Falloch - This Island, Our Funeral
Review by tea[m]ster
9.1
Scottish band Falloch have finally released their sophomore album, three years after their highly decorated debut Where Distant Spirits Remain. Main song writer and vocalist Andy Marshall left the band during this period, the void filled with a trio of capable musicians and a new sound. A straight-forward and desensitized atmospheric approach takes the place of most of the "gazy" and folk metal elements. I love the band's new direction and This Island, Our Funeral is an impressive piece of music that will hold its own against the Dustwalker's and The Serpent & the Sphere's of the genre.

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Nero Di Marte - Derivae
Review by R'Vannith
8.5
Sometimes it's difficult to discern what is truly progressive in metal. This is providing we all have preconceived notions of what it means for artists to push at the identifiable territorial boundaries of music that are more familiar to us, and facilitate sounds external to generic confines. The prospect of a band finding themselves located somewhere between Gojira, Tool and Ulcerate is something I could never have anticipated. Yet Nero Di Marte leave listeners in anticipation with each careful note, echoing technicalities throughout primordially death metal perpetuating atmosphere and flowing forms of sound hitherto uncharted. Exploration persists in Derivae.

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Devin Townsend - Z²
Review by Apothecary
7.0
Uh oh, Apothecary is reviewing a prog album. Hold onto your undergarments, ladies and gentlemen, it's gonna be a bumpy ride.

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Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.2
Last time Slipknot released a studio album, they still served as one of my primary conduits to the metal scene. As I am no longer 14, Slipknot's angst-and-unorthodox-percussion-heavy brand of nu/alt metal lacks the same gravitas it once had, but I still enjoy Vol 3: The Subliminal Verses and Slipknot from time to time. You might call me a bit of a lapsed fan, but I'm enough of one to give .5: The Gray Chapter a fighting chance.

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Process Of Guilt / Rorcal - Process Of Guilt / Rorcal [Split] [EP]
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.4
Rorcal and Process Of Guilt: two bands, full of anguish and grit, each hot on the heels of a well-received testament to the catastrophic potential of black noise. They have come together, grinding like the massive tectonic plates of unnatural noise, to unleash an excellent split EP of dread-filled coldness.

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Fluxious - Nucleus Accumbens Diseases
Review by Ivor
 
Fluxious's début album Why So Serious? was a bit of an acquired taste and, with all its flaws and virtues, it turned out to be an either love or hate affair for some. Mixing jazz and metal, it was not a seamless blend of the two genres but had a sort of dichotomy going. Its appeal lied in contrasting patterns of both worlds that manifested itself in song structures, vocal lines as well as the overall feeling. The follow-up to this début is something I've been eagerly expecting for a while now.

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Kong - Stern
Review by Ivor
 
Kong are extremely good at delivering music that is restless and unsettling. If you're an impressionable sort, a driver that gets nervous and twitchy at the wheel of a car in a rush hour, Kong is not a good choice of background music. It will surely make you even more anxious and jumpy. It's the sort of music that just doesn't let itself be enjoyed sitting tight.

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Rigor Mortis - Slaves To The Grave
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
9.0
Reviewing the posthumous opus ultimus of a recently-deceased artist imposes the unique burden of simultaneously preventing the unfortunate circumstances from coloring any objective sentiments about the work itself and remaining sensitive to the situation. While of course we believe in subjective reviews here, and some albums are best understood in the context of their creator's demise (Woods Of Ypres's Woods V), more often than not death intensifies hero worship. Rigor Mortis require no special treatment; not only does Slaves To The Grave deliver well enough on its own, it is a fitting swan song and testament to the brilliance of both Rigor Mortis and the late Mike Scaccia.

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Hedvig Mollestad Trio - Enfant Terrible!
Jazz songwriting meets stoner rock guitar

Ooh, this is so bloody sweet! Free form jazz-like songwriting meets heavy, stonerish guitar - this stuff feels like a half hour slow guitar jam. Mind you, no vocals.

Listen to the album teaser here or the first track "Laughing John" on the homepage.

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Taake - Debut New Song, Announce New Album 24.10

Taake are releasing a new album! Three years after their latest Noregs Vaapen output, the Norwegian black metal band has announced the first details of what will be their sixth full-length album. Titled Stridens Hus, the seven-track album is set for release on the 8th of December worldwide, with the exception of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where the album will appear on the 12th of December via Dark Essence Records. And you can already listen to a new song right now. It's called "Det Fins En Prins". Go ahead and take the 8-minute journey right here. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Wolfheart - Sign With Spinefarm Records, New Album In 2015 24.10

Good news for Wolfheart as the band just signed with Spinefarm Records. We already knew that Tuomas Saukkonen's new band was recording their next album. Now we know that the new opus, titled Shadow World, is due out in mid-2015 and Spinefarm Records will also re-release their 2013 debut, Winterborn, with two additional bonus tracks on February 3rd of next year. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Battle Beast - New Album Details Unveiled 24.10

Heavy metallers Battle Beast have been working this year to release the successor of their self-titled album which was released in 2013. The new album, entitled Unholy Savior, will be out on January 9th, 2015 in Europe and January 15th, 2015 in the US via Nuclear Blast. So better mark your calendars folks! Meanwhile, feast your eyes on the cover below and find out more about this record. (by ManiacBlasphemer)   Read more ››
 
Cavalera Conspiracy - New Video Released 24.10

Thrash metallers Cavalera Conspiracy will soon drop their newest effort Pandemonium on October 31st (Europe) and November 4th in North America through Napalm Records. However, before getting your hands on their newest release, the band released a new video for the song "Babylonian Pandemonium," which is now available below for your viewing pleasure. (by ManiacBlasphemer)   Read more ››
 
Stratovarius - To Reissue "Elements" Albums 24.10

As announced by their label EarMUSIC, Finnish power metal legends Stratovarius are going to reissue their 2003 albums Elements Part I and Elements Part II in a compilation, predictably named Elements Part I & II - Complete Edition, on December 5th, 2014. (by R Lewis)   Read more ››
 
Conan, Pallbearer, Yob: two nights of Sludge & Doom in Toulouse 24.10

... "Well, if Soyuz Bear were heavy, Conan were HEAVY." ... "I was really curious to see what Pallbearer were all about. And I was impressed." ... "Ahh, finally seeing Yob live!" (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
 
FRA, Toulouse - Entombed A.D. & Grave: Back To The Front European Tour 2014 18.10

A pure Swedish death metal evening, with Entombed A.D. - that's the LG Petrov fronted version of Entombed - as headliner? Count me in! (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
 
Getting Stoked: 70000 Tons Of Metal 2015 - The Destination 15.10

In a couple of months, the end of January 2015 to be exact, 70000 Tons Of Metal, the annual - The Original - music cruise will set sail once again. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
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Ram-Zet - Freaks In Wonderland (2012)

Not beginners, are they? As a first contact with Ram-Zet, this new album is pretty good, I have to say. Checking on their back catalogue, this Freaks In Wonderland might also be one of their craziest - and somehow the most 'light-hearted', too. If that kind of definition can be applied to a crazy band like that, defined as "schizo metal" by its founder and main driving force (that's guitarist/vocalist Zet). Their music is pretty weird, to say the least. But that was to be... (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››

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The first Romanian funeral doom metal band.

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