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
 
Desolate Pathway - Announce New Bassist, Shows 08.02

English doomsters Desolate Pathway have announced their new bass player and his name is Jamie Butler. The group who released their only album so far, Valley Of The King, two years ago, says Jamie is already seasoned in the London doom scene with his previous band Ossiyan and will be a great addition and completion to Desolate Pathway. You can catch them live on a few appearances in the next few months. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Karmic Link - New Single Coming 08.02

Karmic Link released their latest album back in 2010, Esoterica, but the progressive metallers have been working on a new single. This will be their first new material in a while after a few singles released in the last few years. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Anthrax - Sued For $1 Million Over Hanukkah Sweater 07.02

Anthrax are being sued! According to a report from Detroit Free Press, the metal veterans are being sued by a Detroit artist over the use of his design on the band's Ugly Hanukkah sweater. In a unique copyright infringement lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, a Detroit artist and businessman is suing Anthrax and others for at least $1 million in damages, claiming his blue-and-white Happy Hanukkah design is showing up on Anthrax sweatshirts, which are being sold for $28.99 on a website called Rockabilia. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Max And Igor Cavalera - To Play 'Roots' In Its Entirety 07.02

Former Sepultura members Max Cavalera (guitar, vocals) and Igor Cavalera (drums) plan to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band's classic album, Roots, by performing the album in its entirety on a U.S. tour later this year. The Brazilian brothers were both founding members of Sepultura but now join forces in Cavalera Conspiracy. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Otep - Unveil Details For Upcoming Album 07.02

Otep, led by mastermind/vocalist Otep Shamaya, are back with a new album this year to follow Hydra. The details of their seventh studio record and Napalm Records debut titled Generation Doom have been revealed. The album is set for an April 15th release and the artwork and tracklist have been unveiled now. Find out more about what you can expect on this record below. (by BloodTears)   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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Killer Be Killed - Killer Be Killed (2014)

If bands like Adrenaline Mob, Symfonia, Audioslave, and any of the 300 Anthrax-based supergroups have taught us anything, it's that incredible collaborations have a disappointingly high rate of failure. Fortunately, there are plenty of examples to the contrary, and Killer Be Killed is one of them. (by ScreamingSteelUS)   Read more ››

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