Insomnium - Shadows Of The Dying Sun
Review by R'Vannith
8.5
With Insomnium no longer having the service of guitarist Ville Vänni and his replacement by Markus Vanhala, the lead guitarist of Omnium Gatherum, Shadows Of The Dying Sun presents the possibility of a merging of the titans, so to speak. However, their sixth full length studio effort is no less Insomnium in style and execution than what preceded it, which means we're granted yet another excellent album from this premier melodic death metal band.

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Impetuous Ritual - Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence
Review by Mr. Doctor
8.6
For all seasoned members of our beloved death metal cult, shock value isn't a thing anymore. The walls of sound are hardly impenetrable and all the pieces fall into place with ease. Our attraction towards more extreme and intricate metal is fueled by our desire to go back to that time where chaos was the norm and order was our goal. Yes, my comrades, despite what others might say: there is order in this maelstrom of visceral riffs, disturbing drumming and monstrous vocals.

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Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
Review by Apothecary
8.0
We all know the story by now. Following the disbanding of Celtic Frost after the widely-hailed Monotheist, metal torchbearer Thomas Fischer announced the formation of Triptykon, a new project that would be dedicated towards continuing on in the vein of the final Celtic Frost album. The band's Eparistera Daimones debut showed a glimpse of Fischer's remaining committment to writing ominous, crushing music. Now, in 2014, Melana Chasmata cements it.

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Cormorant - Earth Diver
Review by R'Vannith
8.8
Few bands have taken melodic death metal so far along a progressive route as Cormorant. These guys are an entirely independent group and their style is adventurous, downright impressive and unparalleled in individuality. Earth Diver is their third effort in a discographical success story, each time they've committed themselves to a release on their own terms they've put out astonishingly creative melodic metal. That is a guarantee which they continually assure.

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A Hill To Die Upon - Holy Despair
Review by R'Vannith
7.8
This is a band who still know how to make their metal without resorting to keyboard overload. This is melodic, it's death in substance, it's black in presentation and it's A Hill To Die Upon's third successful studio effort, a combination of melodic extremes.

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Skogen - I Döden
Review by Troy Killjoy
8.0
It seems like yesterday (it wasn't) when Skogen released Svítjod and I sat at my computer desk typing up a review starting out with how much these guys have flown under the radar in spite of creating some excellent atmospheric/pagan black metal. Today I will start out doing the same.

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Menace - Impact Velocity
Review by R'Vannith
7.6
For those familiar with Napalm Death, Mitch Harris is a man who needs no introduction for fans of the band or listeners of grindcore at large, however his new endeavour in project Menace does need some introducing. A catchy progressive metal with hard rock song structures is what you'll find in the debut album Impact Velocity, made up of twelve tracks with a captivating "cyber" thematic incentive.

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22-26 January 2015

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Staff pick
Human Cull - Stillborn Nation
Grindcore

For all the peeps thinking Napalm Death died after 1987's Scum and 1988's From Enslavement To Obliteration: Human Cull are here to save the day.

Listen here.


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Oruga - New Video Clip Online 23.04

French massive doom/sludge act Oruga have revealed their first video clip for the song "Ghosts Of Anneliese", extracted from their upcoming debut album, Blackened Souls, to be released on May 19th via Apathia Records. This almost eight-minute crushing song can be enjoyed right now below. (by Jehan)   Read more ››
 
Sebastian Bach - New Video Online 23.04

Former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach just released his new solo album Give 'Em Hell via Frontiers Records. He has also premiered his new video online for "All My Friends Are Dead" featuring Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, Duff McKagan's Loaded). This is just one of the tracks that appear on the new album. Have you already listened to it? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Tombs - New Song Streaming Online 22.04

With a new Tombs album around the corner, it is about time to listen to a new song. Today is your lucky day because you can stream "Edge Of Darkness", the first cut from Savage Gold, at this location. Expect the new opus on June 10th (North America), June 9th (UK/world), and June 6th (Germany/Benelux/Finland) on Relapse Records. Until then, you can always stream the new song and enjoy or hate it, depending on what you think about it. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Marty Friedman - New Video Online 22.04

Legendary guitar virtuoso Marty Friedman has unveiled the music video for the tune "Inferno," the title track of his highly anticipated new album, due out next month. The concept for the clip directed by Friedman and David Brodsky (Devin Townsend, The Black Dahlia Murder) was inspired by a television show in Japan, where Friedman currently lives and is a popular TV personality himself. If you want to hear the new song and check out the video, it is available for your viewing pleasure right here. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Insomnium - Launch Another New Song Online 22.04

Insomnium have released yet another new song from their forthcoming album Shadows Of A Dying Sun. The Finns have already released "Ephemeral", "Revelations" and "While We Sleep" before online. This time around, they are revealing "Black Heart Rebellion". Click on the Soundcloud player below to listen to the song now! (by Fallen Ghost)   Read more ››
 
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 4 Issue #1 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 23.04

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 Desolace, Sirion, Hypergiant, Existem, SwampHög and Tarpan. (by Nefarious, Troy Killjoy, R Lewis, BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Metal Alliance Tour 2014 - Multiple Locations - April 2014 23.04

The organizers took the old saying "Black Is Beautiful" to the next level and put together an awesome tour package for their 2014 run. This year's event brought us headliner Behemoth, rotating direct support acts 1349 and Goatwhore, one of the most dynamic duo's in the scene, Inquisition, and newcomer Black Crown Initiate out of Pennsylvania, USA. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Metal Storm Anthology Awards 05.04

Thanks for participating in our 10th Anniversary Anthology Awards voting. Of course by now you all (hopefully) figured out it was an April Fools' Day prank. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
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Xystus - Surreal (2007)

Symphonic/Progressive Power metal Recorded: Rocktown Studio/RS29 Studio, The Netherlands 2005-2006 Label: The Electric Co. Total Running Time: 51:53 Listening to "Surreal" and writing a review about it was quite the challenging experience to be honest. Not only is the music Xystus are bringing not qualifying to be put into my cup of tea, on top of that I had a very hard time getting into this particular release, let alone getting connected to it. However, since you can't chance... (by Thryce)   Read more ››

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Veil Of Maya

Veil Of Maya's name comes from the George William Russell poem of the same name.

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