Mass Hypnosis - Sanctimonious
Review by Ilham
5.1
People refuse to see the signs. People are blind to their doings, and we are laughed at when we try to warn you. The Illuminati are amongst us. WAKE UP! SHEEPLE!

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Morost - Solace In Solitude
Review by Susan
8.9
Morost's brand of death metal is quite groovy, with strong drumming and blast beats in all the right places, while a thundering bass leads us through the darkness. Yet, there is so much beauty and emotion in Solace In Solitude. These Slovenians carry the label "Progressive Death Metal" and I can get right in line behind that. It's decidedly extreme metal, but the shards of melody that slice their way into this music will equally...

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Deus X Machina - X
Review by Susan
7.0
Deus X Machina's X is power metal with strong heavy metal leanings. These Argentines released a debut that comes out of the gate with mountains of energy to spare, a classic metal influence, and a singer with strong high notes even a dog can't hear. The opening track even reminded me of Hibria's debut Defying The Rules: The Power Metal Version. The youthful energy here is the main selling point; each listen was exciting and I couldn't...

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Almøst Human - Ø [EP]
Review by R Lewis
 
In Flames, anybody?

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Ravenscry - The Attraction Of Opposites
Review by dismaleuphony
9.1
Ravenscry's second full-length takes everything from their debut, improves on it, experiments even more, and offers thirteen songs of absorbing, introverted melodies that have had me returning to the album for months now.

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Bloodtruth - Obedience
Review by Ilham
5.7
I'm tired and angry. I won't make the slightest effort to make this review interesting, or easy to read. Nor will I try to be original. And I certainly won't resort to intricate sentences to make this longer than it has to be. Why would I put more work into this than Bloodtruth did when writing the album?

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Phosphorus - Assassinat
Review by Doc Godin
8.2
There's really something special about finding a band like this - young, energetic and untainted by over-familiarity. Hearing Phosphorus' full-length debut is akin to hearing Absu or Skeletonwitch for the first time all over again.

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Silent Planet - The Night God Slept
Review by Ilham
8.5
The best thing about growing older is not knowing yourself better, but coming to the realisation you actually don't know that much. I never would have thought an album by a Christian metalcore band could actually move the doubtful heart of a hardened atheist such as mine. Silent Planet tamed the cold bitch in me for the short while I needed to write this review. I'll proceed to tell you how.

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United Progressive Fraternity - Fall In Love With The World
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A cheesy band name if there ever was one but, man, do these Australians make up for it music-wise. Of course this won't come as a surprise to those of you who know the now defunct Unitopia. To the rest of you I can only advise to trust my judgement. This here is one spectacular progressive rock album.

Try the teaser or listen to "Intersection."

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A capella metal sensations Van Canto have just released a brand new live video from this year's Wacken Open Air Festival 2014! They hit the stage together with many special guests: Tarja Turunen, Victor Smolski (Rage), Chris Boltendahl (Grave Digger), André Matos (ex-Angra) and Stimmgewalt (Hardchor from Berlin). You can watch the band's special performance of the song "Fear Of The Dark", the Iron Maiden hit, right here. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Inquisition - To Reissue First Two Albums, Covers Revealed 28.11

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Axenstar - Debut New Lyric Video 28.11

The official release of Axenstar's new album Where Dreams Are Forgotten in Europe is today. If you want to hear more power metal and material from their opus, check out below a brand new lyric video for the track "The Return". The album will only be released a few days later on December 2nd in North America through Inner Wound Recordings. Did you enjoy this song? How about the new album? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
The Man-Eating Tree - New Album Details Unveiled 28.11

Earlier this year, the Finns The Man-Eating Tree unveiled a new song from their upcoming album. Now things are starting to come together and the release of their third album, called In The Absence Of Light, is set for early 2015. The metallers have also revealed the cover that will grace the record. Take a look at it below. Besides that, you can also hear the first album teaser as a foretaste of what's to come. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Marduk - New Album Cover Art Revealed, New Song Online 27.11

Marduk promised to reveal more details about their new album Frontschwein and here they are. More precisely, the band just unveiled the cover that will grace the album as well as the tracklist. But that is just part of it because you can also already listen to the brand new track "Rope Of Regret" now. Enjoy it below and give us your impressions of the new song. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 4 Issue #4 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 26.11

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 The Proselyte, Past Undone, Chronus, Athanatos, Abraxas Countdown and Graveshadow. (by Nefarious, Troy Killjoy, BloodTears, Mr. Doctor, Ilham, dismaleuphony)   Read more ››
 
Damnation Festival 2014 - Leeds, England, 1st November 2014 22.11

School, university, jobs, relationships... a lot can change in ten years. There might not be too many consistencies in life these days, but for the past ten years, the Damnation Festival has been a must - a necessity - for anyone who appreciates this kind of music. With the move to Leeds the festival grew bigger than probably anyone expected it to, and as we find ourselves in the year 2014 the festival is a streamlined, professional operation for all to enjoy. (by Baz Anderson)   Read more ››
 
Hedvig Mollestad Trio - Sinilind, Tallinn, Estonia, 25.10.2014 07.11

The less you know, the better it is. This seems to be a recurring pattern with smaller gigs. It holds true that the lower your expectations are for a class act, the more room you have for a pleasant surprise. Even though I didn't go into this instrumental jazz-influenced rock night blindfolded, so to say, I wasn't nearly prepared for a concert this excellent. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
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The music of Ellipsis, this is not something that you can listen to everyday. It was already "different" on their previous albums but for sure "Imperial Tzadik", their new release, is probably their "craziest" album of their whole discography. Their depressive and dark Progressive Metal which is not so far of Doom actually is really original and surprising. For sure if you're looking for something unconventional, "Imperial Tzadik" is for you… It's... (by Jeff)   Read more ››

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