Kolony - Sledge
Review by Doc Godin
5.9
Have you ever listened to one of those albums where it's quite clear one member of the band gives significantly less shits than everyone else around him/her? That's Kolony's Sledge in a nutshell.

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Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era
Review by R'Vannith
8.0
Staving off doubts given their frequency of line-up changes, Mors Principium Est consistently prove themselves to be a vital name in melodic death metal. Not for reasons of clear originality of style, but vital for their shared vitality, a remarkable feat considering the rate at which their rhythm guitars switch hands.

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Faithful Darkness - Archgod
Review by R'Vannith
6.0
It's with a restrictive rigidity that Faithful Darkness deliver in Archgod. For a band that would seize upon the frenetic kinetics of thrash in order to differentiate their position within melodic death metal, fixed tempos and a generic construct prove pervasive and limiting.

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Machine Head - Bloodstone & Diamonds
Review by Ilham
6.0
Metal fans can be hypocritical sometimes.

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Downfall Of Gaia - Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay
Review by tea[m]ster
8.8
Downfall Of Gaia are a really hard band to place in one specific genre. Their second full-length album, Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay, carries on the experimentation they dabbled with on their debut LP Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes. Dissonant black metal, post metal, doom metal, and sludgy, hardcore elements pervade both albums but where their debut was a bit raw, this new LP has been refined, re-tooled, and re-focused to take advantage of...

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Major Parkinson - Twilight Cinema
Review by Ivor
 
As curious as it is, one of my favourite albums this year was released quite early at the beginning of the year. This stellar album blew me away when I first heard it and it has continued to amaze me throughout the year. I might even say, Twilight Cinema has already stood the test of time. It has definitely survived the initial round of childish excitement. Most importantly, however, each time I listen to it I'm still awed by the detailed theatrical expressiveness and beauty of this album.

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Nightingale - Retribution
Review by Ivor
 
A new Nightingale album has taken a long time to see daylight. To me it's at least 3-4 years overdue. Ever since Swanö hinted at it being in the works I've been impatiently waiting for a release date. As days, weeks, months and years went by, I started filing the scarce news of its progress under speculative fiction and fantasy. I was slowly starting to think of it as a vapourtune.

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N.K.V.D. - Hakmarrja
Review by Mr. Doctor
5.5
For someone as lazy as I am, I love when reviews write themselves. So without any delay I'll start with a simple "What the fuck happened?" Seriously, what happened? N.K.V.D.'s Diktatura EP gave a promise of great things to come and then some. Later on Vlast came along and it was, well… A blast. Yeah, not original but at least I don't need to. Vlast was so much in your face than even a pornstar would think it was too much....

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Zoldier Noiz - Regression Process
thrash/crust

MEAN sounding stuff to pound down beers and pound other stuff down to and stuff like that kind of you know.

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Iron Maiden - Hint At Return To The Studio 18.12

Iron Maiden's last album was The Final Frontier released back in 2010. But the band's next album could be in the works. In a Christmas card sent out to members of their fan club, and signed by the band members, the legendary heavy metallers hinted that a new studio album is looming on the horizon. The card features the band's mascot Eddie emerging from the studio along with a sign saying "Uroton 51." Some fans have interpreted the message "Uroton 51" to mean "On Tour 15". (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
In Flames - Announce 2015 North American Tour 18.12

In Flames are currently wrapping a co-headlining North American tour with fellow Swedes Opeth, and now announced the second leg of their Siren Charms Tour for 2015. The band will return to North America and play 21 full headline shows in February and March in support of the newest record Siren Charms. The trek starts on February 20th in Santa Ana, California and wraps on March 18th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Wovenwar, who supported the band's European tour, will open all dates, while All That Remains will serve as direct support. Who's going? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Allegaeon - Debut New Video 18.12

Allegaeon have shared another new video! The tech death metal group has released their new album Elements Of The Infinite this year and now launches a brand new video for the tune "Threshold Of Perception". The band shot and edited the video themselves, with vocalist Ezra Haynes serving as the clip's director. Allegaeon shot it while they were in between their recent tours with Chimaira and Arsis where they ended up with some days off in Florida. Watch the final result here. Metal at the beach. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Infernal War - New Album Update, Cover Art Unveiled 18.12

Infernal War have finished work on their new album and will be bringing you some more death/black metal next year via Agonia Records. The band's next opus will be titled Axiom. The Polish extreme metal group is currently undertaking mastering duties after finishing the recording of the new album. You can expect Axiom to drop in early 2015. For now, check out the cover artwork below. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Gallileous - Former Member Dies 18.12

Polish doomsters Gallileous have shared sad news about their former guitarist/vocalist Krzysztof "Wino" Winkler who has passed away recently. The band thanked him for everything from the time spent in the studio to the shows. R.I.P. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Goatwhore, Dying Fetus and support in Toulouse, 25/11/2014 13.12

As soon as the Toulouse date of this tour was announced, I knew I had to come. Goatwhore coming here? Hell yeah!!! (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
 
Mars Red Sky + Year Of No Light in Toulouse 09.12

Let's face it: they didn't bring any Bordeaux wine with them... (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
 
Voting Abuse, MS, and YOU! 06.12

So you want to be a Stormtrooper and check peoples darkest habits in an effort to report Votecriminals to your local Moderator? Here are some thoughts on the scoring system and tips on tracking down Votecriminals. (by Xnoybis)   Read more ››
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Crystallion - Hattïn (2008)

Poweeeeeeeeaarrrrrrrr Metaaaaaaallllll!!!!! Ok ok I will calm down a bit but when I listen to this music I always have the feeling that I must shout loud (and high) such kind of words (which could be Dragoooonnsssss!!!! or Iroonnnnnnn!!!!" too by the way). "Hattïn" is the new album of Crystallion from Germany and if you're looking for European Power Metal damn you'll have your dose here. "Hattïn" is not particularly bad but let's hope that you can... (by Jeff)   Read more ››

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Steelheart

Steelheart was performing "Dancing in the Fire" from the "Tangled in Reins" album when Matijevic was involved in a serious accident. Matijevic decided to climb a lighting truss which was for some reason improperly secured so as Matijevic climbed the rig it broke free. Matijevic tried to dodge the 1000 pound piece of equipment to no avail, it hit him in the back of the head, driving him face first into the stage.
The outcome of the accident was a broken nose, cheekbone, jaw, twisted spine, and severe memory loss. That was the last time the original lineup of Steelheart would ever perform together.

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