal festival, in Lakewood, Ohio. Four people were stabbed and 23 people were arrested in connection with a fight that took place on the second night (April 19th) outside The Foundry concert hall where the fest was being held, according to reports. Ringworm were supposed to play but they announced on their Facebook page that the show was cancelled. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Auroch - Share New Album Cover And More 21.04

We already knew that Auroch were recording a new album but now the Canadians reveal much more about it. First of all, the album will be called Taman Shud and is due out on CD through Profound Lore Records on June 24th while the vinyl version shall be released through Dark Descent Records in July. Also, you can take a look at the eerie album cover artwork right here. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Loudblast - Another New Song Streaming Online 21.04

The release of Burial Ground, the new offering from French death/thrash metallers Loudblast, is fast approaching and today you can hear another new song from the release. Prepare yourself for "A Bloody Oath" and stream the track through the Soundcloud player here. You can grab your copy of Burial Ground through Listenable Records on May 5th. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Metal Storm Anthology Awards 05.04

Thanks for participating in our 10th Anniversary Anthology Awards voting. Of course by now you all (hopefully) figured out it was an April Fools' Day prank. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Lacuna Coil - The Black Sheep, Colorado Springs, USA - 28 Mar 2014 02.04

A couple weeks ago Lacuna Coil played in Denver, CO as part of the Revolver - Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock Tour, but since they announced a gig mere 15 minutes from my house, I opted to skip the drive up to the Mile High city and catch them locally instead. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Getting Stoked For 70000 Tons Of Metal 2015 24.03

The 5th edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise already promises to be even bigger and better than anything else the organizers have done before. And even though I barely got rid of my sea legs, it's time to get stoked for next year's cruise. Stoked why, you might ask. Simple. Bigger ship, more bands, more people = more fun! (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
Random stuff
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Jorn - Symphonic (2013)

I'm pretty sure that if you were told one significant missing detail about this release and nothing else, you could make a whole lot of various deductions that, in a nutshell, would be pointing out only one outcome - it's not worth it. The missing detail in this case: it's a rerecording compilation. Pieced together with the title it really doesn't lend to any credibility. However... it's Jørn Lande. (by Ivor)   Read more ››

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Entombed

Orvar Säfström, who did the vocals on the "Crawl" EP is nowadays a film critic on Swedish televison.

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