Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä
Review by Apothecary
8.5
It is happening again, here and now. After sailing on the outer regions of the Kuiper belt, and interacting with several extraterrestrial species who could impart new wisdom to them, Oranssi Pazuzu have arrived back on Terra, eager to apply this fresh knowledge to their music. What did the words of those ice giants from beyond Neptune contribute to their new sound? What about the teachings of the Tsuthians, the 9 foot tall gas ghosts who speak only in hisses? Listen carefully, ye carbon-based life forms, and Värähtelijä shall unveil the answers.

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Dream Theater - The Astonishing
Review by Demonic Tutor
7.5
One of the pioneering bands of progressive metal, the iconic Dream Theater, unleashed their new opus at the end of January. As is the case with all their releases, The Astonishing is going to draw all kinds of comments from "this is the worst thing ever" to "album of the year material". One thing is for certain, with more than 2 hours of music, their latest record is an demanding listen drawing inspiration from many musical and...

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Vulturium Memoriae - Nato Per Ragioni Ignote
Review by Apothecary
 
How does one break boundaries in music, exactly, or in any art form for that matter? Sometimes it seems so complicated that the answer eludes our grasps entirely, but at the end of the day it really just boils down to one simple rule: be unafraid.

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Sunburst - Fragments Of Creation
Review by Demonic Tutor
9.0
When I saw that a new band was opening up their first album with a track called "Out of the World", I figured they needed the chops to back it up. The band Sunburst from Larissa, Greece convinced me within twenty seconds. Their brand of progressive power metal had me on board so fast I can already tell you this is going to be an album of the year contender for 2016. It is that simple. Why? Imagine the good parts of Dream Theater music...

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Sunrise - Absolute Clarity
Review by Belegûr
7.5
There's not an awful lot to discuss when it comes to Absolute Clarity, the latest release from Ukrainian band Sunrise. This is fast and melodic metal heavily inspired by the likes of Sonata Arctica and Stratovarius. Many bands take influence from two of the biggest acts in the genre, but few manage to do it with this much precision.

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Signum Regis - Chapter IV: The Reckoning
Review by Belegûr
7.8
The European power metal scene is chock-full of average bands. I've reviewed some myself and Signum Regis did seem like another one after I listened to Chapter IV: The Reckoning for the first time. However, after each subsequent listen, I started to appreciate it a lot more. No this isn't top tier power metal and it makes the same mistakes that so many other forgettable acts in the genre make, but it does get a lot right.

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Wildernessking - Mystical Future
Review by Windrider
 
After years of keeping the tension high with promising EPs, Wildernessking finally enlighten our new year with their long awaited second full-length, entitled Mystical Future. The South African gang amazed me back in the year 2012 when I did one of my very first official reviews here and just like me (insert stupidly grinning face here), they stay true to their roots. Because outside my cosmos they are probably not as big as Metallica or Iron Maiden, let it be said that Wildernessking play a modern, progressive style of black metal, atmospheric, yet technically demanding.

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Moonreich - Pillars Of Detest
Review by BitterCOld
7.1
Pillar Of Detest is the latest Luciferian lunar lullabies from the French black metal outfit Moonreich.

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The Decibel Magazine Tour 2016

USA, Denver, CO (Gothic Theater)
05 April 2016

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High On Fire
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Tribulation
Staff pick
Ulver - ATGCLVLSSCAP
Ulver doing Ulver

The new output from the Norwegian black metallers gone electronic maestros is just more of what Ulver have been doing splendidly for years now. Oozing of drone and psychedelic influence, it's a powerful exercise in transcendent beauty and diversity, with each track managing to have its own distinct flavor while still following a common theme. Forget the fact that you can't pronounce this album's title. Instead, focus on the fact that this is probably the most immersive and stimulating Ulver album in quite a good while.

Go and get it.

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Metal Church - New Single Released 12.02

The new lyric video for Metal Church's new single ''Killing Your Time" has debuted online. This tune appears on the band's forthcoming new album XI which will be available via Rat Pak Records (USA/Canada/SA), Nuclear Blast (Europe) and King Records (Japan) on March 25th. Hear the heavy metal titans' new single now here. The band's 11th studio release also marks the return of legendary vocalist and frontman Mike Howe. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Incantation - Re-Sign To Relapse Records, Announce New Album 12.02

Incantation have good news to share with their fans. The legendary death metal band originally signed to Relapse Records in the early 1990s and released influential extreme metal albums, including Onward To Golgotha (1992), Mortal Throne Of Nazarene (1994), Diabolical Conquest (1998), and The Infernal Storm (2000), and have come full circle to reunite with Relapse for its forthcoming 10th studio album. The band is currently recording their upcoming full-length at their own Incantation Studios in Johnstown, PA. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Michael Monroe - Unveil New Video Clip 12.02

"Goin' Down With The Ship" is the new video from former Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe. The song is taken from Monroe's latest studio album, Blackout States, which was released in October 2015 via Spinefarm Records. The 13-track follow-up to 2013's Horns And Halos was produced by Chips Kiesbye in Gothenburg, Sweden, and mixed by Petri Majuri in Helsinki, Finland. Check out their new video here. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Valerinne - Stream New Album In Full 12.02

Romanian post-metallers Valerinne are streaming their entire new album online. After streaming their split with drone metal band Tauusk previously, now the full-length album Monumenta has just been released and can be enjoyed fully here. Give it a spin. What are your thoughts on the band's third album? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Catalepsia - Eurovision Song Video Online 12.02

Latvian gothic/doom metal act Catalepsia (recently interviewed for Metal Storm) took part in the Latvian national Eurovision song contest qualification with the single "Damnation". Now you can watch their performance here on the official video from the competition, courtesy of Latvian's national TV. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
A Year In Metal - 2015: Highlights Through The Eyes Of The MS Staff, Elites & Official Contributors 13.01

Since the Metal Storm Awards are upon us, here are the highlights of some of our Jedi Knights, Padawans and Younglings hmmm, and even a Sith Lord gave his input. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
The Lost Concert Files - Various Stuff From 2015 11.01

Too little - too late, but here it is nevertheless. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Black Metal MMXVI: How We Got Here, And Where We're Going 04.01

When one takes the past 15 years into account, perhaps no other subgenre of metal has expanded and diversified to the point and the manner in which which black metal has. Emerging from a tight circle of orthodoxy, this child in the metal family now seems bent on branching out in every possible direction, and incorporating every stylistic influence it can get its hands on. But how did it reach this point? And what does this current atmosphere of innovation and rule breaking mean for the future of black metal as a whole? Let's find out. (by Apothecary)   Read more ››
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Benedictum - Seasons Of Tragedy (2008)

I love US Heavy Metal and I love the fact that the bands from this country always try to play an aggressive, with thrashy riffs, and not only some kind of melodic stuff that you find in Europe. With the second album of Benedictum I can tell you you'll not be disappointed if you like powerful and thrashy Heavy, "Seasons Of Tragedy" is a really good release and confirms all the hopes that we got with their first release. Benedictum is a good band and if you don't know them yet be... (by Jeff)   Read more ››

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