Evergrey - The Storm Within
Review by Demonic Tutor
8.9
The musicians of Evergrey have had a tumultuous and hard-fought career, and even though the band has had many talented members, the current lineup is being rightfully regarded as their best. Following the triumphant combined returns of Henrik Danhage and Jonas Ekdahl in 2014, the album Hymns for the Broken set the new standard for the band. 2016 sees their new offering come to life through AFM Records, bearing the title The Storm Within. So? So, circle the calendar. The dark poets of progressive power metal have struck gold again.

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Sabaton - The Last Stand
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
9.3
The hype train for The Last Stand was as swift, powerful, and unstoppable as Jan III Sobieski at the Battle of Vienna. Sabaton and Nuclear Blast ardently touted this album as a new chapter in the band's sonic evolution, a new incarnation of our Swedish pals featuring more experimentation and variation than ever. It's clear that they wanted us to recognize something greater in The Last Stand. But what is it that sets The Last Stand apart?

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Horseback - Dead Ringers
Review by Apothecary
8.2
On the morning of August 12, when I went on Bandcamp eager to listen to this new Horseback album in full, I saw a little blurb in the upper right corner that described it as music where "the distorted swagger of Neil Young's Crazy Horse sits at a table next to the haunted dronescapes of Sunn O)))." I burst out laughing then and there at how ridiculously silly this description sounded. But I would later regret it upon entering the realm of Horseback once more, and realizing just how accurate that label truly is.

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Forevermore - Integral
Review by Susan
7.8
Baseball is often called "the thinking-man's sport." This may be unfair, since huge degrees of both mental toughness and strategy are required for nearly all sports, but artful scheming, well-thought-out maneuvers, and evolving game-plans are vital to baseball. So, I keep listening to Forevermore and having the term "thinking-man's metalcore" come to mind. Progressive elements dazzle this record and show incredible depth...

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Hibria - XX
Review by Susan
 
Has it really been 20 years since Hibria formed? Many of us discovered them with the release of their explosive and monumental 2004 debut, Defying The Rules, which was already a culmination of several years' hard work and demo releases. Aside from making us feel old (I mean, I still consider Hibria to be the energetic young kids of heavy metal), these Brazilians have put together a little anniversary gift for us fans: three excellent new tunes...

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Fistula - Longing For Infection
Review by Apothecary
8.0
Who ever said a band needed to be original to be good? Fistula sure as hell didn't.

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Wolvserpent - Aporia:Kāla:Ananta [EP]
Review by Apothecary
8.5
The wolf is an able predator, of quick movement and firm body, able to take down its prey relatively easily. Snakes are lower on the food chain, however, and must resort to more stealth and concealement for survival. What happens when nature's winding trails make these two creatures cross paths? Enter Wolvserpent.

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Be'lakor - Vessels
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
9.0
Be'lakor is one of the most highly-praised and widely-beloved bands on Metal Storm, and I guess now we know which album is going to sweep our melodeath category come awards season; but before you storm away in a petulant huff complaining about popularity contests and unfair competition, allow me to explain why Vessels will be the album leading its buddies by 600 votes next February.

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02-06 February 2017

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Hammers Of Misfortune - Dead Revolution
Progressive

Intelligent, expansive, diverse. Engaging, intriguing, inspired. If these six adjectives appeal to you, give this album a chance.

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Misþyrming - Releasing Split With Sinmara 29.08

Icelandic black metallers Misþyrming have announced the release of a new split album with Sinmara. The 12" MLP will be released later this year or next year (winter 2016/2017) via Terratur Possessions. The album features one song by each band and cover art crafted by Joseph Deegan. For now, you can check out the trailer of the release right here. (by Paz)   Read more ››
 
Sirenia - Announce New Album, Details Revealed 29.08

Sirenia are yet to announce their new singer but they already have a new album prepared! Following the departure of Spanish singer Ailyn this year, the Norwegian metallers will release the follow-up to The Seventh Life Path this year already, on the 11th of November 2016. Dim Days Of Dolor is the title of their new upcoming album and it consists of 11 brand new songs plus one bonus track. Feast your eyes on the cover artwork below. But who could be Sirenia's new singer? It will be announced officially on the 8th of September. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
An Autumn For Crippled Children - Streaming New Album 29.08

It's common for An Autumn For Crippled Children to release something every year and 2016 is no exception. In fact, the Dutch shoegaze/atmospheric black metal band is now releasing their next album, entitled Eternal. The album will be released as digital/LP somewhere in October/November. It will be available later in the year in CD. However, the entire release is already available for streaming via Bandcamp, which means you can already listen to it now! (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Threat Signal - Ex-Drummer Norman Killeen Dies 29.08

The Canadian drummer Norman Killeen just passed away. He was behind the drum kit in Threat Signal between 2007-2010 and also in Dyed In The Wool. You can hear him on the band's 2009 record, Vigilance. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Dawn (SWE) - Recording New Album, Merchandise For Sale 29.08

Dawn (SWE), who are one of those few bands who played quality melodic black metal but went missing from the scene after the 90's, are now returning finally after 18 years. They announced some new merchandise through their official Facebook page, and also commented under the video of their full-length classic Slaughtersun (Crown Of The Triarchy) that they confirm that the band is already in the recording process of their third record, the first new material under their name in 18 years. (by qlacs)   Read more ››
 
Summer Slaughter Tour - San Francisco, USA - August 2016 18.08

Another year, another Summer Slaughter! Always a highlight for me. Summer Slaughter promises brutal music, fun performances, and new discoveries, while the events themselves never disappoint for tattoo watching and band shirt spotting. This was the 10th Anniversary so of course it was going to be amazing. Right? Well... it was not the best year ever but still a successful night. (by Susan)   Read more ››
 
Winter Metal Fest - A Kiloton Of Fun 08.08

A Kiloton Of Fun - Gama Bomb Invade Paraguay Or "How I Learned To Love The Bomb". (by BitterCOld)   Read more ››
 
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 6 Issue #3 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 05.08

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 Mesarthim, Aleph Null, Highrider, An Eater's Curse, Sva Da Ra & Oak. (by Nefarious, Susan)   Read more ››
 
Revocation 18.08

The Summer Slaughter Tour rocked its way across the United States yet again, and I had the pleasure of speaking with the awesome guys from Revocation before their set. There are many nice and cool musicians out there playing metal, but few bands are as instantly likeable, easy-going, and fun as Revocation. When we weren't talking about dildos or farting, we actually got down to some business. Here are some of those more business-related highlights from our chat: Susan: The new album seems pretty well received. What were you guys hoping to accomplish with it? (by Susan)   Read more ››
 
Nile 07.08

Last month, on the opening day of the Summer Slaughter tour no less, I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking to the main man from Nile himself: Karl Sanders. On a hot summer day in Fort Lauderdale, I was warmly invited aboard his tour bus for a lovely talk about the festival, band business, historical artificacts, and more. (by Apothecary)   Read more ››
 
Skyforger 22.07

Bad English: This may be a weird question, but how do you envision the Latvian metal scene if bands such as Skyforger and Heaven Grey had never existed? Peter Kvetkovskis: Well, there was always and still is another bands around - the metal scene here is quite big enough even without Skyforger or Heaven Grey. The question is how unique and original those bands are, but that's another topic to talk about I guess. It is very hard to make your name worldwide if you are from such a small far away country like Latvia is. You must be somehow original to stand out from millions of bands playing... (by Bad English)   Read more ››
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Swashbuckle - We Hate The Sea (2014)

I feel kind of stupid writing a full review for not-quite-seven minutes of music, but with Swashbuckle, stupid is okay. (by ScreamingSteelUS)   Read more ››

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Skyforger was also involved in a minor scandal with one of their former producers, who believed they were affiliated with Neo-nazism. The reason for this was the cover of their album "Thunderforge" (depicts a pagan god striking an anvil, bearing somewhat of a resemblance to depictions of ancient Aryans of the Nazi mythos), as well as the swastika, or sunwheel, incorporated in Skyforger's logo. Some websites have therefore listed Skyforger as a Neo-nazi band. The band however denies any such claims and doesn't display any Nazistic tendencies in their lyrics, meaning the scandal was most likely a result of the producer's poor knowledge of ancient Indoeuropean symbols. As of 2005 the band has decided to remove the swastika from their logo.

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