Bastard Sapling - Instinct Is Forever
Review by R'Vannith
7.6
Black metal finds an auspiciously vicious delivery in Instinct Is Forever. While the aggressions and subtle allure are typically developed for the genre, they do seem to come instinctively to Bastard Sapling, their sound benefiting from an underlying element at the roots.

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Horncrowned - Defanatus (Diabolus Adventus)
Review by Windrider
 
One can explore quite a lot when discovering the non-european black metal scenes. Historically, the most important and still the biggest scene overseas can be found in South America. Bands like Sarcófago filled in the small gap between the first and second wave in Scandinavia. However, today's discussion topic hails from Bogotá, Colombia and has the pleasant name Horncrowned. They have been around since 2001 and released four full-length albums so far, the fourth one being rated today here live and uncut, entitled Defanatus (Diabolus Adventus).

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Cowards - Rise To Infamy
Review by Ilham
7.9
Incipit in media fucking res.

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Reasons Behind - The Alpha Memory
Review by Jason W.
7.8
Reasons Behind waste no time in undertaking an ambitious concept album with their debut, The Alpha Memory. Guitar-driven symphonic metal that is full of exuberant keyboard and piano melodies and plenty of unique and memorable vocal passages, Reasons Behind give the listener an emotional journey into the mind of a woman living with one of the greatest conditions of the mind, that of Alzheimer's.

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Sedna - Sedna
Review by Apothecary
8.0
In need of an album to prove to all the Gorgoroth and "one trve Mayhem" worshipers that black metal today is anything but confined to Satanic and dark themes? Sedna have got you covered.

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Ghost Brigade - IV - One With The Storm
Review by R'Vannith
8.3
For three records the Finnish band Ghost Brigade have provided a unique example of melodic death metal progression. Basing their studio efforts well beyond generic limits and engaging the structures and tones of post-metal, they continue to issue their original and outlying style in IV: One With The Storm, but to a similar result as any of their prior releases.

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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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Staff pick
Tummler And Solomon - You've Worn Out Your Welcome
Northwest posty doom stuff

End your year on a high note and listen to the strong debut of these Cascadian newcomers. A delightfully varied concoction of stoner-ish doom and mellow post metal landscapes, complete with a warm organ sound that wants to do nothing but hug you to death and hazy vocals that feel like floating on a cloud. Recommended for any fans of more atmospheric-tinged doom.

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Trollfest - Releasing Anniversary Album Digitally 27.12

Trollfest have announced the digital release for A Decade Of Drekkadence - 10 Years Anniversary on January 15th. The album is a self-released LP brought out in 2013. It's a compilation album including some cover songs, b-tracks, early demos and acoustic songs. So far, it has been available as a limited picture LPs, but this picture disc is now more or less sold out. Moreover, you can hear the band sing some Christmas songs for the holiday season and troll a little. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
AC/DC - Bon Scott Documentary And Biopic In The Works 27.12

According to Billboard.com, late AC/DC singer Bon Scott will be the subject of a new documentary due sometime in 2015, titled Looking For Bon, which will explore Scott's life from 1970 to 1974. Narrated by David O'Hara ("The Tudors", "The Departed"), the film will be followed by a Bon Scott biopic, based on a script written by late Australian music pioneer Vince Lovegrove (who shared vocals with Scott in The Valentines in the '60s) and Angela Anagnostopoulos, focusing on Bon's years in AC/DC. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Samael - Playing Entire 'Ceremony Of Opposites' At Wacken 27.12

Samael will delight their fans at Wacken because the Swiss group is set to play their third album Ceremony Of Opposites (1994) in its entirety. But there is more! The band is working on their next sonic adventure, and will play some select festivals in 2015. At Wacken, they will focus the main part of the performance on the masterpiece Ceremony Of Opposites. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Rings Of Saturn - Recruit New Guitarist 27.12

After splitting with guitarist Joel Omans earlier this month, Californian deathcore machine Rings Of Saturn has issued an announcement about recruiting a replacement. So, the new guitar player in the group is Miles Baker. You can check out Baker's playing chops on the song "Peeling Arteries" through the YouTube player down under. The song is taken from Dingir. The group's latest effort, Lugal Ki En, released on October 14th via Unique Leader Records. (by Abattoir)   Read more ››
 
Amia Venera Landscape - New Album Artwork And Teaser Revealed 27.12

Amia Venera Landscape have finally unveiled more about The Great Mystery, their new album which follows the promising The Long Procession. Recently, the band has been revealing bit by bit details about it including the cover artwork and a small teaser which you can now see below. You will also be happy to know that the record is coming out in 2015. (by Pazdzioch)   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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Inborn Suffering - Wordless Hope (2006)

France has a pretty strong underground doom metal scene going on and one these highly interesting acts coming from there have to be Inborn Suffering. Being a fan of their music since their demo days i can say that i was waiting for their debut album so badly to come out, and guess what, "Wordless Hope" is finally out to entrance your senses with its sorrowful and emotional melodic doom/death metal. "Wordless Hope" was recorded with the old line-up of the band (some changes followed... (by DerRozzengarten)   Read more ››

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Crimson Death is the first Melodic Death Metal band from Peru.

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