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

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Anthrax - Premiere 'Monster At The End' Video 28.08

The mighty thrashers Anthrax released the album For All Kings this year, as you probably know. More recently, they have been working on a new cool video for the track "Monster At The End", which has now been revealed. The premise is that there's a little bit of the monster in all of us. Enjoy! (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Almah - Share Lyric Video For New Song 28.08

The first new song taken from Almah's forthcoming album has arrived! Their fifth album is called E.V.O. and the first song unveiled is precisely the album opener, "Age Of Aquarius". The brand new album will be released on September 23rd via Pride & Joy Music (Europe), Test Your Metal (U.S./Mexico/Canada) and King Records (Japan). Satisfy your curiosity below and share your impressions of the first sounds. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Caligula's Horse - Introduce New Drummer 28.08

Aussies Caligula's Horse are facing their first line-up change. The band announced the departure of long-time drummer Geoff Irish and have revealed his replacement as Josh Griffin. As an introduction, he has recorded a drum play-through video for the track "Rust", taken from their most recent album, Bloom. Watch the new guy in action. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Twilight Force - Release New Video Clip 28.08

Now that Twilight Force have released their newest musical creation, Heroes Of Mighty Magic, a clip for "Powerwind" has been launched as well. Listen to these magical tunes over here below and check out the new album as well. Twilight Force also announce that they will be conquering Europe in early 2017 with their label mates in Sabaton and Accept. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
In Flames - Streaming Another New Song 27.08

It has been a busy last few days for In Flames. The Swedes have first premiered the song "The End" and announced their new album Battles to the masses. As if that wasn't enough, they have now also released the song "The Truth" online for public consumption. So, now you have two new In Flames tunes to discover and digest before the album is released on November 11th via Nuclear Blast Records and Eleven Seven Music. Dig in! (by BloodTears)   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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Divinity - Allegory (2007)

Here is a new band that deserves your full attention because you will need all you got to follow Divinity into a pit of crushing compositions. The Calgary-based combo presents a juggernaut album with influences ranging from Death to Into Eternity to Meshuggah. I guess you get the picture; we are in front of a brutal mix of Thrash, Death and Progressive Metal. First of all, the production is killer, which makes sense since Tue Madsen mixed and mastered the record. The sound is so dead-on for Divinity's... (by Demonic Tutor)   Read more ››

Reviewer: 8.9      Users: 8 | 23 votes
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Marilyn Manson

On The Demo "Refrigerator":

The cassette was titled after the incident where following the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca on August 10, 1969, Patricia Krenwinkel, a member of the infamous Manson Family, wrote the phrase "HEALTER SKELTER" (a misspelling of the title of the popular Beatles song) on the LaBianca's refrigerator using a blood-soaked piece of paper.

The version of "Dope Hat" that appears on Refrigerator is the exact same recording that is featured on The Family Jams Albeit, With a sound byte of Charles Manson as an Intro.

Tracks 1-4 can aslo be found on the Live as Hell Cassette.

In the credits section, the words, "Spread me open, stuck to my ribs, are all your infants in abortion cribs," would later be reworked into the song "Man That You Fear."

Contrary to popular belief. The Version of Thrift Found on Refrigerator and Live as Hell is not the same version from the unreleased Thrift (cassette) Demo

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