Acid King - Middle Of Nowhere, Center Of Everywhere
Review by BitterCOld
Retro-sounding female fronted psychedelic stoner doom… but before you dismiss them as another Janey Come Lately, do realize Acid King have been kicking out the jams for more than 20 years.


Heidevolk - Velua
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
Though co-lead vocalist Joris Boghtdrincker departed from Heidevolk a couple of years ago, they could not in good conscience abandon their trademark vocal harmonies, and so the barrel-chested tag-team remains intact with the new addition of Lars Vogel. At least their signature sound hasn't changed with the line-up, but Velua is a very slow starter.


Skyforger - Senprūsija
Review by deadone
To be honest I had some reservations reviewing a folk black metal band. Given that the closest I get to either genres is Bathory one can understand my trepidation. Then to my surprise it turns out Skyforger's new album Sensprūsija offers a more multifaceted approach including large chunks of heavy and thrash metal circa 1988!


Santo Rostro - II: The Bleed
Review by BitterCOld
"Spanish bongs in Andalucia… Stoner jams rawk balls for 39" minutes*. Pardon the intro. If it makes sense to you, you earn dos puntos frescos. If not, be sure to check out The Clash… but only after getting sonically plowed by Santo Rostro.


Three Steps To The Ocean - Migration Light
Review by tea[m]ster
Three Steps To The Ocean are a four-piece instrumental band from Italy. They have been around for quite a while, having released three records since 2007. They play a specific style of atmospheric post rock/metal with some sludge, doom and experimental touches. Migration Light is the fourth title in their catalog, continuing what has been one of more remarkable "fly under the radar" kind of rides I have ever seen. It's been a very secretive trudge through the desensitized network of post rock/metal for Three Steps To The Ocean, and they may be one of the best bands doing it that you've never heard of.


Six Feet Under - Crypt Of The Devil
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
Chris Barnes ruins everything.


Sorcerer - In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
Crawling out of the depths of history come Sorcerer, the Swedish epic doom band whose story is similar to that of recent successes Hell; they came into being back in 1988, but disintegrated shortly, leaving only a handful of demos and compilations to trickle out periodically over the decades. In 2010, vocalist Anders Engberg and bassist Johnny Hagel resurrected the band with some new blood, eventually getting around to recording a proper album. It might be 27 years overdue, but In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross constitutes Sorcerer's official full-length debut; unlike Hell, however, Sorcerer have chosen to let their old demos stand as they are, opting instead to fill their first true album with all-new material.


The Gentle Storm - The Diary
Review by Ivor
A full-album collaboration between Anneke and Arjen is something that's been eagerly anticipated ever since Anneke sang the part of Egyptian in Ayreon's Into the Electric Castle, which features probably one of the most emotional and beautiful Ayreon tunes ever written with her on vocals: the folkish "The Valley of the Queens." That was about 17 years ago, give or take. Apart from another appearance close to 10 years later, you could say that something like The Gentle Storm is long overdue.


Supported event

Nightwish: North American Tour 2015

USA, San Francisco, CA (Warfield Theatre)
28 April 2015

Staff pick
Ghost Ship Octavius - Ghost Ship Octavius
Melodic/progressive metal

Matt Wicklund and Van Williams make a winning team in Ghost Ship Octavius's debut album. Their talent to produce intricate, hard-hitting songs combined with the soaring performance of vocalist Adōn Fanion reaches epic proportions. Dark in atmosphere and themes, Ghost Ship Octavius borrows elements like groovy riffs à la Nevermore and Communic, and the melodic virtuosity of the likes of Darkwater. Add outstanding solos and a grandiose sound to the equation, and you have a very auspicious start for this band.

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Evergrey - Factory, Tallinn, Estonia, 26.03.2015 10.04

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