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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Supported event

Nightwish: North American Tour 2016

USA, Colorado Springs, CO (City Auditorium)
15 March 2016

Nightwish
Delain
Sonata Arctica
 
Skeletonwitch - Finish Recording New EP 10.02

Skeletonwitch have recently completed recording a new EP, the Ohio quintet's first new material since 2013's critically acclaimed Serpents Unleashed. The as-yet-untitled release, tentatively due out this summer, was recorded last month with Kevin Bernsten at Baltimore's Developing Nations and will feature the group's new vocalist, whose identity will be revealed in the coming weeks. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Panopticon - Announce First Live Performance 10.02

Austin Lunn's Panopticon are finally making their debut live performance! The atmospheric black metal band will be one of the headliners at Migration Fest 2016, performing ...On The Subject Of Mortality in full as their first ever public live show. The fest had already announced its first names before, but this is their first headliner announcement. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Sabaton - Premiere New Clip 10.02

Sabaton's upcoming Heroes On Tour DVD will see the light of day on March 4th via Nuclear Blast. Now the Swedish power metal unit has shared another appetizer clip from the release for the tune "Carolus Rex", the title track of their 2012 album, filmed at their own Sabaton Open Air 2015. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Mean Man - New Album On The Way 10.02

Mighty Music has welcomed Mean Man, the band of former W.A.S.P. guitarist, Chris Holmes, to the family. On Friday, the 25th of March, the new solo album C.H.P. will be released on CD and on all digital sales and streaming channels worldwide through Mighty Music. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Cobalt - Release First Song From New Album 09.02

As Cobalt prepares for the release of their new studio album Slow Forever, the band is ready to give fans the first taste of what they can expect on March 25th when the album drops through Profound Lore Records. Today, you can listen to the 9-minute song entitled "Beast Whip", available for streaming exclusively at NPR. Check out the song there and then share your impressions of it. (by Paz)   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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Manes - How The World Came To An End (2007)

Like their Norwegian contemporaries Ulver, Manes is a band that forsake pure black metal in favor of a more all-encompassing sound, including forays into dance, funk, hip-hop, prog, industrial, disco and electronica. Although the above statement alone will most likely send most metal fans running in fear, the truth is, ladies and gentlemen, that Manes' latest album How The World Came To An End is one of the most intriguing and interesting albums of 2007, thanks to the fearless adventurous attitude... (by jup (mia))   Read more ››

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