Moloch - Verwüstung
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
If you are a fan of one-man black metal projects, then Moloch's Verwüstung is the thing for you. If you are not a fan of one-man black metal projects, then get over here and listen, you filthy heathen.


Insomnium - Shadows Of The Dying Sun
Review by R'Vannith
With Insomnium no longer having the service of guitarist Ville Vänni and his replacement by Markus Vanhala, the lead guitarist of Omnium Gatherum, Shadows Of The Dying Sun presents the possibility of a merging of the titans, so to speak. However, their sixth full length studio effort is no less Insomnium in style and execution than what preceded it, which means we're granted yet another excellent album from this premier melodic death metal band.


Impetuous Ritual - Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence
Review by Mr. Doctor
For all seasoned members of our beloved death metal cult, shock value isn't a thing anymore. The walls of sound are hardly impenetrable and all the pieces fall into place with ease. Our attraction towards more extreme and intricate metal is fueled by our desire to go back to that time where chaos was the norm and order was our goal. Yes, my comrades, despite what others might say: there is order in this maelstrom of visceral riffs, disturbing drumming and monstrous vocals.


Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
Review by Apothecary
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.


Cormorant - Earth Diver
Review by R'Vannith
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.


A Hill To Die Upon - Holy Despair
Review by R'Vannith
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.


Skogen - I Döden
Review by Troy Killjoy
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.


Supported event

Paganfest America - Part V

USA, San Francisco, CA (The Fillmore)
11 May 2014

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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Owl - New Song Streaming Online 25.04

Eerie experimental death/doom metallers Owl have just released a brand new track called "We Ascend As We Fall" and you can check it out through the player below. Tell us about your impressions. The song comes off the band's upcoming EP entitled Into The Absolute which will be released on May 12th via Zeitgeister Music. (by Pazdzioch)   Read more ››
Wolf - Releasing New Album 25.04

Sweden's pack of heavy metallers Wolf return with their seventh studio album entitled simply, Devil Seed. This time around, the group teamed up with Jens Bogren (Kreator, Paradise Lost, Opeth) over at Fascination Street Studios. The cover artwork is being created once again by legendary designer Thomas Holm (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond). Century Media Records will unleash Devil Seed on August 25th in Europe and September 2nd in North America. Then, a short time later, Wolf will take to the streets with a tour of the UK with further European dates to be announced soon. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
The Algorithm - New Song Streaming Online 25.04

After announcing their new album OCTOPUS4, the French outfit The Algorithm is now streaming a brand new song from it. It is called "Synthesiz3r". OCTOPUS4 is scheduled for release on June 2nd 2014 on Basick Records. With a running time that clocks in at just under an hour in length, the brand new album features 12 new tracks. Enjoy the new song! (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Cannibal Corpse - European Tour With Revocation And Aeon 24.04

Death metal heavyweights Cannibal Corpse just announced their return to Europe this fall. This will be their first European tour in support of their new, yet untitled album due for release later this year via Metal Blade Records. New label mates Revocation have been confirmed as direct support while Swedish death metal horde Aeon - also on Metal Blade Records - have been slotted as the opening band. You will be able to listen to some new songs on this tour. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Steven Wilson - Bidding Farewell To Blackfield 24.04

As he mentioned before, Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, Storm Corrosion) plans to have one final performance with the side band and project Blackfield, then he will leave the band to focus on his solo career. The final show will happen next week, in New York City at the Best Buy Theater on the 1st of May, and will be his farewell and thank you to the band and fans. Aviv Geffen will continue recording and touring as Blackfield with new collaborators. (by Ruin)   Read more ››
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 4 Issue #1 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 23.04

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 Desolace, Sirion, Hypergiant, Existem, SwampHög and Tarpan. (by Nefarious, Troy Killjoy, R Lewis, BloodTears)   Read more ››
Metal Alliance Tour 2014 - Multiple Locations - April 2014 23.04

The organizers took the old saying "Black Is Beautiful" to the next level and put together an awesome tour package for their 2014 run. This year's event brought us headliner Behemoth, rotating direct support acts 1349 and Goatwhore, one of the most dynamic duo's in the scene, Inquisition, and newcomer Black Crown Initiate out of Pennsylvania, USA. (by D.T. Metal)   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 ››
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Flotsam & Jetsam - Once In A Deathtime (2008)

It's good to have some news about Flotsam & Jetsam, a band which clearly deserves more recognition and success. Back in the 80's when Thrash Metal has started to become famous, Flotsam And Jetsam was popular, sure it wasn't Anthrax or Metallica but it was a respected band and God know why, they've just disappeared of the spirit of the metalheads... They've always been active but this is the release of the good "Dreams Of Death" which has led them again to the road... (by Jeff)   Read more ››

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