Menace Ruine - Venus Armata
Review by Apothecary
 
Some of the strongest bands within the music spectrum are those that can change their style drastically without losing any momentum in the process. A recent example of this within the metal genre would be the mysterious Menace Ruine duo. These Canadians emerged from the shadows not even a decade ago with their demo and debut, hazy blends of atmospheric black metal and doom, only to make a complete 180 and descend into a more folky form of drone. 2014's Venus Armata continues in this direction, and is an absolutely magnificent release.

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Raspberry Bulbs - Privacy
Review by wormdrink414
8.0
Raspberry Bulbs makes blackish punk that's deserving of the title "Primitive." Like, straight from the viscera Primitive; the kind of Primitive bands constantly aim for and most come up short on. The disputable genre tags for them seem like they just get in the way of that fact. This is some angry, raw stuff and that should be enough in way of describing what it is they do.

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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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Kreator: European Headlining Tour 2014

France, Toulouse (Le Bikini)
01 December 2014

Kreator
Arch Enemy
(+1)
Staff pick
Memest - Bastards And Liars
Ugly 70's Metal

In the vein of late-70's metal, when metal sounded, and looked, like Lemmy. Ugly. And fun.

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The heavy doom band The Skull - featuring original Trouble members, vocalist Eric Wagner and drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson, alongside longtime former Trouble bassist Ron Holzner with Sacred Dawn guitarist Lothar Keller and former Pentagram guitarist Matt Goldsborough - have recently announced a December U.S. tour to promote their debut record, For Those Which Are Asleep, which was released worldwide this month (November 4th) via Tee Pee Records. The confirmed tour dates are listed below. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Ingested - Debut New Track 29.11

Start your weekend with some brutal death metal courtesy of Ingested. The Manchester band recently revealed a brand new lyric video for their first cut off the impending album The Architect Of Extinction. The ferocious track is called "The Divine Right Of Kings". The cover artwork was penned by Toshihiro Egawa and is also available below. Listen to the new song and find out all about this new record. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Melechesh - New Album Coming In February 28.11

Five years and several line-up changes later, Israel's own Melechesh are finally releasing their new album. Titled Enki, the follow-up to The Epigenesis now has an official release date. Nuclear Blast will release it on February 6th (Europe), February 9th (UK) and February 10th (US), 2015. You can check out the album's tracklist below. Do you have high hopes for the new record? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Nihill - New Album Streaming Online 28.11

Black metal trio Nihill is exclusively streaming the entire fourth studio album Verderf, which means "decay" in Dutch, over at Terrorizer. The album is set to be released on the 1st of December 2014 via Burning World Records but you are lucky enough to be able to listen to it now. Is it better than their previous offering Verdonkermaan released back in 2012? Find out now. (by Pazdzioch)   Read more ››
 
Van Canto - Share Live Video Featuring Tarja, André Matos And More 28.11

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 ››
 
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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So those crazy Mayans decided this was the year that everything went to H-E-double-hockey-sticks in a hand basket… well everyone's favorite band of merry Finns (move the fuck on over, Korpiklaani), Profetus done recorded the soundtrack to the miserable end of all things. …To Open The Passages In Dusk is four songs and nearly one hour of unrelenting bleak misery. The band seems to delight in stretching everything out - songs, riffs, beats to a painfully slow tempo. These songs stretch on... (by BitterCOld)   Read more ››

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In light of the September 11 attacks, the original music video for "Wish You Were Here" was deemed inappropriate by MTV. In the video the band is chased off a bridge by screaming women, army people, cops, clowns and photographers. The only place to go is to leap off this bridge, and it shows the band descending and smacking into the water.

Phil Harder, director of the clip, had to make a second clip to find some substantial airplay on the channel. The original "bridge jump" version would eventually air much later.

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