Coal Chamber - Rivals
Review by deadone
6.0
Twelve years after they went the way of the dodo, nu metal stalwarts Coal Chamber are back with a new album, Rivals. And like with any reunion album, the question arises as to whether it would be a welcome addition to the band's catalogue or just another pointless exercise in misguided nostalgia.

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Alkaloid - The Malkuth Grimoire
Review by Windrider
 
When it comes to progressive metal, one finds many die-hard fans and others who can't handle it at all. It might be that this genre has a larger ratio of musicians among the fans, those who comprehend the music are more likely to enjoy it with all its facets. Out of nothing now a new band emerged; Alkaloid from Germany greet us with their first ever release after their formation just a year ago. The musicians, however, are known to some people from their work with other big bands like Necrophagist, Obscura or Dark Fortress. Therefore, calling this new project a big surprise would be a bit of an exaggeration, nevertheless the music is worth the praise it currently receives.

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Leprous - The Congregation
Review by R'Vannith
9.0
It would be unlike Leprous to exercise restraint to the point of diminishment and place limitations on fresh efforts. Nonetheless, The Congregation is a compromise.

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Nibiru - Padmalotus
Review by Apothecary
8.5
In recent years, a good few occult theorists and scientists who spend too much time reading Zecharia Sitchin have come to proclaim the inevitable return of Nibiru. If they're talking about the fabled planet, I'd say their arguments are probably shit out of luck, but if they happen to be referring to the band, they're dead on. The Italian trio that is Nibiru are indeed here again on the psychedelia block, and they're striking back with what is perhaps their most powerful album to date.

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Sannhet - Revisionist
Review by tea[m]ster
9.0
An American band that plays good black metal? There are not many, and even though Sannhet orchestrates what certainly can be labeled as "hipster" black metal (had to say it), they are pretty unique in that they have no vocals. Think Deafheaven, Altar Of Plagues or Regarde Les Hommes Tomber but without the desolate, shrieking and chthonic black metal singing.

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Gruesome - Savage Land
Review by deadone
7.0
There are probably a few Death fans out there who lament that the band switched to more progressive pastures far too quickly and who believe the band should have churned out a few more Leprosy's instead. Now these fans have their wish come true in the form of Gruesome's Leprosy worshipping debut Savage Land.

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King Parrot - Dead Set
Review by Doc Godin
8.3
Honestly, looking at the name, you couldn't fault someone for thinking this is another one of those Municipal Waste side projects, which doesn't set the highest expectations. Don't get me wrong, Cannabis Corpse and Iron Reagan are both good fun, but ultimately a bit disposable. King Parrot meets some expectations and blows away others.

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Arena - The Unquiet Sky
Review by Ivor
 
Turns out it's not easy to come up with an apt description for the new Arena album. I've spent quite some time searching for a phrase that would round up my ongoing journey with The Unquiet Sky. Until recently I could only think of something being off about this one. Now, finally, I've concluded that unremarkable grower sums it up best. That, and that something is decidedly off about it.

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Staff pick
Izah - Sistere
Sludge

I reviewed their 2008 EP and thought they had potential. Consider that potential realized. Four tracks, all over 10 minutes, one over 30 - including one from the EP - show they've improved significantly over the years. Well done.

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Picked by: BitterCOld
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Fear Factory - Share New Album Cover Art And Tracklist 28.05

Fear Factory continue to reveal more about their new album. After announcing the title and release date, the next pieces of the puzzle are the cover artwork and the tracklist. Also, you can find out more about the concept behind the album that will be called Genexus. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Shining - Release New Video 28.05

Shining have released a music video for the track "Vilja & Dröm" which you might recognize from the black metallers new album IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends. The NSFW video is streaming now online and you can watch it below if you dare. The video filmed and edited by long-time Shining collaborator Martin Strandberg features a band performance as well as footage of violence and brutality. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Avenged Sevenfold - Unveil Teaser For Upcoming DVD 28.05

Avenged Sevenfold are finally releasing their new DVD. In anticipation of the release, here is the first glimpse at This Is Bat Country on the video below. It's only a teaser of what's to come with more details to be announced by the American metallers soon. But according to singer M. Shadows, it is going to encompass the whole world that they have been filming for the last few years as well as live performances. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Sinmara - In The Studio 28.05

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Battlecross - Announce New Album, Share New Song 28.05

Thrashers Battlecross have just launched a brand new song from their forthcoming album, Rise To Power. Two years after War Of Will, the band is back. The new song, "Not Your Slave", is streaming online and available for your listening pleasure. Furthermore, you can see all the album details as well, including song titles, cover and release date. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Roadburn Festival 2015 - Day 2: The Known And The Unknown 25.05

Che: As you guys might remember, for the past six years or so Roadburn has been having a curator take command on this second day, a member of a fairly well known band who not only gets to headline with the band on that day, but also selects which bands will be playing on three of the five stages. This year, curating duties went to Ivar Bjornson of Enslaved and Einar Selvik of Wardruna, immediately raising my curiosity for this "Houses Of The Holistic" day far beyond Mikael Akerfeldt's curating last year. (by Apothecary, Mr. Doctor)   Read more ››
 
Roadburn Festival 2015 - Day 1: "Get Rekt" 15.05

It's that time again, folks! A month after it's already passed, and a bunch of reviews have already been written about it, your favorite procrastinators Apothecary and Mr. Doctor are once again getting to their four day breakdown of Roadburn Festival. We may be late to the game, but hey guys: you haven't heard the tale of Roadburn until you've heard it from us. So sit back, put your feet up, throw on that guilty pleasure power metal album that no one knows you like, and come along for the ride. (by Apothecary, Mr. Doctor)   Read more ››
 
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Getting Into: Alice Cooper The articles in this series begun by our own Baz Anderson are designed to give a brief overview of a band's entire discography, so as to provide a clear point of entry for the uninitiated. It offers a different approach from the typical review format, for the curious newcomer to a well-traveled band. Alice Cooper Hard rock, heavy metal, glam rock, psychedelic rock, new wave, industrial metal, punk, experimental rock, pop USA It would be impossible to quantify the vast influence that Alice Cooper has had on hard rock and heavy metal. The name originally described... (by ScreamingSteelUS)   Read more ››
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Agruss - Morok (2012)

One look at this whole set-up and it's easy to see we're in for a pretty typical black metal listen. The logo, the artwork, even the name gives you a pretty good idea what you're in for. You know what? It is pretty damn typical. The only question is, for being such a typical album, how the hell does Morok manage to achieve such shit-blasting power? (by Doc Godin)   Read more ››

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Kerry King recorded a solo for the song "What We're All About" from the pop punk band Sum 41 and also appeared in the video. When asked why, Kerry said: "The Sum 41 guys are big Slayer fans and cool guys, and they come to lots of our shows, but I actually did that because one of our record company guys nagged me endlessly."

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